Uptown Mugs #58 . Enchan & Melissa

Enchan and Melissa are truly one of our uptown power couples!  Both unique, both super talented, and both lending a wonderful, contagious positive energy to our uptown scene – and both with such genuine smiles, it makes ones day better to even experience a ‘hi’ from them when passing on the street.  Enchan and Melissa share their expertise and skill at EN Sushi Bar on Canterbury Street, where the sushi is fresh and created care and pride.  This sushi is not only beautiful, as good sushi should be, it also is a truly divine tasting experience.  Unique to the restaurant, is also the display of incredible art by Enchan, one of the most brilliant and humble artists in the city.


Let’s chat with Enchan and Melissa..

Where were you born/Where are you from?

Enchan:  Fukuoka, Japan

Melissa:  Saint John, NB, Canada



How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?

Enchan: Since 2004. I began my journey here as a dishwasher. This was my first introduction to Saint John’s restaurant scene.

Melissa: I would say since 2004 after returning from Japan with Enchan & our daughter. This is when I finally began to feel a part of this city because I was now looking at it from a different perspective. I left originally in 1993 for Vancouver (5yrs), came home for 1 year then promptly left again for another 5yrs to Tokyo. Returning with a family and a partner who was both looking at the city for the first time & Canada gave me a sense of wanting to rediscover what my home town was and meant as “Home”. I am glad to say we now both Feel that sense of “Home”.


What is your favorite season, and why?
Enchan & Melissa:  Summer! The heat, the colors, the smiles & more street conversations.


What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

Enchan:  Korean Nori

Melissa:  I’ll second that



Coffee, tea, or other?

Enchan: White wine

Melissa: Red wine


Any pets?

Yes, 2 Cats living and one in ghost form


Most guilty pleasure?

Melissa:  Beef Vindaloo 10X spicy cooked by our friend Guljar at Thandi’s



Favorite Musician?

Enchan:  Michael Jackson

Melissa:  Nina Simone



What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

Our insider tip…. blink: the artists’ free space!

This Space is devoted to exhibition and encouragement of local creativity.  FREE of charge to local artists open to all creative artist and skill levels.

Located street level at 96 Princess, you can also follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blinkbyink/

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