French Bistro: Kuroneko Tei in Hamamatsu City!

Service: Very friendly and unpretentious
Equipment & Facilities: Great general cleanliness. Very clean washroom
Prices: Reasonable~appropriate
Strong points: Southern France Cuisine. Wines popping out of nowhere. Great use of local products.

Whereas Shizuoka City is very compact and easy to walk around, Hamamatsu City with a similar population proves to be a veritable expedition when it comes to discover its hidden treasures!
But it is certainly worth exploring!

Over 10 years ago when Akira Fukui/福井章さん (everyone calls him “Fuku Chan”) decided to leave the corporate world and open a bistro he found this place called Kuroneko Tei/くろねこ亭/The Black Cat Restaurant just vacated by its former owner and decided not to change the original name although he cares little for cats!

It was far from easy at the beginning but the black cat brought him good luck in the end!
He refurbished the place little by little, keeping the first floor with a counter seating 7 people free of smoke and creating a private space for partying, eating, smoking, exhibiting local artists and holding mini concerts upstairs!
The establishment being tucked away in narrow side street it has become one of the best known secret places in town!
People are invited to relax and share a word at all times!
The only problem is that the place is dark making photography tough work!

Fuku Chan at work in his tiny kitchen!

The food and wine are definitely French-inspired!

With plenty of solid and reasonable French wines such as this Cote du Rhone/Grenache by Domaine Jean David!

He shows great support to local farmers, fishermen and even artists as a lot of local pottery is used in his restaurant!

Some of the wines lying in wait for you!

Foreigners are welcome (Fuku Chan is a fan of the Yamaha Top Teague Rugby Team!) and forks and knives and chopsticks are available with a nice cat chopsticks rest!

Live sawagani/river crabs!

All kinds of friends seem to bring him local finds!
Yesterday one brought local live sawagani/river crabs!

Italian cuisine is also present with caprese salad!

Local asparaguses sauteed and served with cheese!

Southern French cuisine appears very much with local fish!

Isaki/伊佐木/Chicken Grunt (the fish name!) meuniere!

Fuku Chan had the sawagani drunk live in white wine before deep-frying them as they were!
A true local delicacy!

Even Spanish and Moroccan cuisine find their way in with this tajine paella!

As the menu changes regularly expect new finds and morsels!

To be continued…

KURONEKO TEI
430-0931 Hamamatsu City, Naka Ku, Shinmei Cho, 315-8 (Sakana Machi Street near Shimizu Bank)
Tel: 053-453-9334
Business hours: Lunch, 12:00~16:00 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only). Dinner, 17:00~23:00
Closed on Tuesdays and fourth Monday
First floor entirely non-smoking!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, 47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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