As a general rule, I shun fast food establishments. Occasionally I make an exception for MOS Burger. I always make an exception for Lucky Pierrot. Fortunately for my health, Lucky Pierrot only exists in Hakodate and although I can see Hakodate from my front yard I am separated from it by a ferry ride that is just a little to long and a little too expensive. I would like to start a campaign to invite Lucky Pierrot to open a franchise in Oma, but I am already bogged down in the Find a Bear Campaign and should probably refrain from embarking on any new ones.
Naturally, Yuko and I dropped by for dinner at Lucky Pierrot on the way back from Sapporo. Actually, Yuko probably would have enjoyed eating at a classier restaurant more, but . . . I mean . . . we were in Hakodate. Since I had my camera with me this time, I felt morally obligated to order Lucky Pierrot’s #2 most popular burger: the Whale Burger. I would have much preferred Chinese Chicken (Lucky Pierrot’s #1 most popular burger) but sometimes one must make sacrifices.
As you can see, whale meet is dark and looks a little like liver. It also tastes a little like liver. In fact, it really doesn’t taste good at all—a fact I was already aware of before I ordered my whale burger.
But Which Whale is My Whale?
Lucky Pierrot is famous for its gaudy décor. In this particular franchise, across the street from Goryoukaku Park, the place of honour is occupied by a plaque commemorating the time that her former imperial highness Princess Sayako (now Mrs. Sayako Kuroda) ate a Lucky Pierrot burger. Next to it is a poster of all the different whale species in honour of Lucky Pierrot's #2 most popular burger.