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French Cuisine: Landes Duckling and Orange Salad at Pissenlit

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products.
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Tooru Arima is a lucky chef:
He has access to some of the best organic vegetables and fruit all year long in this country.
No wonder he can prepare this succulent salad with duckling from the Landes area in France and cook it to perfection before letting it cool down and cut it thin slices to be served with oranges from Shizuoka. As for the green leaf vegetables inclkuding trefoil, luccolla and others are all organic and from our prefecture.
Customers are lucky, too, aren’t they? LOL

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
Homepage (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK

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French Gastronomy: Mosaic Vegetables Terrine at Pissenlit

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products.
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Tooru Arima has a special love for anything vegetables and is constantly on a quest to serve them in an original manner!

Above is a beautiful example of his imagination.
Served with a red sweet pimento mousse, it makes for the best appetizer in town with a great white wine!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
Homepage (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK

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Cheese Plate and Wine Tasting at Gentil

Cheese Tray of the day (2010/02/26):
-Top row: Brie de Meaux (4 months, France), Gorgonzola Dolce (Italy), Bleu D’Auvergne (France), Raclette (6 months, Hokkaido, Japan).
-Bottom row: Chevre Noir (2 years, Goat Milk, Canada), Mont D’or (France), Petit Agour Basque (Ewe, France), Cream cheese and Rum Raisins creation by Gentil.

It was about grand time I paid a visit to Gentil, the oldest French restaurant (1964) in Shizuoka City.
It is a great and accordingly expensive restaurant, but if you confine yourself to a plate of cheese and a glass of good wine, it is actually great value.
Ms. Keiko Kubota is THE authority on any cheese in Japan and actually helps mature cheese she acquires all year long in season only.

As for wines, the pairings are just sublime.

As I had oredered the full tray and requested a white wine, I was offered the following:

A white from my country!

Alsace, France, Riesling by Jean Ginglinger, 2008.

Very clear and clean. Bright golden colour
Aroma: Fruity and sweetish, very natural, green grass, Muscat and apples.
Taste: Soft attack, fruity at first with muscat, but quickly taking a very tangy turn with green grass, green apples and peach memories.
Very pleasant and great pairing with cheese. Kept it own all the time in spite of the strong cheese.

Now for the plate!
All the cheeses represented on the tray at the top of this article are feature except one!
Can you guess them all?

The raclette came on toasts!
I will not bore you with the tasting of the cheeses. They are just all top in their own categories and seasonal. The only thing I will say is that start chasing them around wherever you live!LOL

You do need some sugar to balance all the salt ingested with the cheese!
Chocolate cake, Mikan/Orange jelly and Creme brulee (and sorbets!)

Instead of coffee, I opted for the sorbet/sherbet farandole:
Camomille & Milk, Rum Raisins, Maro-Blue/Usubeni Aoi Herb.
The little mignardise is a snow ball bicuit made with chocolate and caraway seeds.

Need I comment more?

Restaurant Gentil
Address:420-0031 Shizuoka Shi, Gofuku-cho, 2-9-1, Gennan Kairaku building, 2F
Tel.: 054-2547655 (Reservations advisable)
Fax: 054-2210509
Opening hours: 12:00~14:00, 18:00~last orders for meals at 21:30. Bar time 18:00~23:30. Closed on Mondays.
Credit cards OK
Homepage (Japanese)

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French Restaurants: Dinner at Pissenlit

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products.
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The other day, the Missus finally got her wish, dinner at Pissenlit (as for me I already had a couple!)
I already introduced this particular French restaurant time and again as one of the best in town using great ingredients, seasonal only, at really “soft” prices!

Actually we had timed this visit perfectly as the chef was going to call me as he had finally received something I’d been crying for time and time again (tell you later!)

To put things short again here what we had:

First the wine: a very well-priced honest Bourgogne Pinot Noir red by Domaine Malvoissine 2007 distributed by Louis Latour.

Very dark clean red, plenty of nose, a bit young, but just appropriate for the whole meal.

Cute gougeres to help overcome our impatience and start tasting the wine!

As the Missus also wanted to have a try I chose the new white asparaguses with cod sperm sacs sauteed meuniere with Provencale sauce. Something you won’t get outside Japan! Even the Missus who usually can’t face cod sperm sacs appreciated them!

The Missus had been waiting for that!
Cassolette de Champignons et d’Escargots de Bourgogne!
I can tell I had some of these mushrooms and snails!
They were perfect and not overwhelmed with garlic!

The Missus delved into this colourful beef cheek in cassis sauce and Shizuoka Organic vegetables. I also made sure she left me a bit!

Now I was looking forward to these little beauties: Rognons de Veau/Veal Kidneys!
The Missus was not convinced this time. Cooked to perfection, soft outside, crunchy inside flambee with cognac in cream sauce!
My Dad would cross the World for these (a specialty of my brother!)!

To ned it (and the wine with it) I had a small plate of French cheese: Cote, Camembert at Pave d’Affinois.

The Missus went for the specila strawberry short cake. A very light and tasty marvel miles ahead of what we find at cake shops!

Red Fruit Dance!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
Homepage (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK

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French Restaurant: Lunch at Pissenlit (third visit!)

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Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products.
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In Shizuoka, during the reainy season, when it rains, it just pours!
The Missus workingon Sunday, and me having to cook in the veening, I just escaped from our stuffy home and took the bus to taown. I already had in mind where I was going to use this rare break from Sunday Cricket: Pissenlit!
This is my third lunch, which might be considered as an overkill, but since I’m going there again on Friday evening with friends, there a couple more things I wanted to check!

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Chablis 2006, Domaine Alain Pautre

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For a moment, I was thinking of ordering wine by the glass, but what the hell, I asked for the full ottle and shared it with the chef and staff!

Melinda, Rachael, Etsuko and Jen are going to kill me for the succinct review, but I’ll make with Friday’s tasting:

Colour: rich golden hue, very clear
Aroma: Fresh, flowery
Taste: Solid attack, flowery, backed with dry, slightly tannic back-up. Longish tail, Stays solide with food.

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This time I didn’t bother reading the menu and just went for the carte (written on a blackboard!).
I had been dreaming about the Foie Gras Marbre (Marbled Foie Gras, sorry Arnie!) for some time. Now, I was going to enjoy it! (If someone wants the Missus to kill me, just tell her, but this will be the end of this blog!)!
Surprisinfly light and supremely elegant affair. Not to mention the organic green tomato!

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It was then I was going to order the Escargots de Bourgogneet Morilles (Morels), when the Chef said “Hang on!”. Blimey I already knew I was going to be deprived of my favourite home specialty! Had better be good!

I was told they had just received this organic Poulet Noir (Black Chicken) bred according to the French Label Rouge regulations. The difference is that it is raisedd in Hamamatsu City, Haruno in a secluded mountainous part near the Tenryuu River by Mr. Mastoshi Uchiyama who has been raising these little beauties for the last 15 years in his farm, Forest Farm Meguri! The chicken is “cooped” in quasi freedom, eating only selected organic food for 120 days.

Akright, alright, I will have the snails on Friday, then! Mind you, it was not difficult to convince me when I was told I would be the first customer in Pissenlit to be served the morsel!

And morsel it was:
Above is a”yakitori” stick of the Black Chicken giblets with shiitake!

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Next came a typically Japanese way and though of cooking: Chicken sasami/Brest fillets, “tataki”/half cooked style marinade with yuzu koshio/lime pepper. I know a lot of French “critiques” who would fall over each other to taste that in an overpiced instiyution back home!

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For the bread lovers, I was served these exquisite and small soba/buckwheat bread buns!

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Tebasaki/Wing grilled with Teriayaki sauce amde with fond de veau/veal stock and balsamico vinegar. To be eaten with your fingers only! (you are allowed to lick them!)

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And ten,…

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One whole breast roasted and served on chou frise with a Sauce Supreme. Simple, exquisite and finger-licking! I usually don’t go much for chicken skin, but I must admit I was convinced this time!

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As for dessert I didn’t want to put my health to risk on their enormous dessert plate and just asked for the creation of the day:
Loquat compote (cooked in Bourgogne White Wine) and vanilla ice-cream (plenty of vanilla bits there!)! The perfect ending to an extravagant lunch!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
Credit Cards OK
Homepage (Japanese)

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French Restaurant: Lunch at Pissenlit (revisited)

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Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products.
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As promised, here is a short report about the second lunch taken with the Missus. Soryy for the delay, as I had to wait for my other half’s pics!

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I will ignore the same offerings as last time and will concentrate on the new dishes:
The Missus, who had not eaten a hamburger for ages, could not resist asking for the Oven-baked Japanese Beef Hamburger and Spring Vegetables!
Apart of the French wild asparaguses, allthe vegetables are organically grown in Shizuoka: 3 differently coloured mini daikon, mini yellow carrot, Chinese zasai and new yellow potato. I did taste the hamburger. It certainly would make a fan of such delicacy if the same quality could be found in the States! Absolutely extravagant and ridiculously cheap!

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As for me, I had to order that dish bringing me back to my roots: Herb-roasted Vendee (West of France) Duck with Spring Vegetables!
Note the baby corn that I ate whole, ear included, the violet daikon, lily flower buds, yellow carrot, shiitake, and so on.
The Duck was absolutely perfect, medium-rare as it should be, more tender than a loving woman and the subtle herb mixture combining into another world inside your palate!

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Alright, alright, here is the dessert plate (we had to share it, as it is simply too big!LOL)!
All are home-made (of course, some will say): Vanilla Ice-cream filled with vanilla bits, Black Tea Jelly, Cannelle, Pannacota, Strabeery and Cherry Tree Leaf Roll Cake!

Incidentally, I’m going there again for dinner in two-weeks time!
I’m definitely going to order that Marbled Foie Gras!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
Homepage (Japanese)

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Italian Restaurant: La Prima Porta

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(Haruka Yamaguchi)

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Authentic Italian Cuisine with a local twist. Very fresh local ingredients extensively used.

End of last April, Il Cuore finally opened its second restaurant called La Prima Porta!
The concept is completely different and it took me some time to find a seat there, so popular it has become!
Located in the middle of the Shizuoka “nightlife quarter”, it has the particularity to be opened from 18:00 to 02:00, making it the “latest” Italian restaurant in town.
Its young but experienced and very talented chef Keizo Kaneko is already quite famous, especially among female night-owls, and I can garantee you had better reserve your seat(s) in this place which used to be “izakaya” and was quickly re-decorated with the minimum fuss.
Keizo usually works on his own in front of his customers with the help of a single waitress to look after 8 guests at the counter and the same again at tables.
There is plenty to use from the menu, but just ask Keizo what he has in the fridge and proceed from there!

To cut a long stroy short, I visited for the second time with my good friend Haruka Yamaguchi who took the pics for me!

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Keizo has a short but very well-balanced wine list to select wines from. What I do usually is just give him a price and let choose one for me!
I FRATI, Lugana, 2007, White, Ca dei Frati in Lombardia
Jen and Melinda, the following tasting notes are for you!
Colour: Very clear light golden hue
Aroma: Fruity and flowery. Sweetish. Muscat
Taste: Pleasant tingle. Well-rounded. Sweetish at first. Muscat and raisins. Dry finish with nice acidity.
Lingers for a while in back of the palate.
Great on its own, but makes for a great match with food, especially vegetables.

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The two-year matured raw Parma Ham was just too much to ignore!

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Justmake a salad of it! I ordered.
The picture does not give enough credit to th mountain of succulent local vegetables hiddden under the succulent ham!

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As for the meat, we had a choice between poultry, pork andd beef. We opted for the pork.
Very simple “Kogane Buta/Small golden pork” from Niigata Prefecture sauteed with balsamico sauce and giant asparafuses and string beans from Shimizu, Shizuoka City!
Simple in appearance and concept but sublimein taste. I usually am not that fond of fat, but when crispiness turns into a melting swetnees under your teeth, ou just forget it was fat!

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After some discussion we chose risotto over pasta as the night was still young (meaning that we planned to go somewhere else!).
my friend just could not stop extolling the gastronomic virtues of this beautiful vegetarian risotto with gree peas and broad beans grown in Shizuoka!

Don’t worrytehre’s more coming soon! LOL

La PRIMA PORTA
420-0032 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 2-7-1, Akiyama Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-251-6633
Business hours: 18:00~26:00
Closed on Sundays and National Holidays
Credit cards OK
Homepage (Japanese)

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