French Gastronomy: Lunch at C’Est La Vie Restaurant in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Inventive French Bistro style gastronomy. Very fresh products from Shizuoka and other Prefecture.


Shizuoka City is divided into 3 distinct wards, Aoi Ku, Suruga Ku, and Shimizu Ku. Suruga Ku south of Shizuoka JR Station is rapidly evolving into a gastronomic area to provide for a growing population and palliate for the congested Aoi Ku north of Shizuoka JR Station.


In Mabuchi you will find a small island of Southern France called “C’est La Vie” (“This is life”!) offering inventive and healthy French gastronomy concocted by Chef Keisuke Suzuki/鈴木啓介さん to an ever-growing clientele.


A scene changing with the seasons!

The other day I finally had the chance to visit for lunch!


A simple , but very cosy interior!
At lunch it would be a good idea to check on the phone first!


There is only one seasonal menu for lunch but you can add some variations to it!
Very reasonably-priced!


And wine is provided by the glass at lunch time!


I sat at the counter to be able to peek into the kitchen and see Keisuke at work!


A cute smoked salmon amuse bouche to accompany my wine!


Bread and delicious olive oil!


I decided to combine the plate 8 organic vegetables cultivated at Gomi Farm in Yamanashi prefecture and a slice of pate de campagne and salad!


From another angle!


The pate de campagne! So elegant!


I also added a very appetizing red beets veloute soup to my menu!


Great finish with fresh cream, olive oil and parsley for culinary and artistic balance!


There were 4 main dishes!
I opted for the Shizuoka bred Suruga Beef!


Bear in mind that beef is still extravagant in Japan!


Served with beautiful organic vegetables!


More vegetables!


The dessert plate and coffee!


Warm chocolate cake!


Rolled cake!


And ricotta Bavarois!

There are still some other morsels to explore even at lunch so you can expect other reports!

422-8063 Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Mabuchi, 4-10-6
Tel. & Fax: 054-287-8115
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 18:00~22:00
Closed on Wednesdays and 3rd Tuesday
Cash only
Entirely non-smoking!


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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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