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How much seafood is too much?

We love food; we tend to eat a lot; and it’s not very often we leave food on the table when we go out. Even when that means ending the meal with a regretful “Oh, I ate too much”, we manage to stuff ourselves with everything served on the table. However, on this rarest of rare occasions last week, we were in total defeat and left the table covered with plenty more to eat, including crabs.

Last week, we stayed at a place that was half hotel and half a ryokan style inn complete with onsen in Wakura, Ishikawa, about one hour from Kanazawa. I wanted to see the Wajima Morning Market, and decided to stay half way between Kanazawa and Wajima. Being right at the border of Ishikawa and Toyama, and right next to Himi, I thought we could have a good seafood dinner with some snow crab, buri, hotaru ika, oysters, or nodoguro fish, which I believe isbest translated as a kind of sea perch. These are seen everywhere in the area and are famously in season during winter and early spring.

When I made the reservation, I booked a basic course with two main dishes, one per person, yellowtail shabu shabu and steamed snow crab. The rest of the dinner, I thought, was just a few typical dishes one might find served at hotels, such as few pieces of sashimi, one or two dishes of chinmi, then, chawanmushi. This, however, is how the table was set when we arrived.

Pictured here–Dinner for two: Buri shabu, two kinds of salad, sashimi, mozuku, grilled fish, shiokara, chawanmushi, boiled crab, some other assorted items…

Shortly after the nabe started to simmer on the table, the whole steamed crab was brought out. Big sigh…… Te-chan is not too big on a crab, so I finished most of the last crab, but still I had to leave some of my favorite food on the table. And the ladies manning the dining room asked several times if we did not want rice and miso soup at the end.

As you can see here, just like at any Japanese-style inn, the breakfast was also expansive. I managed to finish this one.

If, and only if, you are up for a seafood overload challenge, and if you are visiting Wakura Onsen, please stay at this hotel.

Hotel Info:
Name: Wakura Park Hotel Jubankan (in Japanese)
6-6-5 Wakura-machi, Nanao 926-0175, Japan

We paid about 12,500 yen per person for accommodation with two meals and one hour of private outdoor bath in addition to the regular baths.


5 Responses to “How much seafood is too much?”

  1. oh wow.. that dinner looks awesome!! and to answer your question, you can never have too much seafood. If you don’t mind me asking, did u request that hotel for those certain seafood, if so, how do they charge you?

    Posted by Linda | April 1, 2009, 2:49 pm
  2. Hi Linda, I totally agree or I should say that’s what I thought! The hotel had set price of 12,500 yen per person including two meals, accommodation, bath and one hour private bath. They had 4 main course to choose from: yellow tail shabu shabu, crab, oysters, and nodoguro. Each person can pick different one, so we picked shabu shabu and crab. If you are up for it, you can add abalone or other items. This “basic” meal was really more than enough for me.

    Posted by Et-chan | April 3, 2009, 9:34 pm
  3. That sure looks a lot. I would never have eaten too much seafood.

    The seafood reminds me of Hawaii’s golden anniversary celebration this year.

    Posted by Aiwa | June 12, 2009, 12:52 pm
  4. Hi Aiwa, Thank you for visiting Tokyofoodcast. Do you eat lots of seafood for golden anniversary in Hawaii? Or, always?

    Posted by Et-chan | June 12, 2009, 9:49 pm


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