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Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Spanish food, flamenco fiesta
The Hotel Nikko Tokyo's Mediterranean restaurant Ocean Dining is holding a Spanish cuisine and flamenco fair through Nov. 30.
During "Oton~o (Autumn) Espana" guests can enjoy traditional Spanish dishes and delicacies while watching chefs create bocadillos (Spanish-style sandwiches) and cut jamon (dry-cured ham) from the bone.
All lunch menus are served buffet style; while the dinner course includes a main dish of your choice, and an hors d'oeuvres and dessert buffet.
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and costs ¥3,360 on weekzdays, ¥4,200 on weekends and national holidays. Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. and costs ¥5,775, ¥7,350 or ¥8,925, depending on your choice of main dish.
There is also a flamenco show dinner plan on Oct. 25 and Nov. 29, which is available twice each day: dinner at 5 p.m. with a show from 7 p.m. or the show from 7 p.m. with dinner at 7:50 p.m. Costing ¥8,400, the plan includes dinner and one drink in the banquet room where the flamenco show will be held. That menu includes an hors d'oeuvres buffet, three dishes and dessert, plus coffee or tea.
There's a direct link between the Hotel Nikko Tokyo and Daiba Station, or the hotel is a 10-min. walk from Tokyo Teleport Station. For more information, call (03) 5500-5642.
Celebrating Osaka-Paris links
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Air France's Osaka-Paris service, five major hotels in Osaka are co-holding a "Bonjour la France!" fair. Through Nov. 30, the Swissotel Nankai Osaka, Imperial Hotel Osaka, Hyatt Regency Osaka, Hotel New Otani Osaka and Rihga Royal Hotel will be serving special courses at their French restaurants.
Swissotel Nankai Osaka, for example, will offer the "Princess Menu" lunch course (¥5,250), which includes dishes that were favorites of Princess Grace of Monaco, while the Hyatt Regency Osaka is preparing a prix fixe French course for ¥15,000, which includes a complimentary glass of champagne and a glass of red and white wine to go with your meal.
Each hotel is also offering special accommodation packages during the fair, ranging from ¥13,000 to ¥45,000 per night, and those who spend more than ¥5,000 on the fair menus are eligible for a lottery to win prizes that include a pair of round-trip Osaka-Paris air tickets, accommodation for two and dinner vouchers.
For more information, visit the fair's Japanese Web site at www.bonjour-france40.com