- July 14th, 2015
[ASPERGES in Biei] French Restaurant Garnered One Star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition Serves Tasty Vegetables French Cuisine
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Restaurant ASPERGES (レストラン・アスペルジュ) is a popular French restaurant in Biei town located in the southern direction of Asahikawa city, and is relatively near Biei Station. ASPERGES means "Asparagus" in French. The restaurant has opened a business since 2007, and is opened as a restaurant of Biei-senka (美瑛選果) run by JA Biei (JA美瑛). Mr. Kazunori Kato (加藤 千典) acts as a chef, and it is popular restraunt that visitors can enjoy charm of vegetables. They garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and 2017 Special Edition.
Bieisenka (美瑛選果) is a local speciality shop based in Biei town located in the southern direction of Asahikawa city, and has been opened since 2007. JA Biei (JA美瑛) runs it. The head office is in the Biei, and 2 branches open a business in New Chitose Airport and Yuraku-cho, Tokyo. My visited place is the head office facing National Route 237, and it is relatively near Biei Station. Senkaichiba (選果市場) sold fresh vegetables, Senkakobo (選果工房) sold sweets and light meals, Restraunt ASPERGES (レストラン・アスペルジュ) served vegetables of French cuisine and Komugikobo (小麦工房) sold rusk are built at the site. Each buildings designed by Osamu Suzuki atelier (鈴木理アトリエ) are stylish. Read More
By the way, Maccarina (They garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition) in Makkari village and Moliere (they garnered three stars in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition) in Sapporo are sister restraunts. A building is stylish, too, and visitors can observe a cooking through glass. This building was designed by Osamu Suzuki Atelier. All seats are table seat, so I guess that family customers also enjoy meals.
Express Bus "Furano-go" (高速ふらの号) runs between Sapporo and the Furano, and Express Bus "Lavender-go" (ラベンダー号) runs between Asahikawa and the Furano. In addition, North Liner, an express bus, is in service between the Asahikawa and Obihiro, and stop in the Furano or Biei, too, so people can move more rapidly than common transportation facilities. In the Furano and Biei, some rent-a-car companies open a business, so tourists can drive a rental car.
Furano and Biei
Furano region (富良野) and Biei region (美瑛) are located in the center of Hokkaido, and are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hokkaido at present. 2 million tourists visit to savor lavenders, shooting places of "From the north country (北の国から)" that is famous Japanese television drama in the Furano and hills of the Biei. Blue Pond (青い池) and Shirahige Falls (白ひげの滝) in Shirogane (白金) has been became famous recently, and charms add to the Biei and the Furano as the popular tourist attractions more and more, and those region are receiving increased attention throughout the country and overseas country. It is one of characteristics that various colors can be enjoyed in the Furano and the Biei. Read More
We visited here to have a lunch on a weekday. Because I wanted Mr. O, my friend that visited Hokkaido for the first time, to eat tasty vegetables of the Hokkaido, I took him to the ASPERGES. I reserved the restraunt this time, and visited here, but reservations were almost full. Because visitors without a reservation could not enter the restraunt, so I think that a reservation may be made beforehand. Lunch courses had 3 types, JPY 2,600 course, JPY 3,600 course and JPY 4,600 course, and we chose each JPY 2,600 courses.
As for the French cuisine, a turn of a dish is decided. It is called Russian style to be served one by one dish on a table. Because the dish got cold in cold Russia, it seemed to become so. I think that it is a suitable style for cold Hokkaido. In addition, I ordered a non-alcoholic beer because drink could be ordered, too. The price is JPY 600.
The carrot mousse stuck in various beans fulled of container was served. A shape looked like a soft serve ice cream, and a sweetness of the carrot was tasty. A crispy cone resembled a spring roll.
Assortment of "Biei-no-Hatake" 20 Vegetables and Biei "Nanatsuboshi"
It is salad dished up vegetables produced in the Biei. The vegetables were really tasty. Appetizing color was good, too. There were different seasonings around vegetables, so we could enjoy a changing taste when we put vegetables to seasonings, and ate it. In addition, a potato bread was served in the same timing, too.
The potato puree is a paste potato dish covered with a bubble of egg white. A butter and milk seemed to be used, and were very creamy taste. Wasabi was covered under the potato puree.
Homemade Jambon of Biei Pig Leg
Jambon means "A uncured ham of the pig leg" in French. Uncured hams, sauce, caviars, marinade of Chinese cabbage were dished up on a plate. That was tasty when I mixed the biei pig leg, sauce and caviars and ate it. In addition, stewed onions were served after having finished eating the jambon. The onion was stewed without probably using all seasonings, and we could feel vegetables original taste.
Cremet D'anjou Topped with Haskap Sauce
The Cremet D'anjou is a cake born in Anjou district, France. It was made from a cream cheese, and the outside was fluffy. Cremet D'anjou went well with sweet-and-sour haskap sauce.
Black Beans Chocolate
Finally, black beans chocolate and a drink were served. As for the drink, customers can choose among a cup of coffee, a cup of tea and a cup of herb tea. As for this black beans chocolate, half dried black beans were covered with cacao powder. An unique texture and moderate bitterness were good.
French Cuisine and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (40 Cars)|
|Business hours||11:00-19:00 * From July to August: 11:00-20:00|
|Regular closing day||Wednesday * November: Close weekdays. From December to March: Close every day.|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||389 009 539*43|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Furno and the Biei. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Biei and Furano is here
Biei and Furano
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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