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Friday, May 28, 2010
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Summer dining by a Kyoto river
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto has released a special summer accommodation plan that gives visitors the opportunity to experience the traditional culture of the ancient capital.
The Kawadoko accommodation package showcases Kyoto's summer feature of a dinner by the kawadoko (riverbed), enjoying wild sweetfish, vegetables from Kyoto and other seasonal cuisine on a platform just above a river in green surroundings. The package allows visitors to choose from three traditional Japanese restaurants in Takao or Kifune, popular summer retreats in the mountains of Kyoto.
With the package, a yukata, or light kimono for summertime, is provided for guests to wear for dinner and to take home. There is a choice of around 100 patterns and each comes with matching obi and geta. A taxi between the hotel and the restaurant is also provided.
The one-night package, available on most days between June 8 and Sep. 30, starts from ¥51,000 for a single room and ¥70,000 for double room, including tax and service charge.
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 reservation center toll-free at 0120-123-420 or on 075-541-3210.
Chilean week at the Hilton Tokyo
The Hilton Tokyo will hold a Chile Gourmet Promotion at Brassiere Checkers from June 2-8.
In cooperation with the Trade Commission of Chile, the fair will introduce Chilean foods and wines for its lunch and dinner buffets, inviting chef Matas Palomo from Santiago, Chile's capital.
Diners can enjoy the finest Chilean cuisine from traditional to fusion style, designed and prepared by Palomo, one of Chile's most renowned young chefs.
The lunch buffet is between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. during the week and from 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It costs ¥3,500 per adult and ¥2,000 per child. The dinner buffet, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., costs ¥6,000 and ¥3,000, respectively.
Also available is an all-you-can-drink wine plan featuring about 10 kinds of Chilean wines for ¥2,772 at lunch and dinner. Wines are also available by the glass (from ¥1,500) or bottle (from ¥6,000).
The Hilton Tokyo is a two-minute walk from Exit C8 of Nishi-Shinjuku Station or a 10-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3344-5111.
Vancouver comes to Four Seasons
The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi will hold a With Love From Vancouver culinary fair from June 10-23 at ekki Bar & Grill restaurant, inviting Oliver Beckert, executive chef from YEW restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.
Led by Beckert, YEW restaurant has received many awards and accolades, including a mention on the Conde Nast Gold List and Food & Wine's World's Best places to eat.
The fair offers Beckert's special dishes of modern Pacific Rim cuisine for brunch, lunch and dinner, in courses and a la carte. A three-course lunch or weekend brunch is ¥3,900, a four-course dinner is ¥8,800 and a five-course dinner is ¥10,800.
At a kickoff dinner event on June 11, Beckert will personally introduce each part of his six-course dinner. The evening begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is ¥18,000 with Canadian wines.
Prices include tax and are subject to a service charge.
The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is adjacent to Tokyo Station and a three-minute walk from Kyobashi Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5222-5810.
Black Ship burgers hit Yokohama
The annual Yokohama Kaiko-sai (port opening festival) will be held May 29, 30 and June 2, the day in 1859 when Yokohama's port was opened to the world.
For the occasion, the InterContinental Yokohama Grand will prepare a special Kurofune Burger plate at its lounge and bar Marine Blue from May 29 to June 2, limited to 20 sets a day.
Kurofune, or Black Ships, was the name given to the American vessels that arrived in Japan, demanding the country be opened to the world. Hence, the hotel's original squid ink bread recipe is used to make the buns.
The hamburger plate comes with coffee or tea for ¥2,079, including tax and service charge. It is on sale at Marine Blue from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is a three-minute walk from Minatomirai Station or a 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station. For further information, call (045) 223-2222.