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Friday, Sept. 11, 2009

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Keeping it all in wine family

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, will host the Primum Familiae Vini at an exclusive gala dinner Nov. 18.

Primum Familiae Vini is an international association of some of the world's finest wine-producing families from France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and the United States.

At the gala dinner, in the hotel's Shangri-La Ballroom, a member of each family will give a presentation about the family estate, and one of its finest and rarest wines will be paired with a special menu prepared by Shangri-La executive chef Oliver Weber.

A Primum Familiae Vini collection case, containing one bottle of each member's flagship wine, will be auctioned at the gala dinner for the benefit of a local charity.

Reservations cost ¥55,000 per person or ¥400,000 for a table of eight, including tax and service.

A special room rate will be offered to guests who want to stay at the hotel.

>The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, is a five-minute walk from Tokyo Station. For reservations, call (03) 6739-7888.

Royal Park Hungarian Weeks

Hungarian Culture Week 2009 will be held from Sept. 14 to Oct. 12 at the Royal Park Hotel in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

Chef Lajos Lutz and sommelier Janos Kiss from Budapest's upscale restaurant Gundela will prepare a Hungarian food buffet at the coffee shop Symphony on the first floor. Some 45 authentic Hungarian dishes will be available as well as a selection of Hungarian wines. A Hungarian Gypsy band will perform from Sept. 14 to 23. The buffet will be served at dinner on weekdays (¥5,250) and at lunch and dinner on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (¥5,250 and ¥7,350).

Hungarian items, including Zsolnay, the famous porcelain and pottery, and other folk crafts, accessories and wine will be on sale in the first-floor lobby from Sept. 14 to 26.

There's a direct link between the Royal Park Hotel and Suitengu-mae Station. For more information, call (03) 3667-1111.

Autumn Mushroom Fair

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Japanese restaurant Naniwa at the Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo is holding an Autumn Mushroom Fair throughout September.

At the kaiseki corner, a six-dish "Matsutake Gozen" lunch course (¥5,000) features dobin-mushi (traditional matsutake soup served in a teapot) and takikomi gohan (rice cooked in dashi soup) with a variety of mushrooms.

At the sushi corner, the chef will create unique sushi using five types of mushrooms, each prepared in a different way to best enhance its character. The mushroom sushi lunch set (¥3,900) comes with an appetizer, five kinds of mushroom sushi, roll sushi and matsutake soup.

The teppanyaki corner's lunch course (¥5,000) and dinner course (¥12,000) feature Western mushrooms and Japan's popular mushrooms in Western-style dishes, such as hors d'oeuvres, chowder, foie gras flan, lobster saute and beef steak. The selections are available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (through 3 p.m. on weekends and national holidays) for lunch and from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner.

The Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo is a seven-minute walk from Waseda Station. There is a shuttle bus service from Takadanobaba Station. For more information, call (03) 5285-1121.



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