Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (7): L’Amiral in Rennes City!

Service: Easy-going, friendly, smiling
Equipment & facilities: very clean overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expemsive
Strong points: Great seafood and fish. Very generous portions. Great desserts. Excellent wine list.

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L’Amiral in Rennes, Bretagne, France, looks both like a restaurant and big bistro like the ones you can find in Paris, but the atmosphere is certainly more convivial than in the capital and far less snobbish, whatever the season and occasion.
We had a dinner for a special event and it was great fun!

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A small coupe of champagne with a few tidbits to start!

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A splendid Riesling by Dopff in Alsace!

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We started with a seafood dish of course as this is Bretagne!

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Splendid scampi!

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Look at these eggs!

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Not much difference with Japan!

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Fresh oysters, naturally!

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Black bass in white butter sauce!

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Venison and morel mushrooms!

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Plougastel strawberries soup!

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Splendid dessert assortment!

L’AMIRAL

Place de Bretagne, 35000, Rennes, France
Tel.: 0299350391
Open all year!
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Matsuzakaya Department Store Wines & Liquors in Shizuoka City!

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There are many good Wines 6 Liquor Shops in busy Shizuoka City, but one of the most practical ones is probably the one found in the basement floor (B1, North Building) of Matsuzakaya Department Store in Shizuoka City.
Located just across from JR Shizuoka Railway Station North Exit it is best accessed from the station through the underground passageway (check homepages at bottom of article!).
If you are a resident it is more practically accessed through the back entrance on the other side of Miyuki Cho Street as it directly communicates with the shop!

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Whatever kind of wine , liquor, spirits you like, you should find something of your liking!
Have a good look at the sake rack especially as it includes brews from no less than 18 Shizuoka Prefecture Breweries (more than half of all!)!

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A rare sight: sake cask form Hana no Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu City!

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The Japanese sake lovers are particularly looked after as a brewery is introduced every week with the possibility of tasting before deciding on your purchase!

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Recommended gifts! Featuring sake, wines, liqueure ans soft drinks!

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Have a good look at the beers as they offer three types craft beers from Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Wine bargain racks!

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Red, white, rose and sparkling wines from more than 10 countries, japan included!

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French Bourgogne wines!

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Top-class French Champagne!

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Expensive French wines up to 114,000 yen for a Chateau Mouton Rotshild!

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Wine tasting possible of course!

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Plenty of Japanese shochu, including 3 rare types from Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Famous Shizuoka Sake: “Onna Nakase/Making a Lady Cry”! by Oumuraya Brewery in Shimada City!

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Japanese sake selection from all over the country!

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Extravagant sake yoou will not see outside our Prefecture, even in Tokyo!
The supreme gift!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Foreign tourists, upon showing their passport and return ticket can benefit from a tax refund if they spend between 5,000 and 500,000 yen in a single day at Matsuzakaya Department Store. The “Menzei ten/免税店/Tax-free counter is on the 6th floor, but ask an employee to guide you there to make things a lot easier!

MATSUZAKAYA DEPARTMENT STORE SHIZUOKA-松坂屋静岡店
〒420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki-Cho, 10-2
〒420-0857 静岡県静岡市葵区御幸町10−2
Tel.: 054-254-1111
Opening hours: 10:00~20:00
Closed on January 1st
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
HOMEPAGE (English)
HOMEPAGE (Taiwanese)
HOMEPAGE (Chinese)
HOMEPAGE (Korean)
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Japanese Fish Species 12: Noresore/Conger Eel Whitebait

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“Noresore” will soon appear at some select fish markets, and as it will be a very short season, you will have to keep your eyes open!
Noresore stands for very young conger eels. They are called different names depending on regions: “Berada” in Okayama Pref., “Tachikurage” in Misaki, “Nagatankurage” in Wakayama Pref.
In Shizuoka, they mainly come from Hamana Lake, a seawater lake west of the Prefecture, famous for its oysters, eels and clams
Its Latin name is “leptocephalus stage”.

5~6cm long, they are practically transparent, save for their eyes. They emit no smell. In our Prefecture they are available only during the first two weeks of March. They are slowly but surely becoming a rarity wherever in Japan, and people come from afar just for the experience!
They have recently attracted much attention outside Japan, especially among the Chinese Community in Indonesia!

Before serving them, lightly wash them in clean salted water.
They are great as they are with a little “ponzu or “yuzu” vinegar, a dash of “momijioroshi” (freshly grated daikon and chili pepper) and some chopped thin leeks for a last touch of colour!

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A typical presentation at a Japanese izakaya!

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A simpler presentation with freshly grated ginger and chopped scallions!

Now as sushi they are sublime as “gunkan”, or a rice ball wrapped in seaweed if you are an expert, with freshly grated ginger and chopped thin leeks again.

They can even been cooked (very quickly!) in garlic olive oil!

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Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Aoi Brewing- Flemish Wheat Ale

This was a bit of a late appearance, but welcome as the concept was very different from craft beers brewed until now!

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Flemish Wheat Ale!

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Served on tap
Wheat, Australian Galaxy hop, Perle hop, Sylva hop, Crystal, Pilsner malt, 1056 American live yeast. Coriander, orange peels, lemon peels, cinnamon
Unfiltered
ABV: 5.2%
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: orange
Bubbles: Longish head. Very fine bubbles. White.
Aroma: light aroma, bread, citruses
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed up with pleasant acidity.
Complex. Oranges, citruses, bread.
Very refreshing. Oranges making a strong comeback with every sip accompanied by pleasant acidity.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on a softer note. late lemon appearance.
Stays true to first impressions all the time.

Overall: A craft beer for all seasons!
Will definitely appeal to ladies.
Very high quality thirst quencher?
More than that as its complexity has a long life!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

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.
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French Gastronomy: KAWASAKI Restaurant in Shizuoka City!

Service: Pro and very friendly
Facilities & Equipment: Spotless clean. Superb “bilingual” washroom. Entirely nonsmoking!
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Extensive use of local products, especially organic vegetables, game/gibier. Wines and local sake.

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Talented young Chef Yoshinori Kawasaki/川崎芳範さん (born in Hyogo Prefecture!) has finally launched his own restaurant in Shizuoka City!
Yoshinori is far from being unknown in Shizuoka Prefecture and even in Japan as he worked a long time at Restaurant Bio-S in Fujinomiya City under the wings of Kazuhiro Matsuki/松木一浩さん!
His restaurant, KAWASAKI Restaurant, stands along Aoba Park Street in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, an area finally starting to fulfill its potential.

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I was lucky enough to attend the long-awaited opening reception last Sunday in the company of real food lovers!

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Right from the entrance yo know what to expect what with fresh local vegetables and deer antlers!

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Venison and home-cured hams!

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Yoshinori is actually a licensed hunter and his game regularly features on the menu all year round!

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Plenty of wine is waiting for you!

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Before you even enter the room you will discover the vegetables on the menu!

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Great sake are also waiting for you. This one above is a true collector’s item by Fujinishiki Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

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The whole place is both modern and traditional with a long counter sitting up to 12 guests who can admire the skills of the chef and his staff, and two tables for 4 guests each. Needless to mention you had better reserve!

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Chef Yoshinori Kawasaki/川崎芳範さん and his Sommeliere!

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We had the pleasure to savor a whole palette of Shizuoka products!

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The vegetables were grown by Yunosaya Farm and Asobi Culture Farm in Shibakawa, Fujinomiya City, and the mushrooms by Hasegawa Farm in Fuji City!

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As for the meat and fish:
Chicken by Aoki Farm in Fujinomiya City
Rainbow Trout by Kakishima Trout Farm in Fujinomiya City
Mugi Ton Pork from Enshyu, Western Shizuoka Prefecture

Expect the first full dinner report soon!

KAWASAKI Restaurant/レストラン・カワサキ
420-0034 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa Cho, 1-8-5, BROOKLYN SQUARE 2F (along Aoba Park Street)
Tel.: 054-272-0066
Opening hours: 18:00~22:30 (L.O.)
Closed on Sundays and 3rd Monday
Credit cards OK (from January)
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Eikun Brewery-Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu Bakuhatsu Nigori (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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So what did we have today!
Notice that the bottle has to be gently turned around before opening it or you might encounter some surprises!

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Eikun Brewery-Junmai Ginjo (no pure alcohol blended in) Nama (unpasteurized) Genshu (no pure water added) Bakuhatsu (explosion!) Nigori (white lees as they are!)!
Eikun Brewery stands in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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The word “bakuhatsu/explosion was noted because if you don’t move it around slowly and open it carefully the sake might gush out at your face!

Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Fukui Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Yeast: Shizuoka New-5
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in December 2014

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Clarity: white as unfiltered white lees will cloud it but very clean
Color: whitish and cloudy
Aroma: Assertive. Pears, apples.
Body: Fluid. Little asperity caused by white lees.
Taste: very fruity attack backed with puissant junmai petillant and white lees.
Complex: pears, custard,melon.
Very easy to drink in spite of white lees and high alcohol content.
The junmai petillant stays strong all the way through thanks to the white lees.

Overall: A surprisingly elegant white lees/nigori sake, very fruity and complex.
Obviously conceived to accompany food, but thoroughly enjoyable on its own.
The fruitiness will appeal to ladies.
Should marry splendidly with strong cheese and sweet desserts!

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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French Gastronomy: Early Christmas Dinner at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City!

Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat and caught fish. Very inventive French gastronomy.

In Japan it is always a good idea to have Christmas Dinner before Christmas as the restaurants are full to the brim and menus are generally fixed.
Therefore we decided to have ours earlier at our own convenience in our favorite French restaurant in Shizuoka City: Pissenlit!

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It allowed me also to have a peek at Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん’s lair!

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The concept in Pissenlit is very practical as you first choose a budget and then order from the carte du jour depending on the deal allowing you a varying number of possibilities!

What did we have, then?

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My own first appetizer!

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Semi-marinated mackerel!

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Dragon’s appetizer!

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Semi-marinated oysters!

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Our second appetizer!

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Marbled Duck Foie Gras Terrine!

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A simple but exquisite consomme before the next dish! A small detail that makes the difference!

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Our vegetable dish!

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Except for the truffles all the vegetables are organic and grown in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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From another angle!

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Our fish and seafood dish!

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Seabream, clam and horse mackerel!

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The vegetable on top is a new vegetable grown in Shizuoka City!
Can you guess its name?

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“Cauliflore”! A mixture of broccoli stem and yellow cauliflower!

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My meat dish!

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“Ezo shika”, venison from Hokkaido Island!

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From another angle!

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Dragon’s meat dish!

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Wild duck/game/gibier from Fujinomiya City!

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What with the organic vegetables, a truly natural dish!

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From another angle!

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A small but exquisite cheese plate for me!

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Now, what is Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん preparing next?

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Dragon’s grand dessert!

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Tiramisu, semi-dried “anpokaki persimmon”, Chocolat ice cream and chocolate cake crumbs!

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And coffee, served as it should be!

Yes, we had wine, and plenty of it!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!
WC-BF-1

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