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Friday, Aug. 15, 2008


Buffets, beers and bikinis

Summer vacation buffets

Through Aug. 31, the Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is serving special buffets during the summer at its Mediterranean and Japanese restaurants.

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Cafe Tosca has a "Caribbean" theme with nautical decorations, staff dressed in pirate costumes and Caribbean-style buffet menus. Dishes include pork loin chop grilled in banana leaves, spicy shrimp curry and a whole leg of carved roast beef.

The buffet is from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and costs ¥4,700 on weekdays and ¥5,600 on weekends, holidays and Aug. 11-15 (¥2,800 for children age 6-12).

In a rare move for a Japanese restaurant, the Uemura eatery has prepared a buffet where guests can order as much food as they want from a seasonal menu of 17 appetizers, nine main dishes, six rice and noodle dishes and six desserts.

The lunch buffet (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) is ¥6,500 and dinner (5 p.m.-10 p.m.) ¥8,000.

The hotel is a one-minute walk from Minato-Mirai Station. For more information or reservations, call (045) 682-2222.

Sky-high dinner, drinks

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The Hotel Nikko Osaka in the city's Shinsaibashi district is holding a Sky Beer Hall 32 dinner event.

Cold draft beer, hot and cold plates of food, live music and a night view of Osaka can all be enjoyed in the hotel's 32nd-floor Jet Stream banquet room 100 meters above the ground.

A dinner set (¥5,500) includes snacks, plates of assorted hot and cold dishes, a main dish, salad bar and bread, and unlimited drinks for 100 minutes. Customers may choose from draft beer, wine, whiskey, sake, shochu, cocktails and soft drinks. Additional a-la-carte menu items, including desserts, are available starting from ¥500.

There will be live music daily from 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and all the action from the Beijing Olympics will be shown on a large screen.

Those wearing yukata (casual summer kimono) will receive a small gift.

The beer flows on weekdays between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. through Sept. 3.

The hotel is adjacent to Exit 8 of Shinsaibashi Station. For more information or reservations, call (06) 6244-0003 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Bikini and beer party

Orca International, a wine company in Japan that specializes in vintages from the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, is throwing a Bikini, Wine, Beer and Nibbles party Friday, Aug. 22, at the Pink Cow in Shibuya, Tokyo.

The all-you-can-drink event features selected Orca wines and beers, a light nibbles buffet and a live performance by The Moonshots. So grab your Speedo, baggies or thong, and enjoy an evening of fun.

The event costs ¥4,000, starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. Reservations are required by Aug. 18.

The Pink Cow is located at 1-3-18, Villa Moderuna B1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, an eight-minute walk from Shibuya Station.

For reservations, contact the Pink Cow by e-mail at cowmail@thepinkcow.com or call (03) 3406-5597.

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