GOTEMBA, Shizuoka Prefecture – The owner of a three Michelin star restaurant in Paris has opened a sister establishment here, promising French cuisine made from local ingredients served with stunning views of Mount Fuji.
Kei Kobayashi is the first Japanese to obtain three Michelin stars in Paris, thanks to his upscale Kei restaurant in the French capital.
Its new facility, Maison Kei, opened in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, on January 30 in collaboration with Toraya Confectionery Co., a long-time Japanese confectionery maker based in Tokyo’s Minato district. The new restaurant offers French dishes prepared by a top-notch chef at prices lower than its counterpart in France.
According to Toraya, who runs Maison Kei, company president Mitsuharu Kurokawa met 43-year-old Kobayashi while working at the Paris branch of the confectionery. They decided to join forces to open a partner restaurant in Japan.
It is now near Toraya Kobo, the company’s studio and shop near the former Kishi Residence in the city’s Higashiyama district.
It is located at the foot of Mount Fuji, allowing diners to enjoy their meals in a relaxed environment away from the bustling crowds of the city.
Mitsuyoshi Sato, 33, who worked at Kei restaurant for six years, prepares meals there.
Lunches start from 3,500 yen ($ 33.50), while dinners start at 4,800 yen and up.
For more information, visit the official website at (https://www.maisonkei.jp/).