Category Archives: Restaurants

French Winter Lunch at Chez Mont-Pierre in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly, accommodating and helpful
Equipment & Facilities: Superb cleanliness overall. Extravagant washroom. Entirely non-smoking. Separate room for families with children.
Prices: Very reasonable considering the quality and generosity
Strong points: High class Classical French gastronomy with a modern and inventive touch. Excellent wine list.

As I said before, Shizuoka City is divided into 3 distinct wards, Aoi Ku, Suruga Ku, and Shimizu Ku. Suruga Ku south of Shizuoka JR Station is rapidly evolving into a gastronomic area to provide for a growing population and palliate for the congested Aoi Ku north of Shizuoka JR Station.

Yesterday Bernard Heberlé, owner-chef pâtissier at Abondance in Hamamatsu City came to visit me in Shizuoka City and I thought it a good opportunity to introduce him to one of the few great restaurants he hadn’t visited in our town yet!

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He actually had a great time deciphering the menu both written in French and Japanese.
Chez Mont-Pierre offers three different lunch courses and wine by the glass for lunch.
We opted for the medium menu which I knew would be more than enough even at the reasonable price!

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All bread is home-baked!

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The first appetizer!

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Don’t forget to open the small jar first!

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Soupe à l’oignon nouveau/new onion soup and Consommé Paris Soir!

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Bavaroise de Reblochon purée de petits pois/Reblochon cheese bavaroise and mashed green peas!

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Second appetizer:
Oeuf à la Coque et au Champignon de Cèpe et Petite Quiche Lorraine au Foie Gras et Crême de Poireaux aux Truffes/Half-boiled egg with cep mushroom and small Quiche Lorraine with leek and truffle cream!

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The third appetizer!

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Escalope de Saumon Crème au Vermouth/Salmon escalope with Vermouth Cream!
Incidentally all vegetables including above small turnips are local!

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The fourth appetizer!

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Étuvée et purée de Légumes et fruits de Mer/Steamed and mashed vegetables and seafood plate!

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Such a pleasure to discover all the hidden ingredients!

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My friends had fish for their main course!

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Suruga Bay Amadai/Tilefish poêlée on its skin and fresh vegetables!

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Such attention to small details!

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I had meat as my main course!

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Hamamatsu pork escalope!

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Who said pork is not a noble meat?

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Where shall I start eating it!

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Succulent Darjheeling Tea pudding avant-dessert/pre dessert!

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The double plateau of home-desserts!

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You can order as many as you want!

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But you are kindly to eat all your order!

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Can you guess what I ordered?

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Tarte Tatin (reversed apple tart) and cheese cake!

Of course, tea, coffee, or expresso (single or double) is included!

Difficult to beat anywhere in japan at 30 US $/25 Euros!

CHEZ MONT-PIERRE
Chef: Kenichi Meguro/目黒研一さん

422-0836 Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Shikiji, 1-5-27
Tel.: 054-236-0255
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Closed on Mondays all day & 2nd and 4th Sundays for dinner
Cards OK for dinner only
Private room for 4~8 guests
Parties welcome
Group courses available for 10~22 guests.
Car park available
Entirely non-smoking!
Call beforehand!

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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
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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

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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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
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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

Italian Gastronomy: Dinner at Solio (November 2014) in Shizuoka City!

Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable considering the quality
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

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The last time we visited our favorite Italian Restaurant Solio was in July!
It seems we have barely the time to visit it every season!

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It was so great to rediscover Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん’s Autumn classics!
Here we go!

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Scabbard Fish (also called sword fish), tachiuo/太刀魚 in Japanese and Autumn eggplants firtters with anchovy sauce!

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Scabbard fish has a delicate white flesh and can be enjoyed raw, seared and cooked in many fashions!

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We are lucky enough in Shizuoka to obtain it from our own harbors!

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Banya cauda vegetables!

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In my own view the healthiest way to savor vegetables in Italian gastronomy!

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All vegetables grown in Shizuoka or japan for the best teaceability!
Some of them really exotic!

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A soup you will have trouble to find in Italy!
Chilled burdock root soup!

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But now this is a classical sup from Toscana!

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Ribollita!

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Now, there was that guinea fowl dish announced on the menu of the day…

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Deviled (“diabolata”) guinea fowl legs!

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Served with taro roots! A discovery!

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Instead of dessert we opted for another of Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん’s classics!

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Chestnuts raviolis in sage butter sauce!

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Sorry but it seems there were the last for the season!

Next time, next time…!!!

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Ah, I forgot! Check their take outs and biscuits!

SOLOIO

Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん/Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子さん

420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours: 16:00~24:00, lunch: 11:30~14:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Happy hour: 16:00~17:00: 1,000 yen set-3 appetizers plate and 1 glass of house wine!
Takeouts OK!
Entirely non-smoking!

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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
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Chinese Restaurant in Kyoto: Sichifukuya!

Service: Very friendly
Equipment & facilities: Clean overall. Basic Japanese style washroom
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expansive
Strong points: Shanghai Family style cuisine. Chinese old spirits

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There are many Chinese restaurants in Kyoto but few are authentic.
You do have to look deep into the back streets to find them!

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Shichifukuya (the h\House of the Seven Lucks) is one of them, and although it was our second visit we did have some trouble finding it in the dark of the night!

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It was apparently a Japanese restaurant years before the present owners moved in 8 years ago, and they did change little of it. It is old but clean. But after all the food is the most important!

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Apparently they have a lot of regulars with their own bottles!

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Apart of a good list of old Chinese spirits they provide all kinds of drinks, including Japanese sake!

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Home-made Chinese pickles!

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Xiaolongbao!

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Pitan eggs/Century egg and vegetable salad!

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For a better view of the Century eggs!

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Fried gyoza!

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Spicy shrimp omelet!

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For a better view!

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Stir-fried vegetables!

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Very original egg fried rice with beaten egg whites!

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No need for dessert!

SHICHIFUKUYA/七福家

Kyoto City, Sagyo Ku, Seigoin Sannou Cho, 25-11
京都市左京区聖護院山王町25-11
Tel.: 075-771-3833
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:30~22:00
Parties until 36 welcome
Closed on Wednesdays

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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
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Soba, Buckwheat Noodles Restaurant: Soba Han in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and smiling
Equipment & Facilities: very clean overall. Superb washroom! Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive
Strong points: Organic Ju-wari (100%) buckwheat noodles. Duck cuisine. Sake list.

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Soba Han Restaurant has many qualities and one of them is its location near the Toroiseki Ruins park and the Serizawa Keisuke Museum!
A great pace for a nice holiday!

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A typical Japanese entrance!

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The soba are 100% buckwheat flour milled on site!

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One can choose to sit either at a table or on the tatami floor!

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Have a good look at the wooden architecture!

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Chef Taisuke Okitsu explains why the tenderness and taste of his duck is so important!

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The buckwheat used in this restaurant was grown organically without any pesticides!

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I ordered the “kamo Pon soba”!

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The soupstock and seasoning for the soba!

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The zaru-style cold buckwheat noodles!

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A very appetizing meal!

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Superb and so tender duck!

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i promised my self to come back for dinner and check all these superb Shizuoka sake!

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Dragon’s order: “ebiden mizore”!

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Beautiful hot soba with shrimp tenpura and fresh vegetables!

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Very thick and succulent soba yuu/soba soup!

See you there again for dinner soon!

SOBA HAN

422-8033 Shizuoka City, Suruga ku, Toro, 6-2-1
Tel.: 054-286-6333
Opening hours: 11:00~14:00, 17:00~21:30 (Last orders)
Closed on Tuesdays
Cards OK
Parking available
Entirely non-smoking!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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, Pie
rre.Cuisine
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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
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Soba/Buckwheat Noodles Restaurant: Kinoene in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Service: Very kind and friendly
Facilities: and equipment: Old but very clean overall. Excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Soba/buckwheat noodles and Japanese tradkional meals. Some very good local sake available!

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With two friends of mine, I have the opportunity to visit an old and traditional soba/buckwheat noodles restaurant in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, not far from Kusanagi JR Station: Kinouene!

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They are actually associated to an old association!

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Looking forward to seeing some flowers blooming next time!

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I espied some great sake! Pity it was lunch time or I wouldn’t have resisted their call!

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So traditional!

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One of my friends ordered “ebiten soba/hot soba with deep-fried large prawns”!

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My other friend opted for one of the full Japanese\ lunch sets!

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Plentiful and healthy!
The more for it we eat in an environment totally void of smoke! Actually not so many soba restaurants prohibit smoking!

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As for me I opted for the “Kamo seiro”!
Cold soba with hot duck soup!

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Very tasty soba!

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You dip the soba into the great duck soup before eating them and enjoy the slices of duck in between before drinking up everything!

See you there again, you bet!

KINOENE Te Uchi Soba

Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Nanatushinya, 423-6
Opening hours: 11:00~15:00, 17:00~20:00
Closed on Thursday
Car park available for 6 cars
Entirely non-smoking!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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: 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
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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

French gastronomy: Lunch at FIGARO Food & Wine in Shizuoka City!

Service: Shy but very friendly and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non smoking at lunch time!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: French bistro-style gastronomy. Reasonably-priced wine list.

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Finally I found the time and opportunity to visit Figaro Food & Wine Restaurant established in Tokiwa Cho in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, by Aoba Park Street and the Tokiwa Garden and Fountain, an area increasingly getting fashionable with new small restaurants in a relatively open area of Shizuoka City!

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It is actually Chef Toshiharu Matsuura/松浦敏春さん’s second venture who after a deserved break opened his new restaurant with Sommelier Yoshinori Shimizu/清水芳則さん last year in April.

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They also provide a take-out menu for customers in a hurry or busy housewives/office ladies or whoever does not want to cook but wish to enjoy tasty delicatessen back home!

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Although customers are proposed two different set menus there is plenty to choose from at dinner both from the carte and the day’s special. Actually the dinner menu will be totally revised next week, a good excuse for me to pay them a visit late in the evening next time!

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Extremely clean and bright atmosphere!
You can either eat at the counter or away from the crowd in the room at the back!

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A very reasonably-priced menu carte for lunch!

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I opted for the boxed lunch!

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It comes with a cup of hearty and healthy soup (the wine was a separate order!)!

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Home-smoked duck, carrot salad, pate de campagne/pork terrine and greens!

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Smoked salmon, pickled vegetables and seafood salad with French bread!

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A French bistro classic: Petit sale stewed lamb and lentils! A little gem!

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Scallops in cream sauce!

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I decided to add a little extra order: dessert and grapefruit juice!

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Caramel pound cake and vanilla ice cream!

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The expresso was service but don’t tell anyone!

See you at dinner there next time!

FIGARO FOOD & WINE

Chef Toshiharu Matsuura/松浦敏春さん
Sommelier Yoshinori Shimizu/清水芳則さん
420-0034 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa cho, 2-4-5
Tel: 054-255-7430
Opening hours: 12:00~14:00, 16:00~24:00
Closed on Sundays
Prties welcome
Cards OK (dinner only)
Entirely non smoking at lunch!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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: 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
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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