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Japanese Izakaya: Taihei in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly and easy-going
Facilities and equipment: Very clean overall. Clean washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Authentic izakaya food making great use of local ingredients. Excellent sake list.

Taihei/泰平 is the epitome of a true Japanese izakaya in Shizuoka City, but still with a little twist as it opens as early (it closes early, too) as 3:30 in the afternoon!

Its entrance wide open onto a back street Ryogae-cho district in Aoi Ku, shizuoka City, seems of a passed age!

Taihei specializes in local fish or jizakana/地魚 in Japanese.
Mind you, it is so easy in Shizuoka Prefecture, but it’s still a pleasure!

And they also pride themselves in serving local gastronomy, or Furusato no Aji/故郷の味 in Japanese.
It has a long history as its owner Shooji Ueda/上田昭司さん opened it no less than 32 years ago!

As in any authentic izakayas worth their salt they serve traditional homey Japanese food that you can choose from the many dishes displayed for all to see!

Loads of it. No wonder the patrons are mostly locals!
Bear in mind that the place will be full within 30 minutes of its opening in spite of 16 seats each available at the counter and on tatami!

A very detailed menu is waiting to be served to you by five staff including the master of the place and his daughter!

Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe, Fujieda City!

They have a wide range of traditional drinks including many Shizuoka sake: Hatsukame, Kaiun, Shosetsu, Hana no Mai, etc…

Now, what did I order on that particular visit?
First, satsumaage, a Kyushu-style deep-fried fish and vegetable cake!

Of course, sashimi!

Served with freshly grated wasabi from Shizuoka and freshly grated ginger root!

And plenty of edible seaweed!

Katsuo/Bonito/鰹 from Shizuoka!

Flounder/Hirame/平目 from Shizuoka!

And Albacore Tuna/Binnaga Maguro/ビンナガ鮪 from Shizuoka!

Typical Japanese comfort food: Tougan butaniku soboro ankake! Winter melon served with minced pork meat in sweet and sour sauce!

Summer vegetables and octopus salad!

A typical Shizuoka product: boiled jumbo peanuts!

You will find these (up to 3 times the normal size!) only served in Shizuoka and Chiba Prefectures!

Looking forward to my next visit (as the first stop of the night!)!

TAIHEI/泰平
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae Cho, 2 chome
Tel.: 054-251-3902
Business hours: 15:30~21:00
Closed on Mondays and National Holidays

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