The love story between America, Japan anf France continues!
Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb washroom in same building separated from the cafe.
Strong points: Very generous cafe/bistro multi-genred gastronomy. Great variety. Great products. Entirely non-smoking in very modern atmosphere. Great books!
Very busy on opening day in spite of Typhoon No 27!
The center of Shizuoka City is definitely taking a big turn towards modernity with a completely renovated Den Building in Aoi Ku 5-10 minutes straight walk from the Shizuoka JR Station!
Entrance sign from indoors.
Taita Company opened its new venture of the first floor of Den building with a vast cafe cum book store with the name of Blue Books Cafe. This the 19th different restaurant or cafe (to which must be added 6 more stores) although the company has succeeded to conceive them all in different genres.
It is both a cafe restaurant for lunch, a cafe in the afternoon and a restaurant in the evening although you could easily combine two of them as you are welcome to stay as long as you want for a drink.
It also doubles up as a multi-genred bookstore of a higher level.
The books also make for great decoration!
One can choose (if available) a spot of his/her choosing for maximum enjoyment.
There is also a comfortable entrance/exit linking to the rest of the building and its shops!
Take a seat near the kitchen and bar if you are interested in the workings of the place!
Great decorations hanging on the red brick wall!
The menu is pretty large for lunch and is written in English (with very few typos!)!
Since it was my first visit I decided to have a go at one of the best offerings: Foie Gras Poele (not “poire” which means “pear”! LOL) and Berry sauce Burger!
Fresh leaves salad and drink included!
A real beauty. don’t you think? And really big!
At 17 US $ ridiculously cheap!
Home-made grilled hamburger steak with superior beef!
Real foie gras separately poeled/sauteed with a beautiful cranberry sauce and real cranberries! Top American gastronomy (with a French touch!)!
Plenty of absolutely fresh vegetables!
Plenty of chips!
Even the buns are worth the visit!
Great attention to details!
More articles coming soon as I will have to survey cafe and dinner time as soon as possible!
BLUE BOOKS cafe
420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den Bldg 1F (5~10 minutes walk straight ahead from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit, around the corner at the large crossroads)
Opening hours: 11:00~14:30 (lunch), 14:30^17:30 (cafe), 17:30~23:00 (dinner)
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