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Friday, Feb. 8, 2008


Aussie tucker, real ale and Michelin favorite Don Alfonso comes to Tokyo

Australian buffet

The Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel in Urayashi City, Chiba, near Tokyo Disney Resort, is holding an Australian buffet fair at its Grand Cafe restaurant throughout February.

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As well as staple Aussie beef, there's roast lamb, seared ostrich and Tasmanian salmon for lunch, angel prawns and seafood brochette, sauted crocodile and more for dinner, together with a variety of side dishes.

The lunch buffet is ¥2,940 (¥3,465 on weekends and holidays) and the dinner is ¥4,725 (¥5,250) per adult. The fair runs through Feb. 29.

For more information, call (047) 355-5555.

Don Alfonso comes to Tokyo

For five days from Feb. 20, the Belle Vue Italian restaurant at the Hotel New Otani in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, will feature cuisine from Don Alfonso 1890, the first restaurant in southern Italy to receive three Michelin stars.

Alfonso Iaccarino, chef of the restaurant, which is situated in the small village of Sant'Agat sui Due Golfi on the western tip of the Amalfi coast, will be coming to the New Otani to prepare light and healthy meals based on traditional local Italian dishes. Iaccarino grows most of the vegetables and herbs that he uses at his own farm, and he bases his cooking on the belief that "healthy dishes come from healthy ingredients."

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There will be two courses: The Classic Course features the restaurant's traditional dishes, while the Adesso Course leans toward nouveau cuisine. The lunch course is ¥14,700 and the dinner course is ¥21,000.

A "Star Round" accommodation package is also available during the fair. The one-night package includes the Don Alfonso lunch course, dinner at the hotel's one-star French restaurant, La Tour D'argent, and breakfast at the hotel's one-star Japanese restaurant, Nadaman. The package is ¥80,000 per person for a deluxe room (double occupancy) and ¥115,000 for a junior suite (double occupancy).

The hotel is a 3-minute walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station. For further information, call (03) 3265-1111.

Valentine's Day dinner

The Shinjuku Washington Hotel is serving a special St. Valentine's Day dinner at its 25th-floor Manhattan Table restaurant.

Diners can enjoy a six-dish course featuring California cuisine with a Japanese twist and romantic night views of Shinjuku. The meal comes with special gifts — a Godiva chocolate liqueur for men and a souvenir photo.

The course is ¥6,000 per person and is available through Feb. 20.

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The hotel is an 8-minute walk from the South Exit of JR Shinjuku Station or a 5-minute walk from Tocho-mae Station.

For reservations, call (03) 3344-6109.

Real Ale Festival

The 6th Annual Tokyo Real Ale Festival will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riverside Hall in Asakusa.

Some 28 ales from 14 small breweries in Japan will be served from hand pumps to an estimated 800 visitors. In addition to the beers, there will be live music and presentations by beer festival promoter Rick Carpenter and craft beer importer Dan Shelton.

Riverside Hall is a short walk across the bridge from Asakusa Station on the Ginza and Oedo subway lines; look for the striking Golden Flame landmark at the Asahi Beer headquarters, which is adjacent to the venue.

Admission is ¥2,800, including a souvenir glass and eight coupons for beer (120 ml each). Tickets, which are only available in advance, are sold at craft beer pubs throughout Greater Tokyo.

For more information, see www.tokyorealale.org

(Listing courtesy of Bento.com)

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