Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Restaurant: Hanzo Japanese Cuisine in Surco

Many may be surprised by the popularity of Japanese cuisine in Peru, particularly in Lima, but this is in keeping with the way in which Peruvian culinary customs embrace new trends and influences and fuse them into something uniquely Peruvian. In fact, like Chinese and Italian, Japanese is one of the great late 19th and early 20th century migrations to Peru, and its cuisine has had great appeal, particularly in the past few years.

Of course, it's hard to forget that Peru was the only country to ever elect a President of Japanese descent, Alberto Fujimori.

Catherine Contreras, writing in the September 6 edition of El Comercio, reports on
Hanzo Japanese Cuisine, the latest contribution to Nikkei and Japanese cuisine in Lima.

Hajime Kasuga offers us a traditional Japanese meal in Lima.
Photo: Miguel Bellido in El Comercio

The kitchen is headed by the young sensei chef, Hajime Kasuga, whose primary concern, according to Contreras, is quality and service. Kasuga approaches his restaraunt inspired by his samurai heros: like them, his is also a life dedicated to service. This is why he chose to call his new venture, Hanzo, which refers to Hattori Hanzo, the most famous ninja in history.

Contreras details Kasuga's experience: he is a graduate of the Inat, now the
Escuela Superior de Administración Hotelera y Turismo, the National Hotel Administration and Tourism School. As a young chef, he received a scholarship to study the culinary arts in Japan. In addition, he is a disciple of César Matsufuji, founder of the renowned restaurant, Matsuei, considered the finest sushi bar in Lima.

Kasuga opened his restaurant with little fanfare to an excellent reception from the dining public.

He has assembled a creative team, both in the kitchen and in the dining room. Hanzo endeavors to prepare traditional Japanese cuisine using Peruvian ingredients. The creativity of the chefs, the quality of the products, and the varied flavors, make this a unique dining experience, according to Contreras.

Hanzo Japanese Cuisine
Prolongación Primavera 1494, corner of La Encalada


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Anonymous said...

Excelente servicio y buena comida. Exitos para Hanzo y para su chef Hajime!

::Alejandro:: said...

Willy, gracias por la visita y por los comentarios. Se agradece.


Anonymous said...

gracias para este blog.es este realmente genial
buena continuation

::Alejandro:: said...

Gracias por el comentario, Anon!