I love the experience of doing my own yakisoba and okonomiyaki in the cooker built in the table. the taste was very good....
Yakisoba is noodles with soya sauce, cabage, onion
okonomiyaki is the same but with eggs instead of noodles.
Favorite Dish: yaki soba seafood
The plus side, an incredible selection of coffee. All drinks are just 400 yen. Every cup is freshly brewed. they have real cream... quite rare in Japan.
the negative side, they don't speak any English, the menu is all in Japanese
all that being said, its well worth your while to make it out to this great coffee shop. I would rate it best in Japan (see my plus side)
opened from 10am - 8pm
Hand made udon (thick noodles) full of herbs and spices, which is quite unique. They serve out huge wooden bowls with local seafood, dumplings and chicken.
This places is local family run affair, so their days off are random.
they don't speak english and the menu is only in Japanese, but they are quite nice there. there is section on the menu with 4 items that are priced around 1,500 yen. order any of those 4 deluxe udon sets. you won't regret. they come loaded with everything including real gold flakes.
Chopsticks is a cool place to get drinks or dinner. the owner is really nice guy to boot. the prices are pretty good and food is tasty as well. the decor is also pleasant. as well, you'll most likely get a kick out of their English menu.
Favorite Dish: If you wanna see a good show, get the fish served on ice. they will come to your table and cook it right in front of you. very cool!
Not the best place to chow down in Kanazawa and not even the best Chinese restaurant in Kanazawa, but if you’re in Forus shopping center and really want a cheap Chinese meal that is decent than you stop on by. Lunch is pretty good, with lots of variety.
They have an English menu.
If you’re on your way to or from Ninja-dera you should stop by this nice little coffee shop called Hiyori. The menu is in English and the owner speaks some English as well. The coffee and food is of the highest quality and well to be honest, isn’t better than going to a lame Starbucks? Yes, it is! Try the pudding, it's to die for!
Favorite Dish: The pudding is awesome.
If you find yourself on the West side of Kanazawa you should check out the Italian-Japanese fusion restaurant, Cannery Row. Cannery Row lies fairly close to the Government Building (check out my off the beaten path tips) and makes a particularly great stop for lunch. Price will range from 1,100 yen to about 1,500 for their lunch specials, which includes some kind of pasta or pizza, all you can eat salad bar (with all kinds of fixings like potatoes and pasta dishes) and all you can drink (juices, teas, and coffees but no soda). I recommend going all out and splurging the extra 300 yen for the ala cart cake option. For this scant fee you will able to choose 3 pieces of their delicious cakes. Well worth the price and usually my main reason for going.
Décor is nice and very laid back. There is some English on the Pizza menu as well as pictures but the pasta menu is all Japanese. The staff speaks some English which is quite helpful. Lots of fish on the menu as well.
Better come very hungry because they follow the Italian rule of stuffing you full of food until you can’t walk.
Lunch runs from 11am to 3:30pm (last order is at 3pm).
Dinner is from 5pm to 11pm.
Great Indian lunch special will be found at Hot House. Unfortunately its located quite some distance from the city center. Walking is right out, bikes will take you about 15 minutes and car about 8 minutes. The portions are huge so come hungry and best of all very cheap. The lunch special will set you back 1,050 yen and usually comes with 3 types of curry, rice, nann, salad, yogurt and drink.
The restaurant has great ambiance as well as English speaking staff and an English menu.
Kanazawa has many traditional teahouses where you could enjoy green tea and sweet in a tatami room. Inside Kenroku-en, the Higashi chaya and Nishi chaya district are good places with easy access to these teahouses.
The Japanese confectionary served is beautifully shaped and usually made with red bean fillings. It is on the sweeter side as it is meant to complement the slightly bitter green tea (matcha). You can also choose between powdered matcha or tea leaves. The former is more powdery, thicker and more bitter. I prefer the former with the sweet.
The costs - between ¥800 to ¥1,000
If you’re close to the station and hankering for some grub, head inside AEON Forus shopping center, next to Kanazawa Station, where you can find a multitude of eating options. The top floor is host a number of restaurants, Japanese and western, though I would recommend you stick to more Asian places. Most Western food, like Mexican, isn’t up to par with what you might expect, especially out in Kanazawa.
The first floor is also home to many sweets and coffee shops. You will find a range of decent ice cream places as well a host of cafes, include one of the many Starbucks of Kanazawa.
Inside AEON Forus shopping center, next to Kanazawa Station, you can find a multitude of eating options. One of the more unique places to sample is the Harvest restaurant on the top floor. It’s a health food restaurant, but don’t let that stop you. There a variety of options to chose from, at least 30 dishes, and its all you can eat. Lunch is a good time to visit since the price is reasonable, at 1,500 yen however you might have to wait. Dinner is a bit steeper and I don’t advise eating there at that time.
English is not spoken, but you don’t to order. It’s all DIY buffet style.
Along the Katamachi shopping street, there are many "coffeeshops" that serve afternoon tea and desserts to weary shoppers. If you are in Kanazawa in summer, you must not miss the absolutely delightful desserts extravagantly topped with ice cream, fruit jellies, red bean, yuzu juice and lots of ICE - perfect for the blazing heat.
Favorite Dish: Eveything on the menu looks good....
If you’re in Katamachi and shopping on the Tatamachi walking street be sure to stop into Funny Story for one their iced drinks. They serve coffee, tea, ice cream drinks and fruit drinks with jello balls. It is surprising good, though a little small for 400 yen. It’s a local shop so at least you feel good about supporting local people. The shop can be found half way up Tatamachi on the right hand side. Sorry no English menu here. just point at the picture of the drink you want.
Favorite Dish: Mango ice drink
If you’re looking for a place to have some excellent ice cream, look no further than CaFEE Gallery Tealand. It slightly out of the way, located between the station and Katamachi, directly across from the Rifare building. The café serves a variety of food, most which can be safely skipped in favor of there superb ice cream sundaes. The menu has English but staff will most likely not speak any English. Nice décor as well.
Plan on 500 to 800 yen for a sundae. Sorry, Japan is not cheap when it comes to ice cream.
Rte 8, which runs on the west side of the city is home to many of the shopping outlets in the city. Unfortunately for the casual travel this is a bit far to go and this tip is mainly for the locals and very dedicated travelers to see the Japanese in their natural environment. The new Aeon is home to nice little Otaku café called conano de café. The coffee is of high quality and variety. As well, they offer all you can eat pastry and bread for a scant 480 yen. It’s a pretty good breakfast deal. Plus great decorations especially if you’re a fan of comic and movies.