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Green Tea and Wagashi Cakes at Momijiyama Japanese Garden in Sumpu Park in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Impeccable cleanliness. Washroom outside the Darden inside Sumpu Park (equipped for physically-impaired visitors)
Prices: very reasonable
Strong points: top-class local tea. Beautiful wagashi. Splendid Japanese park.English pamphlet available. English-speaking staff.
Entirely non-smoking

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If you visit Sumpu Park in the center of Shizuoka City you ought to visit one place secluded inside for a true Japanese experience: Momijiyama Japanese Garden and its tearoom!

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If you come to the right time of the year you will be welcomed by flowering cherry trees!

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Once past the entrance where you can book tea and wagashi cake at the tea room walk along the wooden platform to reach the inner Japanese garden.

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The general view of the park, an ever-changing landscapes according to the seasons!

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Beautiful pond with Japanese carps!

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Take your time and walk around!

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Plenty of flowering trees along the seasons!

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This part of the garden was design to represent Mount Fuji looming over green tea fields!

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The tea room!

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Water well!

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A look at the “engawa/surrounding hall” on the right of the tea room!

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Inside view!
You are invited inside as soon as a seat is available and upon producing your ticket you will be served either sencha tea or macha tea with a wagashi Japanese cake.

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You can put your bag under the table!

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I personally asked macha tea!

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My Wagashi Japanese cake represented a rape flower and plant!

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Good news for vegans and vegetarians!

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The macha was served in beautiful bowls!
Mine was decorated with wisteria!

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Some of my friends had ordered sencha sets!

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With a different type of wagashi Japanese cake!

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We were all served houji cha before leaving!

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A peaceful corner!

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Check the tea selection on sale!

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Take your time to enjoy the park before leaving!

MOMIJIYAMA JAPANESE GARDEN IN SUMPU PARK, SHIZUOKA CITY

Access (inside Sumpu Park):
5 minutes on foot from Shin-Shizuoka Station on the Shizutetsu Railway Line
10 minutes on foot from JR Shizuoka Station
15 minutes by car from Shizuoka Interchange on the Tomei expressway
Shizuoka City is one hour by Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo and two hours from Kyoto

Opening hours: 09:00~16:30
Closed on Mondays (if Monday is a National Holiday, open on Monday and closed on Tuesday).
Closed from December 29th to January 3rd
Check admission fees at entrance
Interpretation services by citizen volunteers are available on reservation in several languages. For further details contact the Parks and Green Areas Division of City Hall at (054) 221-1121 or the Tea Room Office at (054) 251-0016

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Shizuoka Izakaya (and ranking): Hana Oto in Shizuoka City!

IZAKAYA RANKING: +3
Service: +3 Very friendly and attentive
Equipment: + 3 Great general cleanliness. Beautiful toilets
Prices: +1~+2 Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Great use of local ingredients in beautiful Izakaya -style Chinese Cuisine. Great sake and shochu!

Whatever the nationality or the genre of the gastronomy, a good chef makes an exclusively use of ingredients not only superlative but whenever possible local! Only then the skills make the difference between a good and a great chef!

The entrance to Hana Oto/華音 is simple and unassuming, always a good sign!

Chef Yuusuke Toozaki/登崎雄介decided to move to the present location a few years ago to be able to welcome all his guests in a larger establishment!
It is always a good idea to reserve a seat either at the counter or on the tatami floor!

The man himself (frightening smile!)

First of all he caters for all tastes as far as drinks come!

A shochu paradise!

You may as well as consult him before choosing a shochu if that is what you want!
Of course beer and wine are available!

Nice tokkuri!

As for the Japanese sake, there is plenty to choose from, too!
At least three great sake from Shizuoka Prefecture are catered!

Now Hana Oto is one of the rare restaurants serving Amagi Shamo, arguably the best chicken in the Prefecture and probably Japan!

This chicken is, among others, fed with wasabi leaves and soy milk from Izu Peninsula!

Served with freshly grated Shizuoka wasabi (and maybe a little soy sauce), a rare delicacy!

On that night I had beautiful sake brewed by Eikun (Yui) and Sugii (Fujieda) breweries!

Jukusei Tomato to Tamago Pirikara Itame/熟成とまとト卵ピリ辛炒め/Stir-fried hot ripe tomatoes and eggs!

Toozaki San makes an extensive use of the best quality vegetables of the Prefecture!
These ripe tomatoes were grown at Suzuki Tomato Garden in Shizuoka City!

A fulfilling and healthy dish with a great balance!

Unctuous eggs fried to perfection!

Nasu no Shyouga Shoyu Itame/茄子の生姜醤油炒め/Stir-ried eggplants in ginger and soy sauce!

These eggplants were grown organically in a family garden in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, proving a great search for the best ingredients!

Matsuki Farm Romeenu Retasu to Hikiniku no Pirikara Itame/松木ファームロメーンレタストひき肉のピリ辛炒め/Hot stir-fried Matsuki Farm Romaine Lettuce and minced meat!

The Romaine lettuce was organically grown at Matsuki Farm in Fujinomiya City!

Misonaise Vegetable Gratin at Hana Oto!
Yuusuke Tozaki’s concept will appeal to all nationalities, especially in colder weather as it is hot and nourishing!

Now, what is “misonaise”?
A mixture of miso paste and mayonnaise!
Some of the vegetables are first fried while others are steamed, boiled or raw.
The sauce, including enough condiments to season the whole, covers a generous portion of those vegetables before being cooked as a gratin in an oven!
Try it at home! It’s worth it!

Well, you can be assured this is only the start of a long relationship considering the untried dishes and the changes with seasons!
Keep tuned! LOL

HANA OTO/華音
420-0032 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Ryougae Cho, 5-8, Shin Kamogawa Bldg., 2F-D
Business hours: 17:30~24:00
Closed on Mondays

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

Prices:
+1 cheap
+2 slightly expensive but good value
+3 expensive but good value

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Superb Japanese Hamburgers at Tequila’s Diner in Shizuoka City!

All photographs taken by Robert-Gilles Martineau

Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Good general cleanliness. Excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive but very good value
Strong points: Tex-Mex gastronomy of superior quality. Doubles up as bar in evenings.

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If you are a visitor or resident, and true meat lover, and want to take a break with all the beautiful sushi and other superlative Japanese gastronomy in Shizuoka Prefecture, the place to visit day and night is Tequila’s Diner in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, next to Aoba Park Street!

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The regular menu and extras will take you some time to read through and even more to choose from!
First of all, and probably most important, Chef Chihiro Okamoto’s patties are made with hand-chopped meat of first quality which might explain the somewhat high prices, but they are far helthier and tasty that some found in notorious diners!
Moreover, all vegetables are local and the buns baked by local bakers!
Chihiro goes as far as reducing salt for his kid customers!

To make a very long story short, let me introduce the yummy morsels I have personally savored and convince you to visit the place!

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A little folly: Crazy Double Decker!

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For big appetites!

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Double patty and double sliced cheddar cheese!

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Chili Burger!

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I know a lot of American and Canadian friends who would come just to sample those beautiful chili (not really hot, thanks!) beans!

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New York Blue Strip Burger!

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“Raising the cap” you will discover a whole steak, grilled semi-rare, cut in strips. And plenty of it!
Better eaten with fork and knife!

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Mushroom melt hamburger!

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Once again you will better off using a fork and knife!

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The Avocado n’ Salsa Hamburger!

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Fresh and tender avocado and more vegetables for appetizing colors!

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A classic: “Tequila’s Favorite”

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I always say that a good hamburger is a full meal: bread, Fresh and cooked vegetables, beef, bacon, cheese and egg!

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From time to time you will be able to savor limited hamburgers such as this New Zealand lamb and blue cheese hamburger!

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The New Zealand lamb patty with the blue cheese and more vegetables for a great balance!

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bear in mind that Tequila’s Diner is not all about superlative hamburgers but also aboutgreat tidbits such as this one-foot long Quadruple Cheese Dog!

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Now, the big difference is that the sausages are exclusively home-made, not some cheap canned stuff!

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Fish and chips! American-style?

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Deep-fried beer-marinated tripes! A discovery!

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Great composite vegetable salads for well-balanced meals!

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Now, their nachos are absolutely scrumptious!

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To conclude: “French Fried potatoes”!
I must say they are above average!
Great with beer!
And don’t forget to mention if you want less salt!

TEQUILA’S DINER
Chef Chihiro Okamoto

420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 8-6 (near Aoba Park Street), ACT 7, 1F
Tel.: 054–255-7595
Business hours: 12:00~14:00, 18:00~24:00
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
Small and big parties welcome on reservations
Small outside lodge can be made non-smoking
Kids’ special lunch (with little salt) available!

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Reasonable Sushi Restaurant: Uogashi inside Shizuoka JR Station!

Service: A bit shy but very friendly
Equipment & Facilities:: Very clean overall. Shared washroom in Asty, very clean and modern
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Mainly local fish and seafood. Hot meals also served. Good sake list

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Uogashi Sushi/魚がし鮨 is the major sushi restaurant chain in Shizuoka Prefecture ( a total of 40+ establishments including those at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya), but with a big difference: most of the fish and seafood are local, especially from Numazu Harbor where the company started. Expect the freshest quality at very reasonable prices!
You will find this particular restaurant in the ASTY Corridor inside Shizuoka JR Station.
I would advise you to choose a seat at the counter (the prices are the same everywhere!) just inside on the right as it is non-smoking and at a far enough distance from the smokers’ seats!

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Since they have 5 or 6 of them at all times, ask for a local sake!
Although it was lunch time I had this “Karakuchi/Dry” by Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City. Report coming soon!

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The interesting thing in this particular establishment is that they serve whale meat in at least 7 different fashions!

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Whalemeat sushi nigiri!

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Whalemeat sashimi plate!

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Served with grated ginger and finely chopped scallions you dip together in soy sauce!

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Whalemeat brochettes/”kujira Kushi Yaki”!

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The meat has a solid bite, very similar to beef!

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Among the specialties from Shizuoka Prefecture, raw “shirasu” is a must!

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These are the whiting of a variety of sardine called “kata kuchi iwashi” in Japanese!
Raw, it is usually served with grated ginger and finely chopped scallions!

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Another glass of sake! Garyuubai by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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This particular fish can be very dangerous if you mistake it for the wrong variety! Globe fish or puffer, called “fugu” in Japanese!

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No need to dip it in soy sauce as it is served already seasoned with momijioroshi/grated daikon with chili powder and jelly!

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Now, this particular dish makes use of two Shizuoka specialties!
It’s called Sakura Ebi Tororo Age!

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“Sakura ebi” stands for “Cherry shrimps” caught off the Suruga Bay shore.
“Tororo” stands for “grated Japanese yam”!
“Age” stands for “Deep-fried”!

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Tamago Yaki for dessert, of course!

Expect more visits as I haven’t exhausted the whalemeat menu yet!

UOGASHI SUSHI/魚がし鮨
ASTY SHIZUOKA RESTAURANT (West Asty)
420-0851 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kurogane, 47 (inside Shizuoka JR Station)
Tel.: 054-286-2276
Opening hours: 11:00~22:30 (last orders until 21:30)
Closed on January 1st
Credit cards OK

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A Shizuoka Gastronomic Comfort Food: Oden!

All pictures taken in Shizuoka Prefecture by Robert-Gilles Martineau

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Dark Shizuoka Oden at Ogawa in Shizuoka City!

When winter seems bent on holding us company and taking a sadistic pleasure listening to our moans, everything to warm up our bodies is welcome.
The Japanese have come up with the ideal solution: Oden (おでん)!
The beauty of it is that it is sustaining food, quite cheap fare by this country standards and very comforting.

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Even darker Shizuoka Oden at Taiyakiya in Ieyama, Shimada City!

Oden has a long history. It can be traced back to Edo times when it was called Kanto-daki/関東煮, meaning Kanto region stew. At the time it was mainly made with strong soy sauce and soup stock extracted from a combination of konbu/seaweed, whale meat and beef tendons.
The whalemeat has disappeared but the broth is still made with the same soy sauce, seaweed and beef tendons in the east of Japan.
On the other hand, many contend that Oden was originally what is now commonly called misodengaku or simply dengaku. Take your pick!

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Oden in lighter Kansai-style (Western Japan) broth can also be found in Shizuoka, such as in Yasaitei in Shizuoka City!

It can be found all over the Japanese archipelago all year round (not only in winter!) in many guises and many trends, although it can roughly be divided into three categories:
-Simmered in a light broth most popular in the Kansai Region/Western Japan.
-Served with Miso, notably in the Nagoya area.
-Cooked in a dark soup in the Kanto Region/Eastern Japan.
Many people will argue that each region, or even city, has its own original brand of oden, and they might be right as ingredients greatly vary although the three above methods prevail.
The Japanese are so entrenched in their fondness of oden that regular TV shows extol the virtues of their national comfort food with “talents” recruited in each Prefecture on a single stage!

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Outdoors oden stand at a Shizuoka City Oden fair in the middle of winter!

But wherever you go, look forward to sampling common ingredients:

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-Eggs: they are first boiled before being skewered and left in the broth. Actually skewering oden is far from being universal. But the sticks attached to them will certainly help you when choose them out of impossibly dark soup in Shizuoka!

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Daikon oden!

-Potatoes: popular almost everywhere, they are seemingly a favorite of expats.
Now, have you ever wondered how potatoes do not break up being left for ages in hot broth and roughly manipulated around?
The potatoes are first boiled to about 80% and then plunged into ice water or immediately locked in a fridge. Do not be worried when the local odenyasan/oden shop owner opens his/her fridge for more potatoes to add into the broth, but choose them with a nice color when fishing them out!
-Daikon, or Japanese long radish: these are also prepared like potatoes to ensure they do not break.

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Dark Konnyaku vermicelli!

-Konnyaku: Devil’s Tongue tuber jelly: some odenya will serve it in thick triangular or rectangular pieces or as ito konnyaku/konnyaku vermicelli.

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Shizuoka-style dark tofu at top!

-Tofu or bean curd: it is usually of the harder kind and seared first before plunging them in the broth.

Out of the pot!

Oden is often sold from food carts, and most Japanese convenience stores now have simmering oden pots in winter containing different kinds of oden sold, with single-ingredient varieties as cheap as 50 yen.

You can of course buy any ingredients of your liking, cook them in your preferred broth at home with hot Japanese mustard and some beer or (hot) sake like many do in Japanese households.

As served in Odenya in Shizuoka City!

But the best way to enjoy oden and discover their varieties is to eat outside with a mind to have a (few) drinks on your own or with special company!

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Shizuoka Aoba Koen Oden Alley!

Now Shizuoka Oden has probably become the most famous (maybe notorious?) variety in Japan.
In an era when so-called B-Gourmet, or even C-Gourmet (Japanese expressions!) have become a regular feature on TV and other media, Shizuoka is not following the norms.
Odenya there serve a dark (and even black to visitors from Kansai who favour a light dashi!) broth flavored with beef stock and strong soy sauce. Moreover all ingredients are skewered, that for “true” Shizuoka Oden.

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Another peculiarity is that they are served with a powdery mixture of dried ground fish (sardine, mackerel or bonito shavings) and aonori (edible seaweed). More often customers will be handed plates and allowed to take out their preferred morsels and spoon out some oden seasoning powder they will liberally sprinkle over their food. On top of this the same customers will add hot Japanese mustard from one of the pots on the table or counter.

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Visitors from other regions might entertain some reservations when witnessing Shizuokans choose with utmost care the oldest pieces, some of them eggs which have become a solid burnt brown on the outside or triangular pieces of fish paste that no one else would be able to recognize as such!

Now, if you have the occasion to stop and visit Shizuoka City (other areas in the prefecture do also have their own peculiar tidbits on offer like beef lungs in Gotenba called “fuwa”!), go to Aoba Koen Park Street.
The whole park used to be lined with yatai/food stands serving oden and drinks from as early as 3 o’clock in the afternoon (some still do) until the wee hours of the morning.
But a new hygiene law in the 1960’s forced them into moving inside alleys and corridors between other buildings where they became Aoba Oden Alleys.
They totalled at least 36 shops at the present, all with their specialties and famous characters. Actually an official pamphlet lists more than 80 specialized odenya and more than 300 izakayas serving real Shizuoka Oden!

Every year a Shizuoka Oden Festival is held in mid-February in the Aoba Koen and Gofuku-cho area for the pleasure of  all, adults and children, day or night, Japanese or expats!
The perfect comfort food with superlative Shizuoka Sake!

For people who do not have the time to visit Shizuoka, oden are sold in tins, cans, and bags on the Shizuoka JR Station platforms!

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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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Soba: Shizuoka Native Buckwheat Noodles at Teuchi Soba Tagata in Shizuoka City!

Service: Friendly, attentive and informative
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Superb washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Only native buckwheat from Shizuoka and rest of Japan used. Great use of local seasonal ingredients. Great sake and shochu list.
Entirely non-smoking!

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Soba or buckwheat noodles is one of those underrated products in Shizuoka Prefecture which ought to deserve more attention especially when you take in account that it has produced its own soba for immemorable times well before Tokugawa Ieyasu came to love them so much when he retired to Sumpu/Shizuoka in the beginning of the 17th Century!

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If one needed a single reason for patronizing Teuchi Soba Tagata would be that Chef Osamu Tagata/田形治さん not only uses exclusively Japanese native buckwheat/zairaishu soba/在来種蕎麦 from Shizuoka Prefecture and elsewhere in the country but also takes a rare pleasure extolling about his soba and other cuisine to whoever is interested or might ask!

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Of course I ordered “mori soba” made with native buckwheat grown in the mountains of Iwata in Central Shizuoka prefecture!
But I can assure it is not all about soba but more true Japanese gastronomy!

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You could always order a set menu but poring through the menu and choosing tidbits according to your whims is far more fun!

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What I enjoy at soba restaurants is looking at all the utensils served a few at a time, a good indication of the level of the establishment!

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On my next visit I will have to ask what secret brew is hidden inside that pot!

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The “mori soba” have come!

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Now, this lacquered box is a “mempa bento box” made only with cherry wood from Ikawa in the north of Shizuoka City!

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Soba made with native buckwheat from Ikawa, Shizuoka City as a “juwari/100%”!
Absolutely beautiful!

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Actually, Teuchi Soba Tagata in Shizuoka City is not only famed for their soba and cuisine but also for the superb sake (including Shizuoka, of course) and its beautiful shochu which also includes a beauty from Shizuoka Prefecture!
The above is sake brewed by Haginishiki Brewery in Shizuoka City!

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Deep-fried rekon/lotus roots grown in Asabata, Shizuoka City!

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Now, this is a bit special: these sato imo/taro roots are a native variety grown for centuries in Ikawa!
Served as tempura with a special miso paste, a must try!

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Soba yu/soba soup to mix with whatever soupstock/soba sauce you have left and drink to wash down your meal!

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I had to try another favorite: soba miso yaki!

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Buckwheat seeds grilled with miso paste!

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Three different salts for the tempura!
The middle one is pure rock salt!

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There were two items I didn’t have the stomach space to enjoy the last time:
Tamagoyaki made with dashi stock soup!!

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And a great plate (for two!) of seasonal vegetables and seafood tempura!

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And a great hot Japanese dessert with kinako, o mochi and beans!

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The last details are so important!
Wine-stewed figs and ice-cream!

TEUCHI SOBA TAGARA
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa Cho, 2-6-7
Tel.: 054-250-8555
Opening hours: 11:30~13:30, 17:30~22:00
Closed on Mondays and Thursday lunch
Parties welcome
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE
Entirely non-smoking!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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, Pie
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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Sake & Wine Bar/Restaurant: La Sommelière in Shizuoka City!

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Ms. Hiromi Hasegawa with Mrs. Fabienne Dony and her husband Samuel of Domaine Jean-Pierre Bony (France, Bourgogne, Nuits-Saint-Georges) during a Wine Tasting Party held at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City on May 26th, 2015!

Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment and facilities: Spotless clean. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Local sake by the glass. Extensive wine list by the glass. Bottles on sale. Great local bread and pastries. Home-made light food

If you are a gastronome looking for a place opened all day and evening without the usual hassles restaurants and bars, especially if you are on your own or with a special company, there is a tailor-made establishment for you in Shizuoka City!
In June 2014, Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん, decided to open her long-awaited shop with an unusual concept combining retail sales, bar and restaurant specializing in wines from japan and all over the World and Japanese sake from Shizuoka Prefectures and other areas in Shizuoka City!

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La Sommeliere was opened along the newly-reformed left-hand side of Miyuki-Cho Street within easy walking distance from the Shizuoka Station.
It has rapidly become a household name in Shizuoka City for many reasons.

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Mrs. Hasegawa is not only both a certified sommelier in wines and sake but her French Cuisine studies at Le Cordon Bleu enabled her to introduce her wines with pairings all indicated with the price labels! A painstaking work certainly appreciated by her customers.
Since the place is also entirely non-smoking it is very popular with ladies!

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The Japanese sake are not only selected for their good value but sake aficionados will have a field day with all the precisely written–up specs!
Now, many of these sake can be drunk on site by the glass!
And they are changed regularly so expect something new with every visit!

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The same applies with the wines that you can order and drink at the counter or at one of the tables any time of the day and evening!

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It turns into a real bistro when you realize that plenty of food cooked on site or prepared buy renown Shizuoka Chefs (in collaboration) especially conceived for pairing with your wine are available in single dishes or composed plates!

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Depending on the time of the year and the season Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん is offering her own versions of French gastronomy such as the above cassoulet prepared with real goose fat from France!

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Her home-baked Quiche Lorraine a beauty and the real article!

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Like Croque-Monsieur (“crunching a gentleman”) Croque-Madame (“Crunching a lady”) comes into many guises, especially in Japan, and Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん’s own version ladies intent on devouring their female competitors!

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Her bread comes from a Bakery in Shizuoka City, Trottix’ which bakes for example regular baguette, and another one prepared with rock salt called Salice de Bearn from France!

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Remarkable wine domain tasting parties are also organised at la Sommeliere (make sure to reserve one of the restricted seats well in advance!)
For example the Domaine Jean-Pierre Bony originally founded in 1963 by Jean-Pierre Bony in Nuits saint-Georges in Bourgogne, France, now looked after by his daughter her husband!

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Tasting conducted with two Cheese from Bourgogne naturally, including a fine Epoisses by Berthaut C. and a Nuits d’Or by Fromagerie Delin, neighbors of the very Domaine jean-Pierre Bony!

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Japanese wines are not forgotten such as this Tasting party organised with Grace Wines from Yamanashi Prefecture!

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And this with extravagant marcassin terrine (wild boar cub) by Chef Yoshinori Kawasaki/川崎芳範さん of KAWASAKI Restaurant in Shizuoka City.
The marcassin had been shot in the wild at the foot of Mount Fuji by Chef Yoshinori Kawasaki/川崎芳範さん who owns a hunting license!

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Next time you visit La Sommeliere try this Japanese wine, White “Koushhu/甲州” by Grace Wines Co.!
Koshu is a native grape which has been known for 1,000 years in the Village of Katsunuma giving a white wine which truly deserves the name of Japanese wine.
The aroma is very assertive, pleasant and fruity thanks to maturing process “sur lies”.
Very fresh and light attack.

Convinced?
I surerly am!

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00, 12:00~18:00 on Sundays & National Holidays
FACEBOOK (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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, Pie
rre.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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City