[Medicine Man in Sapporo] Tasty Seafood Soup Curry with Non Sticky Soup and Umami
September 11th, 2014
Medicine Man (メディスンマン) is a popular soup curry restaurant founded in 2001 in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and is relatively near Nakajima Park (中島公園). The restaurant was given the Michelin Plate by MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition. The Medicine Man means a Native American witch doctor. The restaurant is famous as a soup curry restaurant, but they change to a ramen restaurant only on Tuesday. Of course that is also popular!
I visited here around 11:20 on Thursday. I heard the popular restaurant, but I never thougt that 12 people formed a line before opening hour. The restraunt has an atomosphere such as a Mexican restaurant, and is not so large. Counter seats and table seats are provided, and there are some tables, so I guess that family customers enjoy their meals. But a line may be expected at lunchtime.
Nakajima Park (中島公園) is a comprehensive park of 236.295 m2 nearby Susukino (すすきの) in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and has opened since 1886. It has been chosen as one of Japanese City Park Best 100 (日本の都市公園100選) and Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks (日本の歴史公園100選), and is famous as a park with rich nature at the downtown of the Sapporo city. The park has Shobu Pond (菖蒲池), Japanese Garden (日本庭園), Hoheikan (豊平館), Concert Hall Kitara, Astronomical Observatory, Hassoan (八窓庵), Kogumaza Puppet Theater (こども人形劇場こぐま座), Nakajima Sport Center (中島体育センター), Hokkaido Museum of Literature (北海道立文学館), Nakajima Tennis Courts (中島公園庭球場), Yahiko Shrine (弥彦神社) and Nakajima Park Boat Pier (中島公園ボート乗り場), and a lot of people come. Here is also well-known as a good place to see cherry blossoms in a spring and fall foliage in an autumn, and is a peaceful place for Sapporo citizens. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about late April to early May. The best time to see the fall foliage is about from mid October to late October. Cosplay photography sessions are sometimes held, and they look fun. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided. Article is here
Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here
Soup curry (スープカレー) is a dish to eat rice into soup using various spices with vegetables and meats. Only curry and rice was once a curry dish in Japan, but the soup curry has become popular for these 20 years. Ajanta (アジャンタ) and Magic Spice (マジックスパイス) in Sapporo sparked the soup curry boom, and it is said that the origin of the soup curry is medicinal cooking curry (薬膳カリィ) cooked by Mr. Muneo Tatsujiri (辰尻 宗男), ex-restraunt owner of the Ajanta, and a new genre of a curry dish has been established. After that, Mr. Taizan Shimomura (下村 泰山), a restraunt owner of the Magic Spice, named the curry dish as the soup curry, and it has widely spread. Article is here
I sat a counter seat, and read a menu, and found Seafood Soup Curry (シーフードカレー). I ordered the Seafood Soup Curry topped with sesame and green onions because Rocket News, a Japanese web magazine, intoroduced very tasty combination. Hotness was normal. The price was JPY 1270.
About 15 minutes later, the Seafood Soup Curry was served. A lot of ingredients such as Carrot, Eggplant, Green peppers, Atka mackerel, Prawn and Baby scallop were in a bowl. Non sticky soup was light taste, but it had umami very much. It was very tasty. I think that the soup is like the soup of French cuisine. I left the restaurant around 12:00, but about 12 people formed a line at an entrance. It is too popular!
Seafood Soup Curry and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (7 Cars)|
|Business hours||Weekdays 11:30-15:00 and 17:00-22:00
Saturday, Sunday and National holidays 11:30-21:00
|Regular closing day||Tuesday and Wednesday|
|Home page||home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||9 461 020*20|
A page of Sapporo is here