Ebi Imo Terrine!
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.
Ebi imo, a variety of taro, originally was a “Kyo-sai”, that is a vegetable grown in Kyoto, but the City of Iwata in Shizuoka Prefecture grows 80% of the whole Japanese crop these days!
Usually you one will see it served at high-class Japanese restaurants but Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん decided it was about time to experiment with them in French Cuisine and ordered some from Shingai Farm, one of the most celebrated growers in Iwata City!
I had the pleasure to savor it in two dishes yesterday at lunch with my japanese Missus!
The first opportunity came as a dish of its own; Ebi Imo Terrine!
The terrine had been made with pre-steamed Ebi imo packed inside a terrine dish lined with cold bacon and served with concasse Mateta Tomato and fresh cream.
No wonder Japanese high-class restaurants use them: The texture, although extremely fine, did not interfere with the solidity of the vegetable which stays firm in spite of a soft bite. As for the taste it is definitely more sophisticated than a usual potato. Its white-grey color also means you can combine it with a lot of colored ingredients.
Served with concasse (roughly broken) Mateta Tomato (from Shizuoka) and fresh cream, it made for the perfect starter, although it would well qualify for a main dish!
The second opportunity saw it served with young wild boar stewed in red wine!
Ebi Imo Gratin Dauphinois!
It just shows that true gastronomy is unlimited when you have superlative ingredients!
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
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