High-quaility home-style Japanese standard set meals served from noon to midnight in Kego. Shokudo, or restaurants specializing in Japanese set meals, are not uncommon these days, but Wappo Teishhokudo on Kego-hondori stands out when compared to this widening field. A sister shop to the high-end washokuya, Tanakada in Hirao, Wappa’s interior is more stylish than other similarly priced diners, making it accessible for women dining alone to sit comfortably at the counter. Approximately twenty varieties of teishoku (set meals) are offered from lunchtime until closing at 22:30. Pictured here is the Saba Nitsuke Teishoku (horse mackerel, chilled tofu, kobachi, and miso soup) for ¥790. Unlimited refills of rice, a self-serve pickle bar, and a wide selection of furikake (rice seasoning) are included. Other popular sets include the “A Lunch” (tonkatsu, shrimp fry, potato salad, sunny-side up egg on hamburg, and miso soup) for ¥1,100, and the Tonjiru Teishoku (a hearty pork, potato and miso soup, kobachi, and grilled fish) for ¥690. Wappa’s kitchen goes a bit further in terms of quality of ingredients and preparation. For example, whereas other places might serve a Gindara mirin, Wappa serves more preparation-intensive Gindara misozuke. If food is not just fuel, and you want to fill up on a well-balanced meal, Wappa is well worth checking out. Take-out bentos are available too!
2-10-12 Kego, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 11:30 ~ 22:30 (about)
Closed: Almost never
Prices: Saba Nitsuke Teishoku ¥790, Shake Shioyaki & Suzuki Fry Bento ¥780 (-¥100 if rice is not required)
Originally published in Fukuoka Now magazine (fn109, Jan. 2008)