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The Journey to the Gauntlet: Chatting with Challenger Shota Nakajima from Iron Chef Gauntlet

March 22, 2017

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Seattle's 45 Best Global Dishes

March 15, 2017


Many diners champion Asian cuisine for its tasty cheap-eats options—precisely the reason chef Shota Nakajima closed his pricey kaiseki (or Japanese tasting menu) restaurant, Naka, at the end of January and reopened as Adana in late February. The menu there presents a choose-your-own-adventure-style 3-course meal ($37), plus a bar menu of even more affordable, drink-friendly options like katsu (pork cutlet) sandwiches and yakisoba (the Japanese equivalent of chowmein). Thankfully, though, fans of Nakajima’s refined Japanese interpretation of seasonal Pacific Northwest ingredients can still experience his 10-course kaiseki (see page 74) when he offers it a few times a year. The first event will be held this spring, when guests can look forward to dishes featuring some of the chef’s favorite ingredients: devil’s club, fiddelheads, aralia sprouts, ramps and more. $120–$170. Capitol Hill, 1449 E Pine St.; 206.294.5230;


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