Posts Tagged ‘ Sushi ’

Osaka’s Sushi Harasho.


Leading Osaka’s fine restaurant scene is a master chef who seeks for the most natural way to savor sushi. “Gentle sushi” as he describes it, Harasho’s cuisine is minimalist in approach while founded on classic Edomae principles. Focusing on the pure flavor of the fish, the restaurant continues to earn two Michelin stars and allure gourmands from across Japan and abroad. Relocated to a new location in the southeastern end of the city, Chef Ko Ishikawa has invested time and energy in curating a space worthy to serve top-class sushi. Found in a quiet residential neighborhood, the picturesque entrance is set with curated greenery and a kawara tile roof, creating a peaceful ambiance. Behind the thick noren curtain, a tall vase of seasonal flowers, arranged by the chef’s sister, welcomes all those who make the pilgrimage.

 Taking more than six months to complete, the interior of the restaurant is built using traditional sukiya-style architecture, the fine work by Sankakuya, a group of Kyoto craftsmen. Lit up with spotlights, the 23-feet hinoki wood counter stretches long and wide, allowing as many as eleven guests on one side, and two chefs on the other. The chairs are set slightly apart, setting a luxurious scene for the exquisite meal to be commence.  As you sit down in your chair, your eyes naturally gravitate toward the single piece of art behind the counter. The flower-shaped plate with deep gray tint is a masterpiece by Imaizumi Imaemon, the legendary Iro-Nabeshima porcelain artist and a Living National Treasure. Surrounded by works of true craftsmen, here is Ishikawa’s mastery on display.

Pairing Series by Kyle Dreier


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It is generally agreed that for each type of food exist perfect type of drinks. And Nashville based food photographer Kyle Dreier decided to show how to compose them ideally. In the project called “Pairings Series: Food & Drink…and String” he composed perfect pairs of food and drink. And if you don’t know or doubt what to choose for your dinner take a look at this series and you will know.

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Yoobi Sushi – London.


Yoobi Sushi, London’s first temakeria, opened last month on Lexington Street in Soho. Its interior design is an exercise in constraint that has produced a statement of clean minimalism at its best.  Temaki is fresh sushi wrapped in a cone. It is a take-out or eat-in variety of sushi that was born in Brazil where the largest Japanese population outside Japan resides.  London-based Gundry & Ducker Architecture Ltd. stripped the former warehouse back to its original brick and painted the walls dark steel-gray.

The designers were challenged to combine the vibes of Rio, Tokyo and London, and to reflect the Yoobi brand’s color palette created by Ico Design.  They solved the riddle with a fusion of only a few distinct features. All key surfaces, apart from floors and ceilings, received a light timber covering. The only “colors” are added by the brilliant white sushi bar, by the on-brand color inlays in tables, and by the chairs.  The decorative touch that connects all of the elements is the on-brand angular detail on the floor, sushi bar, tables, and on the blocky benches and plinths.

The World’s Best Sushi Chef?


A documentary that goes behind the counter and into the life of a man who’s been called the greatest sushi chef in the world is set to open in New York Friday.  Tucked away in an underground Tokyo subway station is an unremarkable-looking 10-seat eatery called Sukiyabashi Jiro which serves Michelin-starred sushi by 85-year-old Jiro Ono, the first chef in Japan to earn three Michelin stars.  In trailers for the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, filmmaker David Gelb captures the deft, economic movements of Ono’s hands as he shapes and molds the rice for his sushi and lacquers the fish with gentle brushstrokes.  Sushi and sashimi are presented on black marbles slabs and diners eat in a hushed silence that speaks of their reverence for the ceremonial experience and the master sushi chef.  The film is not just an ode to sushi and the octogenarian’s unrelenting pursuit of perfection, but also explores the father-son relationship and succession as the eldest son Yoshikazu is slated to take over the legendary restaurant.

The Most Expensive Sushi on Earth


An ambitious chef from the Philippines has created the world’s most expensive sushi, wrapped in gold leaves and small African diamonds.  The five pieces of sushi are worth about $2,000 (Start saving up Sadie).  These diamond encrusted delicacies were created by chef Araneta Jr. , who said his unusual food artworks are used as gifts in marriage proposals or during courtship.