The great thing about (good) sushi restaurants in Shizuoka Prefecture is that they try to serve as much local seafood and products as possible.
One such establishment is Ekimae Matsuno Susuhi,the oldest existing sushi restaurant in Shizuoka City.
Not only the food is (reasonably-priced) first-class but it is mostly from Shizuoka Prefecture.
Here is what I had the pleasure to sample on my last visit:
Maguro no akami/マグロの赤身/ lean part of the yuna. I prefer the lean part to toro which is only for the status-minded or snobbish gastronomes. We do have many kinds of tuna roaming the waters of Suruga Bay and there is not much need to “import” it, either from the rest of Japan or of the World.
Hirame/平目/Sole and Tairagi/タイラギ/Pen shell.
The seaweed, orange and wasabi are all from Shizuoka Prefecture! LOL
Mr. Ueda is experimenting with a new chawanmushi/茶碗蒸し/Japanese salted pudding. Can you guess what it contains?
Ankimo/アンキモ/Steamed frogfish (monkfish) liver.
It is also called “Japanese foie gras” and made with the liver of Frogfish/Ankou/鮟鱇 steamed in Japanese sake!
Deep-fried Red Trumpet Fish/Karaage aka yagara/唐揚げ赤やがら.
A very versatile fish that can enjoyed raw, marinated or cooked!
Vegetables are always welcome: lightly boiled Na no Hana/菜の花/rape plant and grilled Take no Ko/竹の子/bamboo shoots!
Aji no Tataki/鯵のたたき/chopped raw horse mackerel.
The fish is so fresh that you can ask for the bones and head to be deep-fried!
Tamagoyaki/卵焼き/Japanese omelette made with Shizuoka-raised eggs!
My favourite: Tachiuo Aburi Nigiri/Seared Scabbard Fish Nigiri/太刀魚炙り握り
The Scabbard Fish is seared on the skin only and lightly seasoned before being served as nigiri sushi.
A must! So simple and so tasty!
First dessert: Kanpyou Maki/Dried Gourd Shavings Roll/干瓢巻き.
I must mention this is a sushi fit for vegans!
Second dessert: Creme Brulee!
Mr. Ueda is really eclectic and proves he is a good chef with any food!
Are you tempted?
Ekimae Matsuno Sushi/駅前松乃鮨
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koya Machi, 9-3 (in front of Shizuoka City JR Station, North Side)
Business hours: 11:00~21:00
Closed on Wednesdays and third Tuesday
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