ISSUE 43  |  Lessons from Japan

Grill in Style: A Japanese Stovetop Toaster for Small Kitchens

October 28, 2014 1:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

The perfect replacement for a bulky toaster could very well be this simple contraption from Anzu New York, an online shop specializing in Japanese kitchenware. Reminiscent of popping corn over an open fire, the grill net works by placing it over a gas burner. We can imagine toasting baguette slices, tortillas, and omochi (rice cakes), the grill’s intended ingredient.

Above: The Grill Net with Handle, $65, is made of stainless steel in Kyoto at a metal factory that’s been crafting kitchenware for more than 80 years. In addition to its role in the kitchen, it can be used for outdoor camping.

Above: The net has differing mesh weaves on each side. The finer grate is placed on the fire at a low heat–whatever is being toasted should, as the shop says, “have a chewy texture on the inside but crunchy on the outside.”

Above: An ideal appliance for small kitchens, the grill net hangs flat against the wall.

Anzu New York is a Remodelista markets alum. For information on the forthcoming Remodelista markets in London (November 15), LA (December 6), and SF (December 13), go to Announcing the Remodelista Markets 2014. For a favorite Tokyo restaurant, see Worth the Trip: Eatrip in Tokyo and find restaurants, cafes, and shops in The Outsider’s Guide to Tokyo.