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Los Angeles super chef Joachim Splichal opens Patina in Toyko

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One of Los Angeles' uber chefs and founder of the trend-setting, prestigious Patina Restaurant Group of upscale eateries, Joachim Splichal, has branched out to the far reaches of the world, opening one of his famous dining spots in Tokyo’s Shibuya district.

Splichal announced oday, Jan. 14, via press release that Patina Tokyo, a collaboration between his company and Shidax Corp. is now open'“This establishment is a very meaningful introduction of the American dining culture for the Japanese market. I am very excited about the possibility of making a big impression for Japanese guests and creating a new culinary culture.” says Shidax President Ken Shida.

Patina Tokyo reflects the culinary talents, service, and wine selections that have established Patina as a pillar of fine dining in Los Angeles over the past 24 years, and have drawn a dedicated clientele of moguls, mavens and movie stars.

The kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Hitoshi Sugiura who worked in Patina’s kitchen for two years in addition to the group’s award-winning restaurants Ray’s & Stark Bar in Los Angeles and Lincoln in New York. Sugiura incorporates Japanese influences into the California-French cuisine and highlights includes Tuna Layer Cake, Truffle Risotto, and the Loup De Mer. Paul Sanguinetti, who earned recognition for his intriguing creations at Ray’s & Stark Bar and is at the forefront of wine and spirits trends and techniques, has developed a compelling beverage program.

Your LA Travel Diva Examiner (and Richard) were among the first writers to review Splichal’s original Patina restaurant that opened in 1989 on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue. The romantic room with its open kitchen where Splichal did most of the cooking, was an overnight success. Patina since relocated to the Walt Disney Concert Hall where of course it is still going strong, especially with the theatre crowd.

Planning a trip to Tokyo for business or pleasure, be sure to check out Patina Tokyo. For reservations call 03.5738.7031 or visit

Let's home Patina doesn't go this route, but one Tokyo restaurant is actually serving a multi-course meal with dirt, yes dirt, view the video if you don't believe this.



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