Japanese Gastronomy: “Shun no Kai” Dinner at Togaji, Shizuoka City!

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Service: Friendly and attentive
Equipment and facilities: Very clean overall. Beautiful “Magic” washroom
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: true Shizuoka and Japan traditional seasonal gastronomy. Great sake!

“Shun no Kai/旬の会” means “Seasonal Gastronomy Association”. Its initiator, Mr. Toshiyuki Iwasawa, a senior official in the Shizuoka Prefecture Government Agriculture and Forestry Department who knows all the farmers and their products in the Prefecture is constantly promoting the products and gastronomy of our Prefecture on a purely volunteer basis by organizing all kinds of dinners, events and seminars in local restaurants, whenever his busy work permits.

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I finally had the pleasure to take part in one of his dinner parties with 15 other guests at a new Japanese Restaurant/high level izakaya called “Tokaji/とか路”. Actually the real name is “Ryouri to Sake Tokaji/料理と咲けとか路/Gastronomy and Sake (the last is a pun also signifying “flowering”!).

It is located in the heart of Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, along the Aoba Street!

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The Master of the House, Mr. Naoto Togashi/冨樫直人さん who opened this new restaurant one year ago!

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A very traditional izakaya-sryle Japanese restaurant with a long counter and tatami/rice straw mat room for a total of 16~18 seats!

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Plenty of Shizuoka sake available!

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The little details that make it so Japanese!

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Toshiyuki Iwasawa had provided tons of information on the food and ingredients of the day!

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The Shizuoka Prefecture sake served on that day were all brewed by Negami Brewery in Gotemba City!

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“Kinmei Junmai Ginjo, Limited brew/金明純米吟醸(限定)”!

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“Kinmei Tokubetu Junmai Omachi/金明特別純米雄町”, “Kinmmei Junmai Ginjyo Hiyaoroshi/金明純米吟醸ひやおろし”, and “Kinmei Karakuchi Junmai Shu, Aki Agari/金名辛口純米咲け秋あがり”!

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Even the water was provided from the well of Negami Brewery located at an altitude of 550 meters up the slopes of Mount Fuji!

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And now the succulent dinner!

Ingredients:
Amago trout raised in Shimoyama farm in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula
Mushrooms: Masujima Farm in Izu no Kuni City, Izu Peninsula
Wild venison from Izu Shika Monya in Izu Peninsula
Wasabi: Ida Farm in Izu Peninsula
Jaboticaba: Farm Cafe Jaboticaba, Mariko, Shizuoka City

Amago trout and mushrooms light soup!
お椀(下山養魚場のアマゴ真丈と増島農園のキノコ)

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Amago Trout sashimi and Roasted venison with wasabi pickles!
お造り(アマゴの刺身とイズシカ問屋の伊豆鹿のローストを飯田農園の山葵で)

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Amago trout and seasonal vegetables baked in a crust of salt!
焼き物(アマゴの塩釜焼き)

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The same, exquisitely served!

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“Lily root cake stuffed with minced venison, steamed and simmered, served with ankake sauce!
煮物(菊花蕪の伊豆鹿射込み)

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The same with the venison stuffing!

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Deep-fired taro roots and mushrooms, and venison croquettes!
揚げ物(はの字のキノコのさつま揚げ・伊豆鹿コロッケ)

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Rice steamed with mushrooms!
食事(キノコの出汁でキノコの炊き込みご飯、アマゴの粕汁)

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Amago trout soup cooked with sake white lees!

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Sake White lees Mousse cake and Jaboticaba!
甘味(和風金名の酒粕のムースと農園カフェcafe Jaboticabaのジャッボチカバ)

A true feast!

TOKAJI/料理と咲けとか路

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-cho, 9-5, Trends Bldg, 1F.
Opening hours: 17:00~22:30.
Tel.: 054-273-5218
Closed on Sundays.

“Shun no Kai/旬の会”
Mr. Toshiyuki Iwasawa
静岡県志太榛原農林事務所  岩澤敏幸
〒427-0007 静岡県島田市野田1120-1
TEL 0547-37-1160
FAX 0547-37-1163
携帯 090-4261-3492
E-mail: toshiyuki1_iwasawa@pref.shizuoka.lg.jp

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