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Top chef visits Mandarin Oriental

From April 4 to 8, the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, in the Nihonbashi district of the capital will hold a special food fair that features dishes by two-Michelin-starred chef Richard Ekkebus.

Ekkebus is the executive chef at the Amber restaurant at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. During his visit, he will entice aficionados in Japan with delightful spring menus, introducing his unique creations served at Amber, listed among the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

At the Tokyo hotel’s Michelin-starred, French-inspired restaurant, Signature, seasonal menus created by Ekkebus will feature a variety of his favorite Japanese ingredients. Guests can taste these exclusive dishes while enjoying the splendid view from the hotel’s 38th floor.

Lunch courses are available from ¥6,000 per person and dinner courses are from ¥14,000 per person, including tax but subject to a service charge.

The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, is adjacent to Mitsukoshimae and Shin-Nihonbashi stations, and a 7-minute walk from Nihonbashi and Kanda stations. For more information and reservations, call (0120) 806-823.

Mailly Champagne fair at Keio Plaza

With many festive events being celebrated during springtime, the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo in the Shinjuku area is offering a special celebratory fair featuring Champagne Mailly Grand Cru at the hotel’s restaurants, through April 30.

During the fair, the restaurants and bars Duo Fourchettes, Soujuan, Jurin, Glass Court and Brillant are offering special menus using a variety of seasonal ingredients while making available a variety of Champagne Mailly Grand Cru.

Champagne Mailly is served at many renowned restaurants in France. This fair offers the winemaker’s Brut Reserve, Brut Rose and Cuvee l’Intemporelle. The drinks are available from ¥1,800 to ¥2,900 per glass and from ¥12,000 to ¥22,000 per bottle at all the restaurants and bars and from room service.

Also during the fair, diners who order a special menu costing over ¥5,000 or a bottle of the Champagne will be entered into a drawing to win a bottle of the Champagne or other special prizes, such as vouchers for the hotel.

The prices include tax and a service charge.

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is a 5-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3344-0111.

Brazilian buffet at InterContinental

From April 1 to May 31, the InterContinental Yokohama Grand will hold a special Brazilian cuisine fair called Viva Brazil! at its buffet restaurant Ocean Terrace.

The fair will offer a range of authentic Brazilian dishes, such as feijoada (stew of beans and pork served over rice), moqueca (seafood stew), pao de queijo (cheese buns) and linguica.

At dinnertime, the churrasco (Brazilian barbecue) will feature beef, sausages and chicken. Staff will visit each table to serve portions of beef.

The lunch buffet is available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ¥3,500 (¥4,000 on weekends and holidays) per person. The dinner buffet is available from 5-10 p.m. for ¥5,200 (¥5,500 on weekends and holidays) per person. Prices include tax and a service charge.

Also, the hotel’s original version of the traditional Brazilian cocktail caipirinha will be offered at ¥700 per glass.

The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is a 2-minute walk from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line or a 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station on the Yokohama Subway and JR. For more information or reservations, call (045) 223-2678 or visit www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama.