Tsuruga/Wakasa Gourmet Column

"Fukui-Salmon" is a safe, domestically produced salmon with first-class taste! 4 recommended restaurants

Fukui salmon, a brand name fish of Fukui Prefecture, is characterized by its firm flesh without the odor characteristic of salmon. Fukui salmon, with its refined fat, is recommended to be served as sashimi or in seafood bowls. Here we introduce the characteristics and appeal of Fukui salmon, as well as local restaurants where you can eat it. When you visit the Reinan (Tsuruga/Wakasa) area, be sure to enjoy the taste of Fukui salmon.

What is Fukui Salmon?

Fukui salmon began to be farmed in the prefecture in 2016. Here we introduce the appeal of Fukui salmon and recommended ways to eat it.

Fukui Brand Fish

Fukui Prefecture's brand name fish, Fukui Salmon, is trout salmon (rainbow trout) farmed in the sea. Generally, farmed trout salmon can only grow at water temperatures below 20°C. The low water temperature environment in Fukui Prefecture was suitable for its growth, so farming began in 2014.

After hatching, the trout salmon are raised in freshwater nurseries for about a year and then transferred to the sea at four locations in Tsuruga City, Mihama Town, Obama City, and Ooi Town, where they are farmed for about six months.

The appeal of this dish is its elegant fat content and firm meat.

The main characteristics of Fukui salmon are its elegant fat content, firm flesh, and lack of the odor characteristic of salmon. Compared to salmon produced overseas, it takes less time from landing to processing, so it is fresher and tastier.

Recommended way to eat

If you are trying Fukui salmon for the first time, we recommend sashimi, sushi, or seafood bowls, where you can enjoy its odorless flavor and plump texture. It is also suitable for a wide range of dishes such as marinades and meuniere, as its quality does not change even when frozen.

Local restaurants where you can eat "Fukui-Salmon"

There are many restaurants serving Fukui salmon in the Reinan area of Fukui Prefecture, including Tsuruga City and Obama City. When you visit Fukui Prefecture, be sure to try the fresh Fukui Salmon.

Kani-kuitei Masuyone, operated by a local fresh fish restaurant

Inside the Crab-eatery Kani-kuitei Masuyone

Inside the Crab-eatery Kani-kuitei Masuyone

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Kani-kutei Masunoye is located in Nihonkai Sakana Machi, one of the largest markets on the Sea of Japan coast in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture.
Operated by a local fresh fish store, the prices and freshness are excellent, and you can enjoy seafood freshly landed at Tsuruga Fishing Port, including Fukui Salmon. Menu items using Fukui salmon include the "Fukui Salmon Saikyo-yaki Set Meal.

The restaurant's spacious interior allows families to stop by without hesitation.
Address 1-1531 Wakaba-cho, Tsuruga City, Fukui 914-0125, Japan Sea Fish Town
(福井県敦賀市若葉町1-1531 日本海さかな街内)
Phone number 0770-22-3590
Business hours 10:30-17:00
10:30-17:30 on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays (in accordance with Nihonkai Sakana Machi business hours)
Closed Unscheduled holidays
*Please confirm details in advance.
Reference site
Kani-kuitei Masuyone (かに喰亭ますよね)

Kaisen donburi specialty restaurant "Don-ya Shobei" where you can enjoy the freshest seafood.

Fukui salmon and salmon roe oyakodon at Kaisendon specialty restaurant Don-ya Sohei

Fukui salmon and salmon roe oyakodon at Kaisendon specialty restaurant Don-ya Sohei

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Located in "otta" in front of Tsuruga Station, Kaisendon Don-ya Shobei (Don-ya Shobei is a restaurant specializing in seafood bowls) offers a variety of fresh local seafood. In addition to the "oyakodon with Fukui salmon and salmon roe" shown in the photo, the menu boasts a wide variety of kaisendon, including the Tsuruga sea bream live-clawed rice bowl and the Obama direct from Obama yoppari saba donburi.

The restaurant also has a wide selection of sake and wine that go well with the kaisendon, making it a good choice for those who drink alcohol.
Address TSURUGA POLT SQUARE "otta", 1-5-25 Kanawa-cho, Tsuruga-shi, Fukui 914-0055
Phone number 0770-37-3240
Business hours Lunch 11:00-15:00 (L.O. 14:30)
Dinner 17:30 - 21:00 (L.O. 20:30)
Closed Mondays (open if Monday is a national holiday)
Please confirm details in advance.
Reference site Kaisendon specialty restaurant "Don-ya Sohei"
(海鮮丼専門店 丼屋 荘兵衛)

"Umikara Shokudo" - Fukui's gourmet food with a view of the sea

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Umikara Shokudo is a restaurant located in UMIKARA, the closest market to the sea in Japan. The menu features many dishes using seasonal fish, and here you can enjoy a sumptuous bowl of rice topped with pickled Fukui salmon.

Other menu items include Wakasa sea bream dashi ramen, a ginjo toro saba yaki set meal with heshiko dashi, and a wide variety of other dishes that offer a rich taste of Fukui's seafood. The windows overlook the ocean stretching out before you, so on a fine day, why not enjoy your meal on the terrace while feeling the sea breeze?
Address 5-1 Shiodo, Takahama-cho, Ooi-gun, Fukui 919-2228
Telephone number 0770-72-3528
Business hours 10:00-15:30
Closed December 31 - January 1
*Please confirm details in advance.
Reference site
Fish and Traveling Market "UMIKARA"

Popular "Oshokujidokoro Hama-no-Shiki" menu using Obama brand ingredients.


Exterior view of Restaurant Hama no Shiki

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Restaurant Hama-no-shiki offers a wide variety of menu items using local Obama brand ingredients. On the menu using Fukui salmon, the "Fukui Salmon Donburi" and "Kohaku Donburi" are popular, offering two types of salmon, raw and seared.

The "red" version of Kohaku-don is a bowl of Fukui salmon marinated in soy sauce and topped with Fukui tomato "Koshi-no-Ruby" sauce. The sweet salmon is matched with the tart tomatoes, creating a new taste sensation. Shiro" is a bowl of rice topped with squid caught in Obama and served with red squid sauce.
Address 3-5 Kawasaki, Obama City, Fukui 917-0081, Japan
Telephone number 0770-53-0141
Business hours 11:00 - 14:30 (L.O. 14:00)
Closed The 3rd Wednesday of the month (open if the day falls on a national holiday), Year-end and New Year holidays (irregular holidays)
*Please confirm details in advance.
Reference site
Oshokujidokoro Hama-no-Shiki (お食事処 濱の四季)

Branded fish other than "Fukui-Salmon"

In addition to Fukui Prefecture's Fukui salmon, there are other brand-name fish with first-rate taste. In the Reinan area in particular, there are brand-name fish that are different from Fukui salmon, so be sure to try them when you visit.

"Tsuruga sea bream" grown in the sea of Tsuruga

Tsuruga sea bream is a cultured sea bream grown in the sea of Tsuruga. Because they grow up in the extremely cold Sea of Japan, they have a strong vitality that enables them to withstand the harsh environment, including drastic changes in water temperature. Because they are fed nutritious feed such as crab shells, they are characterized by their good color and fat content.

Tsuruga sea bream can be enjoyed in a wide range of dishes, from sashimi and salted and grilled to shabu-shabu.

Wakasa-Mahata, a new farmed fish that is attracting attention

Wild-caught mahata can only be caught in small quantities, and is called a rare and precious fish. The cultivation of mahata has begun in Fukui Prefecture and is attracting attention.

The small size of mahata is vulnerable to cold, so the fish is raised in warm land facilities for a year after birth, and then cultivated in the sea. 18 months of slow cultivation results in white meat with a refined flavor that goes well with many dishes, from Japanese to Western cuisine.

The flavor is enhanced when cooked, so it is recommended for nabe (hot pot), boiled fish, and steamed dishes. The rich collagen contained in the skin and under the skin gives the fish a firm texture.

The Reinan area also produces Wakasa guji, a natural fish that is representative of Wakasa Bay, a treasure trove of ingredients.

Taste the freshest Fukui salmon at its place of origin.

Fukui Salmon is trout salmon farmed in the Reinan area of Fukui Prefecture. Because it is domestically produced, it is safe to eat and has a first-class taste. In addition to Fukui Salmon, the Reinan area also offers brand-name fish such as Tsuruga sea bream and Wakasa mahata. Be sure to try Fukui's fresh seafood, including Fukui salmon, at local restaurants.

The information is current as of January 2024. Information is subject to change without notice.