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Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006

Go global at Christmas

From French cuisine to turkey with all the trimmings, restaurants around Japan are offering diners a truly international Christmas experience


By DANIEL VINCENT
Special to The Japan Times

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REBECCA BURROWS PHOTO

Belle Vue Tokyo
This authentic Italian restaurant boasts a magnificent and romantic view of the city and from Dec. 22 will be serving its 18,000 yen per person Christmas menu. The restaurant has a unique open kitchen where guests can watch Belle Vue's chefs prepare a variety of dishes, including a fish and pasta appetizer, sirloin beef with a wine sauce as the main course and a choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream with coffee. Reservations are recommended.
4-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, 102-8578, Tokyo. Tel. (03-3238-0020)

Hobgoblin
The British pub will be serving two traditional party menus this year as well as a vegetarian option. On Christmas Day, for 6,000 yen a head, guests can choose from shooters, sandwiches and range of festive finger foods, or for 8,000 yen a dinner buffet including starters.
Ichiban Bldg. 3F, 1-3-11, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, 150-0043 Tokyo. Tel. (03) 6415-4244

The Terrace Tokyo
This pan-European restaurant has been serving its Christmas menu since Dec. 16, which includes a French and Italian style buffet. Based on the first floor of the Westin Tokyo hotel, chefs will be preparing traditional continental cuisine topped with a range of desserts. The restaurant is serving a 5,000 yen a head, 1 1/2-hour lunch buffet as well as a 2-hour dinner buffet, which will cost 8,000 yen per person. Advance reservations are recommended for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Mita 1-4-1, Westin Hotel 1F. Tokyo. Tel. (03) 5423-7778

Roti
On Christmas Eve, Roti will have three sittings for its traditional Christmas dinner buffet. Guests can chose to dine at 11.30 a.m. for an early brunch, 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. The restaurant will have a carving station with a selection of meats, including roast turkey, beef and ham and a range of seasonal delights. The course, which costs 4,800 yen a head, also includes a choice of pumpkin pie, a fruit crumble and chocolate brownies. On Christmas Day itself, the restaurant will be serving from its turkey menu all day.
Roppongi 6-6-9, Minato-Ku. Tokyo. Tel. (03) 5785-3671

Paddy Foley's Irish Pub
A traditional turkey dinner, including roast turkey, cranberry sauce served with roast potatoes and vegetables, will be on offer at the Irish pub from Dec. 23, as part of Paddy Foley's four-course meal, which costs 3,500 yen per person. Starters include a less-traditional avocado with wasabi dish and pasta with Parmesan cheese. Guests can enjoy a vanilla and butter pudding for dessert.
5-5-1 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo. Tel. (03) 3423-2250

The Mermaid
For 5,000 yen per person, The Mermaid will be serving Christmas classics such as roast beef, turkey pasties with cranberry sauce, fish fingers, sausage rolls and mince pies for dessert. The recently opened and self-proclaimed "most authentic British pub in Tokyo" also has a selection of over 60 types of beer from around the world.
Granbell Hotel, 3-10-9 Akasaka, Minato-ku. Tokyo. Tel. (03) 3584-2006

Moti Tokyo
For spicy seasonal fare, Moti will be serving traditional North Indian Christmas cuisine with a choice of vegetarian and meat options. For 2,600 yen, guests can enjoy an all-vegetarian set menu, or for 3,000 yen per head, can try Moti's four different curries on the special menu, which include vegetable, prawn and chicken with naan bread. The Roppongi restaurant is offering a discounted special set menu price of 5,250 yen for two, with a range of desserts.
3F Hama Building, 6-2-35 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tokyo. Tel. (03) 3479-1939

The Meguro Tavern
The Meguro Tavern will be hosting up to two sittings of Christmas Dinner, which include a two-, five- and seven-course selection. For those looking for all the comforts of a local pub at Christmas time, for 5,000 yen per person, guests can enjoy a traditional Christmas main course, a cheese board for dessert and a soup and shrimp starter. The pub has a wide selection of draught and bottled beers, a comprehensive wine list and up to 100 different cocktails. Reservations are recommended, and a deposit is needed for group bookings of 10 or more.
2F, Sunwood Meguro Bldg, 1-3-28, Shimomeguro, Meguro Ku, Tokyo. Tel. (03) 3779-0280

The Tavern Yokohama
Brits will feel at home in this traditional pub, which is located in the center of Yokohama. The Tavern will be serving a traditional all-you-can-eat Christmas dinner turkey buffet on Christmas Eve, including everything from roast potatoes to mince pies and brandy eggnog. For 2,950 yen, guests can eat in from midday to 6 p.m.
B1 Nishiguchi Meiwa Bld., 2-14 Minami Saiwai Cho, Nishi Ku, Yokohama. Tel. (045) 322-9727

Accendo
This Chiba Italian restaurant has a selection of two menus to celebrate the festive season from Dec. 22 to Christmas Day. For 7,500 yen, guests can enjoy a fusion of Italian cuisine. The menu includes ciabatta bread with sun-dried tomato, pesto citrus marinated salmon on shaved fennel with salmon caviar and avocado. The traditional Christmas dinner palette includes roast turkey, glazed ham, and a mushroom casserole, For 10,000 yen per person, the restaurant is serving a grilled sirloin of Japanese beef with twice-baked potatoes. For dessert guests can enjoy white and dark chocolate ice cream, coffee tea and mini "bouche de noel."
1-8 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba, 279-0031. Tel. (047) 355-5000

Porugalia Osaka
Porugalia's chef will be cooking Portuguese delicacies as well as more traditional cuisine this Christmas. The set menu, which costs 7,000 yen per person, includes traditional turkey, a choice of desserts, sparkling white wine and a glass of port. The Portuguese are renowned for their traditional serving of cod at Christmas time, while the restaurant itself is famous for its selection of unusual Portuguese wines. Guests can also order from an a la carte menu.
Nishi-Tenma 4-12-11. Osaka. Tel. (06) 6362-6668

Cafe Soholm, Kyoto
For 3,500 yen a head, from Dec. 23 to Christmas Day, guests can enjoy a mix of Asian and Italian cuisine served with a selection of desserts and mains. Cafe Soholm is offering spaghetti in white sauce, shrimp, roast duck and a choice of vegetables. Reservations are recommended and guests who choose to book early will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne.
Karasuma-dori Shijo-sagaru, Suiginyacho 620 Cocon Karasuma 2F. Kyoto. Tel. (075) 353-5644

Tavola 36, Osaka
The restaurant based in the Swiss Hotel in Osaka is serving three separate Christmas menus ranging from 18,000 yen to 25,000 yen on Christmas Eve and from 15,000 yen to 21,000 yen on Christmas Day itself. The hotel restaurant will be serving Parma ham and tuna as an appetizer, a selection of deer, crab and beef as part of the main meal and chocolate ravioli for dessert.
Nanba 5-1-60, Swiss Hotel Nankai. Osaka. Tel. (06) 6646-5125

Sofitel: The Cypress, Nagoya
From Dec. 22 to Dec. 25, this French restaurant will be serving from a 10,000 yen and a 15,000 yen menu. Both options come complete with 10 separate dishes throughout the evening, including sea food, soup, shrimp, crab, steak, salad and toffee cake. Chefs will also be preparing French style fish and foie gras. Reservations are recommended.
Kakueki, Nakamuraku, Nagoya. Tel. (052) 571-0111

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