If you find yourself in Hakodate (Hokkaido, Japan), you’d best stop by burger chain Lucky Pierrot. They serve up some wacky, mouth-watering fast food. Burgers are the centerpiece at Lucky Pierrot.
Lucky Pierrot - A Hakodate Staple
Hakodate based Lucky Pierrot has never felt the need to venture outside of Hakodate. They haven't even expanded to other parts of Hokkaido.
There are 17 Lucky Pierrot shops in the city of Hakodate, which is impressive for a city of only 240,000 people. All pictures here are from their shop right across the touristy Goryōkaku Tower.
Their menu is massive. While burgers are their pride and joy, they also have curry rice, rice omelette (omu rice), hamburg steak, spaghetti, and even rice bowls (don buri).
Angels and Ice Cream
The “Pierrot” in Lucky Pierrot is French and describes clowns of the 18th century. A clown with glazed eyes (maybe the burger fumes) is featured in their logo.
Their interior decorating is interesting to say the least. Different branches have different themes too. At the Goryōkaku Tower branch the interior is religious imagery and garish wallpaper with 50s diner music playing in the background.
Chinese Chicken Burger
You can start off the party with some katsu (breaded pork cutlet) curry. It's quite delicious.
One of their most popular side menu items are the “Lucky Fries”, which are drenched in a white sauce that’s cheese and demi-glace. They're not to be missed. They come in a coffee mug too.
But the stars of the Lucky Pierrot show are the burgers. Their top seller is the “Chinese Chicken Burger” (just ¥380). It’s stuffed with succulent deep-fried chicken and lettuce, brought together with a light, sweet soy sauce and some mayonnaise.
I’m not sure what the Chinese connection is, but this Chinese Chicken Burger is excellent. The burger has even bagged some local burger awards.
They’ve got plenty of other burgers too, ranging from a Tonkatsu Burger to a “Special” Bacon and Egg burger. Below is their “Hokkaido Genghis Khan Burger”. “Genghis Khan” in Japanese cuisine is grilled mutton. It’s nicely prepared in burger form here.
They’ve got a lot of ice cream...so save some room. Below is vanilla ice cream with thinly sliced frozen strawberry bits.
Below are details on the Goryōkaku Tower shop and also the shop near Hakodate station. If you walk around Hakodate enough though, you’re bound to come across a Lucky Pierrot. I would recommend going in!
Goryōkaku Tower Shop
Hakodate Station Shop
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