Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment: Great general cleanliness. Beautiful toilets
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Great use of local ingredients in beautiful Chinese Cuisine. Great sake and shochu!

Hana Oto/華音 has become an institution in Shizuoka City and it is almost impossible to find a seat at times in spite of their larger new establishment!
It is always a good idea to check regularly as at least half of their offerings are only seasonal.
This time I decided to try one “regular” and one “seasonal” offering!

For once I took a picture of their hand-written menu to make sure I remembered later!

First, the seasonal dish: Shiba Ebi to Kinshinsai No Togarashi Pikurusu Itame/芝海老と金針菜の唐辛子ピクルス炒め/Shiba shrimps and kinshinsai fried with pickled chili peppers!

For a closer look!

The unripe flower part of the kinshinsai is edible, quite soft and tasty and marries very well with other sauteed ingredients.
As for the Shiba Shrimps, these are medium-large seasonal shrimps with the right size and taste for such a dish.
The pickled chili peppers’ salt and heat combined very well with the soft taste of the kinshinsai and shrimps and their light transparent sweet and sour sauce!

On the other hand the maboodofu was of a puissant taste with some strong spices including star anise, although it wasn’t so hot!

I like the way they serve the tofu in medium-sized soft cubes that can be cut easily enough but that you can still scoop with chopsticks.
Great poured on top of plain steamed with rice!
And plenty of beer to drink with it!

To be continued…

HANA OTO/華音
420-0032 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Ryougae Cho, 5-8, Shin Kamogawa Bldg., 2F-D
Business hours: 17:30~24:00
Closed on Mondays

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