“Bisteria Bekk” is located in a quiet spot in Kokura, Fukuoka, and sports a small restaurant sign. The owner-chef, Koji Suganuma, worked in Italian restaurants in Fukuoka, Kita Kyushu, and Kyoto, before deciding to open his own business in his hometown of Kokura in 2012. The restaurant moved to its current location in 2016. The “Bisteria” in its name is a word created by Chef Suganuma to imply the wide variety of ways customers can enjoy “Bisteria Bekk” as something in between a trattoria and a ristorante. Meanwhile, “Bekk,” also a made-up word, has an unusual, idiosyncratic spelling that is easy to memorize and suggests a bit of a mysterious atmosphere.
In terms of ingredients, the only European-grown ingredients are special items such as porcini mushrooms and truffles. “Bisteria Bekk” is particular about sourcing its seafood from local waters, and most of its vegetables as local ingredients from Kyushu. The aim is to appeal to customers by offering special dishes that can only be enjoyed in Kokura, Kyushu. Most of the dishes on the a la carte menu are regional dishes. For example, when it comes to original recipes, Chef Suganuma’s style is to spend a little extra time and effort on making something like a simple meat stew that has been stewed for a long time even more delicious. Making use of the characteristics of Italy’s regional cuisines, he casually refines his dishes to conform with the "Bekk" style. Doing so, his courses become more creative, structured around dishes with an extra original touch. This pleasantly stimulates the imagination of his customers. Chef Suganuma loves bread, noodles, and the like and prepares seven or eight varieties of handmade pasta and dried pasta, which is also "Bekk" specialties. Most of the wine is from Italy and includes types that can be drunk as aperitifs and after-dinner drinks.
The kitchen is fully open, allowing for views of the entire space. It is fun to watch the brisk working style of each of the staff. We recommend choosing your seating to suit the occasion—counter seating if you would like to enjoy a conversation with the chef or table seating if you are coming for business entertainment or an anniversary. We welcome you to come and enjoy the food at "Bekk"—something that can only be savored in this part of Japan—particularly if you have an interest in food or a genuine love of eating.
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A 3-minute walk from Tanga Station(Kitakyushu High-Speed Railway)