Hojo’s Japanese Cuisine, located at 119 Kent Street, opened its doors to the public in May and is inviting Islanders and visitors to experience traditional Japanese cuisine prepared from scratch by three Japanese chefs.
“I love Japanese food, but there was no authentic Japanese restaurant here in PEI,” said Yuichi Hojo, owner of Hojo’s Japanese Cuisine. The retired investment banker from Tokyo turned restaurateur first visited PEI on holiday in 2015. He and his wife returned as new residents in March 2018.
Upon arriving in PEI, Hojo began working on a restaurant concept and menu that met his criteria for an authentic Japanese dining experience.
“The restaurant will serve traditional foods like sushi and sashimi with PEI tuna when it’s in season, including Toro and other fish varieties. We will also have a noodle machine in the dining room, where our ramen chef will prepare fresh noodles,” said Hojo.
Hojo recruited three experienced Japanese chefs with mastery in traditional Japanese cuisine. The team will be led by head chef Masashi Katsuki, who has over 20 years of experience working in kitchens across Japan. He will be joined by deputy head chef and ramen specialist, Yoshihisa Takashima, and senior chef, Eisuke Koyama.
“We also want to provide exceptional hospitality, also known as omotenashi, ” said Hojo. Restaurant patrons will be invited to use a self-ordering iPad system or call their server by pressing a button. Hojo’s Restaurant will have a no tipping policy, preferring to take full responsibility for properly paying its staff as is the Japanese custom.
Hojo’s Japanese Cuisine is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 2 pm and 5 to 9 pm and Sunday from 5 to 9 pm. Reservations are recommended but not required.