Itadaki on Newbury Gets a Complete Makeover

The Japanese restaurant now has an outdoor patio and a revamped menu featuring tonkotsu ramen.


Itadaki, Boston’s only completely owned and operated, full-service Japanese restaurant has recently undergone massive renovations and updated their menus. Owners Lena Kikuchi and Yujin Kawakami-Hess announced this week that they’ll implement an official re-launch later this month. The restaurant now features a remodeled outdoor patio overlooking Newbury Street and a casual-chic downstairs bar. 

Executive Chef Kaoru “Fuji” Fujishiro has revamped the menu with plenty of new non-sushi dishes like his gratin, a Japanese mac and cheese made with lobster, mushrooms and white sauce. Another addition is the “Doria,” a rice casserole served with cheese and a choice of proteins. Fujishiro also consulted with with several chefs in Japan and developed Itadaki’s new ramen recipe. The tonkotsu (pork-based) broth is the featured soup, but the ramen will also available in shoyu or miso styles.

In addition, Itadaki has made tweaks to most of their small plates, like the renkon chips, steamed shumai, panko fried oysters, and their full-range of sushi pizzas—fried rice cakes topped with sashimi and other toppings. Starting on July 1, Newbury Street’s newest patio will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunch.

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