Restaurateur Lindsay Jang Takes On Niseko's Dining Scene

Restaurateur Lindsay Jang is a respected voice when it comes to all things culinary. So when she says Niseko's dining scene is world-class, you should listen.

The Canadian-born entrepreneur behind Hong Kong restaurants Yardbird, RONIN and Sunday's Grocery, as well as fashion brand Missbish, recently took a family holiday at Skye Niseko. We caught up to hear the highlights and all the foodie tips. 

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Lindsay Jang and her kids unwind at Skye Niseko.

What activities were you (and the family) most looking forward to?

I grew up with snow and living in the mountains, so I was soexcited for my kids to experience snowboarding and skiing for the very first time. It was truly magical.

Any memorable restaurants in Niseko? What did you like most about the food scene here?

Abucha was our favourite!!! But we also loved The Alpinist and we spent every afternoon at Kumo Restaurant for apres drinks, definitely the best part of being so close to the slopes!

What were your favourite dishes at Abucha and The Alpinist? 

The Hokkaido uni at Abucha was amazing, and the sukiyaki pot was delicious. The classic fondue at The Alpinist was everyone’s favourite.

Did you take any inspiration from these restaurants which you could apply to your own?

The use of local ingredients at Abucha and Kumo is an ethos that we definitely try to mimic at Yardbird and RONIN as much as possible.

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Photo supplied by Lindsay Jang. 

What’s one thing one must do or try in Niseko?

Bo-yo-so, it’s the BEST lunch spot on the mountain. Just take the Holiday Pair chairlift straight to it. I ate there twice!

How would you describe your winter style?

I love being comfortable, so for me, I just layer up. Leggings, turtleneck bodysuits, wool socks, cute boots, cropped puffer jackets, etc. Be warm and stylish at the same time! And nothing beats a great hat.

Skiing or snowboarding? 

I’m a snowboarder at heart. I grew up doing it, and I worked in the industry. A lot of my longtime friends are those I met through snowboarding. I  love it. Always have, always will.

What were your impressions of Skye Niseko?

Clean, modern, functional, cosy. Great for our family. Awesome kitchen. We did shabu shabu in the room one night, and it was a great space to host guests.


There was plenty of family fun in Niseko for Georgina and Jess Wilson from Sunnies Face