Dining in Niseko: What’s New (and Back) This Spring 2021

Kamimura at Home (Photo: Kamimura)

Niseko is home to a great variety of both Japanese and international cuisines. Here is a selection of our dining recommendations that are available for the 2021 spring season. 

For assistance with making reservations, please contact [email protected].

Ichi Ichi Kitchen

The newest bistro to hit town, Ichi Ichi is headed by Chef Jonas Stadtländer who has curated a creative yet focused farm-to-table menu comprising local produce like Roasted Rusutsu-Youtei Pork Loin & Toulouse Croquette with juniper berry pork jus, potato terrine & local vegetables for dinner; or a classic Hokkaido Wagyu Burger with Smoked Gouda served with a side of Kutchan crispy potato for lunch.

Hokkaido Wagyu Burger with Smoked Gouda (Photo: Ichi Ichi Kitchen)

Pop in on Sundays for their brunch menu featuring perennial favorites like Eggs Benedict or pancakes with house bacon, Yoichi blueberry compote, yogurt cream & maple syrup, or swing by the bar for some light bites with a tipple. Vegetarian/Vegan, Gluten-Free options, a kid’s menu and takeaways are also available.

Hokkaido Wagyu Burger with Smoked Gouda (Photo: Ichi Ichi Kitchen)
Roasted Rusutsu-Youtei Pork Loin & Toulouse Croquette (Photo: Ichi Ichi Kitchen)
Opening Hours
Open Thursdays to Saturdays
Lunch (11am to 3pm; Last order 2:30pm)
Dinner (5:30pm to 10pm; Last order 8:30pm)
Sunday Brunch (10am to 3pm only)

Kamimura

Owner-Chef Yuichi Kamimura honed his craft under the tutelage of the legendary Chef Tetsuya Wakuda in Sydney for a decade before returning home to Hokkaido to set up his eponymous French restaurant here since 2007 and still holds the distinction of being the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Niseko.

Amuse-Bouche: Beetroot Crepe (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)

Expect a delightful dégustation of the most exquisite seasonal produce that Hokkaido has to offer, like the Shiretoko Poulet, perfectly executed with crispy seared skin and just lightly seasoned to allow its natural goodness and quality to shine through; the culinary philosophy to let the ingredients speak for themselves now shared by both master and disciple. 

Shiretoko Poulet Kamimura (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)

When Autumn eventually approaches, local mushrooms will start to take center stage in a umami-amplified consommé of champignons and a creamy rich risotto. Wine (and non-alcoholic beverage) pairing menus are available.

Shiretoko Poulet Kamimura (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)
Champignons, Consommé (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)

Service is impeccably run by wife Miyuki within a cosy warm ambience, ideal for a romantic evening or an intimate tête-à-tête.

Kamimura recently launched its new delivery service – Kamimura at Home – to bring some of their dishes to homes and guesthouses in Niseko through ready-made meal-kits for guests to easily prepare and enjoy within the comforts of their own accommodations, like Hokkaido Wagyu Boeuf Bourguignon – braised using Yoichi Zweigelt red wine – with Niseko Masuhara Farm “Danshaku” Potato Purée and finished with Maldon sea salt, or Niseko ‘Zeitaku’ Tomato and Hokkaido Bouillabaisse, a rich seafood stew comprising the best locally-sourced seasonal white fish, crustaceans and shellfish available. Order with their homemade potato focaccia & truffle butter to soak up every bit of the soup. 

Kamimura at Home (Photo: Kamimura)

Kitchen

Next door, the sister “Kitchen” is their casual dining lounge with a more laidback living-room vibe offering an innovative sharing-style tapas menu to pair with a selection of cocktails and boutique wines. 

Wind down the evenings with family and friends while watching the chefs at work in the open-concept kitchen as they churn out plates like Garlic King Prawns (à la Gambas al Ajillo), or if you’re feeling ravenous, tackle the Josper-grilled Hokkaido Wagyu Beef Sirloin.

Garlic King Prawns (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)

Kitchen also just launched their new three-tier takeaway dinner box which is available only for pick-up (call to order in advance), comprising the following dishes:

  1. Duck Leg Confit, Fries Cooked in Duck Fat, Olive Sauce
  2. Celeriac Salad, Mimolette, Chorizo
  3. Grilled Prawn and Scallop with Dried Scallop & Truffle Cream, Warm Vegetables
Kitchen’s Takeaway Dinner Box (Photo: Kitchen)

Kamimura and Kitchen are both located on the first floor of Chatrium Niseko. Reservations Required.

Garlic King Prawns (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)
Kitchen’s Takeaway Dinner Box (Photo: Kitchen)

Next door, the sister “Kitchen” is their casual dining lounge with a more laidback living-room vibe offering an innovative sharing-style tapas menu to pair with a selection of cocktails and boutique wines.

Garlic King Prawns (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)

Wind down the evenings with family and friends while watching the chefs at work in the open-concept kitchen as they churn out plates like Garlic King Prawns (à la Gambas al Ajillo), or if you’re feeling ravenous, tackle the Josper-grilled Hokkaido Wagyu Beef Sirloin.

Kitchen’s Takeaway Dinner Box (Photo: Kitchen)

Kitchen also just launched their new three-tier takeaway dinner box which is available only for pick-up (call to order in advance), comprising the following dishes:

  1. Duck Leg Confit, Fries Cooked in Duck Fat, Olive Sauce
  2. Celeriac Salad, Mimolette, Chorizo
  3. Grilled Prawn and Scallop with Dried Scallop & Truffle Cream, Warm Vegetables
Kamimura and Kitchen are both located on the first floor of Chatrium Niseko. Reservations Required.
Kamimura Opening Hours
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
Dinner only: 6pm to 8:30pm (Last Seating)
Kamimura at Home
Delivery: http://kamimura-100302.square.site/
Spring Schedule through June 2021 
Kitchen Opening Hours
Spring Schedule through June 2021
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights
Dinner only: 5:30pm to 9pm (Last Order)

Higashiyama Niseko Village, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Higashiyama Niseko Village is the newest luxury hotel in Niseko, marking its debut as Japan’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The 50-room resort includes 2 restaurants and a lounge.  

Breakfast at Yukibana (Photo: Higashiyama Niseko Village, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve)

At Yukibana, start off the morning with a Shokado-style traditional Japanese breakfast presented in an elegant bento box with a kaleidoscope of dishes composed of vegetables and lightly grilled fish served with premium yumepirika rice. For dinner, fancy some fresh Hokkaido Hotate & Uni with cashew nut, shiso and yuzu gremolata, Tosaka seaweed, ume espuma and a sprinkling of nori dust.

Hokkaido Hotate & Uni with cashew nut, shiso and yuzu gremolata, Tosaka seaweed, ume espuma and nori dust (Photo: Higashiyama Niseko Village, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve)
Makkari Pork Soup Curry (Photo: Higashiyama Niseko Village, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve)
Sushi Nagi (Photo: Higashiyama Niseko Village, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve)

If you are craving a kick of spice, the all-day Ume Lounge serves the quintessential Hokkaido dish, Soup Curry, featuring glistening slivers of the renowned Makkari Herb-Fed Pork and a medley of local vegetables in a curry broth.

Otherwise, leave it to the “Taisho” to take you on a gastronomic journey through the world of Edomae Sushi with an “Omakase” experience at Sushi Nagi, where only the best catch of the season is elegantly crafted and presented over the counter.  

Reservations are required for all restaurants.

Sushi Nagi (Photo: Higashiyama Niseko Village, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve)
Yukibana Opening Hours
Breakfast: 7.00am to 10.30am
Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner: 5.30pm to 9.00pm
Ume Lounge Opening Hours
11.30am to 10pm
Sushi Nagi Opening Hours
Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner: 5.30pm to 9.00pm

Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono

After an extended closure this winter, the Park Hyatt is finally re-open again! 

China Kitchen is back with its Cantonese-Sichuan cuisine and their popular weekend Dim Sum brunch featuring Ikura Siew Mai, Black Truffle “Hargao” shrimp dumplings – while executing well the traditional classics like Makkari Pork Char Siew and authentic Hong Kong Wanton Noodles. End off on a sweet note with the oozing salted egg yolk custard bun “Liu Sha Bao”. The best part? It is all-you-can-eat!

Makkari Pork Char Siew from China Kitchen (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)
Ikura Siew Mai from China Kitchen (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)

Olivio offers Northern Italian cuisine with flair. Favorites include pastas like the Squid Ink Seafood Tagliolini and wood-fired pizzas like Quattro Formaggi and Prosciutto Funghi, with generous shavings of Parma Ham, mushrooms and rucola. Ideal for sharing with groups of friends and families. 

Prosciutto e Funghi Pizza at Olivio (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)
Squid Ink Seafood Tagliolini at Olivio (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)

Molière Montagne is the newest outpost of Sapporo’s 3-Michelin-Starred Molière, helmed by Hokkaido’s “Father” of French cuisine, Chef Hiroshi Nakamichi, who was deeply inspired by the dedication and passion of the farmers of nearby Makkari – a village also famous for its silky-smooth tofu and especially their vegetables, surely due to the best spring water flowing from Mount Yotei. This is most evident through his signature dessert Lily Bulb Mont Blanc where the natural sugars of Makkari’s humble lily bulb lent a light subtle sweetness to, and truly elevated the creaminess of the warm purée.

Boeuf at Moliere Montagne (Photo: Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono)
Lily Bulb Mont Blanc at Moliere Montagne (Photo: @TabeHokkaido)

All abovementioned restaurants are located on the first floor (Residences) of Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono.

China Kitchen Opening Hours
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Lunch: 11:30am to 2pm Dinner: 5:30pm to 10pm *Dim Sum Brunch available on Saturdays & Sundays only
Olivio Opening Hours
Lunch: 11:30am to 2pm Dinner: 5:30pm to 10pm
Molière Montagne Opening Hours
Lunch: 11:30am to 2pm (Last Order) 
Dinner: 5:30pm to 8pm (Last Order) 
Closed every Wednesday

Hakusteak

HakuSteak just launched their to-go lunch menu – choose from a trio of sandwiches including their rendition of the Philly Cheesesteak featuring Shiraoi A4 Wagyu, triple cheese sauce, crispy onions and other condiments. A vegetarian one comprising an assortment of grilled vegetables and cashew hummus is also available.

Philly Haku Cheese Steak Sandwich (Photo: HakuSteakH2 Group)

Their new Spring Summer Dinner menu spotlights local produce with dishes like Kutchan Potato Carpaccio with house-made Hokkaido beef bresaola, their Signature Josper Shiraoi A4 Wagyu strip steak and Rishiri Uni Claypot Rice. 

Signature HakuSteak (Photo: HakuSteak/H2 Group)
Opening Hours
Lunch (Takeaway only) : 12pm to 2pm 
Call to order in advance or walk-in.
Dinner: Reservations only, at least a day in advance.

Dining in Niseko is truly an internationally diverse and delicious experience. Which of the above establishments is your favourite? Or have we missed your number one spot? Please send us your thoughts and suggestions to [email protected]. We would love to hear from you!

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Gregory Yeo

Gregory Yeo

Gregory is a hospitality professional and an avid foodie. Follow his epicurean journey across Hokkaido and Japan on Instagram @TabeHokkaido
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