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Friday, July 17, 2009


Miele Guide charity month

The Miele Guide, an annual restaurant profile and ranking survey for Asia, will launch a monthlong charity initiative in cooperation with more than 50 restaurants in the region.

Throughout August, participating restaurants, a majority of which are listed in The Miele Guide 2008/2009 edition, will offer special set menus or promotions, and they will donate 15 percent of the revenue from these to the United Nations World Food Programme to combat hunger and poverty in East Timor in Southeast Asia.

Ate Media, publisher of the guide, aims to raise $200,000 through the campaign.

Participating restaurants in Japan are: Hanasanshou at the Park Hotel Tokyo (Japanese); Peking at The Imperial Hotel Tokyo (Chinese); Restaurant Tateru Yoshino Shiodome in Tokyo (French); Il Ghiottone Ristorante in Kyoto (Italian); and Kikunoi in Gion, Kyoto (Japanese).

The Miele Guide's inaugural 2008/2009 edition is available at major bookstores in Asia and at www.mieleguide.com . The 2009/2010 edition will be launched in October.

For more information on The Miele Guide Restaurant Month, visit www.mieleguide.com

A splash of water with that?

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The Hotel New Otani will open the Poolside Bar & Grill "Trader Vic's Outrigger" by The Pool "Mai Tai" in the hotel's Japanese garden from July 17 to Sept. 6 and Sept. 12, 13 and Sept. 19-23.

Trader Vic's is an international restaurant with 27 branches worldwide, and the New Otani branch is the oldest in Asia. Selected dishes suitable for poolside enjoyment will be provided by the restaurant, including the popular Perfect Burger, Loco Moco, Hawaiian Plate and more.

There will be a range of tropical cocktails, including Trader Vic's original Mai Tai (¥1,500).

There is a package luau plan for private parties of groups numbering 10 to 50 people. The two-hour plan is available between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. from Sunday to Tuesday, excluding Aug. 9 to 11. The plan, starting from ¥7,000 per person, includes six dishes, draft beer, standard cocktails and soft drinks. For an additional ¥1,000 per person, tropical cocktails will be added.

The Hotel New Otani is a three-minute walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3265-1111.

Spicy curries for summer

The Hilton Tokyo's Checkers Brasserie will present a weekday (Monday to Friday) Summer Curry promotion from July 21 to Aug. 20 (except Aug. 10 to 14). It will feature five kinds of curry dish as well as salad, appetizer and desserts, at an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.

The curry menu includes butter chicken curry, Thai red curry and devil chicken curry. All are created using original recipes from the Hilton Colombo in Sri Lanka. In addition, 10 different condiments such as mango chutney, fried onion and mixed raita will be colorfully lined up to make your curry extra special.

The buffet is ¥2,500 per person, including coffee or tea.

The Hilton Tokyo is a two-minute walk from Nishi-Shinjuku Station's Exit C8 or a 10-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3344-5111.

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