Translated by Jelena Kitamura
Taste Hokkaido's Excellent Beef! The Best Tankaku Wagyu Restaurants
Written by MATCHA-PR
Japanese beef is widely popular, but have you heard about the rare Tankaku Wagyu, produced in northern Japan? It is a healthy, low-fat red meat rich in nutrients. Here we will introduce the best Tankaku Wagyu restaurants in Hokkaido.
What Exactly Is Tankaku Wagyu?
Tankaku Wagyu is a type of Japanese beef loved by many people all over the world. As there are only a few types to it, Tankaku Wagyu is often referred to as “the legendary Japanese beef”. For further information on this beef, please refer to this article.
The Best Tankaku Wagyu Beef Restaurants in Hokkaido
Today, we will introduce some restaurants that serve the delicious Tankaku Wagyu dishes. You can ravel in delicacies such as a hamburger that brings forth the best taste of Tankaku Wagyu, and discover a different type of Japanese beef flavor.
1. Kamado Maruyama New Chitose Airport Store
Kamado Maruyama is a hamburger restaurant located within the domestic terminal of the New Chitose Airport, the gate to Hokkaido’s sky. The star of the menu is Tankaku Wagyu produced in Hokkaido, and it is served as a charcoal-grilled hamburger.
The hamburger is prepared without using any thickener, just a sprinkle of salt. Thanks to the charcoal-grilling, the hamburger is savory on the outside, and juicy on the inside. It is the perfect dish to fully appreciate the flavor of the meat.
There are several types of sauce available. In the photo above, you can see the most popular sauce of this store - the Hokkaido Ebetsu Karami Yamawasabi Tokusei Wafu sauce (1,728 yen after tax). At first, you ought to be surprised at the spiciness of the wasabi, but it will get milder with each bite, and you’ll realize what a perfect combination it makes with the hamburger. It truly is a match made in heaven.
There is also the cheese sauce (1,728 yen after tax), another very good choice for a sauce to compliment the hamburger. The sauce is a combination of melted and powdered cheese, which makes it an irresistible flavor for any cheese lover.
New Chitose Airport is commonly used for trips to Sapporo or Lake Shikotsu. Why not visit this restaurant the next time you use the New Chitose Airport?
2. Horumon Ginga
Picture courtesy of Horumon Ginga
This is a renowned yakiniku restaurant located in Susukino, the prominent shopping street in Hokkaido. It has many types of Hokkaido meat to offer, and one of those, of course, is Tankaku Wagyu.
In addition to delicious meat, this restaurant puts much effort into creating the sauces that bring out the best flavors in the meat. Seasonal, home-grown vegetables are also used in the dishes. This restaurant is the ideal choice for gourmet-food lovers who would like to savor both Tankaku Wagyu and fresh vegetables.
3. Biratori Wagyu Senmonten Kurobeko
At Biratori Wagyu Senmonten Kurobeko, you can relish steak and hamburgers made with local ingredients, produced in Biratori.
Picture courtesy of Kurobeko
Visitors can choose how they’d like their steak grilled. The restaurant staff recommend that you serve it rare. The juices overflow with each chew, and even though the meat is not as fat as usual, it is not at all hard nor stiff.
Kurobeko can be reached in about one hour and a half by car from Sapporo, and in about one hour from New Chitose Airport. The restaurant’s popularity is proven by its large number of customers at all times, even though it is a bit far away from the cities.
If you’re interested in the Tankaku Wagyu menu, remember to check before making a reservation, as they sometimes run out of stock.
4. Yakiniku Restaurant Nandatei
Picture courtesy of Yakiniku Restaurant Nandatei
This yakiniku restaurant is located in Ashoro, inland Hokkaido, about two hours and thirty minutes by car from Furano, and is well-known for its diverse menu. Nandatei pays special attention to the beef and uses only Japanese wagyu, one of their most popular types being Tankaku Wagyu from Ashoro. The meat is thick, which gives it a chewy texture, and it is sure to satisfy any taste. The price is quite affordable as well, at about 3,000 yen.
Restaurant Offering Western Dishes Made with Tankaku Wagyu
Other than the popular hamburger and yakiniku restaurants, there are many Western-food restaurants in Hokkaido that serve Tankaku Wagyu dishes.
You will find this fancy, Italian-food restaurant in the central part of Sapporo.
This restaurant will leave with your eyes wide open at the super delicious Tankaku Wagyu steak. In order to bring out the savory flavor of the red meat, the steak is served rare, and although it is quite thick and rich, its texture is incrediblyBesides Beside the excellent quality of the meat, which is a given, one should easily be able to realize the mastery of the chef through the delicate tempering of the meat.
The regular menu consists of course meals for 10,000 yen each. If you are interested in trying the Tankaku Wagyu dishes, please inquire about them beforehand.
|Address||Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo, Odorinishi 14-1-14 NEO Building 1F|
|Business Time||12:00-14:00, 18:00-
|Accepted Credit Cards||JCB,American Express,Diners Club|
|Nearest station||Nishijugochome Station|
|Access||3 minutes by foot from Nishijugochome Station|
|Price||Lunch 6,000-8,000 yen Dinner 10,000-15,000 yen|
6. Capri Capri
This Italian-food restaurant is also located in the central part of Sapporo, just like Magari. The store has a laid-back, tranquil ambiance. You can order from the course and a la carte menu, and although the dishes depend on what they have on stock, you can also find Tankaku Wagyu dishes.
The Tankaku Wagyu served here is charcoal-grilled and very flavorful. Thanks to its moderate chewiness, the savory flavor of the meat oozes out with each bite. They also use firewood with the charcoal to grill the meat, which gives it a peculiar aroma.
7. Bistro Calino
Picture courtesy of Bistro Calino
Bistro Calino is a French cuisine restaurant in Obihiro, Tokachi, in the eastern part of Hokkaido. This restaurant offers chef-recommended course meals made with local, Tokachi ingredients (the main beef course is 4,000 yen and up). The Tankaku Wagyu course is available depending on the stock, so feel free to check beforehand.
Choose the roasted Tankaku Wagyu to savor the rich taste of the beef itself. This type of beef isn’t heavy on the stomach and will definitely make you crave for more.
Picture courtesy of Colz
This Italian cuisine restaurant is located in one of Hokkaido’s major cities, Hakodate, and is so popular that it is often quite a challenge to make a reservation here. It is a perfect place to drop into during your Hakodate sightseeing trip because it is easily accessible.
The dishes are mostly made with produce from Hokkaido. The delicious Tankaku Wagyu is a must for any read-meat lover, and despite the low percentage of fat, the meat is still soft and juicy. The chef’s amazing skills are truly brought into light with this dish.
9. Hidaka Auberge Natural Resort Hygeia
Picture courtesy of Hidaka Auberge Natural Resort Hygeia
You can find this restaurant in a resort hotel in the Hidaka Region, southern Hokkaido. Here you can relish Italian and French cuisine made with ingredients from Hidaka, an area surrounded by both sea and mountains (reservation is required).
Picture courtesy of Hidaka Auberge Natural Resort Hygeia
This restaurant only provides course meals and each dish is a masterpiece that demonstrates the high quality of the ingredients. If you intend to visit this restaurant for the Tankaku Wagyu, we recommend checking the menu beforehand. Besides the impeccable taste, the dish is first-class in terms of appearance, too.
A Delicious Addition to Your Hokkaido Sightseeing – Try Rare Tankaku Wagyu!
Hokkaido has many attractive sightseeing spots to offer. The dining places we introduced in this article, especially the ones located in popular sightseeing areas of Sapporo and Hakodate, can easily be included in your travel itinerary. Don’t lose the rare opportunity to get your hands on the legendary Tankaku Wagyu!
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