Nasu is popular for its variety of things to see such as the zoo, theme park, and museum.
Out of the many places to stay, this time we visit Hotel Epinard Nasu and their extravagant breakfast and dinner buffet! Many repeat guests come just for this buffet. There are many types of restaurants here at this hotel but this time we take a close look at the buffet restaurant “Herbage”. The winning dish of the bread division of the “Asagohan Festival” (Breakfast Festival) the French toast here is a must eat!
Gloriously feast on the freshest vegetables grown only for local consumption!
In the buffet hall, there is a Nasu Farm that is recreated using only vegetables found in the Nasu highland area! Enjoy some vegetable stick art made from cucumbers, celery, to paprika placed delicately in a glass!
There are other dishes that may draw your eye but none can beat the goodness of freshly harvested vegetables.
The best tasting is always freshly made
One of the attractive points of this smorgasbord is the live cooking area. Chefs line the counters here.
It’s called the “Live Kitchen Stadium”.
No matter how good the ingredients are or how many dishes there are if it’s cold you will be disappointed right? Here they prepare dishes such as beef on a hot iron plate, tempura, Utsunomiya pot stickers, fresh pasta and more that you can eat straight off the cooking counter.
Satisfy your kids hunger with the kids buffet!
This hotel is certified as a “Welcome Baby Inn” and caters to babies and small children to be able to enjoy the atmosphere.
At this restaurant there are baby cots for kids who still aren’t able to sit up, as well as table chairs that clamp onto the table, and 3 different types of high chairs for toddlers. They also have baby food from Wakodo and Kewpie so moms can be rest assured that there is something for everyone.
For kids that want to do everything themselves there is the kids buffet.
The food counter is set low and is lined with things like meat sauce, Napolitan Spaghetti, curry rice, fried chicken, sausage, French fries, bananas, and many more that kids love!
Before they smile about how good it tastes you will definitely see them smile that they did it on their own.
A separate stomach for desserts!
What’s a buffet without a fully stocked dessert corner! This one is called “Super Sweets”. True to their claim of being super there are over 30 cakes in the showcase! Like at a cake shop you pick out the one you want and the patisserie serves them to you.
Because they are in a showcase the icing doesn’t get crusty or the cake doesn’t get dry and crumbly. Nor will you ever see a cake destroyed by someone who doesn’t know how to cut it properly.
A delicacy, a fluffy French toast!
Pictured above is the French toast, which you can only get at breakfast.
This French toast was voted number one in the “Asagohan Festival” from a poll done nationwide over 1000 different hotels and inns!
The chef cooks it right in front of you so it is as fresh and fluffy as they come! With a bit of maple syrup or yogurt or any of the seasonal jams you can make it fit your palate.
The key to its deliciousness is it uses special eggs called Nasu Goyoran and milk from Jersey dairy cows. These are thoroughly soaked into the bread and give the toast its rich creaminess. It simply melts on your tongue when you take a bite and its seemingly impossible to get tired of it.
At Herbage you can put any worries of allergies to rest as they list the 7 main allergens on all their menu items. Also they don’t use any allergens in the soy sauce, mayonnaise or dressings.
Also, it is awarded recognition of food safety excellence form Tochigi Prefecture so on that point it puts to rest any concerns as well.
There aren’t many buffet restaurants that the children to the grandparents everyone can dine safely, deliciously and have fun doing it.
Hotel Epinard Nasu also has an onsen, heated pool, arcade, a large gift shop, a relaxation massage service, and many other experiences. At the gift shop there are vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, bell peppers, and Chinese cabbage that have been harvested that morning and you can buy at great prices! You can also purchase tickets for nearby attractions.
If you are headed to the Nasu area you definitely should stay at the jack of all trades the Hotel Epinard Nasu!