Culinary Kingdom: Kutchan
There is a big pay off awaiting those who take the trip down Route 5 to the town of Kutchan.
Only a short ride from Hirafu, Kutchan is the largest town in the Niseko area. With over 100 restaurants to choose from, covering every cuisine from Italian to Latin American and obviously Japanese, there is something for everyone here. With lots of availability reservations are generally easier and the restaurants usually have English menus. Give these restaurants a go for a fun adventure out of the village.
Yakitori Kage is an izakaya style restaurant and as its name suggests, specializes in Yakitori. Accompanying these sizzling skewers are a number of other classic Japanese dishes such as sashimi and oden. The atmosphere is cozy and decor is understated. A great place for a casual meal with friends. Notable additions are a great range of beers and local sake, there is an English menu and wifi available.
El Asador is a Brazilian BBQ restaurant that will satisfy even the most powerful meat cravings. Arriving at your table, meat skewer and knife in hand, the chef will carve sumptuous slices of pork belly, beef and chicken onto your plate. With a great selection of drinks, large tables for groups and a great line up of delicious meats it is easy to spend a long night here.
Long Tang is located almost at the midpoint between Hirafu and Kutchan. There are a number of traditional Chinese items on the menu however the standout dishes are the hand crafted dim sum. Long Tang's hero dish is the Shoronpo or Soup Dumpling. This style of dumpling has developed a name for itself throughout the world and Long Tang's rendition of this favourite is nothing short of spectacular. The items at Long Tang are well priced so make sure you get in early before this little restaurant fills up.
Orench is a Yakiniku restaurant serving up succulent cuts of meat and tasty vegetables. On the large circular grill placed in the centre of the table you can cook your own slices of Hokkaido Wagyu just the way you like. Refreshing side dishes like pickled cucumber and kimchi compliment the melt in your mouth beef slices. There is an English menu and the wait staff are very attentive which contribute to making this a great meal experience.
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