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A brand new izakaya was born very recently and is acquiring a very big reputation all over Shizuoka: Mansouya.

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Service: +3 Very kind, attentive and smiling
Equipment & Facilities: +3 Very clean overall. Superb washroom.
Prices: +1-2 Reasonable
Strong points: Shizuoka sake (all breweries featured)! Superb sashimi plates. Shizuoka Tea Pork!
See “Izakaya Ranking” system at bottom of article!

Izakaya in Shizuoka - MansouyaIt is located in a fairly quiet place in Aoi Ku, behind Isetan Department Store on the first floor of the red-bricked Castle Hotel, which used to house a Chinese restaurant.

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

One big reason for its popularity is that it is the only establishment serving sake from all the breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture, even those which are on the fringes selling somebody else’s sake.

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

Another reason is that they serve pork from pigs fed with local green tea! Talk about extravagant Shizuoka gastronomy.

Izakaya in Shizuoka - MansouyaNot only do they serve sake from Shizuoka prefecture, but also local fish and seafood

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

They are certainly a working hard lot, even at lunch – and no holidays

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

It is always a good idea to reserve – especially at night. If you come alone, sitting at the counter is probably best.

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

Large groups will feel more comfortable sitting on the tatami floor, but it can become very noisy.

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

Nonetheless there are plenty of tables and chairs for small groups (note the walls decorated with sake brewery aprons).

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

Have a look at all the sake in the fridge. The staff, if not too busy, will have the pleasure to explain their origin.

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

If you come to taste as many sake as possible the best solution is to order a 3 sake tasting set for only 800 yen. The bottles will be brought onto your table and you are welcome to take photographs.

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

Each bottle being explicitly numbered, the number of the brewery you wish to taste will be written on your sake tasting set paper.

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

A splendid system if you want to report on the tasting.

Izakaya in Shizuoka - MansouyaO-toshi/snack that came with the first drink

Izakaya in Shizuoka - MansouyaBeautiful sashimi plate with fish and seafood from Shizuoka Prefecture, great value!

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

Of course Shizuoka oden is a regular dish all year round. Note that  they are seasoned the Shizuoka way with “aonori”, Shizuoka oden are darker than the ones found in other prefectures.

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

And more sake!

Izakaya in Shizuoka - MansouyaDon’t forget to order the tea pork, great comfort food for the meat lovers.

Izakaya in Shizuoka - Mansouya

Very generous portions with yakitori, including my favorite, “tsukune” (minced meat ball)

Expect regular visits in the future!

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

+1 standard
+2 pleasant
+3 very good

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

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

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Robert-Gilles Martineau

Robert-Gilles Martineau

Robert-Gilles Martineau, a 40-year French resident in Shizuoka and japan has been blogging and writing about his love for Japanese gastronomy and tourism in three languages since 1998. His motto: "There is always a new place to visit and a new food to taste out there!"

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