There are many sushi restaurants in Sapporo as it is not difficult to attain fresh seafood. Here are 5 selected high-class sushi restaurants of excellent quality.
1. Sushidokoro Arima
Sushidokoro Arima is a restaurant where Hokkaido seafood can be enjoyed in luxurious sushi. They offer 10,800 JPY and 12,400 JPY courses, which is quite reasonable for a fine dining sushi restaurant. The owner's selection YUKI course (12,400 JPY) comes with 7 different appetizers and 10 different types of nigiri-style sushi. This is highly recommended for those who would like to thoroughly enjoy a range of sushi dishes. Both appetizer and seasonal nigiri sushi are fresh and delicious. Above all, the octopus appetizer and the lightly grilled kinki (deep-sea fish that is a type of rockfish, and is also called kichiji) nigiri sushi are most popular. The aroma and sweetness of kinki is accentuated by grilling. Please experience excellent sushi with ingredients of the best quality.
1. Sushidokoro Arima
2. Sushisai Wakichi
Sushisai Wakichi is a very famous sushi restaurant in Sapporo. Seats at this restaurant are available by appointment only, and the restaurant uses a two-slot booking system with the first group of diners from 6:00 pm and the second from 8:00 pm. A set menu, the Omakase Course (19,210 JPY (incl. tax)), is offered only, which includes 5 appetizers and 12 types of nigiri sushi. Sushisai Wakichi stocks their ingredients not only from Hokkaido, but also from places all around Japan. In this restaurant, carefully prepared sushi that considers the ingredients can be enjoyed, like matured sushi, which is the latest sushi trend and is prepared by aging the ingredients for a set amount of time to develop a richer taste. The most popular sushi of all is the luxurious hair crab nigiri, mixed with sea urchin. This is a restaurant that you do not want to miss when visiting Sapporo.
Ikkou is the most popular restaurant in Sapporo today. This restaurant sources its ingredients from all over Japan to select only the best materials. They are devoted to devising and preparing ingredients to extract the maximum possible flavor, like maturing the sushi, smoking oysters, and layering many sardine cuts for their nigiri sushi. Their set menu, the Omakase Course (20,000 JPY (excl. tax)), includes 5 appetizers and 12 different types of nigiri sushi. It is said that many customers take delight in the steamed abalone. The price may seem high, however they offer sushi of a quality that cannot be experienced in other restaurants. Sushi Ikkou is a highly recommended restaurant that will not disappoint.
Miyakawa is a restaurant that offers seafood from Hokkaido, as well as other strictly selected ingredients from all over Japan. Seats at this restaurant are available by appointment only, and they only have a set menu, their Omakase Course (16,000 JPY (excl. tax)). This course includes 5 to 6 appetizers such as steamed ezo abalone with a sauce made from offal, and tilefish cooked with kelp. There are also nigiri sushi featuring black-throat sea perch, prawn, and many more kinds of seafood, as well as rice with sea urchin. Both nigiri sushi and appetizers are made by a highly trained Japanese chef with exceptional reviews. They also have a wide selection of beverages including Japanese sake and wine, which would be a perfect match for all the delicious appetizers.
5. Sushi Hidetaka
Sushi Hidetaka is popular for the quality of their food, and also for the excellent customer service. They offer a variety of types of sushi, from standards to painstakingly made originals, all of which use ingredients mainly from Hokkaido. Their course includes 8 appetizers and 12 different types of nigiri sushi, with an estimated price of approximately 15,000 JPY.
In this restaurant, authentic Hokkaido-style appetizers and sushi, like Botan shrimp with kelp, and seaweed wrapped scallops, can be enjoyed. Please enjoy this luxurious dining experience in Sushi Hidetaka’s relaxing atmosphere and great hospitality.
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5. Sushi Hidetaka
When visiting Sapporo, please enjoy a wonderful time at fine dining sushi restaurants with excellent quality seafood fresh from Hokkaido. Please do keep in mind, however, that most of these restaurants require a reservation.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.