The French Kitchen: Afternoon Tea Buffet

The French Kitchen offers an unforgettable afternoon tea experience with an elegant assortment plate and lavish dessert that highlights a different theme each season.

Matisse Exhibition Spring Afternoon Tea Buffet – Matcha and Pistachio (4/16 – 5/27)

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The French Kitchen is celebrating the new ‘Henri Matisse – Forms in Freedom’ exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo with an afternoon tea buffet inspired by the painter’s incredible use of color. Drawing on the giant artwork Flowers and Fruits, displayed in Japan for the first time, this course brings Matisse’s breathtaking artistic experiments to life.

The afternoon tea has two editions headlined by the indulgent Flower Mousse Cake, with alluring sakura and strawberry followed by delectable matcha and pistachio. Inspired by Matisse’s colorful creations, this vibrant afternoon tea is the perfect complement to a day at the exhibition.

■ Period

Second Season:April 16 – May 27, 2024

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last entry 3:30 p.m.)
*Seating is limited to 120 minutes (weekdays) / 90 minutes (weekends and holidays)

■ Price (inc. tax / exc. service charge)

JPY 5,940 (weekdays)
JPY 7,590 with a glass of Champagne (weekends and holidays)


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  • Flower vanilla mousse
  • Pistachio and raspberry mousse
  • Matcha Paris-Brest
  • Matcha crémet d’Anjou
  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Butterfly pea tea jelly

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  • Spinach, kale and bacon green quiche
  • Pate de Provençal and Iberico ham roll with basil cream and broad beans
  • Pistachio and smoked salmon mousse tartlet
  • Chicken, cucumber and matcha mayonnaise sandwich
  • Green vegetable sticks with avocado cream cheese dip



  • Plain scone
  • Matcha scone
  • Clotted cream, orange jam


Choice of one premium organic tea from Los Angeles-based “ART OF TEA”


In addition to the above premium teas, enjoy unlimited servings of hot or iced coffee including espresso, Americano, café au lait, latte and cappuccino.

*Please note that the menu is subject to change.


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‘Henri Matisse – Forms in Freedom’

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Henri Matisse is widely regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Renowned for his intense use of color, Matisse was a key proponent of Fauvism before turning to paper collage later in life in a bold yet simple project called Cut-Outs.

The ‘Forms in Freedom’ exhibition brings together around 150 of Matisse’s works from the collection of the Musée Matisse in Nice, France, including a range of paintings, sculptures, and textiles. The exhibit has a particular focus on Cut-Outs and is headlined by Flowers and Fruits, a giant Cut-Out that is on display in Japan for the first time.

In addition to displaying a wide variety of Matisse’s works, the exhibition also introduces the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, one of his final and grandest projects. Visitors can learn more about the different aspects of the chapel, from its architecture and interior to its ceremonial dress.

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Period: February 14 – May 27, 2024 ※The exhibition is closed on Tuesdays except for April 30.
Location: The National Art Center, Tokyo, Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
Organizers: The National Art Center, Tokyo; Musée Matisse, Nice; The Yomiuri Shimbun; Nippon Television Network Corporation

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