★ Best Secret Lunch Spot in Ohori Park ★ 大濠公園の美味しいうどん屋さんみっけー!

(日本語は、英語の後に書いてありまーす!)

Ever since the Boathouse was renovated, the amount of people traffic (not the same as people trafficking!) in Ohori Park has increased tenfold! As someone who visits Ohori Park regularly, I was excited when I heard we’d be getting more restaurants (especially Pinkberry), and even more so to hear that the restaurants would be be dog friendly (and did I mention there’s free public WiFi and power outlets in Pinkberry so basically pretty much I have a new favorite “office”.)

But admittedly, since the opening, it’s been hard to convince myself it’s worth waiting in line to get into any of the establishments. At peak times, the boathouse can be so crowded, you’ll barely be able to hear yourself think. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Luckily, my friend and I know a place nearby that’s quiet, exclusive, and there’s hardly ever a lineup.

11143095_1561814650748852_568728709738990212_nChabugama is a quaint little udon restaurant located right outside the parking lot entrance to Ohori Park, near the Boathouse. Their specialty is udon, BUT WAIT, DON’T LET THAT SCARE YOU OFF! If your image of udon is anything like mine, it’s probably cheap broth and fat noodles with hardly any substance. If you’ve ever worked in a Japanese highschool, or been a student in Japan, you might even associate “udon” with the cheapest thing on the menu at the school cafeteria.

If you can’t tell, I’m not actually a fan of normal udon either, but let me tell you, Chabugama‘s udon is on a different level. This isn’t the stuff you throw your leftover curry in.

11188413_1561814600748857_4579269064949588134_nYep, about to stuff my face brb._

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When looking for a quick and easy lunch that’s filling and satisfying, Chabugama‘s Mentai Butter Udon is my absolute fave. A lot of non-Japanese are turned off of ever trying mentaiko simply because of it’s description; Why YES, it IS cod fish roe, and NO, you WON’T see it in Western Cuisine, but if you ever wanted to dip your feet into the fascinating world of Mentaiko Ryouri, this is one of the most accessible and pleasant ways to try it. Mentaiko IS, after all, one of Fukuoka’s specialty foods, and to go home without ever learning to fully love and embrace it would be a frigging crime–ask your mom!

Mentaiko is actually more spicy than it is fishy, and the butter udon’s soup base is thick and creamy, stir up that tiny dollop of fish-eggy goodness and add soy sauce for added seasoning if needed, and the flavor won’t be too offensive or overbearing. It’s definitely a lot easier for beginners than eating a bite of seasoned mentaiko as it is.

997079_1561814607415523_6113492352196843356_nChabugama also has a seasonal menu that changes frequently, and right now it happens to be “Mentai Salad Udon”, which really requires no further explanation–it’s exactly what you’d expect it to be. This is udon is super leafy and refreshing! (Actually, I just made that up, I didn’t try it, but my friend said it was good.)

11209547_1561814660748851_3693779785036299981_nBelieve it or not, there IS udon under all that salad.
Believe it or not, I forgave my friend for their horrendous choice of t-shirt.

The other seasonal offering at the moment is a Chinese sesame tan-tan style noodle soup base, and aside from “specialty udon”, they do serve their own variations of traditional (read: basic) styles of udon as well. The side-menu is limited to tempura, salad, onigiri, and mini-beef bowls, but my friend and I always order tempura to share between the two of us, and find that, when paired with a bowl of udon each, it’s very satisfying and filling for lunch!

11204420_1561814654082185_2965068740900510455_nOne interesting thing to note, is that this tempura is dipped in salt, rather than the more commonly-seen “tempura juice”
(just kidding nobody actually calls it tempura juice).

Anyway, if you’re coming to Ohori Park to enjoy the sunny weather this summer, but would like to try something a little more traditional than the flashy westernized restaurants in the park, take a stroll over to Chabugama and take a look at their menu. If you’re only visiting Japan for a short little while, it’d almost be a shame NOT to sit in here and absorb the atmosphere.

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If you’re still hungry, you can always grab Pinkberry or Starbucks and sit in the park for dessert! With the weather being as nice as it has been lately, I feel like I’ve been wanting to spend as much time in this park as possible. But really, if you’re going to the park to enjoy the weather and the scenery, it seems counter-productive to spend the majority of that time queuing for food, doesn’t it?

I hope you find this helpful. I also made a video about Ohori Park, which you can view below:

And let me know if there’s anything in particular in Fukuoka that you’d like me to blog about in the future!

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大濠公園は、むかしから福岡の好きな場所の一つでありました。ボートハウスがリニューアルされると聞いたとき、凄くワクワクしました。レストランが増えて、しかもアメリカの大人気のピンクベリーもやってくるなんて、待ちきれなかったです!そしてやっとオープンされた時、さらにテンション上がりました!犬OKのテラス席もあったり、ピンクベリーだと無料WiFiを使いながら、コンセント付きの席も用意してあるなんてーー!もう〜〜!第二のオフィスとして使えそうです!!いひひひひー!

・・・と思ったが、天気がよくなったことと共に、ボートハウスの周辺の行列が半端無くなりましたね。ちょっとしたランチでも食べようと思ったら、ピークの時間だとやっぱりレストランが満席です。大濠公園の動画を撮影した時に、花の木の予約を取ろうとしたとき、数日間空きがなくて結局作業の締め切りまではいけなかったです。笑 まあまあ、仕方ないですけどね!

だけどせっかく大濠公園にいくなら、公園をぶらぶらするよりお店の前でずっと並べるなんて、時間もったいないよ!!!!なので、昼食べて大濠公園でのんびり過ごしたい時は、実は、ボートハウスじゃなくて、ここに行ってます!

駐車場のところ出てすぐにある、うどんの「茶ぶ釜」というところです!こちらも実は、人気があって、たまに混み合ったりはしますが、並ぶことがほとんどないです。季節のメニュー変わったりしますが、私の一押しは、通常メニューに載っている、「明太バターうどん」です。きっと、明太子苦手な人(外国人?)でも食べられると思います。

正直に言えば、私は茶ぶ釜に来るまで、「うどん」って聞いたときはすぐにウエストうどんとか、学校の食堂にあった安いうどんのイメージしかなかったため、「あんまり好きじゃない」と判断しました。でも、ここのうどんは、ただの「食べ残したカレーを入れて食べる」うどんではない!麺の噛みごたえもよくて、食べやすいし、お腹いっぱいになるし、見た目もオシャレだし、美味しいです。

遠くから福岡にきてくださる方、せっかく大濠公園の周辺訪れるなら、是非「明太バターうどん」たべてほしいです!明太だって、福岡の名物の一つでしょう! きっとハマると思いますし、終ったら締めのPinkberryを買って公園で太陽の光浴びながらぶらぶらすると最高の昼の過ごし方だと思います。

食べログのリンクはこちらです!

よかったらTRYしてみてくださーい!

ではー!

8 thoughts on “★ Best Secret Lunch Spot in Ohori Park ★ 大濠公園の美味しいうどん屋さんみっけー!

    1. Motsunabe is kind of funny because everyone who comes to Fukuoka wants to eat it, but people who live in Fukuoka don’t eat it that often– at the end of the year all our “year-end parties” were at Motsunabe places and I got really tired of it. Haha.

  1. Hello.
    My name is Jiro.
    I am studying English now. But it is hard for me,because there are no foreign people around here.
    I watched your YouTube. It was very fan and interesting.
    I met a Canadian girl yesterday. She came here for sight seen. I can’t speak what I want say, because we speak English. I wanna speak English fluently. I am going go see your YouTube every day . Thank you.

  2. Hello Micaela,

    It’s a shame that I’ve never seen you as a travel blogger and YouTuber before! But thanks to Japan Times for featuring you today. I love reading blogs about Japan.

    I have been living here in Japan for over a year now but haven’t really been anywhere except Tokyo and Kanagawa haha. I am now doing a backread of your blog as I plan to set my feet in Fukuoka this Autumn. Thanks to your blog, I will surely get tons of secret stuff like this
    😍😍

    Sincerely,
    Ada

  3. Hi Micaela, how are you? My name is Flávio, and i appreciate so much your work! I watched some videos in your channel and my favorites is the ones that you give motivation to people, and you talk about the hard times you had to lear japanese. I lived once in japan for 3 years when i was 15, but i never learned japanese because i just worked in japan in factories all the time all the day… so when i was 18 i return to Brazil where i live and started the university in the course of administration. Actually im 28 and recently i got a job in the Bank of Brazil here in São Paulo(state), but my family is from Curitiba(the city of other state). Sometimes i visit my parents there when its holiday! (São Paulo to Curitiba is about 400 km its a pretty long distance =/). I was thinking it could be really nice if one day you want to visit me in Curitiba when i go there, actually i live in São Paulo but here is so crowded and i dont know so much about the place beucause started to live here just about 5 months ago. Curitiba has a lot of cool places to go, sometimes i used to run in some parks there: Barigui Park; Botanical Garden are the ones that i prefer. Here in Curitiba has some shoppings centers very big and very cool with good restaurants like Outback(good hamburgues and steacks), i dont know you know… I used to go to a Japanese Club there too, place where i used to play table tennis… I mean that here we had a lot of cool things to do! My english is kind of a crap, but if one day you want to visit me and i have some difficults to understand you, my mom have a fluent japanese and my brother have an almost fluent english, recently he opened a little english school near the house.

    By the way, i want to say again i really appreciate your job, the way you see Japan is so great and it is so admirable.

    Flávio

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