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I had been curious for some time about a new restaurant which had been opened three years ago above a convenience store this year when the far corner of Cenova Department Store in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, was reclaimed for development.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

The name of the restaurant is “Sumpu No Nikudokoro/駿府の肉処”. Sumpu is the old name of Shizuoka City and Nikudokoro means “the Place for Meat”. Pity they don’t take the pains of at least writing the English pronunciation, especially when you hear that Shizuoka Prefecture and City have recently declared to promote tourism more actively…

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

I had noticed this advert for a single donburi/bowl dish priced at 800 yen/8 US $/6 Euros for quite a while and I had thought that the place was maybe a very reasonable and simple restaurant subsidized by the Shizuoka Prefecture Government, the Agriculture Department in particular. I was proved slightly wrong!

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Frankly speaking the lack of explanations and introductions on the ground floor was a bit frustrating and I was somewhat surprised to find out after climbing nondescript stairs to stand in front of small but elegant entrance.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

And the surprises only continued after I had stepped inside. Wow! Special Wagyu certified from Shizuoka Prefecture! Actually no less than 12 breeders have been awarded the distinction in our Prefecture.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

They were not shy about exhibiting the meat used in the restaurant, a sure sign of superior quality!

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Then I started to understand, Wagyu is horribly expensive in Japan, wherever it is produced, moreover if it has received the label ‘Special Choice” by the Government.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

The restaurant is owned and run by the Shizuoka JA (Japan Agriculture), the biggest Agricultural Association in Shizuoka Prefecture (and also heavily subsidized by the country). Now, I knew why the prices were still comparatively reasonable, even for local products.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

The establishment is absolutely spotless clean with a direct view into the kitchen. Talk about superior hygiene!

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Not only the meat, but most of the sake and shochu are also brewed in Shizuoka Prefecture.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

There are three types of seating: A counter by the window, very practical for individual guests or couples, benches and tables for 4 people apiece and finally a dig-in kotatsu Japanese room you can partly or completely reserve for a meal away from other guests’ sight (500 yen extra per person in that case). The Japanese room can be completely reserved for up to 8 guests. Otherwise parties up to 26 guests are accepted. Total reservation can be insured for up to 66 guests.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

The sliding doors of the private Japanese-style room.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

My first visit was for lunch at which you can a choice of single bowl dishes between 800 and 980 yen (very popular with office workers and doctors working nearby), and three meat lunch sets between 1,200 yen and 3,000 yen. I chose the latter, which at 25 US dollars is still very reasonable.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Next time I will strongly suggest that they write an English translation.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Not only the wasabi (of course) but even the salt is local!

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Supreme fat to coat the BBQ plate with before grilling the meat and vegetables, Extravagant!

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Absolutely beautiful! Now, what do we have?

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Two kinds of Wagyu Beef and Kinton-o Pork form Shizuoka Prefecture. Actually our Prefecture is nationally renown for its supreme pork!

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

They need to translate that, too. It does make for good reading, actually!

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

In the background lean Wagyu Beef and in the forefront Kinton-O Pork.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Great attention to detail: served with grilled garlic slices and chopped thin scallions.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Naturally the vegetables are exclusively local!

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Local vegetable salad and Shizuoka green tea as a bavarois with jelly.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Shizuoka-grown Koshihikari rice, A real beauty!

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

Shizuoka Koshikari rice is the earliest to be harvested in the island of Honshu: planted in April, rice grains appear in July and the rice is harvested end of August. It is nicknamed “Pearl Rice”.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

A light soup, perfect to wash all that good food down!

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

100% Shizuoka orange juice. The real article!

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

You grill everything at your own pace and order.

wagyu beef, Sunpu No Nikudokoro, restaurant, Shizuoka

So tender and juicy Wagyu Beef

What else can you ask for?

Look forward to more reports as I want to investigate some of the ridiculously cheap meat bowl lunches and of course a full dinner with local sake and shochu!

    
Name Shizuoka Sodachi
Category Restaurant
Address 2-15 Oote-machi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-city, Shizuoka prefecture
Access [map]2-15 Oote-machi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-city, Shizuoka prefecture[/map]
Opening Hours 11:30~14:00, 17:00~23:00. Closed on third Wednesday of each month
Price Range 1,000 - 3,000 yen
Payment options Both
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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