Utilizing irresistably luxurious ingredients,
continuing more than 30 years of tradition
while always looking for unique, new flavours.
Loulan - an ancient kingdom that once sat astride the legendary Silk Road.
Ginza Ro-lan takes its name from that kingdom, and since opening in 1982, it has become famous for its Cantonese cuisine, attracting a great number of regular customers - including author Shotaro Ikenami.
The interior walls of the restaurant are decorated with stone sculptures that replicate cave paintings found along the Silk Road, creating an atmosphere that constantly evokes a sense of that historical highway.
China may have 4000 years of culinary history, but even in China, the Guangzhou (Canton) area, is known for its food, and Cantonese cuisine is well-suited to the Japanese palate.
The menu has a great variety with more than 150 different dishes, from high-class fare such as shark fin steak, bird's nest soup, abalone and sea cucumber, to the popular "five-ingredient fried noodles".
Kunihisa Okiyama explains their objective, "For more than 30 years, each successive chef as tried to protect the traditional flavours, and search for new unique flavours at the same time."
Regulars who visit two or three times a week are treated to different dishes each time, with careful attention paid to their preferences. Careful attention to detail is of the utmost importance here.
They are very passionate about living up to their guest's expectations, which is why they are always looking to produce new, off-menu dishes.
They are flexible in how they cook, adding changes where they can with Japanese ingredients like kombu, or adding blueberry liquor to give a dish a certain aroma.
They also hold a food fair with a different theme each month. The unveiling of the newest menu is always a highly anticipated event.