Think of dining at the Park Hyatt Tokyo and it’s probably the iconic New York Grill and Bar that first comes to mind. But you should also consider the brasserie Girandole for an understated yet elegant dining experience that’s good for just about any occasion. Located on the 41st lobby floor, it is actually Girandole that was conceived by the designers of the hotel to be the “heart of the hotel,” embodying the spirit and style of the Park Hyatt.
There’s a hint of 1930s Parisian glamour in the simple chic interior that features a stunning two-story collage of black and white photos of European cafe life, which sets the tone for the distinct ambience that the hotel describes quite aptly as “relaxed yet romantic.” Starting in the morning as a sun-filled breakfast venue, Girandole turns into a smart lunch spot during the day and then a classy brasserie in the evening with seats by the windows that offer glimmering city views.
The dinner menu is classic French brasserie fare such as pate de campagne, escargot, salade nicoise and steak frites. Wines by the glass are a nice selection of European wines, mostly French and Italian (around the 1,800~2,000yen+ range; after all, it is the Park Hyatt). The bottle list features wines from all over the world (starting at a decent 7,000 yen range) with quite a few Japanese options, which guests from abroad are often interested in trying.
There’s a four-course “Bistro” set (5,000 yen) that starts with the pate for starter and has a main course of pan-seared sea bass. The “Degustation” set menu (7,500 yen) lets you choose your starter of either pate or smoked salmon, and a main of either beef sirloin or lamb rack. The food is faultless and portions ample, especially when ordering a la carte.
More reason to go a la carte is to make a point of having the seafood items on the menu, most of which are certified sustainably sourced. Although it is not made explicit on the menu, Girandole is making a special effort to offer seafood procured under the hotel’s sustainable food program, following the Hyatt group’s philosophy on food, “Thoughtfully sourced, carefully served.” In fact, earlier this year, the Park Hyatt Tokyo became the first hotel in Japan to receive certification by the ASC, that is, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, the non-profit organization that sets standards for sustainable aquaculture (fish farming). Wild-capture seafood at the hotel is also sourced as much as possible from fisheries certified by the MSC, the Marine Stewardship Council.
So at Girandole, indulge in the fruits de mer (6,800 yen), and order the smoked salmon (2,500 yen), signature snow crab salad (3,000 yen), moules marnieres (3,000 yen) and crevettes (3,800 yen). What a delicious way to support a good cause.
Park Hyatt Tokyo 41st Floor
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku
Reservations and inquiries: Tel: +81.3.5323.3459
Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Weekends and holidays
Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Light snacks: Daily - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Dinner: Daily - 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.