This might be the freshest alfonsino bowl in Japan?!
The city of Muroto has the largest catch of kinmedai (alfonsino) in western Japan. Normally it takes some time for kinmedai to go from sea to plate, because they live in the deep part of the ocean and fishermen have to travel far from their ports. However, the sea around Muroto gets deep quite close to the harbor, making it possible for foodies to try super fresh kinmedai caught the same morning????
Kinmedai have a beautiful vivid red color, a nice chewy texture and no strong fishy smell, making it popular even with people who don't usually enjoy fish! In Muroto they are at their best from July to September, when the alfonsino have an almost creamy and buttery flavor
When in Muroto be sure to try the local specialty called kinme don, a rice bowl heaped with generous portions of kinmedai sashimi and teriyaki, along with a soup made from the same fish. Many people in Kochi think the best part is pouring the soup into your bowl, and savoring the rice, fish, and the soup all together!