Signature Restaurant: French with Style
A few days before I left Japan to visit my family in the US, I turned 25. The big two-five. A quarter of a century. To celebrate this milestone and enjoy each other’s company before my trip, my partner surprised me with dinner. But, living in a city regarded as a culinary capital, we didn’t go to just any restaurant—we went to the Signature Restaurant. With one Michelin star, this French restaurant offers a luxe dining experience in the Nihonbashi district.
Effortlessly Cool Ambience
The Signature Restaurant occupies the 37th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel along with Cantonese restaurant Sense and the Mandarin Bar. Upon exiting the elevator, take a left through the bar, where patrons chat and relax over cocktails. The restaurant is by the windows. Staff lead you to the dining area around the corner. This isn’t the palatial extravagance of the Joël Robuchon Restaurant; it’s a more stylish feel. Plush armchairs and spacious sofas provide ultimate comfort and are positioned to take advantage of the gorgeous view. Live jazz music playing from the bar adds to the atmosphere.
A Youthful Spin on French Cuisine
The ambience isn’t the only stylish part of the experience. Described as French with a ‘contemporary flair’, the food is equally as striking. Bold, vibrant flavors dance with more subtle notes in an enchanting grand pas de deux. Directing this show is Chef Nicolas Boujéma. With experience in numerous two- and three-star restaurants around the world, Chef Boujéma adds his cultivated touch for a modern rendition on French classics.
The Signature offers a few options for guests to enjoy their food, including set menus and a la carte. Vegetarian options are available. Expect to pay around JPY10,000 for lunch and JPY17,000 for dinner per person (drinks not included).
Visit the Signature Restaurant
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Reservations can be made through their online system, email, or telephone. The dress code is smart casual, with emphasis on the ‘smart’ over ‘casual’. Children under 12 are not allowed past 7:30pm.
Address: 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo