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. Manager Mr. Masudome is from Miyakonojou in Miyazaki. He regards Miyazaki cuisine as part of his identity, and is keen to share it with a wider audience. After managing an international restaurant in Tokyo for a year, he set off to Central and South America to broaden his horizons – an experience that’s reflected in the originality of the food at Pura Vida. He is particularly proud of the Chicken Namban (¥780, half ¥630) – a deep-fried Miyazaki chicken breast covered in tartar sauce, made using 10 different spices. As well as Miyazaki cuisine, there’s an array of other creative dishes such as Tom Yum Goong Hot Pot (¥1,680, 2 people minimum per order). Fans of microbrews will also be pleased to know that Pura Vida is the only place in Fukuoka serving draught Hideji Beer from Miyazaki. The staff are friendly too, and include English, Korean, German and Spanish speakers.
Chargrilled Miyazaki chicken ¥980
Lightly chargrilled Miyazaki beef with ponzu ¥1,200
Meat-wrapped rice ball ¥480
Cold soup ¥580
Mexican-style pizza ¥980, (half ¥630)
smoked cod roe ¥480, Draft beer ¥530
Chuchuya Pura vida!
Address: Aoi Building 1F, 1-3-23 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 18:00 ~ 01:00 (LO 24:00) Fri, Sat and days before public holidays 18:00 ~ 03:00 (LO 02:00) Sun and public holidays 18:00 ~ 24:00 (23:00)
Originally published in Fukuoka Now magazine (fn153 Sep. 2011)