The other day, I dined at a new Japanese ramen restaurant opened by Chinese Americans, Yoe’s Noodles at 1411 156th N.E., in Bellevue. In Hawaii, Koreans have owned some of the most famous Japanese restaurants.
If you want to start a new Asian restaurant during this slow economy, should you go Chinese, Thai, Korean, Indian, Japanese, or Vietnamese?
Don’t get me wrong. I love Chinese food, but it is so competitive and labor intensive, and the price war is so steep that it is challenging for owners to make a profit. Profit margins for many Japanese dishes are much higher than for Chinese.
Japanese food is going up, not only in price, but in trends and styles. Authentic Japanese food is easier to cook than authentic Chinese food in terms of techniques and ingredients. It is also easier to operate a Japanese restaurant.
My advice for new restaurateurs, do modern Japanese food or fusion, not Vietnamese, not Korean, not Thai, and definitely not Chinese! ♦