WITH just four small tables, a separate room with a table for six, and window benches and stools facing onto Harrington and Brisbane streets, Tomimi and Yuki Sato opened RIN last December.
Named after their two sons and the Chinese- derived Japanese character meaning brave, it was indeed a brave move to set up a Japanese restaurant in what, in dining terms, is on the corner of nowhere.
Yuki trained and worked in restaurants in Tokyo and Narida before moving to work in Hobart eight years ago.
Tomimi says since opening on their own they have established a good, regular clientele.
Which is not surprising, for their menu is much more expansive and varied than most other Japanese lunchtime eateries around town.
The food is exquisitely presented in lacquered bowls and trays and, in true Japanese style, the intricately woven flavours are subtly delicate and harmonious.
The sushi selection runs from the usual nigiri and maki styles to the less commonly seen chirashi sushi – sushi rice, raw salmon, flying fish roe ( tobiko), vegetables and a wedge of light and fluffy Japanese omelette traditionally served in a bowl. Delicious.
Also delicious was the kara- age, the chicken pieces marinated with ( I think) shoyu, ginger
WILLIAM Koch, a US billionaire wine collector, spends a lot of his time suing people and auction houses for selling him fake wines. He just won a fraud case against the seller of two dozen wines spanning 1864 to 1950 for which he’d paid $ US380,000. All were fakes. Since the wines were for his boasting, not drinking, you might have thought the jury wouldn’t care. Instead, they awarded Koch $ US12 million in damages – which will no doubt go a long way to easing the poor man’s embarrassment.