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As the grotty weather last Sunday prevented any cricket to be played, I just went to do some « work » at my classroom. When lunch came, I decided it was about time I paid a visit to an old favourite sushi restaurant of mine, namely Ekimae Matsuno Sushi in fornt of Shizuoka City JR Station.
They do make a point to serve local fish whenever practical and last Sunday was no exception!

The « snack » served with the sake (See below article) from Yoshiya Brewery in Shizuoka was « Seguro Iwashi »/ »black back sardine », a succulent fatty fish in season.

The « sashimi no moriawase »/sashimi plate were all fish (as well as all other fish cited in this article) brought from Yaizu Harbour in Central Shizuoka Prefecture:
From left to right:
-« Akami »/tuna lean part
-« Yari Ika »/cuttle-fish (calamari)
-« Kawahagi to Kimo »/filefish cut in thin strips and mixed with its own liver. Sweet dipped in a mixture of three different miso paste rice vinegar!
-« Bora »/mullet. So fresh there was no need for soy sauce. Just a little « yuzu »/ime juice was perfect!


The chef recommended a couple of seasonal morsels:
the first one, above, was « Tachiuo Aburi »/scabbard fish lightly grilled on one side. Just a little salt, wasabi and lime juice. The meat melts away between your teeth!

The second one was « Houbo »/blue fin robin. Tender and sweet!


As for dessert I asked for « Tamagoyaki »/Japanese omelette (not shown) and « Kanpyou Maki »/dry gourd shavings maki!

Here are my tastig notes for the sake:

Yoshiya Brewery (Shizuoka City): Chuumasa Junmai Ginjo
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Contents: 300ml
Bottled: April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Dry, light and fruity: Pineapple, ricey
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Junmai tingle. Complex. Fruity: Pineapple, almonds, nuts, coffee beans.
Nice acid finish with bitter chocolate, coffee beans and banan.
Turns drier with food with a strong comeback by coffee beans and almonds, although it did surprise me with a sweetish finish at times.

Overall: A « Shizuoka Type » Sake.
Very elegant, pleasant and easy to drink.
Great with sushi and sashimi.
Strong character and many facets revealed all way through.

Ekimae Matsuno Sushi
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Oyuki Cho, 9-3 (just across from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit after Matsuzakaya Dept)
Tel.: 054-2510123
Business hours: 11:00~21:00
Closed on Wednesdays
Credit Cards OK
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