Donto Sapporo: A Slice of Hokkaido
It enjoys good reviews. It even earned a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor in 2015. Zomato speaks highly of it and gave it 4.5 stars out of a perfect 5. Despite the downpour, we didn't waste our reservation here. And mind you, we walked 3 blocks from our hotel to this great dining adventure.
For starters, we tried the chawan mushi, my all-time comfort food. Especially on a rainy day. Warm, delicate flavors in a small cup. Enough to prep you for the rest of the dinner. The Little Mermaid sashimi platter is the Chef's selection of the freshest sashimi samplers. Went so well with the Niniku Tempura which are really cloves of garlic dipped in tempura batter and deep-fried to perfection. Claimed as a Sapporo specialty dish, it is served with miso paste and sea salt. I like how the sweet miso paste combines with a dash of sea salt to give the cloves a completely different level of umami.
Of course I couldn't resist ordering a bowl of ramen. It's my "winter dish" here in Gold Coast. After all, Hokkaido ramen always makes the cut, right? Hmmm, not so. It's good but I guess Hokkaido ramen is simply too salty for me. I was warned enough about that, but I knew I just had to see and taste for myself. Anyway, the wagyu made up for it even if I was already feeling full at that point.
And so we ended the wet night on full stomachs, cravings satisfied. Fully agree with the TA recommendation to put this on the list when visiting Gold Coast. Good food, great Japanese-inspired appointments down to the table and tatami mats and lanterns, easy to spot location in a boulevard lined with an interesting mix of fine-dining Oriental restaurants.