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Friday, Nov. 2, 2007


Beaujolais Nouveau, 7-5-3 specials and a hit Prix Fixe in Yokohama

Celebrations for the kids

Nov. 15 is Shichi-Go-San, the traditional Japanese family event that celebrates the healthy growth of 7-, 5- and 3-year-old children. Colorfully dressed in traditional costumes, the children and their families visit a shrine or temple to pray for health and happiness. To celebrate this special day with families, several Tokyo hotel restaurants are offering special deals.

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At the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, six restaurants — ranging from kaiseki (a traditional Japanese course meal) to Italian — have prepared original Shichi-Go-San lunch menus, starting from ¥6,000 for adults and ¥3,000 for children.

A big teddy bear will welcome children at the table, and a commemorative photo and small teddy bear will be given to families as they leave. Those enjoying the Shichi-Go-San deal will get a 10 percent discount at the kimono dressing and hair/makeup service on the hotel's seventh floor, and at the photo studio on the sixth floor. Private dining rooms are also available at half price.

The offer runs through Nov. 18.

The Keio Plaza Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station.

For more information or reservations, call (03) 3344-0111.

The Hotel Nikko Tokyo in Odaiba has prepared special deals for lunch and dinner at Sakura, the hotel's Japanese restaurant; Toh-gu, its Chinese restaurant; and Ocean Dining, its Mediterranean restaurant.

At the Sakura and Toh-gu, families can book a private dining room for ¥77,000 (four adults and one child) or ¥55,000 (two adults and one child). Both deals feature flower decorations, complimentary Chitose Candy (a traditional sweet for the occasion), a commemorative photo and a special cake. At the Sakura, there is also a special deal for dining in the restaurant's main room for ¥33,000 (two adults and one child).

At Ocean Dining, lunch buffet and dinner courses for two adults with one Shichi-Go-San Kids' Plate are ¥14,000 and ¥18,000. A special cake and Chitose Candy will also be available.

Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The plans run through Nov. 30.

The Hotel Nikko Tokyo is adjacent to Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line or a 10-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line.

For more information or reservations, call (03) 5500-5500.

Welcoming Beaujolais Nouveau

Every year, the third Thursday of November is the release day of Beaujolais Nouveau, the popular young wine produced in the Beaujolais region of France. From the release day, Nov. 15, Tokyo's Royal Park Hotel will celebrate the arrival of this year's new wine at its restaurants and bars.

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At the Sky Lounge Orpheus, there will be a countdown party, where guests can enjoy unlimited Beaujolais Nouveau served directly from the cask, with hors d'oeuvre by the hotel's French chef.

In addition to Beaujolais Nouveau, guests can enjoy Beaujolais Villages Nouveau, which is made in 39 villages in the Beaujolais region and known for its high quality. There will also be live music and a prize draw.

The reception for the party starts at 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 and the party finishes at 2 a.m. on Nov. 15. Admission is ¥7,350.

The Royal Scots Bar on B1 Floor will serve Beaujolais Nouveau from the barrel at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 15, for ¥1,365 a glass.

The hotel's other eateries (except for Hamada, the sushi restaurant) will offer glasses and bottles of the wines from Nov. 15. The promotion will end when the wine runs out.

There is a direct link between the station and Suitengu-mae Station on the Hanzomon Subway Line; the hotel is a 5-minute walk from Ningyo-cho Station on the Asakusa Subway Line.

For more information, call (03) 3667-1111.

Hit dinner course for couples

The Yokohama Sakuragi-cho Washington Hotel has updated its popular Prix Fixe Dinner course at the Bayside Dining & Bar.

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The dinner course has proved a hit with couples and groups because of its price (¥4,000) and its wide-open choice of dishes.

The course consists of seven dishes, of which guests can choose their first and second from three options. The menus in November include fried soft-shell crabs with baby-leaf salad, herb roasted swordfish or saisaidori chicken coq au vin for the first dish, and grilled koromutsu fish, rib roast steak or beef fillet steak for the second dish.

The course comes with salmon and mushroom marinade, Manhattan clam chowder, fresh-baked bread, classic chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and coffee or tea.

The menu is available through Dec. 31, except Dec. 21 to Dec. 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (last order 9 p.m.).

The hotel is a 1-minute walk from JR Sakuragi-cho Station or a 3-minute walk from Bashamichi Station on the Minato Mirai Line.

For further information, call (045) 683-3166.

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