Karatsu City is located in the northern part of Saga Prefecture, facing the Genkai-nada Sea. “Hirata”, a 1-star Japanese restaurant, is quietly located near Karatsu Castle. Chef Tomohaya Hirata, sharpened his skills at famous Japanese restaurants including “Utsuwa Ryori Sano” in Fukuoka Prefecture and 2-star “Miyamaso” in Kyoto, and opened “Hirata” in 2016. It became a popular restaurant that received 1-star for its gentle and courteous cuisine and hospitality.
With an understanding of the tea ceremony, chef Hirata looks for local ingredients just like chakaiseki (tea-ceremony dishes), and completes his dishes with his own thoughts. He is particular about local production and local consumption of seafood and vegetables, and purchases them with his expert judgment. "As a town rich in seafood, not only the fish is delicious, but also the combination with seasonal vegetables which is easy to feel the season is appreciated by customers," chef Hirata said. There are 5 to 6 kinds of Japanese sake, mainly from the local area, as well as wine that goes well with Japanese cuisine. In addition, the homemade enzyme juice made by fermenting vegetables and fruits and other soft drinks are perfect for even non-alcoholic people.
The rounded ceiling and bright white walls create a comfortable interior. 7 seats at the counter and 4 tables are prepared, and the comfortable distance between the customer and the restaurant is considered. "Although the building is simple and not heavy, I would like you to feel the spirit of the tea ceremony that you can see from time to time, and enjoy a quiet and delicious time," chef Hirata said. Various dinnerware is used according to the season, including antiques bought by local artists of Karatsu ware, Kyoto, Kanazawa, etc., from his training period. While enjoying the calm atmosphere of Karatsu, you will want to enjoy a special time spent in “Hirata” with your family, friends and other important people.
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A 15-minute walk Karatsu Station, North Exit (JR Karatsu Line)