Lunch at Gomaya

Reasonable meals among Udatsu of Mino City

By Justin Dart    - 3 min read

After spending the morning at Oyada Shrine and visiting the Udatsu lined streets, my friend and I had worked up an appetite. I asked for a recommendation from the local tourism office and was directed Gomaya.

Located only a few steps from the former Imai residence and the Washi Akari Art Gallery, Gomaya has both family style seating as well as small private rooms for groups between four and eight people in a traditional Minka style building with udatsu roofs.

Though it was a busy weekend lunch time, we got seated quickly in a small private room for four.

There were three set lunch menus; Mini-don for ¥1080, Gomaya Lunch for ¥1250 and at the top was the Gomaya Set priced at ¥1380. Each menu consists of salad, rice, chawamushi, cooked vegetables, steamed egg hotchpotch, dark brown miso soup, pickled vegetables, dessert and a drink. The main courses were very different. There were three choices for the mini-don: seafood, scallion and tuna, or sweet miso covered deep fried pork cutlet. For the Goyama Lunch you could choose from four choices: mini tempura, miso pork cutlet, chicken karaage, and a pick of the day. The priciest Gomaya set offered a main course of tempura and five slices of sashimi.

I chose the mini-don with miso cutlet while my friend chose the mini-don with seafood which came in short order.

Usually I would dive right into a main course but instead decided to go for the soup and hotchpotch to warm me up on this cold drizzly morning. The hotchpotch was soft and almost sweet like pudding with a light fish based flavoring. The miso in the soup was dark brown and a kind I had never had. There are many kinds of miso in Japan and this one was sweeter than red yet stronger than white miso.

The pork cutlet was fried enough to keep the juices in and meat tender yet not oily when bitten into. It was not an overwhelming but perfectly sized and satisfying meal. All this was topped off by coffee and some small cakes.

At night, Gomaya is an izakaya serving set menus and “otsumame” along with a great selection of local and national sake.

Gomaya is a local place so not only tourists but locals can be seen mingling. They are welcoming and not afraid to strike up a conversation about Mino and all that’s good about it including “Gomaya”.

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Justin Dart

Justin Dart @justin.dart

I am a country boy transplanted from Wisconsin in the USA to central Gifu Prefecture.The main focus of my life in Japan has been to introduce people to the world and the world to local communities and culture through international exchanges and educational programs. My hope is that people will hang a right at Nagoya, get off the beaten path and explore Gifu...what I call The Jewel of Discoveries.アメリカの田舎で育った男、岐阜県の田舎に引っ越しました。ジャスティン・ダートです。僕の日本での生活は「世界を紹介し、世界の地域における文化と生活を、国際交流や教育プログラムを通して紹介する」という目標です。観光客が名古屋で右を曲がって、岐阜県の旅を試してみたいという希望を持っています。岐阜県:発見の宝。多年前,我从美国的乡村搬到日本岐阜県的中部。現在我最大的志向是向本地人介绍世界各地的文化及把当地文化介绍给世界各地的人。通过国际交流和教育方案,我希望會有更多的人开始去探索岐阜県的美丽与文化。

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