Aman Resorts have made a name for themselves creating some of the most luxurious collection of hotels and resorts around the world. Renown for blending local culture with their designs, the Aman hotels are famously situated close to nature. When they started construction in the heart of the bustling streets of Tokyo, critics awaited to see how this urban oasis would bring a touch of nature to the city.
The finished product, completed late last year, offers a unique blend of old and new. Organic materials such a local wood, slate and basalt are all used to create a perfectly harmonious interior, peppered with big and little touches of greenery, a trademark of Aman’s other resorts. The hotel occupies levels 33 to 28 of the Otemachi Tower in the heart of Tokyo’s financial district.
Aman’s restaurant is located on the 33rd floor, offering sweeping views of Japan including a beautiful view of the Imperial Palace Gardens and if you are lucky Mount Fuji. To access the restaurant, you will need to walk through Aman’s breathtaking lobby which is highlighted by the centre piece which reaches almost 30 metres high and resembles the interior of a Japanese paper lantern, an architectural nod to the country’s heritage. Created with layers of textured Washi paper and stretched with the Shoji frame, the Lantern expands over 6 floors and allows natural light to fill the interior space during the day and in the evening creates an intimate ambience ideal for Aman’s serene vibe.
In the centre of the lobby is a small tree created using the Japanese flower-arranging technique known as ikebana. The foliage changes with the seasons, bringing a touch of the outside inside.
The Restaurant by Aman will serves gastronomic fine dining inspired by Mediterranean cuisine with a Japanese and Asian twist. The staff are attentive, living up to Aman’s reputation for world class service. The restaurant gives you the option of ordering from the set menu or a la carte. I would highly recommend the set menu to give you a chance to taste all the flavours on offer.
Local ingredients are sourced to add a real Japanese touch to your meal. Stand outs from the menu include the Ravioli with Tartufata (Yamanashi Galeeny Breast, Taleggio Cheeses, Kyoto Green Pepper, Porcini Mushrooms, Ragout Sauce), Sautéed Striped Beakfish (Ishikawa Fuji Beans, Broad Beans, Citrus Infused Fresh Tomato Sauce) and Roasted Kagohima Japanese Beef Fillet Mignon (Three kinds of Hokkaido Asparagus, Girolle Mushroom, Young Corn Veal Juice).
Dessert lovers won’t be disappointed by the creations on offer. A symphony of flavours are skilfully combined to offer an unforgettable finish to your meal. Highlights include the Miyazaki Mango Eclair (Bergamot Sherbet, Lemon Cream, Earl Grey Beignet with Candy) and the Yamanashi Peach and Almond Praline in Candy Vessel (Rose Champagne Granite and Tahiti Vanilla Espuma).
To accompany your meal, the hotel’s cellar is stocked with over 1,200 carefully selected wines and offers an expansive range of local beverages including Japan’s native sake.
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