Wednesday, November 2, 2016

New York City’s Famed Pride of Japan Dinner Makes Atlanta Debut Nov. 13

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 Emily Connolly or Morgan Lanier
Melissa Libby & Associates

Japanese Sushi Masters Unite for One Night Only at Umi to Host Classic Sushi Dinner

ATLANTA (Nov. 2, 2016) - Thanks to an invitation from Umi chef Fuyuhiko Ito, several of New York City’s masters of traditional Japanese cuisine will cook together at Umi on Sunday, Nov. 13 as the popular Pride of Japan dinner comes to Atlanta. The dinner, paired with sake, is $200 per guest.

“Each year, diners in New York eagerly await Pride of Japan and an evening in the company of these talented chefs. This year, it is coming to us,” says Ito. “We are celebrating washoku, the very best in Japanese culture and cuisine. Known for its centuries-old cooking techniques and seasonal ingredients, washoku has even been awarded cultural heritage status by the United Nations.” 

The renowned chefs joining Ito and pastry chef Lisa Ito for Umi’s Pride of Japan dinner are from three of New York’s finest Japanese restaurants. Chef Kazu Yoshida from 1 or 8, called “Brooklyn’s Finest Sushi Counter” by Bloomberg Pursuits, has numerous accolades from restaurant critics and guests alike; chef Kunihide Nakajima is from Jado Sushi, named “Best Sushi” in 2015 by The Village Voice; and Hakata Tonton's famed chef Koji Hagihara is known for his authentic Kyushu Japanese soul food

“It is an honor to welcome these award-winning chefs to Atlanta and give our guests a full evening immersed in a pure, traditional Japanese dining experience,” says Ito. 

The omakase dinner – with all dishes selected by the chefs - consists of edomae sushi, which refers to the traditional Tokyo way of preparing sushi but using fish from area waters. Highlights from the menu include an organic Canadian Kurobuta pork belly stewed with steam buns; Kohada, a marinated gizzard shad straight from Tokyo Bay; Hotate, Hokkaido, Japan-sourced diver scallops; Uni, the finest U.S. East Coast sea urchin; and Monaka, a delicate Japanese rice wafer filled with chestnut gelato. The menu is subject to change, based on market availability.

There are four seatings on Nov. 13, with only 80 total seats available. For reservations and seating times, call 404-841-0040. Valid credit card information is required to secure a reservation. Please note that additional alcohol and tax are not included. The regular menu will not be available and chefs kindly ask that no substitutions are made.

About Umi
Located in Atlanta’s bustling Buckhead neighborhood, Umi unites classic and modern Japanese flavors in a sophisticated, contemporary setting. Designed by Atlanta artist and designer Todd Murphy, the interior is elegant, yet simple with organic, earthy elements closely reflecting the pure and clean qualities of Asian fare. Chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s menu showcases the freshest fish from the world’s finest markets and highest quality ingredients available. The diverse beverage list includes a fine selection of exclusive craft sake, handmade cocktails, premium wine and beer and pressed, artisan roasted Lamill coffee. For more information, visit


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