I don't usually eat out, partly because my diet is rather strict, including small portions divided over the course of a day, and partly because my wife and I tend to prepare things that taste better to us than most of what local restaurants offer. Eateries on the lower end of the spectrum tend to operate on the belief that adding lots of salt, sugar, and oil to the menu will make things tastier. This it doesn't do, unfortunately; it merely makes things salty, sugary, and oily. Not cool.
There are, however, a few restaurants in town that we go to once in a while and are reminded that dining can be absolutely heavenly. One such is Monseiur Takezo,
where my wife took me in celebration of my 38th birthday this past Saturday. It occured to me, somewhat brilliantly as the first course appeared, that I could really capitalise on this as blog post, and I asked her to take some snapshots with her mobile telephone so that I could post pictures of food just like a Japanese blog.
The place is hard to find, because it's deliberately shabby and unobtrusive from the (small) road. It's sandwiched between a jewelry shop and something or other, and very easy to miss. I don't think I'd be able to find it without my wife's help. Inside it doesn't really look like much, either; it's all about the food itself, which is, admittedly, out of this world. This place and Tana Capriccio
are about the only Western-style places we can really recommend in town here; there may indeed be others we haven't discovered yet; anything is possible. When we go to restaurants at all, it's either one of these two, PJ's Rasoi
for original and Punjabi, or out of prefecture, or washoku.
(Tottori does boast of several traditional Japanese restaurants that are equally delicious, but exploring those would require several different angles, much more blog space than I'm willing to devote to it, and much more knowledge of washoku
than I personally have. But I digress.)
The first thing to come out was the above-pictured appetizer of bits of meat, which probably already had about half the calories as I normally consume in one sitting. This was followed by carpaccio of tuna caught in Sakaiminato.
After that was the bagnacauda, shown here. There was also bread to go with it, and the wine the waitress recommended to go with it a Spanish version of a cabernet sauvignon, quite bold and sharp despite its light colour. A pomodoro pasta followed that as the primo piatto, and by this time we were both already stuffed. We knew there had to be a secondo piatto, though, and sure enough the Daisen pork came out without much delay. Tender and fantastic, of course.
At last, a spot of panna cotta, and we weren't hungry again until the next morning. (We normally have cottage cheese before we go to bed, but we had to skip it.) All in all, a wonderful meal and highly recommended, but you have to go hungry. For people who normally eat three meals a day, it may not be so hard to put it all away, though; and if you love food and have a chance you should certainly eat here if you haven't already.
And now I have three more weeks to bring my body fat to its absolute minimum before changing my workout program.