Gainesville Blogs

Dragonfly Cultural Values


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In the day of the samurai, the concept of cultural values was very important. Culture was an unwritten, unspoken principle guiding the lives, and decisions of ancient Japan’s sacred warriors. We’ve developed our own Dragonfly Culture anchored by a belief in a set of five cultural values. Our Cultural Values set the tone for the tough decisions […]

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5-Course Saké Pairing Dinner


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Inspired by saké, Chef Jeff and the team are bringing you an exclusive 5-course Saké Pairing Dinner on June 22nd. To wet your appetite for discovery, we asked Chef to share a few thoughts on the dinner. Q: Basil chive flowers aren’t something that you see on a menu every day, what made you select them as […]

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Giving Back Through Omikuji


Omikuji Wall in Dragonfly Gainesville.

Kaizen—continuous improvement. It’s the motivation that drives us. Our innovation, our dedication to craft. Our desire to serve. The five cultural values expressed in our Bushido. These pillars ground the decisions we make—in work and in life. Our team’s day-to-day decisions are felt—and tasted—by everyone who shares a meal with us. Fish flown in from […]

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2017 Spring Omakase Reviewed


Embark on A Culinary Journey | Dragonfly’s Spring Omakase Menu Dragonfly has made a reputable name for itself in the Gainesville food scene. Boasting carefully sourced ingredients and unwavering quality with a modern, rustic atmosphere, Dragonfly has become a go-to spot for a refined dining experience. With the one-of-a-kind Spring Omakase menu that launched in […]

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Japanese Whisky – 6 Things You Must Know


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Over the past few years, Japanese Whisky has been popping up on bar menus across the country. Here’s what you need to know. Japanese Whisky is Good. Really Good. In 2015 Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible (the world’s top whisky guide) named Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 from Suntory the best whisky in the world. […]

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Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu (Happy New Year!)


Fireworks over Japan.

  Japanese New Year or oshogatsu is one of the most important traditional holidays celebrated in Japan. While in many Western cultures, New Year’s celebrations include loud parties, ball-dropping and champagne popping, oshogatsu is a much quieter affair. Japanese New Year celebrations often extend through January 3, and most Japanese families choose to spend the holiday […]

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Meet Callie Chalker | Dragonfly Gainesville


Meet Callie Chalker – She’s a head server, a bartender, and sometimes even a hostess. If you’re a Dragonfly regular or have only visited once or twice, chances are you have seen Miss Callie Chalker.  She’s always a team player and goes above and beyond—for not only her fellow co-workers but also for our guests. Let’s get […]

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Dragonfly is Growing!


Crabs on ice at Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market.

We’re Nearly Ready, Are You? In September, we broke ground on our third Dragonfly Izakaya. Our goals? Simple. Apply the lessons we’ve learned to share our craft, our flavors, our Izakaya & our table with new friends in South Florida Bring an authentic catch to consumption experience to Doral Push the definition of Japanese past […]

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Teishoku Sets


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What are Teishoku Sets? Literally translated, Teishoku means “set meal.” Teishoku lunch sets are a traditional, nostalgic, meals served in households across Japan. These type of meals evolved from the Ichiju-Issai meals that consisted of rice, pickled vegetables, soup and a simple main dish. Ichiju-Issai was originally a staple in Zen temples. Where are they […]

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On Valentine’s Day, Nothing Says Love Like Soy & Wasabi!


yuzu whip, toasted brown rice anglaise, espresso jelly, candied orange

ARTFUL FLAVORS, CREATED DAILY As lovers of our craft, we inject creativity and imagination into our food and drinks daily. But, for Valentine’s Day something extra special is a must. This year, chef Jeff and the team have brought in fresh baby bonito, created two new sushi rolls, new squid and pork dishes and a Japanese inspired […]

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