After being closed for two and a half years, a new era dawned at L’Osier together with the opening of the Shiseido Head Office building in 2013. Headed by new chef Olivier Chaignon, L’Osier is pursuing a new value creation to offer invaluable experiences to its customers from all over the world.
In 2005 Bruno Menard was appointed to the position of chef. He took the restaurant in a new “neo-classic” direction that combined traditional French cuisine with the progressive concepts of the era. During this period, L’Osier was awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide Tokyo for three consecutive years, from 2008, when it was first published, until 2010, when the restaurant was closed for its renovation.
L’Osier was moved in 1999 to a location facing the renowned high fashion shopping street, Namiki-dori. Starting with a striking entrance, this unique, dramatic space featured an Art Deco-style interior and became a place to experience the atmosphere of Paris in Ginza.
In 1986, Jacques Borie—recipient of the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France award—was welcomed as L’Osier’s chef with the aim of turning it into an even more authentic French restaurant. L’Osier was fully remodeled, from the kitchen to dining room and even including new plates. It became a restaurant in which customers could savor the French “art de vivre” (“way of living”).
L’Osier was opened as a French restaurant on the 7th and 8th floors of the Shiseido Parlour building (Ginza 8-chome) in 1973. The name was inspired by osier, the French word for “willow”—the tree that used to serve as a symbol of Ginza. This was how Shiseido expressed its affection for the town where it was founded.