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Thursday, April 11, 2013

JAL Welcome! New Sky Cafe 3

JAL re-opens "JAL Welcome! New Sky Cafe" for the 3rd time
JAL re-opens "JAL Welcome! New Sky Cafe" for the 3rd time. Image by Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines (JAL) will once again re-open the "JAL Welcome! New Sky Cafe" for a limited time. Just like the previous cafes in Roppongi Hills and Aoyama, you will be able to try out the demo units of JAL's state-of-art long-haul products installed on the SKY SUITE 777 (SS7) and dishes from its enhanced catering service dubbed BEED SKY AUBERGE by JAL. This is a perfect opportunity for those who cannot afford or still don't have a chance to fly on the SS7 to try out the JAL New Sky experience!


Locations of the demo units and "JAL Welcome! New Sky Cafe" inside the hotel
Locations of the demo units and "JAL Welcome! New Sky Cafe" inside the hotel. Image by Japan Airlines


This time the cafe will be located inside The Prince Park Tower Tokyo located near the Tokyo Tower. During April 19 - 21 2013, JAL will set up demo units of its new Business Class seat, JAL SKY SUITE, and new Economy Class seat, JAL SKY WIDER, at SEIBU PISA, a watch and jewelry salon located on the first floor of the hotel. You will be able to try out the seats between 10:30 and 19:00. However, the salon will stop letting people in after 18:30. The units are placed side by side (blue and green boxes above). So it should be easy to find.

The Lobby Lounge will be rebranded as JAL Welcome! New Sky Cafe for a limited time
The Lobby Lounge will be rebranded as JAL Welcome! New Sky Cafe for a limited time. Image by The Prince Park Tower Tokyo

For the actual cafe itself, JAL will be using the Lobby Lounge located next to SEIBU PISA on the first floor (the orange box above). This time JAL will offer Chef Fumiko's Western Set Plate (Fresh Pistachio) from the First Class and Business Class "Any Time You Wish" a la carte menu. It is a healthy dish using ingredients and herbs with relaxing effects. There's a daily limit of 20 sets available and each set costs JPY2,750 with tax, service charge and coffee included! Kind of pricy for some raw vegetables :P Below is the FUMIKO's Western Set Plate menu

Chef Fumiko's Western Set Plate (Fresh Pistachio) from JAL's a la carte menu
Chef Fumiko's Western Set Plate (Fresh Pistachio). Image by Japan Airlines

Main Dish
Pistachio Curry
Orange & Carrot Mousseline

Side Dish
Special Bread (MAISON KAYSER)

Blanc-manger of Fromage Blanc & Fresh Herb with Acacia Honey Syrup

Also, JAL is running a promotion for its valued JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) Diamond members. By presenting your Diamond card at the cafe, you and up to one companion will receive a complimentary cake (there's a sample strawberry cake shown on the map, although the actual cake might change).

Having tried the new menu in January, personally I am very impressed with Chef Fumiko. However, this is based on the Japanese vegetable set on the menu though. I would say that's the best dish on the entire menu. Yes, I actually prefer that dish over Chef Yamada's hamburg with truffles! But I am not so keen on raw vegetables so I didn't try the western set. Maybe next time since now I know how expensive these raw vegetables are LOL

For more details, you can refer to JAL website (Japanese only)

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