An American diner featuring tacos, burgers, and salads packed with Itoshima veggies has been rocking it for a year now, just a quick car ride from Kyushu University’s Ito Campus. Expect salads with an impressive size and flair you don’t often see in Japan, along with homemade tortillas crafted from Hokkaido corn. Oh, and they have kombucha too. Trust us, this place is the real deal!
Owner Suzuki Makoto, who spent 26 years in the States and had a “food awakening,” brought his culinary mojo from Brooklyn and Tokyo straight to Itoshima. As he puts it, “Feeding people is like giving your friends a hug. It’s only natural to go all-in on additive-free and non-GMO.” Their handmade tortillas are jam-packed with spicy chicken or beef and drizzled with original sauces. The menu might scream “fast food,” but everything’s made fresh to order.
If you’re not in the taco mood, go for their 100% Kumamoto Aso red beef burgers, available in 150g, 300g, and 500g sizes. These beauties come slathered in a unique homemade sauce made of fermented apples and soy sauce, served up sizzling on a hot plate.
And don’t overlook the salad plate, bursting with seasonal Itoshima veggies. The word “seasonal” isn’t just a buzzword here; the salad changes based on what’s fresh and available. From leafy greens to root veggies, you get a balanced mix that lets you truly savor the flavors. A dash of their homemade carrot dressing shows their attention to sourcing quality ingredients.
Craving even more? Don’t miss their taco curry. This spicy curry dish comes loaded with tortillas, meat, and beans on the side. Wrap ’em up and you get to savor the best of both taco and curry worlds. And trust us, there’s a lot more to discover on their menu.
While their official address places them in Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City, their vibe is all Itoshima. So, we’re claiming Montrose Diner as another gem of the Itoshima Peninsula! Swing by soon and tell them “Itoshima Now” sent you—consider it your local insider tip!
Menu (including 10% consumption tax)
• Salad plate: ¥1,200
• Tacos: ¥400 and up
• Burger steak: ¥1,080/150g, ¥1,280/300g, ¥1,800/500g
• Taco curry: ¥1,200 (with tortilla)
• Kombucha: ¥500
• Lemonade: ¥300
• Organic Wine (Red/White): ¥500/glass
Montrose Diner Itoshima
Address: 2-2498-9 Tashiro Higashi, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
Hours: Mon–Fri: 11:00~15:00, Sat/Sun/Holidays: 11:00~20:00