Menu Please: Sushi and Serenity at Sakura

“Jiro Ono serves Edo-style traditional sushi, the same 20 or 30 pieces he’s been making his whole life, and he’s still unsatisfied with the quality and every day wakes up and trains to make the best. And that is as… Continue Reading


Menuplease: Yama Sushi – Slow Boat or Pleasure Cruise?

It was financial necessity of one Yoshiaki Shiraishi that morphed the traditonal sushi bar from a tiny space with few seats into a novelty production that coincidentally involves food. The owner of a sushi restuarant on the outskirts of Osaka… Continue Reading


Menu Please: Redding’s Tokyo Garden Japanese Restaurant

Of necessity, sushi restaurants are usually quite small, little more than a mini-van’s worth of seats. It takes time to turn out sushi and it does not lend itself to sitting around like McWhoppers, so the number of diners allowed… Continue Reading


A Showman’s Steakhouse, Kobe Opens Monday

Traveling from her home in Grants Pass, Ore., to San Francisco and back, Hwa Mei Keller would continually pass though Redding and notice that something was missing. A teppanyaki table at Kobe Seafood and Steakhouse. “There were no teppanyaki tables,”… Continue Reading