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Resort Focus: The Palace Hotel, Tokyo: A Foodies Guide

Boasting 7 restaurants, 3 bars and 2 Michelin Starred Chefs, The Palace Hotel is a delight for any food lover. We guide you through the culinary highlights of this five-star luxury hotel.

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View from The Crown restaurant in the Palace Hotel Tokyo

Hotel Overview

Built in the sixties but undergoing a billion dollar 3-year refurbishment and re-opening in 2012, The Palace Hotel Tokyo today has 290 contemporary and spacious rooms, including 12 suites. With floor to ceiling windows in all rooms, the hotel has an abundance of natural light, feels very spacious (especially by Tokyo standards) and boasts terrific views. Our favourite thing about the Palace is its stunning location. It overlooks the Imperial Palace with its enormous green gardens which are the most popular jogging spot in the whole of Japan. Nestled in the heart of Tokyo’s business district yet also offering breath-taking views of the Imperial Palace Gardens, The Palace Hotel is a breath of fresh air in the crowded and busy metropolis, whilst still possessing a conveniently central location.

Although appearing expensive, The Palace Hotel is a great deal, offering significantly cheaper prices than many other five-star Tokyo hotels: Deluxe rooms can be found from JPY 42,000 (about 340USD) at the Palace, compared to similar deluxe rooms at Tokyo Hyatt JPY 64,600 (442USD) and 71,000 JPY (570USD) at the Imperial Hotel.

There is no compromise for this excellent price. The rooms are beautifully furnished with modern interiors and plentiful amenities and services.

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A Deluxe Room with Balcony at the Palace Hotel Tokyo

The Crown

The crown offers fine French dining. It first opened in 1964 and today it has one Michelin star under the care of Patrick Henriroux who is also Grand Chef of the Michelin-starred La Pyramide in Vienne, France.

Located on the sixth floor, the restaurant boasts lovely views over the vast greenery of the Imperial Palace Gardens and is classy and chic in its design and atmosphere. The service is impeccably efficient and the food are really works of art in themselves. Try for example, the Piano au chocolate. Typically French, the menu is heavily fish oriented, serving excellent lobster and caviar for example, with a smattering of meat dishes such as its famous foie gras and hams. Vegetarian diners would struggle for choice.

Dress code: semi-formal, jackets required.

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The Crown Restaurant

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The Crown’s famous Piano au Chocolat


Tatsumi is an unusual and charming dining experience. Seating just six diners in a cosy alcove next to the main Wadakura dining room, guests are catered for by a single chef who prepares all of the food right in front of you. It is a specialist tempura bar (food fried in a crispy, thin batter). The best choice and value is to go for one of the set selections, such as ‘Azami’, which includes Appetizer, Sashimi, Salad, Chef’s Choice Tempura (9 items including sea urchin tempura), and a rice or noodle set and any dessert. As the food is delicious, beautifully presented and locally sourced, it is fairly expensive. The Azami meal is 14,000 JPY or about US$115, or a single piece of prawn tempura is 870 YPY or about US$7. The atmosphere is intimate and peaceful and the food fresh and delightful in its traditional Japanese style.

Dress code: business casual.

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A Chef preparing tempura at Tatsumi

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King prawn tempura at Tatsumi

Amber Palace

An off-shoot of the Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Fureika, The Amber Palace is a trip back to Old World China and offers an expansive menu of traditional Cantonese and Shanghainese food. There is a mouth-watering choice of Chinese dishes and Amber Palace specialises in dim sum, duck and Chinese greens.

The perfect place for business or pleasure, the atmosphere is relaxing and comfortable. As with the rest of the hotel, the interior design is stunning. Rich hues of oranges and browns make the restaurant cosy and infinitely stylish.

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The Amber Palace main dining room

The Royal Bar

The Royal Bar is an impressive space. Furnished with luxurious red leather and dark woods, the bar is classic and seductive. The cocktail menu and tapas menus are enormous, though we particularly recommend any of the Japanese sakes. The official dress code is casual but suits and cocktail dresses are usually worn and fit the bar’s atmosphere well. Seating 25, the bar is intimate yet lively and above all, effortlessly classy.

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The Royal Bar

The Lounge Bar Privé

The Lounge Bar Privé offers delectable afternoon teas during the day and stylish cocktails and delicious wines at night. It has a large terrace which offers beautiful views over the Imperial Palace Gardens and the urban centre of Tokyo. Indoors, the seating is plush velvet and unbelievably comfortable and overall, the lounge has a cool, relaxed vibe.

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Terrace of the Lounge Bar Prive

Overall, few hotels can match the Palace Hotel Tokyo in terms of culinary experience. The sheer quality and variety of the food and drink served is incredible. The restaurants and bars are beautifully designed and impeccably stylish and the Palace Hotel Tokyo is a true delight for any foodie.

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