10 places you should know to eat and drink in Otaru

Happy Weekend!

Today we will be introducing you to 10 restaurants and bars that you should know.

Here it goes!

Sushi

Toppi (Rotating Sushi)

Toppi is a popular rotating sushi restaurant that is about 10 minutes walk from Otaru Station.

You can enjoy varieties of sushi very reasonably priced.

I find salmon and tuna, the two popular sushi dishes for international tourists, quite tasty here.

There are also seasonal dishes like crab miso soup.

I like how you can drink Otaru beer as well.

I can tell how generous they are as the beers cost the same as the ones sold in the supermarkets…

Saika

Saika is a small sushi bar with less than 10 seats

If you are looking for a more authentic experience in a sushi bar, there is Saika, just 5 minutes walk away from Otaru Station, in Roman Yokocho.

This is an interesting building that has 7 small restaurants in one place.

You can take a seat in any restaurant, and order dishes from all 7 restaurants.

Saika is one of the restaurants in the Yokocho we went to, that served sushi with fresh Hokkaido fish.

Sushi Chef Nagayama with Hokkaido distinct fish Hakkaku

The sushi Chef Nagayama has worked in 4 different sushi restaurants in Otaru before he opened Saika in 2017.

10 Omakase Sushi set 2300 yen

Hama Sushi

Hama Sushi is a sushi chain that is more suitable for families.

The sushi is not as authentic as the other sushi restaurants, but it has more menus for everyone to enjoy.

The sushi restaurant has pepper robot as one of its staff.

The ordering process is all done through a touch panel, and the language can be changed to multiple languages.

This makes it easier for those who don’t read/speak Japanese.

You will just press finish when you want your bill and you pay whatever the price that is printed on the receipt!

Ramen

Tokaiya

Tokaiya is probably one of the most popular ramen restaurants in Otaru.

The ramen shop just 5 min walk from Otaru station.

Inside is a cozy fancy atmosphere with jazz music playing.

The ramen is made by a former French Chef, and you can notice how he takes a lot of effort and time into the ramen.

Miso is recommended for those who want a little punch to the taste and soy sauce is better if you want it light.

Bonito rice is worth the try as well.

Although you would have the longest wait in the world to eat the ramen, I think this place is worth a try.

Ramen and Tsukemen San

I actually used to go to this ramen shop 6 days a week.

Most of the ingredients are from Hokkaido.

The miso is really good, but the curry is also addictive.

It just has a slight curry flavor on top of the miso, which makes it very original.

It’s a bit hidden, behind the rotating sushi Isshin on the 2nd floor of Wing Bay Otaru.

Tatsujin

I personally like Tori paitan ramen, which is Chicken broth.

This ramen shop is the only that has this chicken broth ramen in Otaru.

Salmon flakes soy sauce ramen is also recommended!

The grilled pork is flavored very well.

My favorite gyoza (potstickers) is in Otaru is from them, too.

Western Food (Yoshoku)

ISO

The place has a nice vibe as its a renovated historical building.

The staffs are nice, although they can get quite busy during peak hours and you tend to wait longer than you would imagine.

My surprise came especially from the Hokkaido beef butter pasta…

Narutoya

Narutoya is a local chicken restaurant.

It’s one of the most popular restaurants in Otaru.

The food is very affordable and is really good for the price.

It has multiple outlets within Otaru, and you can enjoy teishoku set meals or even izakaya style for dinner with drinks and tsumami. (tapas dishes)

Bars!!

Unwind Hotel

I like stopping by for a nice drink in Unwind occasionally.

The shiso (japanese herb) gin roku (Suntory Gin) mojito was a unique try!

Otaru Beer Brewery

The Otaru Beer Brewery is in the famous Otaru canal, and you can stop by for a freshly brewed beer!

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