Vegan Sashimi at Yasaitei (2010/08/04)

Service: Excellent and very friendly. All ladies!
Facilities: very clean
Prices: reasonable
Specialty: Vegan and vegetarian Cuisine, Izakaya gastronomy, local products, oden.

In these hot days of summer (and sultry nights) in Japan, one is in a constant need for water/fluid and vitamins.
Although I’m no vegan or vegetarian, I totally agree that fresh vegetables are best.
Here in Shizuoka, we are not only blessed with a wealth of local vegetables, but due to the central location in this country, vegetables from all other parts of Japane find their way quickly onto our plates.

“Mokuzu seaweed” appetizer.

We are also blessed with great izakayas who make a point of serving as much local produce as possible.
One of them is the famed Yasaitei in downtown Shizuoka.
It might be a good idea to call or reserve beforehand as it is packed what the time of the day/night or the economic situation!

A closer look at mokuzu seaweed served in rice vinegar with a few seame seeds and lemon zests.

If you are vegan or vegetarian, you must ask: “Yasai no Sashimi kudasai! (Vegetables Sashimi, please!)”.
And this a sample of what going to be served.
Actually you can even ask which vegetables you would like to sample by pointing at them displayed on the shelf along the counter!

The dressing is also vegan!
Sesame oil/goma abura, rock salt/gaien and miso paste!

A side view which will give you an idea of the plate design!

And another one!

Alright, time for a detailed explanation:
Front: Radish, Cucumber, both crucnshy and juicy, and “Makuwa Uri”

“Makuwa Uri” is Oriental Melon in English, although they come in many varieties.
If you call a melon “uri/瓜” in Japanese, it refers to thekinds eaten as vegetables.
This particular is a bit of a misnomer as it is sweet and can be eaten only raw.
It tastes like pears, but less sweet. it makes for a beautiful note among other vegetables.

As for the second row, I was served daikon, myoga ginger sprouts and mizu nasu/water eggplants. The latter are eaten raw and mostly come from Osaka.

The last row/supporting row consists of shiso/perilla leaf and finely sliced white onion (sweet!).

I hope I have given you an idea for a refreshing and healthy summer appetizer!

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa-Cho, 1-6-2 Green Heights Wamon 1-C
Tel.: 054-2543277
Business hours: 17:30~22:00
Closed on Sundays
Reservations highly recommended
Seating: 6 at counter + 14 at tables
Set Courses: 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 yen
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