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Friday, May 21, 2010


In-season tomatoes hit Grand Hyatt

The Italian restaurant Fiorentina at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is showcasing tomatoes, which are in season in Italy and Japan.

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The restaurant offers a variety of ripe tomatoes picked from Japanese farms in its original dishes. One appetizer (costing ¥1,600) consists of a variety of these Japanese tomatoes in a cocktail glass with three condiments: premium sea salt, 25-year-old balsamic vinegar with Sicilian olive oil and apple mostarda (a type of relish) with herb mayonnaise. Pizza featuring buffalo mozzarella with salted tomatoes sells for ¥2,600 while spaghettini with fruit tomatoes, prosciutto, cervatica and fresh tomato sauce costs ¥2,700 and grilled fish of the day with herb-crumbled tomato is ¥3,200.

At the terrace seating overlooking Keyakizaka Street, a lunch set with some of the above special dishes will be available for ¥3,600 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The pomodoro (tomato) promotion is running through June 15, between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is located in Roppongi Hills, a three-minute walk from Roppongi Station. For details, call (03) 4333-8713.

Wine Lovers Club opens

Restaurant operator Nadaman Co., long-known for its Japanese restaurants of the same name, on May 17 opened its first establishment focusing on wine, Wine Lovers Club in Nagatacho.

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Since its first Japanese restaurant opened in 1830, Nadaman restaurants, many of which are located in leading hotels in Japan and abroad, have been serving exclusive and traditional Japanese cuisine. More recently, the Nadaman group has been on a mission to create a new style of Japanese cooking in line with modern food culture while preserving traditional Japanese methods, with the slogan "A long-standing restaurant is always new."

With this in mind, and as more Japanese enjoy Japanese dishes with wine, Wine Lovers Club focuses on savoring wine with steak and original Italian and Japanese dishes.

A selection of more than 120 wines, chosen by restaurant manager and sommelier Miki Katayama, accompany the original dishes created by Italian cuisine chef Yasutsugu Shiraishi under the supervision of famed Japanese cuisine chef Hiroaki Kuroda.

The restaurant puts an emphasis on keeping prices reasonable to foster a sophisticated but casual atmosphere. Appetizers start at ¥630 and main dishes from ¥1,680.

At lunch, to cater to the needs of workers from nearby offices, a hamburger set costs ¥1,260.

The modern interior, featuring white tables and chairs on an Italian marble floor, creates a stylish and relaxing atmosphere. In the open dining space, sunlight shines through the skylight, while at night, the lamps and the flowers on the tables add color. There are 74 seats and 11 private rooms for two, six or eight persons, available for an additional ¥525 per person for dinner, but free for lunch.

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Lunchtime is between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and dinner is between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Closed on Sundays.

Wine Lovers Club in Nagatacho is located on the ground floor of Prudential East Plaza, 2-13-10, Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, a one-minute walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station, a three-minute walk from Nagatacho Station and a seven-minute walk from Tameike-Sanno Station. For more information, visit www.nadaman.co.jp or call (03) 5512-7511.

Beer garden at the Ramada Osaka

The Ramada Osaka will open its rooftop beer garden from May 29 and is selling advanced tickets until June 30.

For ¥1,500 in advance and ¥2,000 at the door, an all-you-can-drink service featuring more than 20 kinds of drinks is provided. The price is ¥1,000 for ladies every Monday or for ladies wearing yukata, the light, summertime kimono. Food is available at additional cost.

Special events include a samba performance every Wednesday. A VIP room, perfect for small private parties, is also available.

Prices include tax and service charges. The beer garden is open through Sept. 30, closed during inclement weather.

The Ramada Osaka is adjacent to Nakatsu Station on the Midosuji Line and a five-minute walk from Hankyu Umeda Station. For reservations or additional details, call (06) 6372-8181.

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