Hamburg has a new restaurant hotspot:
The new IZAKAYA Asian kitchen & bar is now open.
Those fascinated by innovative culinary concepts have a new place to get together at a fantastic location directly by the Nikolaifleet canal. IZAKAYA presents modern Japanese cuisine with South American influences – it’s an outstanding shared-dining concept that will suit the cosmopolitan nature of Hamburg. Behind this inspiring idea are renowned hospitality entrepreneurs Yossi Eliyahoo and Liran Wizman, owners and founders of Amsterdam-based ‘THE ENTOURAGE GROUP’ and the group’s managing director, Stephanie Pearson. The Group has already celebrated multiple successes including Amsterdam restaurants MOMO, MR PORTER and THE DUCHESS, and international brand THE BUTCHER, with five locations in Amsterdam and the recent opening in Berlin. IZAKAYA Amsterdam opened in 2012 and has become a firm favourite of locals, celebrities and the international jet set crowd.
Yossi Eliyahoo of THE ENTOURAGE GROUP says: “IZAKAYA is a contemporary dining experience where extravagant Japanese cuisine meets Peruvian flavours. Authentic elements are given a contemporary twist when combined with creative technics. This is not only presented in the menu but throughout the whole concept. It’s the essence of IZAKAYA; authentic yet never traditional. We are extremely proud to introduce the concept to Germany with the opening of IZAKAYA in Hamburg, and soon to follow, in Munich.”
IZAKAYA innovation and design
In perfect keeping with the innovative gastro concept is the extraordinary design by Design studio FG Stijl. IZAKAYA is located on the ground floor of the new boutique hotel Sir Nikolai. Upon entering, the eye is drawn subtly to the restaurant towards the back of the former kontor building, where the brushed steel ceiling takes on a flowing, water-like form making guests feel as though they were gently floating. The open areas on the ground floor appear to merge together, also adding to the distinctive style of the hotel. An open kitchen allows for theatrical viewing of the chefs preparing dishes, while seats at the bar provide a further option for diners to be at the centre of the action. And not forgetting the dining area in the building’s former courtyard, the Patio, where the glass roof can be opened, giving guests the impression of dining under the stars.
IZAKAYA cuisine and drinks
Time-honoured techniques blend together with innovative signatures, with spectacular dishes as the end result. Executive Chef Hariprasad Shetty composed a sophisticated menu of a variety of small, unconventional dishes and specialities of the Robata grill, always daring the guest to try something new. As in Amsterdam, the traditional robata grill will also be at the heart of the restaurant in Hamburg, where guests will be able to watch the chef prepare their selected culinary sensation directly in front of them. Guests can also expect further highlights in the form of specialities from the hibachi ‘fire bowl’ – a Japanese small hot plate - and of course, what would Japanese cuisine be without sushi and sashimi? Exotic spices play a particularly important role here, paying homage to the historic building right in the Hamburg Altstadt, a former warehouse for seeds. Also featured is a sophisticated menu of Sakana, a variety of small dishes that are perfect for sharing. The unique culinary concept involves serving the different courses on small plates one after the other so that everyone gets a chance to try something they’ve never had before, and the discussion afterwards is part of the experience!
IZAKAYA is best translated as ‘pub’ – a place deeply rooted in Japanese culture. The word ‘sake’ can also be found in the name, so it’s little surprise that in addition to the selected wines and first class cocktails, the 360° bar also offers rare high-end and high percentage rice wines as well as house-infused tonics made with traditional, house-made shōchū as a base. Drinks can also be enjoyed on the two terraces which look out onto the Fleet canal.