Hakata is a city with high quality cuisine. Above all, the famous grilled horumon (grilled innards) cannot be missed. Here are 5 selected restaurants that offer grilled horumon prepared in various ways.
1. Tenjin Horumon Teppanyaki Hakata Station Branch
Tenjin Horumon Teppanyaki is a restaurant that offers horumon cuisine in hibachi-style, grilled on a flat grill called a teppan. Their Hakata Station branch only has counter seats and there you can enjoy fresh horumon and other meats to be enjoyed with rice and miso soup. The horumon set meal (1,280 JPY (incl. tax)) has been popular since the restaurant was established. The delicious side of grilled vegetables is made with domestic produce. This is a very popular restaurant with constant lines. It is so popular that there are four more branches just within the Fukuoka city area.
2. Motsu Bistro Tenjin Horumon Kitte Hakata Branch
Motsubistro Tenjinhorumon represents an evolution from Tenjin Horumon Teppanyaki. It is a stylish bar and restaurant in the station that offers beautifully served food like Tomato Stew with Beef Giblets (480 JPY (incl. tax)), Tenjin Horumon Recommended MIX Horumon (480 JPY (incl. tax)), and homemade roast beef (680 JPY (incl. tax)). A la carte dishes that are perfect with alcohol are also available. There are many options for healthy and fresh vegetable dishes, like Ponkotsu Salad (480 JPY (incl. tax)), which is made with rice puffs and gristle, and grilled vegetables (780 JPY (incl. tax)). This restaurant is popular among women as well.
3. Hakata Charcoal Grill Yakiniku Tanaka Horumon
Charcoal-grilled is one of the best ways to enjoy horumon. Tanaka Horumon has been in business for 23 years, with the goal of providing reasonably priced, delicious food. The sight of fresh meat and horumon being grilled on a shichirin charcoal stove will stimulate your appetite. There are 15 different types of horumon, with some of them as cheap as 380 JPY (excl. tax). Motsu Nabe (giblet hot pot), a Fukuoka specialty, is also available. This hot pot is made with horumon of high-class Japanese black beef from Kagoshima. This restaurant is easy to get to, since it's located just three minutes on foot from Hakata Station's Chikushiguchi exit.
4. Hakata Horumon Oideya
Hakata Horumon Oideya offers high quality charcoal-grilled horumon, and their famous Miso Tonchan (680 JPY (excl. tax)) is very popular. This restaurant also offers yakiniku barbecue as well as Korean cuisine, and has many different noodle and rice dishes. The dish recommended by the owner is domestic ribeye (2,580 JPY (excl. tax)), served with egg yolk sauce, salt. and pepper. The 240g domestic ribeye is very satisfying.
5. Karubi Horumon Center, Zasshonokuma Branch
Karubi Horumon Center is also known as Karuhoru. The Zasshonokuma branch is located in Ginten-cho, three minutes walking distance from JR Minami Fukuoka Station. Their high quality yakiniku and karubi horumon are served with a delicious original sauce. Karubi Horumon Center also receives good reviews for its reasonable pricing. On the first floor, 1F, is the newly built Karuho bower, an area for single yakiniku customers. The second floor, 2F, is for families and groups, and the whole floor can be booked for large groups. Tables on the basement floor, B1F, are all hori-gotatsu (a low table over a hole in the floor), and are suited for any type of customer. Additionally, course options like the 90 min All-You-Can-Eat (1,680 JPY (excl. tax)) course are popular.
Although in Hakata it is quite common to have horumon, there are various cooking styles to choose from. The grilling method, horumon, and meat can all be selected to suit your preferences, and you might not be able to try everything in one go as there are many interesting and unique dishes. Horumon contains collagen and is low in calories, so it is growing popular among ladies as well.
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