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11 May 2018

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What do you want for dinner? It’s the question asked time and time again - almost always followed by, “I don’t know, what do you want?” If we had a nickel for every time we overheard this conversation in the lobby…

Luckily Anaheim is about to have an exciting new option for foodies and Japanese cuisine lovers alike that will make choosing your next meal nice and easy. Located inside Majestic Garden Hotel, Hanagi Japanese Restaurant - opening in Summer 2018 - is set to be a popular lunch and dinner spot for locals and hotel guests alike.

One of three in the world, Hanagi is a restaurant specializing in fresh and creative Japanese cuisine. Premier Hotel Group, which owns Majestic Garden Hotel and already has a Hanagi restaurant in Sapporo, Japan and Guam, saw an opportunity to bring its Japanese culture to a second location here in Southern California, and we are very excited to have this unique restaurant in our hotel!

When you dine at Hanagi, you experience the fine skills of Chef Hiro, whose creativity and passion for Japanese cuisine is clear in every bite.

Chef Hiro crafts a magical dining experience thanks to his years of creating experiential meals for guests all over the world. He is trained in various Japanese specialties including sushi-making. The menu is colorful, unique, and delicious of course!

Whether you’re a longtime Japanese cuisine lover or you’re curious to stop by for your first bite of shabu shabu, we wanted to give you some background on our favorite dishes on the menu.


Salmon Carpaccio

Chef Hiro’s creativity shines right from the beginning with a fusion appetizer. This starter takes a classic Italian appetizer featuring raw meat and gives it a fresh Japanese twist with our yuzu pepper sauce, mozzarella, tomato, olive oil, and sea salt. Carpaccio was created in Venice, Italy in the 1950’s when Chef Giuseppe Cipriani at Harry’s Bar created the dish for a customer. Her doctor told her she needed to avoid cooked meat. Luckily for us she didn’t decide to avoid meat altogether otherwise we might not have this delicious appetizer at all!


Bento Basket

You may have heard of bento boxes before, but here at Hanagi we put a twist on the traditional bento box – we call them bento baskets. They’re the perfect little arrangement of food, served in a basket, typically complete with a salad, a meat, and sides. The best part of bento baskets is that they come in so many varieties! Our bento baskets are made with market fresh ingredients and include a salad, tofu, and rice.

Bento baskets have been around for a long time - since the 5th century! The word ‘bento’ comes from the word, biàndāng, which means “convenient”. And bento baskets are very convenient! They started out as lunch boxes for Japanese farmers and have traveled all over the world becoming popular meal options for everyone.


Shabu Shabu

When making shabu shabu in a hot pot, guests create their own dish with their choice of broth, meat, seafood, and sauces, making each meal their own. What more could you ask for?

This unique dish is created by putting raw meat into a pot of boiling water and ‘swishing’ it around. Did you know that’s where the name comes from? Shabu shabu is a Japanese onomatopoeic word for ‘swish swish’. Trust us, you’ll soon know what we’re talking about!

Dating back to the 13th century, soldiers would gather their limited food supplies, slice up thin pieces of meat, and then cook their meals together around a big pot of boiling water. Since then, the dish is widely served in Asian cultures, and we’re happy to be able to bring this dish to you at Hanagi!


Castella Japanese Cake

We can’t forget about dessert, right? Of course not! One of our favorite dessert items on the menu is the castella Japanese sponge cake. Topped with a decadent anglaise and a velvety cream cheese sauce, this sponge cake with dried fruit is the perfect ending to a magical meal at Hanagi.

There are many types of sponge cakes out there. Derived from, Pão de Castela, meaning “bread from Castile”, Portuguese merchants brought this particular type of sponge cake over to Japan in the 16th century. Because the cake has a long shelf life, it was popular among sailors who kept the cake on board for months at a time. If you are going on a long voyage, you’ll want cake every night, right?! We would.

By now you’re probably craving some Japanese cuisine! We have loved testing out the new dishes as Hanagi prepares to open in May 2018. It’s coming up fast, and we would love to see you and your family at our grand opening event! Our magical dining experience is open to both local guests and hotel guests, so mark your calendars for May 16!

Head on over to our Hanagi Japanese Restaurant page to find out the latest details on the restaurant opening, our grand opening celebration, and to get a glimpse of more menu items!