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“First time experience of Fukuoka's Yatai”
Review of Yatai

Yatai
Ranked #50 of 448 things to do in Fukuoka
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We tried a historical yatai very near to Hotel Monterey La Soeur in Tenjin (Tenjin Station Exit 1) named koki (小金). The stall-holders are friendly but speak very little English although they did produce an English menu with prices listed. Later, as things got livelier and friendlier, they asked one of their staff who was a Chinese national to speak with us in mandarin, which we understood. This evening became hilarious for us because two different groups of salary-men began talking to us. One group were colleagues from Nishi-tetsu, and another group hailed from Ricoh. The Nishi-tetsu group even invited us to have drinks with them at a nearby hotel! In all our years of visiting Japan on holiday, this was the most remarkably hilarious and friendly experience we have had with local Japanese. We should say that their yaki-ramen, stewed beef tendons, and oden were tasty.

Thank ChuJoe
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Would not waste your money. After several nights of passing the Yatai and being too afraid to go in because we did not speak Japanese, we finally tried after joining up with some of our Japanese friends. Wish we had skipped the experience entirely. The food in the first Yatai was good but ten times more costly and half the amount then we would have paid had we eaten at a restaurant at Canal City. The gentleman running the Yatai was friendly though. In the second Yatai, were two brothers who were rude, condescending and downright unfriendly. The food was awful. They rushed us to order and then get out. Would have left before ordering but did not want to cause a scene. Save your money and your stomach.

5  Thank Eve G
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

A group of us (4 Americans and 2 Japanese) went to 2 yatai places last night. The first place was really great. We got a long with other customers and the owners were really nice. After that, we wanted to have some Hakata noodles and went to the next door "丸十 (or Maruju) in Tenjin." If you do not speak Japanese, do not go to this place. Even 2 of us spoke Japanese, it bothered one of the owners that we were translating to make decisions what we wanted to eat or it bothered him that there were a bunch of Americans. It was first time for us to visit yatai and we did not understand the system of ordering. I guess there is a rule to order food first and then order drinks. While we didn't understand the "how," one of the owners said something like "you guys top chatting up and order food already" "one person must order a dish that's a rule around here," "food first and drink later." He was absolutely rude and I heard the other owner telling the guys to not talk like that. We were there to experience the famous "Hakata yatai" but unfortunately, the very last place we visited turned out to be a terrible experience for us.

5  Thank eeeberry
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Most of the yatai stalls have terrible food and cater to tourists (including Japanese from other cities) who are there only once.

Food is extremely unhygenic and in open. This is a place to walk around if you want to have look and maybe have a beer, but eating there is a bad idea.

3  Thank Parnassus1
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Tried a few yatais and realised not all are fantastic. They aren't cheap either.

Some of them comes with English menu while some doesn't. So if you do not understand Japanese, it could be a hassle in communicating what you want with the stall vendors.

Overall, it's still an experience which one shouldn't miss in the Fukuoka City.

4  Thank cashewnutt
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