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Friday, Oct. 10, 2008

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Westin Tokyo celebrates new look

The Westin Hotel Tokyo in Ebisu Garden Place has completed renovations of its 22nd floor restaurants: Victor's, Compass Rose and Yebisu.

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At Victor's, chef Nicolas Chevrollier, who hails from the city of Bordeaux in southwest France, titillates diners with his creative French menus incorporating Japanese ingredients, many of which rarely appear outside of Japanese cuisine.

The new interior incorporates European-style design motifs that use modern fabrics, as well as stone and wood, to create a Mediterranean-like atmosphere. The layout offers superb night views of Tokyo from every seat.

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The first special event at Victor's after reopening Oct. 2 will be an "Anniversary French Collaboration," which commemorates the 150th anniversary of Japan-France relations. From Oct. 13-31, the grand chef of the Westin Hotel Paris, Gilles Grasteau, will collaborate with Chevrollier to produce special lunch (¥5,000) and dinner (¥10,000) courses.

The hotel is a seven-minute stroll along the Ebisu Sky Walk from the East Exit of JR Ebisu Station.

For more information or reservations, call (03) 5423-7777.

'Happy Meets' lunch promotion

Five hotels located around Osaka Station are jointly holding a "Happy Meets Campaign."

Since 2005, the Hotel Granvia Osaka, Hotel New Hankyu Osaka, Ramada Osaka, Hotel Hankyu International and Hotel Hanshin have held Ajimeguri fairs twice a year.

At the fairs, each hotel prepares a special lunch course on the same theme for just ¥2,000, and guests ordering the course receive a stamp; when they have collected all five stamps, they receive a ¥2,000 voucher. Those who collect three stamps will also receive a dessert voucher for the next Ajimeguri Fair.

The Happy Meets Campaign, held in celebration of 100,000 people participating in the fairs, will offer the lunch course with dessert, which is usually an Ajimeguri Fair option, for the same ¥2,000 price.

The campaign runs through Nov. 30.

For more information, visit www.meguri.net

Sake tasting in Tokyo

Master sake brewers attending a gathering from around the country will be offering hundreds of different varieties of premium sake for tasting at the annual autumn event of the Ginjo brewers association, held this year on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is ¥5,000, which includes free-flowing sake, plus a gift bottle to take home, if you buy a ticket in advance. There's no food though, so eat before you go.

The venue is the Hotel Metropolitan Edmont ([03] 3237-1111), 3-10-8 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (near JR Iidabashi Station).

(Listing courtesy of Bento.com)



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