Service: Very friendly and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Great general cleanliness. Superb washroom.
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Oshizushi, local sake, traditional Japanese gastronomy.
The other day when I went to interview a local soy sauce maker in Gotemba City (article coming soon) I found myself with plenty of time at noon and decided to explore the vicinity of the Gotemba JR Station!
A few minutes walk away from the station I found this sign announcing Myouken/妙見, a local sushi restaurant…
Gotemba City at the foot of Mount Fuji is quite far from the sea, but you never know, so let’s have better look…
Founded in 1935! Now, that sounds as a venerable establishment but it had obviously been recently redecorated…
I had noticed one very important detail which encouraged me to enter the restaurant… but let’s take a picture first!
Remarkable decoration of the “lobby” created with real local rice stalks!
Now, these are delicious-looking take-aways!
Remember that Gotemba City is famous for its outlets with a lot of visitors from Tokyo!
Modern seating at the wide counter!
Beautiful Japanese tatami mat room!
Actually, there are more private rooms, some of which can be made non-smoking!
The lobby decoration has the added advantage to offer some privacy even at the central table I had chosen!
The all-important detail which encouraged me to discover the restaurant: Myoken has its own sake brewed by Takashima Brewery in Numazu City!
Now, apart of the delicious sake, what did I have for my first visit?
An enormous Hamaguri/蛤/Clam soup!
I opted for the sushi lunch set and one more local specialty!
The local specialty, a must: Fujinomiya no Benimasu Bougata Oshi Sushi/富士宮市産の紅鱒棒形押し寿司!
Rainbow Trout from Fujinomiya City served as pressed sushi, whole!
The founder of Myouken had come all the way from Nara City in 1935, a city famous for its pressed sushi!
For a better look!
I ate the lot, head included (I was complimented for that last detail!)!
The sushi lunch set!
From left to right: Chutoro Maguro/Tuna Chutoro, Tennen Hirame/Wild Sole-Flounder, Maguro Akami/Tuna lean Part and Aji/Horse Mackerel!
From left to right: Uni Gunkan/Sea Urchin as gunkan/mothership sushi, Ikura Gunkan/Salmon’s Roe Gunkan, Akagai Nigiri/Blood Clam Nigiri and Ebi Nigiri/Slightly seared Prawn Nigiri!
And for dessert: Local Japanese-style Yuzu/Lime Jelly!
Simple but perfect dessert!
As I have to visit Gotemba City regularly, expect another visit!
412-0043 Gotemba City, Shinbashi, 1983 (2 minutes walk from Gotemba Station Mount Fuji facing exit)
Tel. & fax: 0550-82-0142
Opening hours: 09:00~14:00, 15:30~20:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Credit Cards OK
Car park available
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