Lunch At Bellini In Ashiya

神戸に住んでいた頃からのお友達お2人とランチをご一緒しました。お1人は習っていた押絵の先生なので、知り合って30年、もうお1人はやはり習っていたパッチワークの先生で知り合って26年くらいでしょうか。お2人ともわたしよりお姉さんですがお変わりなく、今も教えておられます。

場所は、昔から素敵なお店によく挙げられる芦屋の「ベリーニ」。レストランは芦屋川沿にあるので途中で葉桜になった桜を眺め、レストランの窓からも桜が見えました。

3人とも品数が少ない方のランチコース。

I had lunch with a couple of friends from Kobe days. One friend was my teacher for Oshie (a Japanese craft), so we must have known each other for 30 years, and the other is my Patchwork teacher, and I guess we’ve known each other for 26 years or so. They are both older than me but still teaching.

We went to “Bellini”, which is one of the restaurants always mentioned as the most popular Italian restaurants in this area. As it’s along the Ashiya River we saw some cherry blossoms (past their most beautiful time) and also through the window near our table.

We all had the smaller lunch course.

芦屋川の桜。

Cherry blossoms along the Ashiya River.

レストランのエントランス。

The entrance of the restaurant.

わたしたちが通された2階のお部屋。

The 2nd floor of the restaurant, where we had our table.

窓からの桜。

The view from the window.

グリッシーニ。香港のグリッシーニを思い出す柔らかいタイプで、美味しかったです。

Grissini. Similar to those in the restaurant, ‘Grissini’ in Hong Kong.

前菜は、生ハム、パテドカンパーニュ、オレンジのピューレのブルスケッタ。お友達はブルスケッタではなく、何かお魚でした。

The starter. Parma Ham, A pâté de campagne and bruschetta with orange. My friend had some fish instead of the bruschetta.

2皿目は、スープか数種類のパスタから、わたしはアマトリチャーナにしました。

I chose Amatriciana from a soup and a few different pasta dishes.

メインは、仔牛のカツレツを選びました。もっと薄いと思っていたら、結構分厚いお肉でした。シンガポールで食べる仔牛は臭みが強くて苦手ですが、ここでは柔らかく臭みも無くとても美味しかったです。付け合わせの筍、フルーツトマト、ポテトのドーフィノアも美味しかったです。

I chose Veal Cutlet for the main dish. I was expecting it to be thin but it was very thick. Veal I’ve had in Singapore was very gamy but this wasn’t, it was very tender and tasty. The side dishes, which were bamboo shoots, fruit tomato and Potato Dauphinoise, we’re all very tasty.

デザートは、パンナコッタっぽいものでした。かなりボリュームがありましたが、完食。

Dessert was Panna cotta or something similar. Quite a large portion but we all finished it.

どれも美味しく、お部屋も静かでゆっくり出来て、サービスの方も感じ良かったです。1つだけ気になったのは、同じコースをいただいているのに、パスタが1人ずつ時間差です出てきたことと、お皿が空くと空いたお皿から下げられること。ここは日本なのでそれが日本式なのかも知れませんが、せっかく素敵なイタリアンレストランなので、全員終わってからお皿を下げて、それぞれのコースは一緒に出していただくほうがスマートだと思います。

それ以外は、とても気持ちよく美味しくランチをいただきました。写真は撮らなかったのですが、お花もとても素敵でした。

We enjoyed everything. It was nice and quiet, which is great for catching up with friends, and the service staff were very nice, too. The only thing I felt was a shame was that they took away a plate as soon as one had been emptied, and also the way they brought the pasta dishes one by one with quite a few minutes in between each arriving. I understand we are in Japan and maybe that is the way Japanese do it, but I think it looks much more professional if they wait until everyone at a table finishes their dish and take all away at the same time and then bring the next course to everybody at the same time.

Other than that everything was great. We had tea or coffee with the dessert and the bill was 3,300 yen per person.

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