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Tapas Bar: Diego in Shizuoka City!

Photographs courtesy of Hiroya Unno

Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: Great general cleanliness
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Relaxed atmosphere, reasonable prices and excellent tapas!

Diego in Shizuoka City is one of those places where you can eat, drink and relax in good company without ostentation and enjoy simple pleasures and great company, whatever the gender or the age!
As for the lone wolves, the long counter can field them all!

I visited Diego the other day with workmates as the “second stage” of our night out. Perfect for a good talk accompanied with light refreshments. Actually, all the other guests seemed to be of the same mind, especially the ladies!

Although the concept is that of a tapas restaurant/bar, the wines, all tagged at the same price, come from France, Italy, Spain and other countries. Naturally, there are drinks for all priorities.

For the specialists! Very reasonably priced!

Naturally, we couldn’t get through the whole menu but the follwing should give you a good idea of the reasonably-priced and excellent dishes with an international flavor although most of the ingredients are local:
Iberico raw ham!

Cut in front of you!

Beautiful tomato salad!

Spanish omelette!

Generous terrine!

Succulent smoked chicken salad!

Unusual wine-stewed spare ribs!

See you again there soon!

420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 1-12-12, Jyouhara Bldg, 102, 静岡市葵区鷹匠1-12-12 篠原ビル102
Tel.: 054-253-0808
Business Hours: 18:00~24:00
Closed on Mondays
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)


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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Mando: Neo Japanesque Bar/SpanishTapas Bar

Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great and very large washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable to a little expensive.
Specialty: Tapas. Japanese sake, including many local Shizuoka Brands, shochu and wines.

More and more culinary specialties are being presented for the ever-growing pleasure of revellers in Shizuoka City.
The latest addition, which opened last month, is a very interesting combination of Japanese and Spanish cuisines served in a bar/restaurant very reminiscent of Spain.

A very-easy going place with very friendly staff (7) ably coached by veteran manager Takeshi Hirai (who also looks after two more establishments), one can first quaff one’s thirst in many ways:

Japanese sake (350~1,200 yen for a 90ml glass) is top-class including no less than 19 different bottles from Shizuoka Prefecture: Isojiman, Aoshima, Kokkou, Sugii, Doi, Takashima, Morimoto, Oomuraya, Kanzawagawa, Eikun and Hatsukame Breweries!
Other prefecture are represented by 11 more brands.

Incidentally, if you come there just drinking,there is a space for guests who prefer standing with a glass in hand!

Plenty of wine, naturally!

Wine is available by the bottle, half-bottle, and glass.
7 liqueurs, plenty of cocktails, soft drinks, Japanese tea and herbal teas are also on the menu!

And shochu: 13 imo/tuber, 11 mugi/barley, 8 kome/rice, 3 awamori from Okinawa and 7 limited editions!

As for food, you had better check the menu of the day written on blackboard as it changes every day.
On the average 13~ tapas (300~600 yen) and 16~ dishes (200~1,400 yen) are on offer, although one can ask the chefs about avaibility of other foods!

If you can’t read the menu, no problem, just point at the food inside the glass display boxes: Fish,


More tapas,

Vegetable terrine,

and even more tapas!

Eating tapas with a glass of wine is probably the cheapest way to truly enjoy the place!

Mind you, they quickly add up!

A great place on your own for a quick fix or with good company for a long night out!

MANDO, Neo Japanesque Bar
420-0031 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Gofuku-cho 2-4-6, Mori Bldg 1 & 2F (along Genan Street)
Tel. & Fax: 054-221-5103
Opening hours: 17:00~02:00
Closed on Sundays
Parties possible on reservation (second floor can turned into private party space)
Credit cards OK

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Cheese Plate at Gentil (6)


This article is dedicated to Cheese Monger as he is interested in what we can expect here in Japan!

I don’t need to introduce Gentil and Ms. Keiko Kubota in Japan who is THE authority on cheese in Japan!

Look at picture above to find out what I sampled lately:

Right top: 6-month old Gouda (Holland)
Right centre: 12-month old Mimolette (France)
Right bottom: Epoisses (France)

Centre: Fourme d’ambert (France)

Left top: Sakura (Hokkaido/Japan)
Left centre: Bon de Sologne (France)
Left bottom: Gorgonzola Dolce (Italy)

Great plate, I can assure you!

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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Serrano Ham Leeks Gratin


Spain and France are neighbours. Not so long ago various parts of both countries (Catalunia, Navarra, and so on) were also part of a third country. No wonder that both Nations’ gastronomies cross each other’s paths so often as shown in this recipe simple in concept but sophisticsted in products.

Serrano Ham Leeks Gratin!

INGREDIENTS: For 4 persons
-Leeks: 10 cm long x 8. Choose thick and soft leek.
-Ham: thin slices of Spanish Serrano Ham/150 g
-Cheese: Spanish Manchego or hard ewe cheese/100 g
-Fresh cream: 200 ml
-Salt and pepper (to taste)


-Poach leeks for 10 miutes in boiling salted water.
During that time, mince half of the ham and grate half of the cheese and drop them in a bowl. Add 2 large tablespoons of fresh cream and mix well.

-Cut the leeks along their length along their length to take their outer layer and extract the white cores. Mince the white cores and mix them with the minced ham and grated cheese.

-Preheat the oven to 5 (180 degrees Celsius).
Spread 1 lage tablespoon of fresh cream over the bottom of an oven dish.
Stuff the outer layers of the leeks with the ham and cheese mixture.
Place them on the bottom of the oven dish. Pour the remining fresh creamover them. Grind pepper over them and bae in oven for 10 minutes.

-Cut the remaining cheese and ham into thin slices. After having cooked for 10 minutes, take the dish out of the oven, olace ham and cheese over the stuffed leeks and put back into oven for a few minutes.
Serve the gratin very hot at once.

Drink a dry white wine with it!

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