A year of culinary excitement and innovation at Banyan Tree Phuket continues with the arrival of celebrated Japanese chef Aijiro Shinoda. With over 40 years of experience preparing superb Japanese and French cuisine, Shinoda brings a new dimension of tradition and versatility to Taihei’s elegant menu.
Specialising in sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki, Shinoda’s delicate approach to blending and balancing flavour perfectly complements the scrumptious selection on offer at Taihei. Over the course of his career, he’s developed his talents in Tokyo, London, Guam, Taiwan, and Dubai, focusing mainly on Japanese, French and modern cuisine.
Shinoda’s talents were recognised in Dubai, where he was a focus of the Dubai Expo 2020 bid, as well as in Australia, where his talents earned him a bronze medal in a high-profile individual cooking competition. His debut at Banyan Tree Phuket’s Taihei restaurant marks the eagerly anticipated next chapter for Shinoda’s skilful and innovative cuisine, as well as a veritable highlight on the island’s culinary calendar for 2018.
“I am excited by the opportunity because Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is a famous brand,” Shinoda said.
“My aim is to put a kind of spirit into every dish that I make, and also transfer this spirit not only into the food but to my team as well. This philosophy is called Tamachi – the constant striving for perfection in every element of food preparation. It takes years to fully develop the techniques that are central to Tamachi, but the results are magnificent.”
From the rich flavours of kobe and wagyu beef to the delicate tastes of fire salmon and tori teriyaki, Taihei offers grilled dishes cooked to perfection as part of its contemporary Japanese cuisine.
The restaurant also offers a wide selection of soups and tempuras, along with an extensive selection of uncooked delights such as cyutoro sushi and Hamachi mint sashimi. With countless sushi and sashimi dishes to choose from, as well as culinary styles ranging from authentic to inventive, Taihei offers a truly sensational experience for discriminating diners of all tastes.
As a full-service restaurant, Taihei blends gourmet Japanese cuisine with the unique flavours and ingredients found in Phuket, offering a unique alchemy between modern and traditional tastes.