The man behind Zuma restaurants, ROKA, Oblix and Florida’s ETARU has just launched a new project, INKO NITO. And judging by the the fact they’re dubbing it a ‘new restaurant brand’, we suspect this might be the birth of another global phenomenon.
The brainchild of Rainer Becker and chef Hamish Brown, the restaurant launched in Los Angeles’ Art District in December and now comes to Soho’s Broadwick Street. So, other than a ‘brand’, what is it, I hear you wonder? It’s ‘unconventional Japanese robatayak’. And a glance at Wikipedia tells me that robatayak ‘literally translates as fireside cooking’.
Okay, so tell me actual facts. Like, what will I be eating at this ‘brand’?
The restaurant’s signature is dishes cooked over an open robata grill. Of note their beef cheek, served with spicy Korean miso and picked daikon with butter lettuce or bone marrow, smoked soy, garlic toast and shallot.
Lighter dishes will include Dungeness crab tartare with wasabi mayo, chicken skin and roasted nori. There’s also a new style of sushi, Nigaki, which will be served with roasted nori, sushi rice and various toppings and variations including The chirashi, which is salmon, yellowtail and wasabi shiso or The cali, made from crab, avocado, wasabi tobiko and yuzu mayo.
It doesn’t stop there, cocktails, each with an ‘INKO twist’, will be ‘hand crafted’, with highlights including the Inko Spritz (watermelon, Aperol, yuzu and sparkling wine) and the Nori Old Fashioned. Plus, of course, a range of beers, wine and Sake.
INKO NITO: 55 Broadwick Street, Soho, W1F 9QS, www.inkonitorestaurant.com