Instagram-Worthy New York Christmas Lunch and Dessert Buffet Jollies Up Omotesando, Tokyo

13.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

BAR & GRILL DUMBO is a restaurant heavily inspired by the Brooklyn neighbourhood town of Dumbo in New York. They will be adding a sprinkle of New York Christmas magic to the menu from November 7 – December 25, 2019 with the Christmas New York lunch and dessert buffet.

 

The buffet table will be filled with irresistibly cute and delicious desserts. From the Statue of Liberty to Brooklyn Bridge, the background is lined with skyscrapers and New York’s most iconic landmarks. 

The S’more Bar is the perfect opportunity to toast your own marshmallows. Sandwich your molten marshmallow between two crackers to enhance your New York Christmas experience. 

Put your icing skills to the test at the Iced Biscuits Corner where you can enjoy decorating your own biscuits to your liking.

There is more than just desserts, however. You must try the Christmas gratin, which is garnished with a jolly green Christmas tree made from romanesco broccoli. There is also a DUMBO Caesar Salad in the shape of a wreath, a delicious Roast Turkey Breast dish and much more. 

Make sure to pop down to Omotesando for a jolly New York-style Christmas celebration.

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    Laforet Harajuku is set to hold LAFORET CHRISTMAS 2019 from November 15 to December 25. Stores throughout the shopping centre will sell various holiday season fashion items that make perfect Christmas gifts, and up on the second floor at GOOD MEAL MARKET, you can look forward to the Laforet Christmas Menu.

    All customers who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) from November 15 onward will receive an original mirror, and those who spend over ¥5,000 (tax included) from December 14 onward will receive an original handkerchief. Both of these items will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until December 1 at Dinalog in Laforet Museum Harajuku.

     

    Additionally, the main Christmas visual for this year’s event was designed by Japanese art director YUNI YOSHIDA.

     

    A two-day market will take place on Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15 in Laforet Museum Harajuku titled Laforet Market vol.9 “Christmas.”

     

    CHRISTMAS GIFT

    If you’re searching for the perfect surprise gift to friends, family, a special someone or yourself, you’re bound to find a fitting match for them during the event as stores in Laforet Harajuku display their Christmas goods in their windows.

     

    Kailijumei/5F

    Kailijumei 2019 Christmas Coffret – ¥5,500 (Tax Included)

     

    Charles Chaton/4F

    Flower Frill Cushion – ¥5,500 (Tax Included)

     

    JUEMI Syncretic/1F

    e.m.OrganicCollegeStarRing – ¥24,200 (Tax Included)

     

    Les Merveilleuses LADURÉE/1F

    Limited Edition Rose Ladurée – ¥13,200 (Tax Included)

     

     

    CHRISTMAS FOOD “Laforet Christmas Menu”

    “Pink” is the themed of the Christmas menus being whipped up at Laforet’s restaurants.

     

    Chipoon /2F

    Tomato Soy Milk Cream Noodles – ¥935 (Tax Included)

    This vegan noodle dish combines the full-bodied taste of soy milk with refreshing tomatoes to create a tempting mild flavour.

     

    machi machi /2F

    Strawberry Cheese Tea (Taro Topping) – ¥858 (Tax Included)

    A fusion of Jasmine green tea and fresh strawberries to create a unique and delicious beverage.

     

     

    Cafe de paris /B1F

    Kumono Smoothe – ¥605 (Tax Included) / Whipped Cream Topping +¥110 (Tax Included)

    Cafe de paris opened on November 1 and will be selling their exclusive cute drinks.

     

    Laforet Market vol.9 “Christmas”

    The Laforet Market is an opportunity for 40 shops to come together to sell fashion, food and miscellaneous Christmas goods. There will be workshops carried out be creators and artists, performances, and more.

     

    If you’ll be in Harajuku the holiday season then don’t pass up the opportunity to visit Laforet Harajuku this Christmas.

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    Fantasy restaurant Alice in an Old Castle, Ikebukuro will be serving up an all-you-can-eat buffet menu consisting of approximately 30 varieties of sweet treats and light bites. The beautiful Blue snow collection will be served from November to December.

     

    The Playing Cards and other Alice in Wonderland-themed motifs can be seen decorating the grand buffet table. There is a 30-minute opportunity for all keen Instagrammers to get photos of the buffet table before the eating commences.

    From the snow icing biscuits to the blue roses, the Blue snow collection theme runs through the entire buffet. The warm grape juice and melted cheese croque monsieur will quickly warm your winter-weathered body.

    Among the snowy hills dusted in intricate and icy snowflakes comes the sweet and aromatic scent of the caramelised purin cake. The mildly sweet flavour of the milk and eggs is accented with a tangy lemon flavour.

    Stollen fruit bread is traditionally served at Christmas in Germany and has become an unmissable part of the perfect Christmas celebration. The bread is moist and heavy and kneaded with dried fruits as it needs to be preserved to last the entire Christmas season. This traditional bread is packed with the flavours of Christmas. A slice of this is the perfect dessert for those who don’t have much of a sweet tooth. 

    The Christmas tree cake at the centre of the buffet will immediately catch your eye. Fresh and juicy strawberries, silver pearls and white rice dumplings decorate the tree. You will not be able to resist posting this on your Instagram. Cut a slice to reveal the chocolate sponge cake underneath.

    The ears of the White Rabbit can be seen poking out of this tart. Once you take a bite, the sweet flavours will melt in your mouth. The tart is baked to enhance the banana flavour. Brown sugar is added for a rich sweetness that is not overpowering, creating a brand new flavour experience. You will be helping yourself to another slice before you even know it.

    There is more to the buffet than just desserts, however. There is a full savoury meal menu, too. From a Light Pink Spicy Curry to a pasta dish made with varying ingredients of the season and a tartine coloured with a wide range of seasonal vegetables, the meals and meal sizes will leave you fully satisfied. If you want to take a break from the sweet treats, a fulfilling savoury meal would be a good shout.

  • Omotesando Hills Christmas 2019: Christmas Chocolate Parfait & Other Delicious Desserts

    30.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Omotesando Hills shopping complex recently began rolling out information for its Christmas celebrations for 2019. Omotesando Hills Christmas 2019 is set to run from November 13 to December 25.

     

    Enchanting illuminations will adorn the main building and its atrium, taking on the theme “Christmastime seduced by water magic.” Restaurants and eateries will also serve up some limited-time goodies for “CHRISTMAS SWEETS with CHOCOLATE.” Christmas shoppers can also look forward to getting their hands on a range of festive items amongst other things.

     

    CHRISTMAS SWEETS with CHOCOLATE

    10 restaurants throughout Omotesando Hills will serve up chocolatey Christmas-themed desserts from November 13 to December 25. There’s a lot to look out for, including the strawberry-packed parfait, a parfait made with noble rot wine jelly, a vegan tiramisu and more. Let’s take a look at a select few of these mouth-watering delights.

    Parfait do Noel – ¥1,870 (Tax Included) @ HUGO & VICTOR (Main Building Floor 1F)

    This Christmas parfait is lavish with fresh strawberries and adorned with tempting dark chocolate ice cream and chocolate flavoured macaron. It’s also layered with a spicy crumble, caramel sauce, and smooth chantilly cream. Your taste buds will be treated to each distinct flavour and texture as you spoon your way through the dessert.

     

    Serving: 11:00-20:30 (Until 19:30 on Sundays)

    Noble Rot Wine Parfait – ¥1,980 @ Wine Shop Enoteco & Bar  (Main Building Floor 3F) *15 served per day

    Noble rot wine has a distinct rich sweetness like that of honey. This jelly used in this parfait is made with noble rot wine from intenrnationally revered winery Baron Philippe de Rothschild and topped with chocolate ice cream and orange. Pour over the rest of the wine to complete this sophisticated dessert.

     

    Serving: 11:00-21:30 (Until 20:30 on Sundays)

    *Contains alcohol

    Vegan Tiramisu Chocolate Parfait – ¥1,518 (Tax Included) @ Cosme Kitchen Adaptation (Main Building Floor B2F)

    Vegan food has not entered the mainstream in Japan yet but more and more places are catching on. This mascarpone-flavoured vegan tiramisu is made with tofu and nuts. It has a refreshing taste and is sure to fill you up with its mix of tofu gateau chocolate, organic and domestic blueberries, cacao nibs, and organic coffee.

     

    Serving: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

    *Contains alcohol but can be ordered without alcohol

    Raw Chocolate & Wine Marriage – ¥1,100 (Tax Included) @ bar à vin PARTAGER (Main Building Floor 3F) *15 served per day

    Another one for the adults is this sweet made with rich raw chocolate and red wine, served together with with a fruity wine in a glass. Enjoy the bitterness of the chocolate together with the full-bodied notes of the wine.

     

    Serving: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

    *Contains alcohol

     

     

    Omotesando Hills Limited-Edition Items

    20 stores throughout Omotesando Hills will sell holiday season-inspired items between November 13 and December 25, from bags and purses in Christmas colours to cosmetics and fragrances. Here’s a small peek at what’s to come. Everything will be limited-edition and available while supplies last.

    Bag – ¥53,900 (Tax Included), Wallets – ¥31,900 Each (Tax Included) @ EPOCA UOMO PRIMA (Main Building Floor 2F)

    Adorned in Christmas colours are this bag made from soft sheep leather from Turkey and three fold purse. The inside of the bag is made with synthetic leather, and the bag itself is both light and holds plenty.

    Millefiori Christmas Gift – ¥12,650 (Tax Included) @ Millefiori (Main Building Floor B2F)

    This gorgeous kit is decorated with bright-red preserved flowers and contains high-quality room fragrances from ZONA. The scents include the refreshing “Oxygen” with citrus notes and the “Musk Flower” with elegant floral notes. These are limited in stock with only 5 available for each.

     

    There are countless other sweets and items to get your hands on at Omotesando Hills this Christmas season, so if you’re in Tokyo, don’t miss out.

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    Bread

    Strawberry Cannelé de Bordeaux / Strawberry & Almond Chocolate Danish / Strawberry and Cream Cheese Flute 

     

     

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    Strawberry Grasshopper / Strawberry Milk for Adults / Strawberry Mojito

     

     

     

    ※Menu items subject to change depending on availability.
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    Strawberry Parfait ‘Drowning Strawberries’ 

     

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    ‘Strawberry Shortcake ~Buried in the Glass~’

     

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    Strawberry Stack Option

     

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    Overflowing Strawberry Gift Box

     

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    In 2011, Ginza Cozy Corner started the ‘First Sweets’ tradition to invite people to welcome the new year by enjoying some sweets after finishing the traditional osechi dishes. This is when the idea of Sweets Osechi was born, sure to put a smile on your face going into 2022!

     

     

    9-piece Sweets Osechi: ¥2,400 (Tax Included) 

     

    12-piece Sweets Osechi: ¥3,000 (Tax Included) 

     

     

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    Popular Japanese donut chain Mister Donut is teaming up with Pokemon for the fourth year in a row! Lots of new themed sweets and merchandise will be available for a limited time starting November 12. 

     

    Together Again This Year Collection

     

    Pikachu Donut

    Eevee Donut

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    Merchandise

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    The Christmas Set comes with three pieces of merchandise: a blanket, a plate, and a mug, all featuring this year’s Mister Donut x Pokemon design. How would you like to have this as a gift this Christmas?

     

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