Engawa, one of Japan’s top restaurant groups and a specialist in the Japanese delicacy of Kobe beef, has recently opened its first UK site in Ham Court, Piccadilly.
The restaurant has one of the most authentic menus in London – in fact, Engawa is the only Japanese restaurant to import the entire cow from which the Kobe beef is sourced.
With such an exclusive offering, based on only the finest ingredients, freshness and quality are essentials. However there’s huge pressure on refrigerated storage space since the galley kitchen is so small.
“Temperature control has to be absolutely accurate, and the equipment has to be totally reliable and practical,” said Daniel Ashworth, operations director of Engawa in the UK.
“Everything is on show, front of house, so the equipment has to look good, while being slim enough to fit in to our galley.”
Engawa chose Precision refrigeration, with several of the models supplied coming from the company’s space-saver range. With a compact footprint, they are stainless steel throughout and are designed to operate in ambients up to 43°C. All the units selected for Engawa are counters and all are fitted with drawers rather than doors.
Precision also supplied several of the company’s innovative variable temperature, individually refrigerated drawers. “The variable temperature gives us the flexibility we need to adjust the drawers to match the precise needs of the ingredients being stored, so they are kept at optimum freshness,” said Daniel Ashworth.