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Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Restaurant toasts Shaoxing wine
Ryutenmon Chinese restaurant at the Westin Hotel Tokyo is releasing more of its original Shaoxing Chinese rice wine and holding a commemorative gala dinner Feb. 18 and 22 to mark the event.
Ryutenmon first released its 30-year-old original blend Shaoxing wine three years ago. The restaurant is now offering 8- and 12-year-old bottles in addition to the 30-year vintage that proved so popular.
The liquor was blended under the direction of executive chef Chin Kei Mei, who visited the Shaoxing winery in Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, China, to direct the winemakers firsthand and witness the blending and bottling.
Ryutenmon's original blend is characterized by its high proportion of vintage liquor, which is far higher than the usual 50 percent required for the "vintage" appellation.
Shaoxing wine is sold in original Ryutenmon bottles at ¥3,900 (350 ml, 8 years old), ¥5,200 (350 ml, 12 years) and ¥15,000 (330 ml, 30 years).
The gala dinner is ¥18,000 per person, including Shaoxing wine, and starts from 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 and from 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 22. Reception begins 30 minutes before the dinner.
The Westin Tokyo is in Ebisu Garden Place, a seven-minute walk along the Ebisu Sky Walk from the East Exit of JR Ebisu Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5423-7787.
Sweet charity at Hilton Tokyo
For Valentine's Day, the Hilton Tokyo is organizing a Share Your Love charity campaign between Feb. 9 and 13.
The hotel will give local welfare institutions chocolates donated by its female guests, together with Hilton chocolate gifts, on Feb. 14.
Baskets to collect chocolates will be placed in the lobby during the campaign and all female guests who bring any kind of prepacked chocolates will receive a 20-percent discount coupon for lunch at the hotel's Marble Lounge or Checkers restaurants.
Charity participants will also have a chance to win various luxury gifts, such as a complementary one-night stay at the Hilton Tokyo or a sumptuous French dinner as a White Day gift March 14.
The Hilton Tokyo is a two-minute walk from Exit C8 of Nishi-Shinjuku Station or a 10-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. For more information, call (03) 3344-5111.
Roy's Tokyo Bar & Grill, a Tokyo outlet of award-winning Hawaiian chef Roy Yamaguchi, has prepared a special dinner course for Valentine's Day, available from Feb. 10 to 14.
Yamaguchi is renowned as a pioneer of Hawaiian Fusion cuisine, which features local ingredients, European sauces and Asian spices, all based on Hawaiian flavors.
Against the backdrop of a night view of Tokyo Tower, guests can enjoy a five-course dinner, including foie gras terrine with port wine sauce, New England-style clam chowder, lemongrass-flavored grilled red sea bream, braised beef in red-wine sauce, and dark and white chocolate-duet mousse for dessert.
The dinner course is ¥8,000 per person. Reservations are recommended.
Roy's Tokyo Bar & Grill is located on the fifth floor of West Walk in Roppongi Hills, above Roppongi Subway Station. For more information and reservations, call (03) 5474-8181.