Located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, approximately 13 minutes on foot from Hokuriku Railroad Nomachi Station, a Michelin 1-star "French restaurant Makino" stands quietly along the Sai River. Here, the owner-chef Hirokazu Makino use ingredients locally sourced from his hometown of Kanazawa to faithfully and lovingly craft his own unique take on French cuisine.
Hailing from Ishikawa Prefecture, known as a treasure trove of food products, the Chef Makino remembers being a lover of food even as a child. When he was in high school, comic books about cooking and chefs experienced a burst in popularity, along with appearances by famous chefs on television, inspiring him to work to become a chef himself. After studying at the Kyoto Culinary Art College, he moved to Tokyo, where he trained at "Le Manoir D'HASTINGS" in Ginza for about 5 years. He then traveled to France, where he honed his skills in Burgundy at "Le Jardin des Remparts" and "Le Montrachet" for a year before returning to Japan and opening Makino in his hometown of Kanazawa in 2007.
"Having been born and raised in Kanazawa, I want to make delicious French cuisine using ingredients from Kanazawa and northwestern Japan as a whole," says Chef Makino, who insists on using quality local ingredients sourced from reliable providers, including fresh-picked organic vegetables and fresh-caught seafood from Kanazawa Port. From ayu fish caught by himself and his friends in the summer to game meats sourced from trusted hunters in the winter, his passion for seasonal ingredients is thorough, and even his bread and ice creams are all homemade. This "Kanazawa French" cuisine, defined by the chef's experience cultivated in France and his serious culinary attitude, is something that can only be found here at Makino. The wine selection also features a list of wine from Burgundy, France, and the sommelier carefully assists guests in selecting pairings.
The simple interior of the restaurant, with a black and white theme trimmed with traditional French Blue, as well as the colors of the outer kitchen wall, are all designed by Chef Makino himself. The result is a unique, artsy space. In addition to the main dining room, designed so that the chef can easily see his guests from the kitchen, private room seating is also available and is ideal for dates and other more private occasions. The sophisticated "Kanazawa French" cuisine is perfect to relax and enjoy on anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions or with family, loved ones or important guests.
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A 15-minute by taxi Kanazawa Station(JR Hokuriku Line)
A 12-minute walk from Nomachi Station(Hokuriku Tetsudo Isikawa Line)