Misawa restaurant offers a taste of Aomori Culture
While on a recent temporary assignment at Misawa Air Base, located in northeastern Japan’s Aomori prefecture, a long and rainy day left me feeling worn out and exhausted. But, when my colleagues invited me to dinner at a nearby all-you-can-eat buffet serving up Japanese, Chinese and Western foods, I jumped at the chance.
Located inside the main building of the Aomoriya resort complex, Noresore Shokudo allows diners to choose from nearly 80 different dishes in a casual setting designed to resemble an old-fashioned farm kitchen. The resort’s website says the cuisine is meant to evoke “Kaccha no Bangenmanma” — or “mother’s cooking” in the Aomori dialect.
The food at Noresore Shokudo is a far cry from the buffets of Cracker Barrel — and it’s definitely not close to my mother’s cooking. However, as I soon discovered, there’s plenty for everyone to love among the restaurant’s extensive options.
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