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Cafes in Japan 2017 – Fukuoka

IMG_4258.jpgThe coffees that we tried in Fukuoka were in general good!

And we seemed to get this feeling that cafes in Fukuoka are generally having very nice ambience and environment (check out the panorama shot in the banner picture) that’s conducive for sipping coffee and watching the world go by…

I think by this point we were pretty much too full to try any cafe food 😛

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Cafes in Japan 2017 – Kumamoto

IMG_4028Because of the recent earthquake, the 2 most famous landmarks of Kumamoto, Mt Aso and Kumamoto Castle, were out of bounds to tourists. Hence we spent most of our time here on trains, checking out the beautiful and casual rides throughout the countryside. So very few cafe hoppings in Kumamoto. 🙂

While we only tried 2 cafes in Kumamoto, we were very impressed by the coffee and desserts both times 🙂

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Cafes in Japan 2017 – Kagoshima

IMG_3840Oh, we walked past many times the Polar Bear cafe むじゃき Mujyaki located in Tenmonkan walking street (see banner picture) on our way back to our hotel. It created the 白熊 Shirokuma Shaved Ice during one summer and it went viral. So now you get long queues at the 4-storey cafe which also sells merchandises. No we didn’t went in. 🙂

Well, I guess we have to work harder to find nicer cafes in Kagoshima the next round… any recommendations?

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Cafes in Japan 2017 – Miyazaki

IMG_3504There was so much to do in Miyazaki, but we still managed to visit 4 cafes for food and drinks 😛

In general, the cafes were quite busy for a relatively quiet and chillax city, but we did not have to queue for seats.

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Cafes in Japan 2017 – Osaka

img_3413With only one full day in Osaka, we managed to check out Pablo, minus the long queues seen in the recently-opened Singapore outlet, as well as a lovely cafe. As we had to take a bus to Itami Airport for the domestic flight to Miyazaki, we also found time to grab a bite at the Osaka City Air Terminal and Itami Airport 🙂

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博多天ぷらたかお Hakata Tempura Takao @Hakata, Japan

With the warning of upcoming typhoon, we ended up at the Canal City Hakata again. We were walking around for lunch inspiration and we were attracted by the huge anago!

We opted for 対馬産大穴子天丼 Tsushima Large Anago Tendon (¥1700) and 季节の天ぷら定食 Seasonal Tempura Set Meal (¥1400).

The huge anago was awesomely delicious! We also liked that they were not overly generous with the sauce 🙂 For the tempura set meal, each tempura was freshly deep fried in front of us, and served piece by piece as we ate, ensuring that each piece was fresh and hot. The batter was also quite light without being overly oily.

We were really glad that we came here for lunch 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 〒812-0018 福岡県福岡市博多区住吉1丁目2−1 キャナルシティ博多4階, 1 Chome−2−1, Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken, Japan (Google Maps)
  • Directions: Level 4 of Canal City Hakata
  • Websitetempura-takao.jp
  • Hrs: 11am – 11pm
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屋台小金ちゃん Yatai Kokinchan @Hakata, Japan

We can’t come to Hakata without visiting 屋台 Yatai! We still recalled the very enjoyable yatai experience from many years ago, but we were unable to find the same stall during this visit. Nonetheless, we had read about a couple of very popular stalls, and decided to check out 屋台小金ちゃん Yatai Kokinchan. We arrived around 6pm, and there was already a queue!

We managed to try quite a few items, including:

  • めんたい玉子焼き Fried Spicy Cod Roe with Egg (¥680): This was slightly spicy, salty and sweet, and we rather enjoyed the mixed flavours.
  • 焼きラーメン Fried Ramen Noodles (¥700): This was the speciality of Kokinchan when we read the reviews. Hmm, we didn’t expect the sauce to be so sweet…
  • 餃子 Fried Dumplings (¥380): Difficult to go wrong, and pretty standard.
  • おでん Oden (¥130 each): We tried the コンニャク Konnyaku (I’m not sure if this is it), しいたけ shiitake mushroom, and はんべん, which was a puffy cake made of fish paste, and we realised it was that piece of oden which my friends would usually fight over for whenever we buy this standard oden pack for steamboat. Of course, it tasted as good as ever 😀

The food felt rather homely, and we really enjoy the experience of just hanging around the yatai 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 〒810-0041 福岡県福岡市中央区天神2丁目14−13 天神三井ビル角, 2 Chome−14−13 Tenjin, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken, Japan (Google Maps)
  • Directions: In front of Hotel Monterey La Soeur Fukuoka, at the corner of Tenjin Mitsui Building
  • Websiteyatai.fukuoka.jp/oyafuko/kokinchan
  • Hrs: 6:30pm – 1:30am (Mon-Wed), 6:30pm – 2am (Fri-Sat)
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うどん平 Udon Taira @Hakata, Japan

img_4235IMG20170915113132Hubby said that we absolutely gotta go queue for this famous udon!

Since we were staying quite near the place, we figured we would be rather early… NOT 😛

We arrived just before 11.30am, to find a long queue outside, and we did not manage to get in the first seating. However, being a fuss-free place, customers did not linger and after 20 minutes, we were in!

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平四郎 廻転寿司 キャナルシティ店 Heishirou @Hakata, Japan

After watching the impressive laser light fountain show at Canal City Hakata, we decided to look for food within the huge shopping mall itself.

There were a few options, and 平四郎 キャナルシティ店 廻転寿司 Heishirou conveyor belt sushi restaurant looked rather popular. Price ranged from ¥100 to ¥500 per plate (excluding tax), and we spent ¥3024 in total for 8 plates of sushi.

We gotta say that the fish were fresh, but a pity about the sushi rice…

Contact (廻転寿司平四郎 キャナルシティ店):

  • Location: 〒812-0018 福岡県福岡市博多区住吉1-2-1 キャナルシティ博多4F, 1 Chome-2-1 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 812-0018, Japan (Google Maps)
  • Directions: 1 minute walk from 博多駅 Hakata Station
  • Websiteheishirou.com
  • Hrs: 11am – 11pm
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餃子屋 弐ノ弐 Gyoza Ya Ninoni @Hakata, Japan

We were strolling along the shopping street when a half price 焼餃子 Pan-fried Gyoza and Beer advertisement caught our attention 😛

We had the 焼餃子 Pan-fried Gyoza (half price at ¥125 for 7 pieces), as well as the 水餃子 Steamed Gyoza (¥300 for 6). Boy, we were glad that we made this pit stop! The gyozas were very juicy and the skin was rather thin. We really enjoyed this snack food 😀

Contact (Outlet-川端店):

  • Location: 〒812-0026 福岡県福岡市博多区上川端町5−108, 5-108 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 812-0026, Japan (Google Maps)
  • Directions: 1 minute walk from 博多駅 Hakata Station
  • Websitewww.ninoni.jp
  • Hrs: 5pm – 12am
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