Ryotei Cuisine at Zeniya
Zeniya, nestled behind a discreet facade in Kanazawa’s otherwise bustling Katamachi district, is popular with local gourmands for its dynamic take on high-class Japanese cuisine. In place of a fixed menu, second-generation proprietor Shinichiro Takagi presents an ever-evolving offering that, while reverent of Japanese culinary tradition, consistently incorporates new ideas. His restaurant is Relais & Châteaux-accredited and holds two Michelin stars.
Takagi creates seasonal dishes that employ the region’s bountiful natural produce to great effect. He personally heads out to local markets in order to procure the finest local ingredients. There is no fixed menu, and Takagi tailors each dish considering seasonality and in accordance to guest preferences.
Takagi is equally attentive to the dining environment. Six private dining rooms are available, the largest seating up to 25, and counter seating offers a view of chefs at work in the open kitchen. Takagi procures tableware and vases from ceramicists and artisans whose innovative spirit echoes his own. Flowers too are judiciously selected by Takagi’s team.
At Zeniya, besides offering guests a memorable dining experience, Takagi hopes to pass on his culinary passion to the next generation, while also further cementing Ishikawa’s position on the global gourmet map.