Afternoon Tea Service

afternoon tea “stones”

On May 17, 2022, Palace Hotel Tokyo celebrated its 10th anniversary.

In commemoration of this special occasion, Lobby Lounge The Palace Lounge has renewed its afternoon tea service from its signature jyubako of layered lacquered boxes.

The new afternoon tea service is presented on lacquerware made by world-renowned Akito Akagi, based in Wajima. Akagi’s representative work “Stones,” using river stones as a motif, was redesigned exclusively for this afternoon tea.

Whereas most Wajima lacquerware apply a final coat uwanuri to express the smooth texture and beauty, Akagi chose not to take this process for “Stones,” emphasizing the matte, modern texture.

Made of wood and lacquer born of nature, “Stones” resonates with “Harmony with Nature,” one of Palace Hotel Tokyo’s brand values.

 
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Where: Lobby Lounge The Palace Lounge (1F)
Hours: 11:00 am / 11:30 am / 2:00 pm / 2:30 pm / 5:00 pm / 5:30 pm
*Afternoon Tea seating is limited to 2.5 hours.
Price: JPY 8,000 per person / JPY 10,400 with a glass of Champagne
*Prices are inclusive of consumption tax and subject to an additional 15% service charge.
*From March 1 (Fri.): JPY 11,000 with a glass of Champagne
*Limited to 20 servings per day.

Menu:
Under the sub-theme of “Colors of Japan,” the lacquer vessels serve as canvases for sweets and savories colored in traditional hues, with changing menus marking seasonal transitions. Enjoy an afternoon tea tantamount to a work of art.
*Menus to change with the season.

Reservations: Required
Tel: +81-3-3211-5370 (10:00 am – 7:00 pm)

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Lacquerware Artist Profile

akito akagi

Born in Okayama Prefecture in 1962, Akito Akagi graduated from the Philosophy Department at Chuo University and initially worked as a magazine editor.

Moving to Wajima in 1988, he studied under lacquer craftsman Susumu Okamoto, and opened his own studio in 1994.

Akagi has since gained international recognition, and was selected as one of the “Twelve contemporary Japanese lacquerware artists” at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. In 2004, his artwork became part of the collection at Die Neue Sammlung, a design museum in Germany.

His lacquerware is conceived to enrich contemporary life.

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Akito Akagi

December 1 - February 29

winter menu

“Stones”afternoon tea is presented on modern lacquerware tea stands. The vivid scarlet of 10 kinds of strawberry sweets creates a striking visual contrast with snow-white winter theme color.
Japanese tea cakes from Fukui confectioner Maruokaya are complemented by Shizuoka matcha from Marumo Mori.

[Matcha]
Organic matcha from Shizuoka served in an original Kiyomizu yaki bowl by Zensho Kiln
Palace Hotel Tokyo original rakugan rakugan (dried sugar confectionery)

[Sweets]
Black tea flavored gâteau chocolat / white currant and dried strawberry, Ginger mousse / strawberry crunch, Strawberry mousse / passion fruit gelée, Sake lees parfait glacé / hot strawberry sauce, Japanese confectionery from Maruokaya

[Sweets]
Black tea flavored gâteau chocolat / white currant and dried strawberry, Ginger mousse / strawberry crunch, Strawberry mousse / passion fruit gelée , Sake lees parfait glacé / hot strawberry sauce , Japanese confectionery from Maruokaya

[Savories]
Zuwai crab vol au vent / bottarga, Cauliflower mousse / consommé, caviar , Tartlet / Jerusalem artichoke and mozzarella , Duck breast with port wine reduction and yuzu pepper , Veal pâté / Pommery flavored savoy cabbage , Croque monsieur / truffle, jambon blanc, Gruyère Clam chowder soup

[Scones]
Bamboo charcoal and strawberry scones / clotted cream / strawberry jam

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March 1 - May 31

spring menu

Luxuriate in the warmth of spring.
Sweets include a gelée styled after a mimosa flower and a green tea tart.
Spring colors of savories featuring broad beans and shrimp brighten the plate.
Torayaki Butter tea cake from Toraya, and Mine no Mukashi matcha tea from Kyo Hayashiya complete the set.

[Matcha]
Matcha from KYOTO served in an original Kiyomizu-yaki bowl by Zensho Kiln
Palace Hotel Tokyo original rakugan (dried sugar confectionery)

[Sweets]
Green tea tart, apricot / Muscadine truffles, peanut ganache / Pistachio and lemon macaron / Pickled fruits, basil-flavored bubbles / Torayaki Butter tea cake from Toraya

[Sweets]
Green apple and lime pâte de fruits / No-bake cherry blossom cheesecake, raspberry / Sparkling wine and orange jelly / Jasmine-flavored mousse, raspberry jelly / Matcha opéra with yuzu flavor / Honey-flavored meringue chantilly, grapefruit and mango jelly

[Savories]
Green pea potage, truffle-scented cream / Roast beef tartare, caramelized onion financier / Pressé of daikon and sweet shrimp, sake lees and fromage blanc / Squid tart, squid ink and dried mullet roe / Brioche tartine / Jambon persillé / Chaud-froid of broad beans and liver mousse

[Scones]
Bamboo charcoal and black tea scones / clotted cream / mandarin orange jam

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