Because of its long history, Nara has developed a unique cooking culture (和食 / Woshoku) as detailed in .
Washoku (和食) in Nara
In  and , both of them mention the following two delicacies:
- 鹿肉の大和煮 (shikaniku no Yamato-ni)
- The venison meat that is high in protein is stewed and when you bite into its tender meat, you can’t help but agree at how delicious and fragrant the stew is.
- Made of rice seasoned with vinegar and slices of salmon or salted mackerel on top
- The mackerel used in this food is prepared according to a special method which is kept secret by the people who make it. This is why kakinoha zushi is only available in Nara.
- Formed in the shape of a cube, and wrapped with a "kakinoha" or persimmon leaf.
- Persimmon leaves contain tannin which acts as a natural antibacterial agent. They also contain vitamin C and can help to control high blood pressure.
Based on the reviews on Tabelog.com, here are some recommendations for your consideration:
- Arrowroot Cuisine (葛料理 / kazura ryōri)
- Curry (カレー)
- Ramen / Soba
- Eel (鰻 / うなぎ / Unagi)
- Yasai (野菜料理 / やさい)
More Food Sources
As mentioned in , there are other stores than restaurants that sell food items such as bento, side dishes, vegetables, etc. Here are some of them in Nara:
- TSUNAGU JAPANJAPAN — TRAVEL INFORMATION PLATFORM
- 葛料理—dishes made from arrowroot starch