Our original restaurant in JAPAN was established and opened its first door in the heart of Roppongi, Tokyo in 1970, as the traditional “Robata-yaki” restaurant. Since then, Inakaya has been loved by substantial numbers of distinguished personalities, comprising of former President of the United States, renowned politicians, Hollywood stars, and other celebrities and the epicureans from around the world for more than 40 years.
“Robata” is the Japanese term that stands for “around a sunken hearth” and “yaki” means “grilling.” Families used to gather around the hearth for dinner, which evolved into “Robata-yaki” style. It is known as a type of traditional cuisine, which features fresh ingredients grilled in proximity of guests’ own eyes. The origin of “Robata-yaki” is “Vegetable Grilling” from Sendai, the city formerly known as the Eastern capital of Japan, and “Seafood Grilling” from Kushiro in Hokkaido, the fishing-port city notable for savory seafood. Fresh ingredients are cooked miraculously on open-flame, its ancient but healthy grilling method of dropping excess oil has attained its popularity, and has spread throughout Japan. And now it comes to New York.