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“Very tasty chicken” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hanamidori (Hakata Ekimae)

Hanamidori (Hakata Ekimae)
3-23-17 Hakataekimae, Hakata-ku | ON Bdg 1F, Fukuoka 812-0011 , Fukuoka Prefecture
+81 92-432-1801
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Ranked #31 of 5,811 Restaurants in Fukuoka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $8
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Burnaby, Canada
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“Very tasty chicken”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Had dinner here with my wife, and was almost turned away because no one could speak English and there were no English menus. I indicated that I had already chosen a set menu, as their website actually had an English menu. So if you don't know Japanese, I would take a look at their menu online first.

I ordered their second from top end set menu, which I felt was a bit too much, as it was about 20% more in cost to one down, and you only got a few small appetizers difference. I found the highlight of the meal was their soup. It was the best chicken broth I have ever tasted. I also especially liked their ponzu sauce, added a great flavor.

I personally was not a fan of the chicken liver or chicken heart, but if you do, add another star on to this review. It was great to try once.

Visited November 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Singapore, Singapore
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“Bland overpriced chicken soup in a cigarette smoky environment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

Restaurant :   Hanamidori Main outlet   Ambience : Typical and traditional enclosed restaurant with tatami mats where we all sit on the floor. Ambience is so-so but what spoilt it for us is the rampant smoking at every table, some with kids in tow. Japanese hv always struck us as super civic-minded, but this smoking in enclosed restaurants in front of own kids and the nonchalance to other diners discomfort is totally unacceptable and spoils the entire dining expetience. Service Prompt and fast.   Food : The menu was limited in a good way. We had their famous starters incl; The fried chicken, superbly done in fine flour and good high quality oil but lacking the strong rich aroma...not much seasoning....crispy and non-oily. The grilled intestines were chewy with a nice smokey aroma...enjoyable in a savoury chewing gum kind of way The grilled chicken thigh meat was nicely seasoned and done... The preserved vegetables hit the bulls eye. Better than what we hv eaten in taipei or korea. Salty, spicy, savoury, sour,,,,all the right notes And the main course the famous chicken hot pot. Before they start, they boiled a large cube of chicken fat as garnish into the soup. The main chicken pieces tasted like boiled chicken, chewy and not nice at all. In fact, it tasted bland unlike singapore chicken rice white chicken, which is smooth, light and tasty. The vegetables were what u expect from typical shabu shabu. The soup also tasted so so like what you can find at typical nonchalant chicken rice stalls in singapore. Didnt leave us with any deep impression. For a signature dish, this was a complete letdown. This establishment wouldnt survive in singapore if it opened one.   Conclusion : 3 of us excl my toddler paid jpy13k for this dinner which i felt was grossly overpriced for boiled tasteless chicken. Being the main gourmet city in kyushu, Fukuoka has many wonderful establishments but this is is not one of them. Being around a long time doesnt mean its good.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Tokyo, Japan
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Chicken soup”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Not quite sure what got the others reviewers rawing about this place. Ok, nice but nothing special, chicken soup, or hot pot as they call it in Japan. The cool exterior, see pic, is not quite matched by the interior.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Delicious chicken and porridge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We went to Hanamidori (Tenjin branch) for dinner.

We had the Mizutaki, a vegetable and chicken dish cooked in a specially prepared chicken-flavored soup. The chicken meat balls were so scrumptious, when eaten with the dipping source (ponzu), that we ordered another portion.

After we finished eating the vegetable and meat items, our server put steamed rice into the rich soup making it into a delicious porridge. I have never tasted porridge that is so rich and full-flavored.

Service was very good with our server explaining to us the cooking process and how we should eat Mizutaki.

The restaurant was cosy, with plants located at various corners, like dining in a garden.

Hanamidori (Tenjin) is located at Imaizumi Chou-ku, about five minutes walk from Tenjin Station.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hong Kong, China
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“Genuine Chicken Specialist”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Specialized in chicken meal near Hakata Station.
Substantial set lunch for under 1600 yen. We were given a private room upon reservation. Cozy atmosphere, delicious meal, and tea was excellent too.
Will return for dinner upon our next visit.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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