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Hakata Furansu-Ryori Yatai

Simon | May 13, 2008 02:17 AM

Finally found and tried the one yatai in Fukuoka which serves French food, which i'd read about, but on past trips i was always too busy scarfing down menaitko tempura and ika sashimi and tonkatsu ramen to bother.

But this time, i gave it a try. Good place!

When i got there, the chef/owner cautioned me "Furansu ryori daijobu?" (French food okay?) and i assured him that i was in fact specifically there for that. He suggested three courses...he had a fairly wide variety of seafood and meats and veggies on hand...we decided together that he'd do a veggie course, a meat or poultry course, and a seafood course.

-- the first was 2 homemade chicken&pork sausages, which he sauteed in olive oil and served over greens...delicious, perfectly charred...i could have eaten ten of these...

-- the second was carefully selected steamed vegetables (pepper, carrot, okra, mini sweet potato, and some i am forgetting)...each one was so perfect and fresh that i could imagine him choosing each item w/ care at the market/farm...he served this w/ three comparment dish containing top-quality sea salt, rich olive oil, and a lemon slice...while highly simple, this was one of my fav things i've had recently.

-- the third course was fish: a fillet of tai, first braised w/ some butter, salt and pepper, then finished in a saute pan w/ some garlic and tomato sauce...tasty but not as good as the other two...

Not cheap: with two glasses of wine (one of which was free), the bill was 5200...so 52 dollars...but it was a lovely meal...i was especially happy that he cooked in a light southern style w/ olive oil, which is the kind of French food i happen to prefer...

It's a serious, one-man operation: he has a steaming metal container to keep the plates spotless, and he does all the chopping and serving himself...no assistant...(which is funny since sometimes i've been to ramen&oden yatais w/ like three people colliding into each other to dish out ramen, oden, and shochu...

Highly recommended if you are in the mood for a healthy and uniquely prepared French meal while in the city...

Location: directly across the street from the Dukes Nakasu Hotel...

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