A Taste of the Sea. Ezo Seafood and Oyster Bar. Hirafu, Niseko.

Last night we visited Ezo Seafood and Oyster Bar. Run by our friend James and his wife Keiko it offers a wonderfully authentic dining experience of all things seafood. James is passionate about his produce and sources it directly from coastal fisheries and the Sapporo wholesale market. The emphasis is on the seasonal and fresh. Think king red taraba crab legs, freshly  shucked oysters, gigantic Hokkaido scallops, sweet clams, calamari, rough cut sashimi, smoked salmon, umi and ikura. Simply and authentically cooked. It’s incredibly delicious. Each and every bite.

We somehow always manage to squeeze in two visits to this Aladdin’s cave of seafood. A quick chat with James about what’s in season and we are set for a wonderful dining experience. Our only request is that our oysters be served tempura style with a ponzu dressing. Not exactly on the menu but James is always obliging. I think they were served as a special once many years ago.

And here is last night’s selection. Washed down with the ubiquitous Sapporo beer of course.

ezo crab

King Red Taraba Crab Legs with a Ponzu Dipping Sauce

ezo clam soup

Clam and Mushroom Soup with Sake and Soy

ezo sashimi

Rough Cut Tuna and Salmon Sashimi.

ezo tempura oyster

Tempura Oysters with a Ponzu Dipping Sauce

ezo hokkaido potatoes

Fried Hokkaido Potatoes.

ezo salad

Green House Salad.

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