Santa Caterina Market, is the oldest covered food market in Barcelona, it was built in1865 on the site of the Convent of Santa Caterina.
It was remodeled in 2005, by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, into a modern structure with a mosaic tile undulated roof.
We like the Santa Caterina Market as it is much less touristic then the Boqueria. Here you actually see locals byung groceries – as supposed to the Boqueria’s packs of bus tourists!
The wares are pure Cataluña, with fresh seafood in all its forms dominating the scene. If you are lucky enough to have a kitchen in Barcelona, The Santa Caterina food market is a great place to stock up!
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
You enter into the Chartered Bank building – either feeling at ease in a monolithic womb to cash or a sort of annoyance at how much extra money exists to build all this ugly marble 🙂 Then you go down, and down, and down past mirrors and columns and you feel yourself defending into the nether worlds where the real jewels are kept … Mott 32 is a true beauty. With and extraordinary interior by Joice Wang (winner of the 2014 restaurant interior design award).
We sat at the bar and wandered around taking in the opulence. Our bar tender was skilled and quite charming (we did come back for a 2nd cocktail and tried for the same young man). Unfortuneatly the rest of the staff bordered on rude, to the extent that they would follow us to the restroom and trying to prevent one on looking around and actually enjoying the space. It did not make any sense as the restaurant is so beautiful; and a main reason why anyone was there.
The food menu for us was a bit too traditional with their signature peking duck and mountains of pork (a smell permitted the dining area); therefore, we concentrated on the liquid menu 🙂
Mott’s 32 cocktail menu is fantastic. As we find in most cities we visit, the menues seem to be born out of NY, LA or London. The menu here was created by an American, who used Asian twists. The flavours are truly local, extensively creative and with a perfect balance. My Old Fashioned was quite new fashioned, and infinitely drinkable!