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Diamonds Are Forever


It’s a quintessential Tokyo experience: indulging in the magnificent sight of the sprawling megalopolis from the soaring heights of a luxury hotel skyscraper. The Towers restaurant and The Bar at the Ritz-Carl- ton, Tokyo boast spectacular cinematic views worthy of the best magical movie moment.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo is in Tokyo Midtown, a bustling complex of shops, offices, eateries, and apartments, but Towers and The Bar feel like cloistered, faraway worlds high up on the 45th floor. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase expansive vistas with one main character in full frame: Tokyo Skytree. On a clear day, the Rainbow Bridge and Odaiba can be seen playing supporting roles in the background.

Takuji Nakano, Towers’ chef de cuisine, brings over 24 years of expertise in French gastronomy and Michelin-star gravitas to the menus. His traditional French cooking uses ingredients from around the world, including Japanese specialties like kuroge wagyu, sourced from Japan’s black cattle and regarded as the elite of wagyu beef.

The ultra-fluffy French toast in Towers’ breakfast has a cult following of fawning fans and the decadent weekend brunch is a coveted hot ticket. Towers is perfect for a romantic rendezvous but don’t be surprised if the dessert trolley steals your loved one’s affections. It’s a celebrity in its own right that’s wheeled out at every service, morning to night. Cheese buffs can swoon over the special cart highlighting Japan’s finest fromages.

At the other end of the floor, The Bar captures Tokyo’s ever-evolving cosmopolitan creativity through beloved classic drinks blended with Japanese flavors. Its three most popular cocktails of all time are the Flower of Delight (chamomile-infused gin, flower cordial, lemon juice and egg white), the Ritz-Carlton martini (gin, mirin rice wine, sakura cherry blossom vermouth, shiso leaf and yuzu citrus bitters) and the Ritz-Carlton Manhattan (Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo original tea bitters, bourbon, and vermouth). All are priced at ¥3,600. The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo works closely with prestigious distilleries to procure extremely rare liquors for The Bar. The hotel offers two of its own private label spirits from now-closed distilleries—the 1988 single-cask whisky from Japan’s Karuizawa (only 20 bottles available) and the 22-year-old Cask #82 rum, a deep, rich liquor from Trinidad and Tobago’s Caroni distillery.

The ultimate exclusive thrill, however, is the Diamonds Are Forever mar- tini. Absolut Elyx vodka, lime juice, a one-carat diamond plus a generous dash of Bubble-era hedonism is prepared at your table while a live band plays the namesake Bond anthem. Priced at ¥3,000,000, it’s lauded as the world’s most expensive cocktail.

Every Ritz-Carlton hotel around the globe embodies a unified yet unique personality. In Tokyo, it’s the director command- ing the epic saga of the world’s greatest city, spanning the past and future via a masterful mix of tradition and modernity. And for extra dramatic effect, sky-high extravagance elevated to stratospheric heights.

Address: Address: 9-7-1 Tokyo Midtown. Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo


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