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Mitsuhiro Kibatani



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on 17 Sep 2023

Some highlights from a beautiful dinner at Sushi Kibatani (木場谷) in Kanazawa.

A real pleasure the taste the different in fish and style on the other coast of Japan. I always insist that sushi is very personal, more so than most foods, and this one suited my taste very much.

Good ratio of otsumami and nigiri, both made with lots of skill. Enjoyed lots of local sake as well.

Looking forward to a return visit late in the fall.

8 / 10
on 04 Nov 2021

Sushi Kibatani in Kanazawa, Japan, is a renowned restaurant specializing in Hokuriku sushi, led by Chef Mitsuhiro Kibatani. The chef, a native of Toyama, has a deep love for the Hokuriku region and aims to create a unique sushi style that showcases the exceptional quality of local seafood. The restaurant also emphasizes local craftsmanship, featuring sake, pottery, and kitchen tools made in the Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures.

The restaurant is situated in Hikosomachi, a charming area near the... More

8 / 10
on 17 Jun 2020

Kibatani the third. Generous, tasty and solid. Could go there every week.

8 / 10
on 10 Jun 2020

Mitsuhiro Kibatani opened his shop in 2016 after being trained as a sushi chef in various restaurants locally and also in Tokyo. He sources his fish almost exclusively locally from the fish markets in Toyama and in Noto.
Chef Kibatani used the time during the lockdown to refine his skills to make rice. And I think it shows. This was my fifth meal at the sushi restaurant and my best one. The new combination of rice and fish is of extraordinary quality. His omakase menu contains of eight cooked dishes... More

7 / 10
on 26 Nov 2019

Fourth meal at Kibatani and my last one in Kanazawa for this trip.
It is always great to come back to this sushi restaurant to experience the great warmth of Chef Kibatani's hospitality and skills.
He sources almost all of the fish from the same source as Chef Kataori and they come mostly from the Toyama bay. It requires the early and long trip to Toyama cutting severely into the sleeping time of all Chefs in Kanazawa.
His Kobako-gani dish was exquisite (even though he complains about it that... More

7 / 10
on 11 Apr 2019

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7 / 10
on 05 Dec 2018

I love this pace, Kibatani-san is such a friendly person and makes you feel very welcome. He sources most of his fish from the same supplier than Kataori and after an initial competition they now work together. His shari is seasoned just the right way and his otsumani are well cooked.

7 / 10
on 06 Aug 2018

Some people have a low opinion of Master Kibatani. Not here. This are the pictures from my first meal and I was impressed. I love the shari/neta combination which gets constantly refined. His fish is mostly sourced locally, the uni came on that evening from Hadate.

I love his hospitality towards his guests, his friendliness towards foreigners and most of all his mischievous humour (I had local help in translating)

Recommended in Kanazawa


1-chōme-8-26 Hikosomachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0901, Japan


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+81 50-5870-8418