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Wagaya Groceries opened recently beneath 14th Street's Wagaya and Chirori restaurants. It's packed wall-to-wall with candy, snacks, instant noodles, baked goods, beer, sake, and more. So what should you try first?
The central idea at Chirori is to explore sake’s full potential, including its ability to match with a variety of ingredients not commonly found in Japanese cuisine, such as prosciutto, blue cheese, and tomatoes.
Located in the slick Modera complex, District M was a smart move by chef Jackie Chang, who previously worked at high-style, minimalist Umi in Buckhead and dramatic, crowd-pleasing O-Ku on the Westside.
New to Colony Square, Sukoshi, from the team behind O-Ku, will offer sit-down and to-go sushi, poke bowls, salads, and Japanese bites.
Given the dearth of decent dining options at Atlantic Station, Gyu-Kaku stands out from the other chains. It’s your best bet for a pre-movie steak and beer.
Local caterer and restaurateur Alice Wong is working on a ramen and teppanyaki grill restaurant called Hotto Hotto, scheduled to open at the Beacon development in Grant Park in May.
Chef Jackie Chang, formerly of Umi and O-Ku, is launching a fine dining sushi restaurant called District M. Located in the new Modera development in Sandy Springs, it will have a 20-seat sushi bar, a Japanese charcoal grill, and will have fish flown in from Japan each day.
Japanese cream puff chain Beard Papa's is set to open its first Georgia location in Peachtree Corners this spring. Expect flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, green tea, cookies and cream, espresso, hazelnut, and creme brulee.
You can learn a lot about the origins of Momonoki, a new fast-casual joint in Midtown, from the Instagrams of Taiwanese-American chef Jason Liang and Taiwanese pastry chef ChingYao Wang (who’s also his wife). The couple best known for Decatur’s Brush Sushi Izakaya recently ate their way through Taipei and Tokyo as inspiration for Momonoki and its attached bakery, Momo Cafe.