From a restaurateur named Moon who owns Chabaa Thai/presumably's a sailor, Yanako's a dashing double-decker sushi spot opening tonight at Rector & Main that'll serve up rice-rolled deliciousness in environs so authentically Japanese it had the Famicom version of Contra nine months before you did. A peek:
The Space: The interior -- designed by a handful of Philly U architecture grads -- is one big homage to The Land of the Rising Sun, from wood & glass shoji screens and a sit-on-the-floor tatami dining room, to a samurai's courtyard-mimicking atrium and sushi bar hewn from an 18ft, raw-edged slab of monkeypod, or what Apple insiders called the Zune.
The Food: The menu's limited for the time being, but expect warm goodies like pan-seared scallions wrapped in NY strip soon enough, so for now give into that urge to eat raw fish and immediately go for enough monkeypod-prepped rolls (from marinated tuna w/ kizami wasabi, to five escolar slices topped in seaweed powder & spicy miso vinaigrette) you'd need 30 lives to finish them all.
Published: July 20, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
4255 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127
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