It's taken me a while but wanted to give this place a standalone post as it was my favourite meal from my 3 week trip to Japan in January/February.
We read about it in one of the local bulletin magazines so there was an element of serendipity and auto-discovery which is always pleasing. Out of the way neighbourhood. Head chef 34 yrs old, had spent time working in Sydney and his sous chef had worked in Melbourne, they had returned to Fukuoka to set up their own restaurant late 2007. Modern, sleek restaurant design, wood everywhere, Scandinavian style. Food memorable especially the sashimi plate of fugu, amadai and saba (see photo), nabe of amadai + yuzu infused broth, chicken in ankake sauce and 2 types of raw oyster. Shiratugu san couldn't have been more friendly, he came over and chatted to me and my girlfriend and showed me his knives and around his counter area afterwards. IIRC bill came to 13,000 Yen for 2 including a fair amount of decent sake. I am told that the card identifies the izakaya as Sekidoubashi Shiratugu because Shiratugu is a common name in that part of the world.
石堂橋 白つぐ 〒８１２−００３５
TEL + 81(0)924-003-569
FAX +81(0) 924-003-561
Details for Wasabi, another modern izakaya we liked quite a lot (in terms of food, setting, ambience) are written below.
雄屋 わさび 〒810-0021
open 18:00, close midnight
In conjunction with Simon's Hidden Kitchen tip (we liked some things there especially the chu-toro but felt that Wasabi and Shiratugu were both better overall), this is a nice triumvirate of modern izakayas for visitors to Fukuoka to try out.