I realize this is pretty belated, better late than never!!!
I was lucky enough to visit Kanazawa, Japan for the holidays with my family. It is one of the lesser known places but definitely worth a visit if you love food and just need a break from the noise.
From the perspective of a visitor, Kanazawa is perfect. Everything is clean, the people are friendly, the food is flawless, and the infrastructure appears as stable as possible. To be honest, for all I know, it is. But something about being there felt like being in a Japanese Stepford town. Things seem a little bit to good to be true.
With that said, I’m down with that. As far as I know, the Japanese are so obsessive with their crafts that whatever they do is going to be honed down to an art, including their food, which is all I care about (…is that so wrong?!).
As expected, we had sushi pretty much every night. The thing about sushi though is that it’s like any other art – each sushi master has their own way of doing things. Ideally, the taste of the fish and the taste of the rice should be balanced, and you should finish them at the same time. Some put a little bit too much rice, and some cut the fish a little too thick. But to each his or her own 🙂
Even if the ingredients are supposed to be fresh (as they should be), you shouldn’t be able to smell the fish when you walk in. That’s the sign of a good sushi restaurant.
Sushi actually used to be a street food, a very cheap cuisine to be eaten quickly. But over time, it has become one of the most high-end foods. But if you go to Japan, some of the most famous places still expect you to eat a billion pieces in under an hour, which is actually pretty absurd.
Anyway, that’s your sushi lesson for the day. As a reward for your fruitful reading efforts, here are pictures: This restaurant was run by a father and a son. The two men in the picture are not the father and son, but my point is that a lot of traditional sushi restaurants are family-owned and very, very small. Some sushi chefs are very conscious about literally every single aspect of the dining experience, such as the plates. The below are some ancient plates that are incredibly beautiful and INCREDIBLY old. But they add an aesthetic dimension to the experience. Apart from sushi, we also went to a small udon house for breakfast, and I’m salivating thinking about it. I got an udon and curry combo. One of my favorite parts of Kanazawa was the outdoor market. If I could live there, I would totally post up. The market is special because there were various small restaurants within, and those restaurants were amazing. We even had Chinese food there that was honestly crack (no Sesame chicken, sorry). But how could these restaurants not serve delicious food when they have the fresh ingredients literally there?! I would argue very aggressively that Japan has some of the best food in the world because of their perfectionism. Do you understand how delicious everything was?!
Anyways, it was a perfect getaway. Pretty much all we did was eat, buy food, go to a museum (irrelevant though, am I right??), eat a lot bit more, sleep, and then do it alllll again (if you get this reference, ❤ ).