Katsuki Sakurai: Europe’s best soba maker
Originally from Tokyo, soba master Katsuki Sakurai has always wanted to live abroad. When the fashion company he was working for proposed him to move to Paris and take care of their new soba restaurant, Sakurai didn’t doubt a second and embarked on a new adventure. To learn the complex art of soba making, he became an apprentice of Japan’s best soba master from Kyushu, Takahashi Kunihiro. After learning the craft for one year he then moved to Paris, where he has been the head chef of Yen restaurant for almost 20 years.
At first sight very simple, the craft of soba making requires lots of know-how and skills. Water and buckwheat flour are all that you need to make soba noodles, but their high quality is essential. At Yen restaurants in Paris and London (London branch opened one year ago), Katsuki Sakurai imports buckwheat from Japan, where he grounds it, mixes with water and cuts soba daily. The speed of cutting the noodles is another crucial element. Best soba will never be too dry, perfectly ‘al dente’ and will have the beautiful aroma of buckwheat.
190 Strand, 5 Arundel St London WC2R 3DX
+44 20 3915 6976yen-london.co.uk
Über sushi at Sushi B
Located on a tranquil square just steps away from the bustling “little Tokyo” in Paris, Sushi B will please even the most demanding sushi aficionados.
The Art of Kintsugi, Imbuing Broken Objects with Gold
Giving a new life to broken objects by filling them with golden seams is the Japanese art of kintsugi, where nothing is lost, and everything is recycled.
The Vision of Toshiyuki Inoko, a Founder of teamLab
What exactly is teamLab, known as an art collective? To find out, we interviewed its founder and chief representative, Toshiyuki Inoko.
Hotel Zaborin, Relax in Paradise in Hokkaido
Located in Hokkaido, the northernmost of the Japanese islands, Zoborin is nestled among a haven of nature from where it welcomes its visitors.
Paris, Tokyo: Dominique Bouchet
In this episode of ‘Paris, Tokyo’, celebrated chef Dominique Bouchet talks about the love for Japan that he has harboured for several decades now.