Borgata plans Japanese 'pub'

Mar 25, 2008 6:00 PM

by Ray Poirier |A "pub" usually identifies a drinking establishment that has English or Irish connotations, just as a brauhaus is German and a saloon, American.

But, a Japanese Pub?

Well, that’s what the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City will be offering its guest when it opens "Izakaya – a Modern Japanese Pub" in June.

The property, described as an innovative concept of Japanese cuisine, is the brainchild of Michael Schulson, the star of Style Network’s "Pantry Raid" television program.

"Opening my first restaurant at Borgata was a natural decision for me as it truly elevated the city to a leading dining destination," Schulson said in announcing his plans.

He described the restaurant’s fare as a "contemporary interpretation of Japanese fare in a unique setting that is upscale, but not uptight."

The Japanese describe an Izakaya as "a cross between a restaurant and bar, bringing together diverse types of Japanese cuisine." Schulson says he was inspired by his time living in Japan and being exposed to an expanded sushi menu and tea service that is presented with a modern approach.

His menu, he said, would include poached sweet shrimp with Sake cherry bomb; lobster Ramen noodles with lemongrass and tobiko, and teriyaki pork belly with spicy shallots.

The restaurant is being designed by New York-based Rafael Alvares and Brannen Brock and will include a floating glass sake bar, a pagoda-style sushi bar and a glass bridge entrance over water.