Located in the hub of Minami Izu sits Ku-on one of the area’s most fascinating little establishments and arguably one of the best places in Izu to try some market fresh local seafood. What this relatively new sushi store does best is combine the traditions of Edo era sushi crafting with a newer, contemporary twist all while using the best local produce that can be found in the area.
The outside of Ku-on is just as stunning as the dishes it serves. Having lived and trained for many years in Tokyo, the creators behind Ku-on have a unique perspective on what a sushi restaurant can be. Taking the ethos, design aesthetics and ingenuity of high-end restaurants in Ginza and combining them with a local touch they have one food in the past and the other in the future.
The relaxed light-filled restaurant has a number of seating options to accommodate a variety of guests. There’s the traditional sushi bar style counter, low partitioned tables suitable for groups and couples and also a separate private room that’s available for groups of around four to eight, which is available upon reservation. Open from 11:30am until 2:30pm for lunch and 5:30pm until 10:30pm for dinner every day of the week except Mondays, there’s really no reason not to check it out if you’re in the area. Parking is also available.
In terms of the menu, the variety and quality at Ku-on is second to none. For lunch it’s recommended to try the Izu staple that is the seafood bowl. Here the restaurant’s chef will curate a flavorful mix of some of the freshest catches from the day, the perfect insight into the area’s produce. There’s also a sashimi set meal on offer if that’s more your style too. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous or you’re ready to graze into the evening, ask the friendly chef for his recommendations; given his knowledge and experience he’ll be able to guide you through the very best of what Izu has to offer.
Though it only opened this year, the store is quickly gaining a reputation for being one of the most popular sushi restaurants in the area, with both visitors and locals, which given the calibre of seafood restaurants in Izu is a pretty impressive achievement. During the day, dishes will cost around 1,000 to 2,000 yen and in the evenings a meal will set you back about 3,000 to 4,000 yen just depending on how hungry you are.
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