There’s a great pop-up dinner happening Sunday at Gan Shan Station. It will feature Chef Khan Kogure of Izakaya Rintaro restaurant in San Francisco, one of the hottest Japanese restaurants in the U.S. right now. Kogure will be serving up izakaya fare. In Japan, izakayas are informal gastropubs where people gather after work for drinking and dining from small plates, often shared at a table, in a similar in concept to tapas.
Kogure is the son of Japanese immigrants who settled in the San Francisco Bay Area during the early 1970s. Khan grew up surrounded by a rich and creative community of Japanese ex-pats and Japanophiles: beat poets, Zen scholars, artists, dancers, craftsmen and musicians. As a child, he met Sylvan Brackett, the son of a Japanese mother and American father who had studied traditional Japanese carpentry. He and Sylvan grew up together in a Buddhist commune deep in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Fast-forward 30 years, and Khan works daily for Sylvan at San Francisco’s hottest new Japanese restaurant, Izakaya Rintaro.
Tickets are $70 per person for the seven-course meal, with select sake pairings. Seatings will be held at 5 p.m. at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Gan Shan Station.
Here’s a video from the first Izakaya Rintaro pop-up dinner at Ghan Shan Station.