11:00 – 15:30 Lunch
18:00 – 00:00 Dinner
While highly-touted, we found Tokyo’s Tapas Molecular Bar more Vegas entertainment than Michelin Star-worthy. Usually we would not review a restaurant that does not excite us, but here we do as it is so heavily marketed.
Chef Ngan Ping Chow, originally from Hong Kong, is rather entertaining, a very good performer with knowledge of different languages and the main attraction. He creates decent examples of current modernist techniques. This is a good introduction for people not immersed in modernist cuisine, a.k.a. tourists. Tapas Molecular bar is definitely not for gourmets, as the food is not breathtaking in flavor at all.
On top of the food quality, the service not to the Japanese high standards. When you are paying $100’s for a meal, small gaff’s become more noticeable; like most high end restaurants with multiple course menus, TMB hands you a menu at the end of your meal, the beauty and form in-line with the artistic expression of the restaurant. Here, we received a simple printout that did not even reflect the meal we had.
Ok – enough of that – now onto the meal (which admittedly photographs beautifully!)
Dinner commences with a small toolbox containing a small hammer, mini shovel, tweezers, saw and a tape measure with the menu printed on it (which was pretty slick). This is followed with a series of dishes.
Maimon Sushi has a few locations around the Kanazawa area. The main one at the Hundred Avenue Mall is a bustling suburban family favorite. Packed with locals it is fairly far outside the main city and only worth it if you are in town for a few days, as it is very popular and the waiting can be long; but the food is delicious.
The other option is the 14 seat counter at Kanazawa station here you get an a la carte selection vs. the sushi boat style at the principal location which is much more fun!
At either, the quality of the fish is excellent and everything is super fresh; showing why Ishikawa is fabled as one of the top seafood provinces in Japan !!
– A general tip for sushi boat style restaurants: If you want the higher quality/pricier options, like Otoro and Chiu Toro, just ask, as they don’t usually place them on the rotating belt. Enjoy !!!
Principal location at 3-20-7 Ekinishishinmachi, Kanawaza
On the main street in Kappabashi’s (Kitchen Town), not far from the famous Asakusa, Kama Asa Shoten has two stores. The one at the corner sells general kitchenware, while the other next door specializes in knives and specialty tools; such as sharkskin wasabi graters, Nambu Ironware, Kama and Kamado cauldrons, Kezuri-ki Dried Bonito Plane, Yuki-hira, Yattoko saucepans and Brick charcoal grills.
Being the latest ‘must have’ souvenir; a Japanese Kitchen knife is a joy to shop for and own. Play with and sped an hour choosing the perfect kitchen tool(s) for yourself. Each hand experiences each blade singularly. And when finished, they will engrave it for you; a true one of a kind purchase.
A short excerpt from the website explains the stores philosophy. This is a highly recommended side trip for all professional chefs and anyone who loves the kitchen!
“Founded in 1908,
The crafting of traditional Japanese single-edged knives involves various processes. Each stage is performed by a different artisan. Double-edged knives are produced in different locations. Each has its own character and culture. Our aim is to help you feel such variations with your own hands. You are welcome to handle our displays to choose the knife that suits your hand and needs.
To show respect for our craftspeople and pass on their values to our customers, Kama Asa does not re-brand the knives we carry. Each knife is supplied in its unadorned form, as finished by the artisan and with no additional markings. To view our comprehensive range of cooking knives please visit our store. We have many more knives in the shown categories.”