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French & Italian Gastronomy: Seminar by Wasabi No Kai in Shizuoka City!

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Asabi No Kai or Wasabi Meetup is a non-profit association of chefs, producers and gastronomes based mainly in Central Shizuoka Prefecture.
The basic purpose of this Meetup is to promote the products and gastronomy of Shizuoka Prefecture as well as visiting producers and make their products better known and to promote Shizuoka Gastronomy in general to the public.
A regular event is held on the last Tuesday of every month.

On October 29th, most members met at Il Castagno Italian Restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City for a seminar to share cooking techniques and ideas.

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The seminar had started at 11:00 a.m. and due to work I could join only an hour later and missed a fes demonstrations including the above wild boar tagliatelle,wild boar sauteed and amago trout soup!

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An attentive auditoire composed of some of the most famous chefs in central Shizuoka Prefecture, be they specializing in French, Italian, Sapnish and even Chinese gastronomies!

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Chef Kakiyama of Al Forte Restaurant!

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Wild Boar Belly Confit!

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The wild boar had been confit to soften its fat and had been pasted with a mixture of cheese, breadcrumbs, mustard.
Served with sauteed fresh shiitake mushrooms and cress, with a persimmon sauce!

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Chef Onoda of Caravin!

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Amagi Shamo quenelles!

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The quenelles (as of the fish or meat dumplings prepared in Lyon, France) had been made with various parts of Amagi Shamo Chicken bred at Horie Poultry Farm in Amagi, Izu Peninsula. The soup had been made with fresh shiitake mushrooms from Amagi!

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Ballotine of foie gars and Amagi Shamo chicken breast served home-made pain d’epices (Dijon-style ginger bread).

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Beautiful design! Ballotine made with foie gras and chicken is difficult because of the different texture!

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Amagi Shamo Chicken beats lacquered with steamed pilaf!

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seasoned with finely shredded fresh wasabi root!

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Chef Sugimoto of Tetsuya Sugimoto Restaurant!

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Amago trout, marinated between “knse” sheets and aromatic herbes over minced satoimo/taro root and gobo/burdock!

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Includes olive oil, white wine vinegar, orange olive oil, and salted water jelly!

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Amagi Amago trout pre-cooked (5 minutes) and maronated, sauce tapioca, salt, olive oil, sesame seeds, breadcrumbs, salt seaweed/shio konbu, shirasu/whiting!

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Sudach1 lemon mousse, with sauce made of sesame oil, salt, balsamic vinegar. Wasabi zuke sorbet. Tomatoes marinated in salt, white wine vinegar and olive oil!

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Sauce similar to a home-made mayonnaise. Fresh herbs include dill, lsauteed ucolla roots, taragon!

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Chef Sugimoto holding “Komotake” also called “Makomo” or “Hanagatsumi”/”Manchurian Wild Rice” stems, a great vegetable only started to be actively grown in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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The venison was first marinated in liquid bamboo charcoal to give it the aspect of a black round stone!”

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Venison with Komotake!

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The komotake was served both steamed then fried. Th venison was seasoned with milk sauce!

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Fried komotake chips astride the steamed stem of the same!

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The shiitake were cooked in fond de veau/veal stock, red wine vinegar and Madeira wine!

See you next month!

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French Gastronomy: Land & Sea/Conger Eel & Winged Bean at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City!

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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.

Shizuoka Prefecture being practically “sandwiched” between sea and land in the mildest part of Japan occupies the most favorable location for a constant supply of fresh produce from the sea, the land and the mountains all year round.
It is more a question of finding new ideas to combine such products in season than to look for a rare product and try to arrange it.
Shizuoka conger eels or anago/穴子 are famed all over the country and can be sampled at many Japanese Restaurants.

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Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん being Japanese but first and foremost a French cuisine chef came up with the idea of preparing conger eel almost in Japanese manner by first sauteed and baking it to a crisp and seasoning with a sauce combining both traditional Japanese and French sauce ingredients (secrets, I’m afraid!) I can only guess, but the result leaves you baffled in between two traditions for your utter gustative pleasure!

Now, the wing bean (also known as the Goa bean and Asparagus pea, Four-angled bean and Winged pea) placed symmetrically atop the conger eel is actually called “Square bean/Shikaku Mame/しかく豆” in Japanese.
Would you believe it is a tropical legume plant native to Papua New Guinea?
It is a very valuable vegetable when it comes to all kinds of beneficial elements.
It has recently acquired a big reputation here in Shizuoka and is presented and eaten in all kinds of sizes.
The one used Tooru is still small and young.
Not only it is a tasty and healthy vegetable but it also offers all sorts of design idea thanks to its fresh color which helps enhance the darker colors of meat or fish!
Incidentally this winged bean was organically grown in Fujinomiya City at the foot of Mount Fuji!

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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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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French Gastronomy: Bonito-Katsuo at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City!

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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.

Shizuoka Prefecture boasts many seafood varieties as its specialties: Sakura Ebi/Cherry Shrimps, Shirasu/Sardine Whiting, Tachiuo/Scabbard Fish, Takahashi Gani:the largest crab in the world. and so on, but the fish it is most proud of is arguably katsuo or bonito!

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We are very much in season is coming through the Suruga Bay and along our shores back to colder waters. We call it “Modori Katsuo/Bonito on his way back”!

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Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん often serves as a sublime appetizer in tataki form with organic vegetables, jelly and matcha tea and curry powder for a last seasoning touch!

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Bonito fillets are first seared on all sides before being plunged in icy water to stop the cooking.
Once completely cooled down it is cut in thick slices across the fillet.
Note the edible and so cute shiso/perilla flowers for a simple and so elegant touch!

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Viewed from the other side you can admire the bed created with pieces of organic vegetables and more bonito!

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Such gastronomy becomes a photographer’s pleasure!

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No this is not pasta, but thin egg plant vermicelli!

Considering the comparably simplicity of the ingredients this true gastronomic artistry!
And the taste? Just sublime!

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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French Gastronomy: Vegetables Palette at Tetsuya Sugimoto Restaurant in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Highly professional and friendly
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Beautiful washroom
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Freshest produce and ingredients only, mainly from Shizuoka Prefecture. Organic vegetables, top-class Shizuoka-bred meat and Suruga Bay seafood. Seasonal food only.

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There are times when you feel you ought to take a very long look at a dish to leave an indelible image in your brain.
Tetsuya Sugimoto, owner-chef of the eponymous restaurant in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, tries never to interfere with the natural colors of the vegetables he utilizes in his superlative dishes.

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It becomes a photographic challenge when the plate comes in front of you at first and generally speaking the first photograph as above is rarely the best one!
So you start turning the plate around and take pictures from every possible angle.
Although Tetsuya does not mind at all, keep in mind that the dish, even served on a hot plate, will eventually cool down, so do hurry! (And you had better be alone, as the dragon will always start making snide remarks about my lack of concern for her or our company!)!

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Testuya’s technique is both simple and sophisticated. he will add almost no seasoning or sauce and will use the natural juices of the vegetables for the sauce with the addition of a little lemon juice and secret vinegar both to preserve the color.

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As for perfect cooking I know that he makes almost invisible incisions with a very thin and sharp knife inside the pieces of vegetables when they are thick to achieve a uniform cooking.
Incidentally all his vegetables are organic and grown in Shizuoka Prefecture.
And on request he can make such a dish purely vegan!

Tetsuya SUGIMOTO
420-0038Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Umeya,2-13,1F
Tel./Fax: 054-251-3051
Opening hours:11:30~14:30,17:30~21:30
Holidays: undecided (do make a call first!)
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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French Desserts at Pissenlit French Restaurant in Shizuoka City!

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For all its French concept I very much doubt you will find such a dessert in France! See below.

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.

I have always had a sweet tooth and a weakness for desserts although I do not appreciate over sweet dishes. I’m always looking for something more natural combining inventiveness with classical concepts.
I Always make a point to order desserts at Pissenlit French Restaurant in shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, as Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん is always bound to come up with unexpected and sublime desserts which will not tax your health!
Here is a succinct selection of what I \had the pleasure to enjoy recently!

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This two-tier dessert was created with “croquignolles”, both very soft and crisp biscuits made with plenty of egg whites.

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Home-made ice creams, caramel at bottom and Darjheling Te in between with seasonal fruits!

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It was certainly a rare pleasure to open the whole and admire it before devouring it!

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here is another example of the same cake with strawberry ice cream.
The sauces are custard and raspberry!

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As I said above I very much doubt you will find this concept back in France?
Now, what is this blanc-manger made of?

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Black sesame (no pun intended!) with black sesame and pear sorbets, and decorated with custard and raspberry sauces!

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Although it does look very familiar the concept probably doesn’t exist in France either!

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The mousse cake is made with kinako/dry soy bean powder!

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The ice-cream is also made with kinako and local brown cane sugar!
Sorry for the blurry pic. I had to hurry before it melted away!

Looking for more! LOL

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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Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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French Gastronomy: Galettes (Buckwheat Pancakes) at Henry Galette in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Kind and easy-going
Facilities: very clean overall. Clean washroom (shared with anothet shop)
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points True French-style galettes and crepes! Cidre available. Local vegetables used.

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A small restaurant-cafe as recently opened in Takajo, Shizuoka City, in what used to be a small boutique. Although it is open solely for lunch and cafe time until 18:00 (after that it becomes a record shop!), it is always full at lunch 7 days a week.

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See the records above the kitchen window?

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Although French galettes made with buckwheat flour originate from Western France in Bretagne, the atmosphere is reminiscent of that in small cafes in Paris of Southern France.

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The cafe offers a set lunch with a galette (recipe changing every week) with salad, dessert and one drink for 1,200 yen which is good enough value by Japanese standards.

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One can also order 3 diefferent tyoes of galettes and 3 different types of sweet crepes made with wheat flour for 1.100 yen or at 1.200 yen as a set!
This means you will have at least 5 more reasons to come again!

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French Bretagne Cidre is also available!

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Bolee d’Armorique. At only 2 % of alcohol can be enjoyed at lunch time!

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On that particular day I ordered the lunch ste of the week!

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Bear in mind this slow food and all galettes are made from scratch after order!
Also bear in mind that they make for a copious enough lunch!

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The vegetables are seasonal and locally grown.

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But the egg is more a specialty of the cafe than that of a French galette restaurant as it comes deliciously soft and running under the knife. And the seasoning is certainly more elegant! Mind you, all the staff are young ladies which explains the extra care for details!

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A small but crispy and delicious salad!

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And a cute dessert of the right size!

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This what I had two weeks later from the same menu!

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That time it included stir-fried chicken!
Yummy, fulfilling and so healthy!

See you there next time for dessert!

HENRY GALETTE
470-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-12-1, Aobaen Bidg., 1F
Tel.: 054-260-6116
Opening hours: 11:00~18:00
Entirely non-smoking!

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Asparagus Gastronomy in Shizuoka City!

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French white asparaguses with Italian Summer Truffles at Solio!

Asparaguses have been a favorite at Japanese, French and Italian Restaurants in Japan and Shizuoka for such a long time that we tend to forget that they came late in this country in spite of Japan being the 3rd largest importer of the vegetable after the United States and the European Union. They were first used as ornamental plants in the 1800’s. The first cannery appeared in Hokkaido in 1920. The Japanese developed a taste for green asparagus and consumption of the latter exceeded tahat of white asparaguses in 1978. Now, Japan produces a lot of its own white and green asparaguses to the tune of 24,000 tons in 1998!
Restaurants in Shizuoka City have the choice to use green or white asparaguses grown locally or white asparaguses imported mainly from France and Italy in spite of China being the biggest exporter in the world.

Here a only a few examples of what to expect in Shizuoka City alone! If I find more I7ll make sure to add them to this article!

TETSUYA SUGIMOTO (French Restaurant)

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I was served these white asparaguses from Hokkaido as an appetizer by Chef Tetsuya Sugimoto/杉本哲也さん in his typically artistic but so simple-looking manner!

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Boiled to perfection and served with a light sauce made with Shizuoka-bred pheasant bouillon and Japanese (yes, you read it well!) fermented butter!

SOLIO (Italian Restaurant)

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French white asparaguses with Italian Summer Truffles at Solio!
Note the very generous amount of finely shaved Italian Summer Truffles offered by Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦!

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A beautifully-prepared half poached egg with a very soft white and a yolk just past running point!
Mixing your asparaguses, truffles and egg is just such little sin!

PISSENLIT (French Restaurant)

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This was part of a fish dish that Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん concocted with vegetables represented by green asparaguses served topped with Hollandaise sauce!

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The whole dish!

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White asparagus with scallops!

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Seasoned with local grated karasumi/Boutargue/Botarga/mullet eggs!

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With a simple butter sauce liaising the juices of the asparagus and scallops!

Still looking for more as promised!

Tetsuya SUGIMOTO
420-0038 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Umeya, 2-13, 1F
Tel./Fax: 054-251-3051
Opening hours:11:30~14:30, 17:30~21:30
Holidays: undecided (do make a call first!)
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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!

SOLOIO
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!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

BULA KANA in Fiji
Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: 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!
-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