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At Zauo Fishing Restaurant in Japan, Fish for Your Food Right From Your Table

Restaurants + Bars
by Matador Creators Jan 9, 2023

Interactive dining experiences have been trending in the culinary world for some time. Zauo Fishing Restaurant in Osaka, Japan, takes the concept to the next level.

Zauo Fishing Restaurant serves traditional Japanese food alongside a one-of-a-kind fishing experience. Inside the restaurant there are pools filled with live fish, including salmon, sea bream, and flounder. Equipped with a fishing rod and bait, diners are given the opportunity to catch their own meal. If you’re lucky enough to snag a fish, an accomplishment that’s celebrated with the sounding of a gong, the restaurant chefs will prepare it for you however you prefer — grilled, steamed, fried, raw, you name it. Sushi preparations cost extra.

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Zauo Fishing Restaurant is committed to providing an enjoyable experience for everyone — not just experienced anglers. Guests can rent gear and bait, including kid-friendly nets instead of rods, for a little less than a dollar per person, as well as choose where to cast their lines: from a table positioned right by the pools, off the side of a boat-shaped seating arrangement that’s perfect for families and groups, or out of the window of a booth. Restaurant staff is always close by to provide tips on your fishing technique.

Of course, there’s more to the restaurant than what you can catch. In fact, the a la carte menu is almost 20 pages long. If you do manage to catch your own fish, however, you’ll get a discount for your effort. For example, salmon that would normally cost around $40 would only run you about $30. Prices vary depending on your catch.

Despite what your parents might have told you when you were a kid, Zauo Fishing Restaurant is one place where it’s totally okay to play with your food. Best of all, Zauo has locations all over Japan, so keep an eye out for the unforgettable experience during your next visit.

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