The name and its meaning
Sugoi is a Japanese superlative, is an exclamation linked to the positive admiration of a talent or power, very used in Japan to describe something that is wonderful or incredible (Cool-Awesome). JPN is the acronym or the international abbreviation for the country of the risen sun. It could be interpreted as the incredible power of Japan, its cuisine, but with a happy Latin twist in the case of our food concept.
The food concept
Inspired in Piss Alley street food market (Tokyo) and Latin American’s (Mexico & Venezuela) street food stalls, they are taking and fusion the best of the Latin and Japanese, traditions, culture and flavors to get a new hardcore street food concept,noritacos, 100% fresh & fun.
Nori:The Japanese name for edible seaweed it is used chiefly as an ingredient to wrap sushi.
Taco: A traditional Mexican dish consisting of a corn or wheattortilla folded or rolled around a filling.
It is not sushi, it is not taco, it is Sugoi! (Cool in Japanese)
Who’s behind the idea? - Storytelling
Since more than fifteen years ago Felipe and Veronica had been developing Japanese restaurants concepts with a full service of management, strategic planning, marketing and design. They have the knowledge to create and define restaurants, the brand positioning and expansion, from the initial idea, through the construction, startup and beyond.
Everything started back in 1997 when Felipe felt in love at first sight with Veronica in a Sushi bar at Caracas-Venezuela, he was eating there and she was working as a part time waitresses while she was studying graphic design, to impress her, he decided to become a sushi encyclopedia and visit her every week to show her his sushi knowledge, and his strategy worked! Today after 20 years together she is the love of his life, they have a sushi lover daughter and their life goes around Japanese gastronomy.
These professionals know the Japanese fine dining and casual restaurant industry with a proven record of successful concept development. Have also advised and eaten in different Nihon restaurants at so many cities around the world, like Chicago, Miami, California, Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Paris, Caracas, Santiago, San Juan, and of course, London.
They were the creators and founders of SushiOlé (Madrid 2004-2008), Sushi House (Mallorca 2008-2010), Japo Express (Mallorca 2010-2011), Oh! Sushi (Miami 2011-2012).
After three years in the London, on July 2018, they were ready to bring you their new concept in a small dark kitchen under a railway’s arch at Bethnal Green, making noritacos for those who love the Japanese-Latin fusion and hardcore street food.