Green Beer Garden

Good morning everyone,

It's going to be hot...again. It's that time of year when I usually run out of adjectives to describe the heat. It's sweltering out there today and is going to be like this for the rest of the week. We can expect overnight lows to hover in the mid 20s and daytime highs in the low to mid 30s-and those don't include the humidity either...how am I supposed to go for a run and lose weight?

I still have a few funny stories to write about my trip to Osaka, but before that I want to brag about going to the Green Beer Garden in Hiroshima last night. You may not have heard of it, or more likely, you know it by the name of the restaurant that provides the food-Suishin. Suishin is one of the oldest and most well-known Japanese restaurants in Hiroshima. And because of that, it's a bit pricey...which is why I've never gone, even though it's a short walk from my school.

Well, every summer Suishin runs a beer garden on the rooftop of a parking garage near the NHK building. Do you know where I mean? Have you ever been there?
suishin beer garden

If you are expecting the food to be the same as Suishin, you'll be disappointed...but seriously, anyone who's going to a beer garden should know better than that, right?

However, it is head and shoulders above the other beer gardens downtown. And not just because of the food...the food is better than other beer gardens, mainly because not everything is deep-fried. There's grilled sweetfish, steamed vegies (which were the best part) and rice...I forget the name, but it's that rice that is cooked with tiny little white fish...and salad and soba...among other dishes.

Sadly, there was no dessert, but other than that, the food was great. I ended up having 'umeshu' on the rocks for dessert and it was good enough for me!

And the beer was Asahi Extra Cold-and it definitely was cold, the average temperature when I got my beer was around -2.2C. Is that cold enough for you? Of course there were more choices other than beer, just don't ask me what they are...

And, it really is green. The rooftop is covered in small trees and bushes and the ground is a kind of astroturf, so it feels like you're out on someone's patio, unlike other beer gardens that make you feel like you're on...well, a rooftop...ha ha!

Yeah, it's not cheap, but if you don't mind spending a bit more (and you can go on a weekday-weekends are fully booked), it's totally worth it! Thanks to the friends who took me there!

Have a great day!

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