Numazu – What’s On – May 2012

1 07 2012

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for Mayl 2012. If you like something click on the link for more details. If you have an event you want to add put it in the comments below.

Beer – Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale is back in Baird Brewing’s Taproom again. This refreshing beer is an annual favourite. At 5.5% is is a Goldilocks beer for summer.

Outdoors – The Citizens Forest campsite will be ready at the start or July and will say open until August 30th

Concert – Chiiki FU-RE-A-I Concert – A concert will be held in Heda. Quartet – from 14:00 – July 7

Party – Baird Brewing’s Taproom will have its 12th Anniversary this month.  Everything is Y500 — beers (plastic cups) and food. Sat & Sun they will also have  a BBQ in the brewery parking lot, 1:00-5:00 or 6:00. The taproom anniversaries are huge fun for Numazu and not one to miss. Here is a quote from the Cajun himself Chris “Friday from 5pm begins the weekend specials with our 5000yen Drink/Food card.  We call it a Nonbe/Tabe-ken.  All Beer and Food will be 500yen for the weekend but the card will get you 12 items for the price of 10 and a free BB glass when you finish the card and present it to one of the staff.  Cards are valid only for the 12 Year Anniversary weekend.  Use them this weekend or lose them.” Sounds good to me.   July 20-22

DJ – Spazz if You Want Too will be back again at Speak Ez – July 6

Festival – Tanabata  Star Festival will coming up soon. In the Nakamise the whole mall will be decorated until July 7. Special performance of Yosakoi dancing on July 7

Activities – Yosakoi – one of the biggest events in Numazu teams of traditional dancers from around the country country compete. You can be one of the dancers. Information session from 19:30 July 13

Activities – Want to get involved in the Numazu Summer Festival this year. Become one of the Mikoshi (mobile shrine) carriers. You can make a booking by phone 055-931-1111 or 055-934-4716 by July 13

Festival – Heda port festival will be on this month. Shrines, fireworks and weird cardboard box races on the sea. Well worth a visit. From 13:00 – July 21

Festival – Numazu Summer Festival – The biggest even in Numazu all year. Stall, beer, drunken Mikoshi carriers, beer, fireworks, beer, yukatas, beer, dancers, beer – July 28 and 29

If you know of any other event going on this month in the Numazu area feel free to post them in the comments below.





Numazu- What’s On – June 2012

1 06 2012

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for June 2012. If you like something click on the link for more details. If you have an event you want to add put it in the comments below.

Beer – Baird Brewing’s Fishmarket Taproom has two beers that came out at the end of this month as part of the May Hop Madness campaign – Triple-Dry Bohemian Pils (5.7%) and 4-S Belgian Blonde Ale (5.5%). I think I will check them out this Saturday night.

DJ – get down to the Spazz if You Want Too party at SpeakEZ. June 2

Event – Want to meet the glorious curves that is Miss Ose? Then Fresh OSE Diver’s Day is your day. She will be there, bikini clad, with her friends waiting for you… to help pick up rubbish along the shores of Ose. There is nothing hotter than picking up trash – especially coming into summer. Besides you will be helping to preserve the environment for future generations and … blah blah blah insert enviro-social conscience message here. There will be a Miss Ose contest and bingo. I hear that first prize is a night with Miss Ose herself – Thought I can’t verify this fact. Okay I made it up. 9:00-16:00 June 3

Concert – Summer Jazz Concert at San-Well Numazu – Free – 14:00-15:30 June 8

Exhibition – A exhibition of the movie “Otoko ha Tsuraiyo” and will be on display at the Senbon Mini Gallery this month. June 10

Exhibition – Pressed flower art work at the Senbon Mini gallery – June 12-14

Nature – The firefly’s will be out this month and they are not to miss. Join the group up in Ashitaka Park at the Youth House in Nature – 18:00-21:00 – June 16, 17

Culture – Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony will be held an the Numazu Imperial Villa again this month. 10:00-15:00, June 17

Show – Numazu Comedy Theatre will be hosting the 25th Vaudville in Town. admission 1600yen – starts at 14:00. June 17

If you know of any other event going on this month in the Numazu area feel free to post them in the comments below.





Numazu – What’s On – May 2012

26 04 2012

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for May 2012. If you like something click on the link for more details. If you have an event you want to add put it in the comments below.

Beer – Baird Beer’s Fishmarket Taproom will be having May Hop Madness Month. They will be offering 15 amazing hop beers. If you want to take up the challenge then you can ask for a special May Hop Madness Month card (not the prepaid one) and take up the 15 beer challenge. If you can drink all 15 throughout the month and get a stamp for each then you will be rewarded with a  Baird Beer logo glass. Promotion last all through May and until the supply lasts so get in early. May.

Golden Week Beer – Baird Beer’s Fishmarket Taproom will be running longer times for your drinking convenience this Golden Week. Check out their details on their homepage. 12pm- 12am April 28,29, 30 : 5pm-12pm Wed May 2 : 12pm-12am May 3-6.

Concert – Senbon Plaza will be host to a koinobori concert – first in first served, capacity 230 – 13:30-15:30 May 3

Festival – Koinobori Festival -Yes the beautiful carp streamers will be flying again this year and the Minatoguchi Park (the one next to the View-O). There will be stalls, craft activities and stage shows. Check it out and round it off with a pint at the Fishmarket Taproom. 10:00-15:00 May 4 and 5.

Party – Open party in the park come along and make some friends, eat, drink and play frisbee. Free BYO everything. Senbon park 1pm-5pm May 5

Dance party – Spazz If You Want To live DJ night at SpeakEz. May 5.

Exhibit – The Numazu Imperial Villa will be celebrating Boy’s day with a Koinobori exhibit and traditional costume display. – Adults 100yen Children 50 yen. 9:00-16:30 until May 7

Exhibit – The Numazu Fine Art Association will be holding an exhibit this month on the 1st floor of the City Cultural Centre – 10:00-18:00(17:00 last day) May 7-13

Culture – Tea Party or perhaps a tea ceremony will be held at the Numazu Imperial Villa May 13

Sport – NICE will be hosting Tai Chi Classes at the city gym – 1,500yen fee – 19:15-20:45 – May 14, 21, 28 June 4

Dance – Salsa Night at SpeakEz. Get your Salsa on at this fun dance night with a lesson at the start and then open dance after. Entry fee appies. May 18

Festival Suisanmatsuri ( Fishery Products Festival)  celebrate the produce of the sea at this unusual festival at the Numazu Port. Don’t forget to see the seafood auction and unusual display of marine life. Great event. May 19

Live – Acousitc Night at SpeakEz – May 25.

Music – J-Pop night at SpeakEz – May 26


If you know of any other event going on this month in the Numazu area or you need me to make any corrections feel free to post them in the comments below.

Scott





Numazu – What’s On – April 2012

31 03 2012

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for April 2012. If you like something click on the link for more details. If you have an event you want to add put it in the comments below.

Beer – Stout. No not the short rotund little man kind. I’m talking dark sexy beer you can chew on. Baird Beer have come up with two amazing stouts this month, Mama’s Milk Stout and Chocolate Wheat Stout. Both coming in at5% alcohol check out their details on their homepage.

Cherry Blossoms (hannabi) – The Numazu Council Newsletter has some great suggestions for Cherry Blossom viewing in the area for this month. Check out the link for tips.

Party – Baird Beer’s annual Cherry Blossom (Hannami) party will be held again this year. Now don’t panic. The crazy ass storm we are experiencing today the 31st of March should lift by nightfall offering clear skies for a great day tomorrow. The even will be on Minato Guchi Park near the View-O (about 100m from the Taproom). There is a 3,000yen all-you-can-drink and a plate of food and, beers will be 500yen (Or you can just go the food plate for 1,000yen and buy beers as you go). I will see you there. 1:00pm-4:00pm April 1

Festival – Ose Festival and Uchiura Fishing Port Festival. These two events run hand-in-hand. They celebrate the Fisherman and bestow good luck and protection on the fishing fleet. The event is a colourful display of fishing vessels and performances. You can get a boat from Numazu port or take a ride down there by bike (approx 1hr). Plenty of great fresh seafood. 7:30-14:30 at Ose Shrine and Uchiura Port. April 4

Cherry Blossom – Along route 1 the cheery blossoms come alive in Hara as they parallel the Numa River. Come along and enjoy the flowers and festivities. April 7

Party – SpeakEz’s Full Moon party will be howling on April 7.

Live – Takahara Pistol will be playing live at SpeakEz on April 13.

DJ – Spazz If You Want is back to pump the night away at Speak EZ on April 14.

Dance – Salsa Night as SpeakEz is always bliss on April 20.

Event – Amakusa Presents at SpeakEz on April 21.

Festival – Spring Festival at the Numazu Imperial Villa – includes market gardens, local produce, bonsai exhibit and more. 9:30 – 16:00 April 21-22

Dance – This just shows that I will put just any old shit in this guide. Square Dancing classes will be held in Numazu this month at the Daigo Chiku center. 19:00-20:00 April 21 and 28

DJ live – ‘Slow to speak’ Eclectic mix of house, techno, new wave and rock at Speak EZ. Free. 21:00-03:00, April 28

Bar – The Numazu Fishmarket Taproom will be extending it’s operating hours for Golden Week from 12:00-12:00 – 29-30 April

If you know of any other event going on this month in the Numazu area feel free to post them in the comments below.





Numazu – What’s On – March 2012

28 02 2012

February? What February?

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for February 2012. If you like something click on the link for more details. If you have an event you want to add put it in the comments below.

Beer – Those loving romantic buggers over at Baird Beer created a sensual Belgian Chocolate Stout to ditch your partner for because she didn’t give you any damn chocolate for Valentines Day!

Culture –  Ganyudo fisherman’s ferry will be hitting the Kano River a 9:00am Free (36 seats) Mar 3

Live – Acoustic performance at the Baird Beer Fish Market Taproom 500yen cover starts at 8pm – Mar3

DJ – Speakez with be back with our favourite AUN for “Spazz if you Want To” Spring Festival Special Super Dooper Bigger than a Big Fat Big thing Bonanza – 9pm Start – No cover charge – Mar 3

Dance – Full moon festival at SpeakEZ – Mar 8

Live – Speakez’s chilling acoustic night -Mar 9

Dance – Bring some heat to a chilly Spring with Salsa Night as SpeakEZ 8pm-9pm free (includes dance lesson) 9pm 1000 til midnight.

Live – Thrash it out with SpeakEZ’s very own Shady Glimpse – Mar 17

Party – Celebrate Yuichi’s 3rd year owning SpeakEZ and putting up with you mongrels – buy him something pretty – Mar 31

If you know of any other event going on this month in the Numazu area feel free to post them in the comments below.





Numazu – What’s On – January 2012

10 01 2012

Happy New Year.

I have only just recovered so here goes for the remainder of the month.

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for January 2011. If you like something click on the link for more details. If you have an event you want to add put it in the comments below.

Beer – Baird Beer will have their new Brewmaster’s Nightmare Rye IPA

Live – Speak Ez’s acoustic night featuring Toshio Souno, Yuka Aoshima, Norito Makino among others. Entry 1000yen 8pm-11pm 13 Jan

DJ –  Speak Ez – DJ Koji, Toru and Maiko will be mixing it up here for you for free from 9pm Jan 14

Culture – Lecture in Japanese Culture – International communication and exchange meeting. 13:30-15-30 at Palette

Dance – Speak Ez – the very seductive salsa will be hitting the floor from 8pm. 1000yen for vertical porn is cheap! Jan 20

Live – Numazu National College of Technology Brass Band Concert Doors open 1:30pm – Jan 21

Live – Baird Beer’s Fishmarket Taproom will be host a live performance of world renown Irish Fiddler, Dale Russ. This is an event not to miss. Entry is only 500yen. 7pm start. Jan 21

Live – Speak Ez – Jam session. If your a muso then this is your chance to show off your talents. Free. 8pm-1am – Jan 21

Sports – 58th Numazu Relay Road race applications at 7:30 for 9am start – In Ashitaka Athletic Park. Jan 22

Singles mixer – Speak Ez – Lonely and single? This is the place for you. Entry is 2500yen for Boys and 2000yen for girls (includes a drink and a snack) Good  luck. Jan 24

DJ – Speak Ez – Open DJ event bring your Mamma Mia Sound Track and make em suffer!!! Free. Jan 28.

 

If you know of any other event going on this month in the Numazu area feel free to post them in the comments below.





Competitive speed eating: the Yakiniku King stable.

16 12 2011

Competitive speed eating: the Yakiniku King stable.

 

Yakiniku King Numazu Korean BBQ

 

Right. Pay attention. If you want to test yourself before any competitive eating championship, then I recommend you take yourself to the stables of the Yakiniku King on the Numazunorth side’s Rikodori (dori means road, kiddies). It’s easy to find, just follow your nose to the passenger jet, super-charged, mega, big-like-all-buggery exhausts pumping the smell of delicious charred flesh into a dispersal radius of 500 meters.

Once inside the Yakiniku King, a trainer will take you to a table and present you with a training regime as they light your Korean barbeque. Before deciding, it is important to make yourself familiar with your surroundings so you can maximize your eating time.

Look, put simply, any competitive eater worth their weight in beef needs to be at home in their surroundings. They must be able to reach for sauces with out even looking. They must be able to send out an order while simultaneously flipping strips of fleshy charred goodness on the barbeque. The must not let ANYTHING interrupt their steady, focused mastication.

Your trainer will present you with three training regimes each running for precisely 100minutes:

  • 58 item menu 2,480yen
  • 100 item menu 2980yen
  • 120 item menu 3,480ye

 

Each program increases in difficulty as their quality and scope of choice distracts you from your ingestion.

            There is also a drink list that you can pay per item for or take the soft drink or beer and minor spirits all-you-can-drink (nomihoudai) option to help you wash down your food.

            Ordering is simple, but you need to be on your game because you only have 100 minutes to stick as much as you can in your mouth. You will need to make these steps second nature before you go.

Step 1 – Grab the touch screen console. These bad boys get slippery so watch out. It is a good idea to get some calluses on your hands before you come. I hear that the pro’s callus their hands by turning their meat on the barbeque with their fingertips. This also gives them the advantage of developing a certain heat resistance to the scorching flames emanating from beneath the grill (NOTE: not for the amateur or faint of heart.).

Step 2 – Press the screen with your free hand (remember the other hand should be either stuffing food in your head or flipping the meat).

Step 3 – Choose from a selection of meats or side dishes. Diehards will immediately go to the meat.

Step 4 – A new screen will appear and give you an option for meats (or other items). Choose what category you want. It is pretty easy to figure out thanks to the pictures. Training guides generally tell you to go for the beef first. A couple of thin pieces of skirt steak followed by some beautifully marbled rib eye slivers are a good start for me. After the beef I’m onto the pork and then finally the chicken.

Step 5 – You should now be in the final sub menu. Select your items by pressing on them.

Step 6 – Now two things could happen next. It’s designed to test your will power and dexterity. Either another small plus and minus icon will appear near you selection and you press the (+) to add more items and the (-) to take them away (but that would never happen right? Right? Good.), or a pop-up window will appear with the same plus and minus icons also with a choice of seasoning (sorry by this stage I am in the ‘zone’ as the meat haze descends upon my consciousness so I don’t remember what is what).

 

Step 7 – Once you have made a selection you are free to make more. Warning!!! There is an upper limit to the amount of items you can select at any one time. If the console is not letting you select any more then you have probably maxed out your limit for that order. It’s time to take it to the checkout.

Step 8 – To checkout, simply press the big red shopping basket at the bottom of your screen.

Step 9 – It’s not over yet. Another screen will open to confirm what you have ordered is correct before sending it off.

 

Step 10 – Repeat steps 1 through 9 until you either run out of time (almost never happens), feel like you are going to vomit (need more training), or send the Yakiniku King stables bankrupt (a titan of the competitive speed eating world).

 

courtesy of Lauren Donald

At the end of your 100minutes at the Yakiniku King it is time for quiet reflection. Think about what you did well, where you could do better and mentally prepare yourself for the next time.

 

Good luck and I will see you at the championships.

 

Mmm, meat flavoured meat.

 

Scott

 

 

 

 

 





Tsukuru Izakaya – Numazu

3 07 2011

Tsukuru Izakaya – Numazu  North Side

Just as the tendrils ofNumazu’s back alleys release themselves into built up suburbia, there are small oases of restaurants designed to feed the locals houses and apartments. In one little area on the North side ofNumazu, a little beyond two major supermarkets, Coop and Maxvalue, lies a small string of such restaurants.

Lately, my wife and I have been taking this route home from our regular Tuesday afternoon grocery shop. Each time we pass this area we declare, in the perfect cliché of a long serving married couple, that we “really should try one of these places out one of these days.”

Investigating these types of places can sometimes fill you with trepidation. You just don’t know if you are going to enter some territorial hotspot. Will you be met with the cold hate filled stares of regulars, as you are about to park your derriere on the recently deceased Granny Suzuki’s chair, while the waiter triggers the panic button under the counter calling for a horde of samuri obaasans to decent upon you and tear you to threads with their devilishly sharp elbows?* Alternatively you could be welcomed in with a warm smile and greeted with an excellent meal. You just never know.
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Fortunately this time it was the latter. As my wife and I entered one of the restaurants in this little food oasis called Tsukuru 巣くる or, as a waitress explained, Create. This little classic style izakaya with a quirky striped white pebble and black timber walkway was an excellent choice. There are only four seating areas two tables on the side wall and a traditional style raised sublevel with recesses under the tables to plonk your feet.
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We had arrived early so we took our orders from the chef and settled down to a couple of beers. While we were waiting for our meals two waitresses arrived and prepared themselves for their evening.

First to come out was a prawn and cheese spring roll halved and placed on a bed of lettuce. This was delivered by an impressive young woman who had eyelashes that were no doubt designed to provide shade from the summer heat for her and a small tribe of pygmies clinging to her lower boughs. The spring rolls were light and crispy with a delicate minced prawn aftertaste mixed with the mild cheese.
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Another round of spring rolls ensued. This time they were a cold salad spring roll filled with salad herbs and thin slices of ham and drizzled with some sweet chili sauce. This was a refreshing cleanse from the deep fried treat we devoured earlier.
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Next came an exceptional dish of splayed avocado topped with slivers of smoked salmon and finished will small dollops of cream cheese. This unctuous treat lay in a bed of mild vinegar and soy. The unusually soft texture of the salmon and avocado was surprising to my palate but nevertheless enjoyable.

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Just like any red blooded man, I have an uncontrollable urge to order fried chicken when ever I see it on the menu (I also make myself a mountain of fried chicken to gorge upon when ever my wife is out on the town with her friends, so I can release the true animal within; sitting on my haunches and rendering flesh from bone with my gnashing teeth as globules of grease drip upon the massacred remnants of chicken bone strewn below…but that story is for another time). Tsukuru’s fried chicken was very good. It was extremely well spiced to the point of competing with the ‘Colonel’ but a little over cooked in the centre leaving the meat a little stringy.
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To finish off our little feast my wife and I shared a bacon and mushroom spaghetti carbonara that proved to be a deliciously good filler.
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IzakayaTsukuru was the perfect end to a busy day. Its staff were eager and attentive and, it seemed, very happy to see foreigners so far out into the suburbs ofNumazu.

* This is an increasingly all too common occurrence in Japan  and heralds the coming of the New World Order run by supprisingly sprightly obaasans. For more Conspiracies on this check out this post. 

Style: Independent Izakaya.

English Menu: No sorry Japanese.

Picture Menu: Some pictures

Phone: (055) 925-9330

 Hours: 17:30~3:00hrs

Price: Dishes average around 650yen Izakaya Stlye.

Directions: Numazu North Side north of Coop just before Route 1





Sakanya – Numazu さかんや

17 06 2011

Sakanya – Numazu

Sometimes it is an absolute pleasure to be shamefully wrong. In a recent article,  I accused a friend of having a terrible sense of direction and as such I shrugged off his directions and took my wife and another friend on a wild goose chase around town trying to find a pizza place.

I did find a pizza place; Pizzeria El Palio.

It was exceptional.

It was also the wrong pizza place.

Once my friend had informed me that I was wrong and there is indeed a pizza place precisely where he had given me directions, there was nothing for it but to make amends and meet him there for a meal and shout him a pizza. The pizza joint he took us to was Sakanya and the pizza was out of this world.

Sakanya is a nondescript little family owned restaurant with a great whopping Italian flag out the front that you cannot miss, on theNumazunorth side. It’s across the road from Ito Yokado shopping center close to the new Shizouka Bank building. You can’t miss it. Well, you can miss it if you are me.
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The restaurant is a slice of tiramisu: long, thin, rich with laughter and comfortable like home. We arrived at 7:15pm on a Friday and the place was packed with regulars unwinding from a busy week. Around the walls were large oil paintings with beautiful calming scenes. The hum of the patrons proffered a sense of family. To my left was a traditional set up of tatami and squat tables and to my right was the bar counter and my friend.

My wife and I sidled up to the counter and greeted our friend. He was already getting stuck into some seriously good looking pizza. Between bites he gave us a little introduction to Sakanya. He told us that the one making the pizza was in fact an Italian man who had moved to Japan this year to work in his wife’s family owned restaurant. He informed us that the menu was split into a traditional Japanese short order izakaya with items such as okonomiyaki and gyoza on the menu, while the remainder of the menu was dedicated to pizza.
Sakanya
Our waitress brought us the menu and asked us what we would like to drink in English. We were pleasantly surprised and after ordering a few beers our friend informed us that this waitress was the Italian chef’s Japanese wife who not only spoke good Italian but good English too.

Our waitress shortly came back to ask us what we would like to eat. My wife and I in unison said pizza and asked her what she recommended was best. She proudly puffed out her chest and said all her husbands’ pizzas were good. Quickly perusing the menu I settled for a Napolitan and my wife, a seafood and garlic pizza.

Not long after, the Italian chef poked his head out the window to greet us. He was tall in his late thirties with dark hair and a classically Roman face that was open and friendly and hinted at a touch of cheeky humor. I asked the chef if I could see his pizza oven and the chef excited gestured for me to pop his head around the back into the kitchen. After a brief inspection of the oven I returned to my seat and my wife and friend.

Two sizzling disks of red, rimmed in crusty brown, greeted us about ten minutes after talking to our friend. The combination of melted cheese, tomato sauce and baked bread seduced my gustatory senses. A simple black olive formed the axle of my pizza around which a vibrant red sauce sat atop a light crunchy pizza base. Mozzarella cheese was lightly dispersed over the pizza and a delightfully pungent anchovy rested luxuriously on each slice. The pizza was simple with a sauce tasting of roasted tomato and herb. It was entirely satisfying.
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My wife’s pizza was equally remarkable. White wafers of garlic pocked her pizza amidst prawns and scallops. The sauce was delicate enough to allow the seafood to shine but not so light to be boorish.
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After we finished our meals the Italian chef stuck his head out through the kitchen and asked us, with a knowing smile, how we liked our pizzas. My wife and I chorused a litany of compliments in English and Japanese before abashedly attempting a “bellissimo.

The pizza was so good that my wife and I decided to order another small pizza; this time one with translucent slices of pancetta. By this time my friend had ordered from a secret stash of tiramisu that the chef had prepared earlier.

When our small pizza arrived I immediately knew that the pancetta atop the pizza was not of the usual Japanese type. The flesh was a lot darker like the pancetta that I had tasted inEuropeand like the pancetta that I make at home. This was an ingredient that was sourced with care and subsequently perfected the dish.

Again I accosted the chef and congratulated him on his excellent pancetta and asked him where he had sourced it from. He told me, in his broken Japanese, Italian and splattering of English, that he got it from his home town inItaly. I told him about my hobby making cured meats and sausage and he showed me his salami (no pun intended) and pancetta while my wife found some photos of my smoker and cured meat on her phone. This all led to the chef and I having an animated discussion about cured meats that was mediated by his wife’s translation.

Sakanya was a joy; delightful atmosphere, gracious staff and, above all, exceptional pizza. It was so good that I almost did not want to write about it and greedily keep it for myself.

I have learnt an important lesson from this experience. When it is comes to food, sometimes it is important to be wrong. Because the experience of correction often involves good food.

Style: Italian Pizzaria and Family owned Izakaya

English Menu: No sorry Japanese. But if you are really kind you could ask one of the waitresses who speaks great English.

Picture Menu: No sorry.

Phone: 81 55-925-8898

 Hours: Evenings except Mondays.

Price: Small pizza 600yen and Large Pizza 1000yen.

Directions: Numazu North Side near Ito Yokado





Pizzeria Il Palio – Numazu

31 05 2011

Pizzeria Il Palio – Numazu

Amendment: It appears that I am the one that should be replacing his big Coke bottle glasses. I am pleased to say that I stand corrected. My friend, let’s just call him ‘Mr Awesome (formally known as Mr Lost) ‘ was indeed correct in his directions. I just couldn’t find it. I owe him a pizza and I owe you a review of the real place he recommended. Read on below and laugh mockingly at my over confidence.

I should have known better, trying to get directions from a friend with the navigation skills of…well let’s just say someone who is geographically challenged was bound to be a disaster waiting to happen. But you just get plain excited when you hear of an exceptional pizzeria in town that you haven’t yet visited.

My wife and another friend of mine were riding through town one afternoon last week trying to decide what we would have for dinner. We conducted our usual procrastination over our choice of eats with gusto as we made our way south towards the station area and the centre of town.

Suddenly I remembered about my pizzeria conversations and begged some time to search it out. My wife, knowing exactly what ‘some time’ means, restricted my search to ten minutes. My friend who had tried to give me directions to this place (let’s just call him Mr. Lost for some clarity) had told me that he thought the place was on the north side of the station in the Snack Bar district. I had asked if it was near Ito Yokado, to which we was not sure until I mentioned that it was a shopping center and then he readily agreed.

I shared this information with my wife and friend as we set of in search for the pizzeria and we all concurred that it should probably been in the snack bar area in the north west relatively close to the station.

We were wrong.

Our ten minutes were up and we had not found the restaurant so we headed to the south side in search of an alternative and resumed procrastinating over where to eat. It was mid afternoon by this time and most of the restaurants were closed so this led us to wandering aimlessly from restaurant to restaurant in search of something open.

By now we were on the south side between the station and the library. As we were walking in search of a restaurant I casually looked up to see a Pizzeria sign. It suddenly dawned on me that this must have been the pizzeria that Mr. Lost had recommended. It was close to the station as he said and it could be very loosely described as being in a Snack Bar district and I guess that the Seibu could be described as a shopping center. I also should have remembered that he had mentioned a bar that foreigners frequent being somewhat nearby. Yep I missed the obvious. Here I am rabbiting on about my friend’s lack of direction all the while I am having conversations as if my big fat ears were painted on.

The Pizzeria we had found was the Il Palio. By the time we had found it the restaurant was not quite open so we went and had a coffee at a nearby café until its dinner opening time at 5:30.

The Meal


The Pizzeria Il Palio was a rare treat. The restaurant has a large covered terraced area that blends into the restaurant and the open kitchen proudly displays a pizza oven you would sell a kidney for.

We wanted to chill out before the main meal so we had a few snacks over an excellent bottle of Ameroe Red that my friend, the ever astute culture buff, recommended. For snacks we ordered a plate of mixed cured meat of suprising quality far beyond the usual bland massed produced rubbish that you find in most Italian restaurants in Japan. The meat dish included Mortadella, Proscuito and Salami. We also ordered a cheese and mushroom creamy baked casserole and some bread and olive oil on the side.

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It was a quiet night in the restaurant so we did not feel compelled to rush our dining experience. We picked through out snack and chatted over our wine as the sun went down and our hunger returned.
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Ready for dinner we called over our slightly nervous fresh young waitress. We opted for one of the dinner courses which gave us a starter, a selection of pizza, pasta and meat dish for a main and dessert and coffee or tea to finish. We asked our waitress to leave our dinner to what ever the chef recommends and proceeded to enjoy our wine. A little perplexed our waitress went to ask the chef if this was okay.
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For our starter we had a mixed plate of delights. A deliciously spiced pork pate on oiled toast was my favorite, but I also enjoyed the baby octypus with real balsamic vinegar, the tomato and bocconcini, sashimi white fish in olive oil and a little more proscuito.

First of our mains out was our pasta. A concoction of prawns, scallops, a Japanese style spinach in a tomato sauce with shavings of dry cured smoked salmon on top. This was a exceptional mix of texture and taste with identifiable flavors in each bite. I would have loved to have seen it with some home made pasta but this just does not seem to be done in most Italian restaurants in Japan.
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As we made our way through the pasta a large pizza appeared on the table with a small bowl of honey. I could see that the pizza crust was light and crunchy and stippled with spots of brown that is the signature of a good pizza oven. One half of the pizza was smeared with tomato sauce with big globs of mozzarella cheese and topped with a basil leaf. While a slice of this was incredible the other half of the pizza stole the show. On this side were large melted slices of rich gorgonzola. I would have been overbearing on its own but with a spoon full of honey to balance it we were met with an exotic delight. Upon the first few bites you are struck by the two intense flavours of the cheese and the honey until they blend into a remarkable flavor in your mouth.
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Next was our meat course. My wife and I ordered the fish and my friend, the meat. For our fish dish I was met with a beautiful plate of what appeared to be perch lying on a bed of mussles in a buttery liquid sauce. The succulent flakey fish was done perfectly and eaten with a guilty dip into the sauce. Begging a bite of my friends I was pleased with the tenderness of the meat.
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Dessert was a not too rich tiramisu with a side of super creamy mascarpone cheese. The tiramisu was exceptional and not too overbearing. We finished the night discussing the exceptional food over a treat of Amarula.
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Numazu’s Pizzeria Il Palio is one restaurant that I will not have trouble finding again.

Style: Italian Pizzaria

English Menu: No sorry Italian and Japanese. Well, at least you can kinda work out what it means.

Picture Menu: No sorry.

Phone: 055-963-5677

Website: http://www.hotel-miwa.co.jp/miwa.nsf/doc/shop_palio

Hours: Lunch 11:30 – 14:00 Dinner 17:30 – 22:00

Price: lunch starts at 900yen for pasta and 1000 yen for pizza. Dinner starts at 850yen for pasta and 1100yen for pizza. Courses start at 1800yen.

Directions: Numazu South Side close to Speakezy