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Disciples of Rene Redzepi's world-renowned Noma restaurant will be excited to hear news of a brand new opening in Japan, helmed by Noma protegee, chef Thomas Frebel.
Slated to open on 29 June (reservations open today) Inua will be the new 60 seater restaurant located in the Iidabashi area of Tokyo and run by the 34-year-old German-born chef in partnership with Noma chef René Redzepi. And, most importantly the menu is promised to be "innovative, accessible and ultimately, delicious."
Frebel spent almost a decade at Noma as the head of research and development but only decided to make the move after falling in love with Japan during Noma's residency at the Mandarin Oriental. "When we left, I felt a sense of not being finished with my time in Japan. Fulfilling my dream, I’m excited to be back in Tokyo, one of the world’s greatest food cities, to open and share INUA,” Frebel explains.
Frebel and team are now hard at work creating an "ever-changing menu that will reflect Japan’s seasons, rich culture and diversity of landscape as well as the techniques and influences from around the world." Speaking about how that looks he says "we wanted to combine those distinct flavours and cultures in different ways, using Japanese ingredients and a Nordic sensibility."
The move comes with Redzepi's full endorsement and speaking of the young chef he describes him as "the most talented and hardworking chef I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. With INUA, Thomas has the opportunity to find his voice as a chef and make an imprint in one of the greatest food cultures on earth.
Now, where do we sign up!
9F Fujimi Bldg. 2-13-12 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0071 Japan