Perched on the seventh floor of a building on Matsuya Street in Ginza 3-Chome, which is lined with renowned restaurants, KORAN is a Japanese restaurant where Owner-Chef Daisuke Igarashi only serves one group of guests per night.
After training at Japanese restaurants, Igarashi apprenticed at Soba Sasuga to learn about 100% buckwheat soba noodles, served as the chef of Sasuga Hanare, and then moved to Ginza Kojyu. He was also appointed as the chef of an associated restaurant, Ginza Okuda, in 2013 and made it a popular, starred restaurant. In 2018, he took the position of chef at a membership-based Japanese restaurant in Roppongi. Then, he opened his own restaurant, KORAN, in 2021.
KORAN nourishes the bodies and minds of guests with a creative harmony of rich, natural flavors and aromas the chef brings out of the ingredients. The ingredients themselves are also carefully selected and exploited to their fullest potential. They are turned into simple yet exquisite 13-course meals starting with appetizers followed by soup, sashimi (raw fish), grilled fish, simmered vegetables, rice, soba noodles, desserts, and matcha green tea. The seasonal ingredients are wild-harvested from around Japan. The edible wild plants and mushrooms are also sent straight from their wild habitats. The sweetfish caught using a live decoy and delivered alive, wild eels, and game meat are all turned into fresh dishes. The stocks are made not only from bonito flakes and konbu seaweed but also from a variety of seasonal ingredients, such as chicken and mushrooms, to add seasonal flavors to the dishes.
The drink menu offers a wide collection of wines and sakes selected by Manger-Sommelier Sakamoto, including plenty of seasonal options that can go well with and accentuate the flavors of the dishes. The menu also includes sake to be paired with food. Moreover, with extensive experience in Paris and New York, the sommelier is sure to entertain guests from overseas. KORAN was remodeled and redecorated in the spring of 2023, with a new look and six seats at the counter, bringing us closer to our customers. This allows customers to enjoy a more realistic and enjoyable space. The space where Igarashi himself prepares tea remains unchanged. It is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the charms of KORAN. We hope you will enjoy the unique taste and aroma of Koran for a special moment to be shared with your friends and important guests.
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1 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station Exit A13