When you slide open the door, you may notice the two-story fish tank with piles of shells and the freezer packed with flounder, sea bream, and a frightening-looking red, pop-eyed fish that might make you recoil. But you'll instantly know what you'll be served here: all manner of seasonal grilled shellfish and fish, crisp and brown on the outside but white and tender inside. You'll be eating warabi (fiddle ferns) in spring, and drinking excellent local sake with
friendly regulars any time of the year. It's a bit pricey, but if you're a seafood fan this won't disappoint. From JR Morioka, follow Odori to the Iwate Bank and turn right at the statue of Takuboku Ishikawa. The restaurant is 2½ blocks ahead on the right.
2–6–1 Saien, Morioka, Iwate-ken, 020-0024, Japan