Seigo Nakamura transformed a Japanese side dish into a local obsession Tammy Kwan
eigo Nakamura took over his father’s food and beverage business in southern Japan when he was only 22 years old. He became in charge of a very small sushi restaurant that was on the brink of bankruptcy. A couple decades later, he’s turned it into a successful gourmet rotating-sushi chain, Sushitora, that is constantly expanding. For Vancouverites, his name won’t ring a bell, but you’ll definitely recognize his restaurant ventures here: Miku (70–200 Granville Street) and Minami (1118 Mainland Street).
Aside from being the head of Tora Corporations Inc. in Japan, Nakamura is also the mastermind behind Aburi Restaurants Canada, which oversees the well-loved Coal Harbour and Yaletown dining establishments. He’s responsible for introducing Vancouver to aburi (flame-seared) pressed sushi,
which can easily be identified by its perfectly seasoned rice, and thin slice of fresh seafood (salmon is the most popular) topped with secret signature sauces. An order of six pieces will set you back $17, but that hasn’t stopped diners from feverishly indulging in it. This cult-favourite menu item was first put on our city’s radar in 2008, see page 72