“Over the past few years, several American-style pancake joints — Eggs n’ Things and Cafe Kaila, for example — have washed up on Tokyo’s shores. Now, the tide is going the other direction.
“Well, sort of: Australian chef Bill Granger first brought his laid-back brand of home cooking (and his famous ricotta hotcakes) to Japan in 2008, with the opening of bills Shichirigahama on the Shonan coast. He hit it so big — Granger is credited with setting off the current pancake mania — that he now has four restaurants in and around the capital. And last month, he opened bills Sydney, his first Stateside outpost, in Hawaii.
“’I do restaurants where I can get inspired,’ Granger tells The Japan Times. ‘Hawaii is interesting because it’s the ultimate fusion place. It’s people from everywhere.’”
Published in The Japan Times.