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French Restaurant: Vegetarian Lunch at Tetsuya Sugimoto

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Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Very fresh local ingredients extensively used. Seasonal ingredients only.

Today is Sunday.
As the Missus has to work (for an orthondontist! You can imagine what I’m going though about to\eeth hygiene!LOL) and that I didn’t any have sports event to worry about, I just went to my office for some “work”.
I was not that hungry when an idea burst into the back of my head: why not check on my good friend Tetsuya Sugimoto? I knew he was getting all kind of supremley delicious vegatables for all over the Prefecture and beyond.
My hunch had been the right one when I saw the vegetables advertized on their blackboard outside!

Apart of very comfortable tables and chairs, the restaurant has a beautiful counter where loners (and couples!) can enjoy thir meal almost in semi privacy while ogling at the chef working in his kitchen.

The view from the counter towards the entrance!

The other from the counter looking at Tetsya Sugimoto at work!

Testuya Sugimoto has a wine list all the more remarkable for its very reasonable prices when you consider the taste and combination of the available nectars.
As there was little chance of my guzzling down a full bottle, I just asked for a couple of glass of red wine.

I was served a Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2007 by Chanson et Freres.
A bit young and tannic, but just what I needed!

Now, I didn’t even bother looking at the Sunday Lunch menu and set Courses. I had made sure to come late enough not to interfere with the restaurant’s business and asked Tetsuya in person (if you know him, he is very amenable and will accomodate all your priorities) what he could do with allthe vegetables he had on hand.
“OK!” was the terse reply, but he had realized that I had seen what vegetables were on offer!

The little appetizer above is a combination of two different carrot mousses, red Kyo ninjin and yellow Kyo ninjin (Kyo stands for Kyoto-style, Ninjin for carrots) grown in Hamamatsu city. A dessert if there was one!

And then came the “platter” of sauteed vegetables!

Viewed at a different angle!

And viewed form another angle again!

Testuya explained to me that all the vegetables were sauteed with a little oil, salt and pepper only. The sauce was formed nturally with water and the vegetables juices! Vegans, rejoice!

Now the vegetables were:
Yacon, Kuro Daikon (black-skinned daikon), Yellow and Violet Cauliflower, Aka Kyoninjin (red Kyoto-style carrots), Kiiro Kyoninjin (yellow Kyoto-style carrots), Hina no Kabu/long thin red and white turnip, Petit Vert Lettuce, Shiroi Kabu/White round turnips, andLeek/Poireau from Mr. Matsuki’s Biofarm in Shibakawa-Cho at the foot of Mount Fuji (the other vegetables are from Hamamatsu City).

Testyya belatedly he had forgotten to include the topinambours from Hokkaido Island! He then prepared a small plate of sauteed topinambour in olive oil. Absolutely gorgeous!

The deseert was a beautiful sorbet made with late-ripening apples from Hokkaido. The texture was reminiscent of apple compote. Delicious!

Coffee and mignardises!

For a better view of the mignardises!

My, my, now how much did you pay for that? You might ask.
40 US $, wine, coffe, bread and butter included!
I was so embarrassed I left a 10 US $ tip!

Tetsuya SUGIMOTO
420-0038 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Umeya, 2-13, 1F
Tel./Fax: 054-251-3051
Open for lunch and dinner
Vegetarian and Vegan courses on order
Closed on Wednesdays
Credit Cards OK

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