Chef/owner Hai Dong has more than twenty years experience of Japanese Cuisine. After studying Japanese in Seoul and living in Itabashi, Tokyo for a year, he started a part time position as a sushi-apprentice and has never looked back. His passion for Japanese food has led him to work in places such as Nobu and Zuma. In 2008, he opened his own successful Japanese restaurant Kappa in Earl’s Court.
Ultimately his dream was to open an Izakaya-style restaurant closer to his home and is very excited to have the oppotunity to do so, here at Itabashi. Hai Dong is passionate about offering the best and freshest sushi and sashimi to his customers.
He is as equally excited to bring many other tradditional Japanese dishes beyond sushi to Teddington.
Izakaya started out as sake shops where you could stay to drink have some small snacks along with your drink. The translation of it is ‘sake shop to stay’ and is some- times also called ‘ akachouchin’, meaning red lantern’, because of the typical red lantern hanging at the front.
At an Izakaya you can order many smaller and also some main-style dishes, which you can share, but also have for yourself. These dishes are served as they are ready and the order in which you order food is up to you as there are no starter, main and desserts. The dishes are consumed with light alcoholic drinks like beer, wine and Japanese cocktails, chuuhai, or for hardier guests by sake and Japanese whisky.
Ideally, an Izakaya should have something for everyone. To fufill that purpose, the head chef, Hai Dong, has carefully prepared his menu to cater for all tastes and needs. It is certainly more than sushi. We have dishes like grilled fish, prawn tempura, miso black cod, yakitori, spicy miso chicken and even vegetarians dishes like agedashi tofu, vegetable tempura and salads.