Hotels in Tokyo Are Offering Strawberry-Themed Dessert Buffets for a Limited Time Only
In Japan, it's not unusual for hotels to host an Ichigo Sweets Buffet for their guests during the spring season. These luxurious and fancy setups usually feature an Instagrammable lineup of sweets that don't only look pretty in photos, but also taste really good, too!
In this article, we list down different strawberry-themed dessert buffets you have to try in Tokyo:
Ichi-Godzilla Lunch Buffet
These cute cookies are shaped like Godzilla's feet!
The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo launched the Ichi-Godzilla Lunch Buffet to commemorate the release of the upcoming movie, Godzilla, King of the Monsters, this May 31, 2019. What makes this collaboration so perfect is the fact that the hotel's location, Shinagawa, is the same place where Godzilla first landed in during the first Godzilla movie in 1954.
In this buffet, there are 20 kinds of artistic strawberry desserts that express the world in the movie. One of the main highlights is the King of Shortcake, which is a luscious strawberry shortcake made with Tochiotome strawberries and special fresh cream.
The red and white color combination of the King of Shortcake is really pretty!
Godzilla's footprint looks realistic on this unique Strings Baked Strawberry Cheesecake.
"The Ichi-Godzilla Lunch Buffet represents the world of Godzilla through cute and tasty sweets. It can be enjoyed not just by eating but also by looking at them. We especially recommend the special shortcake, Godzilla Cream Puff, and roasted beef with sweet-spicy strawberry sauce!" says executive pastry chef, Takashi Suzuki.
The Ichi-Godzilla Lunch Buffet is only available until May 31, 2019.
Rates: ¥5,000 for adults on weekdays (¥6,000 on weekends and Japanese holidays), ¥1,500 for children 3 years old and above. Exclusive of tax and service fees.
The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is located at Shinagawa East One Tower, 26/F Restaurant & Bar "The Dining Room", 2-16-1 Konan, Minato District, Tokyo. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (1st sitting) and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (2nd sitting) *90 minutes each.
Premium Amaou Afternoon Tea
At the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, you can enjoy the Premium Amaou Afternoon Tea, which consists of five savory assortments, such as the Strawberry Soup with Crab and Beets Jelly, Salmon and Cucumber Sandwich, and Strawberry Pickles. In addition to this, the set includes six petits-fours, such as the Strawberry and Pistachio Pound Cake and Strawberry Crème de L'ange.
This sweets set is made lavishly with Amaou strawberries.
Expect each of the dishes to be filled with fresh Amaou strawberries. Truffles, long peppers, basil, and lemongrass are added to enhance the sweetness of the Amaou strawberries. You can enjoy the delicious combination of salty and sweet flavors through the unique sweets made by the chef.
The Premium Amaou Afternoon Tea is only available until April 25, 2019.
Rates: ¥9,800 exclusive of tax and service fees. Reservation is required and should be made four days prior.
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is located at 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo District, Tokyo. It is open from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sandwiches & Amaou Desserts Buffet
The Sandwiches & Amaou Desserts Buffet is being served at the Hotel New Otani until March 31, 2019.
"We have menus undefeated against the beautiful Japanese garden with 400-year-long history. All desserts, including the Super Series of the popular cake shop, Patisserie SATSUKI, are made in the hotel. You can enjoy plenty of fresh seasonal fruits in the desserts," says head chef, Hiroki Nagata.
The original desserts of the hotel are all handmade.
The chef highly recommends the Super Amaou Shortcake from the First Super Series, the Super Melon Shortcake, which uses top-class muskmelons from Shizuoka, and the Amaou Mame-kan (red beans and agar jelly cubes) from the Edo Sweets Series.
Super Amaou Shortcake
The Amaou Mame-kan has plenty of Japanese traditional ingredients.
The Amaou Mame-kan is a special glass dessert consisting of colorful agar, homemade black beans, and black syrup topped with a generous amount of Amaou-flavored agar. Our tip: Try it with the hotel's classic cake.
"We serve 16 kinds of sandwiches that are also part of the main dish. We use more than eight kinds of bread dough, including the hotel's original J Cereal Dough, which is a blend made out of local coarse cereal. For side dishes, we offer curry, egg benedict, beef stew dishes, and healthy salads," says Chef Nagata.
Rates: ¥4,200 for adults on weekdays (¥4,700 on weekends and Japanese holidays), ¥2,500 for children on weekdays (¥2,800 on weekends and Japanese holidays).
Hotel New Otani is located at 4-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda District, Tokyo. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm (until 3 p.m. on weekends and Japanese holidays) *90 minutes each on busy days.
The Journey of Strawberries
Conrad Tokyo is offering The Journey of Strawberries, an array of sweets and desserts made from domestically grown Japanese strawberries, until April 5, 2019.
The sweets are inspired by the desserts of Great Britain, France, and Belgium.
The sweets buffet contains 12 kinds of strawberry desserts, including the Scone & Strawberry Scone and the Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam.
There are more than 10 kinds of sweets to choose from.
The hotel marries various kinds of English and French desserts like the Strawberry Trifle, Chou Parisian au Fraise, and Belgian Waffle with the exotic Japanese strawberries. Besides this, the hotel also offers savouries made with strawberries, such as the Fish and Chips, French's Eclair and Foie Gras Pudding.
There are plenty of sweets and savouries to enjoy!
"We added more desserts and savouries for the customers. You can guess which country out of Great Britain, France, and Belgium each item is inspired by. Among all the desserts, we especially recommend the Cupcakes, Amaou Fraisier, and Cracked Chocolate," says Chef Masaki Okazaki.
Rates: ¥4,500 for adults (¥5,000 with a glass of champagne), ¥1,300 for children 3~5 years old, and ¥2,300 for children 6~12 years old (children under 3 years old are for free). Exclusive of tax and service fees.
Conrad Tokyo is located at 1-9-1 Higashi-shinbashi, Minato District, Tokyo. It is open from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (1st sitting) and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (2nd sitting) on weekdays, and 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (1st sitting), 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (2nd sitting), and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (3rd sitting) on weekends and Japanese holidays *90 minutes each
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (25 January 2019)