The 10 unmissable restaurants in Hokkaido, January 2019

Publish-date: Jan 07 2019 Update-date: Jan 11 2019
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The 10 unmissable restaurants in Hokkaido, January 2019

Planning a trip to Hokkaido and looking for something specific to eat? There are plenty of restaurants to suit every tastes. Discover the best places to eat here, from traditional meal and quintessentially comfort food to western-style dishes and varied ethnic cuisine.

1. NEW SANKO Main Branch

NEW SANKO Main Branch cuisine
NEW SANKO Main Branch floor
Our restaurant is in the back of a stately brick building. We consist of several sections; a beer hall serving nostalgic western dishes, and a Japanese restaurant and banquet halls serving seasonal dishes, so that you can visit us for various occasions. We offer popular mutton BBQ with all-you-can drink. Please visit the open space on the first floor of our [Beer Hall SANKO], which is the oldest existing beer hall in Otaru, with your friends and family, to enjoy our proud Sapporo draft beer ([NEW SANKO]'s draft beer which is said to be the best in Otaru). If you want to relax and enjoy in a private room, please visit our [Local Cuisine SANKO] on the second floor, and fully enjoy the seasonal taste of Otaru! The third and fourth floors are the banquet halls where you can have banquets for up to 200 people. They can also be used for memorial services and wedding receptions!   

NEW SANKO Main Branch

Open: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 1,500 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Access: JR Hakodate Main Line - Otaru Station - 5-minute walk
Address: 1-3-6 Inaho, Otaru city, Hokkaido (Map)
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2. Charcoal-Grilled Chicken and Wine Ajito

Charcoal-Grilled Chicken and Wine Ajito cuisine
Charcoal-Grilled Chicken and Wine Ajito floor
[Charcoal Grilled Chicken and Wine Ajito] is a popular restaurant in Susukino. We serve tasty wine and creative yakitori (grilled chicken skewers). We always offer about 30 kinds of reasonable bottle wines, as well as 8 types of wines of the day by the glass. Enjoy selecting your favorite among the wines decorating the restaurant. We use chicken with a tender texture and less smell stocked from Yufutsu, Hokkaido. As our master chef has a working experience at [Charcoal-Grilled Yakitori and Chicken Cuisine Seizan] which is a high-ranked yakitori shop in the gourmet site [Tabe-Log], our restaurant makes good use of his experience, while adding his originality as well. Our cozy [Charcoal-Grilled Chicken and Wine Ajito] is ideal for relaxing and enjoying wine and cuisine!

Charcoal-Grilled Chicken and Wine Ajito

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch; 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm *No lunch on Weekends and National Holidays. [Monday - Thursday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 pm (L.O. 11:30 pm) *There is no time limit for the table on Monday - Thursday.  [Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am) *The time limit to occupy the table is up to 2 hours and 30 minutes. 
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: Immediately from [Toho Susukino Station] on Toho Subway Line (approximately 10 seconds walk). On the 2nd floor of the building in front of exit No.1
Address: 2F, SB41 Bldg., 1-5-2 Minami 4-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo city, Hokkaido (Map)
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3. Sapporo Genghis Khan Main Branch

Sapporo Genghis Khan Main Branch cuisine
Sapporo Genghis Khan Main Branch floor
This restaurant specializes in Genghis Khan (a grilled mutton dish), located a 5-minute walk from Susukino Station in Sapporo's bustling downtown. Outstandingly fresh, top-grade New Zealand lamb is brought in, and the utter lack of odor means that everyone can easily enjoy this delicious meat. The Genghis Khan owes its flavor to how the meat is cut and prepared by hand here, as well as the thermal cooking it receives from being grilled over charcoal, which makes the meat very succulent and juicy while giving the vegetables a mild sweetness. The soy sauce-based sauce brings the flavors out even more. At the end of the meal, diners are guaranteed to receive jasmine tea free of charge, which can be mixed with the sauce, now rich with the essences of the meat and vegetables, to create a soup. The interior here consists exclusively of counter seating and hasn't changed at all since Sapporo Genghis Khan opened its doors in 1986. Tourists and locals alike flock to this pleasant restaurant with its lively air and Showa-era retro feeling in order to experience the delicious flavors it's Genghis Khan.

Sapporo Genghis Khan Main Branch

Open: From 5:00 pm (L.O 9:30 pm) *Open while meat supplies last.
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 5 of [Susukino Station]. Located right next to the LAWSON store at South 5 West 6 intersection, on 2F of the prefabricated building.
Address: Minami 5-jo Nishi 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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4. Izayoi

Izayoi cuisine
Izayoi floor
Izayoi is located in a residential neighborhood in the Maruyama area, full of famous restaurants. During lunch, it serves a variety of soba (buckwheat noodles) ranging from simple [Mori-soba] (buckwheat noodles dipped in a sauce) to [Truffles Soba] made with the culinary delicacy, truffles. The soba is an outstanding and aromatic juwari soba (soba made with 100% buckwheat flour) made with buckwheat from a farm in Horoka, Hokkaido. The dipping sauce is made with three different bases (dark, light, and salt) depending on the noodles. In the evening, the restaurant transforms into a reservation-only destination where you can enjoy exquisite courses that stimulate all five senses served in an elegant environment with everything, including the music and tableware, chosen with care. The wines and sake (a kind of Japanese alcohol) are all outstanding items that have been carefully selected. The restaurant has a calm, sophisticated atmosphere that is perfect for dates, nights out with friends, and business dinners.

Izayoi

Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm) 
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: About a 5-minute walk from the No. 4 Exit of [Maruyama koen Station]. Turn left at Minami 1-jo Dori, then right at the second crossing. It is about 50m to the west of Minami 4-jo Crossing.
Address: 23-1-38, Minami 4-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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5. Shabu-Shabu On-Yasai Sapporo Ekimae branch

Shabu-Shabu On-Yasai Sapporo Ekimae branch cuisine
Shabu-Shabu On-Yasai Sapporo Ekimae branch floor
At [Shabu-Shabu On-Yasai Sapporo Ekimae branch], you can create your favorite shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables). Thoroughly enjoy your best combination by selecting your favorite meats among brand meats such as [Japanese black beef], [Tsuyahime Pork from Hokkaido], [Andean Plateau Pork] and [duck], and by selecting your favorite soup for the pot among 5 different soups making use of the ingredients, and your favorite pot styles among [Hakata Mizutaki (chicken hot pot)] and [Tomato Sukinabe (beef hot pot)], etc. We also offer all-you-can-drink with various drinks, including beer, shochu (Japanese liquor) mixed with the tea selected by a tea master from [Tsutsumi-en], and [Mio] which is a sparkling sake (Japanese alcohol). Our space respecting privacy is suited for everyday use, girl's parties, and various banquets. We can suggest multiple styles to meet your requests according to the situation.    

Shabu-Shabu On-Yasai Sapporo Ekimae branch

Open: [Weekdays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:20 pm) [Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 4:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:20 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY
Access: From the south exit of JR [Sapporo Station], go west and turn left at Nishi Gocho-dori Street which is between ASTY and Hotel Gracery. On the first floor of Mitsui Seimei Bldg. next to ASTY 
Address: 1F, Mitsui Seimei Sapporo Kyodo Bldg., 5-1-4 Kita 4-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo city, Hokkaido (Map)
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6. Shabu-Shabu On-Yasai Susukino Minami Sanjo branch

Shabu-Shabu On-Yasai Susukino Minami Sanjo branch cuisine
Shabu-Shabu On-Yasai Susukino Minami Sanjo branch floor
Enjoy all-you-can-eat with our shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) with fresh domestic vegetables and savory meat throughout the year. After selecting your grade of meat and favorite broth, enjoy our all-you-can-eat with various side menus and shabu-shabu ingredients. Among our wide variety of menu, you will surely find your favorite dishes even if you have many ingredients that you do not like. Our high-grade exquisite meats, such as [Japanese black beef] and [Tsuyahime Pork], are cut after we receive the order to offer the ultimate taste. Inside our restaurant has a relaxing space with seats for couples and a tatami room for up to 20 people. Please visit our restaurant which is 2 minutes walk from Susukino Station, with someone important or friends, for various occasions such as dates and banquets. 

Shabu-Shabu On-Yasai Susukino Minami Sanjo branch

Open: 5:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:20 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from [Susukino Station] on Subway Namboku Line. On the first floor of Sun Three Bldg.
Address: 1F, Sun Three Bldg., 3-1 Minami 3-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo city, Hokkaido (Map)
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7. Yachiyo Sapporo Tanuki-koji 3-chome Branch

Yachiyo Sapporo Tanuki-koji 3-chome Branch cuisine
Yachiyo Sapporo Tanuki-koji 3-chome Branch floor
Yachiyo in Tanuki-koji, Sapporo, is an izakaya (Japanese pub) full of warm and wholesome Japanese cuisine made with seasonal ingredients. The ingredients are seasonal items selected from around the country, but primarily from Hokkaido. The dashi, made with bonito flakes freshly shaved each morning from dried bonito from Ibusuki, is the base for the wide variety of Japanese dishes served here, which are made while cherishing the basics of Japanese cooking. In particular, the [Dashi Oden - 8 Ingredients], a hot pot dish to savor the flavors of the fabulous dashi, the selection of Hokkaido Wagyu beef, and oysters, is a dish that should not to be missed. Once you've enjoyed the select sake (a type of Japanese alcohol) and seasonal food, be sure to close off the meal with the kettle-cooked [Ginshari and Selective Rice Set] or [Namero Chazuke] (a dish in which green tea or broth is poured over rice). All seating is in private rooms with horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu), so you can relax and enjoy your meal. This is a restaurant appropriate for a variety of occasions, including business dinners, parties, after-work dinners with colleagues, dates, and nights out with friends.

Yachiyo Sapporo Tanuki-koji 3-chome Branch

Open: 3:00 pm - 1:00 am (Food L.O. 12:15 am, Drinks L.O. 12:30 am)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: Cross the crosswalk from [Tanuki Koji Station] (the Tanuki-koji 4-chome side) into Tanuki-koji 3-chome Arcade. The restaurant is on the right side.
Address: B1F, Alpha Sanjo Bldg., 3-15, Minami 3-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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8. ASIA-TEI Trang Tron

ASIA-TEI Trang Tron cuisine
ASIA-TEI Trang Tron floor
SIA-TEI Trang Tron was born with the mission of "making you eat so much, both your heart and stomach will be satisfied." Focusing on Thai cuisine, the dishes served here take inspiration from countries all over Asia, including Vietnam and Indonesia. Dishes like the [Rice Topped with Pork Stir-fried Kaphrao-style] and [Tom Yum Kung] are faithful reproductions of the original flavors, tasted and researched in their home countries. The spiciness is adjusted to the Japanese taste so that anyone can enjoy their dishes. As for the drinks menu, they put a lot of effort into amassing a good beer selection, and they even have barrels of draft beer from Singapore that match divinely with Asian food! The interiors have a fancy exotic design. You can sit by the counter or stretch your legs in one of the booths, making this restaurant ideal for all sorts of people and occasions, including solo diners, dates, and gatherings with friends.

ASIA-TEI Trang Tron

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 6:00 pm - 4:30 am (Food L.O. 3:30 am, Drinks L.O. 4:00 am)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: It's a 5-minute walk from Susukino Station on the Subway Namboku Line. Proceed south on Sapporo Eki-mae Street. Turn right at the corner with Family Mart and you'll find the restaurant on the 1st floor of the building to your left.
Address: 1F, Shinjuku-dori Takase Bldg., 4-5-13, Minami 6-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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9. Teppanyaki Sushi Washoku-Dokoro Cocoro (Grand Park Otaru)

Teppanyaki  Sushi  Washoku-Dokoro Cocoro (Grand Park Otaru) cuisine
Teppanyaki  Sushi  Washoku-Dokoro Cocoro (Grand Park Otaru) floor
Cocoro is a secluded Japanese restaurant inside Grand Park Otaru. Here, you can enjoy exquisite Japanese cuisine made using carefully-selected ingredients from Hokkaido Prefecture. They offer hotel-quality hospitality, allowing you to enjoy a blissful dining experience. They use Shiraoi beef, which is a breed that's raised in the same place as Matsuzaka cattle and Kobe cattle. Enjoy plenty of this flavorful beef as teppanyaki (ingredients grilled on an iron griddle) or steak. In addition, the experience of having the chef, sake master, and sommelier explain each of your dishes and drinks is exceptional. Overwhelm all of your senses by experiencing the flavors of each season in every dish! They have bright yet relaxing tables, as well as unique semicircular teppanyaki counters. They only have seating in private rooms, making it a great place for events like business gatherings, group dinners, and celebrations. It's the perfect place to visit during a special day.

Teppanyaki Sushi Washoku-Dokoro Cocoro (Grand Park Otaru)

Open: Dinner 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm *Lunch is available from 11:30 pm - 2:00 pm, but you need to book in advance!
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 5,700 JPY / [Lunch] 3,500 JPY
Access: Around a 5-minute walk from [Otaruchikko Station] on the JR Hakodate Main Line. Near the Otaru IC from the Sasson Expressway.
Address: 2F, Grand Park Otaru, 11-3, Chikko, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
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10. Steak Kaisen Teppanyaki Kitakaze

Steak Kaisen Teppanyaki Kitakaze cuisine
Steak Kaisen Teppanyaki Kitakaze floor
Great stress has been placed on the freshness of this seafood from local coastal waters, and technique backed by experience ensures that the meat is lightly grilled and tender. The steak sirloin and filets are made using the meat of carefully-chosen cattle from Sekitani Ranch Jersey, Tomuraushi, in the center of Hokkaido. Try this delicious meat whose flavor is on par with that of Japanese Black cattle. Also, constant care and attention are given in order to offer customers a meal that matches their pace. "Steak/Seafood Teppanyaki Kitakaze" located in the "Lounge&Bar Kitakaze." In this place for adults you can eat your fill of teppanyaki, then casually enjoy cocktails, whiskey, other spirits, and conversation at the bar corner.

Steak Kaisen Teppanyaki Kitakaze

Open: 18:00-23:30 (last order)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY
Access: 15 minutes by car from JR Hakodate station. 2 minute walk from Goryokaku Koen station on the street car line. From there (Honcho intersection 6), go north on route 571 for about 100m, and it will be on your left.
Address: 5F Mitsuwa Building, 8-20 Honcho, Hakodate, Hokkaido (Map)
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Jan 07 2019 Update-date: Jan 11 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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