Ensa specializes in a unique combination of Japanese sweets and liquor. Owners Nobuaki and Chika Yamashita serve up a delicious ichigo daifuku, a juicy strawberry wrapped in subtly sweet bean paste, and a cinnamony apple ukishima (steamed cake), based on a recipe handed down from Chika’s father, minus dairy products. The kurohon warabimochi is also popular. The gelatinous mochi balls are made only after you order them to ensure the best flavor and texture. This relaxing café is one of only a few places in town where you can enjoy a drink during the day, with Japanese sweets to boot!
Menu: “Warabi” Japanese sweets set (kurohon warabimochi + soft drink) ¥1,200, “Matsu” Japanese sweets set (2 sweets du jour + mini warabimochi + alcoholic drink) ¥1,400, Japanese-style ice cream ¥500, Japanese craft beer ¥1,000, Japanese-style cocktail ¥500, sake ¥500~, wine/glass ¥400~, Japanese-style roast beef ¥980, grilled salsiccia cruda ¥920, karaage fried chicken ¥650
*Foreign language menu: None / Cash only / Reservations possible / No smoking
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn242, Feb. 2019)