Detroit’s culinary scene has been elevated with the addition of two new Japanese restaurant and bar concepts by Method Co., housed within the historic Book Tower. Joining the ranks of the Philadelphia-based hospitality and development firm’s existing Book Tower dining establishments, Le Suprême and Kamper’s, the newcomers, HIROKI-SAN and Sakazuki, promise an immersive experience that blends traditional and contemporary Japanese flavors with exquisite design and ambiance.
HIROKI-SAN: A Fusion of Tradition and Innovation
Led by Executive Chef Hiroki Fujiyama, HIROKI-SAN represents an evolution of the acclaimed Philadelphia-based restaurant, HIROKI. The restaurant specializes in small plates, sushi, and robatayaki – wood-fired dishes, prepared using authentic Japanese ingredients flown in fresh from Japan. The 210-seat establishment, located on the lower level of Book Tower, boasts hand-hewn cypress beam ceilings, Shoji screens, and an intimate 12-seat chef’s counter, providing an authentic and immersive Japanese dining experience.
Chef Hiroki, who trained under the legendary “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto, expresses his passion for crafting a culinary experience that transcends borders and brings people together through the art of food. The menu showcases a diverse range of dishes, including robatayaki skewers, three varieties of Wagyu beef, noodles, shumai, and a seasonal assortment of traditional sushi and maki rolls.
Complementing the cuisine, HIROKI-SAN offers classic Japanese-inspired cocktails and mocktails with an emphasis on sake. Guests can indulge in concoctions like the Bamboo Cutter and the Chicka while enjoying the restaurant’s thoughtfully designed 4,100 square-foot space.
Sakazuki: An Izakaya with a Contemporary Twist
On the street level of Book Tower, Sakazuki introduces an izakaya experience, offering sandos, small plates, and an extensive sake list in a vibrant setting inspired by Japanese pop-culture and anime. With only 37 seats, including four at the bar, Sakazuki provides an intimate space for guests to enjoy Japanese-inspired libations alongside fun yoshoku (Western-style) bites like wagyu hamburgers, hot dogs, and ekiben.
The restaurant’s design is a visual feast, featuring vibrant, fluorescent colors and custom ceramic tilework curated by Architectural Ceramics of Japan. Sakazuki promises a unique atmosphere for patrons to start or wind down their evenings while immersing themselves in the fusion of Japanese culinary and beverage traditions.
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