Monday, February 8, 2016

A wagyu steak lunch in Sapporo, at Hama Steak House in Susukino. And about the best restaurants in Sapporo.

Teppanyaki lunch at Hama Steak House
in Susukino, Sapporo

Last weekend in Hokkaido, living a #Travelife, I suddenly got the urge to have a very big wagyu steak lunch.

I guess it was all the walking we did going from one end of the Sapporo Snow Festival 2016 to the other that did it, but by the end of the morning, I was positively famished.

Scallops soup at the Sapporo Snow Festival 2016

This was in spite of having oysters, scallops and scallop soup at the various food stands on the grounds of the Sapporo Snow Festival 2016, too.

For some reason, all the stalls kept giving me food to try and I didn't refuse anything.

Scroll down to read more about my wagyu steak lunch in Sapporo...


We wondered where to go for a wagyu steak lunch in Sapporo at a moment's notice. There are plenty of good yakiniku and shabu shabu restaurants in Sapporo, but neither of these can quite be called a steak meal.

My first choice was Moliere, considered one of Sapporo's finest restaurants and rated three stars by the Michelin Guide in its one and only guidebook so far for Hokkaido.


#Travelife with us to Hokkaido this 2016.
for more details.


I'd eaten there once not too long ago and I'd loved it. But Moliere was probably full at short notice and it also doesn't serve its wagyu as a steak but as a part of a set course of French-inspired dishes.


The Sushizanmai ice display at the
Sapporo Snow Festival 2016

As we were in Susukino to see the ice sculpture displays, we decided to go to Hama Steak House instead, which is literally across the street from the ice sculpture displays.

Hama Steak House is an old and established teppanyaki restaurant in Tokyo and they have a branch in Sapporo. 

All dark wood and gleaming tepid counters, Hama Steak House is very old-fashioned and civilized, which was rather nice considering the freezing temperatures and all the walking we did outside.

The Sapporo Beer ice display
at the Sapporo Snow Festival 2016


We booked a private room and we decided to do a half and half for our steaks -- meaning to have one half each of fatty beef and one half of the leaner cut so we could taste and enjoy both. 

In addition, I also ordered a bowl of Hama Steakhouse's special garlic rice and made sure the chef gave me all the steak fat he usually trims from the meat.

Later on, our guide apparently asked my companion: "Does she really always eat this much?"

I was on holiday after all, and I was just happily eating everything I wanted. And the chef cooked our wagyu steaks right in front of us, on just another wonderful meal in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

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