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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hokkaido Summer 2012 北海道夏季之旅 - Kumagera 熊啄木鸟

Visited 11.07.2012

Came to Kumagera, another well-received restaurant in Furano, to settle our dinner on the second night. Similar to Yuigadoxon, I got to know this restaurant through Taiwan's gourmet search TV programme - 食尚玩家. Exterior of the restaurant is covered with stone and grapevines, giving it a rustic feel. Interior was spacious and business was pretty brisk - spotted a couple of tourists from Hong Kong and Taiwan too.

With both English and Chinese menu available, food ordering was an ease. Ordered a Sanzoku (Bandits' hot pot) which served two persons and a waygu Japanese beef shabu-shabu hot pot. Sanzoku consists of three types of meat - venison, duck and chicken, cooked on the spot in miso-based soup. It was unexpectedly delicious despite the unusual combination of proteins. Soup was very tasty, all the natural sweetness of meat and vegetables were surfaced within one hot pot. As for the shabu-shabu hot pot, it comes with beancurds, golden mushrooms, udon noodles to go with the beef. Beautiful patterns of fat was "imprinted" on the thin slices of beef, and the tender beef is best eaten after a few swishes in the kombu soup. Oishi!

We all agreed that this was one restaurant we will definitely patronise again if we get to visit Furano again!

Recognition: Restaurant was rated 1 star in Michelin Guide Hokkaido 2012.

Sanzoku, bandits' hot pot = 3,300 yen (serves two persons)
Waygu beef shabu-shabu hot pot = 3,900 yen

Another Kumagera's specialtiy is raw beef rice, which we were all not daring enough to try = 1,980 yen.


Kumagera 熊啄木鸟
< 5 mins walk from Furano JR Station
Opening hours: 1130 - 0000 hrs

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Video: Restaurant was featured in 食尚玩家. Fast forward to 17:30 for their recommendation on Kumagera.

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