Check-in @ Hotel Intergate Kanazawa
No.2-5 Takaokacho, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Japan [Google map link]
Hotel Intergate Kanazawa just opened 7 months ago, in March 2019. The vibrant colors, the generosity, and smell of a new hotel - ooh, that's what made us fall in love with this hotel.
Minutes after checking in, my dad discovered the dining area, just by the check-in counter, which had free yoghurt for visitors to lap up. There was a range of different types of honey which one could drizzle into the yoghurt bowl. Instantly, Hotel Intergate Kanazawa won more brownie points.
At night, when we returned, we had Ochazuke - a simple rice dish which combines a ladle of warm soup and a nugget of steaming rice topped with anything you want or can find.
This is our cosy room.
The bathroom was inviting.
Dinner @ Hanagumi Izakaya
居酒屋 花組 石川県金沢市木倉町1-5 [Google map link]
Tel: 076-222-8739 - We walked in.
This was a last-minute find. I wanted to eat in an izakaya - small dishes, comfy room, and to spend good quality fellowship with each other. Hanagumi Izakaya ticked all the boxes in my check list. The first dish we sunk our teeth into is deep-fried battered Sweet potato. On the menu they described it as Tatsuta-age 山芋滝田揚げ (¥680) which is something like Kara-age but potato starch is used instead of wheat flour.
Agedashi tofu 能登あおさの揚げ出し豆腐 (¥780). These cubes of soft tofu, coated in potato starch and deep-fried. I like the variety of textures in this dish. The gooey exterior, the occasional crunch of any crispy bits on the outside, and the softness of the tofu in the middle.
This is their Chicken Kara-age 大野醤油だれ鶏のからあげ (¥580). Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. Sounds like a typical description of any fried chicken, but it was delicious!
We love Ginko nuts. These didn't have that bitter interior which certain ginko nuts had. With a sprinkle of salt, the flavours of these roasted ginko nuts open up further.