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Friday, May 22, 2009

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Sea urchin delicacies at Grand Hyatt, budget plans at Swisshotel, and catering from Dazzle

Special kaiseki menu of uni

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Sushi restaurant Roku Roku at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is offering a special course dinner featuring sea urchin (uni) paired with sake.

Sea urchin, in season from May, is one of Japan's most popular and valued seafoods and is said to alleviate fatigue and rejuvenate the skin. Roku Roku uses different types of sea urchin, such as murasaki uni (purple sea urchin) and bafun uni (horse-dung sea urchin), from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south, to create the nine-dish kaiseki course.

For the appetizer, three kinds of sea urchin are cooked in different styles to match the character of each — for example, fresh grilled sea urchin sushi and vinegared rice. The course also includes orange clams and seasonal vegetables, three kinds of sashimi, simmered eggplant, sweet fish tempura, a sushi plate, sea urchin and abalone soup, and seasonal fruit.

Served with two sake of different characters, the course is ¥15,000 per person and is available between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., through June 30.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is a three-minute walk from Roppongi Station. For more information, call (03) 4333-8788.

Swissotel fifth anniversary plan

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The Swissotel Nankai Osaka in Namba, Osaka, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a range of bargain accommodations.

The Swissotel Nankai Osaka Mankitsu Plan combines a stay in a Junior Suite Room with ¥120,000 worth of the hotel's popular services — access to the Executive Club Lounge, which offers complimentary breakfast, snack and drink service, set dinner and Swiss chocolate and dessert buffet at Tavola 36 Italian Restaurant and Sky Bar, 60-minute hand-care treatment at Amrita Spa and access to the spa facilities (gym, pool and sauna), and breakfast in your room — for ¥55,555 for two people. The plan is available through Sept. 30. There's an additional charge of ¥5,000 for Saturdays and the day before national holidays.

The Victorinox + Swissotel Stay Plan is a collaboration with Victorinox, makers of the world-famous Swiss Army Knives, which marks its 125th anniversary this year. For ¥12,500 (¥18,000 on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays), two people can stay in a Swiss Advantage Room and receive an anniversary Victorinox booklet and a special gift from the company. For an additional ¥5,000, you can upgrade the room to the Swiss Executive Club Floor, where you can enjoy a range of benefits, including access to the Club Lounge. The plan runs through Sept. 30.

Available from July 18 through Aug. 31, the Summer Family Plan offers a stay in a Classic Room for two adults and a child (under 13), dinner and buffet breakfast at Cafe Swiss for ¥26,000 (¥31,000 on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays).

The Swissotel Nankai Osaka is located above Nankai Namba Station. For more information or reservations, call (06) 6646-1119.

Dazzling cuisine to your door

Restaurant Dazzle, on the top two floors of the Mikimoto Ginza 2 building in Tokyo, is known for its stylish and unique interior, vast wine collection — over 3,000 bottles from the world's great wine regions — and innovative contemporary cuisine that uses the finest ingredients from Japan and around the world.

And now the restaurant can bring its culinary delights and quality service to your office or home. Dazzle's catering service menus include a canape plate (from ¥4,000), buffet (from ¥6,000) and a sit-down meal (from ¥8,000 per person).

Menu prices at the restaurant include appetizers from ¥1,200, main dishes from ¥2,600 and dinner courses from ¥6,500.

Dazzle is a three-minute walk from Ginza Station's C8 Exit or a five-minute walk from Yurakucho Station. For more information on the catering service, call the restaurant at (03) 5159-0991.


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