Saturday, August 17, 2013

Shizuka (志津香)

Shizuka (志津香) is just off the main street between the Nara station and Todai-ji.  It's very easy to find.  As mentioned in my previous posts, a lot of Taiwanese bloggers recommended this place so I have to come and try it myself so I know what the rave is all about.

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Don't be fooled, it gets crowded as soon as it opens.
(This is taken before 11:00 am, when I was on my way to Kasuga Shrine)
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This is right around 1:00 pm.
I forgot exactly how long I waited, probably close to an hour. T_T
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Most of them were Taiwanese tourists but there were quite a few Japanese tourists (?) as well.
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Shizuka's signature item
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I went through a long internal debate before I could decide which one I want more
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I am glad the server did not put me at one of the traditional Japanese tables.
(They have regular tables too.)
It is very uncomfortable for me to eat kneeling.
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Nara Nanashu-Kamameshi Set
奈良七種釜飯
ta-da!  I decided to try their signature item in the end :)

There is a detail step-by-step direction telling you how Shizuka makes their famous Nanashu-Kamameshi.  Click here.  Even if you can't understand what the instructions say (it is in Japanese), you can still appreciate the attention paid to each kamameshi.  :)

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Pickled vegetables is very famous in Nara.
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Squid Salad (?)
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I remembered I enjoy this side dish very much!

The best part of a kamameshi is the "okoge" (scorched rice).  The trick to get the okoge off the iron pot easily is to ensure the lid is covered everytime you served yourself rice!

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Look how bright and colorful the kamameshi is!

Overall, I enjoyed the kamameshi but the wait-time was a little too long for me.  Perhaps I enjoy the woody flavors of chicken and mushrooms more.  I find the kamameshi from Kibune Club (貴船俱樂部) more appealing to me.

59 Noborioji-cho Nara 
(Walk east from the Kintetsu Nara Station for approximately 15 minutes)
奈良市登大路町59-11 (近鉄奈良駅から東へ15分)Tel: 0742-27-8030Hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00 (closed every Tuesday)

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