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Sushi Kibatani

  • Private Rooms
  • Children-friendly

An Edo-style sushi restaurant with seasonal Hokuriku fish in Kanazawa

Approximately 10 minutes by car from Kanazawa Station in Ishikawa Prefecture, "Sushi Kibatani" is located near an elegant teahouse district. The owner, Mitsuhiro Kibatani, has a passion for Hokuriku fish and provides a chef's choice course consisting of a combination of tsumami(appetizers) and nigiri sushi.

Mr. Kibatani learned the Edo-style of sushi making in distinguished restaurants such as "Yoshiura"—whose owner studied with Jiro Ono of Ginza "Sukiyabashi Jiro"—in Funabashi and "Sushi Aoki" in Ginza. After completing his training, he returned to his hometown of Toyama, where he helped out at his family's fishmonger business and polished his skills by traveling to different restaurants and providing his services. Then, in 2016, he opened "Sushi Kibatani" in Kanazawa. When asked why he opened his restaurant in this area, which is known for its fierce competition, he explains, "I was often dispatched to a nearby geisha house, and I developed a fondness for the traditional feel of the neighborhood."
Apart from tuna, Mr. Kibatani uses almost exclusively local fish. "Hokuriku is known for its abundance of fish species and excellent seasonal variety. I want people outside of Ishikawa Prefecture to know more about the goodness of the fish in this region." Every morning at 5 o’clock, he heads out to one of the fishing ports in Himi or Shinminato and picks out the very best fish with his sharp eye. Highly knowledgeable about fish, Mr. Kibatani explains, "The fish in Wajima, Noto, and Toyama bay are all completely different, so I can get a good mix. Also, many of the local fish have strong flavors, so instead of expending a lot of time and effort in preparing them, I simply serve them with a little twist." He's also well known for his skill in fish aging techniques, and the exquisite way that he prepares white-fleshed fish like tuna, squid, and sea bream leave his discerning regulars groaning with pleasure. When making vinegared rice, he uses a blend of red vinegar and rice vinegar to strike a perfect balance with the taste of the fish.

For alcohol, Mr. Kibatani keeps a selection of Ishikawa Prefecture sake brands, including Shiragiku and Gorin, as well as wine made on "Says Farm" in Himi. The store interior features traditional earthen walls, which Mr. Kibatani says is to create a warm atmosphere similar to that of "Soba Kyobun" in Takaoka, where he worked for 5 years. In addition to his use of local fish, small touches like the restaurant banner, which was drawn by a local calligrapher, proclaim his love for the Hokuriku region. With his warm personality and lively conversation skills, Mr. Kibatani draws sushi lovers from not only Hokuriku but also from Tokyo and the rest of the country. There are 9 seats at his counter, from which his regulars delight in the sublime taste of Hokuriku fish all year round.
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【Access】
10-minute by taxi Kanazawa Station, Exit East(JR Hokuriku Shinkansen ,Hokuriku Line)

Courses

Dinner

Omakase Course

18,975 JPY / Guest

  • ▼Course Details
    About 7 dishes, Nigiri 10 pieces.

    ※ Tax, service charge, and reservation fee (to Pocket Concierge) included.
    ※ No extra charges barring additional orders by guests.

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Recommendations (2)

  • Age: 40'sDate of visit: 12/2018Number of visits: 2Purpose: Business dinner
    素晴らしい素材と調理、楽しい会話を大将に提供して頂きました。お客様も相当満足している様子でした。
  • Age: 50'sDate of visit: 11/2018Number of visits: 1Purpose: With family
    初来店でしたが、とても感動的な時間を過ごすことが出来ました。富山湾氷見、新湊を中心とした抜群のネタにこだわりの仕事を施した白眉の品々の連続に驚嘆いたしました。共に親しくしている料理人の方も多く、大将との話も大層弾みました。来年また訪店させていただくことを今から楽しみにしています。
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Information

Name [Japanese name]
Sushi Kibatani [鮨 木場谷(スシキバタニ) ]
Cuisine Type
Sushi
Opening hours
17:00~21:00
Holidays
Sunday
Access
1-8-26, Hikozo cho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Closest Stations

10-minute by taxi Kanazawa Station, Exit East(JR Hokuriku Line)

Link
https://tabelog.com/ishikawa/A1701/A170101/17010062/
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