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“Unexpected delight in Nagasaki”
Review of Garcon Ken - CLOSED

Garcon Ken
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed April 5, 2013

One of the best things about our trips to Japan is the cuisine but we rarely eat non-Japanese food here. After all, when in Nagasaki........... On our way to Dejima, we spotted Garcon Ken between the tram lines and the restored town area and it begged a pause to look. Ken emerged and advised the menu for the day. He had us at the first items. Well, it was the old European quarter, after all. I ordered a ragoutte and my wife sauteyed chicken. Lovely salad and champignon soup arrived unexpectedly before the main course. It was a lovely day with the windows wide open, rows of blooming tulips along the adjacent old Dutch town. Very pleasant. The food was even better. Ken chatted with us and poured complimentary drinks. Another surprise, a refreshing strawberry desert arrived. The biggest surprise was the bill, probably half what I was expecting. Garcon Ken (surname Watanabe, like the actor) is a skilled chef and clearly has a passion for excellent food and service in a relaxed style. I am not often moved to pen such reviews but the experience at Garcon Ken has left us with a wonderful memory of our visit to Nagasaki, a stand out over the other enjiyable experiences here. If you are in this town, don't miss Garcon Ken.

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Thank deemacvee
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Garcon Ken is just outside the back exit of Dejima Island. We popped in as soon as we noticed the open French blue windows and freshly painted bright-red decor. The owner is friendly and the food very nice for around 1,000 yen at lunch. Lunch and 2 glasses of wine later, we were ready for the 15 minute walk to "Spectacle Bridge" for antique and local boutique shopping.

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Thank P M
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

One can find Garcon Ken very well located in Dejima, just in front of the old Dutch settlement in Nagasaki city, Japan.
This small bistrot has an excellent atmosphere being attended personally by the owner Ken Watanabe.
The food is fresh and the terrine is superb.The value is good and the smile and kindness of the owner guarantee that you will have a good time while visiting Nagasaki.

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Thank Martha N
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

The location is just great: cosy restaurant, sandwiched between Dejima and a tram line. The owner (Ken?) is very kind and obviously put a lot of himself into making the place what it is! In our opinion, he did catch the very spirit of French bistrots: yummy food (the terrine was a success) and good value. Ah oui, j'allais oublier : Ken parle français!

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3  Thank Capitaine C
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

We happened upon Garcon Ken quite by chance when we were wandering about Nagasaki's historical Dejima area. If you want to escape the usual Japanese/Chinese lunch places that crowd the popular tourist spots in Nagasaki then Garcon Ken is definitely one of the places you should visit.

The food was fresh and delightful and the service excellent. The charm of the establishment owes much to the engaging personality of its owner, Ken, whom we met when we dined here. He is well travelled and an avowed Francophile - the walls of his restaurant are decorated with pages from Le Monde and his collection of travel souvenirs and collectibles is on display.

And if you get a chance to visit the restroom you will be charmed by the pains Ken has taken to decorate it in his unique style!

This is definitely a place you should visit - I will certainly hope to visit Garcon Ken the next time I am in Nagasaki.

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1  Thank OZinNY
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