Pimiento is a fairly spacious Spanish tapas and Italian food restaurant-bar with a cozy atmosphere and friendly staff.
Located a couple of blocks away from the Mitsukoshi department store along bustling Aoi-dori (the city’s main street-car street), this friendly place has English speaking staff and is a great choice for after work drinks and some tasty Spanish style appetizers or pasta dishes.
Pimiento’s boasts a diverse gastronomy incorporating both Spanish and Italian food. It opens from 17:00 until 23:30 (last order 22:45). Although roomy, it maintains an intimate feeling created by wooden décor, tasteful ornamental touches and un-intrusive background music. The leg of Iberico ham on the counter adds to the authenticity.
There is a varied menu that will appeal to most tastes, but there are few tapas or pasta options for non-fish or meat eaters. (Although vegetarians can order some pastas without fish or meat, many of the tapas dishes are made in advance and cannot be made to order.)
The Spanish staples of tortilla (Spanish omelette), sardine marine, and salami all appear on the menu. In addition, Italian-inspired grilled vegetables, meat and seafood, an awesome seasonal Bagna Cauda and pasta dishes also feature. The best way to appreciate the variety is to order several dishes to share. Many dishes are cooked in hot olive oil or have wonderfully rich sauces. These can be satisfyingly mopped up by ordering plenty of sliced baguette throughout the meal!
Pimiento has a selection of reasonably priced wines that can be ordered by the glass or bottle and a recent addition of home-made Sangria. Cocktails, draft beer, non-alcoholic drinks (including non-alcoholic beer) are also available. The ajillo (huge mushrooms or shrimp and broccoli sauted in garlic and olive oil) and the aforementioned Bagna Cauda are hugely popular. However, it is difficult to give a “must eat” recommendation list. Owner chef Taka (formerly of Midnight Oasis) and chef Ryo have very high standards and nothing on the menu falls short of expectation. Whether it’s a quick glass of wine with cheese or olives after work, a hearty pasta dinner or a long drawn out meal with friends Pimiento won’t disappoint.
- Cash only
- Reservations accepted
- Good English menu
- Both non-smoking and smoking seating available
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 17:00-23:00 (L.O.), Friday & Saturday 17:00-23:30 (L.O.)
Address: 7-7 Copo Itsuzu, Ebisu-cho, Naka-ku Hiroshima-shi
View Pimiento in a larger mapWalking Directions:
To find Pimiento, head across the main intersection at LABI and turn right, take a left at the fountain on the next block, turn right down the street in front of Mister Donut and head diagonally across the park. At the back end of the park, along a quiet street, Pimiento is a warm, glowing beacon at night. The first time you make an effort to find it, you may worry whether you have wandered down a wrong street, but it is only a 5-10 minute stroll from the town center.