Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hello Hokkaido! Uni Murakami Hakodate Honten うに むらかみ函館本店 – 6 June 2016

Uni Murakami Hakodate Honten うに むらかみ函館本店 – 6 June 2016
Before the Hokkaido trip, we saw lots of wonderful uni-don reviews on the internet about Hokkaido, and we knew it was a must-try to eat uni in Hokkaido. We are sea-urchin aka uni fans in Singapore, but it is often too expensive and the serving size is pathetic. Therefore, we must get our uni fix this round.
Uni Murakami うに むらかみ was a popular name that came up when you google uni in Hokkaido. They have 3 branches actually – 1 is the main branch in Hakodate, and 2 in Sapporo. Apparently, the Sapporo branches gets their stock from Hakodate, therefore we made a reservation (a week before) for the Hakodate branch well in advance to make sure we get our uni fix.
The location isn’t hard to find, as it is located right beside the Hakodate Morning Fish market. The whole place was deserted when we arrived (around 7 pm) apart from some restaurants.
Left of the restaurant – quiet
Equally quiet – right of the restaurant

Voila! The restaurant itself! Some Japanese were standing outside looking at the menu. But I later discovered they did not make a booking and the restaurant was full, so they left in disappointment.
The menu outside the restaurant – basically the same as the one inside. A full bowl of uni topped rice for about 4,000 JPY!
The restaurant is actually quite small, with an open area of only 6-8 seats. The rest are room type seatings – about 5 rooms only.
The private rooms shown above.
We ordered each a bowl of the half portion uni bowl with rice – so it does not look so fully topped…. Only half topped, but still more than what you will get in Singapore – which is usually just an uni gunkan.
It looks delicious and lovely – even though it’s just half-topped. The uni is so sweet and fresh – no fishy smell/taste at all. I can’t do justice with the taste – it’s just so soft it literally melts in the mouth, yet it remains creamy and light. Best uni I’ve tasted my whole life! You just gotta try it to believe it.
We also ordered grilled Hokke (atka makerel) – which we saw on every patron’s table, and grilled ika (squid) – supposedly synonymous with Hakodate.

The ika was definitely fresh and crunchy, and well prepared – warm. The friendly staff taught us to dip the ika in the sauce to eat it.
Hokke was definitely tasty. As with mackerels, it is definitely fishy, but not extremely. The meat is firm and fresh and well-grilled. Hokke is unique around the waters around Hokkaido, so do give it a try when you are in the area.
The oily meat of the Hokke- yumz!
Complete meal looks so yummy!!!
Yay – The uni is the freshest you can find. In fact, I found this uni the best I have ever tasted in my life. It melts immediately in the mouth, with no fishy smell whatsoever. Even the Shakotan uni, which was supposedly freshest, had some fishy taste to it – this uni was completely just soft cream with minimal fishiness (refer to https://garysyayornay.blogspot.sg/2017/07/hello-hokkaido-misaki-shakotan.html for Shakotan uni review). I believe I can’t do it justice here, but it was just top notch uni that dissolves and disintegrates naturally in the mouth. It is just like very light cream. My friend didn’t like it though as he thought there was no fishy taste… that’s his opinion….
The branch in Sapporo serves a 7-course uni kaiseki – you might want to visit there to try it out. I think the kaiseki helps to attract more business in Sapporo. The Hakodate main branch does not have kaiseki because they are popular enough.
Uni Murakami Hakodateうにむらかみ 函館店
Otemachi 22-1, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
Tel: +81-138-26-8821
It is walkable from the JR Hakodate Station.


  1. Hi there! So, did you make a reservation prior in Japanese?

    1. We emailed the hotel to book for us before we arrived. Alternatively, if you are using Airbnb, can get the host to do it too. We did it for Tokyo last year. Most hosts would do that for the guests.

  2. Maybe it is the fishy taste like you said! I'm with your friend on this. I like it when seafood has the taste of the sea - probably what you mean by fishy taste. Uni from shakotan are caught from the sea in the morning and served immediately - so they have this taste of the sea that I like. To me it is sweet more than fishy - but I think I get what you're trying to say. I think for 4000yen, you can get more uni in Shakotan than in Hakodate. But oh, the colour of the uni in your photo and the perfect unbroken pieces... I love it!!

    1. So honored to have bumblebeemum to visit this page!!!
      Your website was such an important resource for our Hokkaido trip.
      We will be writing more reviews soon :)
      I'm putting a link to your website here so people can reference your experience as well - not that your website isn't already popular enough! ^_^