On the 10th floor of Kitte Hakata is a laid-back soba restaurant called Hanagen Honzenan. The noodles are carefully crafted every morning from soba flour milled in-house and delivered fresh daily. The aroma is just right and the noodles go down smoothly. But the flavorful broth is the shop’s trademark. Made daily from natural ingredients, including dried mackerel and bonito, it’s also used in the tamagoyaki (rolled eggs) and rice bowls as well as the soba dishes. Even the popular pork cutlet features an egg topping flavored with soba broth. This cutlet teams up with the soba for the ever-popular roast cutlet with mushroom and egg set—a delicious flavor and filling meal featuring crispy fried Miyazaki pork. The drink menu features around 40 kinds of shochu from around Kyushu, so you can enjoy a few drinks with a few dishes and finish off with noodles in true Fukuoka fashion.
Menu: Dipping soba w/ beef ¥1,050, hot soba w/ duck ¥1,200, hot soba w/ tempura ¥1,200, pork cutlet rice bowl set ¥1,080, Makurazaki bonito katsu-toji set ¥1,180, cold soba w/ tempura ¥1,550, cold soba w/ duck ¥1,200, pork cutlet rice bowl ¥1,030, duck sukiyaki ¥1,650, premium shochu (various brands) ¥480, sake ¥650~, wine/glass ¥520
*Foreign language menus: English, Korean, Chinese / Credit cards accepted / Reservations possible / No smoking
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn239, Nov. 2018)