Next to catching a fish yourself, the best way to score fresh seafood is to go to your local fish shop. Kanehira goes one step farther, offering a fish shop and restaurant rolled into one. There you’ll find black t-shirt clad men working a busy and smoky open kitchen, overflowing with the aroma of savory seafood. There’s usually thirty to forty seasonal varieties of fish to choose from. Take them home or eat-in. Either way, the prices and freshness are hard to beat. The first floor features a long counter bar, ideal for solo diners. The second and third floors are divided into small Japanese-style rooms. The menu is extensive, and offers a wide variety of fish, and fish preparation options: sashimi (raw), niru (simmered), or age (fried). With some fish it’s possible to enjoy all three styles! Kanehira is popular with salarymen, but all fish lovers are welcome. Lunches start at just ¥700. A second shop was recently opened in Kawabatta Shotengai too!
1-1-27 Maizuru, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 11:30 ~14:30 (L.O. 14:00), 17:30 ~ 24:00 (L.O. 23:30)
Closed: Sun., Nat. Hol.
Prices: Daily lunch from ¥700, diner courses ¥3,000 ~, Draft Beer ¥480, Charge ¥300
Originally published in Fukuoka Now magazine (fn105, Sep. 2007)