Why the Name Jingisukan and What is It?
No one knows for sure why this dish has the name of the famous mighty Mongolian emperor but according to one theory, the convex metal skillet used for grilling the mutton and vegetables resembles a traditional Mongolian soldier's helmet. Furthermore, lamb is seen as a Mongolian meat and is not commonly frequently eaten in the rest of Japan. So the dish is basically grilled lamb on this Mongolia helmet-shapped skillet. Vegetables are also added to the grill and various dipping sauces, often soy-based with garlic, are served with this meal.
This is one of the most popular and delicious restaurants for Jingisukan! It is located at a 3 minute walk from the subway Namboku Line Susukino Station. English menus are available and it is open until late at night (5 am).
The Jingisukan at this famous shop is simply so delicious and tender. The shop uses a variety of superior cuts of meat such as seasonal selections and shoulder cuts. Be aware though, that if you go too late at night the best cuts might be sold out! The regular meat is still amazing however, and the soy-based garlic dipping sauce makes every bite sublime. Also try the very popular Chanja (spicy cod fish dish) here as an appetizer! Expect to pay 2000 to 3000 yen for an amazing meal!
This place is so popular with the locals! It has the typical friendly atmosphere of a truly Japanese tavern-like shop. Many people will be crowding the counters here. It is located at a 3 minute walk from the Shiseikan Elementary School Station.
This place also has amazing lamb grilled right before your eyes. The home-made sauce here is also quite special. It has a perfect balance of various spices including cinnamon which goes extremely well with the meat. Once your done eating the grilled items, tea will be added to your sauce to make it a delicious soup!
Fukuroutei is simply one of the best Jingisukan shop around. People recognize the name of this well-established shop. It is a pretty big restaurant with 14 tables. It is located at an 8 minute walk from the Nakajima Park Station.
The excellent lamb served here is from Australia. The high-grade shoulder cuts have the perfect balance of fat and lean meat. While grilled, it makes a nice smell that is not overly strong. The sublime secret sauce is carefully made from 18 different ingredients! The slightly garlicky lamb sausages are also said to be amazing too!
Menyotei Gojo is another great Jingisukan shop very popular with the locals. This shop is open late (3 am). It is located at a 3 minute walk from the Susukino Station.
The meat is grilled in front of you with high-grade charcoal. The slices of lamb are quite thick, yet very tender and succulent. There is a selection of great lamb cuts that are with or without the bones. The vegetables here also include Chinese leeks that go very well with the lamb meat, and are said to give you energy.
Itadakimasu is another great place with rave reviews where you can have amazing Jingisukan. This place is open during lunch time too. It is located at approximately a 4 minute walk from the Susukino Station.
This place is great because among other things, the owners raise their own lambs right there in Hokkaido. So not only are you eating a delicious meal, but you are also encouraging the local economy. And you can be sure that the pure-bred Suffolk lamb meat will be amazing and fresh! They have delicious sauce but just eating the meat with salt and pepper is sufficiently succulent!
When in Hokkaido, you must absolutely try this local specialty! Lamb is not so much part of the general Japanese food culture but the Jingisukan really stands out as an amazing addition to it!