The Creative Mind

José Sousa Botelho is the creative mind who developed the ambitious project of bringing Portugal to Japan in all his gastronomic splendour. Inspired by the same entrepreneurship of the Portuguese from the XVI century, the young Chef saw in the city of Osaka a great opportunity to open a restaurant exclusively dedicated to the harmony and balance of both cultures. One place that reveals the Chef passion for his country, being the stage to numerous and innovative experiences that are highly demanding in his gastronomic execution.

Born in the 22nd of March in 1985, the unflagging will of knowing new horizons rapidly manifested in this young Chef. His main desire always was to diagnose new realities and his trip to Japan in 2008 was pretty much inevitable. José Sousa Botelho was an architecture student in Lisbon Lusíada university when he travelled to Japan as the leader of a Portuguese children’s delegation, representing the CISV (Children International Summer Village.

José Sousa Botelho authenticity and Japan imaginary intimacy was instantaneous and completely natural. Today the Chef is completing his 11th year living in Osaka, Japan. He speaks fluent Japanese and has a loving family that encourages him and inspire him in his creative endeavours, producing dishes that more than simple meals represent stories full of trailblazer chapters, every single one of them able to communicate the essence of both nations already linked by a historic friendship.