After a 4-hour flight aboard Hong Kong Express on route to New Chitose Aiport in Hokkaido, the first thing we did was find a restaurant to fill us up before embarking on another 2.5-hour coach-ride to Niseko. Airplane food is bad enough … but the ones they serve on Hong Kong Express is extremely bad. You know how people say airplane food is a little more salty than food you find “on the ground” because when you’re up there, your taste buds don’t work properly … well, whatever the reason (I will find out for you), the noodle I had was really salty, and bland. So that can’t be good.
Anyway, we came across this Japanese restaurant and got ourselves a sashimi platter, a sashimi on rice and a bottle of sake to warm us up.
The sashimi wasn’t bad at all, in fact, it is probably pretty good if you’re talking about Hong Kong standards, and for the price we paid. But Hokkaido is the epicenter of all things seafood (and RAAAAW!!!) so I have to imagine it was slightly below par considering we’re in Hokkaido. And all of that because the fish was a little dry … which means it was probably sitting in the fridge for longer than it should have.
The sake was also only so-so … it tasted more like Korean Soju rather than the sometimes-aromatic sake you find at upscale Japanese restaurants.
What was surprisingly good was the grilled squid with mayo. It was grilled soft enough so that its not too hard on the jaw, yet its just chewy enough. Whats even better is it wasn’t dry … it was a little bit juicy which is just right. The perfect beer food … if only I was having beer.
Siu Yeh Rating: 6.5/10
Some Random Japanese Restaurant in New Chitose Airport (Arrival Floow)
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