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Friday, Jan. 4, 2013


Cheese fondue in Osaka, Teppanyaki ladies' lunch, cognac Valentine's day

Cheese fondue with Osaka specials

The Swissotel Nankai Osaka in the Nanba area is holding a promotion featuring cheese fondue, one of the hotel's signature specialties, at its restaurant Sh'un, Wine & Dine, through April 28.

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The restaurant, located on the lobby level, features tapas-style dishes so guests can enjoy snacks with business associates after work or get together with friends.

The chef prepares seasonal ingredients in a kushiage style (fried, skewered food that is one of Osaka's specialty dishes). Guests can enjoy the kushiage as well as the hotel's homemade bread in a special Swiss cheese fondue made with alcohol.

The restaurant opens from Wednesday to Sunday. The course is available at lunchtime from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ¥5,250 per person, and at dinnertime from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at ¥7,350 per person. Prices include tax, but are subject to a service charge.

The Swissotel Nankai Osaka is located above Nankai Namba Station. For more information or reservations, call (06) 6646-5122 or visit www.swissotel-osaka.co.jp .

Teppanyaki Ladies Lunch at Otani

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Hotel New Otani is serving a menu called Teppanyaki Ladies Lunch at its Sekishin-tei Japanese restaurant, through Feb. 28.

The menu is available at lunchtime only, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and as the name suggests, ladies get the better deal: It is priced ¥4,725 for women and ¥5,250 for men. There is also a service charge.

The lunch menu is meant to raise the body temperature to increase the functionality of the immune system. Ingredients such as root vegetables, negi leeks, red meat cooked in teppanyaki style on a griddle, ginger, garlic and others are said to warm the body.

Chefs cook in front of customers four out of the seven options, including high-protein and low-cholesterol chicken steamed with root vegetables, appetizers with ginger and garlic-flavored sauce, king salmon and other seafood sprinkled with Shimonita-brand negi from Gunma Prefecture and grilled with soy sauce and butter, and wagyū Japanese beef steak.

For dessert, a highly nutritious pudding made of sake kasu, or lees left over from sake production, is served with kinako (roasted soy flour) and kuromitsu (melted molasses sugar).

The restaurant has excellent views of the prestigious Tokyo hotel's Japanese garden. The hotel suggests that Teppanyaki Ladies Lunch would suit gatherings of female friends or mother-daughter lunches.

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is a 3-minute walk from Nagatacho or Akasaka-Mitsuke stations. For more information, call (03) 3238-0024 or visit www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/restaurant/sekishin/index.html .

Cognac chocolates for Valentine's

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The Hotel Okura Tokyo in the Toranomon area is offering a special chocolate gift called Fig Cognac at its takeout corner Chef's Gardens for the coming of Valentine's Day.

Themed on "the ultimate luxury in chocolate," the treat contains ganache of Belgian Couverture chocolate mixed with cognac Camus XO Elegance. The cognac is from the famed cognac family Camus, and the sweet contains more alcohol than usual brandy chocolate.

The genuine and rich flavor of the cognac and the taste of figs as an accent will be appreciated as a high-level gift. The limited-edition chocolates are available at ¥2,100, including tax, per box of six.

The Chef's Garden is located in the main building (inside the restaurant Terrace) as well as in the South Wing (inside the restaurant Camellia).

The Hotel Okura Tokyo is a 10-minute walk from Toranomon, Kamiyacho, Tameike-sanno and Roppongi-itchome Tokyo Metro subway stations. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3224-6654.

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