For the Most Convenient Taste of Sapporo’s Fresh Seafood: Maido!
After a long, happy day seeing the sights of Hokkaido, the last thing you want to do is wander the city on tired feet, searching for a good-looking Sapporo restaurant for dinner. That’s why, on our recent excursion to Japan’s north, we were so happy to find Maido! just steps from the south exit of downtown Sapporo Station. And, better yet, it turned out to be the perfect place to sample some of the flavors that most represent Hokkaido: fresh-caught seafood, Hokkaido butter and soy sauce, even a little slurp of Hokkaido melon. Delicious and easily-accessible to boot, this Sapporo izakaya restaurant comes highly-recommended.
Eating the Best Seafood in Japan
As a nation of islands, seafood abounds in Japanese cuisine, but ask the country’s citizens and the consensus is clear: thanks to the cold northern waters, Hokkaido has some of the best marine cuisine around.
The waters off the shores of Hokkaido are teeming with life, an atmosphere that creates delicious, richly flavored seafood. We’ve talked about the reason for that before, so today we’re going to talk about how all that great seafood is gathered right in Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo, and within the walls of Maido!
It’s an Izakaya – Kick Back and Relax, with Drinks and Seafood!
If you’ve never been to an izakaya before, they’re Japan’s own variety of bar/restaurant, where happy crowds gather to drink up and chow down. So that’s exactly what we did after touring Sapporo, ordering ourselves a feast of seafood, drinks, and more.
We knew we’d made a good choice as soon as the first dishes made it to our table. This might be a casual izakaya, but look at that plating! And of course our first round included a couple of local drink specialties: a Hokkaido melon cocktail, and a “Napolin sour,” which uses “Napolin,” a Japanese soda that originated in Sapporo (and is still most easily found in this region).
We had quite a spread, but this tower of sushi and sashimi, crowned with a whole shrimp, was a real conversation starter!
SEAFOOD SHOP DETAIL
Maido! Sapporo Station South Exit (まいど！札幌駅南口店)
2-1 Jonishi, 4 Kita, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Hours: 16:00 – 1:00 next day (L.O. 24:00) (Sat, Sun, Holidays: 13:00~)
Local Favourite at Sapporo’s Saera Cafe Specialised in Sandwiches
Not all gourmet foods are served in a fancy restaurant. This place in Sapporo Hokkaido is a cafe specialised in sandwich making. Leaving the atmosphere of Japanese Showa nostalgia, this cafe has a unique touch that all locals love.
Did you think that Japanese people are not so into bread diet?
People generally love their rice in Japan, yes, but people also love their bread as much as their rice here too, and here is a cafe that serves some of the best sandwiches in Japan.
See these lovely sandwiches filled with delights!
A must-try if you are in the Sapporo area of Hokkaido.
This cafe located near the Odori Station in Sapporo is called “Saera” and although the signboards don’t look very fancy, the cafe sure is a nice cozy spot in Hokkaido.
Open from 10 am till 6 pm, by noon for lunch this place is packed with local people. make sure you avoid the busy times and arrange a comfortable time range for your stomach and environment.
Nice counter seatings or table seats, either way you will be able to enjoy your coffee break.
I obviously came in at during the busiest hours. Just come in a little later, even come for afternoon tea.
This cafe has been in business since 1975, that’s 44 years in operation.
You can find old looking decorations throughout the cafe. That gives the Showa Nostalgia.
They have 12 standard kinds of sandwiches and many more variations for each with different flavour combinations as well. Along with the ordinary savory range, they also have fruit sandwiches that come with fruits and whipped cream in between fluffy sandwich slices of bread.
We went for the fruit sandwich and salmon sandwich combo as well as the crab sandwich and corn fritter sandwich combo.
The sandwiches are delicious and the yare also made to order, so you will be waiting for a little while, but not too long and it is definitely worth the wait (including the queuing).
The fruit sandwich is definitely good for afternoon break as well. The fresh fruits go very well with the whipped cream and the soft bread.
The sandwiches are also available for takeaway if you are in a rush or want to grab something on the go.
Sandwich making is all about caring of customers.
Get one element wrong in the dish, you miss all the greatness of it and end up spoiling the dish.
This place makes things perfect!
Name: Saera: Coffee and Sandwiches
Address: Underground Level 3, 2−5-1 , Odorinishi, Chuoku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 060-0042 (Map)
Open Hours: 10am till 6pm (or till stock lasts) Thursday till Tuesday (Closed on Wednesdays)
Closest station Odori station (within a minute walk)
Hokkaido’s Wagyu Beef, Cooked to Perfection in Sapporo: Yakiniku Wagyu Kurosawa
Hokkaido is famous for its fresh food, with ample shoreline providing fresh-caught seafood for donburi, and broad pastures giving dairy and beef cattle room to graze. While travelers with a taste for Japan’s super-high-quality wagyu beef might beeline towards Kobe, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that Hokkaido’s a great place to sample Japan’s choicest cuts. That’s why we made sure to add this Sapporo restaurant to our itinerary during our latest visit to Japan’s northernmost island, and why we’re recommending it now. Since yakiniku (Korean BBQ) gives the diner the chance to cook each morsel of beef to their own ideal level of rareness, we had an amazing meal at Yakiniku Wagyu Kurosawa, trying all kinds of wagyu!
Hokkaido’s Very Own Wagyu
To start, one of the first things that attracted us to this Sapporo yakiniku spot was the chance to try local wagyu! Shiraoi is a small town in southern Hokkaido, and the wagyu from the area has only just become popular in recent years, meaning it’s still a rare find outside of the region. We knew we had to stop by Yakiniku Wagyu Kurosawa (aka 焼肉和牛黒澤, or Korean BBQ Wagyu Kurosawa) to taste this up and coming Shiraoi beef, served up by a shop of friendly staff!
All the Ways to Eat Wagyu
Diners generally try not to mask the flavor of wagyu, since there’s already so much to savor, but we learned that just a bit of sauce or topping really brought out the essence of the meat.
This thin-sliced beef brisket, Korean chadolbaegi style, was perfectly cooked after just a couple seconds being dragged over the flames of the barbeque.
And a dip in Yakiniku Wagyu Kurosawa’s original yakiniku sauce finished off the savory bite.
Korean BBQ Wagyu Detail
Address: Hokkaido Sapporo City Chuo-ku Minami 7 West 3-Chome B1F/B2F APOLLO BLD
Open Hours: 16:00 To 23:30 (Every Day)