Hokkaido Day 2: Restaurant Gulliver

We spent the morning getting ready, warming up and testing the powder on Hirafu and before we know it, it was already 1PM – time for lunch! Fellow skiers / snowboarders were lining up at restaurants at the foot of the slopes and the only one we didn’t really have to wait was Restaurant Gulliver at the Niseko Scot Hotel (I think that’s the name of the hotel), next to the Hirafu Welcome Center.

We were looking for something to fill us up so that we can be on our way to the ski lifts ASAP, and there weren’t much to choose from anyway. We got a Ramen, Tempura Soba Noodle, Mongolian Lamb Barbeque and a Smoked Salmon & Roe Pasta. Here’s what they look like (the lens on my D60 was fogging up after being in the cold for so long, hence the “foggy pictures”):

Japanese Ramen at Restaurant Gulliver

Japanese Ramen at Restaurant Gulliver

I didn’t try this, so I can’t tell you what its like. Sorry!

Tempura Soba Noodle at Restaurant Gulliver

Tempura Soba Noodle at Restaurant Gulliver

This was a little odd. I was expecting the soba noodle and the sauce to come separate, but the soba was already drenched in the sauce / soup. The tempura was like any tempura (nothing to write home about), but the soup was a little bland … and since soba itself is tasteless anyway (at least for this one) … I wasn’t too fond of this dish.

Mongolian Lamb Barbeque

Mongolian Lamb Barbeque

This BBQ dish wasn’t bad at all. The bean sprout and lettuce sort of reminds me of the mixed sauteed veggies you would get at the end of a teppanyaki session … it was one of those, mixed with a good amount of lamb meat. Its funny, the lamb (I suspect) was probably imported from somewhere … making Japan the only place I know who imports food because its cheaper – not the other way ’round.

Smoked Salmon and Roe Pasta at Restaurant Gulliver

Smoked Salmon and Roe Pasta at Restaurant Gulliver

This was what I had and it was good, but an interesting dish because it was smoked salmon and roe on spaghetti which was in chicken broth. It was like eating noodle soup … with spaghetti (Hong Kong style!), but that actually turned out to be quite good. The broth was just right, not too bland, not to salty, and it was accompanied by the smoked salmon and roe, which added a good flavor, texture (Have you had noodle soup with roe on it? This was my first time!) and balance to the dish.

The food actually wasn’t bad, but I guess everything taste better when you’re hungry. Would I go back? Hmm … maybe not, but that’s because there are so many other choices to choose from, if it wasn’t for the line-ups.

Siu Yeh Rating: 6.5/10

Restaurant Gulliver at Niseko Scot Hotel
(Next to the Hirafu Welcome Center)

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