, 2022-09-09 12:01:06,
When Arinobu Fukuhara, the founder of Shiseido, traveled to New York in 1900 and brought back with him a soda fountain — the machine, the syrup, the glasses, even the straws — and set it up in the Shiseido Pharmacy in Ginza, little could he have imagined that he was establishing the company as the ultimate operator of chic eateries in Tokyo.
Today, Shiseido operates eight cafes and restaurants there, including a new rooftop restaurant in Harajuku overlooking the gardens of Meiji Shrine. The jewel in the crown is undoubtably L’Osier, the Michelin three-star French restaurant that will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year and has been overseen by chef Olivier Chaignon since 2013. (Faro, Shiseido’s Italian restaurant, earned one star.)
Housed in a building in central Ginza covered in golden camellia flowers, it seamlessly blends the best of both cultures. “This was one of the first French restaurants in Japan and is representative of the French art du vivre,” said Chaignon, during an early morning interview in the restaurant’s private dining salon, which seats just 10 people and features Aubusson tapestries by Sonia Delaunay and Lalique sculptures. The primary dining room can accommodate 34 guests, who book as early as three months out. Prices start at about 14,000 yen for a three-course lunch and rise to 50,000 yen (about $370 at current exchange) for four courses and two desserts, plus an amuse-bouche, sweet trolley and coffee or tea.