Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Overall very clean. Superb bathroom
Prices: Expensive but still good quality/price ratio
Strong Points: Authentic Japanese traditional gastronomy. Rich sake and wine list. All the water used comes from own well. Main room entirely non-smoking. Smoking only allowed in efficiently separated rooms!
I sometimes wonder if I will ever be able to visit all the traditional Japanese restaurants in Shizuoka Prefecture or even in Shizuoka City!
Most do not advertise themselves much as their clientele is definitely upper-class with the understanding that most bills are footed by companies as executive expenses!
Even the traditional entrance will not tell you much as the privacy of the guests is of utmost importance!
At least the sign is obvious in its simplicity: 日本料理/Nihon Ryouri/Japanese Gastronomy!
Mind you, the wine served there is French!
Once inside you find yourself in a true Japanese surrounding and atmosphere!
I definitely recommend any connoisseur to ask for a seat at the counter in the blessedly non-smoking main room where you can observe the chef at work and admire the products!
The unobtrusive non-smoking sign at the counter!
The sake (many local brands available!) is served in carefully chosen earthenware flasks and cups!
A new menu is brush-written everyday, but don’t worry the owners are very kind people who will explain everything with a smile!
Young chef Mitsuru Nanjyou/南條満at work!
This is a family Nanjyou/南條 affair with young and talented Mitsuru/満 san preparing the food, graceful daughter Atsuko/温子 san under the eyes of smiling mother Sumiko/澄子 san!
Was it not for the superb quality of the food, one could easily think himself/herself in a traditional Japanese home!
You know that ladies are at work there as the place is absolutely spotless clean in spite of its (modern age) 40 years of history!
Incidentally, they still exclusively use water from their own well dug deep in the earth!
As it was my first visit I had a bit of a hard time choosing among the many beauties written on the menu!
But I certainly had no problem ordering one specialty which has made the place famous!
Goma dofu/胡麻豆腐/tofu made with sesame seeds (very hard work!) served with freshly grated wasabi!
Naturally, the next order was sashimi!
Aji/鯵/Horse Mackerel (front), Hirame/平目/Sole and Katuso/鰹/Bonito with grated wasabi, ginger, chopped thin leeks and shiso flowers!
Now, what are these?
Cherry tomatoes in Japanese or tomadillos in English. So sweet!
Now, what was next?
Amadai sakamushi/甘鯛鮭むし/Amadai seabream steamed in sake!
Served with tofu and vegetables! True Japanese traditional cuisine!
So light, tasty and healthy!
And served in such beautiful earthenware!
The Amadai/Amadai Seabream, an extravagant fish even in Japan!
Aka Karei Karaage/赤鰈唐揚げ/Deep-fried Red Turbot!
They naturally serve meat too, but for once I found it a great idea to keep to fish, so superb it all was!
Except for the bigger bones all was scrumptious and disappeared! Fish at its very best!
Gastronomy to please Westerners and Japanese alike!
Instead of dessert I ordered an extravagant Chazuke: Tai Goma Chazuke/鯛ごま茶漬け/Tea poured over a bowl of rice and sea bream!
Probably the most famous comfort food in Japan turned into a supreme dish!
Actually, I was coesced into dessert: home-made youkan/羊羹/sweetmeat jelly, another so traditional dish in Japan!
To be continued…
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Showa Cho, 1-1
Opening hours: 17:30~21:00
Closed on Sundays, National Holidays and First Monday of the Month
Main room non-smoking!
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