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Seafood Pineapple Fried Rice

Seafood Pineapple Fried Rice

Diners with a taste for sushi, miso soup or tempura will find all of that and more at Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar.

The restaurant, located on quaint Franklin Street in Michigan City, features a menu starring Japanese favorites such as specialty rolls, teriyaki entrees, desserts and other dishes. Chinese BBQ items also are on the menu.

We visited Hokkaido on a recent Monday night for a late dinner. The eatery features colorful decor starring red and white hues, seating at both booths and tables and other Asian-inspired decorations.

Piped-in contemporary music played during our dinner. We also watched as two chefs crafted sushi rolls at the bar.

Our dinner choice that night was the Seafood Pineapple Fried Rice ($15.95). The entree came with a choice of soup or salad. We decided to try both and ordered the Miso Soup with the dinner and the Green Salad ($1.95) on the side.

The rice entree was indeed an out of the ordinary dish. Various seafood, including shrimp and scallops, were mixed with the rice and served in half a pineapple. Melted cheese was served on top, which made it quite the filling entree.

Hokkaido's Green Salad featured a fresh, flavorful ginger dressing while the Miso Soup was a soothing choice. For dessert, the Mochi ice cream ($1.50 for a scoop) proved a good choice. Our order featured green tea ice cream with a coating around it and then it was sprinkled with chocolate syrup.

Among other menu items at the restaurant are Flying Fish Roll ($5.95); Special Dragon ($10.95); Rainbow Roll ($10.95); Lava Roll ($11.95); Crazy Tuna Roll ($11.95); Shrimp Teriyaki ($15.95); Chicken Tempura ($12.95);  Pork BBQ ($13.95); Banana Tempura Roll with Honey Sauce for dessert ($4.95); and Ice Cream Tempura ($3.50).

Various salads on the menu include Avocado ($3.95); Seaweed Salad ($4.95); and Squid Salad ($5.95).

Hokkaido also offers carry out service.

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Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.