Welcome to GAIJIN
GAIJIN is a nine-seat “Anglo-Japanese” chef's table restaurant. Drawing on British seasonal ingredients and inspired by our experiences travelling, working and living in Japan, the menu pays homage to Japanese soul food (洋食 yōshoku) as much as to fine dining.
The atmosphere is relaxed and informal – taking cue from Tokyo izakayas and the new wave of Parisian wine bars and bistros that have become home to a burgeoning “Franco-Japanese” restaurant scene - something we hope to replicate in our own way here in London.
Who are GAIJIN?
GAIJIN are Paul Frost and Jona Higgins. We met in 2014 while Paul was working in Tokyo and bonded over our shared love of Japanese cooking in all its myriad forms – whether upscale sushiya and kaiseki in well heeled Ginza or down and dirty horumonyaki in the back alleys of Shinjuku – we fell in love with it all. Combined with a profound love of Japan's late night drinking culture (from shochu and sake to chūhai and fine cocktails) we felt this kind of eating and drinking desperately needed better showcasing back home.
Paul Frost - Paul has more than a decade’s experience chefing at the highest level in some of the world’s finest restaurants, including four years at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and two years at Tokyo’s Michelin starred and “Worlds 50 Best” veterans Narisawa and L’Effervesence.
Jona Higgins - Jona is a writer, cook and obsessive foodie who’s practically bankrupted himself over the last decade flying all over the world to eat and drink himself into a stupor. As well helping in the kitchen and developing the menu with Paul, Jona hosts the supper club.