ひょうたん寿司 (Hyoutan Sushi)

A ton of websites and blogs recommended this place, although the Google reviews weren’t particularly good. I had plenty of time, so I decided to drop by and find out for myself. There is in fact TWO Hyoutan Sushi restaurants, very close to each other, so be careful which one you want to go. The one I went to (and the one I mapped below) is the sushi bar, whilst the other is a kaitenzushi (sushi train). Both are equally busy and packed, but unless you have 3 or more, it shouldn’t take too long to be seated.

As I like to stick to my favourites in sushi restaurants, especially when trying a new place, I opted to get individual pieces instead of a set meal. I got mostly variations of normal and fatty tuna and salmon, as well as some local specialties. The chef for my area also suggested a particular fatty tuna that had recently come in (bottom left) when I was ordering a normal ootoro (fatty tuna) and I decided to go for that instead.

 

The sushi were all tremendously fresh and delicious, not to mention so generously sliced! For the quality, you’d be surprised how thick the slices of sashimi were; but that just makes the prices all the more worth it. As for the recommended tuna, it was probably one of the best fatty tuna I’ve had. I could’ve eaten another but I generally try not to overstuff myself with fatty sashimi so I settled on enjoying the one piece. Safe to say I visited this place twice in my short trip to Fukuoka!

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