Directly connected to Otemachi Station, Esterre is located on the 6th floor of Palace Hotel Tokyo and welcomes international clientele.
This French fine dining establishment utilizes the terroir (land and sea) of Japan to bring out the best of its seasonal ingredients. The restaurant was founded in partnership with Ducasse Paris, established by world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse. The luxurious dining room offers a commanding view of the Imperial Palace gardens and moats. Each table has a different view, and as the city lights up in the evening, Tokyo Tower glitters in the distance, as well as the lights of skyscrapers and buildings nearby.
The restaurant opened its doors in November 2019 to tell the story of the encounter of land and sea. Chef Martin Pitarque Palomar trained at a two-star restaurant before serving as executive sous chef at a three-star restaurant in France. His French cooking skills are used to carefully create dishes that champion the outstanding produce bestowed by the terroir of Japan and goes a step further in respecting every part of the ingredient - for example, making a sauce from vegetable peels so as not to waste off-cuts.
The restaurant is very particular about using Misuji (shoulder cut) from Tochigi Japanese beef, and the chef himself orders butter and cheese from Adonai, a small cheese factory in Hokkaido; Palomar also orders the finest caviar, cheese and wine from France, which pair well with dishes made with French techniques. As for the wine list, an impressive collection of 600 bottles are available, from Champagne to red, rosé, white and dessert wines; there are about 17 varieties available by the glass and non-alcoholic sparkling wines on the menu.
Meaning ‘mother earth’ in the Occitan dialect spoken in the south west of France where Ducasse was born, guests are welcomed at the restaurant’s entrance by an impressive wooden sculpture symbolizing the blessings of the earth. Stylish black corridors, elegant wooden interiors and brushed metal fittings create a sense of warmth and luxury. The balance of cuisine and space created by a fusion of traditional Japanese and French crafts is designed to enhance the dining room’s sense of relaxation. Plates are made not only in France but also in Japan, and the hospitality that accompanies each meal is as much of a draw as the food itself.
The hotel is fully equipped with well-appointed private rooms, and is suitable for business gatherings and receptions, not to mention for families, as children over 10 are welcomed.
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Directly connected with underground passage Exit C13b from Otemachi Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Toei Mita Line)