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Friday, Dec. 25, 2009

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

A New Year's gift from Nikko Tokyo

Hotel Nikko Tokyo's six restaurants are offering special-price "Otoshidama Lunch" courses from Jan. 6 until Jan. 31.

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Though equivalent to a dinner course, this special lunch is being offered at lunchtime prices as otoshidama, or a New Year's gift, from chefs to guests. The courses will feature festive sumptuous dishes using the best ingredients that befit the New Year.

For example, at the Japanese restaurant Sakura, the eight-dish lunch course will include crab tempura, sushi and hot-pot dishes, all for ¥6,300,

The lunch buffet of the Mediterranean restaurant Ocean Dining, priced at ¥5,250, will offer a whole grilled lobster per person in addition to the usual buffet menu of cold and hot dishes, pastas and desserts.

Other restaurants offering an "Otoshidama Lunch" are teppanyaki restaurant Icho, continental restaurant Terrace on the Bay, Chinese restaurant Tou-Gu and grill and wine restaurant Taronga.

Lunchtime is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (to 4 p.m. on Sat., Sun. and national holidays at Taronga).

Hotel Nikko Tokyo is adjacent to Daiba Station on the New Transit Yurikamome Line or a 10-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line. For further information, call (03) 5500-5500.

Grand Hyatt hot-pot fair

Selected restaurants at Grand Hyatt Tokyo will be offering a special hot-pot promotion to warm guests during the cold winter season.

At French Kitchen Brasserie & Bar, hot-pot dishes will be offered with two hours of all-you-can-drink sparkling wine, an appetizer and a cheese plate or dessert, all for ¥6,500. Choose from a selection of five hot-pot dishes: Iwate Platinum pork choucroute; braised Japanese beef cheek in red wine; Koshu chicken pot-au-feu; Provence bouillabaisse and organic vegetables pot-au-feu. All the dishes are stewed for more than five hours with a fish and meat bone stock that brings out the flavors of the ingredients.

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Shunbou Japanese restaurant will offer seven types of hot pots. The hot pot of Edo clams and poached tofu with soybeans (¥8,500) uses water from the hot springs of Ureshino in Saga Prefecture, which is known to promote healthy skin. Other dishes good for beauty-conscious guests are the collagen-rich soft-shell turtle and shark's fin hot pot (¥15,800) and the Kyoto vegetables with Kyoto chicken hot pot (¥10,500).

The Chinaroom Chinese restaurant is offering a special dinner course featuring a Chinese hot pot and Peking duck with carving service, along with three kinds of appetizers, dessert as well as Chinese tea and sweets, all for ¥8,000. The hot-pot is separated into two different compartments so that guests can enjoy two different flavors — a light Cantonese style soup and a spicy Sichuan peppercorn soup. Both are accompanied by spices and condiments, which guests can add to their preference. Among the ingredients are shark's fin and deer Achilles tendon (both full of collagen), shabu-shabu-style (thinly sliced) Miyazaki beef, minced seafood, and chicken.

The menus are available between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. at each restaurant. The promotion starts on Jan. 12 at the French Kitchen, on Jan. 8 at Shunbou, on Jan. 11 at Chinaroom and run through Feb. 28.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is a three-minute walk from Roppongi Station. For details, call (03) 4333-1234.

Benoit Tokyo's new menu

Benoit Tokyo, a French cafe and restaurant in Aoyama, produced by famous Monegasque chef Alain Ducasse, renewed its menu in November, adding moderately priced bistro fare and revising the course prices so that guests can enjoy the restaurant's authentic French cuisine in a more casual manner.

Lunch courses start at ¥2,000 and include a main dish, dessert and coffee; dinner courses start at ¥3,600 for an appetizer, main dish and coffee.

In January, black truffles will be featured in the lunch and dinner courses. The restaurant features a specific ingredient each month.

Staple bistro dishes, such as onion gratin soup (¥900), sole meuniere (¥3,300) and beef rump steak with french fries (¥3,300) have joined the a la carte menu of existing traditional French selections.

The wine list has also been revised so that guests can enjoy wine at prices starting at ¥650 for a glass and ¥2,900 for a bottle.

Benoit Tokyo is located at La Porte Aoyama, a three-minute walk from Omotesando Station. For further information, call (03) 6419-4181.


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