Sushi and the City
You’ll be amazed at the varieties of fish dishes in Japan. Even if you are no longer a stranger to sushi, you will still find many types of unknown seafood at a restaurant. Have you ever tried “Engawa” (the edge of flatfish close to the fins)? No? How about “Shime-Saba” (vinegary mackerel)? “Uni” (sea urchin), “Bai-Gai” (Japanese Babylon shell), “Unagi” (eel), or “Anago” (sea eel)? “Shako” (mantis prawn) might look creepy like an insect, but the taste is similar to a normal prawn.
Of course, tuna and salmon taste really good, but you can try them anytime in your country, can’t you? Why don’t you try some raw seafood for the first time, take advantage of being in Japan?
The Hokuriku region is well known for fresh seafood indeed! No wonder every city has good sushi bars, and we have seasonal fishes for each season. “Buri” (yellowtail) is the best, with fattier protein in winter! You should definitely try raw “Ama-Ebi” (sweet shrimp) here, but not boiled prawns, that’s Tokyo style. Also, don’t miss “Kani” (crab meat) and “Kaki” (oyster) in the winter! My favorite is raw “Hotaru-Ika” (sparkling enope squid) from Toyama-Wan bay, caught only at the end of April. The Japanese love enjoying fresh food in right season. So, when you are at a restaurant, ask them what they recommend for the day!
Kanazawa >> Katamachi Area
Ippei Sushi [一平鮨]
Who says sushi bars have to be expensive? The moment you slide back the entrance door to be greeted by the cheerful chef and kimono-clad okamisan (mistress) you'll find yourself won over by this authentic and reasonably priced sushi bar. You can just point the ingredients on display,such as Buri (yellowtail), Saba (mackerel), Anago (sea eel) and etc., then the skilled chef will make fresh sushi immediately just in front of you! Don't forget to try thick omelette as well!
1-5-29, Kata-machi, Kanazawa
Open: 18:00-1:00; closed Sundays and national holidays
Language: English and Japanese menu; Limited English spoken / Budget: 1,400-3,000 yen (Tax not included in prices.) / Credit cards: Not accepted