Italian restaurant ‘Trattorìa Yaju Restaurant’ in Yoshinocho, Kagoshima, also operates a Kodomo Shokudo

PUBLISHED Jan 30, 2023

Owner Senoguchi standing in the kitchen.

Two months have passed since Trattorìa Yaju Restaurant, an Italian restaurant and a Kodomo Shokudo, opened in Yoshinocho, Kagoshima City.

Senoguchi and his wife opened the restaurant on November 21. Since they are the parents of two children, they also decided to operate a Kodomo Shokudo, a children’s cafeteria, to “provide a place where children can feel at home and support for other parents even if only a little.” The name was inspired by the idea that “growing children eat like Yaju (wild beasts).”

The restaurant offers floor seating and has four tables. There is also a table with camping chairs, one private room, and one pet-friendly terrace seat. Senoguchi chose the floor-seating style to offer a relaxing space where customers can dine comfortably, even with young children. Books, toys, and blankets for children are available, so children can play close by while their parents enjoy meals.

The menu includes Tomato Pasta with Eggplant and Bacon (1,000 yen), Mentaiko Pasta with Garlic (1,000 yen), and Carbonara with Egg and Cheese (1,100 yen), to name a few. The restaurant also offers other dishes using seasonal ingredients, and “many are only available at certain times of the year.” A pasta set (1,200 yen) that includes an appetizer and a drink is also available during lunchtime.

For drinks, it mainly offers natural wine, including a wine set with three different types (2,000 yen). Two single-origin coffee brands and decaf coffee are available, prepared by a hand-drip method.

The Kodomo Shokudo offers four types of pasta dishes. The donation is converted into a ticket, and children can enjoy one meal with one ticket. “Our Kodomo Shokudo has become a place where children can drop by on Sundays, holidays, after cram school, or after club activities. The dishes are just as well prepared as the regular restaurant menu,” said Senoguchi.

He added, “We want to make the restaurant where customers with small children feel welcome and comfortable.”

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays and the fourth Sunday of the month. With reservations, breakfast is available from 6:00 a.m. and the café service from 2:00 p.m.

  • Inside Trattorìa Yaju Restaurant

  • Floor seating of Trattorìa Yaju Restaurant

  • Private room of Trattorìa Yaju Restaurant

  • Dish examples from Trattorìa Yaju Restaurant

  • Example of wine from Trattorìa Yaju Restaurant