Shimogamo, authentic Japanese cuisine.
The family behind Shimogamo moved to Arizona in 1994 from Japan, and they immediately noticed that their neighborhood lacked restaurants where they were able to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine. In 2003, Sanae and Yoshio Otomo finally determined to open a restaurant in Chandler to serve their native food, with as much respect as possible to the authenticity and quality of the culinary culture of their home country.
Shimogamo features a sushi bar and dining area. Our sushi menu is filled with engaging, creative items, fine-tuned for those who are looking for a unique experience at Japanese dining. Our forté is not just sushi, but also the kitchen menu that has been crafted by traditional Japanese cooking methods. From fresh market fish to premium quality Japanese Wagyu beef, chefs at Shimogamo are dedicated to treating ingredients to their fullest and delivering flavors that dazzle guests' palate every time they come in.
After 18 years since its establishment, Shimogamo is still a local favorite for authentic Japanese food and sushi in Chandler.
Sanae Otomo, Owner
Sanae, a.k.a "Mama-san" by regulars and staff, is a long-standing backbone of the restaurant and is a strong advocate for true Japanese home-style flavors and hand-crafted meals. She has been a housewife for most of her life; however, she was professionally trained to learn Japanese intricate cooking techniques to marry into the family that runs Kyoto's one of the most traditional "Ryo-tei" restaurants. She is also a master of all traditional Japanese hospitality practices such as Urasenke tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and kimono seamstress.
When her husband retired in Arizona in the 2000s, she and her husband were not able to find a Japanese restaurant in town that pleased them, so they opened their own! After 16 years, she still creates new dishes, sauces and keeps her eyes out for maintaining the standard, while catering to the local's palate and offering a unique fine Japanese experience.
Tony Chao, Head Sushi Chef
Chef Tony was born in Taiwan and raised in Sri Lanka, where he attended an international school and grew up in a melting pot of diverse cultures. His love for Japanese culture and cuisine was not only because of the surrounding environment but also of his grandparents. While he went back to Taiwan to attend college, he lived with his grandparents who grew up in Taiwan during the Japanese control. Their lives, including what is on the table, were highly influenced by Japanese culture. He recollects that when he visited Shimogamo and tasted Mama-san's food, it reminded him of his grandma’s food.
Chef Tony started his career as a sushi chef in 2006 and assumed several positions at some of the renowned sushi restaurants throughout the valley. His last position was the Head Sushi Chef of Sushi Roku Scottsdale, where he ran a sushi bar for the high-end Japanese restaurant and developed a sushi menu.
Chef Tony aims to further sharpen his skills by offering high-quality sushi made with traditional Japanese techniques and believes that Shimogamo offers the setting to achieve that.