For over a decade, Tokyo has held its accolade as the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, yet its underground scene is growing just as quickly. In a city famous for its exceptional restaurants, Aman Tokyo has become renowned for its unrivalled dining experiences, intricate afternoon tea service and creative seasonal menus. Now taking the hotel’s gastronomic prowess to the streets of Tokyo, Aman’s first urban hotel is pleased to announce the arrival of La Pâtisserie by Aman Tokyo – a new standalone patisserie on the B2 floor of the OOTEMORI Centre in the Otemachi Tower, which opened on 1 October.
La Pâtisserie by Aman Tokyo will serve a selection of refined culinary creations freshly made each day, from handmade breads to exquisite cakes and French pastries including Mille Feuille Framboise, Baba à l’Armagnac and Tarte Chocolat. Customers will also be able to enjoy lunch on the go with a menu of delicious sandwiches and artisan coffee, or purchase large celebration cakes, ideal for special occasions. A range of exclusive gift items will also be on sale, including small baked pastries in beautiful Japanese kōbako boxes, Aman Tokyo original fruit jams and pressed juices, handmade chocolates and branded reusable lunch bags and tumblers.
Leading La Pâtisserie’s vision is Executive Pastry Chef, Yohihisa Miyagawa, who has been with Aman Tokyo since the hotel opened its doors in 2014. After formal training in France, the chef’s experience spans patisseries and pastry departments in some of the finest establishments in Japan’s capital. During his time with Aman, Chef Miyagawa has directed pastry operations in all three of Aman Tokyo’s restaurants, while firmly establishing the reputation of the hotel’s afternoon tea as one of the city’s most iconic and achieving international acclaim.
A culmination of this experience, Chef Miyagawa started from the ground up in creating La Pâtisserie, sourcing the finest natural ingredients and travelling across the country in relentless pursuit of the best food producers. Artisanal breads such as Pain de Campagne are made from organic wheat sourced from Tokachi in the Hokkaido province, known for its exceptional quality, while breakfast pastries are made with appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) certified butter, a strict French government certification reserved for products made in a traditional manner in a specific geographical region. La Pâtisserie’s menu celebrates these precious ingredients, showcasing their exceptionality with elegant simplicity.
Speaking on the creative process, Chef Miyagawa commented, “Opening a patisserie has always been a dream of mine so I have put my heart and soul into this project. I personally visited our suppliers in their homes to carefully select ingredients and insistently honed my recipes while avoiding overcomplication to allow these ingredients to shine. I hope La Pâtisserie will offer a taste of Aman to the people of the Otemachi District, catering to the needs of our neighbouring office workers, the city’s shoppers, and Aman Tokyo guests.”
A destination in itself, La Pâtisserie was designed by forward-thinking Tokyo-based, Bond Design Studio Inc. Two floors below the ground, the patisserie takes inspiration from Aman Tokyo, with the counter crafted from the same igneous basalt stone found in The Lounge by Aman, 35 floors above. A year in the making, the counter was designed from this rare natural material to help bring the feeling of nature-in – a rarity itself the centre of Tokyo’s business district.
The guest experience was also at the heart of the design brief. Creating a theatre for customers and those passing by, a floor-to-ceiling glass-enclosed kitchen serves as a focal point, allowing customers to watch the chefs in their pristine white uniforms showcasing their culinary skills. Designers also considered Chef Miyagawa’s approach to baking when curating the lofty space, where a wholly modern and minimalist aesthetic allows the delicate pastries to take centre stage.
In addition to La Pâtisserie, the 84-key Aman Tokyo is also home to a peaceful inner garden, a serene Aman Spa and swimming pool and multiple other dining outlets (The Café, The Lounge, Musashi and Arva). Occupying the top six floors (levels 33-38) of the Otemachi Tower, in the capital’s prestigious financial centre, the hotel offers panoramic skyline views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and surrounding landmarks as well as easy access to the city, including the renowned Ginza shopping district.
La Pâtisserie by Aman Tokyo will be open from 7am-8pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-7pm on Saturday and Sunday. To find out more information, visit Aman Tokyo’s website.
Images courtesy Aman.