Zama Rolls Out A New Chef’s Tasting Menu

ZamaJapanese sushi restaurant Zama announces a new tasting menu to premiere at their Rittenhouse Square location.

Chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka is known for fusing Japanese culture and culinary traditions with modern, local flavors through his a la carte sashimi and extensive variety of sushi offerings. The new menu though? While there appears to be some room for Zama to slide in a few of his trademark tastes of Philly, the base of the huge, 9-course board is very traditional–offering everything from an opening-course namero (fish and herbs mixed with barley-miso and fermented sake paste) to ochazuke rice ball soup.

The new tasting menu will be offered for dinner every week Monday-Sunday at $125 per person–which might seem pricey until you take a look at what Zama is offering. The menu looks both expansive and kinda amazing.

And lucky for you, we’ve got a copy. Check out a sneak-peak at the opening version of the new  tasting menu below.

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Celebrating 5 Years at Zama


For one night only, and in celebration of the Rittenhouse sushi bar’s 5th anniversary, Zama will be doing a 5-course tasting menu (which, counting dessert, is really 6 courses, and 7 counting the intermezzo) on Friday, December 19. It’ll run you $55 per person, and the menu? It look more than a little bit awesome.

Check it out below.

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Rittenhouse Row Debuts Four-Night Culinary Event

Rittenhouse Row Culinary logo2_BlackThe forces of Rittenhouse RowKevin Sbraga, and Danielle DelRe, of Starr Restaurants, have come together to create an event that will be one to remember. From August 4th to the 7th, the restaurants of Rittenhouse Row will prepare meals unlike the ones on the traditional menus and give you a dining experience that is one of a kind. As of right now, 18 members will participate in the Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective, but the list is growing.

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Weird Beer Alert: Hitachino Anbai Plum On Tap At Zama

hitachino-nest-logo-400For only the second time in Philly (and one of the very few times in the US entirely), Hitachino Anbai plum beer is showing up on a tap list. This weekend, Zama will be tapping the one small keg they were able to get their hands on and, odds are, it isn’t going to last longer than a couple days.

So what is this stuff? It’s Hitachino Nest white ale (already a rarity) that has been doctored with Japanese plums picked from Hitachino owner, Toshiyuki Kiuchi’s, private orchard. The plums spend six months soaking in the beer, then a little bit of natural sea salt is added to finish this strange, salty/sour wheat beer.

So if you’re one of those people who just can’t resist bragging about the rare and unusual beers you’ve tried, this is a can’t-miss event. The Hitachino Anbai plum is on tap now and will only be around for this weekend.

Zama [f8b8z]

Rare Hitachino Plum Wheat on Tap This Weekend

hitachino-nest-logo-400For the first time ever, Hitachino Anbai Plum Wheat Ale will be available on tap in Philadelphia. Zama will be one of just a handful of restaurants in the United States that will have the beer.

Hitachino Anbai Plum Wheat Ale is made from a base of Hitachino Nest White Ale that is then mixed with Japanese plums. After soaking for six months, Mo-shio (natural sea salt) is added, creating a salty and sour brew.

The 20 liter keg is on tap this weekend at Zama and will likely only last through the weeekend.

Zama [Foobooz]

CoZara Will Be an Izakaya


The Daily Pennsylvanian has the latest on the upcoming CoZara project from Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka. The bi-level space at 3200 Chestnut will be an izakaya, focusing on Japanese pub food and drink. On the food side, expect to see dumplings, buckwheat noodles, ramen and yakitori. For drinks, CoZara will offer sake, sake cocktails plus local and Japanese beers.

The project has seen some delays and is now aiming to open in late January.

New Japanese restaurant will offer pub style atmosphere [Daily Pennsylvanian]
CoZara [Foobooz]

Zama Now Offers a Sbraga Roll

Sbraga Roll at Zama

Today, Global Philly 2013 kicked off with a special event at ZamaHiroyuki ‘Zama’ Tanaka and Kevin Sbraga were on hand to unleash the “Sbraga Roll.” The sushi roll is the latest collaboration from Tanaka who has conspired with many of Philadelphia’s best chefs and top celebrities to create a series of unusual rolls. Chef Sbraga suggested some of his favorite ingredients for the roll that will be served at Zama over the course of Global Philly 2013, from September 15 to November 1. The Sbraga Roll is a sushi roll with dill, jalapeno, avocado and crispy shallot topped with a Panko-crusted bite of dorado.

Global Philly is an international exposition, presented by the Global Philadelphia Association. Sbraga, who is leading the culinary part of the initiative, has rounded up some of his chef contemporaries to participate in the month-and-a-half long event to offer “Global Philadelphia” appetizer specials.

Starting at $12, the appetizers will be found at Sbraga’s eponymous modern American restaurant as well as at restaurants like Tashan, Bistro La Minette and Zinc , La Calaca Feliz, Zama and Han Dynasty.

  •  Sbraga will feature a steak tartar with French onion dip and a pea tendril salad.
  •  Tim Spinner (La Calaca Feliz) will spotlight the Al Pastor Pork Taco.
  • Bistro La Minette’s Peter Woolsey created a salmon tartare with lentils and a blood orange vinaigrette.
  • Han Chiang of Han Dynasty will offer a lamb dumpling with garlic sauce vinegar sauce.
  • And of course Zama will feature the Sbraga roll.

GlobalPhilly 2013 [Official Site]

Japanese Craft Beer Returns to Zama


Philadelphia was mainly spared the wrath of Hurricane Sandy last year but New York City wasn’t so lucky. One casualty was an importer of Japanese craft beer. So missing for just about a year from Zama’s menu in Philadelphia has been Japanese craft beer.

Now the Rittenhouse Square Japanese restaurant is offering beer from several Japanese craft brewers including:

  • Ishikawa Brewery
  • Echigo Brewery
  • Koshihikari Brewery
  • Orion Breweries

Zama [Official Site]

Hitachino Making a Double Appearance


Toshiyuki Kiuchi is back in town, and he’s got a bunch of beer with him. Kiuchi is the owner of Kiuchi Brewery in Japan, a magical facility that produces their line of Hitachino Beers—some the finest craft beers in the whole country. So why is Kiuchi in town?

For two reasons:


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