English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 6 reviews)
“Highly recommended: one of the best sushi restaurants in the central Hokkaido area”
Kita no Hana ("Northern Flowers" or "Festivity of North") has established its name as one of the best sushi restaurants for years in the central Hokkaido area including Sapporo, Otaru, and Tomakomai, especially since it earned two starts in Michelin Guide. I guarantee that it is as good as the best ...sushi restaurant you can find in NYC. It may be even better. The restaurant is a small annex separated from the main house right next to it. There are only less than ten counter seats. Mr. Hayashi, the owner/main chef, will cook sushi for you behind the counter in front of you. His wife a well-trained sommelier of Japanese Sake and will serve one that goes well together with sushi being serviced. There are only one or two pre-fixe menus. We ordered one for 10,000 yen, which include several sashimis and sushis as shown by the photos. The best part of this restaurant is its creativity to give a little twist to the traditional cooking approaches. Those are so subtle that my limited vocabulary does not allow describing what exactly they are, but you will clearly notice the difference. One example would be oyster. By lightly blanching it, Mr. Hayashi successfully transformed it into a creamy delicacy while preserving the original fresh flavor. The main house, Kita no Hana (with no name of the owner), also have excellent reputations. Junior chefs seem to serve sushi under Mr. Hayashi's supervision. Making a reservation seems to be easier there. If you have several vacant hours at Chitose International Airport and if you would like to know what authentic Japanese sushi looks like, I'd suggest calling this restaurant to see if there are any available seats. It would take about 20 min by taxi from the airport.
Visited September 2018