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Otowa restaurant
Menu from US$ 41.37

Otowa restaurant



Otowa restaurant / オトワレストラン

  • Creative cooking
Rates and services

Course Menus 6000-15000 JPY t. 8% s.n.i. 10%

terminology: t. = tax, s.n.i. = service not included, s.i. = service included

For your information: 1 JPY = 0.01 USD

Weekly closing


Annual closing
from 26/12/2021 to 01/01/2022 : hotel and restaurant(s)

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Chef Kazunori Otowa has dedicated his work to French cuisine, and opened his restaurant in his hometown, the vibrant city of Utsunomiya, after gaining experience in Europe and alongside acclaimed chef Alain Chapel. Beautifully presented and composed as sophisticated works of art, his dishes focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients such as Tochigi Wagyu beef, Yashio-Masu (local trout), eel, cheese from Nasu Highland or Asian pears. Balancing the French influence in the cuisine, the decor of the restaurant pays tribute to the regional heritage, using Oya stone and Mashiko pottery mixed with antiques, sculptures and iron art collected by Kazunori Otowa over the years.
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Member Relais & Châteaux since 2014

3554-7 Nishihara-cho
320-0826, Utsunomiya

Tel.: +81 (0)2 86 51 01 08
Fax: +(0)2 86 51 23 10
Our commitments

Otowa began its life as a village restaurant wholly dependent on close partnerships with local farmers, and, today it maintains these deep connections. Our chefs understand that farming is more art than science— especially for small farms—and we encourage a multitude of producers to bring in samples of current seasonal produce which we then assess.

Even customers now recommend producers that might be of interest to the restaurant. Our key criteria are quality and flavor: if these are met, we generally purchase the produce. In fact, 99% of our vegetables are sourced locally. By adopting this unusual, inverse philosophy, we have been able to create an impressive menu, almost exclusively from seasonal, local products.
We seek out farmers who share Otowa’s values and take their farming seriously, often working farms handed down through generations. We are also actively encouraging a new generation of young people who are coming together to take on family farms at risk of dying out—a movement that is helping preserve the area’s traditions and culture. And the benefits to our producers stretch beyond revenue—the restaurant’s outstanding reputation brings considerable credibility to the farmers, opening doors for them that might otherwise remain closed.