The company started off as an idea between three friends who share the same passion for food. They wanted to create a familiar, yet distinct concept from those already present in the market. Something about the simplicity and discipline behind Japanese cuisine inspired them to turn this idea into reality. Hence, Kimono Ken was born.
Kimono means "excellent personal service," while Ken means "kitchen." Simply put, Kimono Ken strikes a balance between serving quality food from carefully-selected ingredients, and providing exceptional service— satisfying both the customer's palate and dining experience. The essence of the brand is encapsulated in its slogan, "Enticingly Japanese, for less." Kimono Ken serves authentic and affordable Japanese dishes with a perceptive approach to customer service, believing that this is what sets the company apart from others.
On November 2003, the first branch in Blue Wave-Macapagal (presently known as Met Live-Pasay) was opened. Inspired initially by a traditional, zen-like aesthetic, the restaurant has since adapted to a more contemporary, Japanese design, while maintaining its warm and inviting atmosphere.
Currently, Kimono Ken has seven other branches within Metro Manila, namely: Tomas Morato, Quezon City (2005); SM North Edsa-The Block, Quezon City (2006); The Podium, Mandaluyong City (2007); Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City (2007); The Rockwell Business Center, Pasig City (2009); SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City (2010); and SM City BF Paranaque, Paranaque City (2014).
Kimono Ken strongly believes that consistency and efficiency are keys to success. The company strictly follows a standard procedure across all branches to ensure smooth-flowing operations and memorable customer dining experience. We also want to emphasize the importance of paying close attention to the customer's needs. Our employees are well-trained to be proactive, flexible, and genuine when interacting with customers. Such practices have become the cornerstone of Kimono Ken's customer service. As such, the brand fosters an environment that upholds values of empathy and person-centeredness.
For nearly two decades, Kimono Ken continues to provide guests with Japanese comfort food. More than a restaurant, Kimono Ken aims to integrate itself into the customer's lifestyle by satisfying their cravings and celebrating milestones with them. We want to create lasting memories by making sure our food and service go beyond our customers' expectations. Additionally, the company tapped into online platforms, such as GrabFood, in an effort to adapt to changing times and needs. Kimono Ken is also working on expanding its operations to more areas within Metro Manila. Ultimately, we hope to widen the reach of Japanese cuisine here in the Philippines.