Turn­ing Ja­panese

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - Graeme Phillips

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.

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