This has been a pretty arduous post to write! It was almost as hard as eating all the food I'll describe below, after we had gone to hanami in the afternoon. I even had to call in reinforcements from the wonderful friend who is skilled in French.
You'll also notice a lot of Wiki links in there, because this turned into a strange study of French cooking through the Japanese language.
But the bottom line is this: Hanagoromo 花ごろも in Gorō, Ōzu 大洲市の五郎 is an amazing place to eat. It was a great follow-up to my recent ladies lunch. The French cuisine, with an appreciation of local ingredients, was beautifully complimented by the eclectic mix of Western and Japanese objects that made up the interior of the restaurant's private dining rooms. Reservation only!
Burgundy style sazae escargot (Turbo cornutus) grilled with herbs
Spring cabbage potage with seafood wrapped in spring cabbage
Hors d'œuvre of the day
Homemade smoked salmon and vegetable terrine
Bacon and onion quiche
Grilled scallop and eggplant purée served with a classic sauce ravigote of Ōzu strawberries
- 愛媛県産カブトエビのカダイフ巻き ラタトゥイユとアメリケーヌソース
An Ehime tadpole shrimp kanafeh roll with ratatouille and sauce Américaine
Meat dish of the day
Japanese beef cheek meat cooked in red wine
Salt and pepper Japanese beef rump steak
Spanish Black Iberian pork steak
- シャラン産カモのロース はちみつ焼き
Challands duck roasted in honey
Hot roast French lamb
First grade Japanese beef fillet
Velvety gâteau au chocolat with fresh fruit and vanilla ice cream
Coffee, espresso, herbal tea, or regular tea