SOE Kitchen, located inside Eliasson's studio in Berlin, and this exhibition will collaborate on the opening of THE KITCHEN at Azabudai Hills Gallery Cafe from Friday, November 24 2023. In addition to items normally served at SOE Kitchen, the venue will offer a special collaborative menu, which combines Japanese cuisine and fermentation culture. The theme of the buffet-style menu will be “the experience of sharing a dish.” Eating locally sourced produce connects us to the place and community we live in. Dishes will be prepared by Masutani Takeshi, a Japanese sous chef at the Embassy of France in Japan who has also worked at many prestigious hotels and restaurants. As at SOE Kitchen, all menus can be adapted as vegan or vegetarian and will use organic ingredients as much as possible, which are healthy and kind to both humans and the planet. Furthermore, in line with SOE Kitchen's philosophy of “local production for local consumption,” all ingredients will be produced in Japan. They will also be sourced as much as possible from the Tokyo area, helping to minimize the CO2 emissions of transport. SOE Kitchen's efforts to address global issues through food are aligned with Eliasson's own approach to these issues in art. Please visit THE KITCHEN and experience the message of sustainability expressed through creations combining art and food. ※Eggs, dairy products, and honey are used in some menu items



in collaboration with
Studio Olafur Eliasson Kitchen

Photo: Minegishi Shinji
Lunch at Studio Olafur Eliasson Kitchen
Photo: María del Pilar García Ayensa
Photo: Shimei Nakatogawa
Photo: Shimei Nakatogawa
Photo: Shimei Nakatogawa
Photo: Shimei Nakatogawa

Visit “THE KITCHEN” , a collaboration between Azabudai Hills Gallery and SOE Kitchen

Sustainability through art and food Alongside the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: A harmonious cycle of interconnected nows, Azabudai Hills Gallery will open THE KITCHEN, a cafe restaurant created in collaboration with SOE Kitchen. THE KITCHEN project started in full swing when SOE Kitchen proposed that the Azabudai Hills Gallery Cafe team send a chef from Japan to Berlin. When we take a close look at the concept of “eating”, we realize there is a lot of “common practice” which is overburdened. For example, Japan relies on importing many ingredients by air such as oil, cheese, flour and wine. Japan’s high dependency on air transportation is a major sustainability issue. On the occasion of their collaboration with SOE Kitchen, Azabudai Hills Gallery team have made it one of their aims to reduce CO2 emissions. The chef, searching for a novel approach, proposed to prepare dishes using a Japanese indigenous fungus, “koji.” This led to the creation of a menu featuring unique dishes made with domestic ingredients to reduce the environmental impact. While working on the proposed menu in Berlin, the chef had a memorable conversation with Eliasson that touched upon subjects including “the compassion,” and sympathy dialogue through gastronomy: “Empathy and compassion are critical in all human relations. Cooking for others is an act of hospitality, of caring for others. And eating together also entails a sense of trust. It is crucial to be considerate of your guests with openness and generosity.” SOE Kitchen's philosophy can not only be experienced through eating, guests can learn more about the world around them. This is also connected to the essential concept of the Azabudai Hills.

THE KITCHEN (operated by salt consortium inc.)

Location: Azabudai Hills Gallery Cafe (Directly connected to Exit 5 Kamiyacho Station,Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
Dates: November 24, 2023–March 31, 2024 (closed on January 1 only)
Please click here for table check.
Prices (tax included) THE KITCHEN Plate | 1,650 yen
Cake set | 1,650 yen
Buffet | 3,850 yen
Hours THE KITCHEN Plate | 10:00 - 21:00
Cake set | 10:00 - 21:00
Buffet | 12:00 - 15:00


  • *Menu items are subject to change due to seasonality and product availability