[PICANTE Head Office in Sapporo] I Ate Pica-Special at Popular Soup Curry Restraunt
August 30th, 2015
PICANTE (ピカンティ) is a popular soup curry restraunt founded in 2000 in Kita ward, Sapporo city, and is near Kita 13-Jo Gate that is famous for Lined Gingko Trees in Hokkaido University. The restraunt is popular with Hokkaido University students, and was given the Michelin Plate by MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition. Mr. Osamu Sudo (須藤修) is a restraunt owner. By the way, the PICANTE means "Spicy hot" in Portuguese. Originally, the PICANTE used to be a restraunt called VOYAGE founded in 1996. PICANTE Sapporo-ekimae Branch and Vajraroad in Sendai are sister restraunts.
The restraunt has an atomosphere such as an Indian restaurant. Red walls stand out. Counter seats and table seats are provided, and there are a lot of tables, so I guess that family customers enjoy their meals. But a line may be expected at lunchtime.
Lined Gingko Trees with Fall Foliage in Hokkaido University
Lined Gingko Trees with Fall Foliage in Hokkaido University (北海道大学イチョウ並木) is a beauty spot for fall foliage near Sapporo Station. It takes about 1 minute from Sapporo Subway Namboku Line Kita 12 Jo Station (地下鉄南北線「北12条駅」) to here. The Hokkaido University is commonly called Hokudai (北大), and becomes popular nationwide. The total site area of the Hokkaido University include various forests used for research is about 660 km2, and is comparable with about 1/570 of Japanese land. It is very vast site. 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 visited here around 11:30 on a weekday. I sat at a table seat, and read a menu. A way of ordering is as follows. Step1 is that customers should choose a type of soup, Step2 is that the customers should choose a type of soup curry, Step3 is that the customers should choose a type of hotness, and Step 4 is that the customers should choose toppings. I chose standard soup named 38okunen-no-Kaze (38億年の風) at Step1, and chose Pica-Special (ピカスペシャル * fried soft boiled egg, maitake mushroom tempura, chicken leg and fried burdocks) soup curry at Step2, and chose typical hotness named Chikaku-no-tobira (知覚の扉) at Step 3, and did not choose the topping at Step 4. The price was JPY 1050.
About 25 minutes later, the Pica-Special Soup Curry was served. While waiting for the soup curry, the restraunt was about full. As I expected, here was popular. The Pica-Special had full of ingredients, and each cutted ingredients were large-size! I particularly favorited the fried soft boiled egg, the maitake mushroom tempura and the fried burdocks. Rice was turmeric rice, and went well with the soup. I savored a spicy hot taste, too. Thanks for the tasty meals!
Pica-Special Soup Curry and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (8 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 552 848*01|
A page of Sapporo is here