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Must-Try Local Cuisine when you visit Hakodate!

Must-Try Local Cuisine when you visit Hakodate!

Date published: 10 November 2019
Last updated: 17 November 2020

Hakodate is famous for its shio ramen and squid, but it also offers a rich selection of local dishes loved by local residents from the earliest times. One such place is Lucky Pierrot, a hamburger chain that originally got its start in Hakodate. You should definitely try one of their burgers at least once. Other types of cuisine, such as Western and curry, are also available, so when you go to Hakodate check out the menus of places where you would like to eat!

Lucky Pierrot serves many types of burgers

Lucky Pierrot serves many types of burgers

There are 17 Lucky Pierrot shops in the heart of Hakodate and locally they are affectionately called “Lappi”.

Of the 15 different variations offered, the most popular is the Chinese Chicken Burger (378); three pieces of fried chicken topped with a sweet and spicy sauce, lettuce, and original homemade mayonnaise. Ordered in a set, it comes with “raki pote” (Lucky French fries) and homemade oolong tea for just 702 yen. In addition to burgers, the menu also offers curry and rice omelets.

Two locations easily accessible when sightseeing are the Marina Suehiro Shop and the Bay Area Main Shop (pictured above), both in the Bay Area. Each shop has its own unique theme and correspondingly different interiors. The Marina Suehiro shop resembles an American diner and affords a good view of the ocean. The Bay Area Main shop has swings appealing to those in a more playful mood.

  • Lucky Pierrot
    ラッキーピエロ マリーナ末広店
    • Address 〒040-0053 北海道函館市末広町14-17/14-17 Suehiro-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaidō 040-0053
    • Phone Number 0138-27-5000
    • Open: 10:00 AM ~ 12:30 AM (Saturdays until 1:30 AM
      Closed: none
      Access: 4-minute walk from the Jujigai tram station

Try the Cisco Rice at California Baby

Try the Cisco Rice at California Baby

California Baby is housed in a renovated post office built during the Taisho era located in the Bay Area. The interior is reminiscent of mid-century America with its relaxed and simple atmosphere.

The most popular dish is Cisco Rice (770 yen) which the locals call “curry baby”. Originally it was prepared as a meal for the staff, but over time it acquired the name Cisco Rice. This is an original dish consisting of two frankfurters placed on a bed of buttered rice and then smothered with meat sauce. The slowly stewed meat sauce goes well with the buttered rice. It is a taste you will not forget and has been popular since the shop’s opening in 1976.

Other popular menu items are Chicken Rice (760 yen), Dry Curry (710 yen), and meat sauce spaghetti (720). At night it also is used as a bar.

  • California baby
    • Address 〒040-0053 北海道函館市末広町23-15/23-15 Suehiro-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaidō 040-0053
    • Open: 11:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM
      Closed: Thursdays
      Access: 10-minute walk from the Jujigai tram stop

Indo Curry Koike Main Shop – Hakodate’s first curry shop

Indo Curry Koike Main Shop – Hakodate’s first curry shop

Indo Curry Koike Main Shop was the first shop to offer Indian curry in Hakodate when it opened in 1948. The curry is made in the same way as when the shop first opened: butter and flour are mixed and slowly cooked and then a soup broth made from pork and chicken bones along with more than 20 types of spices, onions, and fruit are added. It has a deep, slightly sweet flavor with just the right spiciness.

The Chicken Curry (1,100 yen; pictured above) is standard curry topped with egg and lots of cheese. Spooning the curry on to the rice is the main way it is eaten. It comes with fukujinzuke, a Japanese style of chutney made from pickled vegetables, and beneshoga (pickled ginger).

Also popular is the grilled curry (1,300 yen; pictured above) which can only be found here. A large portion of squid, shrimp, and other types of seafood are heaped upon a bed of rice, then curry, egg, and cheese is added before baking it in an oven. The rice becomes infused with the curry creating a taste different from standard curry rice, and it is hot to the very last bite.

It is located in a quiet residential neighborhood at the top of a hill near the Jujigai tram stop. Seating consists of booths and a counter in the spacious interior.

  • Indian Curry Koike
    印度カレー 小いけ本店
    • Address 〒040-0043 北海道函館市宝来町22-5/22-5 Hourai-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaidō 040-0053
    • Hours: 11:00 AM = 2:30 PM (last order); 5:00 PM ~ 8:30 PM (last order)
      Closed: Wednesdays and first Thursday of the month
      Access: 1-minute walk from the Horaicho tram stop

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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