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Friday, Feb. 27, 2009

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Party time at the Royal Park

The Royal Park Shiodome Tower has put together a party package at its 24th-floor restaurant Harmony, which commands views of Hama-rikyu Garden and Tokyo Tower from 113 meters above the capital.

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The two-hour "Group Party in Harmony" includes buffet-style hors d'oeuvres, four main platters to share, ice cream or sorbet for dessert and unlimited drinks (draft beer, whiskey, wine, cocktails and soft drinks).

The platters include foie gras omelet with truffle sauce, herb-roasted tuna head with tomato sauce, grilled rib roast with mustard sauce and fried potatoes, and anchovy pasta with seasonal vegetables.

The party costs ¥8,000 per person and is available for groups of four or more. A private room seats groups of six or more for an additional ¥10,500. You can start the plan from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the year.

The Royal Park Shiodome is located in the Shiodome Tower, a three-minute walk from Shinbashi Station or a one-minute walk from Shiodome Station. For details and reservations, call Restaurant Harmony at (03) 6253-1130.

Hangzhou delicacies in Tokyo

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Under the watchful eye of the executive sous-chef of the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo is offering lunch and dinner courses featuring Hangzhou cuisine at its Chinese restaurant Jade Garden.

Hangzhou is one of China's ancient capitals and its local fare, which uses large helpings of seafood, is regarded as one of China's eight great food styles and is said to be where the famed Shanghai cuisine has its roots.

On the menu you'll find steamed seafood and fried prawns, all flavored with Longjing tea, a famous Hangzhou specialty; pyramid-shaped stewed pork, a Hangzhou staple; and lots more.

There is one lunch course (¥5,800, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and two dinner courses (¥10,500 and ¥13,700, 5:30-9:30 p.m.) available for two people or more through March 31.

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is a 12-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station. There is a shuttle bus from the Shinjuku L Tower building. For more information, call (03) 5321-3523.

Discount luxury

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Restaurants at Robbin's Club in Ebisu, Tokyo, will hold a campaign from March 3 that offers a 20 percent discount to customers who use the password "Zeitaku wa suteki da!" ("Luxury is great!") on arrival or when making a reservation.

"Zeitaku wa suteki da!" is a well-known parody of the wartime slogan "Zeitaku wa teki da" ("Luxury is our enemy"), and was popular during Japan's rapid economic growth. Robbin's Club hopes to support and cheer up consumers who are returning to the "Luxury is our enemy" trend during the global recession.

Robbin's Club, a complex comprising a chapel, garden and French and Chinese restaurants with private rooms, in a modern, Western-style four-story house, is a well-known venue for parties, weddings and special occasions.

The restaurants offer lunch courses from ¥3,150 (¥2,520 with the discount) and dinner courses from ¥6,300 (¥5,040 with the discount). A 10-percent service charge is added.

The club also plans to prepare special menus for White Day between March 12 and 14, and for the cherry blossom-viewing season between March 20 and April 12.

Robbin's Club is located at 1-1-29 Naka-Meguro, Meguro-ku, an eight-minute walk from the West Exit of Ebisu Station. It's open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-11 p.m. For more information, call (03) 5704-7000 or visit www.robbins.co.jp



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