This is our birthday week. I had mine last week. YuYu will have hers next week.
And we always fall back to our favorite restaurant, Kato Shokudou in Ginowan. Especially we saw that they have the lamb shoulder chop roast in the weekly specials.
A small fixed appetizer.
Don’t underestimate this little appetizer. The cheese and jamon serano (today it was pork shoulder) are gorgeous.
Brocoli with anchovy olive oil. Don’t forget to order this little perfection.
Our favorite 2 choices from the charcuteries.
Pork pate is my favorite. Perfect temp control for the rich pork flavor with a hint of livery flavor. Little chunks of pork cheeks give a good accent too.
Chicken liver pate is YuYu’s favorite. She takes this little bit each time. She can just keep licking on these bits and bits for hours.
And as usual, THE french fries. I’m not joking, this simple fries should not be missed either. Most regular customers here know this is no ordinary fries.
This is the main dish for her today.
This one is from the weekly specials.
Endive (chicory) salad with boiled eggs, walnuts, and Mimolette cheese. A wonderful harmony.
YuYu switched to red wine before meat dishes. She loved this one. French wine called Cinon Les Terrassers.
Kato Shokudou has house wine in the glass. They also serve several choices of wine in a glass too. Very considerate of them for people who can’t finish a bottle of wine.
Here comes the housemade sausage from the weekly specials.
Special sausage with olive, dried tomatoes and garlic. All the housemade sausages are good here, but don’t miss this one when it comes up on the weekly specials.
It comes with their simple, nice tomato sauce. When you have all these together in one bite, the integration of all flavors will elevate it to another level.
Finally! The lamb shoulder chops from the weekly specials.
The cut comes from close the shoulder and much bigger than normal lamb chop.
Look at this beauty.
Look at it once again! It’s so beautiful!!!
The cut is close to the weight bearing muscles, a little tougher with collagen, and yet richer in flavor. The chef roasted the meat a little longer to more doneness. The result is, marvelous. A little firm but pleasant mouth-watering texture to the teeth, and the flavor is clear and rich. I would recommend this even to those who don’t like the distinct flavor of lambs.
And this crust… A mixture of breadcrumps and herbs on top of mustard paste. So creamy and barky. So delicious.
Cannele and caramel ice cream, a weekly special.
It automatically goes like this.
What a finish.
We just loved the perfect dinner.
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Masterpiece Lamb Shoulder Chop
This is our birthday week. I had mine last week. YuYu will have hers next week. And we always fall back to our favorite restaurant, Kato Shokudou in Ginowan. Especially we saw that they have the lamb shoulder chop roast in the weekly specials. Cheers! A small fixed appetizer. Don’t underestimate this little appetizer. The cheese and jamon serano (today it was pork shoulder) are gorgeous. Brocoli with anchovy olive oil. Don’t forget to order this little perfection. Our favorite 2 choices from the charcuteries. Pork pate is my favorite. Perfect temp control for the rich pork flavor with a hint of livery flavor. Little chunks of […]Read More ›
Our Favorite Steak
When we want to get a steak, we come here. We don’t go to a steak house. We don’t go to a Teppanyaki place. When we want serious red meat, Bistro Kato Shokudo is it for us. Of course this place is fantastic for a lot of other dishes, but today we are here to celebrate with serious steak… As always. The house starter to kick off my appetite. French plate from today’s special. Recently the owner chef family took a trip to Europe. France and Basque region of Spain. Our favorite place to visit. And they brought back some serious stuff. We can’t miss this plate. It […]Read More ›
Oysters in season!! Ajillo!!
The oyster season is hitting Okinawa now! Who should we go to see first to cook the oysters for us, but Kato-san? We are here at Kato Shokudou. Oysters in Ajillo. Usually they cook with oysters with potatoes which would be so delicious by absorbing the flavor from oysters. But we ordered some other things that come with potatoes, so Kato-san did us a favor to change it to snap peas and okura. Perfectly cooked with right temperature. So tasty. This is from Hiroshima. The most famous place for Japanese oysters. It comes with baguette. The olive oil carries so much flavor of oysters and we love dunking pieces of bread into […]Read More ›
The Day's Specials at Kato-san
Kato Shokudo is our favorite place. We wanted to go to Aroma Onsen in Ginowan to warm up our bodies. Kato Shokudo happens to be near… Well, we could use any excuses to come here. Chicken liver mousse and pork patty. We just can’t miss it. So tasty, so creamy. No edgy scent. We can’t miss this one either. We don’t know why, but we just can’t get enough of these fries here. We don’t know what. We think they put in something addictive. (just kidding) It’s just so good. We decided to go for the day’s specials today. The first to come was this. Grilled fig with […]Read More ›
The sausage and shrimps
We went out with Yuyu’s parents who were visiting the island. Her father’s call, “Let’s go to see Kato.” He loves the sausages here. Her mother wanted some seafood. 2 cheeses of our choice. Our usual. Chicken liver mousse and pork pate. Liver is fresh, no bloody smell, seasoned with nice flavorful liquor. Pork pate has been matured, very tasty. This is our usual too. The best French Fries in our standards!!! Roasted onion Pie. Soooo sweet and tasty. Soup de Poisson. Beautiful broth with shrimps, fish, veggies Yummm… so rich, so good. 3 housemade sausages. Original (meaty), herb, spicy. I love the herb one the best. Grilled […]Read More ›
Steak in the perfect state of "rose"
We found ourselves sitting at Kato Shokudou again. A clean, organized stock room. A proof of good restaurant. Today we are here to eat the steak. With green pepper sauce. You have a choice between red wine sauce and green pepper sauce. We always have it with green pepper sauce. Angus rib-eye steak, grilled in perfect temperature control. Beautiful state of “rose”. Tender, juicy, and sooooo tasty. Mild French mustard goes very well with the steak too. She’s got that face that speaks. The housemade caramel ice cream and mongo sorbet. You should really take both. They are good each. But try them […]Read More ›
Hanging out with our favorite food
It was our day off after 2 weeks of intensive work. Of course, we needed Kato Shokudo to finish the day with. There’s Tomomi-san at the door to greet us. She watches everything. She’s so aware and sweet. A small appetizer which is included in the table charge. Brocoli with garlic and anchovy. Housemade chicken liver mousse and pork pate. Our favorite charcuterie. Yuyu can keep licking to savour this mousse for hours. One of today’s specials. Tart of roasted onions. Oh my, my… The sweetness of onions just dominated my nostril. There’s Mr. and Mrs. Kato. Lovely people. Pizza Prochute. Of course, housemade. […]Read More ›