When I decided to visit Sapporo for the first time, I wanted to have sushi somewhere. So, I searched for it on the internet, and I found a nice sushi restaurant that have high reputation close to Susukino station. Sushi-ya no Saito (すし屋のさい藤) is on the 1st floor of the old building along one of the largest street in Sapporo.
They are located at the center of Susukino.
Lunch menu is at the door. They have three sushi set only at lunchtime. Reservation is not required, but seats are occupied so often especially on weekends, so if you want to take seats on weekends, you need to reserve in advance. Of course, you’d better on weekdays, too.
*Three courses (tax excluded)
Okimari おきまり (10 pieces) 3000 yen
Omakase おまかせ (12 pieces) 5000 yen
Tokusen Omakase 特選おまかせ (14 pieces) from 8000 yen
I ordered Omakase set and beer. You might want to have Sapporo Classic draft beer in Sapporo, but they don’t prepare Sapporo Classic. They have Asahi Super Dry only.
The restaurant is not large having two tables and about 10 counter seats only. But it have good atmosphere.
It was still on February, so they serve winter seafood-centric course.
At first, Horse-head fish marinated with kelp (グジの昆布〆) was served. It was seasoned in advance, so I ate without anything like soy sauce.
Lean meat of tuna (赤身).
So fresh tuna. Many restaurants in Tokyo put tuna rest overnight or more to add tuna richer taste and flavor. But I love such a fresh tuna, too 🙂
Toro part of tuna (トロ)
This marbled meat is beautiful ! It looks fatty, but actually it wasn’t.
Scallop (ほたて). The green thing is perilla. It’s the tastes of Hokkaido ! So sweet and tasty.
Thick and fresh abalone had crunchy texture.
Botan shrimp (ぼたん海老)
Botan shrimp is one of my delight food. It was fresh and had sticky texture. I wanted to eat more.
Surf clam (北寄貝)
It had crunchy texture. Hokkaido have good clams all the same !
Herring roe on kelp (子持ち昆布)
It was seasoned with salt lightly. I liked it best in the course.
Of course, the set have Salmon roe (いくら)
Sea urchin (うに). It’s so fresh. I felt that I’m in Hokkaido now when I ate salmon roe and sea urchin 🙂
Last, Soft roe (白子).
Last, Miso soup (味噌汁) was served. It had akamoku (devil weed).
Everything was fresh and tasty. Piece of shari(rice) was rather small and easy to eat even small mouth of woman. Though I didn’t see the menu of drinks, Omakase course, beer and tax cost me about 6200 yen in total.
My neighborhood ordered 3000 yen course. Okimari course (3000 yen) had luxury seafood like sea urchin, samon roe, lean meat of tuna, botan shrimp and so on. So, I think if you want to have these seafood only, Okimari course is enough.
About the restaurant
Name in English / Sushi ya no Saito
Name in Japanese / すし屋のさい藤
Address / Plaza 6.4 bldg 1F, 4 Minami Rokujo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Phone / 050-5868-5294
Open / 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 5 p.m. – 0 a.m. (Sundays and another national holidays until 11 p.m.)
Closed / no scheduled
Credit card / Available
Reservation / Available
URL / Website