When KeMBYs first opened over a decade ago it was like a breath of fresh air. The American style restaurant-bar was the first “international” bar in which there was room to swing the proverbial cat. The founder now long gone, in recent years it had dropped off the radar for many. New owner-manager Prakash, is now working hard to pull people back to KeMBYs by raising the level of food and service while retaining its relaxed atmosphere.

On entering, the interior seems largely unchanged. The lighting is a little more subdued, but the long counter bar, variety of tables, and the pool tables are still there. On opening the menu, however, you’ll find a selection that is definitely aimed more at the casual diner than the hardened drinker.

Signature American dishes remain; the KeMBYs burger (780-1100 with fries) has been “beefed up”, the onion ring tower is always a conversation piece among groups, and burritos and fajitas can go some way to satisfying those in need of a Tex-Mex fix. The bulk of the new menu, however, consists of Italian influenced dishes which include salads, pasta, risotto, pizza, meats and fish. A few appetizers accompanied by a glass of wine would also make for a nice light meal.

Prakash says he is doing his best to make sure as much of the produce as possible is locally sourced. The number of plates of carpaccio available on any given day is limited by how much quality fish is available on that day at the central fish market, raw fish lovers should arrive early. Eggs are also delivered fresh daily from a local farm and clams from Ono-cho across the water from Miyajima. Mr Zenitani’s hadnmade sausages, produced in Fuchu, change season to season.

Vegetarians are catered for with a choice of dishes that, here in Japan, is not to be sniffed at, and will take more than a couple of visits to exhaust. The chefs are also more than happy to accommodate dietary preferences wherever they can so customers are more than welcome to make requests off the menu.

The second floor space is available for private parties and is soon to be refurbished as a non-smoking wine bar. Currently, it is planned to be open three nights a week, with a sommelier in attendance on one of those. Watch this space for more details.

Hours:Sun-Thurs: 18:00 - 01:00
            Fri & Sat 18:00 - 02:00
            Food last orders 23:00

2-9-13 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Japan 730-0051
Tel: 082-249-6201
Fax: 082-249-6201
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