The interior of Eatrip is comfortably homespun, with simple, rustic accents, exposed ceiling timbers and an assortment of secondhand tables and chairs. There’s a short counter on one side looking into the small open kitchen. The dining room itself is split into two, with a dozen seats in the main section and half as many further back.
The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. With the lights kept low and the sound system softly dispensing a mellow mix of folksy rock interspersed with indie anthems, it all feels as laid-back and personal as a dinner party in someone’s home.
Though owner Yuri Nomura doesn’t live there, this is unmistakably her space. It is the perfect expression of who she is: one of the leading lights in the growing network that is promoting organic, rootsy living — and most especially cooking and eating — and making it relevant to modern urban lifestyles.
Besides her work as a chef, Nomura’s background is in design and media. She networks with farmers, bakers, food producers and winemakers, showcasing them at the restaurant or in outside events. She also links up with like-minded people abroad, such as the organizers of Open Restaurant, a group founded by alumni of Chez Panisse, the renowned restaurant in Berkeley, California.