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Vietnamese Gastronomy: Dinner at Annam in Shizuoka city (Spring 2012)

Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb separate washrooms.
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive.
Strong points: Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine prepared and served by Vietnamese staff. Great use of local products. Vietnamese shochu!

Last night the Missus finally convinced me to pay a long overdue visit to Annam Restaurant in Shizuoka City!
Well, the Missus’ nickname is “Dragon” and dragons have always been welcome in Vietnam…
That said, Annam is not only the sole true Vietnamese Restaurant in the Prefecture, it is also a top-class establishment!
So what did we have for dinner?

Bain Seo, the Vietnamese equivalent, but a lot lighter, of a Japanese okonomiyaki!
Crispy and light, you break or cut it as you like and you wrap it in lettuce!

Soft shell crab sauteed with vegetables and herbs.

The edible shell is so soft and add so much to the bite and savors!

Fried pork fried in yakiniku style, deep-fried minced pork spring rolls and hot bifun rice vermicelli and chopped vegetables greens salad.

Lovely and crispy spring rolls!

And the vermicelli were as good as any pasta, and so much lighter!

A new item on the menu: Vietnamese style deep-fried chicken wings with pickled vegetables!

The chicken wings are first cooked tender before being battered (I mean dip in batter!) and deep-fried for a happy marriage between crispiness and tenderness!

We decided to skip dessert in favor of a mini pho soup.
Beef pho soup for me!

Chicken pho soup for the Dragon!

Looking forward to sampling their next summer menu!

Owner: Ms. Le Thi Hong Vinh
Chef: Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Mai

ANNAM
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kooyamachi, 6-6, Mitduhisa Building, 2F
Tel.: 054-250-2266
Fax: 054-250-2323
Business hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~22:30
Closed on Mondays
Parties welcome
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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Vietnamese Cuisine: Lunch at Annam (new address) in Shizuoka City!

Service: Smiling, very polite and friendly
Facilities: Superb cleanliness through and through. Superb toilets.
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Authentic Vietnamese cuisine by Vietnamese Chef and staff. Fresh products. Private room available and parties welcome in great comfort.
Entirely non-smoking!

Annam, easily the best Vietnamese Restaurant in the Prefecture, has just moved to a new location nearer to the bustling centre of Shizuoka City end of last June!
I finally managed to find some time today to pay them a visit for lunch before checking on their full dinner soon at full leisure!

It is definitely bigger than the old address and more intimate since it is now on a second floor instead of the ground floor.

You can either sit at one of the tables, on a couch along the wall, at the small counter or in a private room!

Although people cannot see from the outside, plenty of view for the guests with enormous bay windows!

A refined corner of Vietnam in the middle of Japan!

Annam’s gastronomy is both classic and modern with fresh ingredients, very light, healthy and satisfying!
To give you e better idea I opted for the set lunch (2,400 yen) which started with a quail eggs soup!

Next, the appetizers dish!

Raw Spring rolls.

Shrimp and green papaya salad.

Nem/deep-fried roll.

Plenty of succulent sauces and condiments to choose from!

Chicken sauteed with honey!

Beef Pho soup!

Very fresh ingredients!

Succulent traditional dessert with tapioca, banana, coconut milk and peanuts!

Real coffee with real milk and real coffee! So elegant!
Did you know that Vietnam is the second coffee producer in the World?

Looking forward to dinner very soon!

Owner: Ms. Le Thi Hong Vinh
Chef: Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Mai

ANNAM
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kooyamachi, 6-6, Mitduhisa Building, 2F
Tel.: 054-250-2266
Fax: 054-250-2323
Business hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~22:30
Closed on Mondays
Parties welcome
HOMEPAGE

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Vietnamese Cuisine: Shizuoka Agricultural Products at Annam

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment: Very clean and beautiful washroom.
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Authentic Vietnamese cuisine prepared by all-vietnamese staff!
Great use of local products.
Entirely non-smoking!

Owner: Ms. Le Thi Hong Vinh
Chef: Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Mai

Good authentic Vietnamese Restaurants are only found far and between in Shizuoka Prefecture, but here in Shizuoka City we are lucky enough to have the real (and probably the only one!) article: Annam!

It has become such a reference that they will have to move next June to a better suited location right in the middle of downtown Shizuoka in front of Nakajimaya Grand Hotel where they will find like-minded company.

Their menus offer a great variety and they do make a true effort to use local ingredients, especially vegetables. Shizuoka Prefecture being an agricultural treasure trove, it explains why we are blessed with so many top quality establishments!

Actually, they can devise you an entirely vegetarian (or anything else) repast given enough time in advance. By definition, Vietnamese food is healthy and one ought to sample its authentic form (as opposed to fast food oriented diners) regularly.

Since my work is to make discover restaurants that serve high quality, healthy and local food, it was only a pleasure to visit Annam once again, the more for it that their menus keep pace with the seasons!

As I was having lunch by myself I decided to sample at least three dishes and stay away from the carbohydrates!
My first dish ( a pretty long name in Vietnamese) was Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables.

Pan-fried with just the right amount of seasoning, the local vegetables including delicious Jew’s Ear mushrooms were scrumptious, cooked to perfection to allow you to enjoy their true taste and savors.
They also certainly made for great appetizing colors!

The second dish could have been called a “meat” dish, although the latter has nothing to do those big lumps of greasy meat served elsewhere: Sauteed Herb Beef!

The beef is cut into small enough pieces and wrapped in herbs before being fried.

The herbs will trap the beef juices and make for a really tender and delicious morsel.
It is such pleasure to pick the wrapped pieces one at a time with your chopsticks and have all the savors spread through your palate as you bite into them.

My last dish was Chicken sauteed in Lemon Grass.
A curry note was also added to them for the perfect spicy balance.

Everything was cut into the proper dainty size for maximum enjoyment.
I do agree some rice would have been welcome to top it with, but I said I was here to taste!

But I couldn’t escape a dessert: Violet Sweet Potato “Cie”!
A typical Vietnamese dessert, it is concocted with violet Sweet Potato, coconuts milk and tapioca. Just the right sweetness, and plenty of satisfaction without being overwhelmed.
Make sure you keep some space for one of these desserts!

Looking forward to report again in June!

ANNAM
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 17-9
Tel.: 054-250-2266
Fax: 054-250-2323
Business hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~22:00
Closed on Monday (or next day if National Holiday)
HOMEPAGE
Credit Cards OK

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