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French Bistro Gastronomy: Dinner at La Table Du Boucher in Shizuoka City (November 2014)!

Service: Easy-going and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Slightly expensive
Strong points: French Bistro specialties, especially meat! Doubles up as a wine bar!

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La Table du Boucher is fast becoming another hot spot in Takajyo Machi, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, an area already replete with many good establishments.
It serves French bistro-style dishes with an Italian note at times and it has the merit to double as a wine bar!
I visited it the other day for the third time to check on more of its menu!

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Beef carpaccio!

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The word “carpaccio” tends to be used for anything these days although it should apply to beef only!

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Botan prawn tartare!
Mind you, the word “tartare” should apply to horsemeat only!

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Sauteed sanma/Pacific saury!

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A French bistro classic!

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Onion gratin soup!

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Italian crab and tomato cream spaghetti to finish!

See you there again soon!

LA TABLE DU BOUCHER

420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-20-5-1 (near Hiyoshi Cho Shizutetsu line Station)
Opening hours: 18:00~23:00 (lunch on Saturday!)
Closed on Sundays and third Monday of the month.
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Entirely Non-smoking!

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French Cakes at Patisserie Le Teigner inn Shizuoka City!

It seems that Shizuoka City and Prefecture are definitely becoming famous for their cakes, especially French ones!

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After honing his craft at L’Etoile du Berger in Paris, Ludovic le Teigner from Guerande, Bretagne, France worked at Chef Patissier in no less than Pierre Herme in Paris before finally opening his own Patisserie in Shizuoka City on April 2nd of this very year!

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Kiwako Le Teigner, Ludovic Le Teigner and Megumi Matsushita!

Ludovic is so busy in spite of his wife and staff’s help that he will hire another French patissier next December!

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Pistachio and pavot cakes!

In such a short time he has already established a solid reputation with his sophisticated cakes varying with the seasons and his macarons.
He also offers splendid croissants and pains in chocolate, but you will to come early for the latter as they disappear before lunch!

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Myrtilles and Chocolate cakes!

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Shizuoka’s pride: Macha cakes!

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Exquisite macarons!

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Tentalizing!

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Expect cakes tasting reports soon!

Patisserie LE TEIGNER

420-0067 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Saiwai Cho, 10-1.
Tel.: 054-266-0067.
Opening hours: 10:00~9:00
Closed on Tuesdays!
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Ludovic Le Teignier FACEBOOK

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Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (6): La Chope in Rennes City!

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Very traditional Bretagne and France cuisines

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Rennes, the capital of Bretagne, is a major city in France but it has preserved its original cachet, making it a major venue for businessmen and tourists alike.
It is replete with traditional restaurants and bistros it would take too much time to enumerate!

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Founded in 1936, it is one still living most ancient bistros in the whole of the Bretagne Peninsula.
It is full any time of the day, any day of the week, and you definitely need to reserve!
WE liked it so much that we visited it twice during our three-day stay for dinner and lunch!
Just let me introduce what we had!

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Of course it serves real Bretagne cider!

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But don’t overlook the very reasonable wine list!

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There some fantastic bakeries in Bretagne, and you can expect exquisite bread!

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It is Bretagne, therefore the seafood is a must!
They serve one typical Bretagne version of a dish famous in Alsace: Choucroute de la Mer/Sea Choucroute!

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A lighter and definitely more elegant choucroute than the pork meats version, served with a white butter sauce!

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Although this particular dish was made famous in Belgium, it is also a must!

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Mussles!

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But Bretagne does also have great meats!
Steak tartare!

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Interesting way of preparing potato fries!

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Some tourists will feel at home with this stupendous open hamburger topped with foie gras!

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The simple but so succulent matured cheese assortment served with fig jam is another must at La Chope!

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If you must absolutely have a dessert go for the traditional ones!

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Creme brulee!

LA CHOPE
Rennes, 3 rue du Chalotais
Tel.: 0299793454
Reservations a must
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French Dessert: Savarin at Patina in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and smiling
Facilities: Very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: A true cafe and bistro where to relax and enjoy a good light meal any time of the day. Interesting reasonable wine and cider list. lunch & Dinner menus regularly change.

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It has been some time since I visited one of my favorite cafe/bistro, namely Patina in Tenma-Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City. The chef and consequently the menu have changed and a check had been on the cards for some time!

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Among the noted changes, cakes are now in force and can even be taken out!
I still have to eat lunch and dinner again there but a cake and cappucino were just perfect on that afternoon!

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Tarte au citron and baked cheese cake!

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Apple tart and pistachio mousse tart!

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Tiramisu!

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But I ordered another cake with my cappucino!

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I definitely recommend Patina’s cappucino!

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Carefully designed as usual!

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Now, this savarin has a different design!

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Actually this new concept makes for an easier enjoyment!

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The savarin has been directly imbibed in white rum out of the oven inside its ramequin, then cooled down and coated with cream!

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Spoon it carefully!
Light and delicious!

I wonder what cake I will choose next time unless I have lunch!

Look forward to next report!

PATINA, Café & Bistro
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 17-9
Tel.: 054-266-9500
Opening hours: 11:00=22:00 (last orders, 21:30)
Lunch: 11:00~14:30
Dinner: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Mondays and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Take-out OK!
Parties welcome!

FACEBOOK
BLOG (Japanese)
Non-smoking until 15:00
Credit Cards OK

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Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (5): Baron Rouge in Rennes City!

Service: very friendly, smiling and easy-going
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Resolutely modern cuisine making great use of local products. Reasonable wine list. Beautiful decor

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We were lucky indeed to discover Le Baron Rouge Restaurant in a back street of Rennes just before they opened for lunch as it can be pretty crowded very quickly and coming later without a reservation is just hopeless!

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And they have the merit to clearly announce a daily-changing lunch menu!

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Artisanal bread is just top-class in Rennes!

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Veloute de radis noir et tempura de gambas/Black radish soup with scampi tempura!

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Couteaux ail persil et sa mousseline d’artichauts/Razor shells in garlic and parsley with its artichoke mousseline!

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Supreme de poulet, risotto aux champignons et chataignes, jus de volaille reduit tomate et persillade/Chicken fillet, mushrooms and chestnut risotto, poultry juices, tomato and parsley!

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Roule de sardines, concasse de tomates, olives, capres, pesto de salicorns, mousseline de carottes/sardine roll, concasse made of tomatoes, olives, salicorne pesto and its carrot mousseline!

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From another angle!

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A real regional dessert!

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fraiseset Chantilly vanillee/Strawberries with with vanilla chantilly!

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I just love the sugar presentation with the expresso!

LE BARON ROUGE

35000 Rennes, 17 rue du Chapitre
Tel.: 0299790809
Reservations recommended

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Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (4): Le Bar Iode in Quimper City!

Service: Friendly and easy-going
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking (but don’t stay near the entrance!
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: High-quality seafood. Good wine list. Modern gastronomy

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Le Bar Iode’s name is a pun as the word “bar” both means “bar” and Blackbass”!
It is a resolutely modern establishment combining bar and restaurant.
One can drink there almost all day, but diners should remember that last food orders are before 21:00!

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Lobster/homard salad!

Seafood is definitely their forte, and with the proximity of the sea, the crustaceans are especially top-class.
Bretagne vegetables being what they are, expect some great salads!

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They do come with some modern dishes such this succulent langoustines/gambas served fried with a chorizo sauce!
Use your bread! LOL

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We did arrive a bit too late to order all the dishes we wanted, but they still made the effort to serve this splendid assortment of smoked fish despite the closure of the kitchen and the departure of the chefs!

All in all, highly-recommended for a nice drink and a casual light meal!

Le Bar Iode
(Seafood Wine Bar)

29000 Quimper, 16, Quai du Steir
Tel.: 0298740607
Credit cards OK

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-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!
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (3): Le Jardin d’Ete in Quimper City!

Service: Very friendly and informative
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. excellent separated washrooms. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Excellent set menus marrying products of the land and the sea. Excellent oysters and beautiful desserts.Excellent reasonably priced wine list. English spoken.

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Beautiful local oysters served with seaweed pearls!

In a city replete with crepe restaurants Le Jardin d’Ete provides a great escape to other Bretagne cuisine in a cosy interior in the old city!
To add to the decor customers seem to be of a very convivial sort!

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Oysters of course are a must but do try the fish and scallops gratin!

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Enormous scallops brochettes are a beauty, too!
Unpretentious, delicious and so generous!

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They do serve specialties from other regions such as home-made canard confit/preserved duck!
Absolutely tender and elegant!

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But keep an eye and a space for the desserts!

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Meringue and red fruit sauce and sorbet!

Although lunch is attractive enough, definitely a reliable address for dinner, but you had better reserve!

Restaurant Le Jardin D’Ete

15, rue du salle, Quimper, 29000
Tel.: 0298953300
Credit cards OK
Entirely non-smoking
Reservations recommended

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Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (2): Saturday Market in Rennes

Rennes in Bretagne is a big city and is considered the capital of the whole region!
It a big population to feed and a big market is held there every Saturday with more than 300 shops selling their wares indoors and outdoors!
It is definitely worth a slow visit!
Let’s have a look at what could be found during the last Saturday of August!

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Melons from Southern France!
Of course, not all products were local, but they were all French!

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Mirabelles from Lorraine!

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Nectarines from the Gard!

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Local vegetables!

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Garlic and echalottes!

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Bretagne is the biggest producer of artichokes!

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Black figs from the South!

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Watermelons from the South!

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Tomatoes!

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Celeriac!

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Lettuce!

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Olives from the South!

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Dried fruit!

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Pimentoes and paprika!

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Onions!

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Cauliflower!

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Broccoli and romanesco!

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Potimarron pumpkins!

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Bretagne was the first to grow strawberries domestically in the World in the 18th Century!

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More pumpkins!

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More pimentoes and paprikas!

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Wild cep mushrooms form the South!

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Wild chanterelles!

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Violet turnips, celeriac and frizzled cabbage!

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Cheese!

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Pork!

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More cheese!

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Quiches!

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More pork!

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Pizzas and pies!

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Terrines!

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Rabbit (center!)!

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Beef!

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Sausages!

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More terrines and sausages!

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More of the same!

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Chinese cuisine!

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Couscous!

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Local craft beers!

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Whole roasted chickens!

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Traditional bonbons!

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Incredible cheese!

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Local traditional jams!

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Traditional confectioner in Breton costume!

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Beignets!

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Candied fruit!

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Looked so delicious!

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Rock crabs!
More than half of Bretagne is washed by the sea!

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Busy stand!

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Lobsters!

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Mussles!

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Seafood galore!

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Pumpkins and zucchini of all shapes!

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Beautiful eggplants!

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Fish galore!

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Crabs and lobsters!

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More cheese!
So elegant!

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Escargots!

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Bio bread!

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Street music!

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Succulent plants! Not for food!

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More succulent plants!

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Cacti!

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Traditional Breton cakes!

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And radishes to take away!
Mind you there also a lot of flowers on sale!

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, 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: 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
-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

Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (1): An Disquiz in Quimper City

Service: Very friendly
Equipment & facilities: Correct cleanliness. Basic washroom. Entirely non-smking
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Great variety of galettes and crepes. Cidre/Cider

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Great local cider served in bolees/bowls!

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Local andouillette galette!
An Disquiz (“the place to relax in”) offers an enormous array of buckwheat galettes both salted and sweet called ble noir/black wheat/buckwheat and sweet crepes.
The interior is intriguing and cute.
Excellent for lunch

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Country-style galette!

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Sweet apple buckwheat galette!

AN DISQUIZ

12, Rue Freron, Quimper, 29000
Tel.: 0298955570
Reservation recommended
Entirely non-smoking

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Must-see tasting websites:

-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
-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

From my Recipe Book: Stuffed Zucchini!

I always check the Agriroad Market in Miwa, Shizuoka City, where they sell products grown by local farmers’ wives and I have a weak spot for those enormous round yellow zucchinis!
The other day as I had a little more time than the Missus I prepared dinner and cooked us a stuffed zucchini!

I would have needed both of my hands to circle it completely!

Although it looked plain and seedless, it actually contained many soft large seeds inside.
I scooped all the inside with a sharp spoon first.

Once I had emptied the zucchini of its seeds there was not much left of its flesh which suited me fine as I didn’t want the vegetable to have too thick walls before cooking it.
I chopped whatever was left finely.

I also finely chopped 1/4 of a medium-large onion, 1/4 of a medium-sized carrot and two big cloves of garlic.

I fried the finely chopped vegetables in some olive oil until they had lost most of their water.
I used about 250 g of minced pork and beef mixture, 2 very full teaspoons of freshly grated parmegiano cheese and plenty of fresh basil leaves from my balcony.
I first thoroughly mixed the meat with the vegetables and cheese seasoned with coarsely ground pepper and hot spices. No need for salt as there was enough in the cheese (and the bacon later!). Mind you, this is where you can play with spices, herbes and salt according to your preferences!

I first lined the whole inside of the zucchini with soft bacon.

I lined the bottom half with basil leaves.

I stuffed the bottom half with the meat filling and lined the top half of the zucchini with more basil leaves.

I finally filled the zucchini with the rest of the meat.
I tapped the meat until I was sure there was no air pockets inside.

I topped it with its “hat”, sprinkled olive oil all over it and baked it in the oven first for 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

That is how it came out first. The meat was still raw inside.
Next I put it back with the hat off for 15 more minutes into the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.

Only then it was properly cooked and ready to be eaten!

This two-step method will insure that whole is properly cooked but full of juices!

We had enough for our main dish for two the other night night!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-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
-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

From My Recipe Book: Cream Sauce Prawns & Potato Pagoda

Recently I’ve been digging in my cooking books & notes and dug out some easy recipes!
Here we go!

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Frankly speaking, I was stumped by how to call this simple, healthy but fulfilling home-made recipe reminiscent of the Curry Sauce Mango Prawns and Scallops recipe I posted a couple of days ago!
Lauren would probably have kicked if I had called it “Prawns and Potatoes Sandwich in Cream Sauce”! LOL
As with other recipes, it can be multiplied into many variations. Vegetarians can replace the prawns with boiled cauliflower and Broccoli for example!

Ingredients (for 2 people/large appetites!):

Small -medium prawns: 18 without their shells and kept in a little lemon juice
Potatoes: 4 medium-large
Courgette/Zucchini: 1 small cut in thin strips (at least 9 or 10. See pic above)
Eringi Mushrooms or substitute: 2 large cut in thin strips (at least 9 or 10. See pic above)
Fresh dill (for decoration)
Fresh sweet basil (for topping)
Sauce:
Shallots: 1 large, finely chopped
Garlic: 1 large clove, finely chopped
Red, yellow, green pimento: 2 large tablespoons of each, finely chopped
Fresh Cream: 1 cup (200 cc)
White wine: 1 quarter of a cup (50 CC)
Olive oil
Lemon juice: 1 lemon
Salt, pepper, nutmeg, chili pepper (the last to taste). You can make it Indian by using curry mix powder.

Recipe:
Organize yourself so as to have everything on hand and ready from the beginning!
You will need at least two frying pans and one deep pan.

-Cut potatoes as thin as possible. The thinner, the better. Also keep in mind you have to make 6 “pancakes”. Wash them. Take all water off them with a clean cloth or kitchen paper. Add a little salt, pepper, nutmeg and chili pepper (last one can be discarded) to them in a bowl.
-Pour a little olive oil in one non-stick frying pan. On a medium-large fire wait until oil is hot enough and form a “pancake with potato slices. The trick is that no space should be left between potatoes and at the same time avoiding two sliced to cover each other completely. Wait until potatoes have cooked enough to stick together (“help” them if necessary by pressing them). Turn them over and cook the other side to a nice crispy light brown. Continue until you have obtained 6 “pancakes”. Keep warm.
-While the potatoes cook, fry first zucchini then eringi mushrooms in a little olive oil until tender to taste. Add a (very) little salt to them while cooking. Keep warm.
-Sauce: In a deep pan, pour 3 large tablespoon of olive oil, heat oil over medium fire. Fry shallots and garlic. When shallots have become translucent, add wine, fresh cream, lemon juice, salt, pepper, nutmeg and other spices. Take it easy with salt and spice at first. You can always rectify later. Let cook for a few minutes. Sieve sauce, add chopped pimento and cook for a good 5 minutes on a medium fire. Lower fire if it boils.
-Fry prawns in a little olive oil until only their centers are still a little raw. If you cook them any longer, they will harden up.

On a large plate you had kept hot in the oven, first place one potato pancake then 3 prawns on top. Repeat the operation twice more to obtain the “pagoda” or “Sandwich” shape. Place alternatively zucchini and eringi around to form a crown. With a large tablespoon scoop up the pimento out of the sauce and pile them on top of the Pagoda. Pour the sauce on the vegetables around the Pagoda. Decorate with plenty of fresh dill around and sweet basil leaves on top as shown on pic above.

Serve with a dry white wine or Pilsner type beer. Non-drinkers could drink a nice fresh lemonade (real one!) with it!

Enjoy!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-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
-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

French Recipe: Caviar d’Aubergines-Eggplant Paste!

Summer is a season for fresh eggplants (aubergines in French and British English) aplenty and this seemingly modest vegetable can be easily turned into an elegant and sophisticated dish, appetizer or a finishing touch for a multitude of dishes.
This is the basic recipe of a French I was wolfing down every summer back home that is so easy to reproduce even here in Japan!
This is the basic recipe for Caviar d’Aubergines or Eggplant Paste that you can transform and expand on at will!

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Eggplants: 6 (only 3 shown in picture for lack of space!)
Fresh garlic: 2 cloves (reduce if you are not too keen on garlic taste. Can be replaced with fresh red chili peppers)
Rosemary: a small sprig (can be ignored or replaced with another fresh herb)
A few black olives (not on the picture above). Use spicy ones if you like your food so.
Lemon: 1:2 Important as it will preserve the color and the food!
Salt
Black pepper
Optional spices
High quality olive oil

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Cut the eggplants/aubergines in halves and grill them until their inner surface gets dark.
Do it in two batches if necessary.

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Cut garlic cloves in halves and take out the central green core. Important as that particular part is indigestible!

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Crush and chop garlic as finely as possible.
Chop rosemary as fine as possible.
Can be done with a blender.
If using a blender use it for the above first as the eggplants may not be blended too long or they will becone a running paste!

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Chop the black olives as finely as possible. Do not blend.

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Once the eggplants/aubergines are properly cooked, scoop the flesh with a spoon.
Discard any long dry filaments or burned skin.

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Drop the eggplant/aubergine flesh, garlic, rosemary, and black olives into a bowl.
Add lemon juice, a little salt (you can rectify the seasoning later!), black pepper.
Mix roughly.
Add olive oil little by little and whisk to form a kind of mayonnaise (without eggs?).
Taste regularly to check if you have poured in enough olive oil.
Rectify seasoning with salt, pepper, and spices if deemed necessary.
Blend a few seconds if you wish to obtain a smoother paste, but do be easy with the blender. Hand work is definetly recommended!

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Some like to eat lukewarm especially if you add it immediately to another dish, but I prefer to preserve it in the fridge for snacks and appetizers!

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I like it best on a toasted piece of superior bread!

You can add the caviar d’aubergines to many dishes as a finishing touch such as ratatouille, pizzas, sandwiches, hamburgers, eggs mimosa, carpaccio.
Suggestion: prepare very fresh white flesh fish cut into thin slices. Apply a thin layer of caviar d’aubergine on them, roll them and secure them with toothpicks to be served as tapas!
Best enjoyed with a solid re wine or a great craft beer!

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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
-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

French Gastronomy: Dinner at FIGARO Food & Wine in Shizuoka City!

Service: Shy but very friendly and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non smoking at lunch time!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: French bistro-style gastronomy. Reasonably-priced wine list.

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Last night after a long walk in the late afternoon Dragon felt like visiting a new place.
I took the opportunity to introduce her to FIGARO (Figaro Food & Wine), a reasonable French bistro-style restaurant cum wine bar in Aoba Park Street, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Although the allow smoking in the evenings (lunch time is entirely non-smoking), the place is very clean with small but superb washroom.
It is very popular indeed with guests of all ages, genders and stations.

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Apart of a solid regular menu Chef Toshiharu Matsuura/松浦敏春さん, an old acquaintance of mine also offers additional dishes every day!

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They also have the great merit to serve wine by the glass and bottle for all budgets!

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In any case consult Sommelier Yoshinori Shimizu/清水芳則さん who spent a whole year in Beaujolais region, France, before you decide what to drink.

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For people who want to taste wines without overdrinking themselves into oblivion they propose a very reasonable triple tasting set!

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The red wine set for Dragon!
Wines from Limoux and Herault (France) and Sicilia!

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The white wine set for my person:
Two French and one Italian!

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First we had fish carpaccio!

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Isaki/イサキ/Chicken Grunt (strange English name!), a typical regional fish of Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Then a Salade Bourguignonne!

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With homemade ham and escargots/snails (not home-made!) among others!

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Like in any French bistro, a stew is on the cards!

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Superb lamb stew!

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Although we had planned only a light meal we couldn’t resist ordering a very popular gratin indeed!

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Cod brandade gratin!
Succulent!

Dragon has decided to have lunch there again with her friends, therefore I will leave the report on eventual desserts to her! LOL

FIGARO FOOD & WINE

Chef Toshiharu Matsuura/松浦敏春さん
Sommelier Yoshinori Shimizu/清水芳則さん (Yoshinori Shimizu FACEBOOK SITE)
420-0034 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa cho, 2-4-5
Tel: 054-255-7430
Opening hours: 12:00~14:00, 16:00~24:00
Closed on Sundays
Parties welcome
Cards OK (dinner only)
Entirely non smoking at lunch!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-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
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Onion Soup for Dragon’s Cold!

Yesterday Dragon (my worse half) woke up with a raging cold, cough and temperature, probably thanks to the same which occurred to me last week!
In such cases plenty of fluids (on top of some medicine) and plenty of sleep is the best treatment.
In my home country, France, we just have the recipe for such body condition: onion soup!

Here is my personal recipe with what is available in Japan, including some suggestions for easy variations.
Of course I could make it a really grand thing but simple are so often the best!

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In a large pot, preferably iron wrought such as Daub or Le Creuset, pour some good olive oil and add some butter (skip the butter if you are vegan).
The traditional recipe used to be with butter only but there is always the danger to end up with blackened ingredients. Mixing the olive oil with the butter will ensure s good controllable color and a richer soup!
Slice onions very thin (the amount is up to you) and big clove of fresh garlic.
Drop the lot into the pot and fry over a small fire.
Note: I sometimes dry fry chopped bacon first, take it out once crispy, and pour the oil and butter then. I will add the bacon back at the very end, then! (skip that if you are vegetarian or Muslim))

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Heat plenty of soup stock. I usually use chicken bouillon stock cubes. If you are vegetarian or vegan use vegetable soup stock!

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Prepare a glass of dry white wine (skip that if you are Muslim).

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Stir-fry onions and garlic until they have reached a nice brown color. Back we fry them until almost black!
Add plenty of coarse black pepper (red chilies are fine too) and dried herbs of your choice.

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Add the white wine and stir.

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Add soup stock and simmer for a while.
Bear in mind that an onion soup is always at its best after the second or third heating.
So just simmer long enough and let it rest until you want to heat again before consumption!

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While I heat it again i prepare some chopped fresh parsley. This is not traditional in France but it adds color and vitamins for Dragon!
This time I used garlic toast and shredded cheese.
Vegans can use vegan bread to be toasted with garlic and herbs!
As for cheese, if you happen to have some high quality hard cheese all the better!

Check the taste of the soup first.
Add salt only then! do not make the mistake to add salt at the beginning!
Drop the chopped parsley in and stir for a few seconds!

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Serve the soup hot into a bowl.
Place the toasted bread on top and sprinkle with plenty of shredded cheese.
Serve at once!

Traditional recipes call for hard French bread (we always keep some in a bread basket back home) covered with cheese on top of the soup in a bowl before making it a gratin of it all inside a very hot oven and serve it all as it is!
Note that Dragon prefers to put the cheese at the bottom of the bowl first, pour the sop over it and break the toasted garlic bread into it!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-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
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Alsace Wine Tasting Dinner Party at ICHIMISHIN Motoshiro Restaurant in Hamamatsu City!

Service: Smiling, attentive and professional
Equipment & Facilities: Extremely clean overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Inventive modern French Gastronomy using great ingredients from Shizuoka Prefecture and elsewhere in Japan! Wines!

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ICHIMISHIN, in Motoshiro (there is another establishment in Yotsuike), Naka Ku, Hamamatsu City, is fast establishing itself as a reference when it comes to inventive and modern French gastronomy using superb local products in combination with others from other Prefectures.
Not only they have the chance to have a first-class chef but also a highly professional sommelier who will take great care of you, all this at reasonable prices inside a rich decor entirely non-smoking!

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A well-provided establishment!
Yesterday I had the pleasure to be invited to a wine-tasting dinner party in some fine company in the names of Bernard Heberle of Abondance in Hamamtsu City, the most famous French Patissier in the Prefecture, and Chef Hiroyuki Yamaguchi/山口祐之さん, THE master of Gibier/Game at Cava.K. French Restaurant in Kikugawa City!

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Chef: Hirokuni Katayama/片山裕邦さん

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Our table!

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Service Staff: Miho Takahashi/高橋美保さん and Sommelier: Chiaki Mizuguchi/水口智章さん!

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Sommelier: Chiaki Mizuguchi/水口智章さん certainly didn’t spare any efforts or explanations to a very attentive auditoire!

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The wine card and side menu with splendid explanations!

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GENTIL by Hugel, 45% Sylvaner + Gewurtz Straminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Muscat!
The 6 (there were some extra as complimentary service!) wines were divided into two groups with some succulent appetizers in between!

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Cremant D’Alsace Brut Naturel by Marc Tempe. 45% Pinot Auxerrois + 50% Riesling

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Grand cru Brand 2002 by Josmeyer
Pinot Gris

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The appetizers!

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Beer and tomato lamb stew!

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Black olive and chocolate cookie, Foie gras Royale, Shizuoka-grown Spring onion puree and consomme jelly!

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Cheese Fondue (Emmental, Gruyere & Mayonnaise), Fukuoka-grown Sakuranbo/Cherry daikon and Tokyo-grown uguisuna

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Hamamatsu-grown echalette (Japanese shallot) beignet,, ao nori, shiro konbu and bacon stick, saffron quail egg, buckwheat galette topped with Maisaka (harbor inside Hamamatsu City) Houbou/sea robin and mixed vegetables tartare!

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And then we proceeded to the second half of the tasting!
Engelgarten/, Cru d’Alsace by Marcel Deiss, 2010.
Pinot Gris

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Alsace Grand Cru Schoenenbourg, by Marcel Deiss, 2009.
Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner and Chasselat.

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Grand Cru, Mambourg, by Marcel Deiss, 2009.
Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Bulos

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The three of us proved everyone else we were still hungry!
I had this Hamamatsu-bred Kinkaton Pork marinated, sweetened and softened in Japanese sake white lees served with a Robert-Style mustard sauce!

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Hiroyuki ordered madai/true seabream from Miyazak Prefecture (Kyushu) poelee with a consomme fish soup and a Spring daikon sauce!

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Bernard opted for Veal shoulder Roast stew in pate brick!

The next Wine Tasting Dinner party will take place in May and will introduce Loire wines!

ICHIMISHIN Motoshiro/一味真 元城
Chef: Hirokuni katayama/片山裕邦さん
Sommelier: Chiaki Mizuguchi/水口智章さん
Service Staff: Miho Takahashi/高橋美保さん

430-0946 Hamamatsu City, Naka Ku, Motoshiro, 218-1, Richmond Hotel, 1F
Tel.: 053-450-5571
Fax: 053-455-3215
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 18:00~21:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Parking available
Parties welcome
Entirely non-smoking!
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Chef Hirokuni Katayama/片山裕邦さん on FACEBOOK

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Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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: 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
-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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