Phuket, Thailand, April 2019 – Culinary excitement and innovation continues at Banyan Tree Phuket with the arrival of experienced Japanese chef Shiga Takahiro. With over 20 years of experience mastering the precise art and skills of Japanese cuisine on an international stage, Mr. Takahiro brings a new dimension of tradition and versatility to Taihei’s elegant menu.
Specialising in sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki, Chef Shiga’s delicate approach to blending and balancing flavour perfectly complements the scrumptious selection on offer at Taihei. Over the course of his career, he developed his talents in Chiba and Tokyo in Japan, before moving to Beijing, Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur focusing mainly on interpreting Japanese cuisine in his own unique style.
His career began at the tender age of 17 in Chiba before moving on to Tokyo at the age of 21 to gain a first-hand experience at some of the most famous restaurants and hotels in Tokyo. Over a decade later, he made the move to take his cuisine overseas sharing his style of Japanese cuisine through China and Malaysia. The next stop in his impressive career is Taihei at Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts’ flagship resort.
“I am excited by the opportunity because Banyan Tree is a famous brand,” Chef Shiga said, “and Banyan Tree Phuket is the first villa resort in Phuket. My philosophy is to integrate local fresh products with high quality ingredients imported from Japan in order to satisfy the taste of our international and well-travelled guests.”
From the rich flavours of kobe and wagyu beef to the delicate tastes of Tuna “Toro” belly, fresh wild salmon or comfort dishes like tori teriyaki, Taihei offers grilled dishes cooked to perfection as part of its contemporary Japanese cuisine. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of delights such as Cyutoro sushi and Hamachi mint sashimi. With countless dishes to choose from, Taihei offers a truly sensational experience for discerning diners of all tastes.
Taihei also has an impeccable selection of Asian spirits like Sake, Shozu and Asian cocktails and Beers. The restaurant joins Saffron and Watercourt as the main high-profile dining experiences on offer at the world- renowned Banyan Tree Phuket honeymoon resort.