Catch Your Own Dinner at Zauo, in Fukuoka, Japan

I’ve caught fish and taken it to a restaurant to have it cooked, but this is the first time I’ve actually caught the fish in the restaurant.

Andy and Nick Szasz of Fukuoka Now! show off dinner.

At Zauo, your table is positioned above tanks of tai (sea bream), hirame (flounder) and more, and staff kit you out with fishing rods, bait and nets. When a customer does make a catch, a huge commotion ensues, involving banging  of drums, much shouting and applause before the fish is taken away to be prepared as you like: sashimi, salt-grilled, fried, etc.

My friend and I were going for the sea bream, and even though the staff said that the fish weren’t biting very well during our visit, they were going to make sure that I caught one. It took a few kinds of bait and different hooks, but after about a half-hour I did it. All the while I was thinking there’s a reason that sea bream is an auspicious fish – too smart to be casually caught.

Sea Bream sashimi, and expert helper.

If you don’t like fish, there are plenty of other izakaya standard dishes from snacks to salads to accompany the festivities.

With tables on platforms shaped like traditional fishing boats, Zauo looks like it’s for the tourists. But hey, you are a tourist. Embrace it. Families love it too.


  1. MR.Andrew Bender

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  2. Hi Andy
    I was reading about the interesting restaurant where you had to catch a fish and was wondering if I could use the picture where you are catching the fish at the fish tanks in a textbook we are writing for primary school pupils who are learning English in Cyprus.
    The book will be published by the Ministry of Education and given to schools for free so we are not profit making.
    It would be great if you could give us permission to use the photo and we will acknowledge the origin of the photo accordingly.

    with many thanks
    Dr Sophie Ioannou Georgiou
    EFL Coordinator
    Ministry of Education, Cyprus

  3. Hi Andy

    I’d appreciate it very much if you got in touch.

    Very best

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