Top Ja­panese eatery re­opens its doors

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TASTE - By LIU ZHIHUA

When it comes to Ja­panese food in Bei­jing, the ITO Res­tau­rant in the Fang­caodi area is one of the most pop­u­lar eater­ies.

Founded by fa­mous food critic Huang Jian­hua, who is also a real es­tate ty­coon and art­work col­lec­tor, the res­tau­rant of­fers au­then­tic Ja­panese cui­sine.

Lo­cated in Hua­jia Hu­tong, a small hu­tong north of the cel­e­brated Parkview Green Fang­caodi, the res­tau­rant is easy to find thanks to the dozens of Ja­panese-style red lanterns out­side.

Re­dec­o­rated and re­opened re­cent- ly, the res­tau­rant has expanded to about three times in its orig­i­nal size, and now of­fers an even larger menu.

The res­tau­rant of­fers a wide se­lec­tion of Ja­panese sake care­fully sourced, and it is also among one the few restau­rants in Bei­jing that of­fers a large se­lec­tion of ro­batayaki, a tra­di­tional Ja­panese cook­ing style that in­volves grilling food on an open table­top.

Din­ers can have ro­batayaki ei­ther in the pub­lic din­ing area or in pri­vate din­ing rooms.

Sushi, in­clud­ing the fu­tomaki sushi roll, tep­pa­nyaki, and, of course, sashimi, are must-haves in this res­tau­rant.

CHINA DAILY

From left: Grilled eel with rice; red king crab hot­pot.

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