From Japan to Hervey Bay - Tanto chef Hajime Horiguchi
From Japan to Hervey Bay - Tanto chef Hajime Horiguchi Contributed

Chef opens a taste of his home country in Bay

FROM helping his dad in the kitchen in the Japanese city of Kyoto as a young boy to opening up his own business at the beach in Hervey Bay - that's been the journey of a new Fraser Coast chef.

Hajime Horiguchi and his wife Sumiko's dream of owning a business became reality when they opened up a taste of their home country in Scarness.

After arriving on  the Fraser Coast they noticed a lack of authentic Japanese cuisines while Mr Horiguchi worked at another diner.

And that's how Tanto was born.

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"I love eating the food, and want to share this with others," Mr Horiguchi said.

Tanto is at 348 Charlton Esplanade, Scarness.
Tanto is at 348 Charlton Esplanade, Scarness. Contributed

Mr Horiguchi's skill in the hospitality industry is highly regarded, as he has held head chef roles in top-rated restaurants in Noosa and Melbourne.

"We were living in Victoria before coming here, and we just really missed the Queensland weather," Mr Horiguchi said.

"I grew up with food helping my father in his restaurant in Kyoto, and then I moved to Australia when I was 19."

The restaurant itself is designed to be a takeaway venue rather than a sit-down diner.

"Our shop is along the beach, so people can take their food over and enjoy it to a beautiful view," Mr Horiguchi said.

"It's like a picnic at the beach."

The menu is simple, revolving around a choice of chargrilled meat and seafood dishes with the meats locally sourced.

This includes pork from Kingaroy and beef from Mundubbera.

"We kept the menu simple because we would like to serve only the best quality food to our customer," Mr Horiguchi said.

The menu is ever-changing and adjusted to suit the seasons, and a soft-serve machine is in-store.

And vegetarians are also welcome, and can place orders prior to arriving by sending a message to Tanto on Facebook.

Tanto is at 348 Charlton Esplanade, Scarness. 

Tanto is at 348 Charlton Esplanade, Scarness.
Tanto is at 348 Charlton Esplanade, Scarness. Contributed

What is Tanto?

Tanto has the combined meaning of "charcoal" and "man" in Japanese. In the local Japanese dialect in olden days, grandmothers would say "tanto otabe" as they encouraged their family to eat plenty.

Tanto is also a traditionally made Japanese sword.



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