Run by yakitori veteran Tsukasa Ito, Ibushiza uses high-grade binchotan charcoal to grill its skewers. In true Fukuoka style, your meal starts with a plate of cabbage lightly seasoned with a vinegary sauce. The roughly 20 skewers include tsukune(chicken meatballs), negima (chicken thigh and welsh onion), and sasami (fresh chicken tenderloin), all flavored with natural salt. For spice, add shichimi as you like. Another popular item is the pancetta-wrapped cherry tomatoes coated in basil sauce. A good finisher is the pork miso grilled rice ball wrapped in a shiso leaf.
Menu (tax excl.): Negima ¥150, sasami ¥220, tsukune ¥230, chicken skin ¥130, pancetta-wrapped cherry tomatoes ¥230, mushrooms ¥180, ginkgo nuts ¥230, char-grilled spare ribs ¥980, grilled Itoshima ham sausage ¥680, pork miso grilled rice ball ¥280, draft beer ¥550, sake (90 ml) ¥300~, highball ¥380~, wine/glass ¥430~ *table charge ¥400 (incl. appetizer and all-you-can-eat cabbage)
*Prices to change from Oct. 1, 2019 following tax increase
*Foreign language menu: English / Credit cards accepted / Reservations possible / Smoking permitted
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn240, Dec. 2018)