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.
Difficult to believe as it is, but Shizuoka Prefecture, both officially at the Government level and unofficially by all gastronomes here, has the largest number of varieties of food grown, bred or caught both on land and at sea in Japan!
No wonder that the local restaurants find it both so easy and pleasurable to associate local products any time of the year!
So the other day, actually Saturday last week when I had lunch at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City, Chef Touru Arima/有馬亨さん first served me as an amuse-bouche a veloute/smooth soup made from organic Takinogawa burdock root from Kitayama Farm in Fujinomiya City.
The wine served then was not from Shizuoka, but it is worth talking about it as it was made in Osaka from Delaware and Koshu grapes! Its name, “Ganko Oyaji Tetsukuri Wain”, means “Wine hand-made by an old stubborn man”!
Nakamura Winery in Osaka also makes the above white wine called “Yume Asuka” or “Dream Asuka”!
Here is the happy marriage of products from the land and sea of Shizuoka Prefecture!
The Madai/真鯛/”True Seabream” was caught off Sagara/相良 shore, west of Shizuoka City, an area of Suruga Bay replete with semi-deep water fish.
First sauteed on its skin and then finished in the oven, the skin had a beautiful crispy bite in superb contradiction with the flesh perfect tenderness. The sauce kept to a minimum with lemon and butter accentuated all the freshness of the fish.
The organic vegetables came from two distinct farms: Shizuen No Chikara In Shizuoka City and Kitayama in Fujinomiya City!
Now, what is this organic vegetable from Kitayama Farm?
Romanesco broccoli bud!
So extravagant, elegant, beautiful and full of flavors!
To be continued… (can you wait?)
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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