Once in Hakodate, no one forgets living squid (katsuika). Ikasei Daimon branch (いか清 大門店) is one of the most popular restaurant that serve living squid as well as their head shop. I visited there just after the opening time by myself. the squid on the wall is outstanding. It looks like fancy restaurant. But not too expensive.
They have a head shop close to Goryokaku. And I visited there Daimon branch close to Hakodate station this time because it’s close to my hotel. Restaurants serving living squid have a tank for squid. Ikasei, too. Squids swimming in the tank can be seen well from the counter seats 🙂
Because it was just after the opening time on weekdays, there were many vacant seats until I left, but they are so popular, so you’d better reserve in advance.
They are very close to Hakodate Ekimae station. Also they are very close to G4 Space.
They have regular menus, but today’s special menu is MUST all the same. Of course, living squid is on this menu.
And Japanese sake.
Yummy foods that I had
Sapporo classic and otoshi
Though the menu says their draft beer is Sapporo Classic, glass is Black Label :p Sapporo Classic draft beer (medium, サッポロクラシック樽生 中, 500yen) .They have small size, too.
Otoshi (including in table charge) was tofu and mushrooms. It had refreshing tastes. The texture of tofu was like monk fish liver.
Living squid sashimi (活真いか刺し)
In Hakodate, they have two types of squid. Japanese common squid (surumeika) and spear squid (yariika). From January to May, they have yariika and another, they serve surumeika. It was October, so they had surumeika. Living surumeika sashimi (活真いか刺し, 2280 yen). I was surprised. It was large. The legs were served like alien. And its innards, sliced body.
It had crunchy texture and was good. Clear color, and fresh. Splendid. Local people mix innards with soy sauce, but I like eating it with its body.
How about this legs ? They fry deeply or grill. You can choose.
I had it as tempura. Those legs had springy texture. Its outside was crisp. It’s enough good without anything, but eating it with ginger in soy sauce was good, too.
Northern Japanese sake is good friend all the same. I had Jyunmai Misogi-no-mai (純米みそぎの舞, 650 yen).
Cod sushi marinated with konbu (真たら昆布〆握り)
And last, I ordered sushi. Cod sushi marinated with konbu (真たら昆布〆握り, 280 yen). It’s elastic. It had plenty of extract of konbu. Delicious. The vinegared rice had refreshing tastes and it went with the cod very well. It’s good choice to eat last.
About the restaurant
Name in English / Ikasei Daimon branch
Name in Japanese / いか清 大門店
Address / 6-10 Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
Phone / +81138271506
Open / 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Sundays 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Closed / No scheduled
Reservation / Available
Credit card / Available
URL / Website