Critic Roundup: Shalom Japan Mixes Jewish and Japanese Food

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"As you pass through traditional Japanese noren curtains emblazoned with the Imperial Sun overlapping a Star of David, it’s quickly clear that this is no garden-variety Brooklyn farm-to-tabler," says NY Daily News restaurant critic Stan Sagner of Brooklyn's Shalom Japan.

This week in restaurant news, NY Daily News' restaurant critic Stan Sagner gives four stars to Brooklyn's Shalom Japan, a restaurant collaboration between chefs Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi mixing Jewish and Japanese cuisines. "As you pass through traditional Japanese noren curtains emblazoned with the Imperial Sun overlapping a Star of David, it’s quickly clear that this is no garden-variety Brooklyn farm-to-tabler," he says.

In Califorina, the flame at Oakland's Penrose is "burning brighter," says the San Francisco Chronicle's restaurant critic Michael Bauer. "The kitchen looks like an elaborate stage," he says." A scalloped glass awning rises above two massive grills with flames flaring up the back; the kitchen crew tends the fire and moves in a choreographed manner to serve the guests in front."

In England, Heston Blumenthal's The Crown at Bray serves pub food in a 16-century building, according to Bloomberg's restaurant critic Richard Vines. "It’s just down the road from the Fat Duck, which holds three Michelin stars, and from the Hinds Head, where the chef has won another star," he says. ."...You’re more likely to see locals drinking beer than hear gourmets discussing gastronomy," he says. "Yet among the inn’s low-beamed ceilings and open fires, the food is very good."

 

Restaurant Critic Roundup: 1/29/2014

 

Critic Publication Restaurant Rating
Gael Greene Insatiable Critic Empire Diner  
Stan Sagner NY Daily News Shalom Japan 4 stars
Richard Vines Bloomberg The Crown 2.5 stars
Devra First Boston Globe Mei Mei  
Robert Moss Charleston City Paper Carmen y Juan  
Michael Bauer San Francisco Chronicle Penrose 2.5 stars
Pete Wells New York Times M. Wells Steakhouse 1 star
Jonathan Gold Los Angeles TImes Acabar  
Scott Reitz Dallas Observer BonChon  

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