Scenery Where Rich Japan is Created:restaurant maccarina|美味しい日本が生まれる風景:レストラン・マッカリーナ

Japan, the island country which is slender and long, extending north to south. Small, but beautiful land with full of rich nature and blessed with pure water here and there. Delicious things have been developed from beautiful sceneries. In this series, we will introduce delectables originated from landscapes in Japan, which cannot be found in big cities.
南北に長細い島国、日本。国土は狭いけれど、豊かな自然と清い水がそこかしこにある美しい国です。そしてその美しい風景から、日本の美味しいものが育まれています。この連載では、大都会では見られない日本の原風景から生まれる美味しいものを紹介します。

The Small Village Catapulted into Fame whose Local Specialty is Lily Bulb

(英語のあとに日本語が続きます。)

Restaurant Maccarina is based in the small village of Makkari in Hokkaido.  Despite the village’s small population of around two thousand, Maccarina has become a destination for gourmets from all over the world. Thanks to nearby Mt. Yotei, the area is rich in fertile farmland and pure water.  The name of the village is derived from “Makkaripe”, a word from the Ainu, a language spoken by the aboriginal people of Hokkaido.

About two hours’ drive from New Chitose Airport, through the flowering potato fields, Mt. Yotei comes into view. Its peak is 1,898 meters above sea level. The mountain also bears a striking resemblance to Mt. Fuji, earning it the nickname Ezo (Hokkaido) Fuji. Ezo’s surroundings are famous for being one of the best natural spring areas in Hokkaido, and there are some spots where the snowmelt water, which has been filtered naturally over a few decades, stream out from the mountain. Many people visit here just for the refreshing and mild natural springs.

Among all the crops which are cultivated in the area, such as potatoes, carrots and asparagus, Makkari boasts the largest lily bulb production in Japan.  Each crop is vigorous and produces a hint of earthy taste. Hiroshi Nakamichi, chef and owner of a French restaurant in Sapporo, used to visit Makkari with the restaurant’s other chef Shinichi Sugaya for the underflow water from Mt. Yotei and the local crops. “I was attracted by the village. The sky is high and wide with clean air like the countryside in France. The locally produced vegetables are delicious. I started dreaming of opening a restaurant here,” said Sugaya. Later then, he opened the ‘Restaurant Maccarina’ in Makkari.

The antipasto is an assortment of various fresh vegetables which are representative of Makkari’s beautiful seasons.  “This is the dish which maximizes the deliciousness of the original ingredients,” says Sugaya. All the vegetables are kept untouched as much as possible, however, it does not mean they are served inelegantly on a plate as they are. The chef has researched and mastered the best way of cooking for each vegetable to maximize its taste, such as by salting and timing the perfect boiling time. He also grows some vegetables himself such as radish, snap pea and broccoli. Taking time out from his work as a chef, farming is also part of his daily routine.

The natural light shines through the dining room. The diner’s five senses are stimulated by the magnificent nature of Makkari which can be observed from the windows. Along with the freshly baked bread from ‘boulangerie JIN’, which is run by a young couple, and the selected wines which are stored in the restaurant’s basement wine cellar, the dishes concentrate sustenance from the earth to satisfy diners.

一躍有名になった、ユリ根が特産の小さな村

北海道・真狩村。人口約2千人のこの村は、「レストラン マッカリーナ」を目指し世界中から美食家が訪れます。羊蹄山がもたらす肥沃な土地と水の恵み。真狩村という村名は「マクカリペッ」というアイヌ語に由来します。

新千歳空港から可憐な花をつけたジャガイモ畑の合間をドライブすること約2時間、羊蹄山が見えてきます。標高1898メートル。その美しい姿は、蝦夷富士と呼ばれています。周辺は道内屈指の名水処としても有名で、羊蹄山の雪解け水が数十年を経て自然に濾過され、勢いよく湧き出る場所も。すっきりとまろやかな水を目当てに多くの人が訪れています。

ジャガイモ、人参、アスパラなどの農作物の中でも、ユリ根が全国一の生産量を誇る真狩村。どれもが力強く、大地の味がします。札幌のフレンチレストランのオーナーシェフ・中道博さんと菅谷伸一シェフは羊蹄山の伏流水や農産物を目当てに、度々真狩村を訪れていた野田とか。「フランスの田舎のように、高く広い空と清涼な空気を持つこの土地とおいしい野菜に魅了され、いつかここにレストランをと夢を抱くように」と菅谷シェフ。後の「レストラン マッカリーナ」です。

真狩村の美しい季節を象徴するかのような、新鮮な野菜を盛り合わせた前菜。「素材本来のおいしさを最も味わっていただける一皿です」と菅谷シェフは語ります。野菜はほとんど手を加えず、かといって採れたてをそのまま出すような無粋なことはしません。絶妙なゆで加減、塩加減など、野菜の旨みを最大限に引き出す調理方法を研究し尽くしているのです。ラデッシュ、スナップエンドウ、ブロッコリーなどの野菜を自らも栽培。仕事の合間をぬって、畑仕事に精を出すのも日課です。

自然光がさす優雅なダイニング。窓からは真狩村の雄大な自然が望め、五感がより刺激されます。若い夫婦が切り盛りする「boulangerie JIN」の焼きたてパンと地下セラーのワインとともに、大地の恵みが凝縮された料理を堪能されてはいかがでしょうか。

restaurant maccarinaレストラン・マッカリーナ

restaurant maccarina

住所:
北海道虻田郡真狩村字緑岡172-3/172-3 Aza-Midorioka Makkari-mura Abuta-gun Hokkaido
TEL:
0136-48-2100
URL:
http://maccarina.co.jp/

更新: 2018年4月17日

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