Bucket Brigade

Here’s What (and How) to Order at Taku

The Top Chef alum dishes up karaage, or Japanese fried chicken, in his Capitol Hill bar.

08/20/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Overthinking Bravo

How Shota Nakajima Turned Top Chef Into an Interactive Experience

“Excuse me, is something really cool happening? I’ve never seen a line like this before.”

05/20/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode Four Recap: Shota's Loose Center

Things get raw in an episode covertly sponsored by a swarm of bees.

04/23/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Bucket-Based Dining

Shota Nakajima Reopens Taku as a House of Fried Chicken

Karaage will rule the menu when the Top Chef contestant's Capitol Hill bar returns in May.

04/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode Two Recap: Shota Rocks Lobster

“I looked left and right, no one locked eyes with me. And then I looked down and I saw Shota.”

04/09/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode One Recap: Shota Gets the Bird

In which Seattle chef Shota Nakajima is down, up, and all about duck.

04/01/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Surreality TV

Seattle's Shota Nakajima Will Compete on the Next Top Chef

The chef behind Adana and Taku surfaces on the cooking show's new Portland season.

02/08/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

KATSU LATER

Shota Nakajima Makes Adana's Closure Permanent

"I'm relieved, to be honest."

05/22/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

News Feed

Seattle Restaurant News March 2019

This month: gluten-free bliss, a home for kushikatsu, and sake for days.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Coming Soon

Taku, Shota Nakajima's Forthcoming Capitol Hill Spot, Nods to Osaka Street Food

The Adana chef-owner says he plans to open in March or April.

12/13/2018 By Rosin Saez

Collabs

Li'l Woody's Burger Month Returns

Four weeks. Four talented chefs. Four guest star burgers.

01/25/2018 By Rosin Saez

Food & Drink

Nosh Pit Weekly Planner: May 10–16

The week in which: Iron Chef Gauntlet cheftestants collaborate at Adana, the Annual Pierogi Fest is back, and Bateau hosts Feast of the Beast.

05/10/2017 By Rosin Saez

Food on TV

2 Local Chefs Will Rep Seattle on the Food Network This Spring

Vuong Loc of Chinapie and Shota Nakajima from Adana will compete in two different competition shows this March and April.

03/10/2017 By Jack Kelly

Slideshow

Slide Show: Club Ludo

06/07/2015

Big Deals

Kaiseki Restaurant Naka Is Coming to Capitol Hill

A bold move from a talented young chef

04/28/2015 By Allecia Vermillion