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Fri. & Sat....5:00-10:00

Katana Restaurant
41 South Main Street
Midtown Village
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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(570) 825-9080

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  2/7/2013 Citizens Voice News

Experience guides Katana chef
By Kristen Gaydos - Citizens Voice
Photo: Warren Ruda / The Citizens' Voice, License: N/A, Created: 2013:01:25 15:49:33


Chef Takeshi Ei brings 45 years of experience with Japanese cuisine to the tables of Katana. The native of Onomichi City, Japan, lives in Moscow and opened the downtown Wilkes-Barre restaurant in 1992, with his wife, Teresa, and their partner Naoto Suzuki.

JS: Who in your life influenced your cooking the most?
Ei: My whole family is in the restaurant/fish market business. My brother influenced me the most.
JS: How would you describe your cooking style or philosophy?
Ei: Must have a passion for food and cooking.
JS: Describe the atmosphere of your kitchen.
Ei: Everybody works together to keep the flow smooth and the quality consistent.
JS: Where do you get ideas and inspiration for new dishes?
Ei: Japanese television and books and magazines. Also, when I visit Japan, I get to see the latest ideas.
JS: What's one ingredient you wouldn't be able to live without?
Ei: Soy sauce. It is the basic ingredient in most Japanese foods.
JS: What are some of the most recent trends in Japanese cuisine? How do you incorporate them at Katana?
Ei: The trends are to offer healthy choices. At Katana, we have brown rice sushi, gluten-free soy sauce, low-salt soy sauce, and some vegetarian choices available.
JS: What would you recommend as a starter dish for someone who's never tried Japanese cuisine?
Ei: Tempura, or beginner a la carte sushi.
JS: What's your biggest kitchen disaster? Biggest triumph?
Ei: I've never had a disaster, but had a full power outage at the beginning of operating hours one time. My biggest triumph would be having been able to maintain quality and value for 20 years at Katana.
JS: What's the single most valuable learning experience you've had during your career?
Ei: I have learned that people are very receptive to trying new things.
KATANA Location: 41 S. Main St., Midtown Village, Wilkes-Barre
Hours: Lunch Tuesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner Tuesday-Thursday, 5-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 5-10 p.m. and Sunday, 5-9 p.m.
Contact: 570-825-9080,


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Owners, Ei and Suzuki, both from Japan, offer the area an authentic Japanese experience.

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