ikigai is a japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” everyone, according to japanese culture, has an ikigai. finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. this menu is an expression of my life as a child and young man, growing up in avon, as well as san francisco, europe, and chicago. the dishes on this menu pull inspiration from my life, draw on ingredients from our state, and utilize the flavors and techniques of japan. this menu, this space, is my ikigai.

- executive chef, matthew spinner

five course hikoushiki kaiseki

gohan rice, soup, sushi or sashimi, vegetable side, protein (available vegan/vegetarian)

à la carte

first growth strawberry

cured green strawberries, lemon verbena, itadori, myoga, rosé


chilled beet dashi, shiitake escabeche, natto, spring onions, sorrel, wasabi karashi

kamo kimo

rougie foie gras mi cuit, puffed rice crisp, ume plum, wildflowers, spruce

wild king salmon // a5 wagyu tartar

kumamoto oyster, sturia ‘prestige’ caviar, grated summer truffle, nori, sushi rice, onion marmalade, cured egg yolk, ramp

whole steamed globe artichoke

garlic ginger dashi, white miso sesame mayonnaise

spring turkey

grilled breast, smoked parsnips, tsume gel, sesame, sake, wasabi, scallion

grilled lake erie walleye

glazed uni, baby root vegetable salad, sesame, yuzu, truffle mayo

lamb pasture

sweet pea finished rack of lamb, black miso butter, katatsumuri, pea tendrils, black sesame butter, chives, wildflowers

thirteen course kaiseki

one week advance reservation

available tue - sat



The Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water. The term is onomatopoeic, derived from the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the cooking pot and served with dipping sauces.

shabu shabu

choice of one protein & broth, assorted seasonal vegetables, firm tofu

ramen style

choose your broth

kombu dashi • ginger chicken • caramelized miso

choose your protein

purebred ohio wagyu chuck (mt. vernon, oh)

american wagyu striploin (clarence, ia)

smoked ohio pork belly (fredericktown, oh)

ohio lamb leg (fredericktown, oh)

fish market omakase

‘sansai’ foraged mountain vegetables

snow beef shabu shabu *

striploin a5 bms12 (hokkaido, japan)

additional items

purebred ohio wagyu

american wagyu striploin

‘snow beef’ striploin a5 bms12

smoked ohio pork belly

ohio lamb leg

‘sansai’ foraged mountain vegetables

firm tofu

*consuming raw or undercooked meat, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness especially if you have certain medical conditions.