Sala is a stylish little restaurant in Nangoku (see the map).
When we first pulled up, I thought it would be a fairly pricey place. It is a small building with nice landscaping, and modern Japanese architectural elements and interior design. I was really surprised to see it because it otherwise is in the middle of no where!
The restaurant itself is not very big, and the seating is fairly close together. Despite being modern, they managed to keep a cozy atmosphere. The chairs are large and comfortable, and the tables are spacey so you don’t have to worry about bumping your neighbors elbows. They seat four per table, but they could just as easily seat six (if the chairs weren’t so big!).
When I looked at the menu, I was surprised to see such low prices. The majority of the menu was about 900 yen for a set (including salad, rice or bread, and soup). Take off 200 yen if you don’t want the set, and add 200 yen if you want a coffee after dinner. I had the salmon in cream sauce spaghetti with a salad and soup. The drink menu also seemed quite extensive, but I didn’t take much of a look, to be honest. The people over at the next table were having red wine. All I can say is it didn’t look chilled!
I took a bite of my wife’s cordon bleu, and was surprised to taste shiso (perilla). It was a very nice addition and made it taste very Japanese.
Overall, the food was quite nice. I’ve had better, but it also cost a lot more. However, for the price, atmosphere, and volume, it is hard to beat Sala. You will have to go by car, which means you probably won’t be able to taste whatever wine they were serving, and if you don’t live nearby, it will take you a little ways to get out there if traffic on Nangoku Bypass is congested. My verdict? Save this place for a casual date–but try to make reservations because it will fill up quick!
Also, there is a lunch set menu that seemed to be a little cheaper but equivalent in volume. Check it out if you are in the area or want to go for a drive on the weekend, and let us know what the lunch is like.
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