Service: Pro and very friendly
Facilities: Very clean. Excellent toilets
Strong points: Great variety of seafood from Shizuoka Prefecture and the rest of Japan. Great list of sake
The other day I had the pleasure to introduce my new friends Camille Oger and Julien Morelo to my favorite sushi restaurant, namely Sushi Ko in Aoba Park Street in Shizuoka City to show them what their Chef, Mr. Kenta Birukawa/尾留川健太さん was able of! Mind you, Mr. Birukawa is not anybody as he was elected one of the best 10 sushi designers in all Japan by his own peers last year!
Actually I was lucky to have Camille around as she is a professional journalist and her photos were of an inestimable help in the end!
Chef Mirukawa is especially celebrated for his “Sushi Millefeuille”!
I asked him to devise one for us and he came with “Roses Millefeuille” made of sushi rice, cucumber, akami (tuna), avocado, sushi rice, katsuo bushi, shiso, the whole topped with three roses made of akami tuna, salmon and kampachi/amberjack!
Actually, one of our two lady neighbors was celebrating her birthday! Upon seeing our Millefeuille she asked Chef Birukawa to design one as a Birthday Millefeuille!
Chef Mirukawa was only too glad to oblige!
Here is another sample of Chef Birukawa’s Millefeuille!
Next we asked Chef Birukawa to prepare us a “Rainbow Roll”!
Camille did a great work taking pictures of every step!
The above picture is the first step: preparing the ingredients.
Rolling the whole carefully…
A lot of care at the end…
Next the cutting!
It was not all millefeuilles and rolls. We also had a beautiful kawahagi o tsukuri/filefish sashimi plate!
You roll the thin slices of fish around a few pieces of thin leek and dip the whole in a sauce made with the raw liver of the fish!
Chef Birukawa had kept a few pieces apart to make this beautiful filefish nigiri with its liver on top!
And we had its deep-fried cheeks later!
We had more sashimi including the hirame/sole above!
And also this beautiful lightly seared kinmedai/golden eyes seabream!
Special service: daikon and botarga/mullet roe/karasumi sandwich!
Among the many nigiri, I had my friends discover magurozuke/marinated tuna!
A Shizuoka specialty: Shirasu/sardine whiting!
Raw and fresh it is very difficult to eat outside Shizuoka Prefecture!
As a gunkan/mothership nigiri with chopped leeks and grated ginger!
Or as a mini nigiri!
To be continued…
420-0032 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 2-3-1 (Aoba Park Street)
Business Hours： 17:00~25:00. 17:00~23:00 （Sundays）
Closed on Wednesdays
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (in Japanese)
Smoking allowed. Private room can be arranged for non-smoking (4 people)
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