May 9, 2013

Flavorful and nutritious Chinese dishes of Hotel Okura

Hotel Okura (ホテルオークラ) is one of the best hotel brands in Japan, whose head hotel is located in Toranomon (虎ノ門). As Okura is a bit far from any metro/subway stations, as a hidden spot in the center of Tokyo, political/business meetings are often held. The possibility of seeing celebrities is high. I like Okura’s stable and sophisticated service, but to be honest, their facilities are quite old. This point is a bit regrettable. 
Lobby of Hotel Okura Tokyo 
Entrance of "Tokarin" 
Table setting 
Cold starter 
Shark's fin soup
Deep fried spring rolls
Fried squid with seasonal vegetables 
Fried pork with sweet vinegar 
Fried rice with shrimp, meat and vegetables 
Sesame dumplings 
Almond jelly 

The other day, I had a chance to visit their Chinese restaurant called “Tokarin (桃花林)” at lunch time. The interior is gorgeous with Chinese furniture. In contrast to the silent outside, most of the tables were occupied by customers. The service was definitely nice. Staff smoothly served dishes as we requested. Lunch set meal we ordered was JPY4,400 including 10% service charge per person, which might be a bit expensive for lunch. 

But we could be fully satisfied with the nice meal. Every dish was delicious. Of course, any chemical seasoning is not used. Rich bouillon made by variety of ingredients was the basis of the good taste. The taste was very gentle but rich as a whole. I liked soup of shark’s fin, deep-fried spring rolls, and sesame dumplings, particularly. The balance of the course was favorable. My rating is 4 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

Hotel Okura (ホテルオークラ 

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