Fukuoka’s Chicken Hot Pot Restaurants Should Be on Your Radar

Make time for a leisurely lunch or dinner on your Japan itinerary.

Hakata Ajidokoro Iroha
Iroha Bldg., 14-27 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Contact: +81-92-281-0200
Open daily from 6 p.m. to 12 p.m. (last order is at 11:30 p.m.) except Mondays.

Founded in 1953, Iroha used to be known for serving sukiyaki, traditional Japanese hot pot with beef, tofu, and leeks cooked in sweetened soy sauce. In 1965, they created their famous Jidori Mizutaki (¥4,700), a chicken hot pot dish that has since earned them a loyal following. Nothing much has changed in the recipe since then. The chickens used in the dish are still carefully selected from the Saga Prefecture. To enhance the flavors of chicken and vegetables, dip them into their homemade ponzu sauce, a Japanese sauce made primarily of soy sauce and citrus juice. 

To finish off the meal, order a bowl of rice to make a porridge or noodles to make a champon, a Nagasaki noodle dish. Other than this dish, their juicy fried chicken (¥800) is also popular among younger customers.

Hakata Mizutaki Ganso Suigetsu
3-16-14 Hirao Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Contact: +81-92-531-0031
Open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (last order is at 9:30 p.m.) except Mondays

Founded in 1905, Suigetsu is known as the originator of mizutaki, and is famous with both locals and tourists. The Course B’s (starts from ¥5,300) consommé soup is well-known for its rich flavor, while the soft chicken and minced meat offer remarkable flavor.

Their large and juicy chicken thigh (¥1,500) is also popular among kids, and goes really well with the coleslaw that comes as relish. 

Toriden Hakata - Main Branch
1F Hakata Kojiyaban Bldg., 10-5 Shimokawabatamachi Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Contact: +81-92-272-0920
Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (last order is at 9:30 p.m.).

Toriden offers authentic mizutaki in a stylish restaurant. They offer three courses: Ume (¥3,800+tax), Take (¥4,800+tax), and Matsu (¥5,800+tax). The recommended Take course is a favorite among tourists, and consists of two appetizers, blue mackerel, toriten (chicken tempura), mizutaki, porridge or ramen, and a dessert.

To enjoy your meal to the fullest, first take a sip of the signature white soup made from chicken stock. Then, eat the shabu-shabu, a Japanese dish where very thinly sliced beef is lightly cooked in a traditional hot pot full of boiling broth, chicken, and fresh sliced leeks. After enjoying the shabu-shabu, add vegetables, minced fish, and porridge or ramen in the hot pot. This is the Toriden style.

For the best value for money, order their mizutaki during weekday lunch when it’s on offer at ¥2,800 until 3 p.m.

Hakata Hanamidori Nakasu - Main Branch
1-5F Torizen Bldg., 5-4-24 Nakasu Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Contact: +81-92-263-0322
Open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. (last order is at 10:30 p.m.) on weekdays and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (last order is at 9 p.m.) on weekends.

The secret to Hanamidori’s famous mizutaki lies in the chicken itself. The restaurant raises the chickens in a clean environment, and feeds them with original grain. The chicken stock that the soup is made of also comes from these same chickens, bringing out the hot pot’s full taste (starts from ¥3,300).

Hakata Mizutaki Hamadaya
201 RJR Presia Hakata, 1-1-9 Sumiyoshi Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Contact: +81-92-292-8412
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last order is at 4:30 p.m.) and 5 p.m to 10 p.m. (last order is at 9:30 p.m.)

Hamadaya’s modern and stylish design is popular among women and young customers, but what really draws a crowd is their mizutaki. After studying at a famous chicken hot pot restaurant, the owner opened the restaurant with the goal of getting people to enjoy the dish casually. Using a relatively young chicken, Hamadaya is able to create a rich and light soup that brings out the original taste of the chicken. 

Hamadaya is also known for its course (¥3,780), set (¥2,300), and a menu limited to lunch time (¥1,680)--all of which come with dessert.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (23 December 2017)

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