Inspired by the team’s travels through Japan, Sachi – a bar and restaurant on the lower-ground floor of Pantechnicon – will open in June.
The menu, devised by executive chef Chris Golding, and executed by chefs Colin Hudson and Theres Andersson, will feature dishes inspired by local delicacies in Hokkaido, Osaka and more – with a Nordic influence running throughout. Guests will enjoy meats cooked on the robata grill, as well as sushi and sashimi, tempura, gyoza and yakatori. A sense of theatre will be provided as premium meats are served table-side.
“Sachi will focus on the celebration of ingredients and seasonality,” says Golding. “Dishes will be prepared with Japanese techniques, while carefully adding subtle hints of Nordic flavours, for example, we will be serving a miso-glazed aubergine with pickled sea herbs.”
Design will be central to the Sachi experience. The restaurant will exude a calming and understated aesthetic synonymous with Japan.
Japanese design collective Karimoku Case Study have created practical, subtle furniture exclusively for the space; while the tableware has been sourced from across Japan, made by the country’s most knowledgeable craftspeople: Matsukan chopsticks come from Obama; ceramics have been made by Japanese companies including Kinto and 1616 / Arita, from Hasami and Arita in Kyushu; while bowls have been hand-carved by family-run woodworking studio Gato Mikio of Ishikawa.
Danish design studio Ole Palsby has designed the cutlery, which has been made in Japan’s cutlery capital Tsubame-Sanjo, by artisan Ohizumi Bussan.
“When I visited the cutlery workshop in Japan without an appointment, the president himself, Mr Ohizumi, insisted on giving me a behind-the-scenes tour of the factory,” says Kylie Clark, head of Japanese experiences at Pantechnicon. “If it had not been for our chance meeting, I would never have discovered this Nordic and Japanese collaboration.
“We expect guests will love these pieces as much as we do, so we’ll also have some of our favourite makers’ works available to buy in our retail areas.”
Sachi will also be hosting Japanese and Nordic cultural workshops and pop-up dining experiences throughout the year.
Opens June 15, 19 Motcomb Street