- February 14th, 2016
[Onoki in Asahikawa] Chidoriage Set Meal with Tasty Salt, Crispy Breading as Covering for Fried Chicken and Tender Chichens
Chicken Meal Onoki (鶏料理 小野木) is a long-established restaurant facing Hokkaido Road 140 in the eastertn part of Asahikawa city, and is near Higashi-asahikawa Station, and is relatively near Asahiyama zoo (旭山動物園). The restaurant has been established since 1922, and Mr. Yasuo Matsubara (松原 康夫) is a restaurant owner at present. They were given the MICHELIN PLATE by MICHELIN Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition. As the name suggests, chicken meals have a good reputation. They serve the various chicken meals such as Shinko-yaki (新子焼き * Grilled young chicken), one of local speciallies in the Asahikawa, and Chicken Hot Pot (鶏鍋).
The appearance and the interior decoration have an atomosphere such as a typical Japanese restaurant, and Takeda-bishi (武田菱 * the crest of the Takeda family) and Japanese doll (和風小物) are displayed at the restraunt with a history. The restaurant also has a Japanese garden outside. The interior decoration uses a lot of woods, so warmth of the woods is felt. Counter seats, table seats and small separate Japanese style rooms are provided, so I guess that even family customers and a large number of customers enjoy meals.
High Speed Asahikawa-go (高速あさひかわ号) and Express Nayoro-go (高速なよろ号), express buses, runs between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, and Taisetsu Liner (たいせつライナー), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and the New Chitose Airport, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Kushiro, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)", an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Obihiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Airport.
Asahikawa (旭川) that about 340,000 people live is the 2nd largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and has flourished as the center of the North Hokkaido area. Woodworks have been prosperous since the old days, and furniture is famous. Because water is clear, a liquor such as sake of Otokoyama (男山) and Godo Shusei (合同酒精) are famous, too. Popular tourist attractions such as Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) and Biei (美瑛) are around the Asahikawa, so a lot of tourists use tourist bases in the North Hokkaido. As for a climate, the Asahikawa is located in Kamikawa Basin, the largest basin in the Hokkaido, so it is hot that temperature rises to 30 degrees C in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to -25 degrees C in a winter, and it snow very hard, too. So a winter festival using the snow is famous. Read More
Chidoriage Set Meal
I visited here around 16:00 on a national holiday. There was not customer, and I sat at a raised tatami-floored seat. I read a menu immediately. The chicken hot pot and the Shinko-yaki seemed to be popular, but I oredered Chidoriage Set Meal (千鳥揚げ定食 * Deep-Fried Chicken Set Meal), the most popular dish. The price was JPY 950.
About 15 minutes later, the set meal was served. Contents of the set meal were a dish of deep-fried chickens, a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup, a dish of pickles and a dish of salt. The deep-fried chickens were as large as my fist. A waitress told me "Please eat the deep-fried chickens with soma salt", but first I ate it without putting the salt. It was tasty! A breading as a covering for the fried chicken had a crunchy texture like Ebisen (えびせん), a local specialty of Aichi Prefecture.
A light pink color chop chicken was in batter, and was very tender. That was so good. In addtion, I was surprised at the salt. I ate only the salt, but that was not too salty. Perhaps the salt was mixed with deep-fried tempura batter, and I thought that it was a nice idea. The rice with some salt was tasty, too. I ate the rice and the chickens alternately, and ate up everything. Thanks for the tasty meal!
Deep-Fried Chickens Combo and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (8 cars)|
|Regular closing day||Tuesday and 3rd Monday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||79 383 200*58|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Asahikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Asahikawa is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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