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 and caught fish.
As I said time and time again Shizuoka Prefecture is blessed with Suruga Bay arguably the richest sea in Japan, especially when it comes to variety!
The other other Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん wrote a “music partition” with fish and vegetables in particular. Except for one fish, they are all found in Suruga Bay and the vegetables are organic and grown here in Shizuoka Prefecture!
So what did we have?
An elgant appetizer concoted with cubes of seared bonito/katsuo from Omaezaki, lightly seasoned with garam masala, cubes of raw “mizu nasu” eggplants,all in a salt jelly equivalent to sea water and a sprinkle of golden sesame seeds!
Edomae no Anago/Conger eel from Tokyo!
The fish was poele/skillet-fried to a crisp and served with a fried basil on top astride a ratatouille of confit vegetables.
A view of the vegetables all grown organically in Kitayama farm in Fujinomiya City at the foot of Mount Fuji!
Gateau de poisson poele sauce pamplemousse/Skillet-fired fish cake with grapefruit sauce!
Now, what’s inside that fish cake?
Aji/Horse mackerel from Kurasawa fishing harbor in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!
No need to mention that Shizuoka Horse mackerel is simply extravagant in Japan!
Amadai/Sweet seabream from Sagara fishing harbor in Western Shzuoka Prefecture!
This particular seabream is known for its fine nad soft scales. Instead of scraping them off, Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん brush them back and fry the fish on its skin creating a crispy “hairstyle”!
The tiny vegetables are also grown in Kityama Garden!
Ratatouile with David Cross okra and black shishito pepper!
The tiny vegetables are white goya/bitter gourd and green okra
As for the sauce, it is a beautiful red sweet pimento coulis accentuated with fennel oil!
No need to travel for me when it comes to fish!
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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Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,
Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents
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