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What name would you choose for a Japanese restaurant?

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Yukari Feb 6, 2006 05:49 AM

I have a friend in the Philippines who is opening a Japanese restaurant. He has asked me for suggestions for names. I love names like Wagamama and Oyaji.

Curious what creative chowhounds would come up with?

If your name is selected, imagine he would give you a free meal next time you are in Cebu.

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    Silverjay RE: Yukari Feb 6, 2006 11:12 AM

    Is this one of those "catch-all" Japanese places that offers a variety of foods, or do they have a focus on sushi, seafood, noodles or something?

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      Yukari RE: Silverjay Feb 6, 2006 05:22 PM

      Thanks for the replies.

      He is still putting the concept together, but I think it will have both kaiten zushi and table seating for non-sushi. There is one other kaiten zushi in Manila and it seems to be very popular.

      Cheers!

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      Wylie RE: Yukari Feb 6, 2006 01:53 PM

      Saw one the other day that might have possibilities. "Pick Up Sticks".

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        withalonge RE: Wylie Feb 6, 2006 03:33 PM

        there is a chain already named that, horrid food, not the kind you'd want your resto associated with.

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        applehome RE: Yukari Feb 6, 2006 02:55 PM

        Umamibasho

        Nikuhin

        Okonomiya

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          wyf4lyf RE: applehome Feb 6, 2006 05:48 PM

          There was a noodle place where I lived in CA called the "Hong Kee Noodle House." It always made us giggle because we could only hear "Honkey" when we said the name. :) So be careful...and choose wisely. :)

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            semmel RE: wyf4lyf Feb 6, 2006 05:49 PM

            tako bell

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          piccola RE: Yukari Feb 6, 2006 07:02 PM

          I'm pretty sure "Wagamama" is a big chain in the UK...

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            Silverjay RE: piccola Feb 6, 2006 07:11 PM

            I think she was just referencing that as a type of name she likes.

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            Silverjay RE: Yukari Feb 6, 2006 07:10 PM

            Maiyuu!

            Sawayaka

            Tonde, Tonde, Tonde

            The rest of my ideas get worse. I'm coveting my best ones for when I open my own dream izakaya.

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              Yukari RE: Silverjay Feb 7, 2006 04:59 PM

              Maiyu - nice, or how about "Debuya"?

              Tell me when you open your Izakaya. I want to be your shochu sommelier.

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              Sean Dell RE: Yukari Feb 6, 2006 07:52 PM

              Ichigee has a ring to it..

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                steven l RE: Yukari Feb 6, 2006 08:24 PM

                Always thought a good name for a kosher-sushi bar would be: Sosumi.

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                  cdmedici RE: Yukari Feb 6, 2006 08:54 PM

                  Umami (the fifth and mysterious taste)

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                    CH Addict RE: cdmedici Feb 6, 2006 09:03 PM

                    That's EXACTLY what I was thinking. Are there alot of Japanese restaurants outside of Japan w/ this name? It seems like such a natural.

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                      Gary Soup RE: CH Addict Feb 6, 2006 10:18 PM

                      Ahh, this thread is too tempting.

                      "Umami Wears Army Shoes!"
                      "Not Umami's Sushi"
                      "Who's Umami?"

                      Link: http://eatingchinese.org

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                        CH Addict RE: Gary Soup Feb 6, 2006 11:35 PM

                        Lol! "Umami's so fat..." "Umami's so stupid..."

                        But seriously, are there restaurants with this name?

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                    ODB RE: Yukari Feb 7, 2006 01:37 PM

                    Byoki Desu

                    or

                    Atsui

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                      Yukari RE: Yukari Feb 7, 2006 05:03 PM

                      My friend says he is thinking about names like:

                      " OLD MOON "

                      " POND VIEWING KEN "- because the restaurant is going to be located along the lagoon

                      " OLD FISHERMEN KEN "

                      Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...

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                        BeaN RE: Yukari Feb 8, 2006 06:17 PM

                        Japaneats.

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