Sushi is a Japanese cuisine that is particularly popular among foreign visitors to Japan. Hokkaido, which has an abundance of wonderful seafood, has many sushi restaurants where you can enjoy outstanding sushi. This article introduces 10 recommended restaurants in the sushi mecca of Sapporo.
This is a famous restaurant, located just 4 minutes on foot from Susukino Station, that has been awarded a Michelin star. There are only nine seats in the cozy restaurant with a clean, polished white wood counter where you can enjoy seasonal seafood procured from various sources depending on the time of year. The sushi toppings that have been treated to maximize their umami (Japanese savory taste) all have delicate yet rich flavors. The shari (vinegared rice) is packed in relatively small portions with the perfect texture that allows it to fall apart in the mouth. The average budget at this restaurant is 20,000 JPY.
This is a restaurant with two Michelin stars managed by a young chef born in 1981. Sushi connoisseurs gather from around the world to experience the flavors created by the chef, who is always exploring "how to make the ingredients into the tastiest toppings and how to bring wonder to the guests." The sushi here are all culinary masterpieces created with attention to the temperature going into the mouth and the lingering umami flavors. All of the quality seafood procured not just from Hokkaido, but from around the country, is treated individually to bring out the umami and created into sushi toppings that are top of the line in terms of taste, texture, aroma, and color. The average budget is 23,000 JPY.
This is a restaurant near Hosui Susukino Station designated as a Michelin Plate (restaurant where the inspectors have discovered quality food). Guests are warmly welcomed at this restaurant that has a calm and comfortable feel. The menu is omakase (chef's selection) only. Fresh ingredients of the season are procured from around the country and treated with care, such as by marinating in kombu seaweed overnight or in salt and vinegar, to create delicate flavors. They can be enjoyed with a wonderful selection of outstanding drinks, particularly sake, from around the country. The average budget is 15,000 JPY.
This is a sushi kappo (a restaurant serving Japanese cuisine where the kitchen is on the other side of a counter so guests can see the chefs cooking) where veteran chefs create wonderful dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients. The restaurant has warm wood tones that create a sophisticated, relaxing space for guests, where they can enjoy outstanding sake together with the fantastic food made with seasonal ingredients selected with the chef's keen eye. The Chef's Omakase Course (8,000 JPY (exc. tax)) is an 8-course meal that includes sushi, sashimi, a grilled item, and a simmered item. Your favorite types of sushi and other a-la-carte dishes can also be ordered individually.
Sushigokoro Nakamura is directly accessible from the underground passage that connects Sapporo Station and Odori Station. Seafood from Hokkaido that has been carefully chosen by the owner is served as sushi and sashimi. In addition to the fresh ingredients of the season, the Tamagoyaki (500 JPY for 2 pieces (incl. tax)), a fluffy Japanese-style omelet made by adding mashed shrimp and white fish to the egg, is recommended . The Homemade Crab Shumai (630 JPY (incl. tax)) that is packed with snow crab is a house specialty. At lunchtime, there is a popular set that is great bang for the buck with 7 pieces of nigiri sushi, 1 roll, soup and dessert for just 880 JPY (incl. tax) and up.
This restaurant, which is located 3 minutes by foot from Susukino Station, is also recommended. At this restaurant, you can enjoy sushi made with fresh, seasonal seafood from off the shore of Hokkaido and procured directly from around the country. The shari is made by blending three different rices to go with the toppings. There is also special care taken to cook it with the right water and cooking method. The menu includes the Chef's Omakase (12,000 JPY (excl. tax) and up) of sashimi, individual dishes and sushi made primarily with seasonal ingredients and a Premium Set (4,000 JPY (excl. tax) and up) among other items. There is also a wide selection of beverages, such as sake, wine, and champagne, that go perfectly with vinegared rice.
This is a restaurant that is committed to serving wild seafood that even the most discerning connoisseurs attest to. There are many regulars not only among locals, but also those who travel regularly from the main Honshu island of Japan. The sushi toppings are fresh, seasonal seafood procured directly from fishermen. There is a selection of outstanding items that must be tasted, such as hair crab, oyster, and Pacific bluefin tuna. There are courses (8,000 JPY (excl. tax) and up) full of seasonal ingredients, omakase nigiri courses (3,000 JPY (excl. tax) and up), and a wide range of a-la-carte dishes.
8. natsume Odori Bisse Branch
This is a restaurant in Odori Bisse, a commercial building near Odori Park. It is a place where you can casually enjoy outstanding dishes that skilled chefs create with fresh seafood procured from around the country at reasonable prices. There is sushi that can be ordered as sets or individually (180 JPY (excl. tax) and up), sashimi that is a great way to enjoy the flavors of the fresh ingredients (1,800 JPY (excl. tax) and up), and a variety of other a-la-carte dishes and items that go perfectly with sake (300 JPY (excl. tax) and up). Enjoy them with local sake from Hokkaido and other carefully selected sake varieties (800 JPY (excl. tax) and up). There are English menus.
9. Tsukiji Tamasushi Sapporo Marui Imai Shop
This is a restaurant in the historic department store, Marui Imai, located one minute by foot from Odori Station. The appeal of the sushi here is the fresh ingredients and the shari that softly breaks apart in the mouth. Some recommendations are the Hokkai Premium Nigiri 8 Pieces (2,400 JPY (excl. tax)) with eight different nigiri sushi and the Tama Sushi Specialty 3 Types (1,600 JPY (excl tax)), an assortment of the restaurant's specialty items such as fatty tuna and anago (conger eel) cooked in a delicately flavored sauce. Individual pieces of sushi are priced reasonably starting at 108 JPY (incl. tax) and up each.
10. Sushidokoro Saikaku Kita-Ichijo Branch
Saikaku is a sushi restaurant with several locations in Hokkaido. The Kita-Ichijo Branch is right outside the No. 7 Exit of the underground passage between Sapporo Station and Odori Station. It is a place where you can enjoy nigiri sushi and sashimi of fresh, seasonal seafood from Hokkaido and other places. Saikaku is known for its anago dishes, among which the fluffy Anago Sugata Sushi (1,250 JPY (excl. tax)) is a must try. The Tokujo (premium) (2,750 JPY (excl. tax)) of 10 nigiri sushi including medium-fatty tuna, hokki (Sakhalin surf clam) and sea urchin is also recommended. There are menus in English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), and Korean.
When visiting Sapporo, be sure to refer to this article to go out for fantastic sushi.
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