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Friday, Feb. 29, 2008

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Authentic Hangzhou cuisine, Arico live and Fujimamas wine school

Le rosbif at the Royal Park

French restaurant Palazzo at the Royal Park Hotel in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, has added a roast-beef course to its dinner lineup.

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Roast rib of Japanese beef from Kagoshima Prefecture will be carved in front of guests and served with a choice of sauce. Other courses include hors d'oeuvre, crab-and-shrimp terrine, onion-soup pie, Caesar salad, dessert and tea or coffee.

The dinner course is ¥12,600 per person and is available between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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

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

All the way from Hangzhou

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is bringing Fu Yueliang, executive sous-chef of the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou in China, to prepare authentic Hangzhou cuisine at the China Room restaurant for 10 days from March 1.

Located southwest of Shanghai, the city of Hangzhou is known for its Longjing tea, a famous variety of Chinese green tea, as well as for Shaoxing rice wine, which is produced in nearby Shaoxing.

Fu, who also served as chef of the popular 28 Hubin Road Chinese restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, will present original Hangzhou-style dishes, such as foie gras marinated in Shaoxing rice wine (¥3,500), Longjing tea-fried prawns (¥3,800), fried sweet-and-sour grouper fish (¥6,300), and pyramid-shaped stewed pork (pictured, ¥5,800), which is especially popular because of the distinctive way it is served. A dim sum specialist will also be coming from China to serve a variety of special dim sum items. There will be lunch courses for ¥3,800 and ¥5,300, and dinner courses for ¥12,600 and ¥16,800.

On March 7, from 7 p.m., there will be a special dinner for 30 guests (reservations required) in the private Library Room, where rare Shaoxing rice wine direct from the crock and Fu's specialties can be enjoyed for ¥20,000 per person.

The restaurant is open between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays) for lunch, and between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. for dinner. The special menus are available through March 10.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is located in the Roppongi Hills complex, a 3-minute walk from Roppongi Station. For more information or reservations, call the China Room on (03) 4333-8785.

Time to bring on spring

Hoping to speed up the onset of spring, the Niki Club hotel, located in the rich natural surroundings of Tochigi Prefecture's Nasu Highland, will hold Haru yo Koi (Come on, Spring), a piano concert featuring pianist and composer Arico, at its Kanki-kan guesthouse on March 16.

Arico, who first made her name with the soundtrack album "Kanata" for Jinsei Tsuji's film "Sennen Tabito" in 1999, will perform songs with a spring theme as well as songs from her latest album, "Bitter & Sweet," which was released last June.

The venue opens at 3:30 p.m. with a welcome drink. After the concert (held between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.), dinner will be served in the guesthouse from 6:30 p.m. The concert costs ¥7,000 and dinner is another ¥17,000.

For those who want to stay overnight, there is an accommodation package that includes a one-night stay at the Niki Club, the concert, dinner and breakfast for ¥47,000 (double occupancy) or ¥68,000 (single occupancy) per person.

The Niki Club is located at 2301 Michishita, Takaku-otsu, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun in Tochigi Prefecture, a 30-minute drive from JR Nasu Shiobara Station, which is about 75 minutes by bullet train from Tokyo Station. There is a shuttle bus service between the station and the hotel.

For more information, call (0287) 78-2215.

Fujimamas' wine school

Fujimamas restaurant in Jingumae, Tokyo, will host a Saturday afternoon wine class on March 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The class will be held in English and will focus on the wines of the Pacific Northwest region. The fee is ¥3,000 per person, and includes all wines, class notes and tapas snacks. Space is limited, so contact lauren@fujimamas.com to reserve your place early.

Fujimamas is located at 6-3-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, just off Omotesando-dori, about 10 minutes from JR Harajuku Station; (03) 5485-2283.

(Listing courtesy of Bento.com)



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