KI NISEKO RESTAURANT AN DINING
Designed by renowned Hokkaido architect Koichi Ishiguro, Ki Niseko Luxury Hotel opened in December 2014. It is the newest example of contemporary Japanese architect to grace Niseko Village and one designed to integrate seamlessly into the alpine landscape of Grand Hirafu. Ishiguro is an award-winning architect who excels at combining technical depth with an aesthetic thoughtfully sensitive to the character of the place. If he was a shaping flavors rather than space he would be known as a chef who respects of his terroir.
“Ki” – which in Japanese Kanji means tree – was chosen as it symbolizes the natural beauty of Hokkaido. Outside, gardens stretch from a nearby forest to the doorstep of Ki Resort. Completing the synergy with nature, a walking path and flowing river merge into grounds shaded in earth tones that blend into the mountain. To complement the serene hotel setting KI NISEKO reached out to a Japanese chef who had established his name in Australia to energize and direct their KI NISEKO RESTAURANT culinary operations within the hotel. LuxNiseko asked Owner Chef Shinichi Maeda to shed some light on his exciting restaurant in Hirafu called An Dining in an interview over the summer of 2015.
AN DINING OWNER/CHEF SHINICHI MAEDA
After 4 years as Head Chef at Sake Brisbane, Australia where he picked up a coveted Chef’s Hat in the 2012 Queensland Good Food Guide, Shinichi Maeda packed his bags and headed to Niseko where he accepted the head chef position at Ki Niseko newest restaurant called AN DINING.
Returning home to Japan after 12 years in Australia, Shinichi wanted a location that could serve an international clientele while having free reign to explore his passion for local produce. Ki Niseko was the perfect fit for his pursuit of culinary excellence. Trained in traditional Japanese Shinichi’s goal is to serve up fresh & simple cuisine that celebrates Hokkaido’s stunning array of produce in new and interesting ways.
LUXNISEKO INTERVIEW WITH CHEF SHINICHI MAEDA
Where were you born?
What have been the most important influences in your cooking?
Any new menu items you are working on for the upcoming ski season?
CHEF SHINICHI MAEDA AWARDS
Two Time Winner of RCA NATIONAL AWARDS for BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT in Australia
2009 – Wasabi Restaurant & Bar
2012 – Sake Restaurant & Bar
2012-2013 Received ONE CHEFS HAT Rating from Good Food Guide Brisbane Times
JAPANESE MULTICOURSE DINING
Dinner at KI NISEKO restaurant An Dining is best described as a premium Japanese izakaya-style with a particular emphasis on local Hokkaido produce. Guests are encouraged to share dishes, allowing for a sampling of the exceptional variety of flavors and textures created by owner Chef Maeda and his kitchen team. An Dining’s dinner menu will encompass all five tastes – sweet, bitter, salty, spicy & umami, the savoury taste synonymous with fermented products. Chef Maeda offers diners an exciting mix of innovative sushi along with more classical dishes.
The menu changes along with the Niseko seasons. Shinichi emphasizes care and detail with each dish incorporating delicate colors and textures to create a vivid presentation that is followed by palette-pleasing flavors. Inside the restaurant setting is contemporary Japanese design with an emphasis on comfort and warmth that contrasts nicely with the cool outdoor setting.
For drinks, An Dining offers premium Japanese beer and an impressive hand-selected range of fine sake from all over Japan. Boutique wines featuring sparkling wines from Australia, New Zealand, France and Italy make up most of the wine list. After-Dinner drinks that match well with Hokkaido-inspired desserts include a series of legendary Single Malts from Nikka Whisky Distillery located in nearby Yoichi.
Buffet style, half Japanese-style and half modern.
800 – 1,800 yen
Order in the café and choose from a selection of light meals like soba and udon noodles, don-buri, and burgers and sandwiches with chips.
Multi-Course Menus ¥ 5,000 – 7,500 yen
A LA CARTE MENU
Entrée 400 – 2,100 yen
Main 1,800 – 3,100 yen
Dessert 500 – 1,050 yen
BREAKFAST 7:00 am-10:30 am
LUNCH 11:00 am–3:30 pm (last order 3:00 pm)
DINNER 5:30 pm-11:00 pm (last order 10:30 pm)
CAFÉ & BAR 7:30 am-12:00pm
183-43 Yamada Kutchan-cho Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0081 Japan
☎ +81 (0) 136 21 2565