Hana Tokyo raises the bar for Japanese cuisine

Alan Wu has brought his Hana Tokyo brand to the Brick Walk Plaza. The new restaurant features a tiki bar, large hibachi tables, a sushi bar constructed out of reclaimed wood and al fresco dining.

Upon entering, guests are welcomed by a mural of a Japanese woman in a kimono painted by renowned local muralist Suzanne Bellehumeur. Contemporary décor elements and lighting fixtures are paired with more traditional Japanese design wallpaper, window treatments and artwork. The main dining room boasts eight hibachi tables.

The restaurant’s location offers outside seating for 20, which is adjacent to their boutique sushi bar and lounge.

The staff at Hana Tokyo includes a team of sushi masters, hibachi chefs, servers and bartenders. Head chef Michael Lin came to Hana Tokyo via Tengda Asian Bistro in Greenwich.

Born and raised in China, Wu came to the United States in 1993 in his mid-20s, knowing his debut would be in the food industry.

After a brief stint in cooking school in China learning to master traditional Chinese dishes, Wu landed in New York City, where he dove into the world of gourmet sushi.

Wu’s career brought him to Virginia, and after working as a head chef, he branched out and opened the original Hana Tokyo in 2002. After 13 years, Wu moved to Fairfield to be closer to his family.

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