The Hotel New Grand home of the spaghetti Napolitana and pudding al a mode

Review of Hotel New Grand | Naka-ku Yamashita-cho 10
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Mi Channeko
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Hotel New Grand is located in front of Yokohama’s Yamashita Park. After the war in the Pacific it was requisitioned for the occupying forces, and the menu was made for the families of the American forces. Spaghetti Napolitana and pudding a la mode were both made first here. You can still savor the same flavor from way back then.

Hotel New Grand in front of Yokohama's Yamashita Park

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Opened in 1927 Hotel New Grand is a classic hotel located right in front of Yamashita Park in Yokohama. Here you can have a taste of the menu developed for the occupying troops and their families after WWII. The retro feel and the very new parts of the hotel interior harmonize very well here. It has been used in many movies and TV shows such as “The Yuuchoten Hotel”, “Tsunagu”, “Kareinaru Ichizoku”, “Nankyoku Tairiku”.

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Spaghetti Napolitana the taste of the occupying forces

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You can eat a Spaghetti Napolitana at The Café, a coffee house on the first floor. The chefs at the time used the occupying force’s ration’s tomato ketchup and spaghetti as inspiration of this dish. Letting the spaghetti rest for a day after boiling, the sauce which uses raw tomato paste, onion, garlic, ham, mushrooms, and olive oil is mixed in to make Spaghetti Napolitana. With some parsley sprinkled on top and parmesan cheese to your liking added the taste becomes very mild. The taste brings back memories and is a favorite among children and adults alike. You have to have your mouth covered in ketchup when eating this, that’s just how it is.

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Pudding a la mode, the dessert made for the officer's wives

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While it was under occupation for 7 years many of the officers’ families would stay here as well. Pudding a la mode was developed to satisfy the wives of the officers. They not only focused on the quality but also made the volume American sized, and it started with pudding, ice cream, and fruits piled into a boat shape plate. Each dish, limited to only 15 servings a day, is carefully constructed. With a sweet hard baked pudding made specially here, thick raw cream vanilla ice cream, and seasonal fruits the pudding a la mode is a fancy dessert first made in Yokohama.

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You can take home the pudding from the pudding a la mode

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Recently you are now allowed to take home the pudding from the pudding a la mode so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. If you missed getting one of the limited 15 servings per day, or you want to share it with someone it will be perfect.

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Conclusion

Taste tradition at a traditional hotel, and take it home as a gift.

The Yokohama Chinatown and Yamashita Park are close by so you can use it as a base of operations for your tourist activities as well.

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Hotel Amenities
Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Terrace Parking Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Currency exchange Non-smoking rooms Process in place to check health of guests Air conditioning CCTV in common areas Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Shops (on site) Barber/beauty shop Delivered food is securely covered Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Laundry Designated smoking area Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Contactless check-in/check-out Restaurant Daily housekeeping 24-hour security 24-hour front desk Bar Security alarm Kid-friendly buffet Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed On-site parking Physical distancing rules followed Thermometers for guests provided by property Fire extinguishers Heating Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Dry cleaning Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning Room service Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Smoke alarms Garden Newspapers Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Concierge service Internet services Massage Face masks for guests available First aid kit available Cashless payment available Luggage storage Access to health care professionals Ironing service Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Gift shop Facilities for disabled guests Chapel/shrine Fax/photocopying All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Physical distancing in dining areas Private parking Trouser press Safety deposit box CCTV outside property Meeting/banquet facilities Lift Breakfast in the room
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