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Friday, May 9, 2008

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Silverado Tokyo and Chinese beauty food

Beauty from the inside out

To help women "become beautiful from the inside," the Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel is offering a new Ladies Lunch course at its Cantonese restaurant Toukashun.

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The course consists of dishes using ingredients that are said to act just like beauty treatments. Portions are deliberately small so that guests can enjoy many different dishes. Many of the ingredients are relatively low in calories.

For example, the amuse bouche is a collagen jelly that uses collagen produced from boiling a whole chicken, and is said to keep the skin resilient, smooth and wrinkle-free. The corn soup contains pearl powder, which is a good source of protein, and various minerals such as calcium, and is said to have a moisturizing effect on the skin. The main dish can be chosen from five health-oriented selections.

The course ends with Chinese tea that has rugosa rosebuds floating in the cup, which will please the eye, soothe the skin and relax you with its strong, sweet aroma.

The lunch course is ¥3,150 and is available through June 30, between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (last orders 2:30 p.m.).

The hotel is located in Kobe's oceanfront Meriken Park, an eight-minute walk from the Minato-Motomachi subway station. There are shuttle bus services from Kobe and Sannomiya stations to the hotel.

For more information and reservations, call (0120) 86-9222 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Taste of California at Silverado

California restaurant Silverado is scheduled to open on the eighth floor of the Royal Crystal Ginza Building in Tokyo on May 10.

Using Japanese ingredients, the restaurant will offer menus that reflect the latest trends in Californian cuisine and wine, under the supervision of chef Hiro Sone.

Having learned French and Italian culinary arts in Japan, he worked at California restaurants Spago Tokyo and Spago Beverly Hills. He is now owner-chef of the Terra and Ame restaurants in the U.S. The Terra, in California's Napa Valley, one of the world's great wine-producing regions, has received a Michelin star and many other awards; the Ame opened two years ago in the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, and received a Michelin star in 2007 and was chosen as the Best New Restaurant in the 2007 Zagat Guide.

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The Silverado has 72 seats, including four private rooms. The lunch course starts from ¥3,500 and the dinner course from ¥8,000. There are a la carte selections from ¥1,500 for dinner. Lunch is between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (last orders 2 p.m.), and dinner between 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. (last orders 10 p.m.).

The restaurant is a two-minute walk from exit B6 of Ginza Station. For more information, call (03) 3569-3344 or visit www.restaurantsilverado.jp



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