Restaurants and Bar

Thanks to its storied history and bountiful natural setting, Kyoto has a rich food culture. At HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, the culinary team selects the finest ingredients from around the world and across Japan, starting with famed local Kyoto produce, to deliver the ultimate gastronomic experiences to your table.

Our restaurants and bar facilities consist of 4 distinct sections: our Gastronomy Teppan, Italian Cuisine, Lounge and Bar and our SHIKI-NO-MA, all of which surround our beautifully curated garden, where diners can enjoy viewing the rich tapestry of the seasons.

Gastronomy Teppan

TEL. +81 75 468 3166 (Reservations at one of our restaurants)

At our signature restaurant TOKI (Gastronomy Teppan), we build on the rich heritage of the site of the Mitsui family in Kyoto through a seamless blend of French and Japanese culinary traditions and techniques, beautifully prepared item by item in front of diners on our long teppan brushed steel counter. Mie Prefecture – the home of the Mitsui family - is the source of our highest-quality Matsuzaka wagyu beef as well as the very best fresh ingredients carefully selected from Kyoto, the rest of Japan and the finest suppliers worldwide.

Operating Hours

Lunch: 11:30am to 2:30pm (last order)
Dinner: 5:30pm to 9:30pm (last order)
Seating
44 seats
Counter Seating for 12 people
Table Seating for 26 people
Private Dining: 1 room with seating for 6 people

Signature Restaurant Chef at TOKI Tetsuya ASANO

Asano’s career began at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam, after which he moved to Paris to serve as sous chef at several traditional Parisian restaurants such as Restaurant Drouant, moving to Restaurant Alain Ducasse at Hôtel Plaza Athénée and the opportunity to work under the legendary chef himself, followed by Restaurant Le Cinq at the Four Seasons Hotel George V. In March 2017 Asano became the first Japanese chef engaged as executive sous chef at L’Espadon (two Michelin star), the main dining restaurant at the Ritz Paris – eventually serving as executive sous chef across all of the hotel restaurants. In December 2019, Asano assumed the role of Head Chef at TOKI at HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO.

Italian Cuisine

TEL. +81 75 468 3166 (Reservations at one of our restaurants)

The culinary team at FORNI pay their respects to the tradition of handmade dishes. Italy has a rich and bountiful nature – a wonderful source for delicious fresh ingredients – something it shares with Kyoto. Here guests can experience all of the 24 distinct terms of the solar calendar through flavorful dishes made from the freshest Italian and locally-sourced Kyoto ingredients. Visible from all seating locations, the garden at FORNI will also reflect the seasons. FORNI also features an okudosan – a traditional Japanese kamado-style cooking range – reimagined as a wood-burning oven for pizzas and oven-roasted dishes.

Operating Hours

Breakfast: 7am to 10am (last order)
Lunch: 11:30am to 2:30pm (last order)
Dinner: 5:30pm to 9:30pm (last order)
Seating
105 seats
Table Seating for 99 people (of which 18 seats are located on the terrace)
Private Dining: 1 room with seating for 6 people

Italian Restaurant Chef at FORNI Shozo SUGANO

After graduating from the Tsuji Culinary School and learning the basics of Italian cuisine in a Tokyo restaurant, Sugano launched his career by moving to Italy and over 8 years he worked in Michelin-starred restaurants across the country, spending time in Milan, Campagna, Trentino and Puglia.
The last 4 years in Italy Sugano spent as sous chef at La Sommita (1 star), Il Mosaico (2 star) and Enrico Bartolini (3 star) before returning to Japan, where he worked at the Shangri La Hotel Tokyo, followed by a stint as sous chef at IRAPH SUI Miyako Okinawa. In 2020 Chef Sugano comes to HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO as head chef at FORNI.

Bar and Lounge

TEL. +81 75 468 3166 (Reservations at one of our restaurants)

The beautiful Japanese garden at HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO really puts on a show across the four seasons – the breathtaking beauty of sakura cherry blossoms in the spring, summer is resplendently verdant, the colors of autumn are so striking, and in winter the snowscape is a wonder to behold. From THE GARDEN BAR one can relax, unwind and enjoy unparalleled views of the garden in the dusk, and as the light fades the scenery is gently uplit.

Operating Hours

11:00am to 11:30pm (last order)
Seating
44 seats
Counter Seating for 10 people
Table Seating for 34 people (of which 6 seats are located on the terrace)

SHIKI-NO-MA

TEL. +81 75 468 3166 (Reservations at one of our restaurants)

HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO is located on the site of Kyoto home of the Kitake, the executive branch of the Mitsui Family. Recognizing this important part of our heritage, SHIKI-NO-MA is a faithful yet modern reconstruction of part of the former Mitsui home, constructed from Japanese cypress. SHIKI-NO-MA can be used for a variety of purposes, such as exclusive dining events and tea ceremony gatherings.

Capacity

16 people (seated, table/chair configuration)

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