When Zest Japanese Cuisine (2775 West 16th Avenue) shut its doors last May, it marked the end of a chapter. But when one door closes, another opens—and that’s exactly what happened a few months later in September 2017 when Yuwa Japanese Cuisine made its debut in the same location.
The upscale Japanese dining establishment will be celebrating its first anniversary with a special multicourse dinner on October 23 at 6 p.m.
The eight-course kaiseki (traditional Japanese cuisine that features many small and intricate dishes) meal will be prepared by Yuwa’s executive chef and co-owner, Masahiro Omori.
Guests will be able to indulge in everything from ringo-gama (roasted duck, eggplant, and white mushroom with spicy miso in BC Fuji apple) to madai uroko age (fried tilefish and maitake tempura with Niigata Mojio seaweed salt) to braised Wagyu on renkon manju (thinly sliced Wagyu rib-eye on lotus root cake, carrot, fried lotus root, wasabi, and kinoko an-kake [Japanese mushroom sauce]).
Yuwa’s sake sommelier and other co-owner Iori Kataoka will be selecting the artisan wine and sake to pair with chef Omori’s culinary creations.
“We are immensely grateful to all of our friends and loyal guests who have supported us since day one,” said Kataoka, former co-owner of Zest Japanese Cuisine, in a press statement. “This special anniversary dinner gives us another opportunity to express our thanks and continue to showcase the many unique flavours of Japanese regional cuisine and its perfect pair in artisan sake and wine.”
Tickets ($99 per person, plus taxes and gratuity) are very limited, and can be purchased online.