Richly imaginative, extreme Spanish cuisine.

Restaurant Sant Pau

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Imaginative dishes based in Catalan tradition.
Bringing the world of Carme Ruscalleda to Nihonbashi.

Nostalgic old buildings stand amidst the new cityscape in Nihonbashi, the spiritual heart of modern-day Tokyo.

Slip behind Coledo Nihonbashi, one of the area's landmark buildings, and peek through the glass on the first floor of its Annex building. There you will find a kitchen bursting with life - Restaurant Sant Pau.

The original restaurant can be found in the small town of San Pol de Mar, 60 km from Barcelona. In 1990, only two and a half years after it opened, it was awarded its first Michelin star.

Sant Pau's chef Carme Ruscalleda didn't start in such work - she was originally a simple housewife, and this fact gathered great attention. By 1996 she had earned her second star, by 2006 her third, and now her restaurant is renowned worldwide.

Ruscalleda opened her Tokyo location in Nihonbashi in March, 2004. The cuisine on offer is based in the Catalan food she was raised on, but modified so imaginatively that first-time visitors will likely find that their image of Spanish cuisine becomes completely transformed.

Beautifully transparent jelly is made with seawater to add a touch of salt to the final dish. Decorative herbs that seem to have come straight from the garden are combined with mayonnaise.

Every beautiful dish is given a feminine touch; each incorporates something extra that strikes a resonant chord within the soul to create a moment of pure bliss.

Since its opening ten years ago, it has brought a breath of fresh air to the streets of Nihonbashi, and established itself as a true classic.

It continues the traditions of the home restaurant in San Pol de Mar, but gives them a unique twist using Japanese ingredients and Japanese philosophy.

This is a culinary tale of two towns - Tokyo and San Pol de Mar - both of which are home to the incredible cuisine of Sant Pau.

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Chef Profile

Chef/Yousuke OkazakiYousuke Okazaki

Born Kamakura, 1979.
Started working in French cuisine after university. Moved to France in 2003, and trained for around four years mainly in Southern France and Alpine regions. Started at restaurants in Montpellier before training at Troisgros and Maison de Marc Veyrat (now closed).

Returned to Japan in 2007 to work as chef at Sacré-Coeur and Cedo before beginning at Restaurant Sant Pau in 2009. Was made executive chef in March 2011.

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Interview

What made you want to become a chef?
I got into it when I studied French in university. At first, I was just a little bit interested, but studying abroad in France really made it a place I could relate it.

I'd worked in a local French restaurant since I was a student, but then I started getting more and more interested, and once I graduated university I decided that was what I wanted to do.
What was the most difficult thing you've ever done?
Lots of things were difficult when I first started. I was surrounded by culinary school graduates and I just didn't have the skills I needed.

When I went to France, the technical side was still difficult, but I had the advantage when it came to the language. That helped make it easier to communicate.
What is good about the food at Sant Pau?
I trained in French cuisine, so when I started I knew I would have to learn the local dishes and the cooking traditions. However, the recipes that Chef Carme made for the restaurant in San Paul del Mar are really free, and there's nothing fancy or eccentric about them. But they are very imaginative and I get so much inspiration from them.

We have to maintain the philosophy of the original, but at the same time, I think we have to keep evolving, too.

Restaurant Info

Restaurant NameRestaurant Sant Pau
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AreaYaesu/Kyoubashi/Nihonbashi
CuisineSpanish Cuisine
Opening day30th June, 2004
Hours of Operation Lunch: From 11:30 (Last order 13:30)
※weekends and holidays
Lunch: From 12:00 (Last order 13:30)
Dinner: From 18:00 (Last order 21:00)
Closed Mondays, Closed twice monthly(1st and 3rd Tues)
Budget
Lunch:¥10,000~
Dinner:¥25,000~
Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Amex, Diners Club)
Service charge10%
Cover ChargeRoom charge added for private room
(Lunch \10,000  Dinner\18,000)
Dress Code Enforced

*Smart casual

Children

*Elementary school age and older.

Websitehttp://www.santpau.jp
Seating/Facilities
Capacity 40 seats
Seat area

Waiting space available

Private Rooms Available

*Private room available for parties 7

Scenery

*View of inner garden.

Private party Available

*For parties of 30 or more

Private party options

microphone・audio equipment

Cake

Smoking Separate smoking area

*Smoking allowed in bar space

Pets OK Not possible

*Customers with pets may use the terrace.

Parking Available

*Customers may use parking service at COREDO Nihonbashi.
Four hours free for restaurant customers.

Services
Sommelier/Bartender Sommelier
ReceptionistReceptions/Business Dinners
Characteristics

Others

*Reproducing modern versions of classical recipes from Spain's Catalonia region

Can vehicles be arranged?Yes
Children's Menu

*Dinner: private room only. Please inquire.

Vegetarian Possible

*Available if ordered ahead of time

Foreign Language Menu Available

*English,French,Spanish

Foreign Language Speaking Staff Available

*English

Services for Foreign GuestsTaxis can be arranged when returning to hotel
Religious Food Restrictions Possible

*Available if ordered ahead of time

Cigar Service Cigar Room Available
Cigars available for purchase

Approx. 15 types

Souvenir Handling Available

*Olive oil and salt from Majorca produced using traditional techniques.

AddressCOREDO Nihonbashi ANNEX, 6-1 Nihonbashi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0027
Phone Number

+81-3-3517-5700

(Available in English)

Fax Number

+81-3-3517-5701

(Available in English)

Access■6 minutes walk from Mitsukoshimae St. on the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Hanzomon Lines.
■8 minutes walk from Kayabacho St. on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Tozai Lines.
■2 minutes walk from Nihombashi St. on the Tokyo Metro Ginza,Tozai and Toei Asakusa Lines.
DinnerDEGSTACIO¥23,000
Available wines

Approx. 260 types

More than 260 types of wine selected by in-house sommelier.

Available sakes

Approx. 2 types

Available Cocktails

Approx. 10 types

Available whiskies

Approx. 20 types

Available beers

Approx. 4 types

Available shochus

Approx. 1 types

Drink Carry-out Permitted

*Please confirm ahead of time

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