Sprout is now closed.

Modern and comfortable with a feeling of spaciousness rare in Japan. Open for lunch and dinner, Sprout offers a wide range of dishes well prepared and beautifully served, with a focus on French and Italian, there are also a few excellent Japanese dishes served with a twist.

Take a wander a few minutes from Peace Park, along the street car line away from town and you will come across Sprout.  Open for lunch and dinner, Sprout offers a wide range of dishes well prepared and beautifully served. The big window entrance gives a warm welcome and it is a pleasant place to eat, drink and watch the passersby.

Sprout’s extensive menu is a reflection of the backgrounds of the two experienced chefs. Between them they cover the service side as well as the kitchen, and are happy to explain the dishes and make recommendations. Although they don’t speak English, they are friendly and helpful.

The lunch menu offers a set menu of pasta, salad and homemade bread for ¥790. One tomato based sauce and a cream or oil to choose from each day. Also homemade soup and desserts. In the evening, in addition to the pizza, pasta and risotto on the menu, Sprout has an enormous blackboard menu of dishes that change with the seasons. In fact it was choosing what to order was the most difficult thing!

The style is “Western-Izakaya”, meaning they serve a range of large dishes to be shared. The pizza had a deliciously crisp base with plenty of topping, baked to perfection – we ordered the “Popeye” which comes with tuna, spinach and egg, but the menu offers a range of toppings (from ¥890). The seafood pasta was perfectly cooked, (pastas from ¥980) and the Chicken NanBan (marinated and crispy fried) was succulent and light. Katsuo tataki (seared bonito fish) also got the thumbs up.

The drinks menu is also extensive, a good selection of wines- house wines from ¥400/glass & ¥1500/decanter. Other wines available from ¥2300/bottle. Beer, local sakes, shochu and a selection of cocktails.

We went with kids and were made very welcome.

  • Seating for 28 at tables, 8 along counter
  • Cash only, no credit cards
  • Reservations and private bookings accepted
  • Japanese and English menu
  • No non-smoking section or parking (but lots of ¥100 parking nearby)

Sprout is located just minutes from Peace Park. They are on the streetcar line out of town, between Genbaku Dome-mae and Honkawa-cho stops, on the right as you walk away from town.

Address: 1-1-25 Honkawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Tel: (082)294-2019
Opening hours: 11:30-14:00, 17:30-01:00
Closed: Wednesdays

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Charlotte, June 2011 (last updated November, 2011)

Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of GetHiroshima.com and loves running in the mountains.