France meets Japan!
Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat.
You (almost) do not need to import ingredients for superlative French Cuisine in Shizuoka as demonstrated by Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん in this Declinaison/Marriage of buckwheat Crepe and Mousse and Duckling.
Buckwheat/soba/蕎麦 is increasingly grown in Shizuoka Prefecture and Chef Arima discovered a producer called Mr. Sugio/杉尾さん who lives on the other side of Abe River in Shizuoka City!
As for duck and ducklings they do need to be imported unless you wish for a useless extra expense!
Chef Arima had prepared the buckwheat mousse separately.
He made a small buckwheat galette in true French fashion and wrapped it around the mousse.
He placed the whole in the middle of the plate and surrounded it with duckling aiguillettes/thin slices, organic greens from Shizuen No Chikara Farm and boiled buckwheat seeds seasoned with a lukewarm vinaigrette!
The buckwheat mousse inside was so smooth, sophisticated and light!
A truly extravagant appetizer although it would provide for a main dish to many!
Actually as an Amuse-bouche (I should say, “teaser”!) Touru served us a combination of violet sweet potato potage, gougere and Serrano salami!
The next dish will introduced soon! LOL
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
Credit Cards OK
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