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Bakery Trotix in Shizuoka City!

I’m glad to say that bakeries have decidedly a bright future in Shizuoka City after I discovered another little beauty: Trotix in Kita Ando, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
The simple reason of this happy state of affairs is the fact that many restaurants in the same town make good use of their creations for the best PR possible!

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Yoshinori Kobayashi/小林義則さん opened his cute bakery in 2009 and has achieved a great reputation for creating bread and pastries for adult taste!

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This was my first visit yesterday and I must admit I rue all the time lost!

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The main key in Trotix is not the evident great taste and beauty, but the variety and an approach to please a more adult clientele!

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Fruit breads!

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Superb croissants!

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White grapes, grapefruit peels and cream cheese bread and Cuin Aman (French Breton pastry)!

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Wiener rolls, Sweet potato and sesame bread, Melon bread, Basil & spinach bread, Cream bread, Choco Croissant, Endive and bacon tart, Bacon epi!

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Deep-fried curry bread, Shrimp and broccoli tartines!

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Classic breads and Pain de mie!

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Very homey atmosphere!

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And don’t forget the super fresh mixed sandwiches, fruit tarts and old fashion cheese cakes!

TROTIX

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kita Ando, 3-11-1
Tel.: 054-248-7024
Opening hours: 10:30~18:30
Closed on Sundays and sometimes on Mondays

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Bakery and Pastry: NICO in Shizuoka City!

Being a Frenchman and loving my bread and pastries, I’m truly blessed to be graced wit hone of the very best bakeries in the whole of Shizuoka Prefecture just a few minutes’ walk from my home!

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NICO was opened exactly seven years ago in Midori Cho, Aoi Ku, a bit away from the center of Shizuoka City, but people don’t mind, walking, cycling or driving there every day!

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Even despite the dire news of the coming typhoon today the tiny bakery was flocked with customers!

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Tetsuya Kosugi/小杉哲也さん is looking after the bakery itself which is pretty large behind the small shop where his mother and wife Megumi/めぐみさん are looking after the customers!
As many are housewives coming with their kids, they even provide toys for kids to play with while their mothers patiently wait for their turn!

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Note that the place opens as late as 11:00 am from Tuesday to Saturday, but most of the time everything will be sold by 13:00
They nonetheless accept order reservations on the phone within reasonable quantity (they do have to refuse some orders so as to provide enough for their regular customers, but that is a secret!).

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A lot of French (without a single mistake) is written everywhere!

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The “batard” baguettes on the right are a favorite of mine, but they tend to disappear quickly!

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The vegetables pastries and the beans and curry bread are a favorite for lunches with the nearby office workers!

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One can easily imagine who wants these exquisite croissants and fruit pastries!

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But today Dragon ordered me to bring the beans and curry bread!
The batard bread will be for the next time!

NICO

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Midori Cho, 6-30
Tel.: 054248-5564
Opening hours: 11:00 a.m.~sold out
Closed on Sundays and Mondays

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, 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!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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French Bakery & Restaurant: Ema L’Estaminet

Service: Extremely friendly and attentive
Equipment: Supreme cleanliness and beautiful amenities
Prices: Reasonable. Very good value
Strong points: French gastronomy conceived mainly with local seasonal products. Beautiful bread baked on site! Parking available.
Entirely non-smoking!

Hamamatsu City contrary to Shizuoka City is spread all over the country and if you don’t have a car you will need either a taxi or a train to reach your destination!

Fortunately, my good friend, Bernard Herberle, Patissier/owner of Abondance, was on hand not only to drive me around but also to make me discover a gastronomic pearl with an unusual concept: Ema L’Estaminet!

Ema for short is both a French Bakery and a French Restaurant!
As a bakery (and a cafe) it is open from 10:00 to 16:00 although the bread will have practically disappeared by 14:00!
As a restaurant it is open from 11:30 to 13:00 (last orders), but it can sit only a maximum of 24 guests and if you want to have access to the whole menu, you had better reserve well in advance for a lunch at 12:00!

When the two of us arrived at 12:00 sharp the owner/chef/baker Yuusuke Ema/江間裕輔 greeted us with a great smile.
In fact, he and his gentle wife are models of absolute natural civility whatever you are, buy or order!

There was already not much left of the beautiful bread,…

and even less of the succulent-looking viennoiseries and cakes!
Yuusuke wakes up every morning to start baking his bread and will be busy at his establishment until 6 in the evening. No wonder the place is absolutely spotless!

The Master Of The House!

You can either sit at tables with chairs or sofa or sit at the minuscule counter!

There is a single menu everyday for 2,000 yen (~23 US$) with a large appetizer plate, a main dish, a dessert of the day and a drink (with a little extra fee for some)

You may have as much as bread as you wish!

As for the main dish you have at least a choice of 9 dishes! Bear in mind that some will disappear faster than others, so come early!

Check the extra card for more drinks (very reasonable including wine!).

The appetizer plate!

Look at the rillettes which took me back to France!

The bread basket will be kept refilled as long as you want!

After some soul-searching, Bernard opted for the Fricassee de poulet, local chicken fried and cooked in cream sauce with mushrooms, a typical French country dish!

For a closer look!
Don’t worry Bernard was very kind to offer me a piece!
Tender, succulent and beautifully balanced!

It was a touch and go with the Tourte de Poisson et Salade, but I finally ordered the Roti de Porc/ Pork Roast!

Shizuoka Prefecture has some extravagant pork. This particular one is Ohara Pork bred in Hamamatsu City!

As simple as it might look it is not an easy dish to prepare as the balance needs a perfect mastery of one’s skills!
Moreover, the vegetables are cooked in refreshingly traditional French manner in their sauce and juices!

Although the dish is wholly French in concept and ingredients, I would dare quite a few chefs back home to attain this mastery in presentation!

The dessert always comes a surprise as it is not announced on the menu!
Pineapple and verveine (verbena) jelly!

A beautiful dessert for a hot summer!

Well, this is only the first visit and I’m afraid (I’m not, actually! LOL) I will have to travel once and again all the way to Hamamatsu City for these beautiful seasonal lunches (and get surprised every time!)!

To be continued…

EMA L’Estaminet
431-3115, Hamamatsu City, Higashi Ku, Nishigasaki, 1088-1 (within walking distance from Nishigasaki Station, Entetsu Railway Line)
Tel.: 053-433-7700
Business hours: !0:00~16:00 (Bakery)
11:30~ 13:00, last orders (Restaurant)
Closed on Sundays and last week of August

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