Japanese Iazakaya: Late Spring Quick Visit at Waga (2012) in Shizuoka City!

One of the superlative sake served at Waga: Junmai by Takashima Brewery in Numazu City!

Service: Very friendly and easy-going! Slow food!
Facilities: Very clean overall. Large and clean washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Great list of sake and shochu. Typical izakaya gastronomy with a personal touch!

As I said before it is not easy to socialize equally with all the good restaurants and izakayas in Shizuoka and arrangements have to be done sometimes! LOL
Anyway, to cut another long story short I managed to persuade the Missus again to pay a belated visit to Waga, one of our favorite izakayas in Shizuoka City!

Superb salmon sashimi from Norway!

Waga is another of those great places, totally unpretentious, where you are efficiently served with a constant genuine smile, without a fuss and with plenty of interesting explanations!

Another view of our salmon sashimi!

But when it comes to fish and sashimi in particular, Waga is well above the izakaya average, so have a good look at the menu or ask about the day’s offering to the staff who will only be glad to oblige!

A great marriage of the land and sea: Amadai/Seabream sahimi Salad!

Next you have to order their celebrated daikon katsu. Not so much a revoplutionary concept but I haven’t found a place which served a better version!
Not many are prepared every day so come early or reserve the dish over the phone!

And do not forget to check the day’s specialties!
If you do not read Japanese, the staff who are mostly Shizuoka Prefectural University students should manage to explain in English!

A great izakaya offering: Yasai no Tappuri Katayaki Soba!
Crispy soba/ramen served in soup with pork and plenty of vegetables!
Hot and yummy!

A tasty and satisfying dish for all seasons!

And don’t miss their desserts: mango Creme Brulee!
I know a lot of establishments who would be surprised at the quality of such a dessert in an izakaya!

To be continued…

WAGA
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 2-1-20, Kuroyanagi Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-271-7121
Business hours: 17:30~23:30, 17:30~26:00 (on Fridays, Saturdays and National Holidays)
Closed on Mondays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Japanese Ladies Fashion in Shizuoka 41: Burgundy Party Dress

The degree of casualness and formality varies with the parties and functions ladies have to attend.
There is always a need for a slightly more formal wear with still enough leeway to allow for practicality.
The above dress is typical of the present trend for a more formal affair in Japan.
Such dresses will usually be of one single color but bright enough in accordance with the atmosphere.
Burgundy color is a fairly safe color for any kind of party except very formal.
The light cardigan is there only to portect the shoulders and can taken off at neeed!

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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Italian Gastronomy: “Quick Dinner” at Soloio in Shizuoka City (Late Spring 2012)

Another superlative risotto!
Check below!

Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

There are days and nights when Solio Restaurant is so practical as it opens as early as 16:00 and as late as 24:00!
But it is could also be said it is a venture fraught with dangers, what with the constant temptation to drink and dine late! LOL

Solio always has an array of appetizers/antipasti ready to be chosen from, a boon for hungry and busy people!
We had this little delicious asparagus and shrimps salad!
It was with the beer we had first after a long day of shopping!

Apart of the regular printed menu and specialties of the day written on the overhead blackboard make sure to have a look at the small seasonal menu included on a loose sheet inside the menu!
There are discoveries to be made as the above white shrimps from Toyama Prefecture served deep-fried!
Another beauty for the beer!
Alright let’s discover what we had with the wine!

Roma-Style rice croquettes!
You had better keep those away from kids! They are just too dainty and scrumptious! LOL

Home-made sausage!
We should have kept some beer for that!
A rare time when I called a sausage “elegant”!

We had to have one of the two risottos of the day (I wished we had both!)!
Spring cabbage (very tender and sweet) and cockles risotto cooked in the cockles soup/juices!

It was a fight as whether to have pasta or dessert!
This fight resolved it was a second struggle as to which pasta we would order!

Nagano Prefecture wild boar stew with rosemary parpadelle!
Do I need to comment any further?

To be continued…

SOLOIO
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Smoking allowed BUT Non-smoking until 20:00 everyday!

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Shizuoka Fruits to Look Forward to This Summer-2: Pione Budou-Pione Grapes

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There are a lot of fruit which either originated or grew to be characteristic of Japan.
I’m trying to introduce them to help my vegan and vegetarian (I’m not) friends in particular as fruit can be adapted into so many ways!

1) Nashi/Asian Pear
2) Jirou Kaki/Jirou Persimmon

Grapes are relatively new to Japan, but its people have compensated this with an eye to create new strains with great success. Actually grapes were first cultivated in Shizuoka Prefecture in Meiji Era!

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Pione Grapes are grown in aerial style.

Pione Grapes are a typical example.
They are a cross between Kyoho Grapes and Cannon Hole Muscat.
Kyoho grapes (巨峰葡萄) are hemselves a Concord-like cross (Vitis vinifera x Vitis labrusca) between Campbell and Centennial grape varieties.

Kyoho grapes were first produced in 1942 in Shizuoka Prefecture, but were not so named until 1946.

PIONE-MUSCAT
Pione Grapes compared to Muscat Grapes

Pione Grapes (ピオネ葡萄) were also first produced in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1957 by a farmer called Hideo Ikawa.
Pione is an Italian name.

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Pione grape

Pione grapes are usually seedless, juicy and very sweet making them very versatile for all kinds of desserts:

PIONE-MOCHI

A typical Japnese dessert:
Pione Grape inside mochi!

PIONE-TART
Pione Tart!
Irresistible, isn’t it?

But Pione Grapes, especially their flesh in “Concasse” style can be used in salads:

PIONE-ORGANIC-MIZUNASU

A dream salad for vegans!
Pione Grapes flesh on organic “Mizu nasu”/Mizu egg plant sashimi.
This particular kind of (Japanese) egg plant is eaten raw.
A little pepper and voila!

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Shizuoka Fruits to Look Forward to This Summer-1: Jirou Kaki-Jirou Persimmon-Squat Persimmon

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Jirou kaki or Jirou Persimmons/Squat Persimmons are not to be confused with “normal persimmons”, or heart-shaped Hachiya which is the most common variety of astringent persimmon. Astringent persimmons contain very high levels of soluble tannins and are unpalatable if eaten before softening.

JIRO-KAKI-FALSE

Hachiya Persimmons

The astringency of tannins is removed through ripening by exposure to light over several days, wrapping the fruit in paper for heating it, and/or artificially with chemicals such as alcohol and carbon dioxide which change tannin into the insoluble form. This bletting process is sometimes jumpstarted by exposing the fruit to cold or frost which hastens cellular wall breakdown. These astringent persimmons can also be prepared for commercial purposes by drying.

JIRO-KAKI-TREE

The non-astringent persimmon, or Jirou kaki, is squat like a tomato and is most commonly sold as Fuyu. Non-astringent persimmons are not actually free of tannins as the term suggests, but rather are far less astringent before ripening, and lose more of their tannic quality sooner. Non-astringent persimmons may be consumed when still very firm to very very soft.

JIRO-KAKI-DRIED

Dried Jirou Persimmon

Actually, Jirou Kaki/Jirou Persimmons are the pride of our Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture, as they were first grown in 1844 by a farmer called Jiroushi Matsumoto in Mori-Cho, Western Shizuoka Prefecture!
Their trees were finally successfully raised in 1869.

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Jirou Persimmon Jam

The persimmons were finally given their name, Jirou Kaki, by the Emperor of Japan upon his meeting with Fujitarou Suzuki (the grower of that time) in Mori-Cho where a Shinto Temple is still dedicated to the Emperor of Japan.

JIRO-KAKI-CAKES

In Shizuoka Prefecture, Jirou Persimmon are found under many guises such as cakes (above)

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Jirou Persimmon wine!

JIRO-KAKI-VINEGAR

Jirou Persimmon vinegar, a rarity created by Bembei Kawamura, the Father of Shizuoka Sake!
It can drunk as a health drink mixed with with good wateror used as a finish on many dishes!

JIRO-KAKI-DRYING

Although I personally like them fresh either as dessert or in salads with vegetables, my favourite is dried persimmons, a big business in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Japanese Ladies Fashion in Shizuoka 40: Summer Work Clothes

Even Japanese ladies have to work if they want to put their hands on enough money to buy their favorite clothes!
Which consequently incites them to think about what they ought to wear on a hot day at work if they are not saddled with a uniform!

Therefore such clothes have to be practical, not too expensive and still serve at a pinch if the ladies cannot change between work and a sudden outing!

The above picture show two styles which are almost universal these days: either the thin pants, blouse and light cardigan for air-conditioned workplaces or short pants and shot-sleeved shirts for ladies moving around!

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American Gastronomy: Tequila’s Diner in Shizuoka City (The Sequel)!

Fish and chips! American-style?

Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Good general cleanliness
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive but very good value
Strong points: Tex-Mex gastronomy of superior quality. Doubles up as bar in evenings

As promised I went again to Tequila’s Diner to explore more of their menu!

In day time!
Actually this article is a combination of two reports in late afternoon and evening, and I still have only scratched the depth of their carte!

At night!

A peek inside although I favor the small table outside on the terrace!

“French Fried potatoes”!
I must say they are above average!
Great with beer!

Grab the menu!

And check the specialties written in English!

Inside check the “Lunch Of The Day” as you can also order it at night!

This is Japan!
Tequila’s Diner Shochu!

Impressive collection of MONIN liqueurs for cocktails!

Turkeys don’t last long there!

Actually you can visit the place for drinks only!

Deep-fried beer-marinated tripes! A discovery!

Fish and Chips, American-style!

As good as the British and Irish ones!

The little but important detail!

Great composite vegetable salads for well-balanced meals!

Now, their nachos are absolutely scrumptious!

And well-balanced!

Even the back looks so yummy! A good sign!

And they sell exquisite T-shirts for the collectors!

To be continued… naturally!

TEQUILA’S DINER
420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 8-6 (near Aoba Park Street), ACT 7, 1F
Tel.: 054–255-7595
Business hours: 12:00~14:00, 18:00~24:00
Closed on Wednesdays
HOMEPAGE

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Shizuoka Shochu Tasting: Takashima Distillery-Brewery: Dai Ippoh

Takashima Brewery in Numazu City does not brew only superlative Japanese sake but also distill some incredibly extravagant rice shochu as well!
Their latest jewel is Dai Ippoh!

When you look at the simple calligraphic design you will understand it represents the nearby Mount Fuji!

Dai Ippoh/第壱峰 (old-style calligraphy) means “The First Peak”!

Alcohol: 25 degrees
Ingredients: Rice and rice malt

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Transparent
Aroma: Almost sweetish and spicy. Alcohol. Rice.
Body: Fluid
Taste: At first sweetish and complex attack.
Dry dark cherries.
Turns quickly drier.
Does not linger long in mouth or under palate.
Very clean, elegant and fruity approach.
Alcohol impact relatively soft with fruits appearing with each new sip.

Overall: A very elegant rice shochu which should be drunk on its own first at room temperature without ice or water for a true appreciation and taste discovery.
All the qualities and more of a superlative rice shochu.
Varies little with food.
At the most pour it over a lot of ice but there is no reason to mix with anything!

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Italian Gastronomy: Lunch at Il Castagno (June 2012) in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment: Great general cleanliness
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Great appetizers. Home-made pasta!. Great use of local products from the land and the sea. Southern Italy and Sardinia gastronomy.

Kenji Inami/稲見謙司 of Il Castagno in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, has just come back from a two-week research and tourism trip from Sardinia Island!
It was about time to pay a belated visit!

Every time I eat there I cannot keep my eyes off their home-made crostini!

You can buy them separately to take back home!

Note that the place is entirely non-smoking!

Next time you go there have a good look at the photographs and comments on their Sardinia trip while you wait for your order!

Kenji Inami/稲見謙司 at work!

Nice list of wines by the glass!

I had a couple of glasses of Sardinian wine to accompany my lunch!

Cannonau di Sardegna, 2008, red, by Sella & Mosca!

Very reasonably-priced and generous lunch sets!

This is the set I ordered!

I chose the second pasta dish!
Now, what did I have?

Assortment of appetizers!

Shitake Mushroom puff, quiche and onion confit!

Vegetable salad with crispy Sardinia-style unleaveend thin bread!

Home-made rustic bread!

Home-made Tagliorini pasta with wild shiitake, beef, pork and mini tomato sauce!

Thin and light but very satisfying pasta with a beautiful sauce!
I’m becoming Italian!

Most of the ingredients are from Shizuoka Prefecture!

The dessert assortment!

Cinnamon apple tart, egg cake and strawberry sorbet!

Coffee as it should be served!

And the crostini!

See you at dinner next time!

IL CASTAGNO
420-0843 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Tomoe Cho, 48
Tel/Fax: 054-247-0709
Business hours: 11:45~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Closed every Monday and 3rd Tuesday
Credit cards OK (dinner only)
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
BLOG (Japanese)
ENTIRELY NON-SMOKING!

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Must-see tasting websites:

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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Japanese Ladies Fashion in Shizuoka 39: Casual and Elegant for a Summer Night!

Japanese ladies love to dress for a night out like so many ladies in so many countries.
Late Spring and early Summer are the best seasons in Japan to show one’s new dress and impress friends and potential suitors!

Horizontal striped one- piece or two plain color pieces combination are very much the trend every year recently although the high-heeled shoes starting really appearing this year.
Casual, but still elegant enough and very practical!

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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!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Chinese Gastronomy with a Modern Japanese Twist: Quick dinner at Hana Oto in Shizuoka City (Late Spring 2012)!

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment: Great general cleanliness. Beautiful toilets
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Great use of local ingredients in beautiful Chinese Cuisine. Great sake and shochu!

The Japanese have two concepts of the Chinese Gastronomy, the tradtional ones, especially with ramen, gyoza and the lot, and a modern one more Japanese as far as the creation is concerned but with Chinese-style condiments.
The latter has become a genre of its own allying the inherent qualities of both cuisines.

A typical example is Hana Oto in Shizuoka City, where it is increasingly becoming difficult to find a seat in spite of their moving to a larger address!

They endeavor to introduce and advertize local products whenever possible!
They have a special affinity for Japanese sake brewed at Takashima Brewery in Numazu City who also introduce local products such a edible seaweed on their labels!

Definitely the Japanese way to enjoy your drink!

The other night I had (would never complain about such a duty!) to pay them a quick visit for dinner with a couple of gentlemen. What did we order?

Spicy stir-fried tuna and lotus root with leeks!

Seared Amagi Shamo chicken bred in Shuzenji, Izu peninsula, whose feed includes local wasabi leaves and soy milk!
Sorry for the fuzzy picture, Hana Oto is a very dark place! LOL

Hot spicy vegetable salad, most of them organic from Matsuki farm in Fujinomiya City!

Organic Oura burdock root chips from Matsuki Farm!
Better than any fried potato!

Now, this is traditional Chinese gastronomy: Feep-fried pork meatballs! A beauty!

Alright, that was a delicious but very brief dinner, so let’s meet soon again there! LOL

HANA OTO/華音
420-0032 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Ryougae Cho, 5-8, Shin Kamogawa Bldg., 2F-D
Tel: 054-273-8591
Business hours: 17:30~24:00
Closed on Mondays

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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Japanese-style Curry at Kohaku in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and welcoming. Great explanations.
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean and great washroom
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Traditional and modern izakaya gastronomy. Very inventive cuisine with introduction of some Western concepts. Great seafood. Great sake list. Wine and other alcohols available. Intensive use of local products combined with ingredients from other prefectures! Curry Lunch Sets!

As promised during my first visit at dinner time I finally managed to visit Kohaku in Shizuoka City to sample their curry!

A very Japanese entrance for curry at lunch!
Who would have known?
Actually the chef opens his restaurant at lunch time for the pure love of gastronomic research!

A very simple menu offering 5 different set lunches and a series of curries from plain to combinations!

Wat with the toppings there so many combinations that I will have to eat curry for lunch for a while.
Mind you it is the ideal food in summer when you tend not to eat enough!
Now, what combination did I order?

Can you guess?

Stir fried ginger pork!

Chopped vegetable salad of course!

And a beautiful crab/cream/potato/kabocha croquette!

And a big fresh raw egg to mix with the rice and curry sauce!

The complete lunch and so yummy!

To be followed (more combinations to sample!)…

KOHAKU/旬彩こはく

420-0085 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-Cho, 18-1, PIVOT Shizuoka, 1F
Tel.: 054-221-0589
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:00~23:00

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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Soba Restaurant: Setsugekka in Shimada City (Late Spring 2012)!

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Beautiful washroom
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: High quality soba. Beautiful tempura. Great local sake

It is a pity that Shimada City is almost 30 minutes away from Shizuoka City, or I would be constantly finding myself at Setsugekka Restaurant!
Actually, Shizuoka is a big Prefecture, even by Japanese standards. It takes no less than 3 hours to travel all the way from Shinohara in the west to Atami in the east, and add almost another hour to reach Shimoda at the extremity of Izu Peninsula!

We took the opportunity of a trip to Tenryuu to stop on the way and pay them a belated visit!

View of the inside seating.
We came early enough to secure the small “room” by the window!

The little detail that makes the difference!

Chilled soba/buckwheat tea served in hot weather! It will be warm in cold weather!

Whatever you order you will be served this delicious soba tofu with kinako/grilled soy bean powder!

Now, what did we have?
My worst half ordered the Kamo seiro/鴨せいろ/(hot) Duck Stew with cold soba.
I ordered a slight variation of the Dragon’s order: Kamo Sasami Seiro/鴨ささ身せいろ/ (hot) duck Breast Fillets with cold soba!

But before that I could help savor their dashi tamagoyaki for which they are also famous!

Served with grated daikon and pickled leaf ginger, a little piece of gastronomic art!

Served with finely chopped onion, grated wasabi and pepper as extra condiments for the soup!

My order!

Juwari/100% soba/buckwheat noodles!
You dip them in the duck soup first!

My duck!
It also includes duck meatballs concealed under!

The Missus’ duck!
Little difference in look but not the same quality! LOL

The dessert including lime sorbet is always offered as service at the end of one’s meal!

Can’t wait for the next visit!

SETSUGEKKA/雪月花
Shimada City, Hontouri, 2-3-4
Tel.: 0547-35-5241
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:00~22:00
Closed on Monday and third Tuesday
HOMEPAGE
Entirely non-smoking for lunch!

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Japanese Ladies Fashion in Shizuoka 38: “Chic Ethnic Style”

Very often the Japanese give names to to their shops and wares for the sole sound of it!
I noticed this somewhat strange name in a large boutique inside Shizuoka JR Station Parche Department Store!
But the garments warranted a longer look!

A typical combination to be seen this summer. Although the garments are still reasonably priced by Japanese standards, it is both quite casual and elegant for a hot summer!

Interestingly the prices were posted in English. Quite clever when you realize that Shizuoka Station is a very busy one and seeing many foreigners!
Count 80 yen for a US $ and 100 yen for 1 Euro, that is, if Greece does not leave the Eurozone!

The Japanese are increasingly becoming proud of their legs and they show them whenever possible, although this outfit would be better suited for late afternoon and evening away from the sunburns!
I find the blouse both proper and sexy, but this is a man’s opinion! LOL

Still reasonable, by Japanese standards!

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Must-see tasting websites:

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Tempura Restaurant: Tempura Naruse in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom
Prices: Moderate to expensive, but extremely good value
Strong points: Authentic traditional tempura gastronomy at its best with superlative products, a lot them local. Superlative attention and explanations!

There are not many great tempura restaurants in Shizuoka Prefecture in spite of the abundance of superlative ingredients be they from the land and the sea.
But at least the best in the Prefecture, namely Narusei, would be on par with the best establishments in Tokyo and Kyoto!

Chef Takeo Shimura/志村剛生 originally hails from neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture and moved to Shizuoka City 10 years ago.

five years he finally opened Narusei in Takajo, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City and has never looked back since then!

The restaurant seating only 7 guests at a wide counter in front of the Chef is a model of traditional Japan all of warm wood and of incredible cleanliness enhanced by the fact that smoking is completely prohibited!

The fresh vegetables of the day!

Chef Shimura and his lady apprentice take care of the food while Mrs. Shimura look after the customers in a very efficient, unobtrusive and ever-smiling manner!

Chef Shimura uses a traditional but extravagant mixture of 90% sesame oil and 10 % cotton seed oil in two different pots at different temperature!

A great attention is taken for the smallest detail.
Pot of tsuyu/soupstock to dip your tempura in!

Great local sake served in earthenware!

Takeo Shimura at work!

I was so impressed with the earthenware that I forgot to take a close picture of the Makogarei/Turbot sashimi!

Crystal salt!

Two kinds of salt, finely chopped dry myoga ginger and freshly grated daikon to use at your discretion and to be replaced if used!

And also freshly pressed lemon juice!
Alright, what did I have for dinner, then?

Wara aburi aji/Horse mackerel seared over straw fire!

Mikawa Bay hand-picked Asari sakamushi/Cockles steamed in sake! Enormous!

Prawn tempura!
I had two actually, but everything was served one piece at a time!

The prawn heads as suage/deep-fried!

Ebi no miso no tempura/The brains of the prawns in tempura!

Aori Ika/Bigfin Reef Squid!

Eggplant/aubergine tempura!

Scabbard fish/Tachiuo and shiso tempura!

Broad beans Tempura!
When I mentioned that I love eating them with my fingers, Takeo Shimura replied it was the actually way to truly enjoy tempura!

Great teamwork!

Suruga Bay Amadai/Tilefish with its scales!

Aomori No Mozuku to Aori Ika no Mimi/Mozuku seaweed from Aomori with the “ears” of Aori Ika/Bigfin Reef Squid!

A second bottle of sake!

Grilled mekabu seaweed!

Shizuoka Onion tempura!

Hamaguri/Common orient clam tempura!

The best-ever fried potato: Shizuoka potato tempura!

Sweet green Manganji Toogarashi pimento tempura with dried bonito flakes!

Anago/Conger eel tempura!

Deep-fried conger eel backbone!

Anago no kimo/Conger eel liver tempura!

O-shinko/Home-pickled vegetables!

kakiage Chazuke/Rice served in hot tea with a kakiage tempura!

Kabosu citrus sorbet for dessert!

NARUSEI?
A special place for a special occasion!

TEMPURA NARUSE-てんぷら成生
420-0839 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 2-5-12
Tel.: 054-273-0703
Opening hours: 17:30~22:00
Reservations highly recommended
Closed on Mondays
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery