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Chaga Shoten Nishijin Ten

Hailing from Miyazaki City, this dynamic noodle shop opened their first shop in Fukuoka this June in Nishijin. The owner hopes this location, his fourth in Kyushu, will blow a new wind through Fukuoka’s tonkotsu-dominated ramen scene. You’re spoilt for choice with nine varieties of ramen and six different tsukemen “dipping noodle” dishes to choose from. Great for a hot summer night where you can’t face a boiling hot ramen – tsukemen is eaten by dipping cold noodles in warm, tasty broth. The light and refreshing Shio Tsukemen uses a chicken bouillon base with pork fat, natural salt, cucumber and lemon. There’s also regular offerings of pork, miso or soy broth, along with original menu items of Tomato Tsukemen and Clam Ramen. Plates of noodles in three sizes 200g, 300g and 400g are included for the same price, it’s your choice! Then there’s all-you-can-eat pickled cucumbers, and after finishing your noodles you’re offered a bowl of soup made from the leftover broth. Warm hospitality offered to foreigners begins with an English explanation on tsukemen eating etiquette posted near the ticket vending machine. Ready to venture beyond tonkotsu ramen? Try a dip at Chaga Shoten!

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Isoragi

To stand out amongst the countless number of seafood restaurants in Fukuoka and still remain reasonably priced you have be extra special. Isoragi, located inside Kooten on the ninth floor of JR Hakata City, delivers that “extra special” in the form of delicate details, full flavors and with comfort in a simplistic modern Japanese ambiance. Most patrons go to enjoy their kaisen-don (rice bowl with seafood toppings) or their chazuke (the same with fish broth poured on top). Ordered as a set you get appetizers, soup, dessert and tea. The most popular set is the Isoragi Kaisen-don which includes a colorful selection including uni, ikura, ebi, made, rotate, anago, salmon, and more on a bed of warm rice. Add a dash of soy sauce or Isoragi’s original sesame sauce. Most restaurants slice the fish, whereas Isoragi chops the seafood into small cubes which makes the seafood easier to eat and glimmer like jewels! Mixed sets, with two smaller bowls for donburi and chazuke, are available. Splendid presentation, friendly service and fabulous flavors not only satisfy locals but will deeply impress visitors to Fukuoka. Ask for a window seat for a sparkling city view!

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Motsunabe Keisyu

While the prospect of eating cow’s intestines may seem less than tempting at first, Hakata’s specialty dish motsunabe is proof that you shouldn’t knock it ‘til you try it! This hot-pot featuring beef entrails (motsu) and vegetables in a delicious broth has gained popularity across Japan. If you’re new to motsu, “Motsunabe Keisyu”– a modern and stylish restaurant located down a quiet alley in the foodies district of Nishinakasu is a good place to start. As the sister restaurant of long-established “Yakiniku Keisyu”, the meat used in all dishes is top quality. Keisyu’s motsu is sourced from Kagoshima and is soft and pink before cooking– a sign of its freshness. But what really sets this motsunabe apart is its broth, the most critical element of the dish. In addition to the soy and white miso broth, they also offer an original “salted tail” broth, made from slow boiled beef tail. Chinese cabbage, onion, garlic and other vegetable are simmered in this broth along with the motsu to create a rich meal. It’s simply delicious! Another recommended dish and one that goes well with motsunabe is crispy wagyu beef gyoza. There’s also an izakaya-style menu of over 30 favorite dishes that go well with wine, and private rooms are available on the second floor.

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Hachi Hachi Akasaka

外国人から”ジャパニーズバーベキュー”や”コリアンバーベキュー”と呼び親しまれる焼肉は、日本と韓国ならではの食文化として知られる。発祥は諸説あり、牛の内蔵(ホルモン)を焼いて食べはじめたのは韓国だが、焼肉の専門店が生まれたのは戦後直後の日本という説が有力。

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Sangamori-soba

Popular in Japan since the 8th century, soba noodles are firmly recognized as a national dish. Preparing soba is an art in itself, and people train for years to master it. There are many long-established soba restaurants in Fukuoka, but one of the most outstanding is Sangamori, which features an open kitchen, so you can watch as your noodles are prepared.

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Ramen Kamen 55 (Paha Paha)

Ask somebody to name a famous food from Fukuoka, and they’ll most likely reply “ramen”. These noodles in soup are certainly hugely popular here, but this month we showcase a restaurant that adds a little ethnic twist to this most Fukuokan of dishes.

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Sushi-zanmai Tenjin

As all connoisseurs know, the best kind of sushi is the type that doesn’t come round on a conveyor belt. Having it made in front of you by a master sushi chef doesn’t come cheap though – the price can often be as eye watering as the wasabi.

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Hakata Hanamidori Tenjin

Hakata is well-known for its many local delicacies such as Hakata ramen noodles and motsunabe. Mizutaki (chicken broth hotpot) is another, which has been popular since way back in the Keio era (1865­–8).

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New Smile

If you spent your childhood in Japan during the 70’s ~ 90’s, the classic food replicas in New Smile’s front window will bring back memories…

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Chuchuya Pura vida!

When it comes to food, Kyushu is a big place, and although Miyazaki and Fukuoka may be next to each other, the taste of each prefecture’s cooking is completely different! Luckily, you can sample Miyazaki’s characteristically sweet, rich flavor without leaving Fukuoka by heading to Pura Vida in Daimyo.

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