Thanks to restaurant SHIN aan de Rodezand, you don’t have to fly all the way to Japan for Japanese food. At SHIN, owners Tony and Nanako share all their favourite dishes and drinks, prepared by a certified chef from Japan, with the public.
JAPANESE TAPAS BAR AND MATCHA CAFÉ IN IZAKAYA STYLE
SHIN is a modern, cozy izakaya style Japanese tapas bar and matcha cafe. This concept comes from the restaurant owners Tony and Nanako, who also own the popular Japanese ramen restaurant Ajisan on the Coolsingel.
Japanese cuisine is much more than just sushi and ramen. But, as owner Tony soon noticed, not many Dutch people are familiar with the diversity that this unique cuisine has to offer. “There are a lot of Japanese dishes that we miss in the Netherlands. That is why we at SHIN put all our favourite dishes and drinks on the menu.”
The basis of all dishes they serve at SHIN is dashi. This is a broth that they make fresh every day from dried bonito tuna and seaweed sheets. The menu includes crispy chicken, udon noodles and real wagyu from Japan. Accessibility is important to the owners, which is why they also offer vegetarian dishes here. Tony: “Think of koroké, a kind of croquette made from oyster mushroom and shiitake.” Everything on the menu can be ordered throughout the day and is meant to be shared.
JAPANESE WHISKEYS AND JAPANESE COCKTAILS WITH A TWIST
The drinks menu features many different types of Japanese whiskey, such as the popular Hibiki and local whiskeys made with groundwater from the Fuji mountain area. To introduce customers to Japanese whisky, there is also a Japanese whiskey tasting on the menu. In addition, there is even an entire menu with different variations on the Old Fashioned cocktail.
You can also drink classic cocktails here with a twist, such as the MojiTokyo with Japanese sake for an extra taste sensation or the Matcha Martini, made with matcha powder. The bartenders are given complete freedom to experiment and regularly work outside the menu. For example, customers can explain which flavours they like, and then receive a personalized drink.
SHIN also offers fantastic non-alcoholic refreshments such as the Yuzu Mockjito, a virgin mojito or I Hate You!, a purple iced tea with yuzu puree.