Mexican invasion at Trader Vic’s

Timed to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, Trader Vic’s at the Hotel New Otani Tokyo will feature Mexican dishes from its historic sister restaurant, Senor Pico, until May 31.

Senor Pico, a chain restaurant that was started in San Francisco in 1964 by the founder of the American chain Trader Vic’s, featured Mexican food and cocktails such as margaritas and Tequila Sunrise using Mexico’s national liquor, tequila.

During the Senor Pico-Cinco de Mayo promotion, Trader Vic’s offers a course dinner featuring Mexican staples and a range of a la carte food and cocktails.

The five-dish Senor Pico—South of the Border course, which costs ¥9,500, includes guacamole and tortilla chips, beef, chicken and shrimp fajitas, and deep-fried burritos of baked cheese cake with hot caramel sauce.

A la carte dishes include beef taquitos (rolled taco) (¥1,500), barbecue chicken tostada salad (¥1,800), fried squid with guacamole and salsa (¥1,800) and shrimp and mango marinade (¥2,300).

For drinks, Pinky Gonzales, a tequila-based arrangement of Trader Vic’s popular Mai Tai cocktail, and other Mexico-related cocktails are available at ¥1,700.

The course dinner is served between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., while a la carte food and drinks are served between 5 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

In addition, Trader Vic’s popular Sparkling Brunch buffet with unlimited sparkling wine also features Mexican dishes in May. The brunch buffet is available between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays at ¥6,600 per adult and ¥3,300 per child between 4 and 12 years old.

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is a three-minute walk from Nagata-cho or Akasaka-Mitsuke stations. For further information, call (03) 3265-4707.

Double your dining pleasure

Until Aug. 31, The Peninsula Tokyo offers promotions for two diners and for families at some of its restaurants. The Twice as Nice meal sets and Friends and Family dinner packages are available at Peter, Hei Fung Terrace, The Lobby and The Peninsula Boutique & Cafe.

At Peter, a Twice as Nice lunch is offered at ¥4,888 for two. A two-course Twice as Nice dinner, including foie gras and beef as a main dish, is priced at ¥9,888 for two. The Friends and Family dinner course, at ¥6,888 per person, features a five-item appetizer plate, choice of main course and an assorted dessert plate.

The Chinese restaurant Hei Fung Terrace offers a five-course Twice as Nice dinner, which includes half of a Peking duck, shark’s fin soup and chilled bean curd jelly with fruit, at ¥22,888 for two. A six-course Friends and Family dinner costs ¥12,880 per person.

At The Lobby, the three-course lunch is ¥4,888 for two, while the dinner — an assortment of appetizers served on a three-tiered stand, fish or meat as a main course, dessert, a glass of Champagne, and coffee or tea — is ¥8,888 for two. The Friends and Family dinner is ¥7,800 for two adults with a complimentary dinner and drink for one child age 10 or younger.

The Peninsula Boutique & Cafe serves a Twice as Nice one-plate meal with coffee or tea at ¥2,888 for two, a three-course dinner at ¥7,888 for two and a Friends and Family private party package for ¥6,888 per person. The two-hour party package offers a buffet with unlimited beer, Veuve Pelletier Champagne, Australian white and red wine, Suntory The Premium Malt’s beer and soft drinks. It is available for 20 to 40 people between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Reservations must be made four days in advance.

For each of the Twice as Nice courses, except Hei Fung Terrace’s dinner course, an additional person can be added at half the price of the set.

During dinner time at the four restaurants, an unlimited drink plan with no time limit is available for an additional ¥4,000 per person.

Prices include tax and are subject to a 10 percent service charge. The Peninsula Tokyo is connected to the Hibiya and Yurakucho subway stations. For more information, call (03) 6270-2888.

Napa Valley in Tokyo

The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so will hold a special dinner featuring wine from Napa Valley wineries May 19 at its first-floor ballroom.

Held in cooperation with Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit trade association that promotes the region’s wines, 19 of Napa Valley’s premier winemakers will be participating.

After mingling among the winemakers while sipping their wines during the reception, enjoy a five-course, wine-country inspired dinner paired with select Napa wines and conversation with visiting Napa vintners at your table.

There will also be a charity auction of treasured wines from each of the participating wineries. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to the local charity organization Hands On Tokyo.

The event costs ¥25,000 per person, including the Napa Valley wines, tax and service charges. Men are requested to wear jackets. The reception starts at 7 p.m. and the dinner from 7:30 p.m.

The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so is a 10-minute walk from Edogawabashi Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3943-2222.