Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi is famous for being the home for fugu (blowfish), a high-quality fish. However, Fukuoka, a city which calls fugu fuku (luck), is also known for offering fresh fugu at more reasonable prices than other cities. You can enjoy it as hot pot with vegetables, sashimi, or fried. Here are 5 recommended restaurants where you can eat delicious fugu dishes in Fukuoka.
1. Hakata Bote
Hakata Bote is a restaurant where you can savor natural fugu all year round. The inside of the restaurant has a casual atmosphere so you can go in without being too fussy. There are many popular dishes such as blowfish sashimi (3,700 JPY), blowfish roe sashimi (3,900 JPY) and their bestselling deep-fried blowfish (3,300 JPY), as well as a variety of dishes which can only be served in a fugu specialty restaurant, like fuku tataki (3,300 JPY) which is thick, lightly grilled blowfish sashimi, and sushi. If you want to try various fugu dishes, try a course (starts from 7,900 JPY). A drink called hire zake (850 JPY), hot sake with grilled blowfish fins in it, is a standard option in a fugu restaurant, so please give it a try!
2. Ajidokoro Izumi
At Ajidokoro Izumi, the fugu specialty restaurant where you can savor meaty fugu, they get and provide carefully selected torafugu (tiger globefish) from Shimonoseki. Torafugu sashimi is made with a technique called "nimai bike" (cut in two) in which a chef cuts fugu twice so a slice of fugu will be wider than those cut only once. The match of fugu's umami and the taste of ponzu, citrus soy sauce, is fully enjoyable. The fuku course starts from 12,960 JPY (incl. tax), in which you can enjoy sashimi, steamed blowfish roe, deep-fried blowfish, and boiled blowfish with vegetables followed by making risotto in the same dish by adding rice. For those that want to try the grilled blowfish row, you can savor plenty of delicious fugu dishes with the luxurious fuku and blowfish roe course (16,200 JPY (incl. tax))!
3. Tatsumi Sushi
Tatsumi Sushi is a popular Fukuoka sushi restaurant that's famous for serving delicious sushi, ala carte dishes, long-toothed grouper, fugu, as well as steaks. They use carefully selected ingredients, such as seasonal fish and vegetables they get not just from Fukuoka but all over Japan, so you can taste the four seasons through their dishes. They have a wide variety of sushi, and they are known for their creative sushi that's already seasoned and made with care so it can be eaten without adding soy sauce. They offer fugu sashimi (starting at 5,000 JPY (incl. tax)) or thick-sliced fugu with ponzu (2,500 JPY (incl. tax)) served during the winter from around November to March. The season varies according to the volume of fugu available. There's also the fugu course for 13,600 JPY (incl. tax). Those who want to enjoy both sushi and fugu in a modern Japanese, chic atmosphere, try this restaurant!
4. Hakata Izumi
The fugu specialty restaurant representative of Fukuoka is Hakata Izumi. It is a restaurant where you can experience delicious fugu dishes. They stand out for having various fugu courses such asthe fuku raku course (7,000 JPY (incl. tax)) where you can enjoy standard sashimi, deep-fried fugu, hot pot, and risotto, or fuku kaiseki (starts from 10,000 JPY (incl. tax)) where you can savor fugu dishes in hot pot, boiled, and grilled. If you want to try top-class fugu, we recommend the course using natural fugu (starts from 25,000 JPY (incl. tax)), although it's a bit expensive. You can taste the sweetness and the umami of fugu although it is light. The interior of the restaurant is luxurious and has a Japanese atmosphere so you can relax and taste fugu.
"Teraoka" is a famous Japanese cuisine restaurant in Fukuoka which serves delicious fugu and ara (long tooth grouper). It is known for serving reasonable course menus which use fresh tora fugu (tiger blowfish) from 6,480 JPY (incl.tax, excl. service fee). You can savor superb fugu in sashimi, karaage, fugu chiri, zosui and fugu siu mai. They also have a variety of sake selected from all over Japan, so do enjoy it with their food. It is also a restaurant famous for its Japanese cuisine, so it will be great to book your favorite course consisted of Hakata specialties or chicken mizu taki hot pot, and order a plate or two of fugu dishes additionally.
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There are various tasty dishes in Fukuoka, but please try some of these fugu dishes when sightseeing!
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