Sendai is the Capital of the Miyagi Prefecture. While it's not as famous as other parts of Japan, it's worth visiting for its magnificent festivals and breathtaking scenery that's full of history! ? In recent times, the number of halal eateries have been steadily increasing in Sendai as a result of their halal food development project, so if you're looking for halal food in Sendai, here are some for you!
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1. Tamamiya Restaurant
Tamamiya Restaurant offers the first Halal Chicken Karaage Set in Sendai! ? Only a 2-minute walk from Kotodai Koen Station, located on the Zanma, the eatery is found on the 2nd floor of the Yoneya building. The restaurant uses halal-certified chicken and meats in their menu. The Chicken Karaage Set for lunch is 850¥ per serving, and for dinner is 1600¥. This deep-fried chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Halal status: Uses halal-certified meats and ingredients
Address: Japan, 〒980-0803 Miyagi, Sendai, Aoba Ward, Kokubuncho, 3 Chome−1−3 残間・米屋ビル 2F
Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 11:30 am–2 pm, 5 pm–12 am | Sun; Closed
2. Yakiniku Restaurant Tomoji
It's no surprise that Yakiniku is one of Japan's most famous dishes with meat cuts like Japanese Wagyu, steak and more! Yakiniku Restaurant Tomoji is the first halal yakiniku eatery in Sendai. The menu is part of Sendai City’s Muslim-friendly and halal development project. You can now enjoy halal A5-Ranked Japanese Black Wagyu Yakiniku Set which comes with 120g of Japanese Black Wagyu Beef, rice, soup, salad, kimchi, and Sendai Parsley Namul (is subject to availability of in-season ingredients)! ?
Yakiniku Restaurant Tomoji
Halal status: Halal-certified
Address: 〒980-0811 Miyagi, Sendai, Aoba Ward, Ichibancho, 4 Chome−6−16
3. NAN TANDOORI
If you're craving Indian food while in Sendai, visit NAN TANDOORI which sells various Indian dishes like naan, butter chicken, curry, and more! You'll find a lot of university students dining here, not only because the restaurant is nearby Tohoku University, the food served is reasonably priced too! ?
Halal status: Halal-certified
Address: Japan, 〒981-0944 Miyagi, Sendai, Aoba Ward, Shiheimachi, 16−27 サンコートクリスタル
Opening hours: Wed-Thu; 11:30 am - 3 pm | Fri-Sat; 11:30 am - 3 pm, 6pm - 10pm | Sun; 11:30 am - 3 pm, 6pm - 9:30pm | Mon-Tue; Closed
4. Route 227s' Cafe
Located in the heart of Sendai city, Japan. Route 227s' Cafe that serves a Muslim-friendly menu in 2020 as part of Miyagi halal food development project! ? Not only does it serve halal food, you can also find vegan options too. Try their halal goro goro mutton curry and vegan-friendly Sendai Aburafu ratatouille. You even have the option of sitting inside or dining al fresco!
Route 227s' Cafe
Halal status: Uses halal-certified ingredients and vegan options
Address: 3 Chome-1-1 Kokubuncho, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0803, Japan
Opening hours: 11am - 5pm; Daily
5. Al Baraka restaurant
If you love Middle Eastern cuisine, you have to visit Al Baraka restaurant. The eatery serves Indian and Arabian foods, and at lunchtime, you can enjoy various kinds of dishes like curry, soup, chicken tandoori, and more that are prepared by a chef specializing in South-Asian cuisine. ? If all that walking and exploring has you starving, Buffet-style dining is available! You can also order individual dishes if you don't want to eat from the buffet.
Al Baraka restaurant
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Address: 4 Chome-4-5 Ichibancho, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0811
Opening hours: 11 am –2:30pm, Dinner: 5pm – 1:30am; Daily
Tired from all that exploring? Anyone who loves Japanese sweet treats must try this Japanese-style cafe! ? Hikoichi is a humble sweet shop tucked away from the main shopping street. The menu is full of Japanese treats for sweet-tooths from fruit parfaits to matcha shaved ice with red beans! The cafe is small and gets busy very quickly, so it we'd suggest visiting early to avoid the crowd.
Halal status: Desserts
Address: Japan, 〒980-0811 Miyagi, Sendai, Aoba Ward, Ichibancho, 4 Chome−5−41 甘味処 彦いち
Opening hours: 11am - 8pm; Daily
7. Mother Port Coffee
Great for a quick lunch run, Mother Port Coffee offers a Muslim-friendly menu! Simply find the words "Muslim-friendly" highlighted in green on the menu for their halal dishes. You can enjoy Chicken Over Rice for ¥1380. Don't forget to enjoy Mother Port Coffee's home-roasted coffee and homemade donuts!
Mother Port Coffee
Halal status: Uses halal-certified ingredients
Address: 4-1 Hasekuramachi, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0824, Japan
Opening hours: 10:30am - 6pm; Daily
There you go! We're so happy to see destinations like Sendai continue to show inclusivity towards Muslim travellers. Now that you know there are indeed halal options available, will you be visiting Sendai City? ?