Archive for July, 2007

Shizuoka Shochu Tasting 7: Fuji-Takasago Distillery: Fuji No Tsuyu

July 15, 2007

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Fuji No Tsuyu by Fuji-Takasago Brewery/Distillery in Fujinomiya City is another example of the extravagant kome (rice) shochu brewed by sake breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture!

It is a standard kome/rice shochu with 25vol. of alcohol made from rice and rice yeast.

It is very clear as it ought to be with a typical and pleasant ricey aroma.

As for taste it is light, almost sweet and turned complex as it changes quickly spreading inside the mouth.

Overall: distinguished. Perfect balance. Can be appreciated on its own straight in small cups/
Makes an interesting drink mixed with fruit juices or syrups. I particaularly appreciated it mixed with an equal dose of red shiso (perilla) sweet juice , ice and plenty of water.
Also accompanies well fresh fruit!

Izakaya: Yasaitei

July 9, 2007

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If you had to define an Izakaya in Shizuoka City as a Japanese Izakaya for Vegetarinas, Yasaitei would at stand the top of the list. The name itself means “Vegetables Stopover”!
Right from the moment you order your first drink, a plate of fresh seasonal vegetables will appear for you to savour with your favourite dressing!
Talking of drinks, Yasaitei is truly a Shizuoka establishment when you realize they serve not only 4 Shizuoka jizake from Syozetsu, Isojiman, Kikuyoi and Hana No Mai Breweries,
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but also 2 rice/kome shochu from Tenjigura (Doman) and Hana No Mai (Acha No Tsubone) Distilleries!
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Their vegetables, most of them from growers living in our Prefecture come under various guises: fried, steamed, deep-fried, and so on.
Now, for the true vegetarians, ask Ms. Naomi Oshino and her charming staff not to include any fish or other animal stock in the sauce. She will be glad to oblige!
The place has be opened only two years ago, and it is full any day of the week. Do reserve your seats as they are limited!
Yasaitei is not the kind of place you can justly describe in a single article. It does deserve a few visits before you can assess its true value. The prices are consequent to the quality, but they are fair in the light of the culinary venture!

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa-Cho, 1-6-2 Green Heights Wamon 1-C
Tel.: 054-2543277
Reservations highly recommended