“Oryori Matsuyama”, a one-star Japanese restaurant, is in a stylish house located 5 minutes walk from JR Kurosaki Station in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture. The owner, Shozo Matsuyama, opened this restaurant in his hometown, where he uses seasonal ingredients from all over Japan along with the passion of the producers.
Chef Matsuyama, born in Kurosaki, Kitakyushu, started working for a major automaker at the age of 20. He worked as an engineer and later ran a Takoyaki restaurant in Saga Prefecture. After that, he entered the culinary world with the thought of "I want to have more freedom to pursue what I want to do". After returning to Kitakyushu City, he was trained at a Japanese restaurant for six years. As he turned 30 in 2011, he opened “Oryori Matsuyama” in his hometown. The dishes are made full use of the umami of seasonal ingredients, the restaurant became popular and received one star.
With "have someone enjoy his food" as the top priority, the chef purchases local ingredients mainly from local production and use seasonal ingredients from all over Japan. Chef Matsuyama always visit producers of the ingredients that are used in the restaurant and listen to their thoughts. He said that by doing so, his explanation to the customers of the dishes will be very realistic. Chef Matsuyama brings out 120% of the flavor of the ingredients by adding ingredients from Kyushu to high quality ingredients from all over Japan. The menu changes monthly. The seasonal appetizer and the "Karasumi mochi" that wraps the homemade dried mullet roe with mochi grilled fluffy over charcoal is popular. There are 40 ~ 50 kinds of sake from brands that are attracting attention from overseas to rare sake, such as premium Japanese sake, and pairing courses are also popular. They also have the domestic white beer "ROCOCO Tokyo WHITE" that is still rare in Kyushu.
The building is a modern house. There are only 6 counter seats in the restaurant. You can have a lively conversation with the friendly chef. The dinnerware includes works of Living National Treasures, such as Raku ware by Raku Kichizaemon from Kyoto, Kyo ware by Eiraku Zengoro from Kyoto and Manji Inoue from Saga who is known for his white porcelain, as well as glasses from Old Baccarat and Saint-Louis from the 1900's onwards. Using seasonal ingredients and incorporating Japanese culture, the “Oryori Matsuyama” cuisine is recommended for various situations, such as dining or dating with family, friends, colleagues or gourmets. English menus are also available, so even foreign guests can be delighted by Japanese culture.
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A 7-minute walk from Kurosaki Station (JR Kagoshima Main Line (Shimonoseki Moji Port - Hakata))