ikigai is a japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” everyone, according to japanese culture, has an ikigai. finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. this menu is an expression of my life as a child and young man, growing up in avon, as well as san francisco, europe, and chicago. the dishes on this menu pull inspiration from my life, draw on ingredients from our state, and utilize the flavors and techniques of japan. this menu, this space, is my ikigai.

- executive chef, matthew spinner

seven course hikoushiki kaiseki

composed dishes comprised of a main protein, vegetable dish, rice dish, lidded dish, chilled dish, seasonal sashimi, and dessert served at once on a traditional bamboo tray

(changes daily, based on seasonality and inspiration)

(available vegan/vegetarian)

à la carte

blistered pimento de padron peppers

ayu gyosho, yuzu, sea salt

fresh bay scallops

cooked in togarashi oil, dai ginjo sake, and fried garlic served with white rice

yellowfin tuna sashimi

momoboshi, black garlic shoyu, local melon, shiso leaf

chilean uni

australian black truffle, sweet corn koji, japanese plum, pickled blueberries, pea blossoms

grilled japanese wagyu striploin

4oz, grilled over hardwood charcoal wasabi, pickled ginger, soy, sesame

(limited daily availability)

thirteen course kaiseki

one week advance reservation

available wed - sat



The Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water. The term is onomatopoeic, derived from the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the cooking pot and served with dipping sauces.

shabu shabu


choice of one protein & broth,

assorted seasonal vegetables, firm tofu

ramen style

choose your broth

dashi • kinoko • miso

choose your protein

purebred ohio wagyu chuck (mt. vernon, oh)

american grassfed striploin (wallowa, or)

smoked ohio pork belly (fredericktown, oh)

reister farms lamb shoulder (washougal,wa)

fish market omakase

foraged & cultivated mushrooms

japanese wagyu striploin
shabu shabu *

a5 bms12 (kagoshima, japan)

additional items

purebred ohio wagyu chuck

american grassfed striploin

satsuma wagyu strip loin (a5 bms12)

smoked ohio pork belly

reister farms lamb shoulder

foraged & cultivated mushrooms

*consuming raw or undercooked meat, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness especially if you have certain medical conditions.