LOCAL SEASONAL INGREDIENTS AT SHUNBOU GRAND HYATT HOTEL TOKYO

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Sake. Rice. Green Tea.  And Bento Boxes.

These are the usual and staple combo of what an authentic Japanese meal should would be.  Fortunately, that was our first meal in Tokyo, Japan at Grand Hyatt Tokyo Shunbou Restaurant.

On that rainy afternoon, as soon as we arrived from our direct flight from Manila to Tokyo, our first order was to visit the Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel.  The hotel is situated at Roponggi Hills and adjacent to shopping areas, restaurants and museums.  The luxurious high-rise hotel is 2km from Tokyo Tower and a 14-minute walk from Roponggi Station through our reliable Tokyo subway tickets from Klook.  It houses ten sophisticated restaurants and bars, ranging from Japanese, French and Italian options.  And for us, we opted to experience the authentic Japanese culinary at Shunbou, claimed to make use of the local seasonal ingredients.

INTERIORS AND SERVICE

The array of seasonal dishes are served on interiors covered with Aji-ishi Japanese granite stone walls, carvings, and cherry-wood tables at the dining area.  The cozy atmosphere with the heavy downpour of rain outside made the restaurant our instant refuge.  We were settled at one of the private dining areas.


There are five types of private dining spaces.  Suitable for business lunch and celebratory dinner, we were positioned at a smaller tatami-floored private dining room called Mizu, with a seating capacity of six (6).  We actually stayed for hours for a chit-chat and planning of the next day’s activities in Tokyo while being served by kimono-garbed cheerful servers.


It felt like dining inside a traditional Japanese house.  Service was swift and efficient too.

BENTO BOXES

Chilled sake came in first as part of the waiting game.  The wait was all-worth it though.  One by one, the servers placed three-tier bento boxes on our dining table for each of us (five in the group). 



The restaurant boasts of dishes sourced from local ingredients.  Thus, it was time for us to be oriented of Japanese spices and farm produce.


At a cost of JPY5,300, the three compartments of the bento box include:  appetizers and sashimi for the upper box; charcoal-grilled fish for the middle box; and simmered and deep-fried dish for the lower box.  Every dish is delectable.  The box comes with steamed rice, miso soup, pickled vegetable and a dessert.


Matsutake Mushroom Rice, commonly known as Steamed Rice with Pine Mushroom is a house specialty during the autumn season.  It is said to be one of the most expensive rice in Japan.  Knowing how expensive it is to live in Japan and the meal costs, it really is expensive in the true sense of the word.  Fortunately, we were able to sample the same.  And it was worth the price! 


Highlighting local seasonal ingredients is the main theme of Shunbou Restaurant.  And it did make us experience authentic Japanese cuisine.


Lunch:  11:30a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Weekends and national holidays: 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Shunbou Restaurant
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
6 Chrome-10-3 Roponggi, Minato
Tokyo 106-0032, Japan


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