Where’s the beef? Here’s the beef – and the good stuff! Opened in May 2006, the term “shokudo” (literally diner or canteen) doesn’t do justice to its stylish interior and location on Fukuoka’s fashionable Keyaki-dori. The sister shop to Taigen, a high-end yakiniku (barbecue) restaurant in Maizuru, was opened to offer the same high quality beef dishes at lower prices from lunch to dinner. Beef is the only meat on the menu, and all grades come from one of seven selected Black Cow ranches in Kagoshima. Superior feed and healthy ranching result in more flavorful meats that taste delicious, even without seasoning. The Taigen Teishoku (set meal, ¥1,200) is the most popular order, and includes a generous portion of tender sliced beef, sausage, beef katsu (breaded and fried beef), vegetables, rice, miso soup, and salad. Steak? Taigen’s good value and taste are well known, so avoid lunch hour unless you can’t wait. Take-out Yakiniku and Hamburg Bento (box lunches) available. Sorry, no reservations.
1-1-5 Akasaka, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 11:30~15:00 (L.O. 14:30), 17:00~23:30 (L.O. 23:00)
Prices: Yakiniku Bento (take out) ¥730, Draft Beer ¥550
Originally published in Fukuoka Now magazine (fn105, Sep. 2007)