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春月庵 本店 (Shungetsu-an Main Branch)

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Enjoy unique udon to your heart's content!

春月庵 本店 (Shungetsu-an Main Branch)
"Shungetsu-an Honten (Main Branch)" is a restaurant owned by "Heiwa Foods," a food company that was established in 1890. In 2003, Heiwa Foods opened Shungetsu-an Honten in order to promote udon and soba noodles. Their aim was to provide a place where people could enjoy noodles more often. The restaurant is about a 10-minute walk from JR Takeshita Station. Even though the eatery is located in an industrial area that is home to beer breweries and mentaiko (seasoned cod roe) factories, it is always packed full of diners! The owners have built an impressive reputation, so it is no surprise that there is always a line of cars waiting to get into the restaurant's car park.

Their original "medieval Hakata udon" dishes and fantastic, generous service captured the hearts of diners! The restaurant tries to recreate the udon noodles that were first brought to Hakata. They essentially use standard udon ingredients to make their noodles. A mixture of all-purpose-flour, and not only that whole wheat, and cereal germs give their noodles a slightly brownish color. The wheat mix gives the udon a rich aroma that you will not be able to resist!

Their unique noodle refill system is also worth mentioning! You can add up to three extra portions of noodles for free anytime before 14:00. After that diners can order unlimited extra helpings without any additional cost! This revolutionary system became a big hit, so the company decided to open a sister branch called "春月庵 承天寺前店" (Shungetsu-an Jōten-ji Temple-mae Branch) in the Hakata area, which operates in the same kind of way. Their classic Hakata-style menu features "gobo-ten (tempura fried burdock)" and "maruten (fried fishcake)" udon dishes. The "zaru-udon" items are also popular as they work well with the restaurant's refill system. Keep an eye put for the "gobo-ten" and "ebi-ten (prawn tempra)" zaru options! Why not stop-by and enjoy their unique udon to your heart's content!
春月庵 本店 (Shungetsu-an Main Branch)
春月庵 本店 (Shungetsu-an Main Branch)
春月庵 本店 (Shungetsu-an Main Branch)
春月庵 本店 (Shungetsu-an Main Branch)
春月庵 本店 (Shungetsu-an Main Branch)
TEXT & PHOTO BY: Yuichiro Yamada


春月庵 本店 (Shungetsu-an Main Branch)

Address: 1-9-12 Takeshita, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi JAPAN
TEL.: 092-431-1428
Capacity: 24 
Opening Hours: 11:00-16:00, Saturdays: until 15:30
Closed: Sundays, public holidays
Official Website: http://www.heiwafoods.co.jp/hakata/

* All information correct as of December 2019


山田祐一郎山田祐一郎 (Yuichiro Yamada)

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture 1978. Moved into the Fukuoka-based editing industry in 2003, and then began a career as a writer. Contributes articles for food and drink magazines, as well as informative Fukuoka publications. Established "KIJI" in August 2012. Became a noodle writer and started a web-based series called "Sono Ippai ga Tabetakute (lit. trans: I want to eat that bowl)" in the same year. Yamada uses the online resource to record the various kinds of noodles he samples on an almost daily basis. Published a book titled "Udon no Hanashi Fukuoka (lit.: Udon Noodle Talk Fukuoka)" that delves deeper into Fukuoka's udon culture and the local area's role as a pioneer of the food in July 2015. Also released "Noodle Writer Hizou no Ippai Fukuoka (lit.: Noodle Writer Treasured Bowl Fukuoka)" in March 2019. The book introduces the reader to a wide range of noodles (such as udon, ramen, and champon) and recommends some of the best places to find tasty dishes in Fukuoka city. Has developed the motto "One Day One Noodle a day." Now seeks out delicious noodle dishes both at home and abroad. His work has gained a considerable amount of attention from noodle fans.

■ Related sites
- KIJI: http://ii-kiji.com/
- Web-based noodle magazine "Sono Ippai ga Tabetakute (lit. trans: I want to eat that bowl.)": http://ii-kiji.com/sonoippai
- App version "KIJI NOODLE SEARCH": http://ii-kiji.com/app



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