This summer 2023, Cheltenham's original and much-loved Japanese restaurant, KIBOU, celebrates its 10th birthday — inviting guests from across the county to enjoy an exclusive 'Best of 10' menu.
Known for its eclectic range of Japanese hot dishes, as well as offering an extensive sushi and sashimi menu, KIBOU has presented a plethora of Japanese food and drink over the last 10 years that’s hard to find elsewhere.
It likens its menu to 'taking a stroll down a busy Tokyo street', where a melting pot of Japanese dishes and influences from right across the country can be found all within arm’s reach of each other.
From the delicate, hand-rolled sushi restaurants and the fast and furious ramen stalls to the tempura cafes and izakaya drinking bars, KIBOU’s menu takes inspiration from all the delicious eateries that the thriving Asian city has to offer.
And to celebrate 10 years of delicious food at KIBOU, the restaurant is inviting guests, old and new, to vote for what they’d like to see on their ‘Best of 10’ specials menu that will run throughout August. From previous specials to long time favourites that may now be missed, the business want this exclusive menu to be truly owned by its guests, as a thank you for all the support they’ve shown over the years.
As well as offering the 'Best of 10' menu throughout August, KIBOU is also inviting people to spend a special celebratory evening of dining and drinking on Thursday 7 September 2023.
During the evening, the team will present a celebratory specials menu that showcases the very best of their culinary talents; along with a complimentary Japanese gin cocktail on arrival; plus, there’ll be music; and a very special Japanese blessing.
Making for a truly unique celebration, the restaurant will be teaming up with Japanese sake brewhouse, Akashi-Tai, to perform a traditional Kagami Biraki ceremony. This is the ceremonial opening of a sake cask to celebrate this momentous occasion.
It will also give all guests the opportunity to toast the next 10 years of KIBOU in Cheltenham with a cup of sake from the freshly opened cask — please note, booking is required.
Ian Pechon, senior head sushi chef at KIBOU said: 'We know our guests are very passionate about many of the dishes that we’ve served over the years and regularly get requests for these and other dishes from Japan in the restaurant. As a chef, this feedback always means so much to me, and it really drives me on to create exciting new specials each month as well as the other core dishes on our menu.
'This August we want to give our specials menu back to our guests. I’ve been at KIBOU pretty much from the start, so know our menu, new and old, inside out. I’m really looking forward to seeing which dishes our guests would like to see return to our ‘Best of 10’ specials menu, and having the opportunity to cook them again!'