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.

Autumn food

Akayamadori-take (Red pheasant mushroom) stew

Akayamadori-take is a same kind of porcini and it's suitable for cooking with butter or cream rather than with dashi or soy sauce. So it's not really popular for local people. At SAKANA, you can have it as mushroom chowder. This yellow cou…

Mushroom cuisine

Charcoal grill is the most luxury way to eat mushrooms. Simplest method, but it reveals character of each mushroom and they need to be super fresh for that. Various mushrooms become a bunch of amuse bouche. Since they are wild mushrooms pi…

Matsutake, the king of mushroom

Truffle is not the king of mushroom in Japan. It is 'Matsu-take' that Japanese people love its aroma and want to eat even if they pay high prices. There are cheaper imported matsutake on the market but Japanese domestic matsutake still att…

The peak of mushrooms!

Varieties of mushroom are poping up from moist soil. The owner chef is also mushroom master of mushroom. He knows which ones are edible and how to cook them. Oomurasaki-anzu-take goof for marinade with sweet vinegar, or stew. Shogenji, loc…

Frills and Frills in the mountain (mai-take)

Mai-take is very popular and tasty mushroom. Black mai-take has best flavour and texture. Brown is the next and then white. Mai-take means 'dancing mushroom'. It's said because it look like a buch of people dancing, or someone said that wh…

Wild mushroom season has begun!

After a typhoon, we checked some points in the mountains to searching for mushrooms. Several different mushrooms were shooting out in the forest of the mountains. Shaka-shimeji Hoki-take (broom mushroom) Sakura-shimeji Yamadori-take modoki…