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Known as a very popular tourist spot in Japan, Hokkaido has a lot to offer when it comes to food! Since the island is surrounded by a vast ocean and greenery, it is no surprise that their cuisine has a lot of fresh, seasonal ingredients to offer. Among them is Hokkaido's comfort food [Genghis Khan], which is cooked in various styles depending on the region. If you are about to head there, this dish is something that you should not miss. Read on for more details about Hokkaido's top gourmet restaurants. But watch out, because this article is not for people who are on a diet!
1. Genghis Khan Daruma 4.4 Nikaitei
Daruma serves [Genghis Khan] (Mongolian-style barbecue consisting of mutton, vegetables, and sometimes meat), which is Susukino's special dish. This restaurant is the 4th branch built within its 60 years of operation. Unlike its predecessors, the 4.4 Nikaitei style was built to appeal to female customers and those who don't want their belongings to smell like barbeque. It achieves this by putting lockers for storing belongings in a separate area from the dining area. Enjoy Genghis Khan and continue smelling fresh afterwards!
Its taste has withstood the test of time, and many regulars love it.
You cannot make reservations. They only have counter seats that can accommodate a maximum of 20 people. It is so popular that people do not mind waiting in line just to get in!
Genghis Khan Daruma 4.4 Nikaitei
Open: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am)
*Business hours have changed! Daruma 6.4 is now open until 5:00 am (L.O. 4:30 am)!
Closed: None Except at the beginning and end of the year (December 31 - January 2)
Average price: 1,300 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Susukino Station. Located behind Lafiler (formerly known as Robinson's).
Address: Minami 4-jo Nishi 4, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
2. Otaru Takeno Sushi
Located by Otaru Canal (Otaru-unga), this sushi restaurant cares about their seafood toppings, sushi-making techniques, and utensils. Enjoy sushi made from fresh seafood caught on the coast of Hokkaido, such as Botan shrimp of Haboro, scallops of Funka Bay (Funka-wan), and surf clams of Tomakomai, at very reasonable prices.
This is the [Ainori Don Rice Bowl]. Customize your bowl by choosing any 4 of your favorite toppings.
Mantis shrimp caught in the foreshores of Otaru are known for their huge size and sweet taste.
Otaru Takeno Sushi
Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
[Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays]Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
*The restaurant operates during the beginning and end of the year! (business hours for January 2 and 3 is until 4:00 pm) It will be temporarily closed from January 6 - 10!
Access: 10-minute walk from Otaru Station. Located next to Kitaichi Glass Otaru in Sakai-machi Street.
Address: 2-22, Sakai-machi, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido
3. Restaurant Nord
With a winery set up next to the restaurant, diners can enjoy a perfect combination of their original wine and cheese dishes. It is one of the few restaurants in Furano (and in the whole of Hokkaido) that has a winery. They use a mixture of grape juices procured from all over the world to make their wine. With about 20 local wine varieties, it is the only restaurant in the world that can produce their own original wine.
Try their specialty [Cheese Fondue]!
They also serve wine from the winery that's set up next to the store.
Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: None The restaurant may temporarily close depending on the season. Please inquire beforehand.
Average price: [Dinner] 1,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 10-minutes by car from Furano Station, heading to Kita no Mine (northern mountain peak)
Address: 2002, Shimogoryo, Furano-shi, Hokkaido
4. Otaru Masazushi Main Branch
For over 70 years, the restaurant has been sharing the taste and traditions of the city of Otaru. You can feel the warmth of the wood in its interior, which provides a very relaxing atmosphere, while enjoying sushi made from the finest ingredients. Their best-selling [Ika Somen] (Squid Somen) is a definite must-try!
With the restaurant's vibrant atmosphere, you can come as you are and dine in a relaxed setting.
Otaru Masazushi's best seller, [Meibutsu Ganso Ika Somen] (Special Squid Somen).
Otaru Masazushi Main Branch
Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed: Wednesday *Subject to change if this day falls on a national holiday, festival day, or other similar occasions.
Average price: 3,500 JPY They also have meal sets available from 1,580 JPY - 7,350 JPY.
Access: Around 3 - 4 minutes by taxi from Otaru Station
Address: 1-1-1, Hanazono, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido