Rubinaa by the Bay: Rubinaa: Awesome Indian food!!!
You won’t find a better place to chow down on authentic Indian food in Kanazawa. Everything is top of the line at Rubinaa. Extremely friendly service, a beautiful restaurant and a 5 star taste. The chefs are from Indian and certainly are masters of their trade. Staff doesn’t speak English, but there is an English menu. The only down side is the restaurant a little far from central Kanazawa. If you don’t care about dishing out the money for a taxi or can arrange transport you surely will not be disappointed in Rubinaa.
11:30-3pm and 5:30-10pm
I’ve put the address in Japanese so a taxi driver can use it.
Favorite Dish: You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but try the chicken spinach curry or cashew chicken curry. The cream boneless chicken with garlic is also out of this world.
For dessert I recommend a mango lassie float.
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Dinana Gyoza: Best dumplings in Japan!
For a fun time and wicked meal, head up towards Kanazawa University to sample Japan’s take on Chinese dumplings. The place is a greasy spoon, but its oh so goooood! You can choose to sit below and watch the cooking and rushing of the staff or for a few hundred extra yen you can rent a private room on the 2nd or 3rd floor and dine Japanese style. I recommend the later.
Now order Dinana Gyoza from anywhere in Japan and they will ship to you. You have to wait 24 hours though.
Favorite Dish: The house specialty is white gyoza, garlic and pork. Its not to be missed. Also try the boiled gyoza for a “healthier” go at it.
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Yu-en: Authentic Chinese food, in Japan!
Here’s a little known restaurant in Kanazawa that’s named after a famous garden in Shanghai. The food is incredible and the staff is all Chinese, so it’s the real deal here. To make it worth your time you’re best going for the 2 hour buffet that’s 2,500 yen. Trust me, it’s a deal! If you just order off the menu you will get far less for a lot more money. No English spoken here and the staff can barley speak Japanese. So just point to things on the menu.
Favorite Dish: You can’t beat the dumplings, which are Shanghai style. They’re filled with hot soup, so don’t burn yourself!
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Ochaya Shima: Traditional tea
If you’re in Higashi Chaya district and want to get the full Japanese experience, check of the Ochaya Shima teahouse. It still has very traditional décor and staff, whom are fully dressed in kimonos.
They’re opened from 9am to 6pm.
Expect to pay around 400 yen for tea.
Maple House: Maple House shu-cream
A Kanazawa favorite that you won’t find any other place in Japan is the cake shop Maple House. You can take or leave the cakes, but the creampuffs are to die for. You can order them by their “Japanese” name, shu-cream, which is French I believe. For 110 yen a pop you can’t go wrong.
You’ll find a few Maple House through out Kanazawa. There is one in Kanazawa station. The best one is in Diawa department store located in Katamachi district. Maple House is on the bottom floor, with lots of other places to eat. You’ll have to look around to find it though.
Favorite Dish: shu-cream
Indoya: Indian Buffet
If you like Indian curry, than this place is for you. For 840 yen you get all you can eat salad, curry, rice and Nan. If you can believe it, you can pick and choose between 6 different curries. The quality is also extremely high considering the price. The only down side is its location. The restaurant is located on the far side of town, near the university. The location is pretty much out of the way for tourists. Its well worth the effort though, especially if you’re hungry.
FYI, they do not speak English nor have an English menu. Just say “Viking” when you go in.
Rubinaa by the Bay: Rubinaa 02
This is add on tip for Rubinaa. Please see my first tip for regular restaurant information.
So, if you’re willing to shell out the extra money (5000 yen per person) the chefs at Rubinaa will make an extra special meal for your special occasion. It’s perfect for an anniversary or something like that. The thing that made the meal so amazing was that everything they made for us was NOT on the menu. Everything was entirely unique and above the already extraordinary food. The personal attention we got for the staff was also fantastic. The meal was perfect in every way and well worth the money. Rubinaa really made the night special. This is highly recommended!
Favorite Dish: See Rubinaa tip #1
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Sakana-Ya (lit. the Fish Shop): Great seafood! (we speak english too!)
Slightly larger than a hole-in-the-wall type eatery, the chef exgages you in friendly banter as you dine comunally with the locals. The atmosphere can get slightly rowdy.
Shout your order to him, or gesture to the many side dishes laid out before you. They are ordered much like Spanish tapas, and a few dishes would easily constitute a full meal.
Favorite Dish: Grilled Camembert cheese. Ok, so it isn't strictly Japanese food, but the chef grills it with the skin intact. Bite off the skin and the melted cheese ooses out.
Saku Saku Maple Shou: Maple Shou!!
You don't see this shop. You smell it first. Your senses are assaulted by the lovely smell of maple puffs baking. No doubt, a clever marketing ploy.
Every 20mins or so, the puffs emerge, and the baker deftly injects cold cream into the bun for a delectable snack that has been kanazawa's most popular export since rice.
Favorite Dish: That's it. Just the Maple Shou. Have one as it emerges warm from the oven when the temperature hovers around freezing.
The market-hall in Kanazawa!...
The market-hall in Kanazawa! There are Sushi-bars everywhere!
Favorite Dish: The market is noisy and smelly like any other market, but the vegetables and the fish just look perfect. Vegetable in Japan doesn't look like real vegies! But you can eat it! And it tastes perfect!
CHIBO: okonomiyaki in forus mall
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
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Konaya udon: Best Udon in japan
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.
Dee's: Seriously the best coffee in Kanazawa
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
Chopsticks Cafe: Chopsticks- a fun place to be
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!
Hiyori: Best Coffee in Kanazawa
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.
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