On the banks of the Sai River as it flows through Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, a Michelin 2-star "Ryōtei Suginoi Honami" is about 100 years mansion that has been converted into a ryōtei with tatami rooms built in the styles of the tea ceremony room and the traditional Japanese room with tokonoma alcove. Customers are welcomed by second-generation proprietor Mr. Koichiro Koshizawa, who hopes that they will enjoy Kanazawa food culture and ryōtei culture to the utmost.
Born as son and heir to "Suginoi Honami," Mr. Koshikawa joined leading beer manufacturers Sapporo Breweries in 1980, after graduating from Waseda University. He worked there for 10 years, before returning to "Suginoi Honami" in 1990, managing the luxury restaurant as second-generation proprietor since 2012. Mr. Koshikawa speaks of his desire "to communicate the essence of enjoying authentic food in an authentic place that retains the format of an original ryōtei." While setting a high value on the traditional formalities, he took hints from resorts both at home and abroad, and, in search of the true value of relaxation and new hospitality styles, opened "Tsubomi" in 2004. In 2017, next to the ryōtei, he opened the "Suginoi Honami Annex," where guests can enjoy lunch and a Japanese sake bar, and there pursues a new style of ryōtei.
Kanazawa: blessed with the fruits of the seas and the mountains, and fresh, seasonal ingredients. The cuisine of "Suginoi Honami" allows enjoyment of the delicious flavors of the ingredients: flavorfulness is a matter of course, and, prioritizing the relaxation of the ryōtei, excessive seasoning and heating are avoided, in order that guests may delight in the delicacy of the ingredients. As with the kudzu noodles in syrup, which continue to be beloved of long-time guests and are made only with genuine kudzu root from Yoshino in Nara Prefecture, a particularity about ingredients down to the last detail enhances every specialty dish of "Suginoi Honami". With a focus on a local brewery with whom they have a long familiarity, they usually offer 20 varieties of Japanese sake. Available wines include Katsunuma Winery "Arugabranca".
When you have followed the stone-flagged path and passed from the entrance hall to a room, a stunning Japanese garden of over 5,300 square feet opens before your eyes. This construction, where wild grasses and flowers can appreciate in every season, was another of Mr. Koshikawa's ideas. In addition, as Kanazawa escaped the destruction and disasters of wartime, implements and dishes from older times (such as hanging scrolls, doors, windows, and screens) remain, and the highly atmospheric space can be enjoyed to the full. Every aspect — garden, furnishings, hospitality, dishes, and more — welcomes the guest in the "Suginoi Honami" way. The 6 private rooms of varying sizes can be used by 2–30+ guests. This richly historied Michelin 2- star luxury restaurant is delighted to receive couples, families, and work parties, at those moments in life that lend themselves to being enjoyed at a ryōtei.
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A 10-minute by taxi Kanazawa Station, Exit East(JR Hokuriku Line,Hokuriku-Shinkansen)