Hilton Tokyo Awarded Four Pavilions And Its French Restaurant Receives One Star In Michelin Guide Tokyo 2011

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November 29, 2010

TOKYO -  The iconic Hilton Tokyo, which has undergone an extensive refurbishment of guestrooms, suites and public areas and unveiled a new ballroom in 2009, has been recognized as one of Tokyo’s finest hotels in the Michelin Guide for 2011.

Michelin’s rigorous evaluation system rates hotels according to ‘order of comfort’, placing Hilton Tokyo in the second highest category with four ‘pavilions.’ In recognising Hilton Tokyo as one of the best hotels in the city, the Guide in particular applauds the hotel’s unique ‘Luxe Line’ products. These include the unique ‘Gallery Suite’ and the Executive Floors, noted in the guide as "offering a high level of comfort for business and leisure guests."

Hilton Tokyo’s ‘Le Pergolèse’ French Dining, which opened in November 2008, received one Michelin star for the second consecutive year. ‘Le Pergolèse’ at Hilton Tokyo opened as the namesake restaurant of the Parisian one Michelin star ‘Le Pergolèse’, owned by Chef Stéphane Gaborieau. ‘Le Pergolèse’ at Hilton Tokyo reflects the menu of its Parisian sister, featuring selected items from its grand menu. Chef Hervé Garnier from the Paris’ ‘Le Pergolèse’ is stationed in the kitchen alongside Hilton Tokyo’s culinary team to ensure full compliance with Chef Gaborieau’s recipes and creative philosophy. This is reflected in the Guide when it states; "Emphasis is placed on the natural taste of the ingredients and, from time to time, they are combined to create unique dishes; originality is also evident in the elaborate arrangements on the plate."

The consultant chef Stéphane Gaborieau elaborates on his vision for the restaurant by saying, “We don’t do fussy designer food or try to be complicated.” Chef Gaborieau has an impeccable culinary history, winning his first Michelin star in 1995 and in 2004 was awarded the ultimate culinary honor in France: the ‘MOF’ – Meilleurs Ouvrier de France. The latter is conferred by the French government in recognition of excellence amongst craftsmen, receiving this medal is one of the most notoriously difficult accolades to achieve.

‘Le Pergolèse’ garnered four Michelin ‘spoon/fork’ symbols, the Guide’s restaurant classification indicating order of comfort (on a scale of one to five). Aspects such as the character of the building, décor, the setting, welcome and services are all taken into account for this assessment. The Guide also noted the ‘Wine Marriage,’ the restaurant’s unique wine selections made by Dr. Ron Georgiou MW, when it stated; "The wine list also offers a wide range from all around the world, which are carefully selected to compliment the dishes."

Naoki Oto, hotel manager of Hilton Tokyo commented, "We are extremely happy to gain such an honour. This achievement could not have been reached without Chef Stéphane Gaborieau’s full commitment and our team member’s devotion to exceeding our valued customers’ expectations. The fact that Le Pergolèse in Paris and Tokyo now each have 1 Michelin star clearly shows our commitment to the highest standard of menus and service.”

Momoko Gonohe, Hilton Tokyo
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About Hilton Tokyo
Hilton Tokyo opened on September 1, 1984 and is located in Tokyo’s vibrant Shinjuku city center. Overlooking Shinjuku Central Park and just minutes from the heart of the business and entertainment areas, the distinctive S-curved 38-storey hotel is a well-known Tokyo icon. 815 spacious guest rooms are located on the 8th to 38th floors. Comfortably decorated in warm tones with Japanese lacquer and wood details, each room has a writing desk, sofa and easy chair and feature Hilton Tokyo’s famous traditional shoji screen window covers. Executive rooms are located on the top seven floors in a ‘hotel-within-a-hotel’ dedicated to providing exclusive service. The latter includes personalized private check-in and check-out, a full range of business and leisure services and complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails are all provided within an elegant setting with unbeatable views. Hotel features 7 restaurants and bars including 24/7 Marble Lounge. Hotel also completed its full renovation of 24/7 Hilton Fitness by PRECOR in December 2007 and opened luxury ‘Chocolat Boutique Tokyo’ in March 2008.

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