Is it a dream? No, there really is a new Japanese cafe/restaurant about to appear in Cotham Hill, near Sainsbury's in Whiteladies Road. This will be the first new Japanese eatery in Bristol since Noa opened in Clifton village.
Yume Kitchen is due to open soon on the site of a much-missed greasy spoon, the old Friary Cafe at 9 Cotham Hill. The Yume sign is already in place but I haven't been able to find any details yet of what kind of food they will be serving or exactly when they plan to open. As soon as I know, I'll put an update on here and on Facebook.
Walking round Sainsbury's Clifton Down branch, it was surprising enough to see mirin, an essential Japanese cooking ingredient, on sale. After all, most British people would have little clue what it is or what to do with it. What was even more surprising though, was to see it was not labelled Yutaka or Blue Dragon: no, this was Sainsbury's own brand. Can mirin really be so popular in this country that it warrants a supermarket own-brand product? Perhaps this is a sign that Japanese cooking is moving into the mainstream in Britain: I'll be keeping an eye out for Sainsbury's own natto appearing on the shelves next.