Where to eat in Niseko? 7 new restaurants to try in 2019

Niseko is pulling in not just the best of traditional Japanese, but also of France, Spain, and many more.

There is always a new restaurant or (sushi) bar popping up in Niseko. These hottest newcomers are our favorite places to eat in Hirafu (and around) right now.

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Kumo

Skye Niseko, Upper Hirafu Village

Kumo called itself “Japanese soul-food by day, a dazzling Hokkaido izakaya by night”.

Situated in the new ski-in ski-out hotel Skye Niseko, this fusion Japanese diner serves traditional izakaya favourites as well as dishes inspired by broader Asia, with produce sourced from local growers and producers, especially the premium seafood and dairy that Hokkaido is famous for.

Bion

East Hirafu Village

New comer to the Niseko dining scene Bion (pronounced bee on) serves up Hokkaido-influenced Italian fare, the creation of Chef Naoki Matsuoka, a Hokkaido local who was trained in Italy and France.

The wood-fired grilled wagyu beef (sourced from across Hokkaido, as are most ingredients used here) is a big hit with its delicately smoky flavours, accompanied by an impressive selection of Italian and Australian wine; and the green tea tiramisu is pretty much guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Robata Niseko Naniwatei

Kabayama

Robatayaki is Niseko’s newest favorite for robatayaki, which literally translates to fireside-cooking and is often shortened to robata. And this Japanese cooking method of grilling fresh seasonal ingredients over hot charcoal is taken to the next level with Naniwatei.

Using the finest, locally sourced ingredients to bring out more sensuous flavors, on the kaiseki (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) menu are dishes like grilled Hokkaido scallop and oyster, Shiraoi wagyu fillet in red wine sauce and steamed rice in an earthen pot that brings out the best of kinki fish.

Tatsumi

Panorama Niseko, East Hirafu Village

Set at the beautiful Panorama complex is new Japanese French fusion restaurant Tatsumi that attracts picky diners by the hordes. Dining style can be flexible depending on your schedule, as there are full course, a la carte, vegetarian and kids-friendly options.

Lunch can be a light sandwich or fresh seafood don featuring local catch such as chub mackerel and their homenade marinatewd salmon, or if you have the whole afternoon reserved for a elaborate fare, a multi-couse set meal highlighted by the Hokkaido beef (or spiced cauliflower for vegetarians) steak.

Dinner is an elegant fine dining party that, as you would expect there is a lot of bite-size dining. Whatever is served is in season and freshly sourced locally, and you are in for a real treat whether you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Acorn

Middle Hirafu Village

A world-renowned Michelin chef from El Bulli and Ron Herman lifestyle boutique designer teamed up and dreamed up Acorn. Looking for a fancy night out? People come from all corners of Niseko for a helping of the finest interpretation of Japanese culture and cuisine.

The venue features a gorgeous interior, glowing with warm wood and dark grey accents. Come for the heartfelt and photogenic dishes, and stay for the exquisite wine pairings as you savor every last bite.

Temporada

Upper Hirafu Village

In an open-kitchen space, Temporada offers more than a dozen different Japanese-inspired tapas. The venue also boasts a fine team of bartender, meaning that it does a mean line in cocktails, too.

They open til late in the bustling heart of Hirafu village, meaning you will likely hear the boisterous place before you see it.

Ginger

AYA Niseko, Upper Hirafu Village

As high-quality on-slope dining in Niseko goes, it doesn’t really get better than Ginger. The all-day, upmarket restaurant recently opened in AYA, a ski-in ski-out condo hotel in the happening upper Hirafu village, which means you can ski right to the door until 9pm every day. The dining area is framed in floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the family run.

The menu features a good mix of traditional Japanese dishes and crowd-pleasing western favourites. Breakfast and lunch come in an exciting array of set options, accompanied by locally roasted Black Powder coffee. As for dinner, in addition to a variety of creative fusion dishes that are sure to pique your interest, the Hokkaido-sourced A3 wagyu would be an highlight, too.

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