Japanese Traditional Gastronomy: Suzuki Restaurant in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and informative
Equipment and facilities: Very clean overall and superb washroom
Prices: Expensive but fair
Strong points: Authentic traditional Japanese gastronomy mainly with local ingredients. Great sake and drinks list. Main dining room non-smoking.

To think that Suzuki/寿々喜 (the last kanji is actually written with 3 “sevens”) moved to Takajyo District only 5 minutes away from my workplace 11 years ago and that it had repeatedly been recommended to me…
I made amends at long last last Friday evening and certainly enjoyed the experience, if belatedly!

Although celebrated in the gastronomic circles of Shizuoka Prefecture and beyond, Suzuki Restaurant is definitely a “hidden address”. A discreet side look at the customers will quickly convince you this is definitely and upper-class establishment in spite of its relatively small size. But its location in Takajyou District, reputedly the gastronomic centre of Shizuoka City, is already an indication of its elevated status!

i recommend you to sit at the counter in the main dining room simply because it is non-smoking and you will be able to observe veteran Chef Takao Suzuki/鈴木高雄さん at work!
Suzuki San will be glad to advise you whether to choose a course according to your budget or from the carte of the day. Don’t forget to ask him about what drink, including local sake, would suit best the dishes you have ordered!

Tsukidashi, the first snack coming with the first drink!

As it was my first visit, I took things easy and ordered three different dishes to be accompanied by three different local sakes!

O-makase no tsukuri/The Chef’s choice of sashimi!

More than half of the seafood was from Shizuoka Prefecture!

From right to left:
Hamo/鱧/Pike Conger Eel, Madai/真鯛/True Seabream/, Bakagai/破家蛤/Chinese Mactra, Tairagai/玉珧/Pen Shell and Katsuo/鰹/Bonitto above.

From right to left:
Tairagai/玉珧/pen Shell, uni/海栗/Sea urchin, Aori Ika/障泥烏賊/Bigfin Reef Squid, and above, Katsuo/鰹/Bonito and Saba Konbujime/鯖〆/Mackerel marinated between seaweed leaves.
Truly extravagant!

I just had to have some cooked fish:
Aka Mutsu Shio yaki/赤むつ塩焼き/Rosy Seabass grilled in salt.
Cooked to perfection with the flesh juisces steaming out under the chopsticks. A treat!

Since it was only the first stage of a long night i opted for a vegetable dish instead of a dessert!
Natsu Yasai Mushi Bachi/夏野菜むし鉢/pot-steamed summer Vegetables including eggplant, asparaguses, okra and tomato!

From another angle…
Not only beautiful, but so delicious!

To be continued…

SUZUKI/寿々喜
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 1-6-3, Maison Aoi 1F
Tel.: 054-273-8030
Opening hours: 18:00~21:00
Closed on Sundays and 3rd Monday of the month.
Recommendations highly recommended!
Cards OK

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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

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