November 23, 2010
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If you love tofu and want to enjoy organic, locally raised, and delicious vegetables as well, head over to Morimoto to try out the amazing food at 五箇山農園食堂 Gokayama Nouen Shokodou (Gokayama Farm Diner). All of the food is made locally, and I personally haven’t had tofu cuisine this good outside of Kyoto.
Even when the restaurant is busy, the atmosphere is calm and quiet. The wood décor inside the shop is gorgeous, and feels classy but natural—not too ritzy; not too rustic. The staff is polite and the chefs and kitchen staff clearly take a lot of pride and care in the preparation of the ingredients.
The front of the store has a shop that sells some takeaway dishes, rice, tofu-based products, and crafts.
I went for lunch with fellow JETs and we all ordered the daily special lunch set (omakase ranchi, おまかせランチ) for 1050 yen. This is a platter of about 9 tiny dishes of seasonal tofu-and-vegetable dishes, a tiny cup of soy milk, a bowl of brown rice (you choose the size), and a bowl of miso-soup, served with houjicha. Other dishes available include soba, udon, ramen, and curry; there are tofu-based desserts available, too. Additionally, there are some local and imported beers available.
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