If you like Japanese food, particularly sashimi, you must go to Hokkaido at least once. No, not just Sapporo, but towns along the coast or outlying islands. The sashimi there is so fresh that you can sense the smell of sea in it.
This picture was taken when we had lunch in Utoro, a small town at the Shiretoko Peninsula in Eastern Hokkaido. There are several restaurants serving sashimi and as expected, the selling point is the freshness of the ingredients as they are coming directly from the fishermen. We just picked a bigger one and ordered their signature dish – Rice with 5 different kinds of sashimi: sea urchin (my wife’s favourite!), tuna, crab meat, scallop and salmon roe.
One of the good things about dining in Japan in general is they have pictures/models of most dishes so not knowing Japanese won’t be a problem. Another nice point is the food you get will actually look the same as in the pictures – unlike other places where the pictures are just, well, pictures. Now this time it was an exception – because the real thing looked BETTER than the picture! We really couldn’t help taking a lot of shots even though we were hungry. The taste? One word – Great.
Do let me know if you feel hungry after seeing this picture – as it means I’ve done quite well with this shot!