If your New Years Resolutions include eating in moderation, then be prepared for Niseko sabotage! You may come for the JaPow, but food will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip.
In this sparkling new year there are some exciting developments on the Niseko food scene. We’ve had a month or so to check them out, and now that we’re full, here are our recommendations!
The in-house restaurant at The Vale Niseko is now a gorgeous steak house. The Vale Restaurant has been completely remodelled with lowered seating and large tables that just beg you to linger over dinner. Enjoy a range of premium Hokkaido beef and other temptations from the grill.
Always Niseko’s inviting café and bar has had a menu makeover. Elements now boasts an enticing Japanese menu with wholesome, traditional dishes served up for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You may remember it as Monty’s, but as you walk down Hirafu’s main strip and follow your nose into Momiji’s you’ll discover a delightful Japanese restaurant and bar with a massive range of sake on offer. Kanpai!
New Kids on the Block
Set on the top floor of the stunning Odin building, Sushi Watake serves up gourmet sushi and spectacular views. Opt for a counter seat along the window so you can soak up majestic vistas of Yotei zan along with your set-course sushi and sashimi.
Walk a few blocks up from The Setsumon and turn right to where Akaru is tucked in the Yama Shizen building. Enjoy authentic Japanese dishes with mouth-watering flair, such as the Hokkaido Chicken Yuzu Citrus Hotpot.
Cosy and delightfully Japanese, this izakaya restaurant is tucked behind the NAC building. Choose from a hand written menu of share plates, perfect for accompanying cold Sapporo beer.
Located in the Aya building, Ginger is a great stop for a crowd-pleasing breakfast. Traditional Japanese breakfast fare and Western favourites are offered in a buffet style, and the lunch menu is packed with Japanese favourites, including katsu curry, tempura and noodle bowls.
Another fine dining temptation has popped up in Kamui, Annupuri. Master Chef Masaki Miyakawa offers exquisite set course Edomae sushi, following the same menu as his thrice Michelin-starred Sapporo restaurant of the same name.
Somozo offers a true dining experience that encompasses art, history and tradition under an ancient kominka straw roof. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony served with exquisite local pottery, take in a light meal at the café, and browse the gorgeous art gallery.
A short drive from downtown Hirafu and you’ll find yourself at J’ai la Patate, a French restaurant that feels like a forest retreat. Book in for a set menu, sip a glass of French wine and relax in this beautifully unique atmosphere.
Backdoor is a chilled bar and restaurant offering a great selection of sake and beer. Stop in after riding the slopes of Annupuri for traditional Japanese izakaya food and an authentic local atmosphere.
If you’re in need of some advice on where to dine, our friendly Guest Services and Concierge team are always happy to assist and reserve your table at any of Niseko’s newest culinary additions.