When travelling I love nothing more than hitting up a luxury all you can drink brunch at a five star hotel. I love the glamour and of joy experiencing a hotel that I might not necessarily afford to stay in. Luckily for me I was invited to go and eat brunch at The Tavern – Grill & Lounge at the uber arty Andaz Tokyo hotel, in Toranomon Hills.
The brunch at the Tavern costs 6,500 JPY per person, which included unlimited appetizers which are brought to your table, soup, a choice of main, and unlimited access to their dessert buffet. All in all it’s quite a steal for such a luxurious experience especially one that comes with such a prime view. If you really want to make your weekend special, you can upgrade to their free flow package which includes champagne, wine, and beer for an extra 4,500 JPY per person.
After settling down and enjoying the fabulous view, we ordered a glass of Champagne while we looked over the menu. Since there were three of us we decided to just order every appetizer on the menu and shared them between us. You also get a visit to the smoothie bar which I though a nice touch, the super fruity drinks were divine, especially the cherry and strawberry one.
The appetizers were a real mix, but generally quite light so you didn’t feel like you had over eaten. The meat eaters in the group really enjoyed the assorted ham plate, though fish lovers will surely enjoy the trout, and fresh tuna. For those with a sweet tooth the more traditional brunch dishes, of waffles, french toast and pancakes will surely appeal. It was a great way to start the meal and the plates being ordered directly to your table seemed much less wasteful and more relaxing than a traditional buffet.
After a quick soup course of roasted bean soup, and tomato soup for the vegetarians, we moved on to our main courses. I was very interested in the signature Eggs Benedict on croissant, but since my bestie ordered that I went for the slow roasted beef ribeye, which is sliced table side and is quite the show stopper. The rosemary and garlic marinated roast beef was perfection, served with mashed potatoes, spring vegetables, horseradish, and beef jus. Since a Sunday roast is impossible to find here in Seoul, I felt like all my dreams had come true with this dish. If there had been a Yorkshire pudding on the side it would have been magical.
You’d have thought we would be too full to eat much else, but I save some room in my dessert stomach. The dessert buffet is in a separate room to the main restaurant. The room hosts one giant table filled with all kinds of desserts including chocolates, cake, cheesecake, muffins, macaron, creme brulee, fruit, swiss rolls and many more. However the real treat of the day was the signature dessert Crepe Suzette. This retro classic was cooked made to order and was topped with the most fabulous homemade vanilla ice cream. It is not to be missed so be sure you save room.
After finishing our dessert, we were invited up to the Rooftop Bar on the 51st floor for a spot of afternoon tea. I had heard wonderful things about this roof top bar, so I couldn’t resist checking it out. Although we were plenty full from our brunch, when we saw how adorable the afternoon teas were, we were kindly given one to try along with a bottle of the Perrier Jouet Pink Champagne. I’m never one to turn down an afternoon tea. The Afternoon Tea was themed for Sakura, (cherry blossom season) and cost 4,800 JPY, however the theme changes on a semi regular basis to celebrate the season, so see the website for up to date details.
Overall we had a fabulous day at the Anzaz Tokyo, and I would wholeheartedly recommend the brunch at The Tavern or the afternoon tea at the Rooftop Bar. If you don’t have time for a full meal you can always go up for a cocktail to enjoy the view. Tokyo is one of those cities that needs to be seen from above and this was one of the most spectacular places to do it.
The Andaz Tokyo is located at 1 Chome-23-4 Toranomon, Minato City, Tokyo. For more information about the brunch or the afternoon tea, you can visit their website.