The Best of East and WestThe art of Blending Cultures
The Art of Blending Cultures is the art of combining authentic Japanese traditions with the finest expression of modern Western luxury.
The most wonderful results can be achieved by harnessing the best of both worlds, and doing so with respect and reverence. Restaurant Yamazato, where sommelier Menno Tol creates unexpected pairings with wines from East and West, embodies this philosophy.
Menno is the polar opposite of his Japanese colleagues. While they modestly and discreetly keep their distance, Menno Tol’s style is much more direct and exuberant. The captivating sommelier smiles, cracks jokes, and uses a lot of hand and arm gestures. And while Western guests are often fascinated by the almost invisible service of hostesses dressed in traditional kimonos, Japanese guests appreciate the openness of the sommelier – an appreciation that grows exponentially when they hear that he speaks a few words of Japanese and has extensive knowledge of saké, the rice wine from their homeland.