Once you've enjoyed regional Kanazawa cuisine, why not savor the specialty Japanese food, tempura? Here are five restaurants with outstanding tempura in the gourmet treasure house that is Kanazawa.
This is a bar where you can enjoy Japanese food and tempura made with carefully selected ingredients such as seasonal vegetables and seafood. The bar has a chic interior with a calm atmosphere. You can enjoy piping hot and flaky tempura (200 JPY/each (excl. tax) and up) made by a chef who trained in Kyoto. The Tenchaduke (700 JPY (excl. tax)), made by topping rice with tempura and pouring steaming hot green tea over it, is recommended to close off the meal. This dish allows you to enjoy a novel taste with the aroma of tea and tempura combining into one. Enjoy the food with sake from their wide selection!
This is a restaurant for Kappo cuisine where you can enjoy fresh seafood from Kanazawa and authentic tempura. It has a wide selection of sashimi and a la carte dishes, and the tempura can be ordered individually. You can enjoy tempura of seasonal ingredients such as Kaga vegetables, anago conger eel and young ayu fish fried to perfection. The lunch Tempura Teishoku (1,100 JPY (excl. tax)) is reputed to be great bang for the buck. It is a filling set including tempura, sashimi, noodles, rice, and miso soup and is recommended for those who wish to try a variety of food.
This is a restaurant specializing in tempura, where you can enjoy the tastes of Kinjoro, a well-established ryotei restaurant in Kanazawa. It has counter seating only, and the tempura is made of the best ingredients of the season that is fried right in front of you by skilled chefs. The tempura courses start at 5,000 JPY (excl. tax) for lunch and at 10,000 JPY (excl. tax) for dinner. You can choose from among tendon, tencha, and rice for the rice dish to close off the meal. Enjoy a luxurious meal of tempura with a view of the Japanese garden.
This is a restaurant that serves tempura, local sake, and Kaga cuisine. You can enjoy a wide selection of superb local sake and tempura made with seasonal Kanazawa ingredients such as edible wild plants and crab. All of the ingredients, including the fish, Kaga vegetables, miso, and soy sauce are procured locally, and the tempura, which is fried differently depending on the ingredient, is outstanding. The Tempura Plate (2 shrimp, fish, 5 vegetables) (1,200 JPY (incl. tax)) is recommended. You can dip each item in either salt, grated daikon, or tempura sauce as you like. The Kanazawa specialty, Duck Jibuni (stewed duck with seitan and vegetables) (1,080 JPY (incl. tax)) is also popular.
This is a famous tempura restaurant in Kanazawa which will delight you with freshly fried tempura of carefully selected ingredients such as local Kaga vegetables and fresh seafood from nearby seas. The chefs here remove extra moisture by frying the tempura with impeccable timing, so that the flavors of the ingredients are maximized. If you come to this restaurant, you must try the Nori Seaweed Tempura Topped with Sea Urchin. The combination of the sweetness of the sea urchin and the aromatic nori seaweed is so good you may want to have more. The tempura that is a testament to the chef's' skills is flakey and goes down so easily, you will feel as you can keep eating them. The cost of a meal is in the 10,000 JPY to 15,000 JPY range.
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There is a variety of tempura restaurants, ranging from those where you can have a reasonably-priced lunch, to luxury restaurants. Please find the restaurant that fits your style so you can have a wonderful tempura meal.
*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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