Tokyo was awarded more top-rated restaurants than Paris by Michelin Guide for the second year in a row and has grabbed on tight to its reign as the world’s capital of gastronomy. Luckily for hotel fanatics, many of Tokyo’s crème de la crème restaurants are located within the confines of the city’s most beloved hotels. Here are five Tokyo hotel restaurants that’ll send your taste buds into orbit.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Recipient of a 2010 Michelin Star, Hinokizaka at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo proves you don’t have to wander far from your hotel to satisfy your palette. Serving traditional Japanese fare with a contemporary spin, Hinokizaka is located on the 45th floor of the hotel and offers sweeping views of Mount Fuji and the city. The menu changes every month, so patrons are served dishes made with ingredients that reflect the Japanese seasons, and only wild seafood is served, so you won’t have to worry about eating farm-raised fish. And if you think Hinokizaka couldn’t get any more dedicated to the quality of its food, the water used to make the dashi soup is delivered daily from Kongo-san to ensure its authentic flavor.
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Park Hyatt Tokyo
The Park Hyatt Tokyo may have been the backdrop to 2003’s hit film “Lost in Translation,” but its decadent restaurant Girandole speaks the universal language of taste. The simple yet elegant atmosphere is complemented with a two-story black-and-white collage of photos of European cafe life. Signature brasserie dishes are at the heart of the dinner menu, while the lunch menu expands to include favorite Asian dishes. Breakfast lovers can sample a little bit of everything from the buffet or stick to traditional Western and Japanese-style breakfasts. Word on the street is that the French pastries are to die for and that the all-day eatery is known for its sinful desserts.
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Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
Tokyo may have beaten out Paris as the culinary capital of the world in 2011, but that doesn’t mean the city’s top chefs are ignoring The City of Lights’ contributions to the culinary canon. The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo has 17 restaurants to choose from, but if you’re only going to try one, make sure it’s Les Saisons. The renowned chef Thierry Voisin, who once worked at the multi-Michelin-starred Les Crayeres, serves up French-inspired dishes like French sole stuffed with crab, leg of milk-fed lamb and truffle pastries.
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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
Another Michelin star-adorned restaurant, Mandarin Oriental’s Signature is located on the 37th floor and tempts foodies with French-inspired dishes that are as visually pleasing as they are mouth-watering. Chef Olivier Rodriguez is a gastronomic visionary whose unusual combination of ingredients and keen sense of complementary flavors results in dishes you’d expect to see on “Iron Chef.” The menu highlights include foie gras with persimmon two ways; nori-crusted sole fillet with sautéed sea asparagus; and abalone with caviar, lemon and caper coral sauce.
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As celebrated for the design as it is for the menu, Peter at the Peninsula Tokyo is considered to be one of the hippest restaurants in Tokyo. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide jaw-dropping views of the city from the restaurant’s 24th floor location, and an interactive video wall makes you feel like you’re dining on a stage. Chef Patrice Martineau offers up Western dishes with Japanese accents, such as Japanese beef with smoked purple yam, Hokkaido crab and warm pineapple-coconut baba cake. You’ll be telling the chef arigatō before your fork even reaches your mouth.
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