Dinner by Hiroyuki Sakai Iron Chef French
I have probably watched every episode of Iron Chef even now when I see an old episode on TV I still watch it. I like how it is made to seem so dramatic and the voice over just tops it all off. I found my self looking on the internet for places to eat in Fukuoka and to my surprise saw that Hiroyuki Sakai Iron Chef French has a restaurant close by so I had to try it out.
The menu at La Rochelle Fukuoka is in Japanese and French neither of which I can read however my French knowledge extends to the word degustation. Seeing this on the menu made it an easy choice the degustation it is. At 12000 yen or about $120 AUD for the five courses considering the food it is reasonably priced defiantly less than I was expecting.
Not knowing what was going to come out made it more exciting! When a dish came out first tasting it and then trying and guess what it is and whats in it. The food was all excellent French style strong flavors , rich sauces lots of butter and cream. Exactly was you would expect from Iron Chef French.
Another unexpected thing was that dessert was not a fixed course but a whole cart was wheeled out and you could pick and choose what you wanted. The waiter was not just cutting up and serving it up rather taking great care and plating it up just like if it had come out of the kitchen.
La Rochelle Fukuoka
How does Ippudo in its place of origin Hakata compare with what we get in Sydney?
Its just as popular with ques forming out side the stores at peak times, its also more on the expensive side compared to other ramen places. This particular store is more like a ramen bar there is table service but no individual tables only long counter benches. As for the ramen whilst its very hard to compare two dishes that are not side by side but I think its very similar to what we get in Sydney. One thing that was different is there is raw garlic and a crusher on every table but all in all its quite the same.
Bib , chopsticks & napkins
Ippudo – Hakata
I recently spent a few weeks in Japan so I will break my blogging drought with this post. A small collection of pictures from my travels.
Itsukushima Shrine , Miyajima
Takoyaki balls simple batter with octopus pieces inside , such a tasty little snack
Tokyo at night is so cool!!
Okonomiyaki – savory pancake. So basically you eat off the hot plate (but its not hot where the eating position is)
The eating utensil
They look huge when they are being prepared but they get smaller once cooked
Ready to eat
I love the bullet train! Not sure exactly but I have ridden it 10+ times and I still act like a little boy when I see one pull into the station.
They even look good on the inside.
Aftermath of a big meal
Street food stall food in Fukuoka
The “kitchen” right in front of you
Gyoza , beer & ramen the perfect late night feed
“choose the hard of the noodle”