Yamazato Restaurant – true Japanese
Akira Oshima came to the Netherlands in 1971 from Japan where he worked at different traditional Japanese cuisine restaurants of which his eight years at Tsurya in Osaka were the most significant. He had a vision of sharing the Japanese cuisine with as many Europeans as possible, but that was far from an easy task in the early seventies.
Akira Oshima liked to take the best values and cooking techniques from the Japanese traditional cuisine and adopt them for the Europeans and most of all, the Dutch people. Yamazato Restaurant is located inside the Hotel Okura Amsterdam and Oshima was the Executive Chef & Manager until March 2010. Akira Oshima is still working at the hotel as the Advisor & Honorary Executive Chef, and his working values and restaurant concept are not changed.
Since March 2010 Masanori Tomikawa is the new Executive Chef & Manager. He has worked with Chef Oshima for many years and carries on the kaiseki traditions in a flawless manner. In addition to deliver the best possible Japanese cuisine to the main dining room of Yamazato he is also in charge of the Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka.
Yamazato Restaurant is designed in true Sukiya style based on the centuries old Japanese tea-ceremony houses with a clean and simple design typical for Japanese restaurants. To make things even more authentic of actually being in Japan, all the waitresses are dressed in kimonos and led by the Supervisor of the restaurant, Fusayo Ito. She does an impeccable job and knows Japanese hospitality inside out.
In addition to the kaiseki cuisine you can also have some great sushi at the sushi counter or at your table if you please. What is very interesting with Yamazato Restaurant is that the team cares for their carbon footprint and does not import everything from Japan. On the contrary, most of the ingredients including the seafood are coming from Europe and that works brilliant and all the flavours are spot on so no lacks when it comes to having an authentic Japanese cuisine experience of top quality. Of course the flavours are not the same as in Japan since the ingredients are different, but there are no shortcomings due to that.
Yamazato Restaurant is one of the very few traditional Japanese restaurants in Europe and takes you as close as possible to the genuine cuisine from the East without actually travelling there.
Yamazato Restaurant scored 77 points of 100 points in our rating system. View our Top 60 of the world. Back to the reviews.
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
1072 LH Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 6787 450