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An Atlanta Staple: Nakato Japanese Restaurant

21 March 2019

If you like sushi, hibachi or Atlanta, chances are, you have eaten at Nakato Japanese Restaurant! This restaurant has been a staple in the Atlanta food community for the past 46 years, thanks to Sachi Nakato Takahara, her mother and her grandmother. The restaurant has been passed down from generation to generation and now Sachi is taking charge as the third generation female owner. She is focused on maintaining Nakato’s tradition of authentic Japanese cuisine while also modernizing the brand to fit Atlanta’s new culinary landscape. Sachi is adding fan-favorite sushi specials to the regular menu (like the Illuminati Roll; pictured and described below) and even changing the language describing Nakato’s flagship location on Cheshire Bridge. This area, itself, it evolving into a culinary subculture, so is rightfully described as South Buckhead or #SoBuc by Sachi. The menu still offers an array of Japanese cuisine, with fresh fish flown in from Japan 3+ times per week. Learn more by watching the Facebook Live where Taste of Atlanta’s Marketing & Media Manager, Skye Estroff, chats with Sachi about Nakato. Then, scroll below for photos and descriptions of 3 signature dishes to order at Nakato!

1) Nigiri Flight. White steamed rice topped with the week’s freshest fish flown in from Japan.Screen Shot 2019-03-21 at 1.01.39 PM

2) Combination dinner. (Featured below) Shrimp Tempura, Salmon Teriyaki, Water Droplet Cake, Miso soup, “Oshinko” Japanese Pickles, Goma Ae (Spinach with a Sesame Sauce) and Steamed Rice.Screen Shot 2019-03-21 at 1.04.50 PM

3) Illuminati Roll. Inside: Yellowtail and Salmon; Outside: Spicy Tuna, avocado, topped with spicy aioli, eel sauce, sesame seeds, “kaiware” sprouts.

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District M<\/a><\/strong> prides itself on sushi, but there is more to the restaurant’s menu than one would expect. The rolls and dishes Chef Jackie Chang creates are far from standard- all of the ingredients are top quality and the flavor combinations are out-of-bounds. District M<\/a><\/strong> opened in Sandy Springs just a few short weeks ago, but the restaurant is already making its mark on the city’s culinary scene. The restaurant is located on Roswell Road, right next door to another Sandy Springs newbie and culinary force, Casi Cielo.<\/span><\/p>\n

District M<\/a><\/strong> is elegant and the decor allows for high ceilings, expansive bars and an outdoor patio.\u00a0The bar program is also blossoming at this new spot- with rotating specialty cocktails and all drinking accouterments created in-house (i.e. simple syrups & purees). District M<\/a><\/strong> will be “rolling out” at Food That Rocks<\/a><\/strong> in just a few short weeks (Saturday, June 8; tickets available at FoodThatRocks.org<\/strong>)<\/a>! Chef Jackie will be serving a fan favorite- Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna- for attendees to get a “taste” of District M<\/a><\/strong>. Before tasting these signature bites, we took a look at some of the beautifully composed plates and drinks at District M<\/a><\/strong>- scroll below to find your perfect order! <\/span><\/p>\n

For more details about these dishes, watch our Facebook Live<\/strong> with Taste of Atlanta’s Marketing and Media Manager, Skye Estroff, and District M’s Executive Chef, Jackie Chang.<\/span><\/a><\/p>\n

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    The Select<\/strong><\/span><\/a>\u00a0is just a few weeks away from opening in\u00a0City Springs! We\u00a0met with Managing Partner, David Green, to get the scoop before the grand opening and the restaurant’s 2nd debut at Food That Rocks<\/a>.<\/span><\/strong> At Food That Rocks 2018<\/a><\/strong><\/span>, The Select<\/a><\/strong><\/span> served tastes of crab ceviche, which won them the title of “Best Taste” of the event. This year, The Select<\/a><\/strong><\/span> and Chef Matt Rainey are keeping their menu item a surprise for a few more weeks….but Chef Matt spilled a couple of kitchen secrets and released 5 photos of signature dishes that will live on The Select’s <\/a><\/strong><\/span>brick-and-mortar menu.<\/p>\n

    1) Golden Beet Salad, Plum, Golden Raisins, Yellow Frisse, Goat Cheese Mousse, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Spiced GA Peanuts, Pickled Cantaloupe.<\/strong><\/p>\n

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    2)\u00a0Heirloom Tomato Salad, Compressed Watermelon, Balsamic Gel, Powder Basil, Burrata, Basil Crunch<\/strong>\"Heirloom<\/a><\/p>\n

    3)\u00a0Braised Short Rib Agnolotti, Taleggio Cream, Pickled Foraged Mushrooms, Natural Jus, Hazelnuts<\/strong>\"Braised<\/a><\/p>\n

    4)\u00a0Scottish Salmon with Roasted Fennel, Goat Cheese, Sunchokes, Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette<\/strong>\"Scottish<\/a>5)\u00a0Chocolate Passionfruit Hazelnut Verrine<\/strong>\"Chocolate<\/a><\/p>\n

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    Besides the anticipation of incredible food and drinks, there’s a great story behind the inspiration of The Select’s<\/a><\/span><\/strong> name and decor. Learn more about this spot before it opens in City Springs- watch our Facebook Live with Taste of Atlanta Marketing and Media Manager, Skye Estroff, and\u00a0Managing Partner of The Select, David Green.<\/a> <\/span><\/strong>Then, buy your tickets to Food That Rocks (Saturday, June 8th) to taste The Select’s food before doors open.<\/a> <\/strong><\/span>For more of The Select’s story, read below:<\/p>\n

    The Select<\/a>, a 1920\u2019s-inspired restaurant and bar<\/strong><\/span> that will deliver a taste of contemporary, light and bright fare in a timeless atmosphere, is set to open next month at City Springs, the multi-use project in the heart of downtown Sandy Springs. From Dave Green and David Lester, also behind Vinings\u2019 restaurant Paces & Vine, the restaurant will feature\u00a0light and bright dishes, blurring the lines across the cuisines of the Mediterranean and America. With a focus on dishes inspired by the olive oil regions of Europe, the restaurant will offer shared plates, elegant yet approachable entrees and a late night menu.<\/span><\/div>\n
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    The Select pays homage to Paris\u2019 famed Le Select brasserie\u2014the notable all-day gathering spot for artists and literary giants including Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Drawing inspiration from the Parisian restaurant, The Select will serve as a definitive neighborhood destination, inviting guests from all walks of life to share honest food, standout spirits and friendly conversation in a welcoming and relaxed setting.<\/span><\/p>\n

    Executive Chef Matt Rainey will oversee the kitchen. A Georgia native, Rainey most recently served as Executive Chef at both Rococo Steak and Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Tampa, Florida, and worked at award-winning restaurants in D.C., Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, before returning to his home state. Mentored early on by famed restaurateur and Buckhead legend Pano Karatassos, Rainey is eager to bring his unique culinary concept to The Select. He is inspired by farm-to-table, locally-sourced Caledon cuisine marked by seasonality.<\/span><\/p>\n

    At The Select, he will serve daily dinner and late-night small plates that blur the lines of culinary traditions across Continental Europe and America. Upon opening, the restaurant will host live music nights (\u201cThe Select Nights\u201d) beginning at the end of dinner hour into the late evening. Weekend brunch and lunch are to come.<\/span><\/p>\n

    Complementing its culinary counterpart, the beverage program will offer an extensive wine list, craft cocktails that rotate with the season and local beer on draft. Including around 60 bottles and more than 30 options of wine by the glass, the wine menu will feature selections originating from France, Italy, Australia and America. The Select will also offer an exciting range of the best local beers and delicious original craft cocktails served in gorgeous glassware.<\/span><\/p>\n

    The forthcoming restaurant will feature an open, airy space designed by Smith Hanes Studio. Upon entering, guests will be greeted by an inviting and warm interior mixing intimate seating with classic design elements. The Select will also include an expansive indoor\/outdoor patio enclosed by glass with a terrace overlooking a view of City Springs\u2019 park and fountains below. The dining room will seat 175 guests and will be available for private and semi-private events.<\/span><\/p>\n

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    Dinner: Mon. – Sun., 5-10pm<\/span><\/p>\n

    Fri. and Sat. Late Night Bar & Small Plates: 10pm-2am<\/span><\/p>\n

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    Local gem, Springs Cinema & Taphouse<\/a><\/strong>, is more than just a movie theater. This newly renovated space boasts reclined heated seats, a full bar,\u00a0craft beers on tap and a\u00a0menu with more than just popcorn.\u00a0The large space allows for room to eat and drink before the movies, or just stop in Springs for food and drink options without the commitment of a film. Springs Cinema & Taphouse<\/a><\/strong> is participating in Food That Rocks <\/a><\/strong>and bringing a specialty cocktail\u00a0to\u00a0spread the word about their incredible bar. The “Food That Rocks Fizz” consists of Tito’s Vodka, simple syrup, lime juice and blue curacao topped with blueberries and a lime wedge.<\/span><\/p>\n

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    Springs Cinema’s Churro Doughnuts drizzled with chocolate and topped with powdered sugar.<\/p><\/div>\n

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    Springs Cinema’s Pretzel Bites with beer cheese dippings sauce.<\/p><\/div>\n

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    Food That Rocks + Springs Cinema Pop-Up Event Tuesday, April 16th!<\/span><\/p><\/div>\n

    You can try this specialty cocktail in advance of Food That Rocks when you get your seat to Food That Rocks + Springs Cinema & Taphouse Pop-Up event<\/a><\/strong>! Learn more about Food That Rocks, taste a Food That Rocks Fizz and popcorn plus see an exclusive screening of “A Fine Line” on Tuesday, April 16th. Read below for the full event description- we hope to see you there!<\/span><\/p>\n