Kumquat tart and Tiramisu as served to the Missus at Aquavite!
Kumquat is kinkan/金柑/”Golden Citrus” in Japanese and it is a major crop in Shizuoka Prefecture. Some are even grown organically!
Just walk in Shizuoka City and you will discover them in many gardens where they are in full season right now!
People eat them under many guises from candied fruit to cakes and even fruit cocktails!
Needless to say that many restaurants vie for fame with cakes created with them!
Here are two creations I just had the pleasure to savor in Shizuoka City:
Italian Cuisine: Kumquat Tart and Tiramisu in Aquavite!
Mine was the same as the Missus’ but presented in a “manly” way! LOL
Both were decorated with cｈocolate, raspberry, vanilla creams and cocoa powder!
Kumquats are a bit of a bother to prepare.
They must first be washed, then cut in two to get rid of their seeds.
Next they need to be lightly boiled and then candied in sugar, alcohol and what else.
Only then can you include them into succulents tarts!
I do not need to introduce tiramisu made by Chef Masaru Aoki/青木勝 as it has become the reference in our city!
They make the perfect marriage, either savoring it separately or topping the tart with some on your fork (or spoon!)!
French Cuisine: Kumquat Pound Cake and Black Tea Sorbet at Pissenlit!
Chef Touru Arima/有馬亨 decorated his creation with raspberry and vanilla creams as well as local strawberry and organic mint leaves!
This pound cake must have required quite some preparation with the inclusion of finely chopped candied kumquats!
The kumquats were grown in Mariko, Ｓhizuoka City, an area also famous for its black tea where it was first planted in Japan back in the 19th Century!
Attention to details! You just don’t know where to start from!
I did savor the candied kumquat first as I didn’t trust my sense of balance!
After that it was an exquisite exercise in demolition!
Black tea sorbet made for another perfect marriage with the pound cake, although I tended to eat it separately.
It was a pleasure later to scoop it carefully with whatever was left on the plate! LOL
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
Credit Cards OK
Non-smoking private room available!
Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Small but beautiful washroom
Prices: Reasonable to expensive.
Strong points: Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables. Top-class Italian wines. Private room for~8 people
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
Credit Cards OK
Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat
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