EDIT: The original version of this article stated that Doshi was owned by Domu Dynasty, which is incorrect, Domu is not affiliated with Collab Kitchens or Doshi. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
Doshi, which we told you about HERE in May 2022, is the evolution of a ghost kitchen concept called Doshibox, which operated out of the
DOMU-owned Collab Kitchens incubator located in Curry Ford West.
According to a press release issued over the weekend by Omei Restaurant Group, the concept was inspired by the emerging Korean chef-driven restaurant scene in NYC.
Domu Owners Jimmy and Johnny Tung decided to bring a more progressive take on Korean cuisine to Orlando through a partnership with long-time friend and Doshibox creator, Gene Kim.
“As a second-generation Korean American, my primary connection to Korean culture has always been through the cuisine. The past decade of working with Johnny and the Bento Group has laid the perfect foundation to spearhead my first project, which allows me to explore my heritage further.”– GENE KIM
Kim and brothers Ray and Michael Gillette, who powered the original Doshibox concept, are joined by Executive Chef Rikku Ó’Donnchü who comes to the job after a brief stint at London House’s Immersion (Website) in Dr. Phillips and Korean/Japanese fusion restaurant Yuzu (Instagram) in Cape Town, South Africa.
“My passion for Korean cuisine grew through my many years of travel throughout Asia. Asian flavors have become a focus of my cooking style. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Johnny and Gene on this project.”– CHEF RIKKU
Doshi will open its doors on July 27 with a six-person chef’s table experience, serving two seatings per night, five days a week. The tasting menu will feature a 14-course exploration of traditional Korean cuisine, reimagined through a contemporary lens – which I was lucky enough to preview over the weekend – you can watch the video below.
The beverage program is led by sommelier Katie Zumalinksy who is bringing a more whimsical twist to many popular Korean mixed beverages and Asian liquor brands.
Reservations for the chef’s table go live at midnight on Sunday, July 24th, with reservations for the dining room opening sometime in August.