Kyogoku resident Kim opens new restaurant serving Western cuisine with a Mount Yotei view

President Kim, proprietor of new restaurant "le mantaro"

Housed in a renovated agricultural storehouse, the restaurant “le mantaro” opened on January 5 in the Koshin area in Kyogoku along National Route 276 under the management of proprietor Christopher Kim (36), the Korean-American president of architectural design company “Christopher’s” (Tokyo). President Kim lives in the town of Kyogoku in Central Hokkaido’s Shiribeshi region. The restaurant features a glass wall dining area with a panoramic view of Mount Yotei. Kim commented, “My hope is that many town residents will come here.”

Kim based the restaurant name on Kyogoku Mantaro, a food loving character in the popular comic book series “Oishinbo”. The restaurant has 32 seats and offers Western dishes like a daily lunch special, homemade sausage, and pasta. For the chef position, Kim invited Honda Tsuyoshi (38), who trained at a French restaurant in Kyoto.

le mantaro is open from Wednesday through Sunday. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the restaurant may be used free of charge by any requesting chef.

According to the Kyogoku municipal office, it has been about 15 years since the last new restaurant opened in the town. Kim explains the reason he opened a restaurant in Kyogoku, “I looked for a good spot in the Niseko area, but the land value there is high. Kyogoku still has a lot of nature in it, and it lies on a route to Niseko from Sapporo and New Chitose Airport. I want to expand dining options for resort users and turn Kyogoku into a gourmet town.”

As a service available to Kyogoku town residents only, le mantaro provides a 20% menu discount and a free evening shuttle transport option. Kim commented enthusiastically, “I want to start out by first making this restaurant into a place that is well loved by town residents.”


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