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Friday, April 18, 2008


The Great Japan Beer Festival, the Grand Hyatt hits 5, and Cantonese cuisine at the Mandarin Oriental.

Grand Hyatt's fifth anniversary

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo will serve special dinner courses at all of its restaurants and one of its bars as part of "In celebration of the Five Senses of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo," which marks its fifth anniversary on April 25.

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At each of the venues, special dinner courses will be ¥50,000 for two people, including a glass of champagne, a bottle of fifth-anniversary memorial wine and a copy of original compilation CD from the hotel, "Five Senses."

The courses are available from April 24 to May 25, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is in the Roppongi Hills complex, a three-minute walk from Roppongi Station.

For more information or reservations, call (03) 4333-1234.

Mandarin's 'Canton Delight'

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Throughout the year, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo will present a series of "Canton Delight" culinary fairs that will introduce the different styles of Cantonese restaurants from its sister hotels around the world.

First up is The Oriental Bangkok. Kong Khai Meng, executive chef at the hotel's China House Cantonese restaurant, will be in Tokyo from April 22 to 27 to present modern recipes based on classic Cantonese cuisine at the 37th-floor Sense Cantonese Dining.

Using Thai ingredients and cooking techniques, the menu promises an exotic blend of Thai and Cantonese flavors.

An eight-course lunch will be available for ¥7,000 between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and an eight-course dinner for ¥17,000 between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. (last order).

Future fairs will feature food from the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur's Lai Po Heen restaurant in June and the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong's Man Wah restaurant in September.

The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is adjacent to Mitsukoshi-mae and Shin-Nihonbashi stations, and a seven-minute walk from Nihonbashi and Kanda stations.

For further information or reservations, call (0120) 806-823 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Great Japan Beer Festival

The Great Japan Beer Festival is the biggest beer event of the year in Japan, with more than 120 microbrews and craft beers available to taste.

The festival is organized by the Japan Craft Beer Association, and this year the Tokyo event will be held May 5 and 6 at the tail end of the Golden Week holidays. Hours are from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 5 (Mon.), and from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 6 (Tue.). Admission is ¥4,800 (¥4,300 for advance tickets), which includes unlimited tastings; food will be sold separately.

The venue is the Garden Hall at Ebisu Garden Place, 1-13-2 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo. Tickets are available from Lawson, Pia and other outlets.

Check the Web site at www.beertaster.org/index-e.html for more details or e-mail english@beertaster.org.

The Kansai version of the event takes place a few weeks later on the weekend of May 31 and June 1, at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka; check the same Web site for more details. (Listing courtesy of Bento.com)

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