Looking for dinner and an onsen experience? Or maybe just dinner? Lion (Mori no Resutoran Raian/森のレストラン・ライアン) is just the place for you!
I had heard about this restaurant as being good from quite a few Japanese acquaintances, and last night decided to finally try it out. The restaurant itself is cool on the inside, with wood-paneling on the walls and a hearth in the center of the dining space, which gives the restaurant a winter lodge sort of feel. The food itself is a good mix of Japanese and Western food, with everything from pasta and hambaagu (a bun-less hamburger usually covered in sauce, also the picture to the right) to different Japanese sets that are updated frequently to include seasonal produce. I planned on getting the seasonal set (the taste of Tsugaru), but ended up switching to hanbaagu, which was under 1000 yen. It was delicious!
As the restaurant is part of Chikyuumura (World`s Village・地球村）, there is an onsen and camping grounds around the place. While I did not check out the onsen, it was packed, so it must be a good one.
The Skinny: Good food with a fun winter-lodge-like atmosphere
Name: Mori no Resutoran Raian （森のレストラン・ライアン）
Hours of Operation: 10:00～21:00
Prices: 800～4000 yen
Phone Number: 0173-26-3007
Aomori-ken, Tsugaru-shi, Morita-machi, Tokomai Fujiyama, 244
Map with Directions from Jusco/Aeon Mall: <click here>