takayama SAKANA

Fine dining of selected seasonal ingredients and the highest quality of Hida beef can be enjoyed in a peaceful location.

Sakana Restaurant in Takayama serves seasonal cuisine. Most of dishes are made from local products such as highly acclaimed Hida-Beef, also we go into the mountains by ourselves to get wild ingredients. In this diary, I'd like to make some notes of seasonal food and scenes of Hida area.

Sansho peppercorn

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Shansho pepper is the species of szechuan pepper that we harvest them while it's young and green in Japan. It will be used for various cooking, giving nice spicy kick for your palette.

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Removing the peppercorn from the branch is time consuming, but worth it.

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Raw peppercorn has bright green and fresh scent like lime but tastes strongly of potash at the same time. It needs to be soaked for long hours and boiled to reduce harsh taste.

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The fresh colour and scent has gone however, this sansho pepper can be used until next year to give distinguished flovour and spicy kick on my cooking.

 

by Kay

 

Camping in the lake Arimine - 2

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A fun part of camping is open air cooking. We brought some food and drinks from our home and procure some stuff from natural resource.

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We made Hoba wrapped Hida-beef steak.

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Adding a little twist of natural flavour made big difference, even to an instant noodle.

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by Kay

 

Camping in the lake Arimine - 1

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Looking for  the last of the last wild vegetable, we went camping at Toyama Pref's Lake Amemine. Leaving Takayama at 4 in the morning.

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The gate at the site opens at 6 am. 

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As soon as we reached at the lake side, the master started to fishing for Iwana, but unfortunately, he only got black bass.

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to be continued.

by Kay

The end of season

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As hot weather is crawling up, we had to climbed up  even higher to higher altitude point to pick up wild veg. This will be the last chance in this season.

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Wild bracken shoot

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Wild garlic has grown up and the flower are about to bloom.

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Naruko-lily's buds are good for tempura.

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Red knotweed

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Aluetian ragwort

Thank you for nature's bounty, and thank you for the customers those who came to SAKANA to enjoy the nature's bounty.

 

by Kay