The best of both worldsThe art of Craftsmanship
Okura's Art of Craftsmanship strikes the perfect balance between culinary authenticity and exciting gastronomical innovations. A salient example of this is Sazanka, the second restaurant owned and operated by Hotel Okura Amsterdam. The exceptional ingredients and spectacular preparation methods have drawn loyal guests for nearly half a century.
During the 1964 Olympics, Hotel Okura Tokyo opened one of the world’s first luxury teppanyaki restaurants, with the aim of introducing Western guests to exotic Japanese ingredients and traditional preparation methods. The word teppanyaki is derived from the Japanese teppan, meaning ‘iron plate’ and yaki, meaning 'grill’. At a teppanyaki restaurant, guests are seated around a teppan as the chef prepares sumptuous grilled, baked, steamed, and smoked dishes with a meticulous eye for detail. When Hotel Okura Amsterdam opened in 1971, several teppanyaki tables were installed in restaurant Yamazato. The unprecedented popularity of these tables inspired the opening of a specialised teppanyaki restaurant: Sazanka.