The Delicious Irori Cuisine of Yanagiya
This video, titled "Chef Masashi Yamada Serves Wild Game Hunted in the Mountains of Japan — Omakase Japan," was released by "Eater."
It introduces the Japanese restaurant Yanagiya in Mizunami, hidden deep in the mountains of Gifu prefecture.
Yanagiya is a famous Japanese restaurant and has been highly rated as the number one restaurant on Tabelog (a popular review sites for restaurants, hotels, etc. in Japan).
It was ranked among the world's top 10 out of more than 16,000 restaurants in 2019 by La Liste, a French restaurant guide that showcases outstanding gastronomic establishments from around the world, and also received an award for outstanding regional cuisine.
Many customers from all over the world come to Yanagiya to eat the local cuisine prepared by Chef Masashi.
A Closer Look at Yanagiya, One of the Finest Restaurants in Japan
Yanagiya is a famous restaurant in Mizunami, Gifu, that serves exquisite regional cuisine using fresh, local ingredients.
The restaurant is popular for its Japanese cuisine prepared on an irori.
At 3:13 in the video, you can see the food being cooked on the restaurant's irori.
An irori is a sunken hearth in the center of a room in older Japanese houses.
The irori is blanketed with charcoal, and wood or charcoal is burned in it for heating or cooking purposes.
The irori reflects the historical wisdom of Japan to create a space where people can gather in a circle to enjoy local cuisine in a heated room.
Seasonal Japanese Food at Yanagiya – Taste the Four Seasons of Japan
A Variety of gourmet Japanese dishes, including popular game dishes, are prepared over Yanagiya's irori.
The menu at Yanagiya features a variety of local ingredients, such as wild vegetables, river fish, (including sweetfish), eel, grilled duck skewers, and mushrooms, such as matsutake mushrooms, which give guests a taste of Japan's four seasons.
Another popular dish on the menu is the delicious duck hot pot featured at 6:51 in the video.
If you're not sure what kind of Japanese food to order, we recommend the Japanese course meal (和食コース料理) as it’s a great way to sample a variety of local cuisine.
Summary of Yanagiya, a Restaurant Where You Can Enjoy Delicious Local Cuisine Over an Irori
As shown in the video, one of the unique characteristics about the way the chefs at Yanagiya prepare their dishes is the fluid handling of ingredients and instruments.
The quick and experienced knife skills of the chefs will even provide entertainment for your meal.
The cuisine cooked on the irori of Yanagiya is sure to create a lasting impression.
Yanagiya is a famous restaurant, so be sure to make reservations in advance.
【Address】573-27, Mashizume, Sue, Mizunami, Gifu Prefecture (〒509-6361 Gifu, Mizunami, 陶町猿爪573-27)
【Access】20 minutes by taxi from Mizunami Station on the Chuo Line
【Hours】[Mon. – Sat.] 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00, [Sun.] 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
【Remarks】Yanagiya uses a 100% reservation system. You will be unable to dine without one.