The last rays of the September sun were the best excuse to spend an evening in the vibrant Broadway Market, bustling with excitement for the occasion.
I started the evening at the slick OKKO, where healthy Japanese classics meet comfort food and a stylish LA look. Their Philadelphia sushi rolls were the best I’ve ever had, especially while paired up with Japanese craft beer: the lovely Hitachino Nest White Ale is produced by the Kiuchi Brewery Naka, Japan.
It was established in 1823 by village headman Kiuchi Gihei as a sake and shochu producer, but began producing craft beer in 1996. Hitachino is brewed in the tradition of a Belgian style white beer with coriander, nutmeg, orange peel and orange juice and it’s so refreshing that it’ll match your sushi like nothing else.
For a main, I picked the incredibly tasty and perfectly filling Yakisoba noodles with fried tofu, peppers and bonito fish flakes. Although my limited chopstick skills meant I ate them like spaghetti, this is fine Asian food at its best.
To enjoy the lingering sun, I couldn’t help but climb the Netil House stairs to reach the Netil360 rooftop, which has been hosting a headphones ‘sculture’ made of Red Stripe cans since mid-July. And what better way to say goodbye to summer than a can of Red Stripe?
Pictures: Carolina Are