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Spring party hampers and Belgian beer cabaret

The Delicatessen at the Park Hyatt Tokyo has put together a “Spring Party” hamper set that is ideal for all alfresco dining occasions, whether beneath your favorite cherry tree, in your garden at home, or even out on the balcony of your apartment.

The basket includes a centerpiece, the Delicatessen’s original sushi rolls, along with fresh hams, olives, dry tomatoes, cheese, seafood marinate, bread sticks, baguettes and a dessert of lemon-lime tart.

The sets cost ¥2,500 per person, and a two-person minimum applies to all orders.

They are available between March 17 and May 5, with reservations three days in advance.

The Park Hyatt is a 12-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station and an eight-minute walk from Tochomae Station on the Oedo Subway Line. There is a shuttle bus service from the Shinjuku L Tower building.

For more information or reservations, call (03) 5323-3635 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

h5 Hyatt Regency’s party plans

March and April are months of farewell and welcome in Japan. And if you are planning a party for one of these occasions, you might want to look at what the restaurants at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo have to offer.

The Jade Garden Chinese restaurant, which serves Beijing and Shanghai cuisine inspired by the rich culinary traditions of China’s imperial court, has two party plans (¥10,000 or ¥12,000), with unlimited drinks, including Shaoxing rice wine. With eight private rooms, the Jade Garden can accommodate parties of six to 24 people.

The Kakou and omborato Japanese restaurants each have party courses. The Kakou offers authentic kaiseki plans, priced between ¥11,000 and ¥17,000, in a tranquil, private tatami or Western-style room, while the omborato offers a more open setting in which to enjoy its casual party plan (¥6,000 per person; shown at right).

With five private rooms, the Kakou can accommodate parties of eight to 24 people. The omborato plan can be reserved for two or more people. Both plans include unlimited drinks.

The standard private-room charges have been waived for users of these party plans.

The Hyatt Regency is a nine-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Shinjuku Station.

For more information or reservations, call (03) 3348-1234.

Belgian Beer Cabaret

The Belgian Beer Cabaret is an afternoon of Belgian beer and light entertainment from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 29.

The ¥4,000 admission includes two Belgian ales, a light spread of food, comedic entertainment and a performance by a jazz pianist. The venue is Bois Cereste, a Belgian beer specialty bar in Akasaka, which is a short walk from Akasaka subway station.

For reservations and more information, e-mail brewsnews@yahoo.com or phone (03) 3588-6292. Bois Cereste is located at 2-13-21 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo.

(Listing courtesy of Bento.com)