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Izakaya: Minato Machi Okamura Ikichi in Yaizu City!

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IZAKAYA RANKING: +1~+2
Service: +3 very friendly and smiling. Easy-going but attentive
Equipment & Facilities: +3 Very clean overall. Superb gender separated washrooms
Prices: +2 reasonable
Strong points: Traditional izakaya cuisine including oden. Excellent seafood and drink list including local sake.

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Located a few minutes walk from Yaizu JR Station south exit Minato Machi Okamura Ikichi is actually one of the 6 similar establishments owned by Fujieda City-based Okamura Roman Co. with restaurants in Fujieda City (2), Shizuoka City, Yaizu City, Shimada City and a vegetable bar in Fujieda City
They all seem to share two traits:
-Modern design outside (which does not always feature the name of the restaurant) and generally young but knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff!
The food and concept are both traditional and modern for the pleasure of all genders and age groups!

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They both have a regular and seasonal menu.
Although they will soon have to think of an English menu the staff will be more than happy to explain it!

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I found the range of local sake quite excellent for such an establishment which can seat no less than 134 guests on two different floors!
Of course all kinds of drinks are available!

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And the sake comes in generous portions!
Now, as for the food you will to come quite a few times before exhausting the whole menu!
Let me show you what we had for our first visit there!

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A Shizuoka delicacy/comfort food: oden/Japanese pot au feu.
The broth not being as dark and strong as in some other izakaya in Shizuoka Prefecture, you certainly drink it up!

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A reasonably-priced sashimi plate (for two)!

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Featuring mackerel, seabream and local horse mackerel!

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And many types of tuna!

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There plenty of vegetables available too fresh or cooked, from the traditional fried potato sticks,

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to a unique plate of deep fried burdock root shavings!

Well, I suppose other visits are on the cards before I move to their other establishments!

MINATO MACHI OKAMURA IKICHI/岡むらいきち
Yaizu City, Sakae Machi 1-1-34 (on the left of Yaizu JR Station south exit)
Tel.: 054-620-7880
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00
Closed on Sundays
Credit cards OK
Parties welcome!

HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

IZAKAYA RANKING SYSTEM
IZAKAYA RANKING:

+1 ought to be visited at least once
+2 could be become a regular visit
+3 must visit!

Service:
+1 standard
+2 pleasant
+3 very good

Equipment & Facilities:
+1 standard
+2 excellent
+3 Superb

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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
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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Izakaya: Kasuri in Shizuoka City!

Service: attentive and easy-going
Equipment & facilities: old but overall clean. Shared washroom (old-fashioned and basic, but clean)
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: oden, comfort food, great sake list. Great traditional Japanese atmosphere!

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Shizuoka City is renowned all over Japan for a typical Japanese comfort food called “oden”, a kind of Japanese pot–au-feu.
Now, if you want to eat such local food in our city, the best place is Aoba Oden Gai/青葉おでん街 located along Aoba Park Street in Aoi Ku.
This izakaya alley of another era hasn’t changed much when it was created in 1950’s when the City asked the open-air food stands in Aoba Park Street to move out!

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Everyone in town has its very own favorite odenya/oden izakaya but the busiest area is naturally Aoba Oden Gai where you still have to choose among 18-odd shops!
It took me a long time to choose mine and I have never visited another since then!

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It is distinctive for its unusual (in Shizuoka) round-shaped red paper lantern with a small cat daring you to come inside!

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Kasuri/かすり!
Its noren/shop entrance curtain is actually larger than in most shops inside this alley offering some welcome privacy to its patrons!

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There are many reasons for Kasuri having become my favorite odenya in Shizuoka City.
First of all, the Mama-san, although a very discreet lady who shuns photographs, is a person with whom it is a pleasure to share a talk. She is from Akita Prefecture but has lived long enough in Shizuoka to claim a “double nationality”! Her single presence encourages all the customers to join in quickly in interesting conversations and I suspect some of them patronize Kasuri to catch a few tidbits of information!

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Another reason is the best choice in sake both from Shizuoka and elsewhere (including Akita of course!) to be found in that alley. The list is practically changing with every week. Make a point to discuss your choice with the Mama San first!

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Don’t worry, all main drinks are available, including beer, wine, shochu, whisky and some unusual discoveries from time to time!

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Another reason is the style of oden.
In many places in Shizuoka City the broth can be as dark as the middle of the night, but Kasuri serves a version somewhere between Shizuoka and light broth Kansai style, far healthier and tastier for my own point of view.

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The oden themselves are served in many manners, either with Japanese hot mustard, aonori/a mixture based on dry green laver seaweed (only in Shizuoka!) or miso mixture, or with all three if it is your fancy!
Among the oden offered to your choice you will fiund quite a few only encountered in our Prefecture!

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But a more important difference with other odenya is that the Mama San also offers all kinds of freshly prepared comfort food varying with the days and seasonal ingredients available on the local (and in her own Akita Prefecture!)!

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Accordingly the food comes in all styles from very Japanese hors d’oeuvres to…

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hot pasta in small dishes!
Well, it doesn’t matter how many times you come, you can always expect some kind of discovery, especially with many patrons bringing some great morsels from their business trips while having a last drink and morsel before hitting the road back home!

KASURI/かすり

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa cho, 2-3-6, Aoba oden Gai
Tel.: 054-255-6758
Opening hours: 16:30~24:30
Closed on Wednesdays
Cash only
If you come as a small group call beforehand as the place does not have many seats!

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French Izakaya: Dinner at Kuroneko Tei in Hamamatsu City!

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Service: very friendly and laid-back!
Equipment & Facilities:overall very clean . Excellent washroom
Prices:reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points:Southern, Italian and ethnic cuisines. All kinds of wine! Mainly local ingredients used.

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Akira Fukui is not only a great chef but he supports actively local producers and fishermen by using as many of their products as possible, thus making Kuroneko Tei a very popular place in Hamamatsu City where it is always a good idea to reserve in advance!

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Apart of the regular menu make a point to check the additions of the day and eventually have a word with “Fuku Chan# before ordering!

Yesterday was a belatedly late visit and we did eat our full. Now, what did we order?

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French Bordeaux white wine to start first of all!

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The snack coming with the first drink!

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A big salad not feature d on the menu!

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Mussels meuniere!

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Mochi Ton pork and raw ham millefeuille!

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Italian or French, difficult to say, but really delicious!

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Red squid sauteed with garlic!

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Change of wine with a South African red!

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Sri Lankan Curry with whole rice!

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Just a little spicy!

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Instead of dessert we opted spaghetti with grilled shiradu!

See you there again soon

KURONEKO TEI/くろねこ亭

430-0931 Hamamatsu City, naka Ku, Shinmai Cho, 315-8 (near Shimizu Bank)
Tel: 053-453-9334
Opening hours: 18:00~24:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Credit cards OK
The second floor can be made all on-smoking!

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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!
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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Shizuoka Izakaya: Tanuki no Ana Celebrating Their 35th Anniversary!

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Service: very kind and attentive
Equipment and facilities: overall a bit old but very clean
Prices: appropriate~a little expensive
Strong points: at least 23 sake from Shizuoka Prefecture!

Makoto and Chieko Naruoka/成川岡真・千恵子さん are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of their izakaya, Tanuki no Hana/狸の穴 (the racoon’s lair!) until July 10th!

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The place has little changed over the years!

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It is not the oldest izakaya in town but is certainly the oldest izakaya specialized in Shizuoka Prefecture sake!
Have a look at the sake labels on the window and you will discover some breweries that have long ceased to exist!
Makoto san in particular will happy to reminisce!

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For their anniversary, Makoto and Chieko offer a special daily selection of five sake for only 500 yen a glass with a complimentary glass of draft beer!
Now, if you give them your name, size, phone number and e-mail address before the 10th you might become the lucky winner of a commemorative T-shirt!

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A snack is also offered for 500 yen!

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If you are a regular or give them any reason to like you they will probably come up with a complimentary snack!

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I had three sake on offer that day:
Kinmei Junmai by Negami Brewery in Gotemba City!

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Takasago Junmai Karakuchi (+10) by Fuji Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

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Sayogoromo Junmai Karakuchi by Morimoto Brewery in Kikugawa City!

If you want not only to taste fine Shizuoka Sake but also learn about their history and anecdotes, Tanuki no Ana is the place!

TANUKI NO HANA/狸の穴

Makoto & Chieko Naruoka/成岡誠。千恵子さん
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae Cho, 2-2-5 (near Aoba Park Street)
Tel.: 054-255-6704
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Credit Cards OK

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Bar-Izakaya: Two Base in Shizuoka City!

Service: a bit shy but very friendly
Equipment & facilities: overall very clean. Excellent washroom if a bit small
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Great list of sake. Stand bar with seats on pavement

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Just discovered a new bar cum izakaya cum standing bar in an unusual location at the very crossing of Egawa Street and Showa Street!

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The place is called “Two base”, not because of baseball but because it is the sister bar of another place called KODONA!
The concept is quite practical with the possibility to sit or stand at the counter or at a table on the pavement!

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Looking at the small refrigerator at the entrance you soon find out that sake is a staple there!

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Have a good look at the board outside before entering!

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The bar which Manager Yoshimi Mochizuki/望月良美さん also calls an izakaya offers quite a nice ever-increasing range of sake from the whole country!

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But it does offer more including shochu from Shizuoka Prefecture!

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And don’t worry, there are also plenty of snacks!

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Now, what did I have for my first visit?

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A celebrated sake from Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City: “Onna Nake/making a woman cry” junmai daiginjo!

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But I couldn’t take my leave before sampling this exquisite junmai ginjo by Ippaku Suisei Brewery from Akita Prefecture!

lright, you understood this is only the start of another long story! LOL

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Manager: Yoshimi Mochizuki/望月良美さん
420-0033 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Showa Cho, 8-1
Tel.: 054-221-8300
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00 (and beyond!)

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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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Bar: 13 Anchorz in Shizuoka City!

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Service: very easy–going and friendly.
Equipment & facilities: Very clean overall. Superb washroom. 2 floors
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Better than average pub/bar food. Drinks, of course!

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The “drinking scene” in Shizuoka City has been changing pretty quickly recently and an area worth a second and third look is a new alley tucked on the first floor of a building called Imakoko in Shichiken Cho Aoi Ku) in the a street just parallel to Showa Street.

Among the bars, restaurants and izakaya you will discover a quaint place with an even stranger name, “13 Anchorz”!

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With a sign like that you can’t go wrong! LOL

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The place was open on January 11th this year as indicated on this sake bottle!

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You can’t miss it with such a view inside!

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Written in English!
Reasonable drinks and food.
Opened late ad closed late!

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The young owner, Kyoken Sugiyama/杉山陽平さん, after a stint in the Japanese Self Defense Army did spend quite some time in Ireland before deciding to open his impossible to classify establishment as it is a combination of a bar and izakaya!

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One can sit at bar, especially welcome when you are on your own!

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Or you can sit at a table with company, or on the 2nd floor for more privacy!

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As for the drinks, you may choose your own bottled beer or bottle of wine and open it yourself or order it (you might have to wait some time though as Kyoken’s food is quite popular)!

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Have a good look at the drinks and their “companions” at the bar!

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I had a menacing Mexican IPA for a start!

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Have a good look at the menu!
The ladies will love this soft blue cheese called Fourme D’Ambert (France) served with honey nuts and bread!

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Now, this the dish I would recommend to all (coming into 3 different sizes!)!

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Fish and chips made with mahi mahi fish from Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Arguably the best fish and chips in Shizuoka City!

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Great when washed down with American Anchor Steam Beer!

Expect me to visit the place again soon as the music is also terrific!

13 ANCHORZ

owner: Kyoken Suzuki/鈴木洋平さん
Shizuoka City, Aoi ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, Imakoko Bld., 1F
Tel.: 090-8452-4503
Opening hours: 19:00~27:00 (from 15:00~ on Sunday)
Closed on Tuesday
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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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Japanese Gastronomy: “Shun no Kai” Dinner at Togaji, Shizuoka City!

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Service: Friendly and attentive
Equipment and facilities: Very clean overall. Beautiful “Magic” washroom
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: true Shizuoka and Japan traditional seasonal gastronomy. Great sake!

“Shun no Kai/旬の会” means “Seasonal Gastronomy Association”. Its initiator, Mr. Toshiyuki Iwasawa, a senior official in the Shizuoka Prefecture Government Agriculture and Forestry Department who knows all the farmers and their products in the Prefecture is constantly promoting the products and gastronomy of our Prefecture on a purely volunteer basis by organizing all kinds of dinners, events and seminars in local restaurants, whenever his busy work permits.

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I finally had the pleasure to take part in one of his dinner parties with 15 other guests at a new Japanese Restaurant/high level izakaya called “Tokaji/とか路”. Actually the real name is “Ryouri to Sake Tokaji/料理と咲けとか路/Gastronomy and Sake (the last is a pun also signifying “flowering”!).

It is located in the heart of Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, along the Aoba Street!

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The Master of the House, Mr. Naoto Togashi/冨樫直人さん who opened this new restaurant one year ago!

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A very traditional izakaya-sryle Japanese restaurant with a long counter and tatami/rice straw mat room for a total of 16~18 seats!

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Plenty of Shizuoka sake available!

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The little details that make it so Japanese!

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Toshiyuki Iwasawa had provided tons of information on the food and ingredients of the day!

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The Shizuoka Prefecture sake served on that day were all brewed by Negami Brewery in Gotemba City!

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“Kinmei Junmai Ginjo, Limited brew/金明純米吟醸(限定)”!

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“Kinmei Tokubetu Junmai Omachi/金明特別純米雄町”, “Kinmmei Junmai Ginjyo Hiyaoroshi/金明純米吟醸ひやおろし”, and “Kinmei Karakuchi Junmai Shu, Aki Agari/金名辛口純米咲け秋あがり”!

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Even the water was provided from the well of Negami Brewery located at an altitude of 550 meters up the slopes of Mount Fuji!

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And now the succulent dinner!

Ingredients:
Amago trout raised in Shimoyama farm in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula
Mushrooms: Masujima Farm in Izu no Kuni City, Izu Peninsula
Wild venison from Izu Shika Monya in Izu Peninsula
Wasabi: Ida Farm in Izu Peninsula
Jaboticaba: Farm Cafe Jaboticaba, Mariko, Shizuoka City

Amago trout and mushrooms light soup!
お椀(下山養魚場のアマゴ真丈と増島農園のキノコ)

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Amago Trout sashimi and Roasted venison with wasabi pickles!
お造り(アマゴの刺身とイズシカ問屋の伊豆鹿のローストを飯田農園の山葵で)

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Amago trout and seasonal vegetables baked in a crust of salt!
焼き物(アマゴの塩釜焼き)

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The same, exquisitely served!

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“Lily root cake stuffed with minced venison, steamed and simmered, served with ankake sauce!
煮物(菊花蕪の伊豆鹿射込み)

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The same with the venison stuffing!

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Deep-fired taro roots and mushrooms, and venison croquettes!
揚げ物(はの字のキノコのさつま揚げ・伊豆鹿コロッケ)

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Rice steamed with mushrooms!
食事(キノコの出汁でキノコの炊き込みご飯、アマゴの粕汁)

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Amago trout soup cooked with sake white lees!

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Sake White lees Mousse cake and Jaboticaba!
甘味(和風金名の酒粕のムースと農園カフェcafe Jaboticabaのジャッボチカバ)

A true feast!

TOKAJI/料理と咲けとか路

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-cho, 9-5, Trends Bldg, 1F.
Opening hours: 17:00~22:30.
Tel.: 054-273-5218
Closed on Sundays.

“Shun no Kai/旬の会”
Mr. Toshiyuki Iwasawa
静岡県志太榛原農林事務所  岩澤敏幸
〒427-0007 静岡県島田市野田1120-1
TEL 0547-37-1160
FAX 0547-37-1163
携帯 090-4261-3492
E-mail: toshiyuki1_iwasawa@pref.shizuoka.lg.jp

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