Service: Easy-going and attentive. Very friendly if somewhat shy
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Superb Washroom
Strong points: Very good list of reasonably-priced wines by the glass or bottle. Typical French Bistro gastronomy. Gastro bar concept
After spending so many years learning his trade in France, particularly in the Lyon Region and Tokyo, Michihito Osuga/大須賀道人さん finally came back to his hometown to open Himawari-Tei (Sunflower Abode) in the increasingly busy Shichiken-Cho District, near Aoba Street in Aoi-Ku, Shizuoka City!
Many reasonably-priced wines mainly from France, Spain and California with some really interesting surprises among them can be enjoyed at Himawari-Tei!
The fact that the area is the home of many fashion shops in day time makes it a particularly welcome addition because of its concept as a wine bistro.
You can enjoy yourself with a glass of wine and one of the dishes on the day’s menu on your own or in good company without any ostentation. Mind you, would do well to reserve a seat either at the counter or at a table as it gets full very quickly!
It is not a big place and if you choose to come as a small party, make sure that a table is reserved for you!
And the beauty of it is that it is entirely non-smoking!
Although there is a regular menu, first check the offerings of the day on the blackboard where you will discover some celebrated French food!
French salami as service of the day!
Now, this wine was an incredible surprise: Cote Chalonnaise (Bourgogne) made in Saint-Desert, the very village where I spent all my summers when I was kid! Unbelievable! I finished the bottle!
Wherever you go to France you always order the Terrine or Pate de Campagne to have a good idea of the chef’s skills!
Now, Michihiko’s terrine de Campagne is truly a faithful rendition of the terroir of my region (Bourgogne and Lyon) with all the flavors and delicious pungency. Served with greens and Dijon Mustard, no need for bread!
Yes, they make great Merlot wines in California! Smoking Loon, what a great name!
Since it was my first visit I tended to eat more than drink (expect another article soon!)!
Very delicate white liver paste!
And to finish my first meal, a hearty (but not heavy or too copious!) cassoulet (bean stew) with duck confit!
I might run into the danger of becoming a regular from next winter with such comfort foods from home!
To be followed…
420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi ku, Shichiken-Cho, 10-9, Shinwa Bldg., 1F
Business hours: 17:00~indeterminate
Closed on Mondays
Credit cards will be OK by end of September
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