Inexpensive and yummy all-you-can-eat plans are not bad, but since you have come all the way to Japan, we believe it would be a good idea for you to try and have a luxury meal in a top choice buffet. Here you will information about 5 famous hotels in Tokyo featuring buffet style restaurants.
Ventaglio is a popular buffet style restaurant located within luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, in the Nihonbashi area near Tokyo Station. The restaurant accepts online reservations which makes it especially easy for tourists to build up their schedule in an efficient manner.
The buffet includes Mediterranean dishes using carefully selected seafood and vegetables, and its content changes depending on the day and the time of the day. If you would like to enjoy their roasted beef carving service, this is only available on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays for lunch, or on Fridays, weekends, and national holidays for dinner, so make sure you go on the correct day.
The buffet also includes plenty of desserts such as cakes, fruits, and ice cream, which will definitely make the delights of all those with a sweet tooth!
Please be aware that coffee and tea are included in the price of the buffet, but you will have to pay separately if you order mineral water. If you want to have some water, tell the staff that you would like some "regular water" (tap water).
Holiday Lunch Buffet (4,400 JPY (excl. tax)) / Weekend Dinner (5,500 JPY (excl. tax))
1. Ventaglio (Mandarin Oriental Tokyo)
When it comes to luxury buffets, Chef's Live Kitchen, in Hotel InterContinental Tokyo Bay, is a must-visit that's located right in front of the ocean. We especially recommend coming here for dinner time, as a meal while enjoying the night view of Rainbow Bridge will definitely allow you to enjoy a feeling of wealth.
The buffet includes dishes such as their bone-in premium roast beef, a must have for meat lovers, but since you have made it all the way to Japan, we definitely recommend that you have their Japanese dishes, such as sushi and tempura as well. The buffet style may make it easier for you to try dishes that you might not order otherwise.
In addition, the restaurant makes it a point to maintain a performance-like lively atmosphere - just watching the chef grilling crunchy chicken over a splendid flame is a lot of fun! If you like desserts, we also recommend their original parfaits, which are made with a yogurt-based soft serve ice cream on which you can choose which toppings from the 12 available to add, and then pour as much as you want from three different types of sauces.
Weekday: dinner 5,430 JPY (excl. tax); weekends and national holidays: dinner is 5,986 (excl. tax)
2. Chef's Live Kitchen (Hotel InterContinental Tokyo Bay)
Imperial Viking Sal, located within Imperial Hotel Tokyo, was a pioneer in the field of buffet style restaurants in Japan. Its open kitchen is especially worthy of note, and watching the chefs cook right in front of your eyes may make you want to try just about everything. In addition, the buffet menu changes depending on the time of the day, so you may have a hard time deciding when to come. For example, their signature dish during lunch time is the grilled beef filet pie with red wine sauce and, for dinner, the menu features the Imperial Hotel traditional roast beef. Both are delicious, but the thick and juicy roast beef is definitely a defining feature of Imperial Viking Sal, so we recommend visiting for dinner first.
In addition, guests can indulge in one of the restaurant's staples, escargot, made with a flavor that won't lose to any luxury French restaurant. The buffet also includes a wide array of cakes, so be sure to try them as well.
Weekday Dinner (8,200 JPY excl. tax), Weekend and National Holidays Dinner (8,700 JPY excl. tax)
3. Imperial Viking Sal (Imperial Hotel Tokyo)
Luxury is not just about the food. Towers is a buffet restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo that offers a panoramic view of Tokyo from a height of 200 meters.
We especially recommend coming here for lunch. There are two options, the chef's table meal on the weekdays (3,900 JPY (excl. tax and service charges) for one person) and the Towers brunch on weekends and holidays (7,000 JPY (excl. tax and service charges for one person). Both of them feature a buffet for appetizers, after which guests can order a main dish from the 5 available options that is then brought to their table. Among these, the egg-based dish, which the chef prepares one at a time, are especially worthy of trying.
After you finish you meal... it's dessert time! The restaurant offers a buffet style dessert featuring a selection of 10 different sweets. All of them are made with carefully selected ingredients for a delicious result that you will surely become obsessed with.
Lunch starts at 3,900 JPY (excl. tax)
4. Towers (The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo)
The Marble Lounge, in The Hilton Tokyo, is a spacious buffet style restaurant built in a wellhole style.
We recommend their dinner buffet, which features popular dishes such as their staple roast beef (with carving service), and a caesar salad that is mixed and prepared inside a parmesan cheese container.
Another characteristic of this restaurant is the plentiful variety of seafood available - you may feel like you are getting a great deal when you see the fresh fish lined up on the ice.
This dinner buffet features a total of about 60 luxurious dishes. However, the price is quite reasonable, especially when compared to other famous hotels, as they charge 5,000 JPY (excl. tax) from Monday through Thursday, and 6,000 JPY (excl. tax) from Friday through Sunday, and on national holidays. This is a place that you cannot miss!
5. Marble Lounge (The Hilton Tokyo)
How did you enjoy these gorgeous buffets from famous hotels? Japanese cuisine is definitely one of the gems of traveling to Japan, but Western dishes prepared by Japanese people are definitely worth a try too.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.