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Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo Italian Restaurant Piacere to Open "Tapas by Piacere" on 2 October 2015

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo Italian Restaurant Piacere to Open "Tapas by Piacere" on 2 October 2015

Tokyo, 24 September 15 – Italian restaurant Piacere announces a new dinnertime offshoot for informal dining, “Tapas by Piacere”. Starting Friday, 2 October 2015, with a concept of “Fun Dining”, guests will be able to enjoy small portions created for sharing by Executive Chef Andrea Ferrero at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo (opened March 2009, address: Marunouchi Trust Tower Main, 1-8-3 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8283, Japan, General Manager: Jens Moesker).

Guests and their friends can enjoy Tapas-style cuisine that Executive Chef Andrea Ferrero will offer and have fun exploring a walk-in cellar.

Meaning “pleasure” in Italian, Piacere is the signature restaurant of Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo offering contemporary Italian cuisine. Since opening, the restaurant has earned its reputation as one of the city’s finest dining experiences, with creative, cutting-edge Italian cuisine in an art form of its own.

Now Piacere adds a new dining experience, “Tapas by Piacere”, with a concept of “Fun Dining” for guests to share the restaurant’s creations, which can be combined with a wine of the guest’s choice self-picked from the restaurant’s famed walk-in cellars, where the backdrop are views of Tokyo Station and the Imperial Gardens.

Chef Ferrero offers a unique interpretation of tapas through a new reasonably priced menu, creating a casual and accessible dining spot right beside Tokyo Station.

Chef Ferrero’s tapas dishes are designed with beauty and sensitivity to match the wines at “Tapas by Piacere”. Each dish has character, thanks to the unusual textures and rich flavours created by the combination of natural Italian and Japanese ingredients. Dishes include Homemade Fried Potatoes with Aioli and Pecorino Cheese (¥900), Steak Haché with Yuzu Mayonnaise, Potato Cream and Majoram (¥1,500) and the beautiful colour contrast of Poached Egg and Truffle Caviar with Spinach Puree (¥2,200). Chef Ferrero’s dishes, created based on his discovery of the Japanese taste after his one-year experience in Japan, are sure to find their way to people’s hearts.

Guests will be able to find their favourite wine in the cellars with a 4.8-metre-high ceiling. With 30 selections ranging from reasonable to rare, the restaurant provides clear information on each brand, type and price, so guests can enjoy choosing with ease. Bottled wine is priced from ¥4,000 and a glass starts at ¥900.

“I’m very happy to have the wonderful opportunity to provide a new menu for our guests. Please feel free to come and dine with your friends, or after your work, in our elegant space together with the dramatic city view we have here above Tokyo Station,” said Executive Chef Ferrero about the launch of “Tapas by Piacere”.

Note: Prices are subject to a 15 per cent service charge and applicable consumption tax.

About Piacere
Piacere, meaning “pleasure”, is Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo’s signature restaurant serving contemporary Italian cuisine. “Tapas by Piacere” is the restaurant’s informal offshoot for guests to experience Tapas-style cuisine by Executive Chef Andrea Ferrero, with the concept of “Fun Dining”. The restaurant’s interior design has a dynamic and bold feel while being sophisticated. It features a double-void ceiling, cosy furniture, Venetian glass chandeliers and the warm colours of the Mediterranean Sea to pay homage to the grand dining salons in Italy and represent the image of la dolce vita.

Piacere faces the Imperial Palace and offers a metropolitan city view set around Tokyo Station, which is especially dazzling at night, when the restaurant’s candle-lit room creates a dramatic atmosphere. The restaurant’s two wine cellars have over 400 selections of champagne and wine. The main cellar has a ceiling height of 4.8 metres, while the other cellar stores only premier and vintage wines in beautiful wooden drawers. Piacere has received Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” for four years in a row since 2011.

About Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo
The 200-room Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo opened on 2 March 2009 as Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ first property in Japan. The hotel occupies the top 11 floors of the 37-floor, mixed-use Marunouchi Trust Tower Main building located adjacent and with direct access to Tokyo Station, which serves as the terminus of the Shinkansen bullet train network that extends nationwide, as well as the city’s railway hub that connects local train and subway lines with regional services.

The hotel’s dining facilities include Piacere, a signature Italian restaurant; Nadaman, which serves authentic Japanese kaiseki cuisine; and The Lobby Lounge. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La features ancient Chinese healing therapies and is the first CHI spa to open in Japan. CHI offers six treatment rooms that are the largest self-contained spa suites in Tokyo.

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo was named “The World’s Best Hotel in the World” at the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards and earned the top spot in Institutional Investor’s the World’s Best Hotels of 2013.

About Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages more than 90 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 38,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar and Sri Lanka. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 95 hotels with a room inventory of over 40,000.  Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.  Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.

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