Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: excellent overall cleanliness
Prices: reasonable to slightly expensive, good value.
Strong points: Bistro-style gastronomy

For all the great restaurants, especially French and Italian, serving exquisite modern gastronomy in Shizuoka Prefecture there are still a few (very good) establishments creating and serving unpretentious food along more traditional/classic lines.
I recently had the occasion to sample dinner in such a restaurant, namely Ninosa, a French-style bistro located away from the bustling center of Shizuoka City.

As unpretentious it might be, they still have a very appropriate and reasonably-priced wine list. This riesling wine called Andlau from French Alsace certainly married well with the food of the day!

You can choose whether to eat the French way or the Japanese way!

The menu is easy enough to read but you might need bring a Japanese-speaking friend along!

An appetizer graciously offered with the wine!

A French bistro classic: “Fromage de Tete”!

“Fromage de Tete” in French means “Head Cheese”, and is a jelly-based terrine made with different parts of the head of a pig, notably the nose, cheeks and ears!

A dish that brought back memories from my native France!

Yummy-looking, isn’t it?

The French love North African cuisine and Ninosa has come up with a dish combining Moroccan and Japanese gastronomies:
Scallops and Snow Crab Pastilla!

It certainly looked very appetizing lying on its bed of julienned vegetables!

A great use of local vegetables!

Tender and delicate seafood inside a light and crusty pie!

Another French Bistro classic: Young Duck Roast served with Porto Wine sauce!

Cooked to perfection!

Another great use of local vegetables!

If I may allow myself a single reproach I would say that they could have served a bit more of this succulent mashed potato!

If I had to find a single reason to visit Ninosa, it would be their desserts!
Peach Compote!

The peach is served atop its own jelly!
Frankly speaking, there were too many things to taste inside this dessert! LOL

Not to mention the tantalizing home-made vanilla ice-cream!

Home-made jelly sweets with coffee for the finishing touch!

To be followed…. of course! LOL

NINOSA
Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Shintori, 1-10-11
Tel.: 054-251-3502
Business hours: 11:30~13:30, 18:00~21:00
Closed on Wednesdays and 3rd Tuesday
Credit Cards OK

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