Shoraku has been a motsunabe (tripe hot pot) specialist for 32 years. The honten (main shop) is situated conveniently in between JR Hakata and Nishitetsu Fukuoka stations. The soup, which is made from chicken bone broth and two kinds of Kyushu soy sauce, yields a rich yet light flavor. The main type of meat is small intestine from Kyushu-grown wagyu beef, but about 10% is omasum (3rd stomach) and heart. You can also add rumen (1st stomach) for ¥800. In true Hakata style, you can finish off with champon noodles (¥302). A la carte dishes include sumotsu (¥650) and grilled wagyu beef tail (¥1,300).
• Access: 3-minute walk from Tenjin-Minami Subway Sta.
• Seats: 80
• Foreign language menus: English, Taiwanese, Korean, Chinese
• Cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners, UnionPay
• BYOB: No
• Smoking permitted
• Dinner budget: ¥2,700~
• Table charge (Starter): ¥302
• WiFi: Not available
Details accurate at time of publishing, but subject to change. First published in April, 2017.