The Dirty Stall

Kani Honke

Posted on: April 18, 2017

When you think about Hokkaido and food, you’ll definitely think about crabs, especially the big-ass king crabs.

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And a well-known Hokkaido crab restaurant chain is Sapporo Kani-Honke, with outlets all across Japan.

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Luckily their original restaurant at Sapporo Ekimae Honten happened to be quite near the Sapporo JR station so it was very convenient to visit.

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Instead of a koi pond, it’s a crab pond!

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It’s a pretty whacky but yet rustic interior.

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Basically every dish here is like outside but just replace the normal ingredient with crab, like this crab sashimi below.

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Or this crabmeat tamago maki.

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There’s also kani zosui (crab porridge).

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The best part of the meal is this of course, thick & meaty steamed king crab legs!!! Really fresh and juicy, full of the crustacean crab flavour.

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They also had a grilled version of the above crab legs.

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But of course there were some non-crab dishes like this salmon sashimi and steamed rice, for non-crab eaters.

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Definitely a must-visit if you love crab and you’re in Sapporo. Reservations are recommended because they do have lots of tour groups visiting them.

I was lucky to get in without a reservation on the first visit so I made a reservation for another visit later on.

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