When we head to Izumikyo we're usually grabbing a sandwich from Graubunden. But then there's Maru, or the one with the white circle on the red sign. We didn't really hear much about this until later in the season, and then find out it is in fact their last season in Niseko.
We make it down one day for lunch. They have an amazing variety of lunch sets, all around 800¥ - 1200¥. Awesome! I order the grilled pork, which had a nice sticky black sauce and was served over rice and topped with an onsen egg.
Kim gets a half / half set. There's the same sticky grilled pork with onsen egg but also tempura eel. A little piece of tempura eggplant also sits on the side. Delicious.
Each set also came with a generous bowl of tsukemono (Japanese pickles) and a bowl of miso soup.
We also share another lunch set ... It's an interesting combination of baby prawns, scallops and shredded vegetables pressed together like a cake and tempura'd. We just pick all the crispy cake from a top the rice and it is superb. The sweetness of the shrimp and scallop exploding through the tangle of crispy vegetables.
We are sad to bid farewell to Maru this season, and disappointed that we only got to grace our taste buds with the pleasure of the deliciousness that is Maru only once before it left ......