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“Highest-quality sushi you can taste at a metropolitan train station you happened to stop by” is the concept.

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Growth of popularity of sushi in San Francisco’s Bay area in recent years is quite amazing. Many sushi restaurants including sushi bars and revolving sushi places have opened. Among them, one place is particularly attracting people’s attention as a restaurant where true authentic sushi is served. It is “Oma San Francisco Station”, which opened in Japan Town’s West Mall in July of 2018. This place has been featured in various media such as ABC News, Hoodline, and Eater SF as a retaurant where reasonably-priced high-quality sushi omakase courses are offered, and good reviews have been given. Even the Michelin Guide said, “It is wonderful that you can eat this good-quality sushi at this kind of price!”

Wilson Chan, the owner/chef, is Chinese American from Northridge area of Los Angeles County. He has a 16-year career as a chef, and has worked as a skillful chef at many high-quality restaurants such as“Wasabi + Ginger, Kentaro” in Los Angeles area, ”Yuzuki”, “Tsubasa”, ”Kappo Gomi”, and ”Ozaoza” in San Francisco area. For this opportunity of opening his own restaurant, Mr. Chan, who has also worked as an art designer, did everything from designing the modern interior, 3-dimentional art, to the website by himself.

The name of this restaurant, “Oma San Francisco Station”, with a wooden counter for only 8 seats, was named after an image in which, although you are in a metropolitan area, you go to a train station to taste omakase-style sushi. The menu consists of only 3 omakase courses, “Nozomi” ($85), “Hikari” ($55)”, and “Kodama ($30)”. The courses are uniquely named after Japanese bullet trains (Shinkansen). The “Nozomi” consists of 12 nigiri sushi pieces, and 1 hand-roll. The “Hikari” consists of 6 nigiri sushi pieces, and 1 hand-roll. “Kodama” consists of 5 nigiri sushi pieces, and 1 hand-roll. Each course ends with akadashi miso soup. If you felt not quite satisfied with the quantity, you can also add individual nigari sushi pieces of your choice.

As for the ingredients, Mr. Chan himself carefully selects only fresh and seasonal produce. On top of air ordering from Toyosu in advance, he also orders certain seasonal ingredients from even Hokkaido and Kyushu. As for fish, this place has rare kinds such as red bream, rockfish, red snapper, amberjack, and scallops from Iwate prefecture, which are not well known and usually unavailable as popular sushi ingredients. Each ingredient is prepared using uniquely effective methods such as konbu-jime, and aburi (charring), to enhance each ingredient’s characteristics to the fullest. The konbu for konbu-jime method is Rishiri dried kelp from Hokkaido. Mackerels from Hokkaido are marinated in dashi for 2 hours, and red breams are marinated for 6 hours before they are prepared. The ikura (salmon roes) dish I tasted was prepared after marinated in konbu dashi and mirin, and every bite was fresh, and soothing while I could still taste ikura’s natural deep taste and aroma, which slowly spread in my mouth. The charred salmon was very aromatic due to slight charring burn, and its soft texture that melted in my mouth made me feel like getting addicted to it. Simple, yet only highest-quality fish is used, therefore, “no soy sauce is needed”, is true as written in the menu. The best possible sushi has been created here by ultimately bringing out each ingredient‘s umami.

Presently, only sushi kaiseki can be offered because there is no kitchen space, however, he indicated his desire of opening a restaurant with a kitchen in the future. Right now, the seating is limited to 8, and the same-day reservation is not accepted, so making an online reservation in advance is recommended. Otherwise waiting can be very long especially for dinner time due to its popularity.


コンセプトは“都会で立ち寄った駅で食す最高級寿司”
 
 近年におけるサンフランシスコ・ベイエリアでの寿司の人気は目を見張るものがあり、寿司バーや回転寿司など数多くの店舗が広範囲で展開されている。その中で、本格的な寿司が食べられるレストランとして注目されているのがサンフランシスコ日本街のウエスト・モール内に2018年7月にオープンした「Oma San Francisco Station」だ。リーズナブルに高品質の寿司のおまかせコースを食する事が出来るとABC7ニュースやHoodline、Eater SFなどの情報誌に取り上げられレビューでも高い評価を獲得している他、ミシュランガイドでも“この様な高品質の寿司を、この価格で食べられるのは素晴らしい事だ”と記載されている。

 オーナー兼シェフのウィルソン・チャン氏はロサンゼルス市ノースリッジ地区出身のチャイニーズ・アメリカン。シェフとして16年の経験を持ち、ロサンゼルス市の「Wasabi + Ginger, Kentaro」、サンフランシスコ市の「Yuzuki」, 「Tsubasa」,「Kappo Gomi」や「Ozaoza」など数多くのクオリティーの高い店でシェフとして活躍してきた。今回、自分の店を持つにあたりシェフだけでなくアートデザイナーとしての経歴も持つチャン氏は、店内の近代的なデザインや立体アートからレストランのウェブサイトのデザインまで全て自分で作り上げたという。

 8席の木製カウンターのみの当店の名前である“Oma San Francisco Station”は、“都会にありながら、駅に立ち寄って食べるおまかせ寿司”というイメージで付けられたという。メニューはおまかせメニューのみの全3種類。それぞれに“のぞみ(85ドル)”、“ひかり(55ドル)”、“こだま(30ドル)”と新幹線の名前を付けるユニークさだ。“のぞみ”では握り12貫と手巻き1本、“ひかり”では握り8貫と手巻き1本、“こだま”では握り5貫と手巻き1本で、全メニューとも最後に締めとして赤ダシの味噌汁が提供される。食後に物足りなさを感じる人には最後に1品ずつ握り寿司を追加する事もできるという。

 食材は旬で新鮮な物のみをチャン氏が自ら選んで厳選、プレオーダーをして豊洲から空輸される他、九州や北海道からも旬の食材を空輸する徹底ぶり。寿司ネタにはキンメダイ、のどくろ、真鯛、かんぱち、岩手県産の帆立など一般の寿司ネタにはない物も取り揃えており、調理方法も昆布締めや炙りなどで個々の食材の旨さを最大限に生かすように調理されている。昆布締めに使用されているのは利尻昆布で、北海道産の鯖はダシに2時間浸してから、キンメダイは6時間浸してから調理されるという。今回、賞味させて頂いたイクラは昆布ダシと味醂で漬けられてから調理されており、噛む度に新鮮で爽やかな口当たりながらも、イクラそのものの深い味わいが口の中に広がっていく。又、炙りサーモンは若干の焦げがもたらす香ばしさと、柔らかな食感が口の中で溶けるようで病みつきになりそうだ。シンプルだが最高なネタを提供しており、メニューには“醤油は必要なし”と書かれているように、個々の素材の旨味を最大限に引き出した最高級の寿司を作り上げている。

 現在はキッチンが無い為に寿司懐石のみの提供となっているが、将来はキッチン付きの寿司屋を開店したいとチェン氏は意欲を示している。席数が8席と限られおり同日予約を受け付けていない人気店の為、ディナー時には行列が出来る事も多いので事前にオンラインでの予約が推奨される。
 


Oma San Francisco Station
1737 Post Street., Suite 337, San Francisco, CA 94115
                             
Website: https://www.omasfstation.com
Email: contact@omasfstation.com
 
Mon.- Sun. 12:00pm – 10:00pm
(Last Seating: 8:30pm)
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発想の転換

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最近は当たり前になった酒とのフードペアリングだが、少し思考を変えておこなってはいかがであろうか?

通常行われているのが、ワインはワイン同士、日本酒は日本酒同士、焼酎は焼酎同士の並列な比較である。これは、確かにその微妙な味の比較をするのには良いが、消費者にとって違う「こんなこと予想もしてなかった!」と喚起させる、楽しいフードペアリングを探ってみてはいかがであろうか?

生カキにシャンペンとスパークリングを同時に提供し、それぞれの美味しさを比較してもらう。

・チーズの盛合わせに赤ワイン、キモト造りの酒、古酒
・サラダにピノグリジオとフレーバー(柚子、ブルーベリー)酒
・刺身にシャルドネ、ピノグリジオと大吟醸
・メインの肉料理に純米酒と赤ワイン
・揚げ物やクリーミーなパスタには、麦焼酎と白ワイン

などと組み合わせて顧客に楽しんでもらう。

醸造方法、原料など全く違うこれら三種(ワイン、日本酒、焼酎)だが、どれも食を盛り上げる酒であることは間違いない。それらを組み合わせることにより、消費者に「なにこれ、本当に美味しい!」と感動を与えてみた企画をしても面白いのではないだろうか?



Perceptional changes

While sake and food pairing is now the norm, why not try to change your perception in your approach?

While comparisons are made regularly, wine is compared to other wine, sake is compared to other sake, and shochu is compared to other shochu. This is great to compare the subtle differences in flavor with other brands. Why not try a fun food pairing that invokes a mind-blowing reaction like “I never imagined this type of pairing!” from consumers. For example, serve fresh oysters with champagne and sparkling wine together to have consumers compare the delicious flavors of both pairing.

*Try pairing red wine with cheese, along with Kimoto sake, aged sake.
*For salads, try pinot grigio and flavored sake (yuzu, blueberry)
*For sashimi, try pairing with chardonnay, pinot grigio and Daiginjo
*For main meat dishes, try pairing with Junmai sake or red wine
*For fried dishes or creamy pasta, try pairing with Barley shochu and white wine.

Try pairing with these combinations and have your customers sample them.

While these three types of beverages (wine, sake, shochu) differ greatly in brewing method and ingredients, each are no doubt successful in boosting the dishes they’re paired with. By trying these combinations, why not try to find creative ways to bring a moving culinary experience that would invoke reactions like, “What is this!? This is delicious!” from customers?



轉變觀念

最近,酒與食物的搭配變得理所當然;但何不稍微變更一下想法?
平常進行的比較,均是葡萄酒與葡萄酒、清酒與清酒,燒酒與燒酒的同酒類比較。當然,對同酒類那味道上細微的分別進行比較固不失為良案;但引起消費者不同的“我甚至沒有想過這一點!”,嘗試探索令人愉快的美食配對何如?
同時為生牡蠣提供香檳和氣泡酒,以比較它們的味道。

·什錦奶酪配以紅葡萄酒、生酛清酒、古酒
·沙拉配以灰皮諾和加香(柚子,藍莓)酒
·生魚片配以灰皮諾、夏多內和大吟釀
·主要肉類菜餚配以純米酒和紅葡萄酒
·油炸食品和奶油類意大利面,配以小麥燒酒和白葡萄酒

等等的組合供顧客享用。
雖然是三種釀造方法和原料等完全不同的酒(葡萄酒,清酒,燒酒);但能肯定全部都能襯托食物。通過組合它們,計劃出付予消費者“這是什麼,非常美味!”的感動的項目不是很有趣嗎?



발상의 전환

최근 술과 음식의 푸드 페어링이 당연시 여겨지는데, 생각을 조금 바꿔보면 어떨까요?
보통 와인은 와인끼리, 일본주는 일본주끼리, 소주는 소주끼리 나란히 비교하곤 하는데 이렇게 하면 분명 미묘한 맛을 비교하기는 좋습니다. 그러나 소비자 관점에서 "이런 건 생각하지도 못했다!"며 분위기를 전환시킬 수 있는 색다르고 즐거운 푸드 페어링을 찾아 보면 어떨까요?
생굴에 샴페인과 스파클링을 함께 제공하고 각각의 맛을 비교해 볼 수 있도록 합니다.

・모듬 치즈에 레드 와인, 기모토 방식의 술, 고주
・샐러드에 피노 그리지오와 과일맛(유자, 블루베리) 술
・생선회에 샤르도네, 피노 그리지오와 다이긴죠(大吟醸)
・메인 육류 요리에 쥰마이슈(純米酒)와 레드 와인
・튀김이나 크림 파스타에는 보리 소주와 화이트 와인

위와 같이 음식과 술을 함께 준비해서 고객이 맛을 즐겨볼 수 있도록 합니다.
와인, 일본주, 소주는 양조 방법이나 원료 등은 전혀 다르지만 모두 음식 맛을 더해주는 술이라는 점은 똑같습니다. 이 술들을 조합해서 소비자가 "와, 이거 정말 맛있다!’ 라며 감동할 수 있도록 기획해보는 것도 재미있지 않을까요?
#sake #wine #foodparing

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A place you can enjoy various kinds of Japanese local sake and cuisine to the fullest

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By Aya Ota

Its unique exterior; walls without windows, which make it impossible to peek in, and the thick and heavy door, both of which remind you of a kura (an old-fashioned Japanese building for storage); catches your eyes. This is “Sakagura East Village” which opened its door in September of 2018. As soon as you step inside, its gracious interior space decorated with plentiful of woods and stones, and a small Japanese garden-like space open up in front of you, and you feel as if you suddenly stepped into another world.

“I want to pursue the basics of Japanese food culture. I want people to fully enjoy various kinds of Japanese local sake with authentic Japanese cuisine,” says Bon Yagi, CEO of T.I.C. Group. This Group’s motto is “Enjoy Japan without Airfare (You can enjoy authentic Japanese tastes and ambiences without actually going there)”. From true traditional Japanese foods such as sushi and soba to more current foods like curry and ramen, street foods such as takoyaki and rice burgers, Japanese sake bars and tea salons, a total of as many as 13 different kinds of business models are forming their 20 plus Japanese restaurants under the operation of this Group. It would not be an exaggeration to say that he is the person who has been making the history of New York’s Japanese cuisine scene for the last 40 plus years. He was awarded for his contribution. He was selected as one of the 5 winners in the world for the Minister's Award for Overseas Promotion of Japanese Food in 2018.

This place is positioned as a sister restaurant of “Sakagura” in Midtown, which has been running as a popular restaurant where the high number of customers has been sustained for more than 20 years, however, this place deserves more than positioned as the second location of a popular restaurant because it is filled with its own charms.

The person, who creates gracious dishes with plentiful seasonal ingredients imported from all over Japan, is Masaru Kajihara, Executive Chef. He has been displaying his skills at notable kaiseki restaurants in both Japan and the US, such as “Suzuki” in Tsukiji, Tokyo, and “Kyoya”, a New York Times 3-starred restaurant. The “Sakagura Omakase Course” is offered only at the East Village location. The first item of the course, the “Pintxo with Truffled Chicken Pâté and Pepitas on Rice Bread”, specially baked bread with cooked rice mixed in the dough, surprises you. The “Carpaccio Medley” is accentuated with ponzu gelee and salted konbu. The “Wagyu Ishiyaki”, served with sizzling sound and aroma, pleases your five senses fully. To show their particularity about rice and miso, the Japanese cuisine basics, a kamameshi, cooked super high-quality rice from Uonuma, Niigata, with a lot of seafood such as scallops, Snow crab meat, etc., is served accompanied by miso soup using uki-koji miso and nukazuke style pickled vegetables to finish the course.

The Japanese sake selection of nearly 100 different brands from about 80 breweries have been carefully selected by Ryoma Miki, General Manger/sake sommelier. There is even a premium kind of sake you cannot find anywhere else. Recommended pairing with the omakase course is well accepted, and it impresses you even more when the sake that matches each dish perfectly is served in each appropriate container that matches the sake. Many sake connoisseurs visits “Sakagura” which carries the most selection of sake in New York, and they like to order unique brands such as Nama-zake, Kimoto, and Yamahai. The casks of sake piled up high by the wall at the deep end of the restaurant are donated by the breweries from all over Japan. This display shows their passion and aspiration to convey enthusiasms of brewery owners and masters of sake brewers of each brand, and to represent characteristics of each sake to as many people as possible.

A unique event called “Taste of Japan” which started to realize their hope to introduce Japanese local cooking specialties, is particularly noteworthy. Every other month, one of Japan’s regions is picked, and a special menu is created and offered featuring the picked region’s local specialty food and their local sake. For the first time of this regular event, Niigata prefecture was picked, and the highest-quality Uonuma-made rice and miso made by Hakkaisan brewery was used. They are planning to continue this event featuring prefectures such as Nagano, Hyogo, Miyagi, etc. in this respective order.

One big difference of this place from the Midtown location is its interior space. You can sit alone at the counter, you can enjoy and relax in a semi-private space with a friend, or you can even bring a group of 20 to use a private space for a large group. This place can accommodate almost any situation. There are plenty of spaces among the tables, and they are creating an ambience which draw a line between them and other casual and noisy East Village restaurant.
 
“Sakagura East Village” which is like a concentration of the wonderfulness of Japanese food culture, is definitely the kind of restaurant you want to visit again and again.


日本各地の地酒と郷土料理を心ゆくまで楽しめる

窓がなく中を伺い知ることのできない壁に、重厚感ある扉…まさに蔵を思わせる外観に目を奪われる。ここは2018年9月に開店した『酒蔵イーストビレッジ』。一歩足を踏み入れると、木や石をふんだんに使った端正な内装や日本庭園を思わせる箱庭が広がり、一瞬にして別世界になる。

「日本食文化の原点を追求したい。日本各地の地酒を、本格的な和食とともに堪能してほしい」と語るのはT.I.C.グループ最高経営責任者、八木秀峰氏。同グループのモットーは「日本に行かなくても本格的な日本の味や雰囲気を楽しめる」ということ。寿司や蕎麦など本格派和食から、カレーやラーメンなどの現代的和食、たこ焼きやライスバーガーなどのストリートフード、日本酒バーや日本茶サロンなど、実に13種類もの業態で約20店舗もの日本食店を経営している。40年以上の長きにわたり、ニューヨークの日本食の歴史を作ってきた人物と言っても過言ではない。その功績が認められ、2018年には、農林水産省の日本食海外普及功労者表彰受賞者として世界5人のうちの1人に選出された。

同店は、ミッドタウン地区で20年以上も客足が衰えることのない人気店『酒蔵』の姉妹店という位置づけではあるが、単なる2号店にとどまらない魅力にあふれている。

日本各地から取り寄せた四季折々の食材をふんだんに取り入れ、端正な味を作り出すのは料理長の梶原勝氏。東京・築地の『すず木』やニューヨーク・タイムズ三つ星『饗屋』など日米の会席料理店で腕を奮ってきたシェフだ。「酒蔵おまかせコース」はイーストビレッジ店のみの展開。はじめに登場する「お米のパンの鶏トリュフピンチョ」は炊いたごはんを練り込んだ特製のパンに驚かされる。「五種の旨味カルパッチョ」は、ポン酢ジュレや塩昆布がアクセント。ジュージューと音と香りを立てて運ばれてくる「和牛石焼き」は五感をフルに楽しませてくれる。日本食の原点であるコメと味噌にこだわり、〆の一品は、新潟県魚沼産の最高級米にホタテやズワイガニなど海産物をふんだんに炊き込んだ釜飯に、浮き麹味噌を使った味噌汁、ぬか漬けが登場する。

約80の蔵から約100種類にも及ぶ日本酒ラインナップは、ジェネラルマネージャー兼酒ソムリエの三木龍馬氏が厳選したもので、同店にしかないプレミアム酒もある。おまかせコースとのペアリングも好評で、それぞれの料理と酒に合った酒器で飲めるのが感動を増す。ニューヨークで最も多くの日本酒を取りそろえる『酒蔵』には、日本酒通の客が多く、生酒、生酛、山廃など、個性ある酒が好まれるという。店内奥の壁を埋め尽くす一斗樽は、全国の蔵から提供されたものだ。「蔵元や杜氏の酒に対する熱い想い、ひとつひとつの酒に込められた個性を、できるだけ多くの人に伝えたい」という同店の心意気が現れている。

特に注目したいのは、日本各地の郷土料理を伝えたいという意図で開始した「Taste of Japan」という独自企画。約2カ月おきに、ひとつの都道府県に焦点を当て、郷土料理と地酒を組み合わせて楽しめるメニューを提供する。初回の新潟県特集でも、魚沼産の最高級米や八海山が醸造する味噌を取り入れた。この後、長野、兵庫、宮城…と続く予定だという。

ミッドタウン店との違いのひとつは内装だ。一人でカウンターに座ってもよいし、個室風に仕切った空間で二人でくつろぐのもいいし、最大20人で使える個室もあり、どんなシチュエーションにも対応できる。客席間隔もゆったりしており、カジュアルで賑やかな店が多いイーストビレッジ地区の中では、一線を画す雰囲気を醸し出している。
 
日本食文化のすばらしさが凝縮されたような『酒蔵イーストビレッジ』、何度も通いたくなる店だ。



Sakagura East Village
231 E 9th Street
New York, NY 10003
Tel: 212-979-9678
https://www.sakagura.com/eastvillage

Tue–Thu: 6:00PM–10:45PM
Fri & Sat: 6:00PM–11:45PM
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A restaurant that offers Okinawan cuisine using Japanese cooking skills effectively

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By Keiko Fukuda

An Okinawan restaurant, Habuya Okinawan Dining, was opened in December of 2010 in Tustin. Mere 3 months after the opening, it was featured as “The Best Hidden Japanese Restaurant” in the Los Angeles Times, which gave this restaurant a big boost. Mayumi Burgus from Okinawa, the owner of the restaurant, says, “Back then, people used to form a long line that went over the street corner.” Since then, this place has become a very popular restaurant known to many people, and no longer could be described as a hidden place.

Some of their regular customers I interviewed described the charms of this place as “good ambience” and “authentic Okinawan dishes”, followed by a fantastic comment, “everything they serve here is delicious!” I thought Mayumi was the chef here because she is from Okinawa. But, actually, it is her husband, Hiroki Kimura, who is from Yamagata prefecture, is in charge of cooking. He came to the US after working several years in Japan as a chef, and worked at a Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles. He met Mayumi around the time he was thinking about going back to Japan. She told him about her dream of opening an Okinawan restaurant in the US. Coincidentally, Hiroki grew up listening to his grandmother who used to tell him how his great uncle (the grandmother’s brother) survived during the war thanks to the kindness of Okinawan farmers who hid him from the enemy to protect him so he could go home alive. Hiroki, then, developed a sense of someday returning the favor to the people in Okinawa. He thinks back and believes that his becoming a chef, and meeting Mayumi in the US were meant to happen to connect the two points to form this line of events.

“However, 90% of the people I consulted with said, “Okinawan food is not a common everyday food, and succeeding in running an Okinawan restaurant here is unlikely, but I didn’t give up. I tried different things, which included researching for tastes that would be more easily accepted by people who are not Okinawan natives by using bonito or konbu-based dashi instead of tonkotsu, adding menu items other than Okinawan specialty dishes, etc.,” says Hiroki. The Ryukyu Gozen, which was served on my interview day was the Okinawa version of a gorgeous full course menu. It consisted of “Deep Fried Banana Fish”, “Okinawa Mozuku”, “Okinawa sea grapes and Sashimi”, “Stewed Pork Belly”, and “Okinawa soba”. It reminded me of the true local tastes I experienced in Naha. Especially, sea grapes, which should be very rare in the US, is one of hard-to-get precious ingredients. I heard that they try their best to get as much made-in-Okinawa ingredients as possible.

“Our desire to contribute to Okinawa is very strong. Therefore, we naturally promote Okinawa-made products, not only for the food ingredients, but also for sake brands in our drink menu,” says Hiroki. Mayumi continues, “We are the number one seller of the draft version of Orion beer”. Horoki further adds, “The more Okinawan food ingredients people consume in the US, the more Okinawa gets benefited. However, it won’t be meaningful unless this keeps going. Such flow of movement will die down if we fail our restaurant business and end up closing the restaurant. I realize that it is so important to keep up with the success in this business. This is my way of returning the favor to Okinawa for my family”.

The cooking part is relied on Hiroki’s hands, but servicing and marketing part is the responsibility of Mayumi. She came to the US when she was 21 years old.

She was commuting to the Japanese restaurant she worked for taking an hour and a half by bus. While she worked at the restaurant, she was also busy creating Okinawan-themed arts. She came to the US originally to get married, but later got divorced. She kept hanging on her dream of running an Okinawan restaurant while working hard as a single mother, and that dream became real when she met Hiroki. Mayumi’s talent as an artist is now well reflected upon Habuya’s interior space. Colorful Hand-written menus decorate the walls, and items bought in Okinawa, and brought to the restaurant by regular customers fill the place.

Mayumi says, “For customers who are anime fans often describe that his place makes them feel as if they have wondered into the world of “Spirited Away”. This restaurant, which has been increasing the number of customers with its comfortable ambience and delicious food, has welcomed its 8th anniversary in December of 2018.


和食の技効かせた沖縄料理の店

2010年12月にタスティンにオープンした沖縄料理の店、Habuya Okinawan Dining。その3カ月後にロサンゼルスタイムズに「Best Hidden Japanese Restaurant」として紹介されたことが店の大きな転機となった。沖縄出身のオーナー、真弓バーガスさんが言うには「角を曲がった先まで入店を待つ長蛇の列ができた」そうだ。それからは「Hidden」という修飾語が似つかわしくない、誰もが知る繁盛店へと成長した。

何がこの店の魅力かを周囲の常連客に聞くと「雰囲気がいい」「本格的な沖縄料理が食べられる」に続いて、「何を食べても美味しい」という絶賛のコメントが返ってきた。料理を手がけているのはウチナーンチュの真弓さんかと思いきや、実は山形県出身の夫、木村裕樹さん。裕樹さんは料理人として日本で数年の経験を積んだ後に渡米し、ロサンゼルス近郊の日本料理店に勤めた。帰国を控えた頃、真弓さんと知り合い、彼女から「アメリカで沖縄料理店を開けたい」という夢を聞く。裕樹さんは幼い頃から祖母に、大伯父(祖母の兄)が戦時中、沖縄の農家にかくまわれて無事に復員することができたことを聞かされて育った。「いつか沖縄の人に恩返しをしたい」と思うようになり、料理人になった自分がアメリカの地で真弓さんと出会ったことで「点と点が繋がって線になった」と振り返る。

「しかし、相談した人のうちの90%からは『沖縄料理なんて毎日食べるものではないから、店を開けても成功しない』と言われました。それでも諦めず、豚骨よりもかつおや昆布だしを使うなど沖縄の人以外にも食べやすい味を研究したり、また沖縄料理以外のメニューも揃えたりすることで工夫しました」と裕樹さん。

取材当日にいただいた琉球御膳は、グルクンの唐揚げ、もずくの酢の物、海ぶどうと刺身、ラフテー、さらに沖縄ソバとまるで満漢全席の沖縄バージョンのような豪華さ。那覇で食べた本場の味の記憶がよみがえる。特に海ぶどうはアメリカではほとんど口にできない貴重な食材のはず。これらの食材、同店では可能な限り、沖縄産を仕入れているそうだ。

「沖縄に貢献したいという思いが強いので、料理もそうですが、お酒も当然沖縄のものをプッシュしています」と裕樹さんが話すと、「オリオンビールの生ビールの売り上げはうちが全米ナンバーワンです」と真弓さんが続ける。さらに「沖縄産食材をアメリカで食べてもらえばもらうほど、沖縄にお金が行きます。しかし、これは続けなければ意味がありません。店を潰してしまえば、その流れは途絶えてしまう。だから、店を継続させることが非常に大切だと認識しています。このことは私の家族が沖縄から受けた恩返しです」と裕樹さん。

料理は裕樹さんの腕にかかっているが、接客や広報、マーケティングは真弓さんが担う。21歳で渡米した真弓さんは、最初の勤務先である日本食レストランまでバスで片道1時間半をかけて通った。レストランで働くかたわら、沖縄をテーマにしたアート作品製作にも精を出した。渡米の理由は結婚だったが、その後、離婚。シングルマザーとして奮闘しながら沖縄料理店経営の夢を抱き続け、裕樹さんとの出会いで夢は花開いた。そして、真弓さんのアーティストとしての才能が、今はHabuyaの内装にも反映されている。壁を賑やかな手書きメニューが飾り、常連が沖縄で買って持ち込んだというアイテムが所狭しと配置されている。

「アニメファンのお客さんは『千と千尋の神隠し』の世界に迷い込んだよう、と表現しますね」と真弓さん。その居心地の良さと美味なる料理で顧客を増やし続けた同店は、2018年12月、開店8周年を迎えた。



Habuya Okinawan Dining
14215 Red Hill Ave.,
Tustin, CA 92780
(714)832-3323

Mon.-Fri. 11:30am-2:00pm
5:30pm-11:00pm

Sunday Closed
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Nanbu Bijin Introduced to Los Angeles: Part 2

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By Kosuke Kuji

The most important objective of this business trip to Los Angeles was the “30th Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo,” sponsored by Mutual Trading, held at the Pasadena Convention Hall. This business-to-business event, held for the thirtieth time this year, drew 133 food and sake producers, etc., and 2,667 customers in one day, the highest number of exhibitors and attendees in it’s thirty-year history. Nearly seventy-percent of customers are restaurant industry professionals, with twenty-percent of the consumers consisting of Japanese nationals.

These statistics indicate how many non-Japanese professionals and consumers in the U.S. today are working in the Japanese cuisine and sake industry, or consuming Japanese cuisine, indicative of the widespread consumption of Japanese cuisine among non-Japanese consumers. In other words, Japanese cuisine and sake are no longer consumed only by Japanese nationals homesick for their homeland.

Sake producer Nankabijin never received such high customer turnout at their booth as they did this year. Their “Awasake Sparkling,” debut in the U.S. during this expo, was especially popular with many orders received. High-end sparkling Japanese sake is definitely accepted in the U.S. market.

Also, my college classmate from the Tokyo University of Agriculture, currently residing in Los Angeles, attended this expo. It was truly encouraging to receive support in the U.S. from my college classmate.

In the evening, I visited “Chateau Hanare,” the Los Angeles branch restaurant of the Japanese restaurant “Washoku-en,” very popular in New York, along with sake “Houraisen” from Aichi prefecture, and “Tatenokawa” from Yamagata prefecture. I greatly enjoyed the wonderful cuisine prepared by chef Abe, visiting from New York.

The restaurant scene changes quickly in Los Angeles leading California, the most populous state in the U.S., where the market for Japanese cuisine is anticipated to continue growing. We must continue producing even higher quality of sake to bring satisfaction to our U.S. consumers!

P.S. Right after I left, restaurant “Chateau Hanare” welcomed Leonardo DiCaprio as a customer…! Very disappointed to know I missed his visit!


南部美人ロサンゼルスへ その2

今回のロサンゼルス出張の最大の目的でもある共同貿易主催の「第30回レストランエキスポ」がパサディナコンベンションホールで開催されました。今回で30年を迎えたこのアメリカ最大のB to Bイベントは、何と133の食品、お酒などのメーカーが集まり、2667名ものお客様を1日だけで迎えて開催されました。30回の開催で歴代最高の出展者、入場者の数だったそうです。お客様は70%近くがレストラン関係者、お客様全体に占める日本人の割合はたったの20%しかいません。それだけ今のアメリカでは日本人以外が日本食、日本酒をビジネスにしている、食べたい、飲みたいと思っている、ということで、ノンジャパニーズ、アメリカ人への浸透がすさまじい勢いで進んでいるということです。もう日本人が日本を懐かしみながら食べるのが和食や日本酒なのではありません。

南部美人も今年ほどブースにお客さんが来てくれた年は無いくらい忙しかったです。特にこのエキスポにあわせてアメリカデビューを果たした「あわさけスパークリング」。これが大人気で、たくさんの注文をいただきました。アメリカでも確実にスパークリングの日本酒の高価格帯のものが受け入れられています。

さらに、このエキスポには私の東京農業大学時代のロス在住の同級生も来てくれました。本当に農大のつながりがアメリカでも心強く感じます。

夜はNYで大人気のレストラン「和食えん」のロサンゼルス店の「シャトー・ハナレ」に愛知の「蓬莱泉」さんと山形の「楯の川」さんとお邪魔しました。NYから駆けつけている阿部シェフの素晴らしい料理とお酒を楽しみ増した。
どんどん様変わりするロサンゼルス。アメリカ最大の州カリフォルニアをリードして、和食の市場がどんどん伸びていく予感しかありません。私達も今まで以上に高品質なお酒を醸し、アメリカ人の皆さんに喜んでいたけるようにさらに頑張っていきたいと思います!

追伸:シャトー・ハナレさん、私達が帰ったすぐ後にディカプリオがご来店だったそうです・・・。残念、ニアミスでした!
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