All Around The World, To Here

Owner, Steve Kim, Takumi Japanese Restaurant.September 23, 2021

Steve Kim has owned and worked in restaurants in four countries, Japan, Korea, United States and Canada, and he has now planted himself in Medicine Hat where he’s owned Takumi Japanese Restaurant since 2019.

He and his family briefly lived in Regina, but when the cold winters approached, they researched to move more south of Canada. Lethbridge, Calgary and Medicine Hat were the three cities they contemplated on.

“We loved the size of Medicine Hat, because it wasn’t too big or small. The city is beautiful and clean, and the people here are very friendly and nice,” says Kim.

Since he opened his business two years ago, Kim acknowledges the support the community has given the business, especially through the pandemic. Kim managed his business through almost one normal year before on again off again regulations came into place.

“It was really hard on us, but we received a lot of community support,” says Kim. “The community members really pay attention to us and enjoy our menu. That has to be my favourite part about our move here.”

His knowledge grew and craft was perfected in places like, Seoul, Korea, Japan and San Francisco. He feels his move to Medicine Hat has allowed him to own a business while still enjoying the balance of life in a city that is inviting and peaceful.

Takumi is located at 23 8 St NW and can be found at



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