French Gastronomy: Autumn Lunch at Beau Ciel in Shizuoka City!

Service: Pro and attentive
Facilities and Equipment: Extremely clean. Superb separate washrooms!
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Elegant restaurant and French gastronomy. Superb panoramic view of Shizuoka from Mount Fuji to the Suruga Bay. Building totally non-smoking!

It was only my second visit to Beau Ciel for lunch today.
The first time was for a special function and I was curious to go there by myself.
The restaurant is located on the 25th floor of Aoi Tower just across the street from Shizuoka JR Station North exit, No wonder the restaurant is mostly full at lunch time (almost ladies, mind you!)!

The three lunch menus (you can reserve for a different course in advance) were on display at the entrance.
The top course was priced at 3,000 yen (30 euros) and it looked pretty reasonable considering the dishes it offered.

If you wish to enjoy the great panoramas from Mount Fuji down to the Suruga Bay come early or reserve your table in advance!

Classical table setting.

The service there is professional, unobtrusive, polite and actually quite helpful.
Very reminiscent of a classy hotel.

The cold appetizer:
Salmon, prawns, kabocha and vegetables terrine!

I must admit this is far better fare than in many vaunted hotel restaurants!

From another angle:
The vegetables were very fresh and tasty.
Beautiful and tasty!

Hot appetizer:
Sweet potato and kabocha soup!

Quite elegant.

Hot, tasty and very comforting!

The “fish course” consisted of a small pot of fricassee sole/shitabirame and mushrooms in Bourguignonne cream sauce.

Very appetizing!

The tomato and spinach at the bottom made for a remarkable complement to the delicious sole!

The main dish:
Japanese premium beef with onion sauce and mushroom gratin.

From another angle to give an idea of the general size and arrangement.
Makes for some beautiful pictures!

The beef!
A bit small but absolutely succulent!
Actually the whole lunch made up for quite a hearty proposition!

Japanese beef is comparatively extravagant at all levels and actually small portions are probably a good idea!

The mushroom gratin was a judicious and beautiful accompaniment!

The dessert:
Seasonal chestnuts pound cake!

For a closer view!
The Chantilly cream reminded you of Mont Blanc Cake!

For once I took my time to savor it!

And coffee served as it should be!

All in all, very reasonable considering the quality, quantity, service and locale!
Highly recommended for lunch!

25F Sky Restaurant
GRANDAIR Bouquet Tokai
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi, 17-1, Aoi Tower, 25F (right across from Shizuoka JR Station North exit)
Tel.: 054-273-5250
Fax: 054-273-5251
Opening hours: Lunch 11:30~14:30, Tea Time-14:30~17:30, Dinner-17:30~21:00
Credit Cards OK
Completely nonsmoking!


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