Service: easy-going and friendly
Facilities: good general cleanliness
Strong points: Most of ingredients are local!
Do not be misled by the somewhat passé look of this Restaurant and Souvenir Shop along a busy thoroughfare and its interior of a past gone.
The decor might be out of date but the food is alive and worth regular visits!
The sign is not easy to miss in any case!
A retro look?
Maybe, but Chef Hiroyuki Adachi is on a mission: he has devoted his life and craft to the local producers, breeders and fishermen and endeavored to make them known to all through his exclusively seasonal menus he offers his guests whoever they are!
Each month witnesses a different lunch course titled according to the flavor or ingredient of the season/month!
Mr. Adachi has little problem finding his ingredients, surrounded as he is by arguably the richest garden in Japan in Iwata City!
A quick walk in the vicinity after lunch (before the next interview) certainly revealed how good food was close by!
Many farmers offer on-field lessons!
Strawberry seedlings being prepared for the next season!
Chef Adachi and a young farmer, Takeshi Ichikawa (my next interview), who supplies sweet corn (beautiful raw!) to the restaurant!
As this was my first visit I opted for the “mini-dinner course lunch” to get a good idea of the food offered at Harmony!
Enormous appetizers plate!
Semi-dried tomato in olive oil and its essence jelly in the small glass beside it!
In between local vegetables octopus and local seared black bass.
Local vegetables and fruit!
The seared black bass from Hamanako!
A very tasty soup of local seasonal vegetables!
Home-made matcha and turmeric bread!
Local “tai”/red grouper in Southern French style with its local vegetables!
For a closer look!
Beautiful local vegetables!
From another angle!
The “white flower” is actually a lily bulb! Delicious!
Enshyuu Mikawa Beef Filet!
Beautiful and so tender steak! Extravagant in Japan!
The steamed local vegetables. Great with the beef sauce!
Very healthy rice mixed with black rice!
And now the local dessert plate!
Natsu mikan orange blanc mange and strawberries!
Japanese-style matcha roll cake!
Now, why is Mr. Adachi’s creme brulee so famous?
The secret lies under the cream!
Iwata tomato sherbet!
Now, this is a creation!
I hope you understand why I’m planning to travel all the way from Shizuoka City again (1 hour by train!)!
438-0831, Shizuoka Ken, Iwata Shi, Kamishinya, 499-1
Business hours: 11:00~14:00, 17:00~21:00
Closed on Mondays, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
Big parking available
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2 thoughts on “French Cuisine: Harmony in Iwata City”
Extraordinary! The tomato surprise under the crème brûlée is something which will stay in my head for a very long time!
The same for me! LOL