The restaurant ambiance includes rich, imported materials and specialty details yet evoke a clean, modern feeling. Décor elements include entry and dining room walls in a vertically grained teak from the region, accented with a traditional Japanese scalloped finish. The ceilings in the private dining room have the corresponding scalloped finish and were constructed from clear maple, also imported from Japan. As a key point of the Kenzo dining experience is as much the viewing of the preparation as it is the presentation and accompanying directions guiding diners through the dishes, the 10 seat sushi bar is prime real estate. The sushi counters, customized to best showcase the fish as well as prepare and share the dishes, are built from Japanese cypress. A range of bowls, dishware and serving pieces were hand selected in Japan to best present each dish.
The wines of Kenzo Estate are the culmination of Kenzo Tsujimoto’s search for the finest plantable land in the Napa Valley. His quest led him to an untamed mountain valley on the flanks of Mt. George, in Napa’s southeast corner. Of the 3,800 acres that he purchased in the late 80’s, only the best 4% have been planted to vines by famed viticulturist, David Abreu. Each autumn, the grape crop is delivered to the meticulously appointed winery, which was constructed of natural wood and stone in 2009. Set into the landscape next to aging caves dug deep into the cool mountain rock, it is here that celebrated winemaker, Heidi Barrett, crafts wines of intensity, finesse and focus.
“Kenzo” join the elite culinary culture in Napa Valley along-side acclaimed three Michelin stsar restaurants including The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood. Despite its celebrated and vibrant culinary scene Napa Valley has been devoid of authentic Japanese restaurants showcasing the excellence, passion and artistic essence of the Japanese cuisine and culture through refined dining experiences, renowned authentic techniques and premium ingredients from the region. Already seasoned restaurateurs with four stunning Kenzo Estate restaurants and tasting rooms in their native Japan, it has been a longstanding dream for Kenzo and Natsuko Tsujimoto to enter the Napa Valley culinary scene with their vision and signature concept. At Kenzo’s culinary helm are the trusted hands of Executive Chef Hiroyuki Kanda, one of the most admired and celebrated Chefs in Japan, whose award-winning restaurant “Kanda” has achieved three Michelin stars for 9 consecutive years. Chef Kanda was selected by Kenzo and Natsuko for his level of excellence and drive to present their shared vision, unique respect and harmony between food and wine. The fusing of Japanese tradition with innovative techniques and presentation at Kenzo is sure to transform all perceptions of Japanese cuisine. The sublime, rich flavors of veritable Japanese Edomae Sushi and Kaiseki delicacies designed by the world renowned Chef Kanda will be created with premier and unique seafood selections from the world’s largest and most acclaimed fish and seafood markets flown in daily from Japan, to delight all the senses. Chef Kanda’s unique delicacies will be expertly paired with the full Kenzo Estate wine collections along with an array of fine Japanese sakes in this most unique environment, offering the most engaging, robust and authentic food and wine experience from Japan in Napa Valley.