TOKYO HOTELS ENTICE HOLIDAY DINERS AGAIN
Whether in luxurious Ginza, dynamic Roppongi or amid the neon lights of Shinjuku, little can beat the exhilaration of enjoying the great fare on tap at central Tokyo’s hotels this holiday season.
With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, inbound tourism has returned and local specialty menus have regained their strength throughout Japan. However, there are numerous attractive restaurants that have tourists and residents once again turning their eyes back to the capital.
In Tokyo, a variety of hotels — both Japanese and international — are offering an array of Christmas menus. Additionally, both new and standard selections of Christmas cakes line bakery showcases. Christmas decorations, warm hospitality and holiday music in the background further add to the cheer.
Why not indulge in Christmas dinner or a cake from a top hotel in Tokyo this winter? Enjoying food in the metropolis with your loved ones and friends will make this holiday season even more memorable.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Tokyo is welcoming the holidays with a “Grand Love” celebration, which aims to inspire the festive spirit and share love around the world. The hotel’s dynamic Christmas decorations are a breathtaking expression of the Grand Love theme, showcasing the color of love with a stunning, sparkling red display. The decorations also include 20 beautiful heart symbols to celebrate the hotel’s 20th anniversary.
Other highlights include Christmas ornaments made from recycled cork by people with disabilities at the nonprofit organization Re Kikou. The ornaments can be bought throughout the hotel, and are also included in charity hampers featuring Hyatt’s original wine, candy and a stollen from Fiorentina Pastry Boutique. All proceeds will be donated to NPO Kids Earth Fund and their efforts to help children in need around the world.
Guests and hotel visitors are also encouraged to participate in the Grand Love SNS charity program by sharing photos of the hotel using the hashtag #grandlove2023 for a chance to win dining certificates. The hotel will donate ¥100,000 to Kids Earth Fund once the hashtag reaches 1,000 posts.
Additionally, the hotel is offering holiday menus, including a luxurious Noel Rouge Afternoon Tea Buffet at The French Kitchen and a nostalgic Festive Grand Brunch at The Oak Door.
The holiday celebrations will be completed by a New Year’s Eve countdown party with free-flow Champagne and caviar at Maduro, the hotel’s live jazz lounge.
Address: 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo
Diners can celebrate the holidays this year with Christmas dinner at the Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo’s Namiki667 restaurant.
Priced at ¥16,000 per person, the dinner is offered from Dec. 23 to 25, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (L.O. 9 p.m.), with bookings available until Dec. 18.
The dinner features Hokkaido hairy crab and topinambur mousse; Hokkaido scallops and salmon gravlax tartare with beetroot galette, espuma and caviar; pumpkin and chocolate candy ravioli with amaretto mousse and duck ragu red wine sauce; grilled sweet sea bream scales with beef tallow and a Kujo green onion quenelle in wagyu and tarragon vinegar consomme.
Guests can choose roasted French pigeon served with lentils and an onion rouge salumi sauce, or beef sirloin paired with French mushroom petit pois foam and a Perigord sauce for the main. Dessert is profiteroles with pistachio cream and berries, and petit fours of gingerbread cookies, and Christmas tree-inspired tarts containing fresh fruit topped with vanilla cream.
Additionally, gluten-free Christmas cakes (strawberry shortcake and a vegan berry chocolate shortcake) made with organic ingredients and rice flour are available from Dec. 22 to 25 at Namiki667. Priced at ¥4,500, both cakes are limited to 50 units (reservations required).
Tel: 03-6837-1300 (Namiki667)
Address: 6-6-7 3F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is offering several ways to celebrate Christmas, with an array of cakes and desserts for order, a dinner overlooking the city from Aurora, its sky lounge on the 45th floor, and festive lobby decorations to brighten the holidays.
The cakes can be ordered until Dec. 15 and picked up from Dec. 16 to 25 at the Poppins store on the second floor. Priced at ¥6,800, the hotel’s original book-shaped delight Tarina has two different flavors tucked away at the bottom of the pages: pistachio and mascarpone cheese with a pleasant hint of berry jelly; and caramel and chocolate that has a touch of bitterness.
Other cakes include Diego, filled with creamy chocolate mousse and orange jelly, a rich shortcake, stollen and a limited number of their new green tea stollen.
Aurora’s Christmas Dinner features Norwegian salmon tartare and Japanese beef Wellington among other delectable dishes, as well as a starting drink. The dinner is offered from Dec. 16 to 25 for ¥18,500.
Additionally, a wonderful buffet is available at Glass Court until Dec. 25 (¥9,500 until Dec. 21, and ¥12,000 from Dec. 22 to 25). Reservations are required for all restaurants.
Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo