1er cru is a ten-minute walk from Shianbashi Station, reached from Nagasaki Station on the tram line. The restaurant is a one-star establishment helmed by chef Shinji Fukada, who offers dishes showcasing produce from Nagasaki Prefecture at its best.
Born in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, self-taught chef Fukada changed his career path to pursue his passion for cooking and developed his own style of cuisine while dining at various restaurants. After opening 1er cru in 2002, with which he was acquainted, his creative dishes quickly gained popularity and brought acclaim and a one-star rating to his restaurant.
1er cru exclusively features local produce, including seafood sourced directly from trusted suppliers in Shimabara City and Iki beef from Iki Island. Vegetables are procured directly from farmers in Unzen and Kunimi, selected by the chef himself from the farms’ native and pure-bred varieties. These ingredients are seasoned carefully with matching salt sourced from their respective places of origin (for example, ingredients from the Goto Islands are seasoned with salt from the Goto Islands, and ingredients from Iki Island with grains from the surrounding area) to bring out their best flavors and create one-of-a-kind dishes unique to the restaurant. Simple yet delicious, dishes are prepared using the chef’s own methods and Japanese culinary techniques, such as using a broth made Shimabara fish, kelp roots, and Goto Shimasazanami chickens to enhance natural flavors.
The restaurant’s most popular dish is perhaps the abalone cooked over low heat to enhance its flavor, reminiscent of the scent of the sea of Nagasaki. “Please enjoy both the simple taste of fresh seafood and the deep flavors of fermented foods,” says Fukada.
The French-leaning wine list specializes in wines from Burgundy, but also includes a 20-year-old matured German wine by the glass which pairs beautifully with most dishes.
In addition to plates featuring produce from Nagasaki, the entire restaurant is filled with details that pay homage to the surrounding area, including an interior accented with solid natural wood from Nagasaki and earthenware made of local clay.
Guests are invited to enjoy dishes filled with ingredients from the local Nagasaki area with family, partner, friends, or colleagues while watching chef Fukada expertly preparing meals in the open kitchen.
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A 7-minutes walk from Shianbashi Tram Stop of Nagasaki Electric Tramway
Take the JR Nagasaki Main Line to Nagasaki Station (Tosu - Nagasaki)