Since Satoshi had the day off, we did our O-soji except that this year we cleaned from top to bottom, taking dust and dirt out of all the little crevices and corners and throwing out things we haven't used in a couple of years.
After doing half of our cleaning, we stopped for lunch. We went to a little restaurant near the Toyonaka station called Bistro Lippee. Not only was it for lunch but also as a sort of belated Christmas celebration.
Our lunch started off with this seafood salad made with a smoked shrimp, fish paupiette, tapioca pearls and some vegetables.
The next course was a tiny bowl of cream soup with komatsuna (Chinese cabbage), bacon and kabu (turnip).
The main dish was an amadai (tilefish) frite with assorted vegetables in a beurre blanc sauce. The tilefish was seasoned with a little Chinese five spice then fried...delicious.
Dessert was a gelee made from assorted red fruits like currants, raspberries, and blueberries. It was topped with a strawberry and slice of mango. This dessert was very refreshing and a nice way to end the meal.
Coffee was served in these pretty Japanese ceramic cups. The cups have no handles so you need to hold them in your hands to drink from them. I was really disappointed with the coffee, though, it tasted like instant.
I'm glad we were able to try this restaurant, we've gone twice to the front of the restaurant only to find that they were closed.
Lunch 11:30-14:30, Dinner 17:30-22:00 (Reservations recommended for lunch and dinner)
We finally finished cleaning at about 18:00, it was hard work but it was a good feeling to know that everything is sparkly clean.