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Coleman Griffin


Modern Kaiseki, Innovative

Foodle Reviews

on 09 Feb 2024

On the northern shore of Lake Biwa in the Kohoku region lies the charming @restaurant_sower run by a lovely couple from California - Chef @coleman__griffin and service manager @k_hyesu_jeon! I had met them last year at a culinary retreat in Karuizawa, and finally had the chance to visit them earlier this year. Having trained at @therestaurantmw, @benu_sf and @inuajp, Chef Coleman is reinterpreting Kohoku cuisine at Sower while highlighting... More

on 14 Jan 2024

PART I: As I’ve been catching up on one year+ overdue posts🫣, I thought about which meal I would most want to enjoy again. The answer is SOWER! 🍂
In fact, everyone who’s asked me for a recommendation in Kansai knows that this restaurant is my reflex response because it is a truly transportive and ridiculously delicious dining experience🙌🏻! Shiga has long been one of my favourite destinations for sake and gastronomy adventures, but @coleman__griffin , Kathy and the collective... More

on 30 Mar 2023

Sower 1st visit — 1.5 hours by car from Kyoto, on the northern shore of Lake Biwa. Despite the remote location, this place is definitely worth a visit. By ex INUA sous chef, some interesting creations using only ingredients sourced around the lake area. Loved the the shiitake with duck ham and lemon, and the boar bacon, mountain veggies rice. Looking forward to the next visit! @coleman__griffin

#foodgasm #yum #eat #foodpic... More

8 / 10
on 11 Sep 2022

Coleman Griffin, a young American Chef with stints at The Restaurant at Meadowood and benu in California, had his first job in Japan at Inua, the spin-off of Noma in Tokyo. After Inua closed he had a few short term projects before starting to work on the Sower/Hotel du Lac project. There he created with his partners in a former retreat for NTT employees a wonderful oasis on the shores of Biwako, the largest lake in Japan. There are rooms in the main building but also some individual cottages a short... More

on 23 Jun 2022

Sower (@restaurant_sower) is a new spot on the north side of Japan's Lake Biwa. Mother Lake. Local ingredients from the area, like ayu 鮎 and masu 鱒 are found at high end restaurants around Japan, so it's nice to go to the source. Looking forward to see what the next season holds.

on 03 Apr 2022

Such a pleasure to experience the brand new @restaurant_sower in Shiga prefecture. Situated on the expansive grounds of a hotel beside Lake Biwa, they have access to incredible natural product from the lake and surroundings, as well as nearby mountains and ocean.

Chef @coleman__griffin and team bring a wide range of experience in some of the world’s most notable restaurants. The space makes good use of natural textures, local ceramics, and borrowed scenery out of broad windows.... More

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2064 Nishiazaichō Ōura, Nagahama, Shiga 529-0721, Japan


+81 749-89-1888