Gordon Ramsay at the Conrad Tokyo A culinary experience beyond compare
Among the definitive pleasures of the Conrad Tokyo in Shiodome is dining at the Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay at Conrad Tokyo, a French restaurant providing everything you expect of such a master under the expert supervision of Chef de Cuisine Maeda.The moody ambience of the Conrad Tokyo, ultramodern but with an emphasis on wood and natural tones, is carried seamlessly into the décor of Gordon Ramsay. Seven-meter-high windows remove the need for artificial lighting during the day and make possible low-key illumination after dark, allowing guests to enjoy a stunning meal while taking in the breathtaking light show that is Tokyo after dark.
The menu is a masterful arrangement with something to offer both veteran Tokyo diners and experienced world travelers. I started with the terrine of skate wing and Welsh onion with sauce gribiche. The sauce added a subtle yet delicious flavor, and the portion was just right to open a pleasantly filling epicurean encounter.
For the fish portion, I selected the pan-roasted sea robin à la boulangère with wilted spinach and sauce lie de vin. The sea robin was lightly coated with a delicious wine sauce, and a small cup of this sauce accompanied the plate for those who want more. I was quite happy with the dish as it arrived, but found the sauce a nice complement to the wilted spinach.
The meat course, filet of beef à la forestière with roasted garlic puree, pomme fondant and Madeira jus, might just be the best beef dish I have ever had. The meat was prepared to perfection and the sauce was again excellent. (This venue does some incredible sauces.) Special mention must also be made of the garlic puree, included as an accent, perhaps, but deserving of appetizer status in its own right.
For dessert, I ordered the chilled creamy rice pudding with roasted winter fruits in bramble syrup, a surprising mix of the sweet (pudding and fruits) and the tangy (bramble syrup), followed by a pleasing nutty essence that lingered on the palate. The texture also entertained via the creamy pudding, a crunchy rice wafer, and crisply roasted fruits.
Worth multiple visits
With Shiodome being a commercial district, the Conrad Tokyo gets its share of business travelers. However, the hotel has also put special effort into not only what, but how they feed guests. Gordon Ramsay has a special table with eight places facing the kitchen and allowing interaction with the chefs, and the Cerise by Gordon Ramsay, located next door, provides uniquely Ramsay brasserie-style dishes throughout the day. Kazahana features several styles of traditional Japanese cuisine in a distinctly unconventional décor with modern art accents, and Michelin-starred China Blue presents a tempting range of "nouveau Chinese" cuisine.
Every restaurant at the hotel has those seven-meter-high windows and offers a different perspective on the vibrant and ever-changing Tokyo skyline. This is a restaurant hub, and I will be back for more.