Posts Tagged ‘philly’

Zama in the News

February 6th, 2013

Zama has just announced that we will be opening a second location!
Don’t panic! Zama restaurant will still be Chef Zama’s pride and joy.

Our second location will focus on other Japanese food styles, noodles ramen, yakitori.

Please read the link!

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/the-insider/Zama-opening-a-second-location.html

Michinoku “Otokoyama”

February 23rd, 2012

"Otokoyama" Means Man's Mountain

 

Michinoku brewery founded over 340 years ago, they found the best mountain range in Hokkaido to produce their sake. It was called Otoko Yama, or man’s mountain. They chose Mt. Taisetsu, with it’s jagged edges and it’s steep cliffs. The spring they are using is shikomimizue spring. Freshest water they could find, light refreshing and all naturally filtered by the Taisetsu mountain.

 

Winters are cold, springs and the sea freeze regularly. Perfect time to make a sake light and fragrant and a sharp finish just like the mountains themselves. At a +14 on the SMV (Sake Meter Value) the crispness is great for sashimi, oysters and cold water crustaceans. With a hint of melon, this sake is just right for Zama’s Omakase.

Toro

December 23rd, 2011

While a fat belly is a generally unfortunate thing to have, it’s considered culinary gold in Japanese cuisine. Toro, cut from the underside of the tuna, is one of the most treasured ingredients in sushi and sashimi.

The difference between chutoro and otoro refers to where the meat comes from. Chutoro, or “middle toro,” is posteriorly located on the tuna. Otoro, on the other hand, comes from the area just below the head and is considered much higher quality. The best of the best.

Toro is characterized by a pearly pink tint, with creamy white marbling similar to that of beef. True appreciation of this delicacy, however, is experienced not with the eyes but with the mouth. The combination of its delicate flavor and buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture induces pure, unadulterated nautical bliss.

When the weather gets colder, the toro gets tastier. Tuna pack on the pounds during the winter to keep warm, and as a result, they’re more flavorful than ever. Although it’s available at Zama year-round, winter is the perfect time to enjoy toro – whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth.

Uwishunu: Philly Chefs Expanding

December 9th, 2011

As you may know, Chef Zama once worked in the sushi bar of Philadelphia’s Ritz-Carlton. Now, he’s fortunate enough to open his own sushi bar in a posh hotel — in Miami. That was the source for Uwishunu’s coverage of Zama, which detailed the expansion of Philly’s top chefs. With Jose Garces headed west to California, Marc Vetri headed east to New Jersey and La Colombe Torrefaction headed to Chicago, Philadelphia is sharing the wealth when it comes to our great chefs.

As for Zama Sushi Bar’s new Miami site, the Shelborne South Beach Hotel‘s renovations are nearing completion. Maybe an escape from the approaching winter is in order.

Questlove’s “Drum Roll”

August 17th, 2011

Philly’s own Questlove, leader of the Legendary Roots Crew, is EVERYWHERE these days. Going from cross-country tours to late night TV to centerstage of City Hall’s Fourth of July celebrations, Questlove is a man who never sleeps (or so it seems). Luckily, he took a little time to come by and learn to make his cheesesteak-inspired Celebrity Roll with Chef Zama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE8mxUseECA&annotation_id=annotation_595366&src_vid=SN1yeiQAIFM&feature=iv

 

The Questlove Drum Roll has a few twists that make it truly special. A chili-flecked soy paper gives the roll a little heat. Inside, tender washugyu beef calls out through rice and provolone cheese. The Drum Roll is ordered wit or witout sauteed onions with a jalapeño popper and horseradish aioli on the side.

For each roll sold, $1 is donated to Questlove’s charity of choice, Harlem Village Academies.