French Restaurants: Dinner at Pissenlit

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products.

The other day, the Missus finally got her wish, dinner at Pissenlit (as for me I already had a couple!)
I already introduced this particular French restaurant time and again as one of the best in town using great ingredients, seasonal only, at really “soft” prices!

Actually we had timed this visit perfectly as the chef was going to call me as he had finally received something I’d been crying for time and time again (tell you later!)

To put things short again here what we had:

First the wine: a very well-priced honest Bourgogne Pinot Noir red by Domaine Malvoissine 2007 distributed by Louis Latour.

Very dark clean red, plenty of nose, a bit young, but just appropriate for the whole meal.

Cute gougeres to help overcome our impatience and start tasting the wine!

As the Missus also wanted to have a try I chose the new white asparaguses with cod sperm sacs sauteed meuniere with Provencale sauce. Something you won’t get outside Japan! Even the Missus who usually can’t face cod sperm sacs appreciated them!

The Missus had been waiting for that!
Cassolette de Champignons et d’Escargots de Bourgogne!
I can tell I had some of these mushrooms and snails!
They were perfect and not overwhelmed with garlic!

The Missus delved into this colourful beef cheek in cassis sauce and Shizuoka Organic vegetables. I also made sure she left me a bit!

Now I was looking forward to these little beauties: Rognons de Veau/Veal Kidneys!
The Missus was not convinced this time. Cooked to perfection, soft outside, crunchy inside flambee with cognac in cream sauce!
My Dad would cross the World for these (a specialty of my brother!)!

To ned it (and the wine with it) I had a small plate of French cheese: Cote, Camembert at Pave d’Affinois.

The Missus went for the specila strawberry short cake. A very light and tasty marvel miles ahead of what we find at cake shops!

Red Fruit Dance!

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

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2 thoughts on “French Restaurants: Dinner at Pissenlit”

  1. Hey there,

    I really enjoy reading some of your writings. I enjoy fresh, local food and nihonshu and cycling similar to you. I was coming down to your area from Hokkaido to thaw out a little and meet an old friend on our way to Kyoto. I am having trouble filtering through all the information about ryokan in your area and thought you might be a good person to ask for information. I am looking to take my friend to a nice ryokan that has exceptional food from your region with a nice onsen and if there is some good nihonshu nearby that would be great. This is a kind of a special occasion as we are trying to explore some good quality in our short time together this year. Do you have any thoughts or recommendations on ryokan that fit the bill. I appreciate your help and you are welcome to come cycle in the summer with me in Hokkaido any time. I look forward to your response.

    Take care,


    1. Dear Buck!
      Sorry for the long delay in replying!
      I will send you an e-mail soon!
      As for now, could ou check the following website:
      This is a nice onsen ryokan, reasonable by Shizuoka standards: from 11,000 yen per night per person dinner and breakfast included.
      As a general rule, ryokan and onsen are very expensive in Shizuoka.
      I will further check of course.
      Hana no Ren is located in Toi, Izu Peninsula. Great vista on the sea. If you travel by train, take the local train from mishima JR Station to Shuzenji (less than 1 hour, plenty of local sake available at the Station shop!)), a very famous onsen resort. You could take abus later from Shuzenji to Toi (50 minutes). I suppose you could do the same by bicycle, but you will have to leave Mishima early!
      Will come back to you soon!


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