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Friday, Sept. 28, 2007

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Indian white tea, anniversary lunches, Shanghai specialties and Halloween grub

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Experience India's white tea

From Sept. 27, the last Thursday of each month will be "White Tea Experience" day at the 45th-floor lobby lounge of the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo in the Midtown complex in Tokyo.

Starting with a glass of Laurent Perrier Rose, you can experience an exclusive afternoon tea sourced from Margaret's Hope Tea Garden.

Margaret's Hope is located in Kurseong Valley in the Darjeeling region of northeast India, where some of the world's great teas are produced. The big and fluffy buds called silver tips, which are used to make white tea, can only be picked once a year in the final stages of the harvesting season in the early summer, making them extremely rare. The white tea at the Ritz-Carlton has been specially selected for the event and has a characteristic mellowness and gentle, flowery aroma.

The tea will be prepared by kimono-clad staff, and a wide choice of hot and cold dishes and sweets will be either available buffet style or with table service by a butler. There will also be classical music performances.

The White Tea Experience starts at 2:30 p.m., and you can enjoy as much white tea and food as you want through 5 p.m. for ¥18,888.

For more information or reservations, call (0120) 798-688.

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Ninth anniversary courses

As part of the celebrations for its ninth anniversary on Sept. 24, the Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers is thanking its patrons with two bargain lunch courses.

The hotel's 28th-floor Bay View sky lounge is serving a prix fixe course that includes an appetizer, soup, a roast beef and fish dish, and a dessert buffet with seasonal fruit and a chocolate fountain, for ¥3,900. The teppanyaki restaurant Sagami on the same floor has a ¥3,675 course, featuring a rice bowl with foie gras and Japanese beef, served with an appetizer, salad, miso soup, pickles and dessert.

The courses are available through Oct. 31; the Sagami course is only served on weekdays. Prices include tax.

The Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers is a 1-minute walk from the West Exit of Yokohama Station.

For more information, call (045) 411-1147.

Savory Shanghai specialties

The Hilton Tokyo's Dynasty Chinese restaurant is offering Shanghai specialties through Nov. 20.

A savory selection of Shanghai-style dishes, such as seasonal fresh Shanghai crab and Shanghai-style steamed fish, are available as four kinds of courses priced from ¥11,150. Nine kinds of a-la-carte selections, including the popular honey-flavored pork on a bun, are also available from ¥2,520.

In conjunction with the Shanghai specialties, the "Wine & Dine — Premium Chinese Wines and Special Shanghai Cuisine" event on Oct. 16 gives you the opportunity to try a Shanghai-style dinner course with specially selected Chinese rice wines, including a prestigious 30-year-old Shoko Daietsu Kishu. There will be a lecture on Chinese rice wines as well. The event costs ¥24,000 per person.

The restaurant is open between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. (5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays). Prices include tax and service.

For further information or reservations, please call the Dynasty at (03) 3344-5111, Ext. 333.

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Ghoulish grub for Halloween

The casual American seafood restaurant chain Bubba Gump Shrimp, which has outlets in Osaka and Tokyo, is holding a Halloween promotion with special menus through Oct. 31.

Superhot devil chicken wings (¥1,260) with blue-cheese sauce and pumpkin fruit salsa, children's favorite pumpkin bread pudding (¥945) soaked in pumpkin butter sauce and topped with ice cream and whipped cream, and original cocktails (¥1,470) have been added to the regular menu of shrimp dishes cooked in the Southern American style, hamburgers, sandwiches, pasta and more.

The restaurants plan to decorate themselves and their staff in suitable attire for Halloween on Oct. 31.

Bubba Gump Shrimp opened its first restaurant in Monterey, Calif. Themed after the film "Forrest Gump," starring Tom Hanks, the dining rooms and interiors are designed to look just like scenes from the movie.

The restaurants are located at LaQua in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward (03-3868-7041), Urban Dock LaLaport Toyosu in Koto Ward (03-6910-1442) and Universal CityWalk in Osaka's Konohana Ward (06-4804-3880).

For more details, visit www.bubbagump.com.



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