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Organic market cafe from Britain; Tokyo Dome Hotel Hokkaido fair; new Four Seasons chef

British organic cafe reopens in Tokyo

As the idea of organic products continue to gain popularity in Japan, various organic goods from food to cosmetics can be found on sale throughout the country.

The British organic cafe and shop Daylesford Organic’s Japan branch in the Aoyama area of Tokyo reopened Sept. 1 after a renewal. The store sells certified organic items, which are also used in its dishes and baked goods. Many items are imported directly from Britain.

The restaurant has a new breakfast menu, including popular British dishes such as boiled eggs and soldiers, sticky toffee pudding and Bircher muesli. Breakfast is served between 8 and 11:30 a.m.

The lunch and dinner menus offer a wide variety, including crisp breaded pork and smoked salmon.

At the retail area, a variety of products are available such as scones, sauces, honey and body lotions.

Daylesford Organic Aoyama is a 4-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Omotesando Station (B2 Exit). For more information, call (03) 3486-0080 or visit www.daylesford.jp.

Tokyo Dome Hotel’s Hokkaido fair

As September has come and it will soon be autumn, the best season to enjoy a range of harvest fare, the Tokyo Dome Hotel is holding a special Hokkaido cuisine fair supported by the Hokkaido Government. The fair will be held at the hotel’s Rilassa restaurant through Nov. 30. The event has proven so popular that this is the 10th time the hotel is holding it.

Hokkaido is known for its bountiful harvest, whether from the land or sea. Rilassa’s chef visited producers there to find fresh, sumptuous items. With the selected ingredients, the chef is offering a variety of original dishes such as paella using yumepirika, one of the best kinds of rice in Hokkaido, as well as crabs, scallops and fresh sashimi.

A lunch buffet is available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ¥2,940 per person (¥1,260 per child ages from 4 to elementary school) for 90 minutes. A dinner buffet is available from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at ¥4,200 per person (¥1,260 per child) for two hours.

Prices include tax, a service charge and use of the nonalcoholic beverages bar.

The Tokyo Dome Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Suidobashi Station, or a 5-minute walk from Korakuen and Kasuga subway stations. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5805-2277 or visit www.tokyodome-hotels.co.jp.

New executive chef at Four Seasons

The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi has renewed the menu of its international cuisine restaurant, ekki Bar & Grill, in accordance with the new executive chef, Sotiris Ananiadis.

Ananiadis has worked at renowned restaurants including Michelin-starred establishments Les Maisons de Bricourt and Le Pre du Moulin in France. Before he came to Tokyo, he worked at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut.

The chef is known to be particular about the ingredients he uses to create a visual presentation for guests to enjoy. He and his culinary team are offering original and delicate dishes from breakfast to dinner, as well as afternoon tea.

The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is a 3-minute walk from the Yaesu South Exit of Tokyo Station or from Kyobashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5222-5810 or email ekkigro.mar@fourseasons.com.