There are many restaurants in Sapporo that offer delicious nabe (hot pot), such as Ishikari-nabe, a specialty of Hokkaido, and nabe with crabs from the northern seas. Here are 5 selected restaurants that offer warm nabe perfect for the cold season.
1. Kita○ (Kitamaru) Susukino Main Branch
Kitamaru is a restaurant that offers Ishikari-nabe, a specialty hot pot of Hokkaido. Ishikari-nabe has plenty of salmon and vegetables and a miso flavored soup. The combination between the sweetness of white miso, the vegetables, and salmon is heavenly. The Ishikari-nabe of this restaurant has added butter that strengthens the flavor. It might seem strange to mix miso with butter, but in Hokkaido it is a common combination. This combination can also be seen in the famous miso ramen of Hokkaido. This is guaranteed to be satisfying.
Chitosetsuru is a restaurant where you can enjoy Kichiji rockfish nabe only in the winter season. The high quality Kichiji rockfish tastes best between autumn and spring just before egg-laying season. You cannot miss tasting this delicious fish if you are visiting Hokkaido during these seasons. The simple and delicious soy sauce based soup made with Kichiji rockfish is filled with collagen. A sake brewery manages this restaurant, so there are special pure kinds of sake and local sake tasting options. Please enjoy the delicious nabe with a variety of sake.
Hyosetsunomon is a restaurant specializing in crab cuisine, established in 1964. Crab shabu shabu (from 4,320 JPY (incl. tax)) is very popular for the delicious combination of the special soup and crab. The way to enjoy shabu shabu is to dip a raw crab into the soup for few seconds, which cooks it lightly. The delicious soup, made with crab, vegetables, bonito, and kelp, and the sweetness and beautiful texture of the crab will amaze you. Vegetables are not included with crab shabu shabu, so please order them (950 JPY (incl.tax)) as an optional extra.
This is a restaurant that offers fresh oysters, stocked directly through fishermen, and delicious local seasonal cuisines. There are more than 30 oyster dishes available. The recommended nabe of this restaurant is the Oyster Dote-nabe (2,600 JPY (excl. tax)), which has thick miso paste all around the edge of the pot as well as plenty of oysters and vegetables. With this pot dish, you can control the flavor of the soup by dissolving the miso paste to suit your preference. Please carefully manage the heat of the pot to avoid burning the miso paste. You will not need a prior reservation for the course meal options. The recommended oyster course (5,700 JPY (incl. tax)) includes dote-nabe. This is a perfect option for those who would like to enjoy a meal full of oysters.
Chanko-nabe is well-known as a hot pot dish that sumo fighters regularly eat. Pompokotei is one of the few specialized chanko-nabe restaurants in Hokkaido. There are many types of chanko-nabe, but the most highly recommended is Sumo Chaya Chanko-Nabe (3,000 JPY), made with soup that has been made using the same recipe for 30 years. The taste of the secret soup, made with seafood among various other ingredients, is astonishing. Yokozuna Chanko-Nabe Ramen ~ Nyumon Chanko-Nabe Ramen (from 750 JPY), is also available during lunch hours (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm). Enjoying delicious and warm nabe is the best way to warm your body in Hokkaido.
Hokkaido, surrounded by the sea, is a land like a vault full of beautiful seafood. Enjoying nabe is one of many enjoyable ways to get through the incredibly cold winter season in Hokkaido. Please enjoy the taste of delicious nabe that only Hokkaido can offer.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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