My interest was piqued when I heard about a Japanese restaurant in a German winery in Deidesheim. It is certainly an unusual combination, a “one-of-its-kind” in Germany. The 19th century Weingut Josef Biffar was acquired by the Tokuoka family in 2010, and after extensive renovations, the Josef Biffar vinotheque and its in-house restaurant “Fumi” opened for business in 2013 serving authentic Japanese food.
Fumi accommodated our group of 40 comfortably. We didn’t have to wait too long for our food to be served as we had pre-ordered our main courses and desserts in order for the kitchen to prep the dishes in advance. Our dinner began with five types of Japanese appetizers – a symphony of different colors and textural contrasts. The main course was a choice of either fish or meat. To cap our meal, we could select either a Japanese-themed dessert, or a glass of Josef Biffar’s “Riesling Trockenbeereauslese” (2 cl) with Biffar candied walnuts and a slice of Roquefort on the side.
Mrs Fumiko Tokuoka, the owner and manager of Weingut Josef Biffar, believes that wine and Japanese food complement each other very well. Having experienced a wine-pairing dinner at Fumi, we couldn’t agree more!
Fumi, Im Kathrinenbild 1, 67146 Deidesheim
Looking for more ideas on where to dine in the Rhein-Neckar region?
Check out other reviews of places where Food Explorers have eaten.
Members can access our Directory of Restaurant Picks for tried-and-tested places to eat. This directory is compiled by members for members – we do not receive any payment for the listings.