It had been a while since wed paid
Mickey Mouse a visit at Tokyo Disney Resort. But on learning
that Jeffrey Beers, architect of Las Vegass MGM Grand
and the Disney Animal Kingdom Safari Lodge in Orlando, had
built a brand new complex at the Hilton Tokyo Bay, one of
the resorts official hotels, we saw all the more reason
to trek across prefectural borders and visit both the cartoon
icon and The Square, now the focal point of wining and dining
in the areas rapidly developing lodging scene.
Following a sumptuous meal of foie gras ravioli and mixed
grill items at Accendo, the section of the tripartite dining
hall serving Mediterranean cuisine, we moved on to Silva,
the lounge bar, located on the other side of a trickling canal
from the casual pan-Asian restaurant Forest Garden. We settled
into a pair of maroon chairs facing a simple coffee table
under a large, square mirror, admiring how everything in sight
lived up to the complexs name by containing right angles.
Although the lack of a bar surprised us at first, we noticed
all our fellow patrons were couples or families winding down
from a day of Disney rides, and we agreed that a section for
singles was unnecessary.
As the bartender brought us our first ordersYamato
Nadeshiko (¥1,850), a blend of vodka and passion fruit
and grapefruit juices, and Tracks of Angkor Wat (¥2,080),
which contained rum, framboise and cassis liqueurs, and grape
and cranberry juiceshe jokingly informed us of the risk
of falling into one of the pools along the perimeter of the
lounge. While we nodded in comprehension, we agreed that the
holiday drinks we ordered wouldnt quite do the trick,
and later on opted for a slightly more potent Jameson on the
rocks (¥1,390) and a mean Manhattan (¥1,390).
Long before midnight, though, we watched with a hint of envy
as the crowd began to thin and groups retired to their upstairs
quarters one by one. We knew the trip back to town, starting
with a ride on Mickeys monorail, would take a while.
But basking in the lavish layout under a sky-blue ceiling
and getting a taste of resort atmosphere was certainly worth
the trip, and we made mental notes to be overnight guests
at Hilton Tokyo Bay on our next visit to Urayasu.
1-8 Maihama, Urayasu-shi,
Chiba. Tel: 047-355-5000. Open daily 6:30pm-midnight. Nearest
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