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Japanese Gastronomy: “Shun no Kai” Dinner at Togaji, Shizuoka City!

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Service: Friendly and attentive
Equipment and facilities: Very clean overall. Beautiful “Magic” washroom
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: true Shizuoka and Japan traditional seasonal gastronomy. Great sake!

“Shun no Kai/旬の会” means “Seasonal Gastronomy Association”. Its initiator, mr. Toshiyuki Iwasawa, a senior official in the Shizuoka Prefecture Government Agriculture and Forestry Department who knows all the farmers and their products in the Prefecture is constantly promoting the products and gastronomy of our Prefecture on a purely volunteer basis by organizing all kinds of dinners, events and seminars in local restaurants, whenever his busy work permits.

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I finally had the pleasure to take part in one of his dinner parties with 15 other guests at a new Japanese Restaurant/high level izakaya called “Tokaji/とか路”. Actually the real name is “Ryouri to Sake Tokaji/料理と咲けとか路/Gastronomy and Sake (the last is a pun also signifying “flowering”!).

It is located in the heart of Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, along the Aoba Street!

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The Master of the House, mr. Naoto Togashi/冨樫直人さん who opened this new restaurant one year ago!

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A very traditional izakaya-sryle Japanese restaurant with a long counter and tatami/rice straw mat room for a total of 16~18 seats!

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Plenty of Shizuoka sake available!

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The little details that make it so Japanese!

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Toshiyuki Iwasawa had provided tons of information on the food and ingredients of the day!

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The Shizuoka Prefecture sake served on that day were all brewed by Negami Brewery in Gotemba City!

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“Kinmei Junmai Ginjo, Limited brew/金明純米吟醸(限定)”!

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“Kinmei Tokubetu Junmai Omachi/金明特別純米雄町”, “Kinmmei Junmai Ginjyo Hiyaoroshi/金明純米吟醸ひやおろし”, and “Kinmei karakuchi Junmai Shu, Aki Agari/金名辛口純米咲け秋あがり”!

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Even the water was provided from the well of Negami Brewery located at an altitude of 550 meters up the slopes of Mount Fuji!

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And now the succulent dinner!

Ingredients:
Amago trout raised in Shimoyama farm in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula
Mushrooms: Masujima Farm in Izu no Kuni City, Izu Peninsula
Wild venison from Izu Shika Monya in Izu Peninsula
Wasabi: Ida Farm in Izu Peninsula
Jaboticaba: Farm Cafe Jaboticaba, Mariko, Shizuoka City

Amago trout and mushrooms light soup!
お椀(下山養魚場のアマゴ真丈と増島農園のキノコ)

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Amago Trout sashimi and Roasted venison with wasabi pickles!
お造り(アマゴの刺身とイズシカ問屋の伊豆鹿のローストを飯田農園の山葵で)

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Amago trout and seasonal vegetables baked in a crust of salt!
焼き物(アマゴの塩釜焼き)

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The same, exquisitely served!

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“Lily root cake stuffed with minced venison, steamed and simmered, served with ankake sauce!
煮物(菊花蕪の伊豆鹿射込み)

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The same with the venison stuffing!

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Deep-fired taro roots and mushrooms, and venison croquettes!
揚げ物(はの字のキノコのさつま揚げ・伊豆鹿コロッケ)

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Rice steamed with mushrooms!
食事(キノコの出汁でキノコの炊き込みご飯、アマゴの粕汁)

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Amago trout soup cooked with sake white lees!

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Sake White lees Mousse cake and Jaboticaba!
甘味(和風金名の酒粕のムースと農園カフェcafe Jaboticabaのジャッボチカバ)

A true feast!

TOKAJI/料理と咲けとか路

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-cho, 9-5, Trends Bldg, 1F.
Opening hours: 17:00~22:30.
Tel.: 054-273-5218
Closed on Sundays.

“Shun no Kai/旬の会”
Mr. Toshiyuki Iwasawa
静岡県志太榛原農林事務所  岩澤敏幸
〒427-0007 静岡県島田市野田1120-1
TEL 0547-37-1160
FAX 0547-37-1163
携帯 090-4261-3492
E-mail: toshiyuki1_iwasawa@pref.shizuoka.lg.jp

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Japanese Gastronomy on stamps: Sushi and Tempura!

Japanese gastronomy lovers and philatelists rejoice!
The Japanese Post is going to issue two very important stamps on October 30th!

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The stamps will be issued in sheets of ten stamps, priced at 18 yen each.
This has become necessary with the consumption tax raise!

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Although the size, format and design of the stamps and min-sheet might be that of commemorative stamps, they are actually a temporary regular stamps!

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Sushi and tempura!

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French Dessert: Savarin at Patina in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and smiling
Facilities: Very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: A true cafe and bistro where to relax and enjoy a good light meal any time of the day. Interesting reasonable wine and cider list. lunch & Dinner menus regularly change.

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It has been some time since I visited one of my favorite cafe/bistro, namely Patina in Tenma-Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City. The chef and consequently the menu have changed and a check had been on the cards for some time!

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Among the noted changes, cakes are now in force and can even be taken out!
I still have to eat lunch and dinner again there but a cake and cappucino were just perfect on that afternoon!

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Tarte au citron and baked cheese cake!

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Apple tart and pistachio mousse tart!

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Tiramisu!

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But I ordered another cake with my cappucino!

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I definitely recommend Patina’s cappucino!

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Carefully designed as usual!

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Now, this savarin has a different design!

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Actually this new concept makes for an easier enjoyment!

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The savarin has been directly imbibed in white rum out of the oven inside its ramequin, then cooled down and coated with cream!

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Spoon it carefully!
Light and delicious!

I wonder what cake I will choose next time unless I have lunch!

Look forward to next report!

PATINA, Café & Bistro
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 17-9
Tel.: 054-266-9500
Opening hours: 11:00=22:00 (last orders, 21:30)
Lunch: 11:00~14:30
Dinner: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Mondays and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Take-out OK!
Parties welcome!

FACEBOOK
BLOG (Japanese)
Non-smoking until 15:00
Credit Cards OK

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BEER GARAGE Pub in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and easy-going
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Spacious and excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Aoi Brewing craft beers on 6 taps. Pub food

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At long last the first true Brew Pub in Shizuoka City has opened: BEER GARAGE!
I had the occasion to take part in their opening party and report!

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It is located in the same building as Aoi Brewing Company, the latest craft beer brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture.
It stands away from the busy center in a quiet spot parallel to Sengen Street leading to Sengen Shrine.

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They presently serve on tap 6 different beers, all from the brewery at the back.

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Although the craft beers are bound to change regularly, they presently serve English Pale Ale, Litbitter Stout, Alt, Pale Ale, Golden Ale and IPA.
Beers come at 750 yen the glass, 950 yen the pint and 1,700 yen the jug
Soft drinks are available at 400 yen apiece.

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Party food!

As for the food, the menu includes marinated vegetables, fried potatoes, German potatoes, cheese plate, raw ham, Roast lamb, Buffalo chicken, Nankotsu age, Smoked beef tongue, garlic shrimps, Fish & chips, Chorizo rolls (from Beer Yokota), Farmer’s market salad, cob salad, Grilled lamb chops, Lamb susages, Lamb steak, Cajun chicken, Stripped loin steak, Club sandwich, Suruga Gyu beef burger SPDX, Sakura shrimps fish burger, Teriyaki chicken mayo basil pizza, American peparoni pizza, Jambalaya rice, Classic brownies and Old fashion cheese cake!

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Expect regular reports!

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Junmai Ginjo Homarefuji Genshu (conducted at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

I don’t mind repeating it all the time but I prefer conducting sake tastings in the right environment but not many places are propitious for that exercise or willing to help.
But La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is certainly becoming a habit as not only I can conduct my tasting in the best conditions possible but also exchange views at the same time!

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Now, which sake did I taste this time!

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Another sake with a long name by Sanwa Brewery in Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku!

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Garyubai Junmai Ginjo (no pure rice alcohol added) Homarefuji (rice name) Genshu (no pure water added)

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Rice: Homarefuji (grown in Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: + 4
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in July 2014

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Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: Fruity and dry. Assertive. Alcohol. pears, green apples, custard
Body: fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Very fruity and deep attack, backed up by puissant junmai petillant and pleasant alcohol.
Complex: custard, lychees with hints of oranges.
Lingers on the palate for a short while before departing on a drier note with hints of almonds, coffee beans and dark chocolate.

Overall: I didn’t bother to drink with food!
Very elegant despite higher alcohol content.
Would make for the perfect digestif, especially for ladies who would prefer a late nightcap with less alcohol.
At times drinks like a dry Sauternes!

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!

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FISH

Japanese Fish Species 6: Kampachi/Amberjack

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With the first days of Autumn upon us, Kampachi or Amberjack is appearing on our plates in Japan!

The fish seems to have so many names in any language: Amberjack, Purplish Amberjack, Yellowtail, Greater Yellowtail, and Ruderfish in English, whereas in Japanese it is called Kampachi, Akahana, Kampa, or Shokko among others, not accounting for regional names!.

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It is caught along Central and South Honshu Island, including a lot in Suruga Bay in Shizuoka Prefecture!
It is a very popular fish as it happens to come just in between Hiramasa/Young Japanese Amberjack-Five ray Yellowtail in Summer and Buri/Mature Japanese Amberjack-Five Ray Yellowtail in Winter, making a favourite for the season, but bringinga lot of confusion on foreign tables because of the similar names.
Kampachi (Seriola dumerili (Risso) in Latin) and Buri (Seriola quinqueradiata Temminck and Schlegel in Latin) are very similar but their season is different. Beware of scams! Actually the meat looks different.

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Kampachi vs Buri Sushi nigiri

Natural Kampachi is quite rare in Japan these days whereas human-raised are plenty.

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Claasic way to present a kamppachi sushi nigiri.

Kampachi is savoured in many ways: Sashimi & Sushi, Grilled (Yakimono), Simmered (Nizuke), Meuniere and fried.
Choose comparatibely small specimens. Beware of the large cheap specimens!
Ask for a variation in Sushi called “Kampachi Aburi”?kampachi lightly grilled on one side: a beauty!

KAMPACHI-RAMEN

Kampachi ramen!

KAMPACHI-DON

Kampachi Donburi!

KAMPACHI-GRILL

Grilled kampachi!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Oomuraya Brewery-Junmai Jyuubei

Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City has the enormous merit to promote local farmers by using locally grown sake rice. St the same time they ensure that rice will be available in case of unssen events!

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They even have a special name for it: Jyuubei/重兵衛!

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This sake is made with 100% gohyakumangoku rice grown in Shimada City!

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It is grown by no less than 10 farmers!

Rice: hyakumangoku (Shimada city grown)
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in may 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: assertive. fruity and sweetish. banana, macadamia nuts, apples
Body: fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Dryish and very fruity attack backed up with pleasant junmai petillant.
Complex: Banana, melon, sweet almonds, macadamia nuts.
Lingers for a little while before departing on a sweeter note.
Late appearance of drier almonds, chestnuts and dark chocolate.
At times reminds of a sweet white Port.
Varies little with food but for a deeper and a little drier note.
Superbly marries with any food.

Overall: A remarkably elegant sake for such a modest type of sake rice.
More complex than expected and sweeter than most sake in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Superbly accompanies any food, although eminently enjoyable on its own.
At its best at room temperature, although turn into a very interesting aperitif if chilled.
My own preference is to enjoy it on its own, although I’m tempted to drink it with cheese and salty snacks

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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