Hoshino resort Kai, Alps (星野リゾート 界 アルプス) – Meals

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
What I look forward to when staying over in a hot spring hotel is the meal times (next is the hot spring soaks). Some ryokans offer in room eating options (usually a little more expensive), some only have private seating choices or dinning hall options. For Hoshino Resort Kai Alps, meals are served in private dinning area. You can choose either 630, 7pm or 730pm for your meals. We took the 7pm dinner slot as we wanted to chill a little in the hot springs before dinner.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
Dinners, usually would start off with some sweet wine but we were served some fruity vinegar drink to freshen us up.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
Cold dish appetiser, every thing is just about ART here.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
Tea pot soup, A clear based dashi which is heated on a tiny stove. You pour the soup into little tea cup with a dash of lime juice, sipped it embracing the sweet taste of mushroom and fish. After you are done, you can eat whatever is left in the your tea pot.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
Fresh sashimi.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
Stewed fish with kelp with chrysanthemum (yes that flower)

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
Mushroom tempura served in a cage with seaweed salt

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
Sukiyaki! I was so amazed with this…..

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
Sugar is needed to be added into your sukiyaki sauce to have the salty and sweet flavor, instead of serving you the sauce directly. They made the sugar into candy floss and named this “Snow nabe” How apt.

You fire up the tealight, wait for 30-40 seconds till you see smoke emitting from your candy floss, then pour the sukiyaki sauce over. I guess it is just for the fun of it!

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
The candy floss is gone in a blink of an eye but it was so fun!

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
I always thought that Kobe beef and Hida beef were good but the Nagano beef I had from this trip and another trip was so good that it is etched in my memory for now. It was so smooth and the fats literally melted. Maybe they served it thick? But it was so yummy that I really wanna go back for more…

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
when visiting Nagano, you can’t miss their legendary SOBA.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
You can choose from 4 selections of dessert, I got the chestnut dessert in view of Autumn and he got the creme brulee.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano Dinner
The hotel was kind enough to come up with a message plate for us when I made a last minute request. Surprised sushi san quite a bit as he never thought that a weekday retreat was to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. The apple sauce was yummy though….

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
It was a pity that they cancelled the star gaze walk that night due to clouds. So we retreated back to our room with a full stomach and soon fell into a food coma.

Nagano Treats
Though we still woke up in the middle of the night for some of the Nagano snacks we had prepared. Sukiyaki flavored potato sticks….yum!

Hoshino Alps Hotel Nagano Breakfast
Breakfast was a choice between 7am and 8am but as we wanted to catch the 9am shuttle from the hotel so we had to wake up early that morning. This was our breakfast set.

Hoshino Alps Hotel Nagano Breakfast
With a steaming pot of miso mushroom soup.

Sunny mascot
Received a photo from our dinner to congratulate us on our anniversary celebration upon check out and a sunny mascot wishing us a good day! So we checked out to head to our next destination 🙂

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