A fine foods pantry

by Marie Teather

Delicatessen is a treasure chest of up-market

grocery and pantry-type foods…

The dictionary definition of ‘Delicatessen’ points to fine foods. Delicacies even. And while Tokyo certainly has more than its fair share of fine food eateries, what it is missing is delicatessens.

Luckily, seeing a very rare void in the Tokyo food market, the Park Hyatt has stepped in to fill this gap with its own specialty delicacies shop, and has aptly called it Delicatessen.

Neatly tucked away on the first floor food court chest of up-market grocery and pantry-type foods of the Shinjuku Park Hotel, Delicatessen is a treasure chest of up-market grocery and pantry-type foods from pates to jams, organic pastas, and cold meats.

Most of the food is imported globally, so expect mustards from Australia, sugars from Bolivia, Red Saffron from Greece (as well as the fantastic array of olives), and salt from the Oki Islands.

All of the produce is decoratively packaged, making ideal gifts for those living in Japan and unable to get the foodstuff locally, and for those overseas who will like the Park Hyatt themed wrappings. An Englishman, for example, may love the aged 14 years Balsamic Vinegar, while no Canadian, man nor woman, will say no to the maple syrup and pancake set.

If eating instantly is more suited, the selection of salads and freshly prepared juices make for some very healthy snacks and lunches. There is also a selection of salad dressings, including the signature dish from New York Grill. The carrot juice was a particular hit as were the flavored waters proving that fresh and healthy food from notable chefs needn’t cost the earth.

Delicatessen will also be running wine classes in the evenings focusing on a particular wine region and sampling the best that each area has to offer.

For more information on Delicatessen or the Park Hyatt Hotel see www.tokyo.park.hyatt.com or call 03-5323-3635.