nw132 Ramen Kamen 55 (Paha Paha) #157 006

Ramen Kamen 55 (Paha Paha)

Ask somebody to name a famous food from Fukuoka, and they’ll most likely reply “ramen”. These noodles in soup are certainly hugely popular here, but this month we showcase a restaurant that adds a little ethnic twist to this most Fukuokan of dishes.

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nw132 Sushi-zanmai Tenjin #157 006

Sushi-zanmai Tenjin

As all connoisseurs know, the best kind of sushi is the type that doesn’t come round on a conveyor belt. Having it made in front of you by a master sushi chef doesn’t come cheap though – the price can often be as eye watering as the wasabi.

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nw131 Hakata Hanamidori Tenjin #156 008

Hakata Hanamidori Tenjin

Hakata is well-known for its many local delicacies such as Hakata ramen noodles and motsunabe. Mizutaki (chicken broth hotpot) is another, which has been popular since way back in the Keio era (1865­–8).

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New Smile

If you spent your childhood in Japan during the 70’s ~ 90’s, the classic food replicas in New Smile’s front window will bring back memories…

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nw128 Chuchuya Pura vida! #153 001

Chuchuya Pura vida!

When it comes to food, Kyushu is a big place, and although Miyazaki and Fukuoka may be next to each other, the taste of each prefecture’s cooking is completely different! Luckily, you can sample Miyazaki’s characteristically sweet, rich flavor without leaving Fukuoka by heading to Pura Vida in Daimyo.

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nw127 Ganso Hakata Mentaiju #152 003

Ganso Hakata Mentaiju

This stylish restaurant serves the type of traditional Fukuoka food that has been loved by locals for generations. The most popular dish on the menu is, of course, Hakata mentaiju (¥780), from which the restaurant takes its name.

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nw126 yabukin #151 004


Ask a local where to go for great soba (buckwheat noodles) in Daimyo, and they’ll most likely point you in the direction of this 60-year-old restaurant. Last July, Yabukin relocated to the ground floor of a grand old building and the traditional courtyard gives you the feeling that you’re stepping back in time.

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Danshiro Kitchen

Located on the 10th floor of the recently-opened JR Hakata City building, this restaurant serves up tasty Okinawan fare…

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nw123 shungetsu-an #150 007


This noodle restaurant was established way back in 1890, near to the supposed birthplace of Japanese udon noodles, Jotenji Temple. The techniques they use are even older, dating back to the 13th century.

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nw121 kaisendon hinode #149 006

Kaisendon Hinode

Fukuoka may be known for its delicious seafood, but it’s still rare to find a restaurant serving the freshest fish at bargain prices…

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