Häagen-Dazs Matcha Salon to Open in Roppongi in April

22.March.2019 | FOOD

Häagen-Dazs Japan will opened a matcha-packed Matcha Salon for a limited-time at Roppongi Hills Cafe from April 24 to May 5.

Häagen-Dazs first arrived in Japan in 1984 and has since been enjoyed for 35 years. To celebrate this landmark, this Matcha Salon will serve up a 6-item green tea course to commemorate the Häagen-Dazs Green Tea ice cream, the first flavour that hit the Japanese market.

 

After the green tea flavoured ice cream was released Häagen-Dazs went on to serve up flavours developed in America. In coming to Japan the company wanted to create a flavour that more met the demands of Japanese palates, and so they settled on matcha, an ingredient that has been enjoyed in Japan for hundreds of years. Much trial and error was carried out to bring out the creamy flavour of Häagen-Dazs ice cream and matcha bitterness which is what led to the Häagen-Dazs green tea ice cream.

 

Tea leaf management is no easy task. The flavour of leaves can change completely from various factors such as the weather. To ensure Häagen-Dazs Green Tea could be preserved and made consistently, staff carry out organoleptic tests to create a tea leaf blend that Häagen-Dazs can use.

 

Since matcha is weak to heat and light, the powdering of the tea leaves is done in a dark room. This is done inside a millstone which does not heat up as easily as metal, ensuring residual heat does not get into the tea leaves. Because of this delicate process, only a dozen or so grams of matcha can be made in one millstone every hour.

 

Special cups were even developed to package the green tea ice cream which makes it hard for light to get in.

 

If you’ve yet to try this special ice cream made for Japanese people then make sure you get the chance.

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    Time: 10:30-13:30 (subject to change)

    Location: Roppongi Hills Arena

    Participation Conditions: Anybody who dressed up can join (the theme is “Movies”)

    Participation: Free

    Enquiries: 03-6406-6000 (Roppongi Hills Information)

     

     

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    Ginza Kagari (銀座 篝)

    Chicken Soba: ¥900 (before tax)

    Ginza Kagari is known for their notorious never-ending queues. In 2016 and 2017, it earned a place in the Michelin Guide Tokyo and even became popular overseas. One of their specilaties is their chicken soba. The broth is packed with the goodness and flavour of the entire chicken and even the bones. The flavour of the broth is exquisite and rich. The salt kaeshi sauce which is made from a mix of soy sauce, mirin and sugar goes perfectly with the soup. The salt mixture in the sauce consists of a range of natural salts which contain the natural goodness of the sea and perfectly enhance the flavours of the soup.

     

    Location: Metro Hat Hollywood Plaza Floor B2

    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O: 22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/en/  (The website is scheduled to open during mid October)

     

    Yakitori Kokorikoan (焼鳥 ここりこ庵)

    Yakitori (chicken skewer): ¥200 (before tax)

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    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
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    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
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    We have a full report on our heavenly trip to AFURI so if you are curious to find out more, please check out our this article: Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant

     

    Location: Metro Hat/ Hollywood Plaza Floor B2
    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (L.O:22:00)
    Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/shops_restaurants/restaurants/00100.html

     

    There are just so many popular shops and restaurants at Metro Hat that you will be spoilt for choice. We hope you enjoy exploring the rich culture of Roppongi. 

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    The new pumpkin ice cream is drizzled in a pumpkin sauce packed full of plump pumpkin perfection. And by cooking fresh pumpkin, the flavour is condensed and made even richer, filling your mouth with the gentle sweetness of pumpkin.

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  • Häagen-Dazs Releases Mouthwatering Yuzu Orange Blanc Manger Ice Cream

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    Häagen-Dazs Japan will release their mini cup Yuzu orange Blancmange ice cream countrywide on 23rd July. This will be available for a limited period only. 

     

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    ASHIMIZU presented by Iyemon takes place at Midtown Garden’s small running stream where you can dip your legs into the water. This is the 10th time it has been held and has become a popular summer event.

     

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  • Former Japanese football player Hidetoshi Nakata attended opening ceremony for KitKat and sake pairing event currently being held in Roppongi!

    23.April.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    A regional KitKat Pairing Bar called “Gotouchi no KitKat Pairing Bar” is currently running in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. The pop-up bar features an AI’s recommendations of regional KitKats with Japanese sake from among 1,650 combinations of pairings.

    You can also witness the event vehicle covered in 15 varieties of Gotouchi KitKat prints at the event in Roppongi Hills.

    The sake brands featured at the event are brands carefully selected by famous Japanese former football player Hidetoshi Nakata, who has been promoting sake to the world. He has built his expertise by visiting more than 350 breweries nationwide. Nakata was also present to kick off the event! Nestlé’s managing executive officer Cedric Lacroix also makes an appearance.

    Cedric Lacroix commented that the products created with the help of Nakata have a favourable reputation in Japan. He stated that he is incredibly pleased to be working with Nakata for the pairing bar, as he is full of knowledge in the field of sake.

     

    Nakata stated:

    “We don’t have the mindset of creating a new product, but we intend to focus on the act of celebrating with people from the region by creating something new.

     

    Besides the KitKat Nihonshu Masuizumi and Umeshu Tsuru-ume, there is now a third collaboration KitKat flavour being released!

    You can experience 150 different pairings of KitKats and sake that have been carefully chosen by Nakata before they are on sale anywhere else! The AI will be introducing regional (Gotouchi) KitKats such as Kyushu Amaou strawberry and Gunma Asian skunk cabbage KitKat!

     

    “The sweetness of the chocolate combined with the sharp aftertaste of the dry alcohol is very interesting. The taste differs from person to person so I would like everyone to try it for themselves”, continued Nakata.

     

    “Having chocolate with alcohol is quite a normal thing to do, however, both chocolate and Japanese sake have a long, deep-rooted culture in Japan. There’s the impression that Japanese sake only goes well with traditional Japanese food (Washoku). Hopefully, this event helps people to discover this new combination of chocolate and Japanese sake”, he continued passionately. 

     

    The Gotouchi KitKat Pairing Bar will be running until national holiday Monday 29th April. Come try this brand new experience involving regional KitKat flavours and their matching Japanese sake!

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    An array of new products and food dishes limited exclusively to the stores at Roppongi Hills are being released this month.

     

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    Baby Shoes collection: ¥37,800 (Tax Included) *1 size in 3 colours, EU Size 18

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    Starbucks Mamezara Set ART: ¥2,700 (Before Tax) *Up to 5 per person

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    Limited Edition Lunch “Fukuoka Prefecture Japanese Yam & Wagyu Black Beef Sukiyaki Gozen”: ¥3,780 (Tax Included)

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    There are lots of other exclusive items and dishes coming to Roppongi Hills too. Check the store list below.

  • This AI Chooses the Best KitKat Flavour to Pair With Your Sake

    30.March.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Gotochi KITKAT Pairing Bar will be open at Roppongi Hills from April 19 to 29 serving KitKat and sake pairings chosen from 1,650 combinations by AI.

    Japan is known for its KitKat flavours, with a total of 350 having been created to date, 40 of which are always available. Many of those flavours are made using ingredients from local regions across the country where they sold at those places’ souvenir shops. Their unique flavour combinations and colours have tickled the fancy of Japanese people and foreigners alike.


    The KITKAT Pairing Bar offers a new way for both locals and overseas visitors to enjoy eating KitKats by picking which flavour will go best for them when paired with sake.

     

    You must answer 5 questions at the bar from which the AI will filter your tastes from 150 combinations chosen that day. There will be a total of 1,650 combinations available across the 11 day period.

     

    Of course, you can purchase your local flavour KitKat there and then. The sake combinations were carefully selected and curated by Hidetoshi Nakata, a former soccer player and experienced sake expert who has tried well over 350 brands of sake all over Japan. The sake pairings are supervised by CRAFT SAKE WEEK.

     

    Have the AI find your flavours!

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