With his extensive experience as a Japanese cuisine chef, Hidemaro Hodaka joins InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah to helm the hotel’s in-house Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, Shio.
Shio, meaning salt in Japanese, showcases a selection of Japanese cuisine made with simple and freshly sourced ingredients. This teppanyaki restaurant which is located in the corner in line with InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah’s main restaurant Sugar & Spice is now handled by a master of teppanyaki, Chef Hidemaro Hodaka who will ensure an outstanding teppanyaki experience for the guests, together with his team.
Chef Hodaka hails from the highlands of the Nagano prefecture, home of many celebrated culinary heirlooms of Japan. He began his restaurant apprenticeship in 1971, when he joined a popular restaurant at that time. In 1974, he joined Itsuki restaurant in Tokyo where he first began his apprenticeship and got to learn more about the world of teppanyaki. After perfecting his cooking skills under the guidance of the old masters in his mountainous hometown in Nagano, Chef Hodaka came to Jakarta in 1979 and began a long and fruitful career at various Japanese restaurants focusing on his love for teppanyaki.
Chef Hodaka is more focused on staying faithful to the traditional teppanyaki cooking techniques that began to develop in rural Japan more than 200 years ago.
“My teppanyaki style will have no performance. It’s the Japanese-style teppanyaki which focuses more on the authenticity of taste.” Chef Hodaka explained.
He is adamant that he will only let the freshest produce and ingredients touch his teppan grill. His repertoire of signature teppanyaki dishes at the InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah’s Shio include a bespoke teppanyaki omakase, a multi-course meal featuring the freshest ingredients. The omakase will be accompanied by Chef Hodaka’s homemade teppanyaki sauce which carefully formulated by himself.
Chef Hodaka also a master of another Nagano culinary specialty, soba. At Shio, he presents Zaru Soba with Mushroom Tempura and Gyu Niku Soba made with Australian beef, which is suggested not to be missed when visiting the 22-seat Japanese teppanyaki restaurant to get an authentic and memorable culinary journey.
To dine in Shio, a reservation is mandatory. Shio opens daily from 6.30 pm to 10 pm.
Shio Restaurant, InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah, Level 1
Jalan Metro Pondok Indah Kav. IV A, Jakarta 12310
T: +62 21 39507355 and +62 8111037355 (WhatsApp)