Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Mini Tomato O-Hitashi!

O-toushi/お通しis actually a bit difficult to translate.
In a Japanese (in Japan) izakaya it is an appetizer that is served with the first drink and that you pay for in general in lieu of a cover charge.
I have nothing against such a notion as it gives you a good idea of the chef’s skills!

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When we can get plenty of small/mini tomatoes we just peel them (drop in hot water first and they’ll peel easily away!) and marinate them in hon dashi/Japanese soup stock (preferably konbu/seaweed) and mirin inside the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours.

Serve them with their soup and fresh parsley!
Of course, variations are infinite!
Think of the presentation, too!

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Italian Gastronomy: Quick Dinner at Soloio (April 2014) in Shizuoka City!

Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

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The other day, having been busy all day as it is bound to be on holidays (!) we decided it would be better to visit our friends at Solio Italian Restaurant in Shizuoka City, Aoki Ku!
As they serve only slow food it was perfect for relaxation and great food!

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Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子さん and Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん

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As Takehiko is very particular about the vegetables he uses, one ought to have a go at his great bagna cauda!

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All local vegetables including some from his own garden!

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I never tire of looking at them!

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On that particular day one item than Frenchmen cannot ignore was on the menu!

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Ris de veau/veal sweetbread with mushrooms in Marsala wine sauce!

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Actually both Takehiko and Mieko had just come back from a week-trip to Italy!
They offered us some succulent wild boar and pork salami served with cold confit onion!

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Takehiko is also very careful about the fish he serves especially as carpaccio!

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Madai/Japanese red seabream from Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Pasta is always made with the best and freshest ingredients!

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White fleshed fish and spring cabbage linguine!

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Might look simple enough, but I can guarantee that the taste is superb!
We certainly never eat what we can make at home, and there are secrets that will never be fully revealed!

SOLOIO

Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん/Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子さん

420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Happy hour: 16:00~17:00: 1,000 yen set-3 appetizers plate and 1 glass of house wine!
Smoking allowed BUT Non-smoking until 20:00 everyday!