We started Raffles some 20 years ago because we both love cooking and while travelling in Southeast Asia got to enjoy the incredible variety of flavours there. It’s a real culinary crossroads with influences from Chinese, Indian and European food on top of things you only find in this region – lemon grass, shrimp paste… It only needed the Portuguese to bring chillies from America and you’ve got one of the most interesting cuisines in the world, I think.
Japan’s not such a great place to be in the food and drink business these days and T and I are the only Raffles’ employees at present, but there are advantages about it – you’re your own boss, you get to meet all kinds of people, if work is slack you can play with the computer…
Anyway, if you like spicy food and you’re ever in Nagoya, Japan be sure to drop in!
Raffles’ Asian Food,
460-0007 Nagoya-shi, Naka-ku, Shinsakae 2-2-22, Japan
(We also have a Twitter feed, in Japanese.)