Monday, December 11, 2017

Authentic Japanese Food Experience at Grand Hyatt Tokyo


The group was stuck on an extremely bad weather. The incessant rain pulled us back on our great plans to explore Tokyo—it was our first day. As we sipped our freshly-made green tea, the rainwater dripping through the glass windows calmed us. Shunbou Restaurant in Grand Hyatt Tokyo had this zen feel to it. With wood, stone, and natural plants inside, it felt like we're one with nature. Our supposed one-hour lunch ended up on an afternoon lounge as we got to try an authentic Japanese lunch bento box.

It was an early autumn trip that was planned by my favorite travel buddies. They found a promo fare for a roundtrip Manila to Tokyo flight from Cebu Pacific Air in which they immediately booked, without me knowing it.


So after a successful Japan Travel Visa Application for Philippine Passport Holders, the arduous task of planning the trip came after. And of course, that didn't happen as we always gravitate towards exploring the unknown that a Tokyo Travel Guide for First-Timers wouldn't be needed anymore. Well, it was just me who was a first-timer so I was sure that these guys would show me around their favored spots in the city.

Staying at Wired Hotel Asakusa, we journeyed through the underground world of Tokyo with the help of our Unlimited Subway Pass from the ever-reliable Klook App that we availed beforehand. We got off at Roppongi station wherein we were greeted by endless drizzle as we emerged.

Shunbou Japanese Restaurant Tokyo
Authentic Japanese Meal on our first day in Tokyo
A few steps away from our stop was our rendezvous for that afternoon, Grand Hyatt Tokyo. I can still vividly recall our Grand Hyatt Taipei experience. It was the same time and weather as last year as we wandered around Taiwan for the first time.

We could've just bought a bento meal from a convenience store but we all agreed on having a legit Japanese lunch on our very first day hence, we braved the stormy weather to one of the best Japanese restaurants in Tokyo.

Shunbou Japanese Restaurant Tokyo
Shunbou Restaurant at Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Located at Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Shunbou Restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine highlighting local seasonal ingredients. Diners can enjoy a wide array of seasonal dishes on a beautiful Aji-ishi Japanese granite stone counter and tables at the main dining room.

Passing through an open-aired garden corridor, we were welcomed by a staff at the door and were ushered to our assigned seats.
Shunbou Japanese Restaurant Tokyo
Communing with the five elements of nature



Neutral colors of brown, grey and ivory filled the room as well as touches of green from the natural plants. Textured stones, wood and metal were used for the walls, tables and other furnishings. The elements of nature merged into one common ground; wood (furniture), water (rain), metal (furniture), earth (pots) and stone (furnishings, walls), and fire (literally from the kitchen). The aesthetic and overall feel of Shunbou Restaurant was soothing enough.

We glanced through the lunch menu and were all glued on the Bento Box Set or Lunch Box Shunsai. We were then guided by the gracious lady server on the best eats at the restaurant. 

Shunbou Japanese Restaurant Tokyo
The best tofu ever!
Stories of travel and whatnots filled our table. We were too occupied on chichatting that we didn't even notice the endless rain outside. The group was perfectly confined on a peaceful spot.

We were first offered with a freshly-made ginger tea and a tofu dish for appetizer. I super love the tofu because it literally melted in my mouth, it was the freshest tofu I've ever had. The almond added the right crunch to it as well. I was already satiated, and it was just the appetizer.

Shunbou Japanese Restaurant Tokyo
Lunch Box Shunsai
Our Lunch Box Shunsai arrived and we all gasped on its cutesy packaging. The bento box was divided into three compartments; Upper box (appetizers, sashimi), Middle box (charcoal grilled daily dish), and Lower box (simmered dish, deep-fried dish). It also came with steamed rice, miso soup, pickled vegetable and a dessert. All of these for JPY5,300.

Another house specialty was the Matsutake Mushroom Rice. I'm not a fan of mushrooms as it's the only thing I don't eat but my buddies were raving about it. These premium mushrooms are seasonal and a favorite by the locals during autumn. The fresh sake was also perfect with the meal.

Shunbou Japanese Restaurant Tokyo
Shiitake Mushroom Rice
It was an effortless relaxation we had on our very first day. The ambiance was perfect enough as well as the service they offer. The staff weren't at all pushy. The food was superb with the subtlety of all the flavors. Nothing was overpowering anything. It was the Japanese dining experience I wasn't expecting, and the way it should be.


Shunbou Restaurant at Grand Hyatt Tokyo (check discounted rates here)
6th floor Grand Hyatt Tokyo,
6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0032
Contact Number: (+81) 3.4333.8786
Email Address: shunbou@hyatt.com
Opening hours: Lunch | 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
                          Dinner | 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm


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