Y'S KITCHEN is a one-star contemporary Italian restaurant located in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture, a ten-minute walk from Watada Station. After 11 years of experience at Hotel New Otani Kyushu, Y’S KITCHEN opened independently in 2002, with Chef Yoshiyuki Nakae establishing the restaurant in a scenic location surrounded by the sea and mountains.
Simple in concept, the restaurant strives to serve the best regional ingredients from surrounding Karatsu and Itoshima, in multi-course meals that change with the seasons. With the Ariake Sea nearby, the establishment is perfectly located for sourcing ingredients. For example, Chef Nakae visits local farms to understand how best to grow and prepare vegetables for flavour. As for seafood, he favours a variety of fish from Karatsu’s inland and open seas, with each chosen to emphasise seasonality. Meanwhile, root vegetables such as burdock, carrot, and lotus roots are prepared skin-on to maximise their aromatic qualities.
The wine list leans towards Bourgogne and Italy. With its blend of barley and wheat, Itoshima Beer’s fresh flavour pairs well with many dishes. Homemade ginger ale and lemonade is made with fresh local lemons and ginger.
Upon arrival, guests can view a wine cellar near the restaurant’s entrance, before being ushered into a simple, elegant dining room punctuated by the sounds and aromas of an open kitchen. An affinity for the region’s craftsmanship extends to table settings, with dinnerware created from local Karatsu-ware, glass, and porcelain, down to bespoke espresso cups that remind diners of local traditions to the last sip. In addition to the main dining room, a private room seats up to four guests, and is suited for occasions with family and friends that demand a special dining experience.
Before or after dinner, a visit to a local Karatsu-ware pottery and a stroll around the castle town is recommended to complete the experience.
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A 10-minute walk from Watada Station (JR Chikuhi Line (Meinohama - Nishi-Karatsu))