The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is planning to open its Japanese restaurant PABU in May, according to its spring newsletter. The Harbor East restaurant is a first collaboration between chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominga, chef-owner of Hana Japanese Restaurant in northern California.
The setting sounds swank with bamboo ceilings, commissioned art pieces, crafted wood tabletops, all in neutral, earth tones. There is a dining room, sushi bar, lounge, outdoor patio, and a private dining room.
The menu will include small plates, grilled items, and sushi and sashimi. The bar will offer 100 different sakes overseen by one of the world’s only female master sake sommeliers, Tiffany Dawn Soto. There will also be Asian beers and a whiskey-inspired cocktail list.
Seems appropriate since PABU is the Japanese phonetic translation of pub.