If you love tofu and want to enjoy organic, locally raised, and delicious vegetables as well, head over to Morimoto to try out the amazing food at 五箇山農園食堂 Gokayama Nouen Shokodou (Gokayama Farm Diner). All of the food is made locally, and I personally haven’t had tofu cuisine this good outside of Kyoto.
Even when the restaurant is busy, the atmosphere is calm and quiet. The wood décor inside the shop is gorgeous, and feels classy but natural—not too ritzy; not too rustic. The staff is polite and the chefs and kitchen staff clearly take a lot of pride and care in the preparation of the ingredients.
The front of the store has a shop that sells some takeaway dishes, rice, tofu-based products, and crafts.
I went for lunch with fellow JETs and we all ordered the daily special lunch set (omakase ranchi, おまかせランチ) for 1050 yen. This is a platter of about 9 tiny dishes of seasonal tofu-and-vegetable dishes, a tiny cup of soy milk, a bowl of brown rice (you choose the size), and a bowl of miso-soup, served with houjicha. Other dishes available include soba, udon, ramen, and curry; there are tofu-based desserts available, too. Additionally, there are some local and imported beers available.
920-0164 Ishikawa-ken Kanazawa-shi Katata-machi Kabuto 74-1
Reservations available but not necessary.
Hours of Operation
Light meals: 15:00-17:00
Dinner: 17:00-22:00 (last order at 21:00)
Closed Wednesdays; open on holidays. (If Wednesday is a holiday, the restaurant is open, too.)
The entire restaurant is non-smoking.
￥1000 – ￥2000. (Lunch sets are around ￥1000)
From Kanazawa Station (金沢駅), take the JR Nanao Line （ＪＲ七尾線）toward Nanao (七尾) to Morimoto Station（森本駅） (1 stop). 15-minute walk (1 km) along the 359.
The restaurant is located next to the Sunkus conbini at the Katata-machi Nishi intersection (堅田西).
Take the JR bus to the Iou Byouin-mae bus-stop (医王病院前); 2-minute walk.
If coming from the 8 or the Hokuriku Expressway, get off at the Kanazawa Morimoto Interchange (金沢森本IC), then take the 359 to the Katata-machi Nishi Intersection (堅田西).
Free parking on site. (The lot isn’t very big, though.)
Leah Zoller is a second-year CIR in Anamizu and the editor of this blog. She is always on the hunt for good tofu restaurants–if you have a favorite, write us a review!