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Japanese cuisine in this country is still trying to find popularity. There are only some sections of the society that have accepted and loved this particular branch of gastronomy but on more average scale, this cuisine is yet to create waves. However, that does not diminish the beauty of this cuisine which is a class in itself. The very accomplished knife skills that go into this stream of cooking will stun you into submission. The chefs take their art very seriously and they worship and respect their knives more. This cuisine demands dedication and hard work which signifies Japanese food. Simplest of ingredients are taken and cooked by retaining their original integrity. No added spices or flavours are used to intensify the taste of their food. Use of the aromatic and proteins dominates the cuisine giving it a unique and exceptional flavour. Pune is still developing this cuisine but for residents who love their sushi Pune has for you ‘Harajuku’.
‘Harajuku’ of The O Hotel is one of the first places to introduce this cuisine to the residents of Pune. Japanese take their Zen very seriously so the restaurant has a very serene environment that immediately relaxes you. But there is nothing ordinary about it. The décor is very upmarket and stylish to boot. Earthy brown tones are used all over the room with heavy handed use of wood. To add vibrancy colour red pops up now and then to uplift the room. The vibe is fashionable, expensive, elegant and modern. A stunning Teppanyaki section presides the room flanked by wooden bar stools. Rest of the room is taken over by different seating sections that works well together. Overall the whole look works and presents a very a la mode image. The service is smooth and very professional here. No room for errors here.
The food at Harajuku is one hundred percent Japanese. There are some gorgeous dishes to choose from here. You can begin your meal by opening with sashimi, hand rolled temaki, nigiri sushi, makimono, edamame, rolls, miso soup, maguro tataki, clear soup or usuzukuri. You can even try their superb Teppanyaki and tempura to fill up with. A bento box comes in handy for the beginners or for someone in rush. End with pineapple crepes, sago with syrup and banana tempura. Sip on a sake while admiring their stunning décor. Pune is a city with hidden surprises and Harajuku is certainly one. Japanese food in the city may not be developed much but one memorable meal is enough to impress you and endear you towards the city.