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Taking the kids to Mo Mo Land for the day? Driving through Aburayama perhaps? Or do you simply want some good barbecue for a good price? Amaya Ruba is our suggestion. The meat is about as fresh as you can get it, as the restaurant is located on a ranch of sorts, and not as expensive as you may be accustomed to finding in Japan. There is also shish kebab available, and the soft ice cream usually has families lining up.
Owner, chef, bartender, and chief personality "Allen"--a big, burly, super-friendly Jamaican who spent some of his youth in New York--has created a restaurant/bar where your spirits are always lifted. Staff members are international and speak several languages; Allen's adorable children are often present, competing for the affection of guests. The interior gives homage to Jamaica. There is also a piano, and a space for local Jazz acts every Sunday night. The food can be very basic (like tuna sandwiches), but much of it based on Island cuisine, starting at JPY500. Happy hour is held Mon-Sat 6:30pm-8pm, and on beer night (Mon), pitchers are JPY1,200 yen and mugs JPY250. Tuesday nights are ladies' nights, when all cocktails are JPY500.
Since Nagasaki is so close to Fukuoka, there are a number of restaurants in the area that serve Nagasaki champon, the Chinese-influenced noodle dish native that area. This restaurant is one of the more popular ones that serve this dish in the city's west end. The owner is a Nagasaki native who brought his fortunes and cooking expertise to Fukuoka. And judging from the number of people who are regularly in his shop, he has made a fortune with it.
The name of this restaurant basically says it all: it specializes in that North African/Middle Eastern food known as cus-cus. There are, of course, other dishes on the menu besides their many varieties of couscous. As you would expect, they are influenced by Mediterranean and especially French cuisine. And you can match whatever flavor of your meal with many different varieties of wine. The outside is extremely simple, and perfectly resembles a French cafe. The interior is not much different with its simple tables and suspended lights. The walls, however, will catch your attention as they feature drawings by the owner's wife. The clientele are usually dressed respectably, but not elegantly, and come in pairs or small groups. Since most guests are from the area, friendly conversation fills the air.
This small Italian restaurant serves a wide variety of food, but specializes in seafood. The dishes are perhaps more delicious than they otherwise would be because the sea is so close and every salt-water selection is served fresh with a capital F. Located away from the downtown area on a backstreet of Nishijin, the restaurant is pleasantly quiet. The canal that runs alongside the building will not bring back memories of Venice, but it does add a touch of charm. The interior is supposed to resemble a seaside resort cottage and does accomplish this aim to some extent with its bay window and extensive wood furnishings. An open kitchen allows guests to watch the chef in his element. Guests tend to be couples who live in the area and who are looking for some great food to talk over. Lunch sets start at JPY1,500, while full course meals begin at JPY5,000. Other dishes, like lasagna, begin at around JPY1,000. Bottles of wine begin from around JPY3,000.
This casual Italian restaurant serves up a variety of traditional dishes, with a twist that is. The chef has tried to create unique dishes that are true to Italian flavor, but which you will not find elsewhere. There is something else unique about the place, though. The owner raises his own vegetables and herbs, to ensure that what you are getting is fresh and delicious. The wine selection is healthy, and changes from month to month. This is a rather casual restaurant. The items on the menu are not so cheap that the place is filled with young people, but middle-aged guests tend to be less common. Many of the items on the menu are things you have probably never seen or tasted, though maybe you should.
This pizzeria offers authentic Italian pizzas from their wood-fired stove. Those who have had a pizza cooked in such a fashion will appreciate the difference. To complement the pizza, Christies has a fair selection of Italian wines and can arrange French wines or champagne should you require. The food selection is quite international ranging from traditional Italian antipastos to a unique squid haggis in octopus "ink." The seating is functional and in line with the requirements of a pizza restaurant. The clientele is of no particular age group, but the lack of salarymen means that the atmosphere is more civil than will be found at other pizzerias. Functional and plain. The walls are washed with neutral colors and the furniture is all slab timber. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the wood-fired oven. Wide selection, with emphasis on Italian and Mediterranean. French and Japanese fare also served. Recommended is the superb bread. Visitors to Japan will find the bread to be first class, but somewhat dearer than home. Wine selection is adequate and the staff will venture to the local bottle store to fetch special requests!
Those feelings of nostalgia come home when you step into this restaurant/bar. Pictures and posters of Western movie actors and actresses may have you gazing at the walls more at your food orserious foul here—than your date. There are over 70 items on the menu, which change from month to month, but pizza is the specialty here. Wine drinkers should like their all-you-can drink offer, with selections from countries all over the world.
If you think tofu (bean curd) comes in only one flavor, then you have not been to Kuriya. You are sure to be impressed by the many flavors of tofu this charming little restaurant serves up. Start with the original salad. This is not your typical Japanese cabbage salad—it has a dressing so good you will want to lick the plate, with a scoop of delicately flavored yosudofu (a ricotta cheese-textured tofu) in the center. Tofu skeptics should sample the agedashi. Fried crispy on the outside, yet still soft on the inside, it is served simmering in a savory broth. The hirousu yuba—also fried is another easy (and tasty) way to begin your appreciation of tofu. Daring diners may want to sample the okara. It is a powdery form of tofu cooked with konnyaku (an agar) and vegetables. To be honest, it looks like a sawdust stir-fry. But who knew sawdust could taste so good? Behold the power of tofu!
Owner Luis Matos of the Dominican Republic has tried to create a genuine Latino restaurant in Fukuoka, and it seems he has succeeded! Offering excellent dishes from Spain, Mexico, and South America, this restaurant is guaranteed to please those looking for a dining experience whose attraction lies mainly in the food. Then again, the atmosphere is not so bad either. The interior is dimly lit but warm and inviting, and as it is made almost entirely of wood, there is a pleasantly aged feel to the place. The clientele tends to be couples or small groups interested in good food and good wine-that or intimate conversation. Arena is small, and even when full, the noise level is never too loud. The specialty is without doubt paella. The restaurant offers several different kinds, and it is known throughout the city. A plate of mixed paella costs a wallet-friendly price. Party sets are also available. Bottles of wine are served too while other mixed drinks could also be a refreshing choice.
The mood at the New York Health Kitchen and Cafe manages to be both open and intimate. It is easy to imagine oneself spending an afternoon here with friends, lingering over pleasant conversation and one of the many tasty specials.The brick walls and hanging fixtures are balanced by its stylish decor and light menu. This contrast of roughness and sophistication captures the essence of the city that inspired owners Koji and Masako Kabashima to open this small cafe/restaurant.he menu is divided into hot and cold food sections. The cold food section has a variety of salads, sandwiches and appetizers, while the hot section features dishes such as barbecue spareribs and the chef-recommended 'Thai-style grilled chicken. The New York Health Kitchen and Cafe uses organic ingredients whenever possible, and both the juices and coffee offered are organic. This small cafe/restaurant can be found near the intersection of Taisho-dori and Keyaki-dori.
Unless you are staying at this hotel, there is no reason to go out of your way to come and eat at this restaurant. But during the dessert buffet hours, the story changes. Located a few blocks south of Tenjin, the New Otani's dessert selection is exquisite. Why not try everything? If you came to a dessert buffet, then you obviously are not worrying about calories; besides, don't we all have that tendency to try to eat more than our money's worth? The charge is JPY1,500 for adults, and JPY1,200 for students.