Fresh tastes of Hokkaido with sushi.
When I decided to visit Sapporo for the first time in February, 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 is on the 1st floor of the old building along one of the largest street in Sapporo.
Lunch menu is at the door. They started to do their business at lunchtime from June 2016 and now prepare only three courses at lunchtime.
Though we don’t have to reserve in advance, seats are occupied so often especially on weekends, so if you want to take seats on weekends, you need to reserve in advance.
And you’d better to reserve on weekdays if you visit Sapporo from far away.
*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 imagined sushi restaurants that have high reputations in Sapporo are really hard to reserve. But I could reserve easily because of weekday’s lunchtime. And some groups visited without reservation and they could take seats.
I decided to have Omakase.
And beer 🙂
I knew in advance, so I wasn’t disappointed. But Sushi-ya no Saito don’t prepare Sapporo Classic. They have Asahi only. Sapporo Classic is Hokkaido-limited beer produced by Sapporo Beer.
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 put without and ate.
Lean meat of tuna (赤身).
So fresh tuna. Many restaurants in Tokyo put tuna rest overnight or more and they 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 ! I looks fatty, but actually it wasn’t.
Scallop (ほたて). It’s the tastes of Hokkaido ! So sweet and tasty. The green thing is perilla.
Thick and fresh abalone had crunchy texture.
Botan shrimp (ぼたん海老)
Botan shrimp is one of the my delight food. It was fresh and had sticky texture. I wanted to have at least 5 pieces of it :p
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.
Salmon roe (いくら)
Sea urchin (うに)
I felt that I’m in Hokkaido now when I ate salmon roe and sea urchin 🙂
Last, Soft roe (白子).
Mis soup (味噌汁)
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, if you want to have these seafood only, Okimari course is valuable, I think.
About Sushi-ya no Saito (すし屋のさい藤)
Address / Plaza 6.4 bldg 1F, 4 Minami Rokujo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Station / Susukino station (Hokkaido municipal subway)
Open / 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 24:00
Closed / no scheduled
Website / http://www.sushisaito.net/(in Japanese only)