Kanazawa’s Divine Dining, Part 3: Deconstructed Tempura at Koizumi


Welcome to the best tempura restaurant in Kanazawa, as well as one of the most innovative I have ever enjoyed.

As you pass through the entrance, the aroma of seafood mingled with Japanese cypress greets you. Your experience at Koizumi has begun.

Most tempura restaurants serve tempura dishes exclusively. Tasty for those who love the style, but fried dish after fried dish can quickly become heavy. However, Koizumi masterfully incorporates kaiseki elements into their menu, creating a series of contrasting and complimentary elements for a delicious balance. Everything served is bought fresh that day. What’s more, their tempura batter is light, making for a crispy and satisfying meal.

Tempura Koizumi, Kanazawa restaurant, seaweed tempura with uni

Koizumi is unique among tempura restaurants for its deconstructed dishes. The chef presents the ingredients of an otherwise common item in innovative ways. For example, nori, as it often appears on tempura menus, is uni and seaweed fried together. Here, fresh raw uni tops seaweed fried alone to preserve the taste and texture of the seafood, as well as provide a delightful contrast.

The entire menu is of the chef’s original creations.

sashimi plate at Tempura Koizumi, Kanazawa restaurant crab soup at Tempura Koizumi, Kanazawa restaurant

Courses end with a tempura and rice dish of your choice. Ten-bara is simple and straightforward, and my personal favorite. For tempura mixed into the rice, ask for ten-kaki-agé, and for a tea-broth soup version, go for the ten-chazuke.

Koizumi is open for lunch most days, one of the few fine dining places to extend their high-quality menu into daylight hours. It feels like enjoying champagne at noon!

Expect to spend around 15,000 yen per person. Reservations are taken up to 3 months in advance. Be ready to select your tempura and rice dish when you reserve, and while there, ask for their sake recommendations. Credit cards are accepted.

Tempura Koizumi

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (lunch)
5:30 – 10:00 p.m. (dinner)
closed Sunday; dinner only on Wednesday

34 Ikeda-machi Yonban-cho, Kanazawa

300 meters from Kaname Inn Tatemachi (about a 4 min. walk)


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