Some like the sea, others the mountains. Architect Izumi Kashiwagi likes both, that’s why he and his wife selected Itoshima Peninsula as their home and location for their restaurant. Facing the east, diners enjoy a view of the nearby fishing port, Shikanoshima, Nokonoshima, and shoreline of Fukuoka City. Sit outside on the terrace or gaze out the large windows and time just slips away. Open only for lunch four days a week and dinner by advance reservation only, the Kashiwagis (and their pet goat) are enjoying the slow life. And that is reflected in their kitchen too. As much as possible, they use vegetables and herbs from their garden and call on neighborhood farmers or fishers to supply the rest. Kashiwagi is particularly proud of his San Marzano tomatoes and hopes to farm his own mussels in the sea someday. Meanwhile, the seafood green curry (served only in summer) is sublime as is the fig curry, but don’t miss the seasonal pasta either! Fresh fruit smoothies and desserts on offer too.
da PORTO / 海ばたカフェレストラン
• Open: Fri., Sat., Sun., Mon. 11:30~16:00
• Lunch sets ¥1,100 ~
• Dinner with advance reservations only
• 2129-26 Miyanoura, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
Since the mid-eighties, Masato Sakoda has journeyed around Asia collecting and trading antique beads. In January 2018, Masato and his French wife moved their workshop and gallery from Tanegashima to Shima-sakurai. Some of their beads on display are hundreds of years old, and each one is unique. Learn about their history and significance, and if you connect with one, Masato can fashion you up a custom-made bracelet or necklace.
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn247, Jul. 2019)
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