Service: Friendly and easy-going
Equipment: Very clean overall. Superb washroom
Strong points: Great use of local products, vegetables, meat and fish in Japanese and foreign cuisines.
For the pleasure of the denizens of Shizuoka City the present trend seems to be in favor of wine bars!
I totally agree with it because, although I love my Japanese sake, I do also appreciate wine (normal since I hail from Bourgogne!)!
TAITA CORPORATION, already owning such establishments as Budo no Oka Restaurants, opened this new wine bar/bistro on January 17th and it is already pretty much crowded!
The concept is quite interesting with a relatively discreet entrance I discovered when I visited it for the first time in the company of a group of chefs and producers!
The atmosphere is very reminiscent of a cellar bar/restaurant in southern Europe!
Naturally, plenty of wines, Japanese and foreign at reasonable prices!
Superb raw hams from Spain!
Plenty of local vegetables, quite a few of them organic!
Chef Koushin Saita/才田享辰 and Manager Yusuke Kondo/近藤雄介!
Japanese pink Cremant!
Now, what did our merry band sample on that day?
Plenty of wines which I hope to describe in another blog!
Broccoli and carrot mousse in olive oil to help us wait for the first dish!
Parmegiano cheese on fresh cress!
Mixed starters including Spanish raw ham, French-style terrine de campagne and various salads!
Organic vegetables (the strawberries are also organic, all from Shizen no Chikara Farm in Shizuoka City!) served with a banya cauda dressing!
Sauteed mushrooms on savory toasts!
Spanish-style seafood hotpot!
Grilled Mangenton Pork on a beautiful bed of fresh vegetables!
Great grilled beef atop savory fried potaoes!
I must give a special mark to those fried potatoes!
Vegetables fritters/tempura to finish!
We just didn’t have any space left for desserts (I will check that next time!)!
To be continued…
WINE BAR HAGU
420-0031 Shizuok City, Aoi Ku, Gofuku-Cho, 2-8-9, Across Tsujihara Bldg, B1F
Opening hours: 17:30~24:00
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Must-see tasting websites:
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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery