La Salamander

Pricing Guide
(Avg. cost per person)
1500 - 5000 Yen
Opening HoursTuesday - Saturday 6pm to 3am
Sunday 6pm to midnight
ClosedMondays
Every 2nd Tuesday
Tuesdays following a Monday holiday
Contact011-272-1557
(+81-11-272-1557)
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Notes-
Location /
Getting There
7-6-2 Minami 2 Jonishi Chuo-ku Sapporo Hokkaido
北海道 札幌市中央区 南二条西 7-6-2 南2条ビル 1F

Sapporo has no end of tratorrias, bistros and pubs. If ambiance, flavor and comfort are what you seek, look no farther than La Salamander, located just around the corner from western end Tanuki Koji 7(狸小路7丁目), the covered arcade in downtown Sapporo. A French-styled bistro, this little shop is a cozy refuge from the throngs of holiday tourists and locals crowding the main thoroughfare shops.

The dinner menu offers a variety of reasonably priced appetizers, soups and entrée dishes. During our visit my wife and I started with Akeshi (an eastern Hokkaido town) oysters on the half shell, served with a tart vinegar relish. Spicy chorizo salami came next, which went well with our Pilsner Urquell beers. A thick slab of homemade pate arrived soon after, accompanied by warm bread crusts. I should note that La Salamander specializes in regional French wines, and has a limited selection of pricey beers.

A bottle of Alsace Sauvignon Blanc complimented our next dish: crab and shrimp croquettes served atop a shallow bath of zesty tomato puree. A hearty country soup followed, setting us up for the baked scallop and sea bream soufflé. By now, my wife and I were reaching the limits of our capacity for gastronomic goodness. Upon finishing the wine and our last dish, she ordered an herbal tea and I an espresso. For a final sendoff, I had a cognac and we shared a fudge brownie drowned in crème anglaise. It was sublime.

Being that it was my birthday, we splurged on our first visit to La Salamander. Had we trimmed our dinner by a dish or two and halved the alcohol, our bill wouldn’t have exceeded ¥10,000. One could easily swing in for an entrée and a glass of wine without exceeding ¥3,000. Whatever your budget, La Salamander is recommended to those seeking authentic, casual French cuisine in the heart of Sapporo, Japan.

For more pictures, reviews and a map, please look here. Bon appétit!

Cozy and simple interior design.

Cozy and simple interior design.

Cozy and simple interior design.

The Akeshi oysters to start.

The Akeshi oysters to start.

The hearty country soup was perfect for a cold night.

The hearty country soup was perfect for a cold night.

Seafood croquettes done to perfection.

Seafood croquettes done to perfection.

Dessert!

Dessert!

And fuel for the walk home.

And fuel for the walk home.

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About

Jonathan is a Hokkaido Guide contributor and editor, living on the island for nearly a decade. He likes to write, travel, and generally thrives on the great outdoors and all things Hokkaido. He drums in a Sapporo band and likes to futz around in the studio and occasionally on stage. A hopeless powder junkie, you can often find him getting his fix on the local hills in the winter.