The Tokyo Food File feature in the Japan Times has a great new feature on a Jamaican Restaurant own by a Japanese man in Ebisu, a section of Japan’s capital city Tokyo. Very well written and interesting article, yet another place for me to visit in Tokyo when I eventually visit.
Aalawi – the patois way of saying “all of us” – is a simple, laidback place, with comfortable retro cafe furniture and Red Stripe beer posters on the wall. Owner-chef Toshiyuki Ibayashi lived for over a year in Jamaica, and he has re-created the easygoing ambience and robust cooking of the roadside eateries found across the island. He’s also brought back with him a dynamite recipe for jerk chicken, the spicy barbecue that has become Jamaica’s de facto national dish…read full feature.
Big thanks to Tokyo Tom for emailing me a link to this feature. Tom was also kind enough to send me pictures of another Jamaican restaurant in Sendai Japan called Kingston Cafe a couple weeks ago. Hi5 to Leo’s Japan Food Blog who made a short review post of Aalawi early last year.
Any other Jamaipanese.com readers who live in Japan see any Jamaica related or influenced attractions, stores, events, fashion etc please feel free to contact me with pictures and in my appreciation you’ll get you very own post like this!