by Steven Doyle
What are great qualities of a sushi chef? Amiable, imaginative and raw talent are a few things that come to mind. Certainly these words all hold true when describing Master Sushi Chef Hiroyuki “Fuji” Fujino. We might toss in charming for good measure, and perhaps when we sup on the omakase at Five Sixty atop the tower at the Hyatt downtown the master might toss an extra morsel of the good stuff our way.
Omakase is when you trust your sushi chef to plan your meal for you in place of ordering ala carte. You will find the chef more giving in his rarer stock with more visits when the chef starts trusting your palate as much as you trust that he will prepare something hopefully more rare than those around you. This is a tasting menu with few rules. Continue reading
Hai Hospitality, the restaurant group based in Austin, Texas, announced today the location of its seventh restaurant in Denver, CO. Owner and Executive Chef Tyson Cole’s Uchi Denver, located at 2501 Lawrence Street, will mark the first time the group has opened a restaurant outside of Texas. Hai Hospitality’s current restaurants include Uchi Austin, Uchi Dallas, Uchi Houston, Uchiko, Top Knot; and Loro, which will open later this year in Austin. Continue reading
by Nafeisa Shukair-Farley
We have all been amazed by the talents of an Itamae (sushi chef) and wonder how they make the beautiful yummy rolls of deliciousness. My curiosity has been mounting since I first tried sushi years ago especially how the rolls get rolled and look so pretty. So when Black Ship Little Katana offered the opportunity to make their signature roll “Katana 101,” I said, “はい、お願いします (yes please)!”
When I arrived at Black Ship which is located downtown Dallas at the Omni Hotel, I was promptly greeted by Vice President Kenneth Choe and he presented me with the traditional sushi chef coat (thank goodness it matched my outfit). Before I had put on the jacket, I was a bit nervous but once the jacket slid on and I tied the sashes, I became empowered and ready to roll. But first, I had to wash my hands. Continue reading
by Joey Stewart
Chef David Uygur of Lucia and Yutaka Yamato of Yutaka combined their many talents on Sunday evening for the second Valentine’s dinner in as many years. The previous event took place at Lucia, so this time it was Yutaka’s turn. When asked about the inception of the event, Uygur said “We both love dining at each others’ restaurants, so it makes perfect sense”. Justin Holt of Lucia also took place in the creation and execution of the dishes.
The six-course menu was paired with wine and sake and featured a sorbet course served on an illuminated ice block while all the lights in the restaurant were turned off.
We hope this becomes a tradition for years to come. Continue reading
by Trey Moran
While not a new restaurant by any means, Tokyo Café has undergone a rebirth since a fire wiped out much of the structure and forced a two year closure. Chef Kevin Martinez brings his take on traditional Asian fare with killer ramen and a full sushi bar along with beef, chicken and pork bowls, wok fried noodles and entrée’s such as bone in short ribs with Japanese risotto and Tokyo Fish & Chips (tempura red snapper with yuzu tarter sauce). Locals rave about the ramen. Continue reading
by Rhonda Dutton
With almost two dozen apartment living communities within a walkable 5-mile radius, Uptown Urban Market’s food hall was a super smart installation. Master Chef Tiffany Derry has carefully created a Derry-esque blend of grab-and-go options for this upscale food court that perfectly fits the on-the-go-but-on-foot lifestyle of this urban area. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photo by Joey Stewert
If you have stopped by Yutaka in Uptown Dallas on an off day there is a large chance you might find Jennifer and David Uygur, owners of Lucia located in Bishop Arts. We are told that the chef has even contributed to the menu which makes perfect sense when we found out that he will soon be doing a collaborative dinner soon. Continue reading