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Friday, Nov. 6, 2009

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

'Superfood Buffet'

Through Nov. 30, the Westin Tokyo is holding a "Superfood Buffet" at The Terrace restaurant.

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Superfood is a term sometimes used for foods that are considered particularly nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health — preventing lifestyle diseases such as cancer and heart disease, improving immunity and reducing bad cholesterol.

As part of The Westin's ongoing commitment to offer its guests superfoods to help them lead better lives with healthful habits, the buffet will include 10 cold and 12 hot dishes using 25 superfoods, created by executive chef Toshio Numajiri to best elicit the synergistic effects of those foods. There will also be some 30 regular buffet items.

The foods The Westin especially recommends as superfoods include avocado, broccoli, beans, onions, turkey, salmon, tomatoes, pumpkin, spinach, apples and walnuts.

Turkey and other festive dishes will be served during the Thanksgiving holidays between Nov. 21 and 23.

The lunch buffet costs ¥4,500 for adults and ¥2,400 for children on weekdays and ¥5,500 and ¥2,400 on weekends and holidays. The dinner buffet is ¥6,800 and ¥3,400 on weekdays and ¥8,000 and ¥4,000 on weekends and holidays.

The Westin Tokyo is in Ebisu Garden Place, a seven-minute walk along the Ebisu Sky Walk from the East Exit of JR Ebisu Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5423-7778.

ANA Crowne Plaza says thank you

In celebration of the first anniversary of its rebranding, the ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka is holding a "Thank You Dinner Campaign" through Nov. 30.

The hotel's Chinese restaurant, Karin, French fusion cuisine eatery The Dining Room and teppanyaki restaurant Dojima have each prepared full-course dinners for just ¥3,900 (39, when pronounced san-kyu in Japanese, sounds similar to "thank you" in English).

Karin's dinner course includes an assorted appetizer, a choice of three main dishes from six selections, a rice or noodle dish and dessert.

The Dining Room offers a five-dish French course with coffee or tea.

Dojima's teppanyaki course, which features grilled Australian sirloin beef, as well as seafood and vegetables, comes with appetizer, salad, rice and miso soup, dessert and a glass of wine or orange juice.

The dinner courses are available from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

The ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka received a "three-pavilion" rating, signifying a "very comfortable" experience for guests, in the "Michelin Guide Kyoto & Osaka 2010," published Oct. 16 — making it a perfect gift for the hotel's first anniversary, which falls on Oct. 1.

The ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka is a three-minute walk from Kita-Shinchi Station or a five-minute walk from Yodoyabashi Station. For more information, call (06) 6347-1112.



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