- September 6th, 2015
[Chako in Tomakomai] Curry and Rice Using Surf Clam Called Local Speciality of Tomakomai
Ramen Chako (ラーメン茶湖) is a popular ramen restraunt run by Mr. Kazuaki Arisaka (有坂和晃) at Purattominato Market (ぷらっとみなと市場) in Minato-machi, Tomakomai city, and has a history of over 20 years. They moved to the Purattominato Market in 2009. The restraunt is known for tasty ramen, and serves dishes using surf clam, a local speciality of the Tomakomai, such as Surf Clam Ramen, Surf Clam Curry and Rice and Surf Clam Fried Rice. I guess that the Chako is good at dishes using the surf clam because Tomakomai is the largest catch of the surf clam in Japan. Of course, they also serve ordinary menu such as various ramen, fried rice and curry and rice.
The restraunt with an atomosphere such as a good old morning market restaurant is one of shops in the market, and is lined with marine product shops and souvenir shops. Big-catch flags are hung on walls, and I guess that visitors feel a fish market. The restraunt has counter seats and table seats, and a lot of the table seats are provided, so I guess that family customers also enjoy meals.
By the way, Express Tomakomai-go (高速とまこまい号) or Hascup-go (ハスカップ号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Tomakomai. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Tomakomai Station.
Tomakomai (苫小牧) that 170,000 people live along Pacific Ocean is the fourth largest industrial city in Hokkaido, and is located in the central part of the Hokkaido. There are Oji Paper factory (王子製紙), petrochemical complexes and Tomato-Atsuma Thermal Power Plant, the largest thermal power plant in the Hokkaido. As for a climate, it is warmer than other places in Hokkaido in a summer or in a winter, and it features that the Tomakomai has less snow than other placess in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating as one of famous winter sports is prosperous, so ASIA LEAGUE ICE HOCKEY Team "Oji Eagles" is based in the Tomakomai. Because the Tomakomai is close to New Chitose Airport, and Tomakomai Ferry terminal is built, so the Tomakomai has traffic convenience. Read More
Surf Clam Curry and Rice
I heard that the Surf Clam Curry and Rice was tasty, so I visited here around 7:00 a.m., just a opening, on a weekday. No one were at the restraunt. Fish market workers often come to eat thier meals, but only I was at the estraunt. The restraunt also serve alcohol, so visitors can enjoy drinking. I sat at a table seat, and ordered the Surf Clam Rice and Curry with a good reputation. The price was JPY 680.
Afer waiting for about 3 minutes, the owner served the Surf Clam Rice and Curry. I ate one bite immediately. Spicy taste spreaded over in my mouth. But it was not too spicy. I finded out a piece of the surf clam, and ate it. I wondered if it was fresh, so the surf clam had a chewy texture. This is a dish combined the surf clam called a local speciality of the Tomakomai with the rice and curry called Japanese national staple together well. You should order Delux Surf Clam Curry and Rice if you are not enough to eat a normal portion of the surf clam.
Surf Clam Curry and Rice and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (40 Cars)|
|Business hours||07:00-16:00 * Business hour is 09:00-16:00 from January to March|
|Regular closing day||Wednesday and New Year holidays|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||113 164 340*20|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Tomakomai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Tomakomai 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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