Hiro Nishikura has been the owner/chef of this small Japanese restaurant for more than a decade. The menu reflects his commitment to fresh produce, with a relatively small selection of carefully crafted dishes. Similar to many restaurants in Japan, a bamboo curtain in the front window obscures the dining room from prying eyes. The decor is simple yet comfortable, leaving no doubt that the hero of this experience is the food.
Along with quality sushi, the menu offers a range of Japanese favourites. Gyoza are beautifully presented as thin rectangular strips of crisp handmade pastry covering a perfectly spiced filling of pork. Yose nabe (Japanese hotpot) is a beautifully presented dish of steaming seafood (prawns, scallops, clams and fish), thin slices of beef and chicken, and house-made udon noodles that are silken in the mouth. The miso base allows the freshness of the key ingredients to sing.
PSST! The restaurant’s name comes from an aurora, or band of lights, that is visible over the ocean near the Japanese island of Kyushu.