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Kanazawa is often listed
as the number one sushi-eating city in Japan.
Local folks spend more money on this cuisine
than the residents from any other city.
From “go-round” sushi conveyors to course styles,
we have a wide variety of sushi restaurants
that serve high quality sushi every day.
Kanazawa is often listed
as the number one sushi-eating city in Japan.
Local folks spend more money on this cuisine
than the residents from any other city.
From “go-round” sushi conveyors to course styles,
we have a wide variety of sushi restaurants
that serve high quality sushi every day.

From the Younger Generation to Expats,
Kanazawa Folks are Particular about Sushi.

 
Due to our fortunate location adjacent to the Sea of Japan, eating fresh seafood is a matter of course for people in the Hokuriku region. In addition, Kanazawa has developed as the region’s financial hub since the Edo period. No wonder this city is refined in cuisine. Historically, local chefs acquired knowledge and skill about food preparation under the prosperity of the wealthy domain, and now these basic skills have spread all over the city, and their secret recipes has been passed down from one generation to the next. From younger types to expats, Kanazawa folks are particular about sushi. What’s more, Kanazawa’s chefs are easily able to get high quality local rice, pure water from the mountains, and fresh seafood in season. Therefore they can concentrate their efforts on being creative.
 

Best of the Best: Prominent Chefs in Big Cities of Japan
Choose Kanazawa to Enjoy Sushi Cuisine.

 
There are so many skilled chefs in Japan, and all are good judges of quality ingredients and dish presentation. Some of them show their skills at traditional Japanese restaurants called ryotei where course meals are served, and some run their own place after a long career as an employed artisan. However, reaching the summit in such a profession is tough indeed. This industry is well known for its history of exquisite work, strict customs, and hard training. There are thousands of functional properties to learn about ingredients, and artisans can’t display their ability without such knowledge. There is no shortcut to becoming a skilled chef, therefore, not all trainees can survive the pace. One needs patience, guts, and enthusiasm to become one of them. No matter where they work, you will see their serious attitude or artisan spirit as professionals of their work. Concerning the sushi field in Kanazawa, it‘s obvious that Japan’s legendary sushi chef Mr. Morita was the key person to introduce people to Kanazawa for this refined cuisine. Many of the prominent chefs in Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto praise him as the best sushi chef in Japan, and Kanazawa is always chosen as the must-go place to eat fresh sushi by those VIP gourmets. Furthermore since the shinkansen bullet train has linked Tokyo to Kanazawa by a two-hour ride, this city is now readily accessible for those big metropolis types. To introduce “Sushi Kanazawa Style” here in this issue, we visited Sushi Place Asanogawa in the Kazuemachi district along the river with Wayan from Bali, Indonesia. This restaurant opened in 2016, under the supervision of the living legend.


From the Younger Generation to Expats,
Kanazawa Folks are Particular about Sushi.

 
Due to our fortunate location adjacent to the Sea of Japan, eating fresh seafood is a matter of course for people in the Hokuriku region. In addition, Kanazawa has developed as the region’s financial hub since the Edo period. No wonder this city is refined in cuisine. Historically, local chefs acquired knowledge and skill about food preparation under the prosperity of the wealthy domain, and now these basic skills have spread all over the city, and their secret recipes has been passed down from one generation to the next. From younger types to expats, Kanazawa folks are particular about sushi. What’s more, Kanazawa’s chefs are easily able to get high quality local rice, pure water from the mountains, and fresh seafood in season. Therefore they can concentrate their efforts on being creative. 


Best of the Best:
Prominent Chefs in Big Cities of Japan
Choose Kanazawa to Enjoy Sushi Cuisine.

 
There are so many skilled chefs in Japan, and all are good judges of quality ingredients and dish presentation. Some of them show their skills at traditional Japanese restaurants called ryotei where course meals are served, and some run their own place after a long career as an employed artisan. However, reaching the summit in such a profession is tough indeed. This industry is well known for its history of exquisite work, strict customs, and hard training. There are thousands of functional properties to learn about ingredients, and artisans can’t display their ability without such knowledge. There is no shortcut to becoming a skilled chef, therefore, not all trainees can survive the pace. One needs patience, guts, and enthusiasm to become one of them. No matter where they work, you will see their serious attitude or artisan spirit as professionals of their work. Concerning the sushi field in Kanazawa, it‘s obvious that Japan’s legendary sushi chef Mr. Morita was the key person to introduce people to Kanazawa for this refined cuisine. Many of the prominent chefs in Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto praise him as the best sushi chef in Japan, and Kanazawa is always chosen as the must-go place to eat fresh sushi by those VIP gourmets. Furthermore since the shinkansen bullet train has linked Tokyo to Kanazawa by a two-hour ride, this city is now readily accessible for those big metropolis types. To introduce “Sushi Kanazawa Style” here in this issue, we visited Sushi Place Asanogawa in the Kazuemachi district along the river with Wayan from Bali, Indonesia. This restaurant opened in 2016, under the supervision of the living legend.

Sushi Kanazawa Style: Creative Course-Sushi that will Show you the Artisan Spirit.

 
Sushi cuisine is far from standard sushi. You might feel a bit confused at the counter if you expect the typical presentation of sushi along with the traditional sushi bar system. There is no menu for selecting your favored individual morsels. Instead, you order a course from the list, and completely leave the rest up to the chef. Just trust him and enjoy the surprise! Chefs have to be creative to please their guests from the beginning to the end of the course. Their sushi must show originality. These artisans know seafood and other ingredients like the back of their hand. They properly cut and season them before serving. Some guests might look for soy sauce on the table, or even ask for wasabi. Please note that the sushi are perfectly designed to go well with certain condiments: sometimes salt, and sometimes sweetened soy sauce as well. Simply enjoy the flavor the artisan recommends. At the counter table, sushi will probably be served one by one. Needless to say, appreciating all the designs of these edible jewels is a visual feast, and an integral part of enjoying Sushi Kanazawa Style! Between ourselves, even our own editing team couldn’t stop taking pictures with our mobile phones every time Asanogawa’s head chef served sushi for this article! All those sushi types were just too photogenic to eat up without photography. Well, it’s time to dig in! Grab it with your fingers, Wayan! We were impressed she was so good at smiling in appreciation of the master chef‘s effort! Japanese sake goes well with raw fish. Order a local sake made in the Hokuriku region! This is a perfect combination for your new sushi experience in Kanazawa.

 
 

You will Appreciate Not Only the Beauty of the Meal
But Also Observing Professional Skills
Before Your Very Eyes.

 
We categorize Japanese kitchen knives wa-bohcho, while western knives are called yoh-bohcho. Professional chefs say, “If you want to slice fish meat finely for sashimi at home, you definitely need to get a proper wa-bocho and practice the technique again and again.” You won't very often have a chance to appreciate those professional kitchen-knife handling skills. It will never bore you while you are waiting for your meal. Each of their skilled works is breathtaking! Even for the Japanese, the work of such professional artisans who wear a tie under a white work jacket always amazes us. Although eating sushi is not typically that special for Kanazawa folks, making a reservation at this kind of restaurant is extraordinary indeed. So here is a suggestion! Why not dress up for this experience? Be aware that if you have high-quality sushi at a fancy restaurant in Tokyo, you will likely have to pay more than double compared with Kanazawa offerings. In addition, the prices for these sushi-course meals are fixed and you will be able to check it in advance, and they will answer any questions you have before you make a decision. Some sushi bars are open for lunch as well. For those who hesitate to try a course sushi meal, we recommend to start it with an affordable course for lunch. Having a private conversation with company at a table is relaxing, however we consider that chatting with chefs at a counter bar is also a part of the experience. We saw Wayan having a comfortable chat with Mr. Otobe, the head chef of Sushi Place Asanogawa during the photo shoot. That was a heartwarming scene indeed!
 

SHOP INFORMATION

Sushi Place Asanogawa
2-13, Kazuemachi, Kanazawa Tel: 076-222-1114
Open: 11:30-14:30 (last call 14:00) / 17:30-22:00 (last call 21:30); closed Wednesdays
 
[MENU] *See the “Dining Spots” page!
• Lunch Time Course Sushi: ¥5000~ / ¥8000~
• Dinner Time Course Sushi : ¥12000~ / ¥15000
[SEATS] 1F: Counter 7 seats; table 4 seats / 2F: 8 seats
[CREDIT CARDS] Most accepted 
http://www.sushiasanogawa.jp