Located in Fujisaki, Tsukune Seisakusho specializes in tsukune (chicken meatballs) made from fresh local ingredients. It offers 10 different types of tsukune daily along with a regular izakaya menu. On the day we visited, there was one fried tsukune (chicken shiso) and nine steamed ones, including lemon and mozzarella, eggplant and Chinese chili bean paste, basil and garlic oil, shrimp and cilantro, corn and butter soy sauce, and scallop and Korean seaweed. The steamed tsukune are firm and aromatic. Each is packed with chicken flavor, but the various spice and herb mixtures make each unique. You’ll want to try all 10. The restaurant also prides itself on its menu of junmaishu sake. The owner, Atsushi Sugawara, visits breweries around Japan to find sake that can be served hot. He believes sake tastes better this way, and some of their clients come from far and wide just for the sake. You can finish off your meal with a bowl of soba served with tsukune boiled in a broth of bonito and kelp.
Tsukune assortment (x3) ¥500, (x5) ¥850, spicy spring roll ¥500, cucumber w/ moromi miso ¥380, karaage (Japanese fried chicken) ¥600, Mitsuru brand soy sauce soba ¥650, hot sake ¥500/120ml~, glass wine ¥900, oolong tea ¥350
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn212, Aug. 2016)