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Seafood Dining: MARUKAI
Seafood Dining: Marukai (Sakana-Ryori: MARUKAI) is a popular restaurant that serves kaiseki meals located at a 7 minutes’ walk from the JR Saiki Station and is produced by the first-class Japanese-style ryokan inn, “Sansou Murata” in the famous onsen hot spring town of Yufuin. Here in the elegant interior of the restaurant you can enjoy all different kinds of fresh local seafood. The Marukai restaurant is annexed to the large-scale farm and marine product direct sales depot, “Saiki Umi-no-Ichibamaru” where the fresh seafood that is caught in the adjacent Saiki Bay and the fresh produce grown in the area are sold, so please be sure to drop by on your visit!
- 3-21 Kazura-minato, Saiki-shi, Oita
- Contact No.
- 7-minute walk from Saiki Station on the JR Nippo Honsen Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 10:00 – 17:00 (Restaurant open from 11:00 – 15:00)
Closed on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday
- Official Website
- Other Information
- Average budget (1 person): 1,000 yen- Menu: Shunsendon-gozen (Jou) (seasonal seafood rice bowl meal [large]) 3,240 yen, shunsendon-gozen (seasonal seafood rice bowl meal) 2,160 yen, Toyo-no atsumeshi-don 1,300 yen Credit cards accepted
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Fresh seafood from the Bungo Channel
The Saiki Bay faces one of the most prominent fishing grounds in all of Japan, the Bungo Channel. Here at the Marukai restaurant which sits right on the edge of it all you can enjoy high-quality seafood fresh off the boats any time of the year! The Bungo Channel that is full of food and known for its strong tidal currents make for an abundant variety of seafood that are raised fat and meaty!
Eat how you like!
The most popular item on the menu is the visually luxurious “Shunsendon-gozen” (seasonal seafood rice bowl meal) (2,160 yen)! This dish is on the donburi-mono (rice-bowl) menu but the slices of raw seafood “sashimi” are served separate from the rice so that you can eat the raw fish just the way it is, or put it over the rice in the kaisendon rice-bowl style, so feel free to enjoy it any way you like.
You can also try some local Saiki cuisine!
The “Toyo-no atsumeshi-don” rice-bowl (1,300 yen) is another popular item on the menu at Marukai. This “atsumeshi-don” is one of the local dishes that has been enjoyed in Saiki since far into the past. The main feature is the fresh and fatty “buri” (“yellowtail”) that is marinated in a soy-sauce based salty-sweet sauce and served over steamy hot rice.