Five Select Restaurants Within The Conveyor Belt Sushi Battleground of Kanazawa
Ishikawa has the most conveyor belt sushi restaurants per area in the country, and its main city, Kanazawa, is known as a conveyor belt sushi battleground. Here are five select conveyor belt sushi restaurants in the conveyor belt sushi mecca, Kanazawa.
1. Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Main Branch (Ekinishimoto-ten)
This restaurant offers super-fresh sushi by procuring fresh fish twice a day. Procurement includes a wide selection of unusual items only available in limited areas in the Hokuriku region such as nodoguro (rosy seabass), shiraebi (Japanese glass shrimp), and gasuebi (greasyback shrimp). Although it is usual at conveyor belt sushi restaurants to pick sushi from a belt conveyor, this restaurant also takes orders. What a treat to be able to get both the sushi that is going around as well as sushi freshly made to order!
2. Morimorisushi Kanazawa Station Branch
This restaurant is known for its wide selection! There are more than 100 types of sushi ingredients at any given time, and more than 30 seasonal ingredients, so you can get your fill of everything from standards to unusual sushi. The recommended dish is the Hokuriku Gotenmori (1,000 JPY (excl. tax)), a cornucopia of seafood from the Hokuriku region including shiraebi and gasuebi. You'll be in heaven when you savor the luxurious flavors packed onto one plate. In addition, the restaurant wants customers to enjoy their sushi together with sake and offers a variety of drinks starting with regional and other sake, beer, and shochu. This is a restaurant that those who love sake as well as sushi should visit.
3. Sushitama Kanazawa Station Branch
This restaurant should be visited on a weekday. The secret is, this restaurant offers free bottomless amaebi (Alaskan pink shrimp) miso soup during the week! So you can have amaebi sushi and drink amaebi miso soup, and delight in the flavors seeping through your body. What a wonderful feeling to experience. The restaurant also has an English menu and English-speaking staff. If this is your first conveyor belt sushi restaurant and you are a bit concerned about your Japanese and the etiquette, why not try Sushitama?
4. Omicho Ichibazushi Main Restaurant
This is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant that is so dedicated to freshness that it does not send the sushi around when it is not crowded so the customers can enjoy the sushi as freshly-made and with the best flavors as possible. The vinegar rice on which the toppings are placed is mixed in-house with rice from Ishikawa as the base to get the best flavors. This is a nostalgic restaurant with handwritten menu items hung all over the walls reminiscent of old Japan. Why not go there to enjoy not just the sushi, but also an atmosphere unique to Japan?
5. Kaitenzushi Okura Omicho Branch
This is a restaurant that continues to be loved by discerning local customers 45 years after opening. The 26 seats at the counter are often filled by regulars. Its main attraction is the Gentei 20-Shoku Omicho Lunch (500 JPY (excl. tax)), which is an assortment of 10 nigiri sushi and miso soup for just one 500 JPY coin. It's limited to just 20 servings a day! This restaurant has long embodied the concept of "cheap and cheerful" and the wonderfully flavored sushi served in a casual environment captures people's hearts. Why not stop by to see if any seats or the limited-offer lunch are available?
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Kanazawa has many tasty sushi toppings such as akanishigai (top shell) and amaebi in addition to the nodoguro, shiraebi, and gasuebi introduced in the article. Ask the staff for recommendations of the day, and enjoy super-fresh Kanazawa sushi!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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