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.

Many thanks for choosing SAKANA - from France

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This foodie couple from Paris came to SAKANA on their hoenymoon trip in Japan.

They told me that the reason they chose SAKANA was on a guid book issued in France which is 'Peiti Futé'.(please find the link below)

https://www.petitfute.com/v54808-takayama/c1165-restaurants/c1031-cuisines-du-monde/1552528-sakana.html

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They enjoyed salt grilled Ayu (sweet fish) which caught by the owner chef the night before.

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They were very interested in our cooking method to bring out the full flavour of the ingredients, such as cold smoked trout and grilled aubergine.  (fresh Oomomi mushroom on the picture)

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Sauteed Oomomi mushroom to enjoy its chunky texture.

I think that we did not disappoint their expectations.

by Kay

 

 

Eating Ayu

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The most popular way to eat Ayu is grill with salt and it's one of the most popular dish of our Seasonal Omakase (tasting) Course.

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To the customers who love Ayu, we may offer over-night dried or deep fried Ayu additionally. 

As Ayu is called sweet fish, its tastes mild and tender. Simply sprinkled salt is more tasety than those with rich sauce for the deep fried Ayu.

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Today, the ban of the cast net fishing Ayu if lifted. The owner chef who sticks natural procurement cooking is practicing  casting the net on Ayu for tonight.

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Crossed fingers!

by Kay

 

 

Ayu fishing!

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I accompanied the owner chef for decoy-fishing of Ayu (sweet fish).

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Takahara River is one of the cleanest stream in Hida and poplular for fresh water fishing.

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Lively fish fought for his territory with decoy and then was caught up.

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We've got more than 40 Ayus this time!

by Kay

 

Mid Summer in Shirakawa Village

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After the long heavy rain, extremely hot weather came to Hida. Roof grass is completely dried up.

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But the shade of hydrangea is still looking cool.

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If you come to Hida in this season, you better prepare well for the sunshine and dehydration.

by Kay