September 6, 2009
Hakodate is famous for its fresh seafood, so eating sushi was necessary. Being total newbies to the area, we chose a sushi restaurant that was listed in our JTB (Japan Travel Bureau) guide magazine.
About a 10 minute walk from Hakodate JR Station, Oujousushi is located on a desolate stretch of road next to a kimono shop. It was encouraging to see that there were two parties already seated there when we arrived – it was a Monday night.
They serve the sushi right on the counter:
The sushi chef grates the wasabi for you and serves it to you on your own individual shark-skin paddle:
Three-sashimi plate, freshest catch of the day:
Amaebi (sweet shrimp):
Live uni (Check out the video footage of this at the head of this post. It might be hard to tell, but the uni is definitely moving as its innards are being devoured.):
To die for saba (mackerel). This was the star of the night. The saba melted in my mouth and didn’t have a hint of sourness – very different from any type of saba I have had.
Glistening ika (squid):
Ikura in Hokkaido was all very sweet. It was delicious, but I have to admit, I might be a Tokyo girl who likes salty ikura.
Jelly-coated vegetable (forgot the name), popular in Hokkaido:
The chef strongly recommended we order anago. The roastiness was great, but I prefer my anago a little softer, with a more delicate sauce.
Squid caught that morning:
Grilled, on the house, as a celebratory nod to our recent union.
Overall, the ingredients were great because they were extremely fresh. But I prefer my sushi in smaller portions. The rice was packed a little too densly as well. Oujousushi scores points for really friendly staff and service, but loses some points for being a little pricey (our bill came to 15,600 yen including sake).
Hakodate City, Hokkaido