Service: Very friendly. Great explanations and true hospitality.
Equipment & Facilities: Old-fashioned but very clean. Superb genre-separated washrooms!
Strong points: Great use of local ingredients. Hiroshima-style and Kansai-style okonmiyaki. Shizuoka oden. Great local sake list. Local microbrewery craft beer on tap!
Okonmiyaki is not originally a Shizuoka specialty but for the 10 years he has been cooking in his izakaya Chef Toshirou Yamagachi/山口登志郎さん is undoubtedly preparing the best ones in the Prefecture!
You-To/湧登 is not that old but it looks so much a traditional Japanese izakaya!
It sits at the most 25 guests at tables, counter and Japanese tatami room.
Great noren/暖簾/entrance curtain! The first sign of a great izakaya!
Now, this is great place to enjoy local sake brews. Actually Toshirou San is the main force behind organizing local sake rallies every year in Shizuoka City!
Great sake from Shizuoka Prefecture!
As it is near the Shizuoka JR Station, make a point to visit the place even if you have only a couple of hours available!
Make sure to reserve on the phone beforehand though!
The sashimi menu is quickly filter pen-written according to the market availability of the day.
Local vegetables used in the o-tooshi/お通し/first food served with the first drink!
The sake is served in large cups like those used by brew-masters in breweries!
Now, the true beer lovers will be glad to learn that You-To is probably the only establishment in town serving on the tap craft beer brewed in Fujinomiya City by Stephan Rager of Bayern Meister Beer Co.! That single drink is a good enough reason to patronize Toshirou’s izakaya!
Now, try to reserve the seats at the counter with a direct view onto the kitchen!
It is a wonder how they keep things clean! A true pro!
Toshirou San makes an extensive use of local products:
Succulent teppanyaki/hot plate fried Suruga Shamo/駿河軍鶏/Suruga Shamo Chicken raised in Shizuoka City!
And fresh vegetables and greens come with all meat dish for a great balance!
Home-made pork cha-shu/叉焼/Chinese style roast pork char siu as a snack!
You-To-style fried potatoes made with organic potatoes from Matsuki Bio Farm in Fujinomiya City!
Satsumaage/薩摩揚げ/Kagoshima-style deep-fried fish cakes!
For my first visit I ordered a Hiroshima-style mixed okonomiyaki!
All cooked and cut in front of you!
So much to eat inside!
A true Japanese comfort food! And so yummy! I needed more beer just for that!
There is just too much on the menu, even for repeated visits!
Instead of dessert I ordered this fuwa fuwa tamagoyaki/ふわふわ玉子焼き/Fluffy Japanese omelette cooked on the hot plate!
To be continued… Very soon!
Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Minami Cho, 7-5 ( 5 minutes walk from Shizuoka JR Station South exit)
Business hours: 17:00~23:00
Closed on Sundays
Reservations highly recommended!
Credit cards OK
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