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At Bondiya we get most of our beverages from Aoki sake on old route 23 in Ise. I know them for years already from Y’s. Besides a great assortiment of wines, beers, liquers, sake and sochu, they also sell all kinds of snacks, cheese and other “otsumami”. Aoki san’s wife is a connoisseur, a pro in matching wine with food. She can always give you a good advice on what wine is best with your special dinner. Twice a year they have a tasting weekend at their shop and you can try their wines, cheese, snacks etc. for free. Also, they are very nice people and enjoy having a chat with everybody. Their kids all play soccer as well, so I always enjoy catching up with them.

Last weekend was the tasting weekend and we all went for some tasting. We bought a nice bottle of Italian red wine, some Brie cheese, onion chips and some other snacks. I’ll let you know when the ext weekend is, so you can check it out.

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Rei-chan and Aki

The other day, the Nagasako family dropped by for lunch. Rei chan had vanilla ice cream, but it was very cold. It was so funny seeing her eating it.

Also, Misato chan came with her mother and drew this beautiful picture of me. She always wants to go to Bondiya because she likes the food. My youngest fan, hahaha.

Misato's message

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Just to remind you.

In a few weeks, Bondiya will be open for 1 year. On the 5th of June to be exact, we will be celebrating our first year of hard work, hot kitchens and hundreds of great memories. We want to thank you for coming and make it all happen, so in that week of our anniversary, we have this fantastic offer.

On June 6th (Monday) and June 9th (Thursday) all drinks are 50% off and all food 30% off.

This great offer has a few details you should check out.

Opening times: 17:30 until 00:00 (23:30 L.O.)

All drinks are 50% off, except wines (bottles)(house wine by the glass is available for half price).

This offer is not available at lunch time. We serve the usual lunch.

We expect quite a few people, so unfortunately, these 2 evenings reservations are not available. There might be a waiting time.

This offer is only available for 2 hours per table from the moment the first order is made. After 2 hours, prices go back to normal.

During these evenings, photos might be taken for promotional purposes and this blog. If you don’t want your photos to be published, please notify us that evening.

We hope that you, as our highly appreciated guests, help us spreading the word and introduce us to your friends and families and take this special occasion to bring new people to Bondiya.

Thank you and we hope to see you on either the 6th or 9th (or sooner).

Pim and Eriko

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A few years ago, I already was planning that in the future we would have a restaurant, so I planted several fruit trees. Eriko’s grandparents live in Nambari, a small town on the Pacific ocean close to Hamajima in Shima. We often go there for barbeques, beach and to help on the farm. Eriko’s grandparents used to be farmers and have ricefields and an orange cove with at it’s peak over 50 trees. Now there are only 10 trees left but it still is a lot of work to keep them oranges coming. The rice we use in Bondiya also comes from their fields. Nambari rice. So, 4 years ago I planted apple, pear, fig, lemon, lime, plum, ume, peach,yuzu and cherry trees and a few more orange trees. Last week I went to check the trees after an afternoon on the beach with Skye and to have a chat with the grandparents. I was happily surprised by the size of the trees. The lemon and lime trees are in full bloom, the apple tree grew almost a meter this spring and the 2 peach trees have more than 100 fruits each (at the moment). Most of the trees have no fruits yet, but in 2 or 3 years we can pick apples, pears, plums, figs, etc. I’m already thinking of recipes and sherbets for all the fruit. Homemade apple pie or peach sherbet. Figs with blue cheese or our own ume shu. Lemon bavarois or lime in the Coronas. I can’t wait.

I like the smell of lemon blossoms in the morning

Peaches in the making

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Yoshiko, Mano and Shuma

Yoshiko works part-time at Bondiya on Sunday lunches. Yesterday she had dinner with her kids at Bondiya. Unfortunately, she didn’t help with the cleaning up, haha

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A year ago we were in full preparation for the opening of Bondiya. I can’t believe a year goes by so fast.

In March 2010 we found the current location and it was very different from what it is now. Before us there was a sushi restaurant established in our location, and the owner moved to Tokyo to start a restaurant there. Still we sometimes have his customers coming in asking what happend.

The first thing we did was removing all the wallpaper, flooring and ceiling. We reorganised the layout, Eriko’s father did all the carpenters work, and then it was time to put in new flooring, ceiling and wallpaper. We finished with the walls, covering them in a sort of clay material, and painting the woodwork. When this was all finished, we had to go shopping for furniture, kitchen stuff, plates, glasses, etc,etc. and putting everything in it’s right place. After the final cleaning, it was time for the menu test cooking. We had 2 dinner and a lunch pre open test, and after this we realised we still had quite a lot to do. After that, 2 final days off, to spend some time with the kids and then it was opening time. Saturday June 5th, loads of flowers and presents arrived in the morning from all our friends and relatives. That was great.

I was very surprised when later in the evening I stepped outside for a minute and realized all flowers were stolen. I went in panic to Eriko, but she explained that it is custom in Japan that opening day flowers are free to take for anyone. It brings good luck.

Opening night was still the busiest day so far, with 67 guests.

Now, 1 year later, it looks like yesterday, but so many things happened in between. The first 3 weeks I can’t even remember. The Worldcup soccer, obon,ITV, bonenkai, Christmas, osechi, New Year, Golden week. All the birthdays, private parties. Most of my old Y’s students dropped by. Eriko’s old friends and co-workers. All the other restaurant/bar owners in Ise. And we made so many new friends. Thank you all for our first fantastic year. We hope to see you again in our second year at Bondiya.

Check out the previous post about the 50% off drinks and 30% off food on June 6th and June 9th.

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In a few weeks, Bondiya will be open for 1 year. On the 5th of June to be exact, we will be celebrating our first year of hard work, hot kitchens and hundreds of great memories. We want to thank you for coming and make it all happen, so in that week of our anniversary, we have this fantastic offer.

On June 6th (Monday) and June 9th (Thursday) all drinks are 50% off and all food 30% off.

This great offer has a few details you should check out.

Opening times: 17:30 until 00:00 (23:30 L.O.)

All drinks are 50% off, except wines (bottles)(house wine by the glass is available for half price).

This offer is not available at lunch time. We serve the usual lunch.

We expect quite a few people, so unfortunately, these 2 evenings reservations are not available. There might be a waiting time.

This offer is only available for 2 hours per table from the moment the first order is made. After 2 hours, prices go back to normal.

During these evenings, photos might be taken for promotional purposes and this blog. If you don’t want your photos to be published, please notify us that evening.

We hope that you, as our highly appreciated guests, help us spreading the word and introduce us to your friends and families and take this special occasion to bring new people to Bondiya.

Thank you and we hope to see you on either the 6th or 9th (or sooner).

Pim and Eriko



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