Quite often, restaurant menus will feature a yoshoku “Western” section, a broad category of traditionally non-Japanese dishes that have been adapted to Japanese tastes. If you like “Western” food, then you’ll love Ikkaku Shokudo. Here you can enjoy a wide range of set meals like karaage (fried chicken) and chicken nanban or choose from several combo sets. Every order comes with self-serve raw eggs, pickles and oolong tea, and there are free rice refills. The most popular combo is the hamburg steak and fried shrimp (¥1,200). The hamburg is made from a mix of wagyu beef and Japanese pork and comes with your choice of three sauces: demi-glace, tomato or Japanese. If you’re feeling famished and want to sample the gamut of “Western” delights, then try the deluxe set meal (¥1,880), which features hamburg steak, pork tongue stew, karaage, fried shrimp and sausage. The shop is popular with people of all ages, especially children, but there is also a counter if you happen to be flying solo.
Wagyu Hamburg Steak & Fried Shrimp ¥1,200 (Lunch sets come with rice and miso soup; for ¥100, you can add rice and two appetizers to the dinner sets), Creamed Crab Croquette ¥780, Greater Amberjack w/ Sesame & Karaage ¥1,200, beer ¥500, glass wine ¥400.
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn220, Apr. 2017)