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[Torimatsu in Kushiro] Traditional Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken with Crispy Outside and Tender Inside

November 24th, 2015

Torimatsu

Torimatsu (鳥松) is a famous Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken (ザンギ) restraunt founded in 1960 in Sakae-machi, Kushiro city, and is near Karaoke Utaya (カラオケ歌屋). The restraunt run by Mr. Satoru Takakura (高倉悟), the 2nd owner, is well-known as the originator of the Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken called a local speciality of the Hokkaido. But I do not know whether correct or not because some restraunts declare the originator. But it is a fact that a lot of people visit the long-established Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken restraunt.

Appearance of Building
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

The restraunt is small, and only U-shaped table is provided. Visitors must seat one by one from the innermost counter seat. I guess that it is full if about 8 people sit at counter seats, so I suppose that family customers and large number of people can hardly enjoy meals. The restraunt has a good atmosphere such as a typical Japanese old bar. It is Shibui! 3 members manage the restraunt at the counter.

Look of Restraunt
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Kushiro and the Sapporo, the Asahikawa, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Lake Akan. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Kushiro. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Kushiro
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Kushiro to Sapporo
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Tancho Kushiro Airport
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Obihiro
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Lake Akan
Jalan
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Lake Akan to Tancho Kushiro Airport
Jalan
Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport.
Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station, Tottori and the Kushiro Airport.
Jalan
Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Kushiro Station.
Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are at Shintomi-cho, Aikoku, Irie-cho, Naniwa-cho and Akanko Onsen.

KUSHIRO

Kushiro (釧路) that about 170,000 people live is the 5th largest fisheries city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. The Kushiro became incorporated with Akan town (阿寒) and Onbetsu (音別) in 2005, and has became the 3rd largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 7th latgest city by the area. The Kushiro is also well-known as a tourist city with rich nature, and has 2 very famous national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland (釧路湿原), the largest wetland in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖) consisted by primeval forests and lava. In addition, the beautiful sunset can be seen, too, and the Kushiro is one of the three major places to see the beautiful setting sun in the world together with Manila in Philippines and Bali in Indonesia. Article is here

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Setting Sun of Nusamai Bridge
Kushiro

Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chickens

I visited here around 17:00, just opening hour, on a weekday. However, I visited here again 15 minutes later because an owner said "Opening time is delayed today". After entering the restraunt, I sat at the innermost counter seat. The first visitor was me on that day. I read menus hanging on a wall, and ordered a dish of Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken with bones (ザンギ), a dish of Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken without bones (骨なしザンギ), a dish of deep-fried chicken wing (手羽先) and an alcohol-free beer. The price were JPY 580, JPY 690, JPY 690 and JPY 420.

Owner Fries Chickens Before My Eyes
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

A kitchen was in front of customers' eyes, and the customers could see that the owner fried a lots of chickens. It was a rhythmic movement. A customer was just me, but a telephone ringed when I wondered why he fried so much chickens. The call was an order (to-go) of the Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken. They got a succession of phone calls, so it looked quite tough. A waitress served fresh Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken with bare hands on a plate. When I asked whether your hands were not hot, she replied "I get used to hot". Getting into the habit was amazing.

Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken without Bones
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

After waiting for about 10 minutes, the Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken without bones was served. First I would eat it without dipping sauce. The Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken without bones had crispy outside and tender inside. It was tasty! The waitress said "Customers always eat it with dipping sauce", so second I did, and it was tasty, too!

Tender and Tasty!
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

While eating, some visitors took the seats next to me. The visitors next to me were Mr. Yoshidai and his co-worker. They told me "The Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken without bones is tasty with dipping sauce mixed black pepper". Actually, it was tasty with spicy hot when I ate it. It was nice. The Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken with bones and the deep-fried chicken wing were served shortly afterward. The both had bones, and it took time to pull out bones, but the labor made me feel tasty.

Black Pepper Are Mixed with Sauce
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-
I Dip Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken into Black Pepper Sauce
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken with Bones
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-
Crispy
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

They said "We must visit here by all means on a business trip to Kushiro, and look forward to eating the Hokkaido style deep-fried chicken with bones" when I talked to them. They told me "A dish of chicken and sauteed vegetables is tasty, too", and it was surely tasty when they gave me a share. I was happy that I was able to talk to them. Meanwhile the restraunt was filled to capacity around 18:00. It was really popular restraunt.

Deep-fried Chicken Wing
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-
Yummy!
Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken -Torimatsu in Kushiro-

Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken and Atmosphere of Restaurant Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hokkaido Style Deep-fried Chicken

Parking lot Free parking is not provided
Business hours 17:00-24:30
Regular closing day Sunday
Telephone number +81-154-22-9761
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 149 227 660*72

A page of Kushiro is here

Kushiro

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