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JAPAN – 16

Believe it or not, there’s beef-and-mash on the menu at Bulgari Tokyo – it’s interpreted by two interesting Italians, Niko Romito and Mauro Aloisio.  The former sets the tone for all Bulgari properties and the latter is the Tokyo interpreter. Yes, on this weekly Girlahead grub day, we are at the eponymous Niko Romito restaurant in Bulgari Hotel Tokyo. Mauro Aloisio is the onsite overseer here.

The meal started with a clear broth of vegetables that must have been boiled so long that the flavour was intense as a perfume.  Next came a pair of Botan ebi shrimp swimming in a clear lemon-flavoured liquid, with pea-sized globules that were pink pepper or parsley. See them, above. After this were open tortellini topped with morsels of zucchini and mint, all in a Parmigiano Reggiano sauce.

Even a Tiffany pearl necklace would have one ‘black sheep’, of lowest quality.  Suffice to say that Girlahead was not enamoured of a mound of chitarra spaghetti, sea urchin on top and served with roast garlic and pepper powder. She did love that beef, a two-bite of Miyazaki wagyu fillet with tiniest green grapes, capers and black pepper, and one-bite of mashed potato. See below. And the dessert was ‘interesting’, a Martini glass of white chocolate mousse blended with Yamanashi peach sorbet, and a rosé wine foam topping.  We had, by the way, drunk 2022 Etna Rosato Pietradolce Rosé throughout the meal.

Bulgari Tokyo is in Midtown, the Yaesu district and only five minutes’ from Tokyo Station. It’s on the 40-45 floors of one of Mitsui Fudosan’s buildings, one with 45 floors. Interiors are, as always with Bulgari, by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel ACPV and there is slightly more colour than in earlier Bulgaris. Bedheads are white and muted orange, the Bulgari colour. The 98 bedrooms opened 4th April 2023 – the Bulgari Suite is a staggering 400sq m. But then everything is big here. The indoor pool is 25 metres.

Bulgari does everything big, to remember.