Hot and Flakey! Five Select Restaurants in Fukuoka for Outstanding Tempura

Fukuoka is full of popular gourmet items. There are many restaurants that serve tempura, which is a representative Japanese food. Here are five highly recommended restaurants!

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1. Tenkou

This is a famous restaurant that appeared in the special 2014 Fukuoka/Saga edition of the Michelin Guide. Its ingredients are seasonal fish and vegetables, with the fish, for example, being fresh enough to eat as sashimi. The oil is a mixture of a light sesame oil and plant oil that are blended in accordance with the day's temperature. The batter is thin and has a light, flakey texture. Once you bite into it, the umami flavors and the aroma of the ingredients that had been locked in spreads softly throughout the mouth.
The menu includes the Evening Course (10,000 JPY (incl. tax) and up). Vegetarian options available on request.

2. Tenju

This is a popular restaurant in a busy commercial district of the city of Fukuoka.
The thickness of the batter and the way the tempura is fried is adjusted minutely based on the owner's belief that tempura is determined by how the moisture of the ingredients is removed and the umami flavors concentrated. The sesame oil is a type that does not make the tempura heavy, and results in a light and flaky tempura full of the umami flavors of the ingredients.
Each ingredient is carefully selected by the owner. The vegetables are procured not from a market, but directly from a trustworthy farm. The producers are shifted from north to south so that fresh seasonal produce is always procured, and the tastiest items at the time are offered from across the country.
The menu includes the evening course, Yuki (8,500 JPY (excl. tax)).

3. Egashira

Egashira is in Kurume in the southern part of the prefecture. Here, you can enjoy freshly fried tempura a la carte or in courses in a welcoming environment surrounded by the warmth of wood. The ingredients are mainly seasonal fresh vegetables, seafood, and meats. You can have a uniquely Fukuoka tempura of Kanato Fugu (250 JPY (incl. tax)), a type of blowfish from the Genkai Sea (a body of water to the northwest of Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures). *Kanato Fugu is in season from fall to winter.
Other menu items include the Tempura Course Tsuki (4,000 JPY (incl. tax)).

4. Kajiten

Kajiten is a tempura restaurant in a convenient location directly connected to JR Hakata Station. The restaurant is in a busy place with many passers by, but inside is a quiet, comfortable space. The counter seats are recommended as you can see the piping hot tempura being fried in the large pot there.
The ingredients are seasonal seafood and fresh vegetables that have been carefully selected by the owner. In addition to the tempura, they offer a wide selection of a la carte items, such as fresh sashimi of seafood from the Genkai Sea.
The menu includes the Tempura Dinner (Ainoshima) (1,124 JPY (excl. tax)).

5. Takeuchi

This is a popular restaurant that appeared in the special 2014 Fukuoka/Saga edition of the Michelin Guide. The ingredients are carefully selected and include seafood that the owner procures directly from fishermen and fresh vegetables. The soft batter with a smooth texture goes well with rock salt and the restaurant's original shio-koji (a traditional Japanese seasoning made by fermenting koji mold with salt and water).
The menu includes the Yuki Course (3,800 JPY (incl. tax)).

Each restaurant's uniqueness is represented in the sauce and salts served with the tempura. Please try a variety of restaurants to enjoy the different flavors!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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