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Friday, March 21, 2008

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Cherry blossom afternoon tea at Tokyo's top hotels

Cheery cherry blossom time

With 14 types of sakura (cherry blossom) in its garden, there are probably few better places for a sakura fair than the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so.

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Among the special Sakura motif menus available at restaurants during the Sakura Fair, through April 13, is Sakura Afternoon Tea at the Le Jardin lobby lounge on the third floor.

Desserts include sakura scones and roll cake, into which cherry blossom is kneaded, sakura tofu and cherry tart, etc., and are served with a choice of tea while you enjoy the cherry blossoms blooming in the lounge or the garden beyond Le Jardin's wall-to-wall windows.

The tea set is ¥2,800 per person, including tax, and is available between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The hotel is a 10-minute walk from Edogawa-bashi Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line.

For more information, call (03) 3943-2222.

Afternoon tea seasonal special

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Afternoon tea at the Hotel Nikko Tokyo at this time of year is always something special.

During cherry blossom season, the tea set at the Lounge and Bar Veranda comes in a two-layered wooden lacquer- coated box, like Japanese box lunches used at cherry blossom viewing parties, instead of on a typical tea stand. The box contains items that have Japanese tastes mixed into Western-style pastries, such as sakura-mochi rice cake wrapped in pie crust, ume apricot jelly, yomogi traditional Japanese herb sandwiches, etc. A paste made from cherry blossoms, which is kneaded into ice cream, scones, financier and macaroons, adds spring color and flavor to the items.

The tea set costs ¥2,100, including tax, with coffee, tea or herbal tea. Sakura-flavored tea (¥1,050), soft drinks (¥1,260) and cocktails (¥1,260) are also on the menu.

The tea set is available through March 31, between 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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.

Easter festivities at the Peninsula

The Peninsula Tokyo will celebrate Easter in a number of ways March 23 (Easter Sunday).

The Peter restaurant on the 24th floor will serve a special Easter brunch, with complimentary champagne, for ¥6,500, and the Peninsula Boutique (B1 floor) will be selling French chocolate Easter eggs and Easter hampers.

The brunch is available between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (last orders). Children under 12 years of age are not permitted at the Peter.

The hotel is connected to Hibiya and Yurakucho stations on the Tokyo Metro subway line, and is a three-minute walk from Ginza Station.

For more information, call (03) 6270-2888.

French spring dinner course

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Girandole, the Park Hyatt Hotel's regional French restaurant, will be welcoming spring with a five-course dinner showcasing aromatic herbs, edible flowers and organically grown vegetables.

The main course will be red sea bream and langoustine in a fresh saffron sauce.

The special dinner course will be served from Monday, April 7, through Sunday, April 27, and is ¥5,000 per person. Contact the Girandole at (03) 5323-3459 for reservations.

The restaurant is on the 41st floor of the Park Hyatt, at 3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

(Listing courtesy of Bento.com)



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