11 UNIQUE SUSHI YOU MUST SAMPLE IN KANAZAWA
11 UNIQUE SUSHI YOU MUST SAMPLE IN KANAZAWA
おまかせコース鮨 Omakase Sushi Course
At a sushi restaurant, the chef crafts sushi with your choice of ingredients, but if you are unsure of what to choose, then go for an omakase (chef’s choice) course. This enables you to indulge in seasonal fish or other seafood at fixed prices. Sushi Asanogawa presents their food in a beautiful way that varies according to the season.
> Sushi ASANOGAWA (2-13 Kazuemachi) / Phone: 076-222-1114
While California rolls are perhaps the most famous type of sushi around the world, you will hardly ever find them on the menus at sushi restaurants in Japan. If you want to eat “that sushi” you are familiar with, then visit Kanazawa Atsushi, where their chef, who trained abroad, uses his cooking talents. Their real California rolls are made using spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, and avocado.
While nigiri are usually eaten as soon as they are made, Sasa-zushi – a local specialty of Kanazawa is sushi bought as a takeout. Cooked rice and fish marinated in vinegar are wrapped in a bamboo leaf, put in a box, and then pressed. It’s convenient if you are eating outside; simply hold it in your hand and unwrap the bamboo leaf. Local sushi deli Shibazushi makes Sasa-zushi that is well known in Kanazawa.
Daiwa Dept. Store Branch
(B1F, Kohrinbo Daiwa)
Inarizushi is a type of sushi that is usually made at home. Vinegary rice is stuffed in an aburaage (deep-fried tofu pouch), then cooked in a sweet and hot broth. Kanazawa Kenrokuya, close to Kenrokuen Garden, serves grilled inarizushi with a taste twist. A thick aburaage is seasoned, grilled, and then stuffed with lightly vinegared rice to bring out the crispy texture and fragrance.
Nodoguro Kinpaku Sushi
For a special experience at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, order the Nodoguro Gold Leaf Sushi at Kirari, located close to Kanazawa Station. A popular and expensive fish, nodoguro (blackthroat seaperch) is seared, topped with a mixture of malted rice and salt, then covered in a sheet of gold leaf. This luxurious sushi is sure to please both the taste buds and the eye.
> Kanazawa Kaitenzushi KIRARI
(1F, Mast Square Kanazawa)
Chirashi-zushi (literally meaning “scattered sushi”) contains a variety of colorful ingredients, such as fish and seashells, vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, and egg, all scattered over vinegary rice. It is usually made at home but can also be bought from a shop as a takeout. Koichian, located inside Meitetsu M’za Department Store, sells Irodori (colorful) chirashi-zushi made without any raw fish, which means it is suitable for everyone.
KOICHIAN, Meitetsu M'za Dept. Store Branch (B1F, Meitetsu M’za, 15-1 Musashi-machi) / Phone: 076-260-5990
While sushi is a must-have when you visit Kanazawa, hosomaki-zushi (thin sushi rolls) are recommended for vegetarians and anyone who is hesitant to eat raw fish. Ippei Sushi offers a variety of classic hosomaki-zushi, including kappa-maki (cucumber roll), oshinko-maki (pickled radish roll), kanpyo-maki (dried gourd roll), and umejiso-maki (Japanese plum and perilla leaf roll).
> IPPEI SUSHI
(1-5-26 Kata machi)
Bouzushi (literally meaning “a bar of sushi”) is named after its long stick shape; it is made by placing fish or other ingredients on top of vinegared rice and then pressing them together. SHURAKU in Ohmicho Market is well known in Kanazawa for its bouzushi. It offers a variety of bouzushi bursting with delicious fish flavor, made using nodoguro (blackthroat seaperch), salmon, conger eel, etc., in addition to a classic one made using vinegared mackerel.
Ohmicho Main Store
Phone : 076-232-8411
The temaki-zushi eaten at home is a smorgasbord-style, hand-rolled sushi that you make with a sheet of nori seaweed folded around vinegary rice and fillings. However, if you order one of these at a sushi restaurant, the chef will prepare it for you. The type of temaki-zushi you eat with your hands is bigger in volume than a nigiri. You must try the hand-rolled sushi with nodoguro – a specialty in Kanazawa, offered at Kanazawa Maimon Sushi.
> KANAZAWA MAIMONSUSHI
(1F, Kanazawa Hyakubangai Anto)
Futomaki is a relatively thick sushi roll. Vinegary rice is spread over a sheet of nori seaweed, topped with fillings, rolled up, and cut evenly into bite-sized pieces for serving. If you are visiting Kanazawa, try a futomaki with yellowtail, caught in the Sea of Japan. The yellowtail futomaki served at Kawabata Sengyoten are made using a generous amount of fish.
KAWABATA SENGYOTEN, Honten
(1F Nishino Bldg., 2-4 Kiguramachi)
Hosomaki Making Experience
For the opportunity to make and eat hosomaki-zushi, visit Coil. A member of staff places a sheet of nori seaweed and vinegary rice on a bamboo sushi roll mat called a makisu and brings it to your table. You then choose your fillings, place them on top of the rice, lift the edge of the mat closest to you, roll it to the other edge, and tighten it.
(2F, Kanazawa Hakomachi, 1-1 Fukuromachi)