Welcome to Bamboo Izakaya!
The key ingredient in the Ozumo recipe for success is founder and CEO, Jeremy Umland. Umland’s familiarity with Japanese cuisine began in 1979 when he arrived in Fukuoka, Japan where he attended Seinan Gakuin University as an exchange student and eventual baseball player. By joining the team, Umland became the first American to play college baseball in Japan and the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter during his first season. He was then drafted by a professional team in Japan called the Seibu Lions. Umland spent three years with the team living with his Japanese roommates, taking in the culture, learning the language and developing a love for Japanese cookery.
Born into a family of Japanese restaurateurs in Tokyo, Japan, Toshio Sakamaki’s skill for preparing Japanese cuisine has been a life-long pursuit steeped in tradition. After graduating high school in 1984, Sakamaki moved to New York, where he joined the culinary team as Sushi Chef at Hatsuhana, the first Japanese restaurant awarded four stars by The New York Times.
After spending 10 years in the Architecture field, Christopher McCoy changed his career to his true passion; Japanese Cuisine.
Born the son of a fishmonger in Tokyo, Japan, Genji Sato grew up appreciating fresh quality seafood from a young age.
Since 1999, Jessica Furui has worked in several Japanese restaurants in a variety of capacities ranging from a server and sushi chef to a sake consultant. During that time, Jessica traveled to Japan several times to tour and work in various sake breweries all over the country. These experiences fueled a burning passion for sake and the families surrounding sake production and its rich history. Shortly thereafter, Jessica found herself at the helm of one the most extensive sake lists in America, Ozumo San Francisco as Director of Sake.
Founder / CEO - Jeremy Umland
The Sake and Beverage program at Bamboo Izakaya strives to provide our clientele with the best of everything. We have a unique opportunity to offer prestigious products from all over the world in one of the most beautiful settings in Santa Monica. Not only do we have an exceptional wine and spirits program, we are also proud to showcase an unparalleled profile of premium sake, craft beer, shochu and awamori from Japan.
In Japan, it is customary to serve others before oneself, a tradition known as o-shaku. This applies while enjoying beer or tea as well.
Atsukan: Sake served warm. A common misconception is that all hot sake is of poor quality. While this may be true in certain instances, there are several styles that may be enjoyed warmed. Ask your server or look for a small red carafe next to selected bottles.
What is Shochu? Originating on Kyushu, the third largest Japanese island, Shochu is a distilled alcohol made from various raw materials like rice, barley & sweet potato, among others. Regional distinctions vary with famous producers from places like Kagoshima & Iki Island. Due its higher alcohol level, Shochu is a versatile mixer, enjoyable with seasonal juice, tea, on the rocks or simply with hot water.
Since 1999, Jessica Furui has worked in several Japanese restaurants in a variety of capacities ranging from a server and sushi chef to a sake consultant. During that time, Jessica traveled to Japan several times to tour and work in various sake breweries all over the country. These experiences fueled a burning passion for sake and the families surrounding sake production and its rich history. Shortly thereafter, Jessica found herself at the helm of one the most extensive sake lists in America, Ozumo San Francisco.
The flexible menu and versatile space make Bamboo Izakaya a perfect choice for any special celebration. Full restaurant buyout available!
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