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Wine Bar & Restaurant: Kichi To Naru Kitchen in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Smiling, friendly and easy-going
Equipment & Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Very fresh local vegetables. Healthy and filling fusion bistro food. Wines served all day long

There is a new very welcome trend of new restaurants coming to town not only to please all budgets but also making a maximum use of local products ensuring freshness and taste at reasonable prices inside a modern and easy-going environment

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The latest addition in Shizuoka City, Kichi To Naru Kitchen, is actually the third establishment opened by Kichi To Naru Co. which originally hails from Fuji City.

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The place is extremely clean and comfortable tucked away from the heat of the summer and the cold of winter.

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The gastronomy is markedly Italian-inspired although it is more fusion than anything else comprising typical Japanese and French bistro fare.

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If you are on your own sit at the counter and enjoy the sight of young chefs working in an open kitchen!

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Even at lunch the menu offers quite some choice.
For my first lunch I chose the Milky rice (risotto-style) with curry sauce and mushrooms cultivated by Mr. Hasegawa in Fuji City!

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It comes with fresh greens and beans salad,…

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and potage.

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The milky rice risotto and (mild) curry sauce, a very Japanese concept!

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I must admit that the milky rice risotto was a bit of discovery! It was perfectly married to the curry sauce!

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For my second lunch I sampled the pasta with fried eggplants in mildly hot tomato sauce!

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Very Italian in concept!

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Very healthy and tasty al dente spaghetti!

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And home-made tiramisu for dessert!

Expect more visits at tea-time and dinner!

Kichi To Naru Kitchen
Chef: Ryo Ogihara
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-Cho, 5-8, Miraie Shichiken Cho Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-255-5036
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00 (until 24:00 on Saturdays & Sundays)
Closed on Mondays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

Other establishments:
Kichi To Naru Kitchen
Fuji City, Takane Cho, 11-9
Tel.: 0545-57-0111

Kichi To Naru Izakaya
Fuji City, Urijima Cho, 108
Tel.: 0545-53-0187

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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Japanese Gastronomy with Local Shizuoka Products at Korosuke in Fuji City!

Service: Very friendly and attentive.
Facilities and equipment: Very clean. Superb toilets.
Prices: Reasonable.
Strong points: A great introduction to local products served with a very healthy concept. Private room available. Parking available.

Chef Koichi Satoh/佐藤高一さん opened Korosuke/ころ助 eight years ago in Fuji City and his fame has reached Shizuoka City where people do not get easily excited.
Today a good friend of mine was kind enough to drive all the way to share lunch with me!

You definitely need a car (or a taxi) to reach the place which is not easy to find, but the sign in the car park already gives you a good idea of what to expect: Portobella mushrooms by Mr. Hasegawa in Fuji City, Fuji no Jidori Chicken by Mr. Aoki in Fujinomiya City, Fuji Rainbow Trout by Mr. Kunugi in Fujinomiya City, Asagiri Kougen Beef (Wagyu) by Mr. Morimoto on the asagiri Plateau, Asagiri Yoguru Pork by the Matsuno Family on Asagiri Plateau, U no Hana Healthy Tofu by the Miwa Shop and so on!

It didn’t really look like a restaurant from the far side of the busy and wide thoroughfare!

But with the word “Dining” you couldn’t mistake it for anything else!

The privacy of the customers was certainly well protected!

Very interesting calligraphy!

Nobody seemed to be smoking inside and Mr. Satoh told me he intends to make the establishment non-smoking at all times from next month!

Local pottery on sale!

Mr. Hasegawa’s nationally famous Portobella Mushrooms!

A reasonably-priced lunch set considering the quality!
Individual plates and orders are naturally available but for my first visit the set lunch was the obvious choice!

Hot towels and a small salad!

These cute hot towel rabbits are not to be eaten!

The lunch is served inside an antique rice measure box!
What did we have then?

Plain rice seasoned with black rice!
Delicious and very tasty!

White miso soup with fish stock, egg whites, mizuna and daikon!

Top row:
Seared Fuji no Jidari Chicken sashimi from Aoki’s Farm.
Matsuno Family Asagiri Yoguru Pork Shabu shabu salad.
Tofu by Miwa Shop. Very nutritious tofu!

Middle row:
Deep-fried “kisu/Sillago”.
Sauteed Scallops.
Deep-fried Portobella Mushrooms from Mr. Hasegawa’s garden.

Bottom row:
Fuji no Jidori Chawanmushi.
Maguro no misoyaki/tuna grilled with miso.
Organic red shiso juice.

Coffee and dessert!

Baked sweet potato, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce!

Now, I’m definitely planning to come again for dinner with plenty of wine and Shizuoka Sake!

KOROSUKE
416-0954 Fuji City, Moto Ichiba Cho, 975
Tel.: 0545-653-450
Business hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~23:00
Closed on Mondays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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Fuji No Kuni Gastronomic Fair in Fuji City (September 2011)

On September 22nd another “Fuji no Kuni” Gastronomic Fair was held under the auspices of the Shizuoka Prefecture Economy & Industry Bureau at Maison De Anniversaire in Fuji City to support the local food and producers.

As the event started at 7 p.m. I arrived a bit early at Shin Fuji Station where I was greeted by a beautiful sunset!
As the site of the event took place high at the foot of Mount Fuji I did well to reach the Station at 6 p.m.!

Arriving early gave me ample time to greet some friends and acquaintances like Mr. Sano, owner of Sanoman Co. in Fujinomiya City!

It also allowed me to survey the dining room and have a look at the menu and appetizers on my plate before exchanging business cards with many another guest. Actually most guests, representing companies or coming as individuals, had some kind of direct relation with the economy and agriculture of Shizuoka Prefecture.
Incidentally, the appetizers were Mangenton ball in escabeche from Sanoman Co. and the chicken roulade was made with Koshamo chicken from Aoki Farm in Fuji City!

The beer that day was brewed by Stephan Rager at Bayern Meister Beer Co. in Fujinomiya City!

And the Japanese sake was provided by Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomya City!

A honjyozo called “Raku/楽/Enjoy Yourself!”

Guests including some celebrities taking their seats in all informality.

The MC of the day: Mrs. Kyouko Ishigami, a Shizuoka sake expert!

The dinner started with a vegetable and salmon trout jelly terrine and organic salad!

The salmon trout was bred by Kunugi Fish Farm and all the organic vegetables were grown by Mtsuki Bio Farm, both in Fujinomiya City!

Each producer involved in the preparation of the repast introduced their venture on the mike: Mr. Sano of Sanoman Co.

Beautiful mushroom soup with imo/taro. The mushrooms were cultivated by Mr. Hasegawa in Fuji City!

Madai/Seabream (brought from Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City) poelee with a galette of sakura shrimps from the same harbour. The vegetables are of course from Matsuki Bio Farm and the bacon from Sanoman Co.

For a closer view!

Charcoal-grilled Izu Venison Roast from deer meat processed by the Izu City Food Processing Center!

Very French in concept! And delicious!

The representative of Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

The dessert!

Shizuoka Fig Millefeuille with blueberry sauce!

Financier!

A very interesting dinner indeed introducing all the good ingredients from Shizuoka Prefecture!

I wonder where they are going to hold this monthly event next time!

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Shizuoka Agricultural Products: Recipes for Hasegawa Garden’s Portabella Mushrooms!

I was given a few enormous Portabella Mushrooms the other day among a batch of mushrooms sent to our office at Agrigraph.!

Mr. Mitsushi Hasegawa/長谷川光史さん

They are grown by Mr. Mitsushi Hasegawa in Fuji City at Hasegawa Garden/長谷川農園.

They were truly enormous!

To give you a better idea!

So, last night the Missus and I (well, more the Missus than I!) found ourselves busy devising recipes for them to be served at dinner.
For the first recipe, we agreed on steamed syu-mai style.
The Missus prepared a filling with minced chicken, chopped onions and carrots, the chopped mushroom stem, a little Japanese sake, salt and pepper.
She filled one Portabella Mushroom with it and covered the meat with syu-mai “skin strips”.

She steamed the whole, then. Interestingly enough, a lot of juices oozed out of it (she steamed syu-mai with the juices later!)!

We cut it carefully once out of the steamer.

Simple, juicy and very tasty!

For the second recipe the Missus decided to prepare it French/Italian style.
Instead of steaming it, she put the portabella Mushroom stuffed with the same syu-mai filling on a little olive oil on a non-stick pan but with nothing on top at first. She kept a glass lid over the fry pan so as not let juices evaporate. She fried it for a little while before adding some white wine and covering it with the lid again. Once the filling was cooked she placed cheese and tomato sauce on top and cooked it until the cheese has spread down to the bottom of the pan.

Simple, juicy and tasty again!
Sorry for the picture blurred by the steam coming out of the filling!

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