Pursuing the Exquisite Foods and Agriculture of Tokachi
Tokachi Hills Farm Restaurant Viz
The Tokachi Plain in Hokkaido is not just famous within the prefecture, but is also one of the most famous agricultural places in Japan. Surprisingly, the fertile and spacious plains, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Taisetsu Mountain Range, also known as the “Ceiling of Hokkaido,” is the same size as Gifu Prefecture. The vast plain yields red beans and flour, both staples in Japanese sweets. Among many other crops, potatoes, asparagus, and Chinese yams, can also be harvested here. So to speak, the Tokachi Plain is a rich repository of ingredients. Naturally, there are many popular shops and restaurants in the area that take advantage of all the fresh produce nearby. This aspect is one of the biggest attractions of Tokachi. Among these establishments, Tokachi Hills Farm Restaurant Viz is quickly garnering attention with their head chef discovering the perfect fuse of ingredients in his culinary creations.
About Tokachi Hills
A mere 10 kilometers south of the center of the TokachiSubprefecture, Obihiro City, Tokachi Hills sits on a hill in Makubetsu town overlooking the famous Tokachi Plain. During the summer season, over 1,000 different kinds of flowers and trees can be seen in the large garden park there, a popular tourist destination. Nearby, the Hills Farm produces the many crops for its own restaurant, further enhancing the quality and flavors of their dishes.Tokachi Hills’ tagline, “Flowers, Food, and Agriculture Theme Park,” vividly illustrates the heart of Tokachi.
Food – Chef Enhanced
There are 2 restaurants in Tokachi Hills. One of them, Shibubundo, serves 100% buckwheat (soba) noodles and Japanese dishes. The other is Farm Restaurant Viz, using the abundance of fresh ingredients harvested nearby. Preparing with quality fresh foods may be commonplace nowadays, but at Farm Restaurant Viz, head chef Moldovan Victor from Hungary, has perfected his culinary art and combined it with the natural ingredients of Tokachi. It is a savory blend never before experienced: a Hungarian fusion cuisine. Visitors with a sophisticated palate can look forward to a satisfying and unique food experience that can only be found here.
This time, I had a delicious lunch buffet and was able to fully taste the essence of Viz.
From the parking lot to the restaurant, everything was covered in snow. Tokachi Hills was quiet and serene. It is a strong contrast to the summer.
When I first came into the warm restaurant, the impressive counter caught my sight. There were also bottles full of beans.
The windowsill was bathed in soft light and outside, I could see the winter forest and snow covered field. I was also lucky to see a Hokkaido squirrel racing across the field.
The lunch buffet or reserved set menu is 1,600 Japanese yen. The fresh ingredients they use are from their farm and the surrounding Tokachi area. The salad used beans which are a special product from Tokachi and reminded me of a dessert.
The sausage and salami were great, just like flavors from Eastern Europe!
For the main dish, I could choose from 4 selections like meat and fish. Here, I tried the Mangalitsa Pork Confit, Hungary’s national food treasure. The tender meat was presented very beautifully, while the gravy melted in my mouth.
There were many different kinds of dessert too♪
Can you imagine how this dessert tastes?
I just have to say how soft this cake is.
After the meal, I can enjoy my tea and watch the calm scene outside with everything covered in a blanket of white snow. Such a blissful moment.
The Mangalitsa Pork was imported from Hungary. This is a first in Japan, to be permitted to import pigs. The owner said that they have been preparing the upkeep and to process the Mangalitsa Pork there to provide the restaurant with this special meat. They are committed to food safety, security, and quality. It really is worth it to come from far away just to try it. Some visitors from the Tokyo metropolitan area come just to dine at this restaurant.