Cafes, bars and casual dining
Kyomaru - Japanese regional: Omiya
[Open 11:30am-11:05pm (LO) daily.]
Casual Kyoto-style banzai-ryori, with appealing original dishes like fried spring rolls with shrimp and rice croquettes stuffed with foie gras. You can even get set teishoku meals in the Y1000 range. Budget around Y2500-3000 for dinner with...
Hikawa Brewery - Brewpub: Omiya
[Open 5:30-10:30pm (Sat 4pm-, Sun 4-10). Closed Tuesdays.]
Saitama's first brewpub, open since Spring 2014, serves up ten different varieties of freshly made craft beers, including several Pale Ale variations. The food menu offers typical pub fare, with a larger-than-average selection. Our...
Cafe Salvador - Cafe: Omiya
[Open 7am-9pm (LO) daily.]
The second branch of this upscale all-day cafe features gourmet single-origin coffee and fancy sandwiches, desserts and cocktails. Open from 7am.
Omiya Bonsai Village
Shamoroku - Yakitori: Koshigaya Laketown
[Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.]
Shamo, a type of chicken that was originally bred in Thailand for cockfighting, is prepared here using the traditional "warayaki" cooking method, where meat and fish are quickly seared over burning straw at temperatures of 800-900C. The...
Village Vanguard Diner - Burgers: Koshigaya Laketown
[Open 11am-10pm daily.]
Good American-style gourmet burgers are served here, with original variations like "pepper and wild bacon," "quattro formaggio and honey," and "basil, tomato, mozzarella." Burgers start from under Y1000.
Ikea - Swedish: Saitama-ken
[Open 10am-9pm daily.]
Tasty meatballs, almond cakes and other Swedish delights are served in the restaurant, at quite reasonable prices. The food department also sells an interesting selection of imported Swedish food and drink - smoked salmon, rye crackers, candies,...
Craft Beer Baby - Beer bar: Saitama-ken
[Open 5pm-1am. Closed Mondays.]
If you find yourself in Urawa thirsting for a craft beer or two, this small, ten-tap counter will be a welcome site. The tap list represents a well-chosen lineup of (mostly) small Japanese craft breweries, with most pints priced at Y1000 (or Y700...