- April 18th, 2014
[Marutoma Shokudo in Tomakomai] Tasty Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl with Chewy Surf Clam
Marutoma Shokudo (マルトマ食堂) is a long-established restaurant founded in 1969 in Tomakomai Public Regional Wholesale Market (苫小牧市公設地方卸売市場), Tomakomai city, and is nearby Tomakomai Fishery Port and Sea Station Plat Seaport Market (海の駅ぷらっとみなと市場). Marumi Miura corp. (有限会社 マルミ三浦) runs it, and Mr. Imada Miura (三浦 未) is a company president at present. The Marutoma Shokudo is a restaurant for fishery workers, but it is popular with a lot of tourists, and a line often is formed. Surf Clam Curry and Rice (ホッキカレー) and Marutoma Rice Bowl (マルトマ丼) are most popular, and tasty fresh fishery products have a good reputation.
The appearance and the interior decoration look good old, and the restaurant is not so large. Inside walls are closely covered with cards for autographs, so I guess that visitors are overwhelmed on that situation. The visitors see that the restaurant is very popular restaurant after all. 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, 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
Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl
I visited here around 13:00 on a weekday. Luckily, a line was not formed. Some seats were vacant, so I sat a table seat. I read a menu, and I kenw that they served a lot of dishes such as curry and rice, ramen, rice bowls and set meals. Speaking of the Marutoma Shokudo, surf clam dishes were famous. The Tomakomai was the most caching place of surf clam in Japan, and had a lot of restaurants serving surf clam dishes. In those restaurants, the Marutoma Shokudo had a high reputation in particular. So I chose Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl (ほっき飯) among a lot of the surf clam dishes. The price was JPY 1000.
About 7 or 8 minutes later, a bowl of the Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl was served with a bowl of miso soup and a dish of pickles. Rice was rice seasoned with soy sauce and boiled with chicken and surf clam, and was topped with boiled pink and white surf clam and red pickled ginger. The appearance sharpened my appetite. I ate a bite of it immediately. A good flavor of the chewy surf clam was mixed with sauce, and sweet-salty taste spread out in my mouth. It was very tasty! I had finished eating it without delay. Thanks for the tasty meal!
Boiled Surf Clam Rice Bowl and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (60 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Sunday and National Holiday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||113 164 196*32|
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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