Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Japan 2015 - Two Nice Lunches

Not all of our meals were huge muli-course affairs. Indeed, we had two lovely lunches in unexpected places.

In connection with our visit to Takemura Yuri a young Kanazawa artist who is presently making captivating funky colored teabowls, we went to a small Thai restaurant next to her exhibition space. While perhaps not terribly authentic, the food was excellent, a richly spiced tom yang noodle soup (which I had), and a truly outstanding green curry with chicken. The presentation was lovely and echoed the theme of the path leading to this rustic oasis in downtown Kanazawa.

Green curry chicken, salad and rice
The path to the Thai restaurant and exhibition space
Takemura Yuri's innovative tea bowls
A few days later, we visited Wajiima on the picturesque Noto Peninsula on the Sea of Japan. Here we went to what was supposed to be a simple restaurant for a sushi and rice lunch. Sounds simple, and in some ways it was, but the fish was extraordinarily fresh, and the presentation clean and inviting. The line of people waiting to get into the restaurant was ample testimony to the excellence of the food.

Sushi over rice lunch in Wajima
Great ingredients + honest simplicity = great lunch.

Bobby Jay

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