Monthly Archives: January 2009

Robuchon Opening Japanese in Monaco

Joel Robuchon opened his first Japanese-style restaurant, YOSHI, in Monte-Carlo at the end of last year. As per the Hotel Metropole website, YOSHI means “goodness” in Japanese. Also, the restaurant accompanies a Japanese-style garden. The head chef Takeo Yamazaki and Robuchon are smiling with chopsticks in their hands at the top page of the website. What is next one for him? How about “SUNAO” as its name?

Sarashina Horii(Soba)

I went to Sarashina Horii, a “Sarashina-style” soba noodle restaurant in the Azabujuban district in Tokyo at the end of December. They were pretty busy inside because of the “end of year” or “turning of the year” soba season. Japanese eat soba noodles a lot around this time of year, wishing for a “long” life like the soba noodle shape is. Sarashina Horii is one of the most authentic Edo-style soba restaurants in Tokyo. The family business started in 1789 because the founder, who was originally a textile merchant and was reputed for a good soba as a side business, was recommended to change his job to a soba chef by his feudal lord. The family has been passing down the same style of soba from generation to generation. You can see the family preserved authentic Sarashina style of cooking as well as the beautiful white noodles there. I’ll be writing about other major styles of soba, Yabu and Sunaba, sometime soon.