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The flavors of Japan, in full flower
Thomas J. Story

The flavors of Japan, in full flower

The isakaya, or Japanese pub, arrived in the West some time ago (Vancouver teems with them), and the ramen revolution has brought great noodles to all. We’re about to see another boom in Japanese flavors: Michael Mina is opening a fancy, 10,000-square-foot izakaya in San Francisco. Called PABU, it will shelter a freestanding ramen restaurant, Ramen Market. And Sylvan Brackett—who’s been wowing the San Francisco Bay Area with his bento box catering company, Peko-Peko—will open a brick-and-mortar, called Rintaro, sometime in 2014. We’ll lift our sake cups to that!

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