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Introducing Sézanne and Maison Marunouchi, a New Dining Destination at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, a Collaboration Between Chef Daniel Calvert and Interior Architect André Fu

   
March 10, 2021,
Tokyo, Japan

This summer, discover Tokyo’s most-anticipated epicurean hub at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi. Set to open its doors in June 2021, the new dining destination will consist of two distinct venues: Sézanne, a French fine-dining restaurant, and Maison Marunouchi, a lively French bistro.

“We’re very excited to bring a new addition to the incredible gastronomic scene of Tokyo, and particularly Marunouchi,” says General Manager Charles Fisher. “Our guests can expect extraordinary drinks and dining, delivered in a wonderfully warm and inviting ambience.” Indeed, in keeping with the Hotel’s ultra-boutique tenor (the Marunouchi property has just 57 rooms and suites), the culinary journey promises to be intimate, engaging and deeply personalised.

With a Michelin star under his toque, Chef Daniel Calvert from the UK is the lynchpin of this ambitious new offering. Coming from Belon in Hong Kong, which he led to #4 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Chef Daniel has centred his vision for Sézanne around dynamic, technique-driven French cuisine. With a focus on updating classic recipes, dishes are crafted with a light touch and plated with flawless precision. “Everything on the plate is there for a reason,” remarks Chef Daniel. Diners will also be able to explore an eclectic collection of Champagnes and artful desserts by Pastry Chef Elwyn Boyles.

The high-concept cuisine is complemented by thoughtful interiors, brought to life by Hong Kong-based André Fu. “The mindset here is very different from a typical hotel restaurant,” explains the acclaimed designer, noting the "hidden gem" feel evoked by an array of distinct seating areas – each one carefully curated with signature touches. Effervescent colours flow into sculpturally fluid silhouettes, setting a tone that is contemporary yet relaxed: “a quiet elegance that’s designed to welcome, not overwhelm.” André employs subtle Japanese detailing, from eucalyptus wood to Zen garden motifs and local artisan-made mud paint, to evoke an almost-poetic sense of place.

Over at Maison Marunouchi, Chef Daniel and his team will serve up fresh interpretations of bistro fare against spectacular views of Marunouchi and Tokyo Station. With concept-driven dining all the way from breakfast through dinner, this sociable spot is set to become a mainstay for in-house guests and the local community alike. “Our menu here is highly approachable,” says Chef Daniel. “We want Tokyo to enjoy our world-class hospitality at any time of the day, whether it’s a breakfast meeting, afternoon tea or post-work drinks.”

The aesthetic at the bistro echoes the energy and vitality of the high-speed Shinkansen trains in the backdrop. Featuring an interplay of tangerine orange and British racing green, André’s vibrant palette is anchored by Thonet chairs and a communal table at the centre. Framed by the glittering Tokyo skyline, the iconic bar will serve classic cocktails and a changing selection of wines.

“What sets apart our upcoming dining destination is that every single element builds towards Chef Daniel’s vision,” explains Charles. “Not just the ingredients and menus but also the layout, the décor, the style of service – even the uniforms! All the pieces of the puzzle fit together seamlessly. We can’t wait for our guests to experience the result of this exceptionally collaborative process.”

Reservations for Sézanne and Maison Marunouchi will open in May 2021. Watch this space for updates.

About André Fu

Named Interior Designer of the Year in 2019 by Elle Decoration China, Designer of the Year in 2016 for Maison & Objet Asia and on Wallpaper*’s list of Top 20 Interior Designers, Hong Kong-based André Fu is Asia’s most sought-after interior architect, celebrated for his captivating, original interiors.

For the past decade and a half, Fu’s vision has been defined by a seamless alignment of cultural and design sensibilities, modern luxury, art and craftsmanship. A trained architect, his projects bridge the gap between cultures, and draw as naturally on European principles of beauty as on Oriental qualities, traditions and modernity.  He has created furniture for Louis Vuitton’s exclusive Objets Nomades collection, designed contemporary art galleries in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai for Perrotin, and created hotel and restaurant interiors around the world including The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, The Berkeley London, Villa La Coste and Hong Kong’s St Regis Hotel and The Upper House.

In 2019 he launched his own collection of lifestyle products, Andre Fu Living, comprising furniture, tableware and decorative accessories, reflecting his signature modern style.

Last year, a hardback monograph titled Crossing Cultures with Design, by Thames and Hudson. The book explores Fu’s defining influences and the development of his highly refined aesthetic, and its relevance on the international design stage.