One of my favourite things about working overseas, is that I tend to know people in many of the places that I visit, and Tokyo was no exception.
When my friend Fergus asked if I was free for lunch at the newly opened Pullman Tokyo Tamachi, I jumped at the chance to join him and his family, as well as another former colleague (and friend!) from my time in Singapore who happened to be visiting at the same time.
Pullman Tokyo Tamachi is located (as you may have guessed from the name) in Tamachi, right next to the railway station, in one of the city’s leading business districts. It is Accors 1000th hotel opening in Asia Pacific and launched just a month ago, with 143 guest rooms, a live show kitchen in Ka sa, an executive lounge and a rooftop bar with an attractive outside terrace overlooking the railway (something they make a feature of, rather than trying to disguise it)
We met for lunch in Ka Sa, which serves Mediterranean dishes with an Asian twist, served up “in a vibrant, casual atmosphere” As it was the weekend, we opted for their weekend brunch menu (offering a starter/main/coffee for 3600 Yen, with the option to add one of their signature “cold stone parfait” desserts for another 400 yen)
I was pleasantly surprised by the menu, as all 6 appetisers, from the Japanese Fruit Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella, Rocket & Cured Organic Egg to the Yuzu Cured Mt Fuji Trout, Roasted Chicken Cream & Crackling, Oba & Nori Powder sounded delicious, and for once I was actually spoilt for choice when ordering from a set menu – not something that happens often!
After much debate, I settled on the Homemade Taraba Crab Cakes with Sriracha Aioli, and Wasabina and Bean Sprout Salad (available on the A la carte menu at 2100 yen) which was a lovely start to the meal. The crab cakes were relatively small in size (ideal for an appetiser) and to my delight, were mostly made up of crab and not bulked up with mashed potato or a cheaper fish, as is often the case. the Sriacha aioli offered just the right amount of “zing”, whilst the herb salad added a nice touch of freshness to the dish and I was very pleased with my choice.
Main courses offered a strong brunch selection of dishes like Ricotta Cheese Pancakes with Banana & Maple Syrup, and their spin on Eggs Benedict with Sakura Smoked Ham, Mashed Green Pea & Miso Hollandaise on Raisin Fermented Bread, as well as more substantial mains such as Teppan Grilled Sirloin of Beef with Soy Koji Aioli and Fried Potatoes.
I chose to have their Market fish of the day – Hirame, a type of Japanese Halibut – with Quinoa and Edamame Salad & a Japanese Salsa Verde (listed on the A la carte menu at 2000 yen) which was another strong choice and one I was very pleased with!
The Hirame had been cooked on the teppanyaki so as to get a nice crispy skin, whilst leaving the fish succulent and just cooked. The accompaniments of zesty Japanese salsa verde and quinoa salad were perfect and it was a lovely satisfying lunch that didn’t leave you feeling overly full (I definitely didn’t have room for dessert though!)
The Pullman Tokyo Tamachi would be a great hotel to stay in if you were visiting Japan on business, or tourism, as its only a short from Ometesando or sights like the Hamarikyu gardens.
Pullman Tokyo Tamachi
3 1 21 Shibaura