Unique French cuisine ‘Ne Quittez pas’


Toshio Tanabe
1949 Born in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Joined Gymnastics club in middle school, attended Nippon Sport Science University
In his junior year, he was selected as an Olympic hopeful.
1971 After graduation, he became a professional boxer and was a ranked bantam weight fighter. Soon retired from boxing because of health concerns.
1976 Entered the restaurant business selling Oden (Japanese hotchpotch) from a food wagon.
1979 At French restaurat Bistro De La Cite in Nishi-azabu, Tokyo, he started to learn French cuisine.
1980 Went to France for training at Michelin three-stared French restaurants: Esperance, Vivaroa, La Male and etc.
1983 Returned to Japan. Began working at Bistro Nanban in Ginza, Tokyo
1987 Became a chef at Le Japon in Roppongi, Tokyo
1988 Opened his own restaurant named ‘Atagoal’ in Ebisu, Tokyo
1994 Moved location to Gotanda, Tokyo and changed restaurant name to Ne Quittez pas