Five minutes' walk from Gion-Shijo Station, Kyoto. Located on the 5th floor of a building close to Yasaka Shrine is creative Michelin-1 star French restaurant "Gion Roiro". The Owner-chef Hiroyuki Koshimo honed his skills working at "RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka" for 19 years starting in 1989. At age 33, the talented chef went to work at the "Grande Maison Chambord" in Kokura, Fukuoka, becoming the youngest chef at a RIHGA Royal Hotel restaurant. In 2009, he began working as a chef at Tokyo French restaurant "Douze Gout" while also participating in several well-known competitions. He achieved impressive results, coming in second place in the second Escoffier French Cooking Contest, being named a finalist in the 41st Pierre Taittinger International Cooking Contest, and being chosen as the Japanese representative finalist in the 2013 Bocuse d'Or International Cooking Contest. Then, in 2012, he opened "Koshimo +Plus" in Ashiya, Hyogo. The restaurant gained popularity and earned itself a Michelin 1-star, and in 2017, Chef Koshimo opened his second restaurant "Gion Roiro" in Kyoto—a hub for the gourmands of the world.
He is committed to providing French cuisine that brings smiles to diners' faces, including plenty of surprises, discoveries, and artistic flourishes in his courses. Not limited by the conventional definition of French cuisine, he places emphasis on the ingredients as is common in Japanese cooking, serving the best products available that day. Chef Koshimo orders the fresh, high-quality ingredients that are rarely available on the market, straight from the producers. His course of seasonal dishes changes about once every two months, and one dish changes regularly depending on the available ingredients.
The wine is handled by the manager and sommelier Yoshihiro Sahashi. The wine list of "Gion Roiro" is one specialty; senior sommelier Sahashi, who is also head of the Kyoto branch of the Japan Sommelier Association, carefully picks out the wines that best complement the chef's varied menu from a range of almost 1,000 wines provided by sellers. There is wine from France, Italy, California, and Japan, as well as distinctive wine from Greece, Turkey, and Eastern Europe which are great for pairing, so diners can enjoy experimenting with wine and food pairings.
When you step out of the elevator and into the restaurant, you find yourself in a quiet space removed from the hustle and bustle of Gion-Shijo. The lustrous jet black counter stands out from the simple, mostly monochrome interior. The restaurant takes its name from "roiro," a shiny black lacquer. The counter frames the dishes placed on it, making them look almost like paintings. Before you realize it, subtle lighting effects gently wrap you in an exotic, artful atmosphere. With 10 counter seats available, the restaurant makes the perfect date spot. Renting out space for special events like birthdays, anniversaries, or wine tasting parties is also possible with negotiation. It is the ideal grown-up hangout and hideaway in busy Gion.
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A 5-minute walk from Gion Shijo Station(Keihan Honsen)