- June 28th, 2014
[Tonta in Obihiro] Pork Rice Bowl and Buckwheat Noodles Rated by MICHELIN GUIDE
Butadon-no-Tonta (とん田) is a popular store specializing in pork rice bowl (豚丼) facing Aoba Street (青葉通り) in Obihiro city, and is near Max Value East Mall. Originally, the Tonta used to be a butcher called "Takeda Seinikuten (武田精肉店)", and has run a pork rice bowl restaurant since 2003. Mr. Yoichi Onodera (小野寺 洋一) is a restaurant owner at present. They got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and 2017 Special Edition. The restaurant is also well-known for forming a long line. They moved to a new place in August, 2017. The following is an article before moving.
The building is a 1-story building, and the interior decoration has an atmosphere such as Japanese shokudo. It is not large. Counter seats and table seats are provided, so I guess that even family customers enjoy meals. But it is often crowded with customers. By the way, a highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Obihiro Station and Obihiro Airport.
Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating. Read More
Pork Rice Bowl of Hokkaido
Pork Rice Bowl (豚丼) is a rice bowl dish dished up grilled pork with sauce on rice. It is said that Mr. Hideshi Abe (阿部 秀司), the founder of Pancho (ぱんちょう) in Obihiro, made the Pork Rice Bowl for the first time. So it has been famous in the eastern part of Hokkaido, but the dish is well-known in the whole of Japan now. The feature is that grilled pork overflows from a lid of a bowl. About 200 restaurants sell the Pork Rice Bowl even around the Obihiro, Tokachi. Each restaurants are particular about sauce and types of pork. Standard sauce of pork rice bowl in the Obihiro is salty-sweet sauce, but some restaurants such as "Tsuruhashi (鶴橋)" serve a pork rice bowl with bitter sauce, so each restaurants compete on the original taste. As for types of the pork, a lots of restaurants use various pork such as pork loins, pork ribs, superfine pork loins and superfine pork ribs. Read More
Pork Rice Bowl
I waited for disappearing a long line, and it was past 15:00. Still a lot of customers savored their meals at the restaurant. The Tonta was very popular, and I learned the hard way. I sat at a counter seat, and ordered a Sliced Pork Lib Rice Bowl (バラ豚丼). The price was JPY 680.
About 15 minutes later, the Sliced Pork Lib Rice Bowl was served with a bowl of miso soup, a dish of pickles and a pot of additional sauce. The sliced pork lib was arranged like a flower, and it was beautiful. The appearance sharpened my appetite. I ate a bite of it immediately. It was tasty! Salty-sweet taste was just right, and the sauce went well with rice and the pork. I ordered the regular size, but it was tasty so that even I might be able to eat a large portion of rice and pork.
If an eater like rich taste, the one can add the sauce to the pork itself. By the way, they sold their sauce for pork rice bowl at the restaurant. People that want to enjoy the taste of Tonta's Pork Rice Bowl without lining up can buy it. Thanks for the tasty meal!
Pork Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
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List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Obihiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Obihiro is here
A page of Pork Rice Bowl of Hokkaido is here
Pork Rice Bowl of Hokkaido
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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