At Hyousetsu-no-mon, my mother and I were seated in a private room -- as at Sapporo Kanihonke, and years ago, when we had tofu kaiseki at the Dazaifu branch of Umenohana. This time around, both she and I ordered separate crab kaiseki for ourselves rather than opt for any a la carte options.
At an average of around 8,000 Yen (~HK$636 or US$82) each, our multi-course meal was easily the most expensive of the ones we had on this Hokkaido trip. But I really do feel this crab feast was worth it -- because so much what we had was imaginatively conceived, immaculately prepared, and exquisite in taste. And, coupled with the elegant surroundings, I really did come away thinking we had had a first class meal in more ways than one...
The kind of decorations that I've come to expect of
Feast your eyes on these three beautiful crab dishes! :b
Crab legs on the grill right inside the room!
Crab dumplings that wouldn't have looked out of place
on a Cantonese dim sum table ;)
A crab dish that I don't think would look out of place
in a Western fine dining establishment
A creamily rich crab croquette served
with a tomato-y sauce and pickles
This noodle dish was the rare course that appeared
crab-less -- and was pretty filling as well as tasty
The spotlessly clean corridor in the restaurant that
looked to have no seating in other than private rooms
(where, yes, one has to remove one's shoes before entering)!