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Friday, May 14, 2010

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Yokohama shows off regional fare

Buffet restaurant Cafe Tosca at the Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu will put on dinners featuring ingredients from Yokohama and other parts of Kanagawa Prefecture from May 17 to June 30.

Under the concept of local production for local consumption, the restaurant's chefs visited local fishing ports and farms to select the finest local vegetables, seafood and meats, including Sagami pork, Miura chicken and the still rare Yamayuri beef.

Diners can watch chefs cook at the popular Action Corner, where sukiyaki, which is said to have originated in Yokohama, will be prepared with Yamayuri beef. Other dishes include bagna cauda featuring local vegetables, whitebait cheese risotto, minestrone soup and braised pork.

Yokohama-area wines supplement the regional cuisine.

The buffet is available from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and costs ¥4,700 on weekdays, ¥5,600 on weekends and holidays, and ¥2,800 for children between 6 and 12 years old.

The Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is a one-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station or a 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station. For more information or reservations, call (045) 682-2218.

Wine mastery at the Conrad

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The Conrad Tokyo will hold lunch and dinner events with wine from May 19 to 21 featuring Ron Georgiou, one of only 279 holders of the revered Masters of Wine qualification.

The highlight of the promotion will be the May 21 dinner at China Blue dubbed A Night of the Stars. The hotel's Michelin-star chefs, Shinya Maeda of Gordon Ramsay at Conrad Tokyo and Albert Tse of China Blue, will collaborate for the first time to create an exclusive six-course dinner. Georgiou will enhance the dining experience with his selection of wines to pair with the dishes. For the main dish, pan-fried herb pork and onions marinated in Chinese spices along with roasted fillet of veal with spinach lasagna and veal jus will be paired with Cha^teau La Mission Haut Brion 1989, which Georgiou is confident will best match both Chinese and French cuisine.

A Night of the Stars will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in a private room of China Blue. The course costs ¥55,000 per person.

Also at China Blue is a lunch event on May 19, featuring a three-course lunch of Tse's modern Chinese dishes paired with three kinds of Veuve-Clicquot Champagne selected by Georgiou. The lunch is from noon to 2 p.m. and costs ¥6,000 per person.

At the New vs. Old Lunch, held at the brasserie Cerise by Gordon Ramsay on May 20, guests can enjoy a three-course lunch while comparing traditional French wines with wines from the New World. The lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs ¥5,000 per person.

Kazahana will hold a Horizontal Wine Lunch on May 21, serving a Japanese lunch course with three different sauvignon blanc wines, showing how the taste of wine made from the same grape variety can differ depending on production areas and the maturation process. The lunch is between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and costs ¥5,000 per person.

There are also wine lectures and tasting events on each of the three days from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 21, at bar and lounge TwentyEight, priced at ¥5,000 per person.

The Conrad Tokyo is in the Tokyo Shiodome Building, a one-minute walk from Shiodome Station. For further information or reservations, call (03) 6388-8000.

Experience Kyoto hands-on

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The Hyatt Regency Kyoto has special tours during the summer that give guests the opportunity to experience Japanese traditional culture in the ancient capital.

The optional tour lets guests experience Zen monk practices on Aug. 3 and 6. At the Zen temple Myoshin-ji Taizoin, guests will hear sermons, meditate, write calligraphy and perform duties such as sweeping the grounds. Rice porridge is served as a typical Zen temple breakfast. The tour takes place from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and costs ¥4,500 per adult and ¥3,500 per child aged 10 to 18, including one-way taxi service from the hotel to the temple.

Another optional event, which will be held on July 27 and Aug. 10, is a Japanese sweets-making class at the hotel's banquet kitchen, followed by a small Japanese tea party. The class is from 10 a.m. to noon and costs ¥3,000 per adult and ¥2,000 per child aged 7 to 15.

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a five-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. For further information, call the Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hakone Reservation Center at 075-541-3210 or toll-free at 0120-123-420.



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