Imoto

27,000 JPY 〜
/ Guest
27,000 JPY 〜
/ Guest
  • Anniversary Services

The sensibility of youth blossoming in Fukuoka. Two-star Kyoto cuisine that expresses the spirit of hospitality

The Yakuin area, a 6-minute walk from Yakuin-odori Station on the Fukuoka City Subway, or a 10-minute drive from Hakata Station, is a quiet residential area with many trendy stores. One street over from Josui-dori, Imoto's is tucked away behind a white noren curtain with the name of the restaurant dyed around it.

Head Chef Tatsuya Imoto was born in 1986. After graduating from a culinary school in his hometown of Fukuoka, he trained at a Japanese restaurant in Kyoto for seven years. In 2015, at the age of 29, he opened Imoto, and five years later, the restaurant was awarded two stars in a global gourmet guide book.
What Chef Imoto values most in his cooking is the "dashi" (soup stock) made from Rishiri konbu (kelp). As dashi is the beginning of everything, he uses ichiban dashi (first stock) in all of his dishes. Ichiban dashi is also used in the mixed stewed vegetables. Dried bonito and tuna flakes are not steamed, but shaved to retain their aroma and flavor. He also uses natural spring water from Aso. It is soft and helps bring out the flavor of konbu. For ingredients, he asks suppliers he has known since his apprentice days in Kyoto, as well as trusted local suppliers in Fukuoka, to create courses with a balance of seasonal fish and vegetables. For example, in the summer, eel and pike conger are featured. The intention is to make the best use of the ingredients and create a dish that one never tires of eating.
The sake list features about 15 kinds from all over Japan. Sake is served according to the guest's preference and the cuisine of the moment and includes local Fukuoka varieties as well as Chef Imoto's favorite label. Many guests enjoy a variety of brands, one glass at a time. There is also a wide selection of wines, mainly reds and whites from Burgundy, as well as eight kinds of Champagne.

The restaurant has only 11 seats at a neat L-shaped counter that makes the most of the warmth of the wood, and every seat offers a perfect view of Imoto's skills on display right in front of you. The bowls are all Wajima-nuri lacquerware, the tableware is mainly Kyo-yaki and blue-and-white and Nankin Akae porcelain and other antiques, and the glassware is from Baccarat and Lalique. Imoto's sense of aesthetics can also be felt in the vessels used to serve the dishes. The restaurant does not disappoint when it comes to family gatherings, anniversaries, intimate dinners, and entertaining important guests. Visitors from outside of the prefecture also can't miss the convenience of access, considering how close it is to Hakata Station by car.
Imoto says he wants guests relax with food and sake, and talk with them about the tableware and drinks. Such warm hospitality will surely make your time at Imoto unforgettable.

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Access
A 5-minutes walk from Yakuin-Odori Station

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Recommendation(3)

  • 30's

    Date of Visit: 5/2022
    日本料理をカウンターでいただくのは初めての機会でしたが、本当に素晴らしい経験になりました。店内の雰囲気、料理のこだわり、器の美しさ、お酒との相性、全てに大変満足でした。特にお料理は、香りと出汁へのこだわりを感じました。 今回は一人で伺いましたが、次回は是非とも人を連れて来たいと思いました。また、今回は夏らしい爽やかな旬の食材をいただいたので、冬にも伺ってみたいと思いました。 大変美味しい料理、素敵なお店でした。ありがとうございました。
    Number of visits: OnePurpose: Other
  • 50's

    Date of Visit: 5/2022
    どの料理も非常に美味しく昼からお酒が進んで大満足でした。
    Number of visits: OnePurpose: Other
  • 50's

    Date of Visit: 3/2022
    料理も上品で美味しかったです。
    Number of visits: OnePurpose: With friend

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Courses

Lunch
Omakase course
27,000 JPY / Guest
Dinner
Omakase course
27,000 JPY / Guest

Information

Name

Imoto [井本]

Cuisine Type

Japanese, Kaiseki, Washoku

Opening hours

Dinner:17:00-L.O.20:30 Lunch: 12:00~L.O.13:00

Holidays

Irregular

Access

1-2, 香 Building, 4-15-29, Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka

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