Known as the Dark Horse City, Kanazawa sits on the west coast of Japan, about 200 kilometers west of Nagano. Though there is a major train station that brings large numbers of travelers through Kanazawa, many of those visitors are only in town for a few hours. But with both fresh sushi and traditional Japanese fare, and a variety of international options, it is well worth finding the time to eat.
The Cottage doesn’t sound very Japanese. And it is, in fact, a distinct departure from regional cuisine. But maybe that is why so many people like it. Just as the name implies, The Cottage is cozy and inviting and serves up home style fare that is equally comforting. So, when you’ve had your fill of sushi, try The Cottage for classics like handmade pasta, pizzas, and hearty beef stew. They even make a layered vegetarian lasagna that is delicious. It’s an unexpected and pleasant surprise in Kanazawa’s restaurant scene.
Fuwari offers a more traditional, regional menu but mixes it up with new, fresh ideas and ingredients. It’s difficult to find a bad review of this place, as everyone seems to be raving about it. Order a classic sashimi plate, with its clean flavors and presentation. Then follow it with warm prawn croquettes and tender grilled beef. Just to warn you, Fuwari has deservingly made a name for itself in the area and can be quite busy. Think about making a reservation.
For something a little bit more laid back and less Japanese, try Spice Box. The Sri Lankan owners have brought the rich, warm flavors of India to Kanazawa. Hearty curry dishes like chicken korma, coconut prawn, and dal are the stars of the menu, as are the crepe-like filled dosas. And whatever you order, you must get a side of the naan. The soft, chewy flatbread is made fresh every day and served piping hot.
Kanazawa Station has been a bustling hub of local and regional travel for over a hundred years. The train station plays host to hundreds of thousands of people a year, those coming to Kanazawa, and those just passing through. In general, train stations aren’t known for having access to great food. Luckily, this is one exception. Sushitama delivers fresh seafood and sushi to hungry travelers in a comfortable environment. The restaurant has an open kitchen design so you can watch your meal being prepared. Once you try it, though, you may just re-route your plans to stay a bit longer.
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