• Treats Off The Beaten Path

    The restaurant folks generally don't speak English, but that's OK.


    Many of the best restaurants in Japan have no plastic food, photos on the menu, or any English.

    Not a problem if a Foodie takes you there!

    Toriyaki Teishoku

    Toriyaki Chicken

    Unique Fukuoka Legend

    We have been enjoying this dish at its secret location away from the city center since 1985. It never disappoints.



    Superb Raw Fish

    Kyushu is known for its amazing variety and quality of fresh fish. We know a few spots that are well worth visiting. There are no knives and forks on the premises.

    Vegan Burger with Vegan Fried Chicken

    Vegan Burgers

    Good Enough for Meat Eaters

    Delivering real taste-sensations, one of the area's first vegan cafe-restaurants offers burgers & fries, salad, and non-meat "fried chicken" seasoned so well you'd think it was the real thing. Decadent- but vegan, so let's go here!

    Filet Katsu

    Filet Katsu

    Hands Down The Best

    This dish made from specially-raised pork from Kagoshima is nothing like any tonkatsu you have ever experienced. And you think you've had tonkatsu... oh, just wait!

    Kaiseki Ryori



    Legendary in Kyoto's Gion District, this kaiseki feast is prepared by a Kyushu chef using only the finest seasonal ingredients. It’s an amazing experience, a treat for all the senses, very reasonably priced when booked in advance via Internet in Japanese. Well worth the trip!

    Sri Lankan Curry

    Sri Lankan Curry

    Local Fave

    Since the 1980's Fukuoka City has hosted Sri Lankan chefs, as we are real curry lovers. Now, this is one of the best cities for tasting this great cuisine.
    The unique blend of spices is a bit different from Indian. The meal shown above is vegetarian.

  • Happy, Well-Fed People

    Diners From Around The World

    Phil & Stacy

    California, USA

    My wife and I are foodies from California who wanted to visit some special places in Kyoto. Bruce took us to some fine dining and out for drinks. It was so much fun, we all met for breakfast. Our personal tour wasn't complete until Stacy had tried some natto and purchased a custom, left-handed chef's knife with her initials engraved to bring home. Unforgettable!

    JJ & Renee

    Hong Kong

    We are extremely well-traveled. When it comes to food, Bruce shows us places that most locals do not even know. From the most humble, Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-fried Buns on Lock Road in Kowloon to popcorn with powdered truffles and exotic cocktails at the Ozone Bar on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton. High indeed.

    Connie Bee & Family

    Florida, USA

    My family comes to Japan every year or two; it's one of our favorite destinations. When we are here, Bruce gets the chance to introduce us to great places that only locals know about. He's the best!

    Mike G

    Maryland, USA

    I'm on the road more than just about anyone except airline employees. When I have time to enjoy fine dining, I contact Bruce for meals in Japan or Korea. Last time, we met in Busan. Bruce turned me on to a meal of some very fresh sea eel. In fact, it was still wiggling until we sautéed it at our table. l didn't flinch.

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