Free sparkling wine at Weekend Buffet in Hyatt Regency Tokyo

June 6th, 2014

In the good old days of 2013, the Japanese coupon sites would regularly offer 10% off deals on many of the Tokyo Hyatt hotel restaurants.  However, even in the wake of the recent sales tax increase from 5% to 8%, when the hotels should be looking to drum up additional business, the coupon offers have largely dried up.

The only offer I have been able to find is this one, good for a free glass of sparkling wine with the purchase of the weekend buffet at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo restaurant Caffe:

Good for one glass of sparkling wine for each person in group (maximum of 10) Good until September 30th.

Good for one glass of sparkling wine for each person in group (maximum of 10) Good until September 30th, 2014.

You must either bring a printout of this image, or show the image to the staff via your smart phone or some other manner.

If you want to have some fun, tell the staff that the Tokyo Hyatt Fan sent you, and enjoy the confused look on their faces!

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Review: Park Hyatt Tokyo Timeless Passion Cocktail

June 5th, 2014

The people behind the Park Hyatt Tokyo Twitter account can be very persuasive.  I’m still not exactly sure how it happened, but somehow they got me to promise them that I would come by and try out their new “Timeless Passion” cocktail at the Peak Lounge, created in celebration of the Park Hyatt Tokyo’s 20th anniversary.

And so tonight I did!

The Timeless Passion, as described on their website, is “Fragrant yuzu-infused vodka (like the Park Hyatt Tokyo Yuzu bath salt that you can win in my contest), lush Aomori apple juice, Yamanashi sparkling wine, and a dash of Japanese pepper for warmth.”  It was all made right in front of me, with the stormy skies of today’s Shinjuku in the background.

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That white building is the Washington Hotel.  I stayed there once, and have absolutely no recollection of it.

After about three minutes, this concoction was set down in front of me.

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The cherry sinks like a rock.

The yuzu and apple complemented each other quite well,  and the Japanese pepper serves to warm the body more than vodka alone would do.  It was a complex drink, kind of like pearls before swine for someone like me that rarely imbibes, but I enjoyed the experience just the same.

Actually I enjoyed looking at it almost as much as drinking it.  Though the picture doesn’t do it justice, the birds eye view looked a lot like several nebula floating in a pale white space landscape.  I don’t know if they intentionally made it look like that, but it was a very cool effect.

To boldly drink what no man has drunk before...

To boldly drink what no man has drunk before…

Although I didn’t get a chance to partake, I was able to get some pictures of the canapes offered for Twilight Time service, free for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Members or people staying on the Twilight Summer plan from 5 to 9pm:

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Alas, all that was offered to me this time around was some beer snacks.

They're good, but...

They’re good, but…

Once again, I’d like to thank the folks at Park Hyatt Tokyo for getting me out of my comfort zone to try something new.  If you are the kind of person that spends 2440 yen on a cocktail without thinking twice about it, then you should really give the Timeless Passion a try.  As for me, I will probably save the next Peak Bar experience for Twilight Time, when I can fill up on tasty appetizers, get drunk on sparkling wine, and then head off to Club on the Park to get drunk on shampoo and body soap.

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