Tamari’s chef cooks lollipop lamb chops on the robatayaki grill. Photo by Edward Smith
Written by Edward Smith
A new whiskey and sushi bar has opened on Palm and Herndon avenues in Fresno, though the owners of Tamari Robatayaki and Whisky Bar prefer to spell the fashionable drink without the “e.”
Offering a full bar, the restaurant prides itself on a broad inventory of Japanese and Scotch whiskies, which call for the alternative spelling that notably Canadian, Japanese and Scottish distillers use, according to co-owner Edward Yung.
Yung also encourages patrons to experiment with the wide variety of liquors and create unique blends.
Aside from its spirits, the restaurant also offers robatayaki, a form of Japanese barbecue where dishes including lollipop lamb chops, bacon-covered cherry tomatoes, poultry and corn with Shiso butter are flash cooked over charcoal, which the menu claims enables the food to better retain its flavor.
Owners Stacy Kunishige, Tom Tymn and Yung wanted to open a Japanese fine-dining restaurant that caters to adults in the North Point Center alongside Parma Restaurant and Bella Pasta.
“First of all, in Fresno, there’s no Japanese restaurant that can consider itself fine-dining,” Yung said. “Often they are more casual, kid-friendly, but here we’re trying to set up a new level to give people a new, fine dining Japanese experience.”
Tamari had its soft opening last week and will have its grand opening on Dec. 31. That night the bar will stay open until 1 a.m.
Tamara Robatayaki and Whisky Bar is located at 6731 N Palm Ave. and is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.