LANDMARK DELI NISEKO
The Niseko Landmark View Deli is the most conveniently located deli/cafe/bakery/general store in Hirafu. Located just 3 minutes walk from the Grand Hirafu Gondolas it can be found on the ground floor of the Landmark View Hotel. The Landmark Deli is operational every morning and evening throughout the winter season serving deliciously hot Lavazza coffee, fresh baked goods, deli food and wine along with basic essentials like muesli and tea.
Featuring Lavazza coffee and a standout barista the coffee bar is the most prominent feature of the interior of Landmark Deli. There are several hotels and cafés in Niseko serving Lavazza coffee but none have the talented barista that Landmark Deli has. This is the key factor that elevates the coffee here above the standard offerings found elsewhere. Ground fresh to order and extracted in the espresso style we found the cafe latte to be outstanding. The combination of the very dark roasting of the Lavazza beans, creamy Hokkaido milk and the barista’s gifted hands to be compelling. This is saying a lot because Lavazza coffee on its own is far from a favorite of LuxNiseko. Somehow the dark chocolatey espresso is balanced off against the creamy milk – temperature control no doubt played an important role and that is credit to the barista.
We love the interior setting and in particular the coffee bar. A beautifully written balckboard-chalk menu sets the stage for what is to come. High-end coffee equipment plays its role including a Simonelli Grinder and stunning La Marzocco Strada EP espresso machine.
One of the hidden treasures of the Landmark Deli is the farm-table spread of locally made delicacies. Turning the corner into the deli reveals a wooden table spread with locally baked pastries and breads. The varieties here are different than other bakeries like Lupicia Boutique , Jin Boulangerie and Odin Bakery. The style seems to be more Northern European with a beautiful golden hue occasionally lathered in fondant or crowned with fruit preserves. The cinnamon rolls are hard to resist with their swirling spirals of white fondant and golden brioche.
Bread loaf selection includes baguette style long loaves or an impressive variety of pullman style pan loaves. (shoko-pan as they call it here in Japan). Smaller choices include danish pastries, fruit-filled streudels and croissants It’s easy to find a perfect match to a fresh crafted coffee, latte or espresso. Operating hours allow for a morning start or afternoon break.
If local food and charcuterie is your thing than the Landmark Deli is a place you need to visit. Displayed in an open showcase is an impressive selection of locally sourced charcuterie, caviar and smoked or cured fish. Hokkaido’s famous salmon is well represented in smoked, cured and gravalax forms. For meat lovers sausages, aged ham and French pâtés can be purchased to go with the fresh baked breads also sold here. Variations of caviars from trout, salmon and sturgeon are made throughout Hokkaido and would make for an exciting aprés ski Champagne party opening.
LOCATION & HOURS
ADDRESS: 181 – 4 Aza-Yamada Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun Hokkaido, Japan 044-0081
TEL: 0136 21-6466
OPEN: Ski Season Only Dec 15 to March 15 7am – 11am 3pm – 6pm
WEBSITE: LANDMARK DELI NISEKO