Shizuoka Vegetables: Shizen No Chikara Garden Party at Aquavite!

Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great and very large washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable to expensive. Top-class Italian wines. Private room for~8 people.
no-smoking-logo1 Non-smoking at counter! Private room can be made non-smoking, too!

Yesterday a party for 23 happy guests was organized by Shizen no Chikara Garden (“The Power of Nature”) at Aquavite with the help of Chef Masaru Aoki/青木勝!

A printed menu had been prepared for everyone for easy comprehension (if you asked for the translation in Italian, anyone would have understood! LOL)

I usually make a point to come a bit early at such parties “to take the temperature”!
The place was used to full capacity on that day!

The preparations started as early as the day before!
Incidentally I was sitting at the middle of the counter away from the crowd!

Real battle in the kitchen!

The Focaccia before being baked!

Out of the oven!

On the plate!

Organic vegetable directly from Shizen No Chikara Garden!

The first appetizer!
Can you guess what these green leaves are?
Green tea!

Second appetizer. Remember that all the vegetables are organic from the same Garden!

Cute little Spring onion!

Aquavite-style Barniacauda!

From another angle!
Such fun and pleasure dipping first-class vegetables into sophisticated dip!

Aiko pearl tomato spaghetti!

Unlike the other guests, I had the pleasure to witness their creation in front of my very eyes!

Involtini: broad beans and ricotta paste-filled Asahi Chicken roll!


From another angle!

Baked risotto!

The Involtini!

It was such a pleasure to break it up!

Making desserts from vegetables for such a big party is just unpractical, so Chef Aoki came with his own!

Sherbet created with musk melon from Fukuroi City!

Chef Aoki’s (very) special Tiramisu!

A big thanks to chef Aoki for a true pro’s work!

Address: 420-0034 Shizuoka Shi, Tokiwa-cho, 1-2-7, Tomii Bldg. 3F
Tel. & fax: 054-2740777
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00 18:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays
Homepage (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK

With a Glass,
Bread + Butter, Zoy Zhang, Hungry Neko, Think Twice, Frank Fariello, Mangantayon, Hapabento, Elinluv Tidbit Corner, Tokyo Terrace, Maison de Christina, Chrys Niles,Lexi, Culinary Musings, Wheeling Gourmet, Comestiblog, Chronicles Of A Curious Cook, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Palate To Pen, Yellin Yakimono Gallery, Tokyo Terrace, Hilah Cooking, More than a Mount Full, Arkonite Bento, Happy Little Bento; 5 Star Foodie; Jefferson’s Table; Oyster Culture; Gourmet Fury; Island Vittles; Good Beer & Country Boys; Rubber Slippers In Italy; Color Food daidokoro/Osaka;/a; The Witchy Kitchen; Citron Et Vanille, Lunsj Med Buffet/Estonian Gastronomy (English), Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Chrisoscope, Agrigraph, The Agriculture Portal to shizuoka!

4 thoughts on “Shizuoka Vegetables: Shizen No Chikara Garden Party at Aquavite!”

  1. Sounds and looks wonderful. Really. But, I am saddened…

    I have to wonder…what is the use of having so much care put into organic food when smoking is allowed *anywhere* in the restaurant? In my experience, a “non-smoking counter” means the rest of the place is full of smokers, so it is, in fact, a smoking environment. That means it will be useless to try to relax and/or taste the food once someone thoughtlessly lights up. When, oh when, is Japan going to join the modern world and totally ban smoking?

    Sorry to add, that making a non-smoking room available by reservation misses the point, too. That room will still be tainted by previous puffers, and smoke from other rooms will come in through the doors. I mean, it’s a useless, even though well-meaning, gesture.

    Please give my concern to the restaurant owners and tell your readers when they go the only right way, that of 100% non-smoking. Then, I would love to join them and enjoy their cuisine.


    1. I keep fighting and tell owners to try and make their estabihments non-smoking, but as long as it hasn’t become a law like in Europe (how about the States?) I supose we will have to keep looking for those places.
      Incidntally the whole place had been made non-smokng for the party!
      I do still have quite a few non-smoking restaurants on my check list, too!


  2. Hello. All the dishes look very delicious! I will go and try this restaurant next time. Thanks for the info. I can recommend you my favorite Italian restaurant in Shimizu district. It’s called Romeo. Food and service are really good. And they have very very nice atmosphere. (They have a small patio, too.) And it’s completely non-smoking! You can check their web site. I am sure you will like it there!


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