March 01, 13 | Fumiko Magota
Today I will introduce you to the best solution to an empty stomach along your drift ice adventure: Crab Chahan! With plenty of delicious crab meat piled on delicious rice, and without even a hint of pretention, you can’t go wrong.
▲ Can you see the steam? This photo was taken just after the dish was freshly prepared.
Marisan No Ki’s menu is complete with pasta, fish, and omelet and rice using Hokkaido-made butter. But the dish born out of Monbetsu inspiration is the Crab Chahan (850 Yen), which uses Monbetsu crab.
▲ Up close – there’s so much crab!
Depending on the dish, the café can use snow crab, king crab, or even hair crab. Depending on the season, olive oil or soy sauce will flavor the dish.
The large amount of rice seems to be a tradition left from when Monbetsu had a university.
“In those days, students frequented our shop. There are also a lot of young athletes,” said shop owner Onuki Toyoko. Larger portions of rice were needed just to begin to fill the students up.
Marisan No Ki is also known for its coffee made with sun-dried charcoal infused water (the charcoal acts as a purifier for the water).
▲ The coffee was so good, with a mild and smooth taste.
A little ways away from the city center is the café’s landmark country-style building. Of course I recommend this shop for those who like crab, but also for those wanting something a littler different or for when you just want a really good cup of coffee.
▲ Onuki san’s son, Takaaki san, is the service manager.
▲ Along highway 238
[ Marisan No Ki ]
Hours／Mon to Thurs: 9:00～17:00 Fri, Sat and Sun: 18:00～21:00
*Closed on Thursdays
Access／7 min. by car from Monbetsu Bus Terminal
[ Model Course ]
14:00 / Hokkaido Okhotsk Drift Ice Science Center - Giza http://eng.mg/33edf
or Mari san no ki http://eng.mg/69d38
15:00 / Okhotsk Tokkari Center
16:00 / Okhotsk Observation Tower
Dinner / Seafood at Rin
06:00 / Garinko Number Two
From here you could also go to the Science Center
10:00 / Dezuka Fisheries
11:15 / Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry (Kitchen Shima or Hotel Okhotsk Palace)
※ Flights from Haneda to Monbetsu take about 1 hour 40 minutes.
※ Bus ride from Monbetsu Airport to Monbetsu Bus Terminal takes about 15 minutes.
( Research, Photography, Composition by Hokkaido Likers Photo Writer – Fukko )