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Must-Try Hokkaido Cuisine: 5 Mouthwatering Mongolian Barbecues in Sapporo!

Must-Try Hokkaido Cuisine: 5 Mouthwatering Mongolian Barbecues in Sapporo!

Date published: 17 June 2019
Last updated: 24 June 2019

Hokkaido is famous for Genghis Khan (also known as Mongolian barbecue), a dish of mutton and lamb sizzled to perfection on a special grill with vegetables in front of your very eyes! The meat mostly comes from Australia, New Zealand, and Iceland, however some establishments also use domestic mutton and lamb as well as Sika deer venison. There are various ways to eat the grilled meat; often it’s dipped in a zesty sauce either before or after being grilled. Each establishment has its own unique recommendations and comparing them can be quite enjoyable.

#1. “Genghis Khan Daruma 5●5 Shop” – Popular with locals and visitors alike!

#1. “Genghis Khan Daruma 5●5 Shop” – Popular with locals and visitors alike!

Established in 1954 the Genghis Khan Daruma opened a new outlet in October 2017. The main outlet is located on the first floor of the Crystal Building, 4-chome, Minami 5-jonishi in the Susukino district. The Genghis Khan 5●5 outlet has enjoyed immense popularity from the day it opened. Be prepared to wait to get in because the shop does not take reservations.

Eager customers will line up even before the restaurant opens. There is a good chance of getting in even if there are 30 people lined up.

There is only one basic Genghis Khan menu consisting of a combination of shoulder loin, loin, and thigh cuts of meat, all for only 850 yen. The meat is cut into large, satisfying chunks. The most popular way of eating it in Sapporo is by dipping the grilled meat into a sauce before eating it.

Genghis Khan uses mutton delivered fresh each day
The fatty meat makes for a juicy flavor. Be careful not to overcook it!

French mutton raised exclusively on grain is a special cut that is only sold at his outlet and not the other four for 1,300 yen. There is also a fillet cut that is thick and tender costing only 1,150 yen. Both cuts are limited so they often sell out quickly.

Limited-volume special mutton. The outlet replenishes its supply when the store opens and again around 10:00 p.m.

The Genghis Khan Daruma 5●5 shop is outfitted with a smoke exhaust ventilation system, so there is no worry about smoke even when grilling over charcoal. In addition, there are lockers inside the shop where you can check your belongings to prevent them from being impregnated by the special Genghis Khan aroma of cooked meat.

Charcoal grills lined up along the counter with smoke exhaust fans above them. Lockers are also available
  • Genghis Khan Daruma 5・5 Ten
    成吉思汗 だるま 5・5店
    • Address 〒064-0805 北海道札幌市中央区南5条西5丁目1/Minami 5 Jyou Nishi 5 Chome 1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, 064-0805
    • Nearest Station 2-minute walk from the Susukino Station on the Namboku subway line
    • Phone Number 011-551-5529

    Open: 5:00 p.m. ~ 3:00 a.m. (last order 2:30 a.m.)
    Closed: open daily

#2. Matsuo Genghis Khan Sapporo Ekimae: Delectable sauce-marinated meat!

#2. Matsuo Genghis Khan Sapporo Ekimae: Delectable sauce-marinated meat!

This is an outlet of the Matsuo Genghis Khan chain that has its main outlet located in Takikawa City that is just before Asahikawa City about 90 kilometers outside of Sapporo. This famous chain has outlets throughout the prefecture and also in Tokyo. Matsuo Genghis Khan is famous for its original sauce that is made with apples, onions, soy sauce, ginger, and spices and is said to make the meat more tender as well as take away its strong aroma. Garlic is not used, so those who are adverse to the smell can rest at ease.

The shop has its own original grills which are deeper than standard ones allowing for large portions of vegetables to be stewed in the juices of the cooking meat.

Load up the grill with meat that has been marinated in sauce and stew the vegetables in the meat’s juices. If you are visiting for the first time we recommend the 2989 (which can be read in Japanese as “nikuyaku” meaning “grilled meat”) set that costs 2,989 yen. This consists of lamb rib loin, special lamb, lamb, and lamb hearts as well as 60 grams of vegetables per person, rice, miso soup, and one drink. There is also an all-you-can-eat plan (100 minutes, from 4,000 yen) as well as a salted lamb steak that costs 850 yen.

The 2989 set is an assortment of four types of meat and comes with a drink.
The salt steak – lamb chops seasoned with salt and herbs

The outlet is connected directly with the underground passageway that stretches from Sapporo Station. No need for an umbrella even on rainy days. The interior of the shop is fashionable in a way different from other Genghis Khan shops, with an atmosphere inviting a leisurely and enjoyable stay.

The interior has a relaxed atmosphere. Reservations are recommended for dinner time.
  • Matsuo Genghis Khan Sapporo Eki-mae Ten
    松尾ジンギスカン札幌駅前店
    • Address 〒060-0003 北海道札幌市中央区北3条西4丁目1−1日本生命札幌ビルB1/Nihon Seime Sapporo Bill B1F, Kita 3 Jyou Nishi 4, Chome 1-1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, 060-0003
    • Nearest Station 3-minute walk from JR Sapporo Station
    • Phone Number 011-200-2989

    Hours: 11:00 a.m. ~ 3:00 p.m. (2:30 p.m. last order), 5:00 p.m. ~ 11:00 p.m. (10:30 p.m. last order)
    Closed: open daily (closed when building undergoes maintenance)

3. “Itadakimasu”: Offering Suffolk Lamb raised on its own ranch

3. “Itadakimasu”: Offering Suffolk Lamb raised on its own ranch

The shop takes its name from “Itadakimasu”, the expression Japanese say before they begin a meal. It uses only pure Hokkaido Suffolk Lamb which is raised, processed and cured on its own ranch.

Suffolk sheep, noted for their black-colored faces, grazing on the shop’s own ranch

The standard menu consists of regular Genghis Khan at 980 yen, a loin cut, shoulder loin cut, and nakaochi (meat shavings) each reasonably priced at 1,790 yen. Organ meats are also popular. Also recommended are the semi-dry sausages made using a salt water method and Krakow sausages, each costing 580 yen.

An excellent balance of thigh, shank, rib, and shin cuts
Sheep liver 980 yen
Adding salt, pepper, and lemon to fatty pieces of loin gives additional flavor

The outlet is located in the heart of Susukino. The interior has an open kitchen surrounded by counters. There is always a line of people waiting to be seated, so you need to add your name to the list and wait to be called.

Kitchen enclosed within the counters
  • Genghis Khan Hitsujikaino-mise Itadakimasu
    ジンギスカン 羊飼いの店『いただきます』
    • Address 〒064-0805北海道札幌市中央区南5条西5丁目1-6/Minami 5 Jyou Nishi 5 Chome 1-6, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 064-0805
    • Nearest Station 2-minute walk from Susukino Station on the Namboku subway line
    • Phone Number 011-552-4029

    Hours: 11:30 a.m. ~ 3:00 a.m. (last order 2:30 a.m.), Sunday and holidays until 11:00 p.m. (last order 10:30 p.m.)
    Closed: open daily

#4. Yozora Genghis Khan Honten: Enjoy Susukino’s night view while eating sizzling meats!

#4. Yozora Genghis Khan Honten: Enjoy Susukino’s night view while eating sizzling meats!

Yozora no Genghis Khan operates four outlets in Susukino and this is the main establishment. Located on the 10th floor of the building, it offers a spectacular view of the Ferris wheel, a landmark of Susukino, from its windows.

Enjoy the night view while eating Genghis Khan

A very popular 60-minute course is the all-you-can-eat-and-drink one offering Australian lamb, kimchee, vegetables, rice and a selection of 60 kinds of drinks including beer all for only 3,800 yen. There is also an all-you-can-eat course offering three types of Genghis Khan for 4,000 yen.

All-you-can-eat course. Two-hour limit for seating

The a la carte menu has a large selection as well. The “night sky local product comparison set”, 2,050 yen, is popular. This is an assortment of Hokkaido lamb, Australian lamb, Iceland lamb, Hokkaido Shibetsu lamb, and Sika deer venison. The rice and vegetables come from contracted farms in Naganuma, in the outskirts of Sapporo. Three types of condiments – soy sauce, miso sauce, and herb salt – add flavor to the meat.

Lamb from three countries and Sika deer venison combination platter
  • Yozora-no Genghis Khan Honten
    夜空のジンギスカン 本店
    • Address 〒064-0804北海道札幌市中央区南4条西4丁目MYプラザビル10F/MY Plaza Bill 10F, Minami 4 Jyou Nishi 4 Chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 064-0804
    • Nearest Station 4-minute walk from Susukino Station on the Namboku subway line
    • Phone Number 011-219-1529

    Hours: 5:00 p.m. ~ 1:00 a.m. (last order 12:30 a.m.)
    Closed: open daily

#5. Asahi Beer Garden Yoyotei: For Genghis Khan and beer shipped directly from the brewery!

#5. Asahi Beer Garden Yoyotei: For Genghis Khan and beer shipped directly from the brewery!

The Asahi Beer Garden is located near the Susukino intersection. Asahi Beer is one of Japan’s major beer breweries and its Asahi Super Dry is one of the most popular brands in the country. The spacious interior can seat 250 people. There are also private rooms. One salient point is the clean air of the interior thanks to the smokeless grills. This is a great place to enjoy Genghis Khan in the spacious grounds of a large Hokkaido brewery.

The spacious interior. Perfect for groups.

The menu includes an all-you-can-eat special lamb Genghis Khan for 2,980 yen. Another popular menu item is the all-you-can-eat lamb shoulder loin costing 3,780 yen. Only eight servings can be made from one animal. For another 1,280 yen you can also get all-you-can-drink Asahi Super Dry beer or wine. The lamb comes from the Chitose Nozawa Ranch which produces two types: Texel that costs 1,480 yen per 100 grams and Suffolk, which costs 1,580 yen.

Hokkaido Texel lamb
  • Asahi Beer-en You You Tei Genghis Khan
    アサヒビール園羊々亭ジンギスカン
    • Address 〒064-0804北海道札幌市中央区南4条西4丁目 松岡ビル5F/Matsuoka Bill 5F, Minami 4 Jyou Nishi 4 Chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 064-0804
    • Nearest Station 1-minute walk from Susukino Station on the Namboku subway line
    • Phone Number 011-241-8831

    Hours: 5:00 p.m. ~ 11:00 p.m. (last order 10:30 p.m.), Saturday, Sunday, holidays from 4:00 p.m. (May 3 ~ September 30 from 12:00 p.m.)
    Closed: open daily

※Unless otherwise indicate all prices include tax.

*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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