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Monday, November 24, 2008

Kastanie - My Favourite Restaurant in Karuizawa!

Kastanie my favourite restaurant in Karuizawa, is also my dear friend Fiona and her husbands' restaurant.
It was the first time to visit there, but we really became big fan of this restaurant!!
Everything was just fantastic!!!

軽井沢駅のすぐ近くに位置するお洒落なレストラン、カスターニエ
ずっとずっと行きたかった、私の親友夫婦のレストランです。

We had lunch there on our first day of trip, and have ordered some dishes and shared them.
The Salad we ordered was SO fresh and I've never had such fresh veges before! Tomatos were so sweet and so delicious!
Here is Shrimp & Bacon Pizza.

ランチは軽めのピザやパスタなど・・・
でも、サラダからしてこんなに新鮮で美味しい野菜は初めて!というほど美味しかったです。

I forgot the exact name, but it was like taco rice.
We mixed all and had them, it was also yum!

タコライスだったかな?名前をちょっと忘れてしまったけれど、とっても美味しかったです!
タコスのライス版みたいな感じかな?


Here is Prawn Risotto.
This is my husband's favourite! He loved this so much, he seemed so happy while he was having this dish!! He said, the smells of grilled prawn and cheese are mixed and they turned this out very deliciously!

エビのリゾットは、最高!
グリルされたエビの香ばしさとチーズの香りが絶妙なハーモニーを生み出していました。
お味もとっても上品で、それぞれの素材の味が引き立っています。

For dessert, mmmm.... I couldn't make up my mind to the last, but I ordered Chocolate Tarte this time,

デザートも、美味しそうなものばかり・・・ 
迷った末に今回はチョコレートのタルトにしました。

and my husband ordered Gateau au Chocolat.
Both were very nice!!

こちらは、ガトーショコラ。どちらもとても美味しかったです!


We all have ordered Caffe Latte, and they came with lovely coffee art...
This is the one I was very looking forward to see in person!
For hubby who is wearing glasses, lovely, isn't it!

私がずっと楽しみにしていたもののひとつがこちら、カフェアート(←正式な名前は知らないのですが・・・)です!


I was wearing knit cap, so is this bear also wearing cap or hat?? too cute!

私のは可愛いクマさん。
もしかしてニット帽を被っていたから、このクマも帽子を被っているのかな?



This is seal for Fiona, my son saw this and he was smiling and enjoyed to see them so much!

そして、お友達のフィオナには、アザラシ。
ほっぺがぷっくりして可愛い~。
カフェアートには子供も大喜びでした!


Here are some photos of Day 2's lunch at Kastanie...









We had plan to visit Kastanie again for dinner, though we wanted to have cozy time with delicious lunch, so we decided to go there for lunch, too!
We ordered Anchovy & Garlic Pizza and some other meals...
(Oops! again I miss spelled in the photo...)
Can you see the little red tin behind the dish? It's "Shichimi" (a ground mixture of red pepper and aromatic spices), they recommended us to use it for Pizza instead of Tabasco!
My husband loves Shichimi, and I also tried it and it was very good!

二日目のランチも結局カスターニエに・・・
あまりに前日のランチが美味しかったので、他のところへ入って失敗するのも嫌だし、美味しいこと分かっているからまた行こう!ということになりました。
雰囲気もとってもリラックスできるところです。

ピザのお皿の後ろに七味が写っていますが、タバスコの代わりにピザに七味をかけて食べるのが意外に美味しいということで、試してみましたところ、本当に美味しかったです!

And for dessert, we ordered Pannacotta that was also taste good.
My husband ordered Prawn Risotto again, he loves it!

前日とは少し違ったメニューで・・・ でもやはりまたエビのリゾットを。
デザートは今回は二人ともパンナコッタに。とってもまろやかで美味しかったです!


And I ordered Cappucino and hubby ordered Caffe Latte!
Again, there were sweet arts on the surface of coffee, they were too lovely I couldn't have them for a long time, just was looking at and smiling! :)

今回私は、カプチーノを。
またまた可愛いアートが施され・・・ 飲んでしまうのが勿体無くてしばらく眺めていました。

We again visited Kastanie for Day 2's dinner! :)
We didn't want to waste our money for not good meals out there and we were sure that we can have delicious meals at
Kastanie, so we went there three times in 2 days!

二日目のディナーももちろんカスターニエへ・・・
私は今夜はドライバー役なのでアルコールは我慢。





ディナーはグリル料理などが出ると聞いていたので、とても楽しみにしていました!

I took some photos, but photos don't show justice, so I just share some photos...
Here is my Apple Tarte for dessert, and my partner ordered ice cream.

ディナー時の照明の加減で、なかなかうまく写真が撮ることが出来なかったので、少ししかお料理の写真がないのですが、オーダーしたチキンは最高!!!でした。


本当に美味しくて、私も子供も普段は少食なのですが、ペロリと平らげてしまいました。
あぁぁぁ、本当に美味しかった~。


写真は、アップルタルトです。シナモンが利いていてこちらもまた絶品。

We've got so sweet surprise!
Minoru and Fiona presented us this red wine as early Christmas present!!
How sweet of them, we were so impressed, and wine which Minoru's recommended one (from South Australia) was very rich and nice!

途中、親友夫婦から思いがけないプレゼントが・・・
ワインを飲みたがっていた主人に、「少し早いけれど、クリスマスプレゼントだよ!」と南オーストラリア産のワインを一本、プレゼントに
頂きました。
嬉しさと、驚きで感極まってしまいました。ニクイ演出ですね!

We highly recommend you to visit Kastanie if you go to Karuizawa!!
I'm sure you will never fail, everything is so yum!!!
My husband is gourmet and often criticize about meals, but he was totally satisfied everything at
Kastanie!!!


I saw his full of happy smiley face during having meals after a long time!

もし軽井沢へ行かれるなら本当におすすめ!(
カスターニエ


本当に全部美味しかったから・・・
食事の最初から最後まで通して美味しいお店ってなかなか出会えないし、本当にお勧めします。
場所も駅から遠くないし、雰囲気も本当にゆったりリラックスできるお店です。


They told me that they have plan to make an English web site, too.
Karuizawa is only one hour from Tokyo by bullet train, so please visit there!!!
There is also a big
outlet shopping mall, too!

アウトレットにも歩いて行けて立地もナイス!
スタッフの皆さんも本当に素敵な方ばかりで、本当に楽しく素敵な食事を堪能できました!
また後で更新する旅の写真の中にも、レストランの様子が出てくるので、そちらでも雰囲気がつかめるかな?




I will report and share my trip photos later!


22 comments:

Annie said...

Everything looks so yummy! And those pictures in the latte are adorable. This is not what I think of when I think of Japanese food!

Anonymous said...

How great that you got to make this trip and enjoy such a wonderful time and great food at your friend's restaurant! Your pics are great!
Amy from Oklahoma

Nancy said...

I am glad that you enjoyed your visit with your friend. The food looks so delicious, and they arrange it on the plate so beautiful! Welcome home!

Mãe da Rita said...

It's a fantastic restaurant!! I loved the faces in the coffee, so funny! It was a nice holiday, wasn't it? Hugs! MJ

Anonymous said...

it's so delicious !!!

Nina said...

Thanks for the great photos, Yuko!
Every food look amazing and delicious!!
You always take wonderful photos!

Hugs,
Nina

Anna van Schurman said...

I'm going to start demanding cute faces in my coffee from Starbucks--I mean, I'm paying them enough!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Wow! Delicious pictures! :-))
Sounds like you had an enjoyable visit.

Doris said...

everything look so good!!
i like rissotto too, and other tipe of rice that i like is the Paella,my mother in law make one that is heaven!!

Anne said...

Thanks for sharing these pictures, it looks so delicious and how cute are these faces in the coffee cups?!

Theresa said...

Those food look delicious!!!!!! I love the coffee art!! They are so cute~~~

Cindy F. said...

Your pics look like a professional photographer took them for a gourmet magazine!! Beautiful job!
Everything looks sooo delicious!

Melissa said...

Welcome back Yuko. The photos are so wonderful they are making me so hungry as it's before dinner time here. I especially like the cafe latte art!

Joei said...

Wow, yummy!!!!! Makes me hungry...
Cute coffee art, love it.

Jane said...

Yummy looking food, and how cute are those coffees?

Dovilė said...

amazing:)

Carol R said...

I will definitely put Fiona's restaurant on my places to visit in Japan list. The prawn risotto looks delicious and the desserts too. I would order latte just to see the pictures - so cute!

Great photos Yuko - you could make a living as a photographer any day!

Carla said...

Everything looks delicious!!! Love the art in the coffee...very cool!!!!

Irene said...

The food all looks so declicious and the coffee faces are so cute !!

sachi said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures! Now, I can't make plan to go because of my loverly baby. So these pictures and your blog make me happy!

sachi said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures! Now, I can't make plan to go because of my loverly baby. So these pictures and your blog make me happy!

Teri said...

I've enjoyed all your vacation photos, but I especially enjoyed the food shots. Yum!!! Thank you for sharing your trip!