Most Japanese restaurants seem to be set up in similar ways. As far as the interior is concerned, wood elements are often used. Colorful sake bottles line the shelves. The design is simple and clean. Dining in Japan is also entertaining. Upon entering a restaurant, waiters often shout out a welcome in unison. At first, it can be a bit uncomfortable in the way that waiters singing "Happy Birthday" at family dining chains in the States can be. It's easy to get used to, though, and when you do, it's kinda fun.
Soba, tempura vegetables and seafood, gyoza, and donburi were a few things I dined on. They were good, but a few others stuck out as the highlight of my culinary adventure.
Friday was freezing and I needed nothing more than a hot bowl of noodles to warm me up. I got excited when I found an udon shop in Hakata Station. I motioned for the waiter to follow me outside the restaurant so I could show him what I wanted on the posted photo menu. He happily took my order and soon enough, a piping hot bowl of chewy udon noodles in a broth was brought to my table. I had become accustomed to eating udon in Korea but nothing compared to this. In addition to the noodles was a large lightly fried shrimp, a handful of green onions, and pieces of tempura batter. The shrimp was delicious but what really made the dish great was the tempura. The little morsels of crunchiness gave the noodles a perfect texture that left me wanting more.
The best udon I've ever had. Love those tempura bites!
Authentic ramen- Hakata style.
Ramen Stadium in Canal City hosts numerous ramen shops under one roof.