The Koizen origins
In the heart of Göteborg, a culinary gem named Koizen has been captivating palates since 2016. This Japanese omakase restaurant is more than a dining establishment; it's a testament to the dedication and passion of the Chu family—John, Teresa, and their son Alvin.
Founded by Alvin Chu in 2016, Koizen started as a vision of authentic Japanese omakase, a vision that continues to thrive under the loving guidance of John and Teresa. Alvin, having moved to Japan after his marriage, entrusted the reins of Koizen to his parents, who have seamlessly woven their own story into the fabric of the restaurant.
John and Teresa Chu, with decades of combined experience and a shared love for Japanese culinary traditions, have become the heart and soul of Koizen. Their meticulous attention to detail, warm hospitality, and commitment to excellence create an ambiance that feels like an extension of their own home. Each dish served is a reflection not only of Alvin's initial vision but also of the continued dedication and creativity that John and Teresa bring to the kitchen.
“…watch him prepare an omakase menu inspired by the best seafood available each day. There’s a good choice of sake by the glass.”
“Alven Chu vill sprida japansk matkultur på Koizen”
“Utan Alven Chu vore kroggöteborg en fattigare plats”
The Koizen experience
As stewards of Koizen, John and Teresa continue to elevate the dining experience, inviting patrons into a world where tradition meets innovation. The restaurant is a living legacy, a showcase of the Chu family's commitment to providing a genuine and memorable encounter with Japanese cuisine.
In the hands of John and Teresa Chu, Koizen has blossomed into more than a restaurant; it's a testament to the enduring power of family bonds and a celebration of the rich tapestry of Japanese culinary artistry. Their story, written in each carefully crafted dish, invites guests to experience not just a meal but a genuine connection to the heart and soul of Koizen.
Glimpses of Koizen
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