French Gastronomy: Early Christmas Dinner at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City!

Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat and caught fish. Very inventive French gastronomy.

In Japan it is always a good idea to have Christmas Dinner before Christmas as the restaurants are full to the brim and menus are generally fixed.
Therefore we decided to have ours earlier at our own convenience in our favorite French restaurant in Shizuoka City: Pissenlit!

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It allowed me also to have a peek at Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん’s lair!

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The concept in Pissenlit is very practical as you first choose a budget and then order from the carte du jour depending on the deal allowing you a varying number of possibilities!

What did we have, then?

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My own first appetizer!

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Semi-marinated mackerel!

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Dragon’s appetizer!

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Semi-marinated oysters!

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Our second appetizer!

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Marbled Duck Foie Gras Terrine!

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A simple but exquisite consomme before the next dish! A small detail that makes the difference!

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Our vegetable dish!

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Except for the truffles all the vegetables are organic and grown in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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From another angle!

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Our fish and seafood dish!

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Seabream, clam and horse mackerel!

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The vegetable on top is a new vegetable grown in Shizuoka City!
Can you guess its name?

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“Cauliflore”! A mixture of broccoli stem and yellow cauliflower!

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My meat dish!

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“Ezo shika”, venison from Hokkaido Island!

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From another angle!

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Dragon’s meat dish!

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Wild duck/game/gibier from Fujinomiya City!

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What with the organic vegetables, a truly natural dish!

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From another angle!

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A small but exquisite cheese plate for me!

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Now, what is Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん preparing next?

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Dragon’s grand dessert!

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Tiramisu, semi-dried “anpokaki persimmon”, Chocolat ice cream and chocolate cake crumbs!

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And coffee, served as it should be!

Yes, we had wine, and plenty of it!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!
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