Food & Nightlife

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Kiroro Restaurants

The variety of cuisine available in the evenings at the Kiroro restaurants is impressive, and much of the produce is sourced locally. The Otaru seafood in particular is acclaimed for its high quality. The only potential downside of the Kiroro dining might be if you don’t have a lot of yen. Most of the Kiroro restaurants are located at The Kiroro Tribute Hotel or on the nearby promenade of Kiroro “town”.

Italian cuisine is served at Alla Moda, a classy restaurant on the first floor of The Kiroro. The restaurant offers balcony dining overlooking the delightful hotel lobby, and in an attempt to make it feel like you’re dining outdoors in Italy, the balcony even has street lamps. Alla Moda has managed to keep the décor elegant without doing the more typical Japanese tackiness. The restaurant has a substantial range of high quality dishes, and whilst they are largely Italian, the meals still have a significant Japanese influence.

Also located at The Kiroro, Fuga is a restaurant serving authentic Japanese cuisine with various kaiseki (a traditional multi-course dinner) and lots of local sake.

In Kiroro Town, there are a few other Japanese restaurants featuring grilled meat, sushi and other Hokkaido seafood.

The Japanese seem to just love buffets, so what would a Japanese ski resort be without a couple of buffet restaurants? Café Restaurant Pop at The Kiroro is reasonably casual and well suited to families. The buffet is overflowing with goodies and much of the food is very similar to that found at the more upmarket Rivièrouge Restaurant.

Rivièrouge is located at the Sheraton Hotel. This restaurant has delightful ambience, especially for a buffet restaurant, and it’s incredibly tranquil to have dinner whilst looking at the illuminated ski slopes and sipping on wine or sake. The cuisine is international, although the Japanese influence is the most predominant. Watch the chefs in action as they cook tempura or other delights such as wagyu beef.

Also at the Sheraton Hotel is Robata Grill, a restaurant specialising in the famous Hokkaido seafood and lots of other great a la carte menu items.

Daytime Dining

In addition to the cafes on-mountain, the Mountain Center has a few daytime dining options. There’s the large cafeteria, a little Japanese restaurant upstairs, the lovely Double Black coffee shop, or the buffet restaurant next door at the Sheraton Hotel.

Down at The Kiroro and Kiroro Town is the Alpine Brasserie serving European style food, or the Popke Bar near the kids’ snow park that serves up very plain food and hot chocolates at exorbitant prices.

Bars & Nightlife

As is the case at the majority of Japanese ski resorts, the nightlife at Kiroro is very sedate or close to non-existent.

The Resort Center has an après bar, the Mountain Bar, where you can go for a quiet drink. The décor is very chic and there are two large screens showing ski and snowboard footage. However the main eye candy is the ski slopes where you can watch the stragglers come in from the hill or the crazy kids go out night skiing. In addition to drinks they also sell appetizers, although some of them may not satisfy your après appetite. We ordered a tiny serve of nachos that were a complete rip off!

Next door in the Sheraton Hotel is the Lobby Lounge where you can sit by the fireplace for a quiet drink.

The Kiroro has the bar lounge Alpine Brasserie, a nice spot for a sophisticated cocktail or two, a Nikka Whiskey and appetizers. Nearby is the little Popke bar, but it’s mostly frequent by families with small children who need to come inside to warm up after tobogganing so don’t expect “nightlife”.

Or there’s an ice bar – dress very warmly!

For more budget oriented beverages, you’ll need to resort to buying drinks from vending machines but don’t sit in either of the hotel lobbies to partake in your BYO drinks or the staff might chase you down.

In order to completely indulge in the Asian culture, you can book out the karaoke room at The Kiroro. What would a real Japanese holiday be without partaking in a spot of karaoke?!
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