The 3-Michelin Star restaurant Quintessence offers some of the best French cuisine in Tokyo. Led by Chef Shuzo Kishida, Quintessence is considered to be one of the finest restaurants in Japan. According to Chef Shuzo Kishida, the key to success of the restaurant largely depends on how “caisson” or the art of fire is being used during cooking. This knowledge of dealing with fire while cooking was acquired by Chef Kishida while he was working at the L’Astrance in Paris. Even though the process is time consuming to roast the meat at low-temperature, it is imperative to extract the exclusive flavor from it.
And one more thing about Quintessence is that reserving a table at the restaurant is quite a daunting task as reservations are accepted 2 months ahead. In fact securing a table at the 3-Michelin star L’Astrance in Paris is much easier than booking a table in Quintessence. And only boking through telephone is accepted and no email bookings.
The interior of the hotel is well-designed with low-ceilings and slate tiled floors. There are total seven tables present in the dining room along with banquette along the wall and even a small private dining room. The wall above the banquette is beautifully designed with brown leather tiles and are dimly lit to provide a soothing atmosphere. The dark wood ceiling and the crisp linen tablecloths on every table adds to the environment.
Born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, Chef Kishida joined French restaurant “La Mer” in Shima Kanko Hotel, Mie Prefecture, Japan. Joined French restaurant “K M”,Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Then he moved to France and trained in kitchens ranging from single to triple Michelin starred restaurants. And in 2003, he Joined the 3 star Michelin restaurant "L'Astrance", Paris, managed by Pascal Barbot. He was appointed as “Sous-Chef”, the second chef in command, of "L'Astrance" in 2004.
In 2006, Chef Kishida Opened “restaurant Quintessence”. From 2008-2011 the Michelin Guide awarded, the Quintessence was awarded with 4 Michelin Stars. Then in 2011, Chef Kishida succeeded the management & operation from Granada Ltd., and became the owner chef of Restaurant Quintessence.
Michelin Guide Tokyo 2018: Three Stars ☆☆☆
Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2018: #38
Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2017: #18
Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2016: #20
Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2015: #49
Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2014: #22
Asia's 50 Best Restaurant 2013: #16
"Menu Carte Blanche" (Chef's selected menu) - 13 course - JPY 22'000++
Dress Code: elegant casual. We kindly ask all gentlemen to refrain from wearing short pants, tank tops, sandals. Jackets on will be preferable.
Children Policy: We do not accept children under 16 years old.
Photo Policy: As it may give an inconvenience to other guests, we kindly ask not to take pictures in the main dining room.