An orthodox French restaurant where you can enjoy ingredients from Kitakyushu and superb service
Take a 10-minute drive from Kokura Station in Fukuoka and you would see a quiet residential area. As you approach this area, you should see a restaurant which resembles a French castle suddenly appear in the corner. This is “Etincelle Kawamoto”. The concept is “a restaurant that adds happiness to any special day of the year.” This is an authentic French restaurant which welcomes their guests with exquisite food and superb customer service. With antique wallpaper ordered from France and furniture from the 1800s, the interior has a premium feel that is perfect for anniversaries.
The owner-chef Kenichi Kawamoto trained for a year in Lyon, France while studying at Tsuji Culinary Institute. He gained experience as a chef through working at French restaurants in Nishiazabu in Tokyo, and Kitakyushu. Kawamoto became independent at 24 and opened his first Western-style restaurant. Afterward, he transferred to "Bistro Blue Ciel", a French restaurant, which eventually became popular. In 2011, he moved from the heart of the city to a quieter area in Japan to open "Etincelle Kawamoto".
Both lunch and dinner courses are available at this restaurant. An abundance of tempting ingredients from Kitakyushu, a city blessed with delicacies from both the sea and mountain, are used in the dishes, and guests can fully enjoy the changing of the four seasons with their five senses. Vegetables purchased directly from contract farmers, seasonal seafood delivered from nearby fishing ports, branded beef from Kumamoto, lambs bought whole from farms in Hokkaido, and locally-grown mallard ducks…the delicious taste of these elaborate ingredients is brought out with traditional cooking methods and are eventually used to create orthodox French dishes. Etincelle Kawamoto also regularly carries more than 400 types of wine. Wine pairing courses are available, too.
At "Etincelle Kawamoto", providing great customer service is valued as much as cooking quality food. The staff, lead by the maître d', will support the guests so that they are comfortable. Whether it’s an important event such as a birthday or a wedding anniversary, or it’s a treat for yourself, Etincelle Kawamoto will help stage your “special day” glamorous, with delicious food and great service!
※ Get off Kitakyushu Urban Expressway at Shimoitouzu Ramp; 5-minute drive from this point