French Gastronomy: Mackerel Appetizer at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City!

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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.

Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん at Pissenlit French Restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, is one of the most active chefs in our Prefecture when it comes to promote local products be they vegetables, fruit, meat or fish!

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The other day I went on my regular pilgrimage there for lunch and had a long good look at the menu while other customers wondered why that strange foreigner stood so long in front of it….

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Lunch on week day means no alcohol…. Non-alcohol home-made ginger ale it was then!

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Real torture to sit besides those nectars…!

I did have quite a copious lunch and I thought it would be better to introduce each dish in a separate article.
So, what did I Have a s a first appetizer?

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Saba/鯖/Mackerel from Kogawa Harbor in Yaizu City, a city classified as a major fishing harbor in Japan (You will find Yaizu City between Shizuoka City and Fujieda City)!

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The mackerel had been lightly marinated as a kind of a half raw preparation and simply laid above a few cubes of apples for a great marriage between saltiness and sweetness!

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The decoration is very much Japanese and also Shizuoka as the shiso/perilla flowers and menegi/leek sprouts are organically grown in Shizuoka Prefecture!
The flowers are edible and these vegetables make for a great finishing touch not only in presentation but also so much in a perfectly balanced superlative taste!

Extravagant simplicity!

Second appetizer coming next!

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!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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