Tora Restaurant is at the forefront of Oriental cuisine, specializing in Japanese delicacies, but also features Thai, Indonesian and Chinese delicacies in its sophisticated menu. Tora is born from the idea of offering new Japanese dishes by taking inspiration from tradition but also offering modern and revisited dishes. The aesthetics and the palate encounter in a perfect harmony of flavours where modern blends into tradition in a transcendent Asian twist. Our menu is rarely paralleled for its sophistication and authenticity.
Tora is proud to house Chef Koji Nakai, a native of Kobe in Japan, who has taken his inspiration Japanese cuisine from his grandfather. Koji has developed his passion for food from childhood into international fame initially working in several high-end restaurants and the world famous fish market in his native city, Kobe. He gradually expanded his culinary horizons into other Asian and Italian cuisines. The latter brought him to Italy and decided to make Rome his home after his culinary experiences in Tuscany, Udine and other cities around the country since 2008.
...The magic of his Asian culinary fusion has blessed Tora since its conception and opening. Koji has been featured and highly praised in Gambero Rosso, the pinnacle of Italian food critics and its Japanese equivalent Asahi for highly creative dishes while keeping tradition alive. He also had a stint in Warsaw as the Ambassador's Chef, which fortunately for Rome and Tora, did not keep him away for too long.
Ayako Shimizu is the renowned sushi Chef of Tora. Born in the historic city of Osaka, Japan, Ayako became a scuba diving instructor in Australia for 3 years after graduating from university. It was on this occasion that she began to perform the role of fish monger, which inspired her to enter the world of sushi. Ayako, learned the art of sushi from best in the field, Master Akihiro Ogawa over a period of six years. Armed with the excellence of her trade, Ayako settled in Rome where she delighted Romans and others with her sushi creations in a number of renowned Japanese restaurants before joining Tora.
Tora is a cozy and refined restaurant
Its oriental atmosphere is created by a simple and at the same time elegant setting
Si forma nel Liceo Artistico e all'Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, sezione pittura. Finiti gli studi nel 2004 per tre anni, lavora come assistente di laboratorio nel corso di Incisione Calcografica. L'incisione è la materia prima della sua arte. Partecipa a una dozzina di mostre, collettive e personali, tutte a Roma, ma anche a Londra nel 2006, dove espone le sue incisioni alla galleria di Greenwich. Contemporaneamente coltiva un’altra sua grande passione, il design d'interni. Inizia a lavorare con le resine industriali, cercando un raccordo tra arte e lavoro. Porta le sue conoscenze pittoriche-artistiche, su un materiale plastico come la resina, così realizzando complementi d'arredo, pavimenti e installazioni dalle infinite possibilità creative. Arriva a fondere queste sue due passioni creando stampe calcografiche su carte cinesi fatte a mano, o immerse nella resina trasparente, permettendo così alle sue immagini incise di galleggiare nel vuoto e conservarsi per sempre.