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New lobby at Ritz-Carlton, Osaka; grill your own pancakes; Valentine’s Day dinner with roses

Ritz-Carlton, Osaka renews lobby

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka has finished renovations on its lobby floor and reopened the area this month to welcome guests.

The lobby has been renovated based on the concept of the Ritz-Carlton brand to show a richness and sophisticated look that the hotel hopes will be memorable for customers.

The Lobby Lounge dining establishment provides two different atmospheres: In the daytime, customers can relax and enjoy English and Chinese teas, coffee, desserts and cocktails to a backdrop of live classical music; at nighttime, its luxury menu and live music are intended to create an air of sophistication.

The shops on the floor have also been renovated. The boutique offers original sundry items, such as aroma oils and Imabari-brand towels. At the gourmet shop, a range of authentic delicatessens are available.

With its refined look, the hotel aims to welcome guests old and new with a luxurious setting and experiences.

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka, is a 7-minute walk from Osaka Station. For further information and reservations, call (06) 6343-7000 or visit www.ritz-carlton.co.jp.

Grill your own pancakes

On Jan. 31, Slappy Cakes, a new type of pancake shop, opened in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, capitalizing on the pancake boom that has swept the capital in recent years.

Originally established in Portland, Oregon, in 2009, Slappy Cakes offers a twist — customers can make their own pancakes. The restaurant has become well known and has been featured by several U.S. media outlets, such as the Cooking Channel and food show “Rachael Ray,” and was included in a list of top dining destinations in the Food Network’s “America’s Best” series.

There are griddles built into each table and guests can cook pancakes and enhance them with various toppings, from chocolate chips and blueberries to chorizo sausage and cheese. The restaurant also offers a menu of all-day breakfast items.

There are 36 seats equipped with griddles and 26 without. The restaurant opens from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (L.O. 10 p.m.)

Slappy Cakes is on the seventh floor of Lumine Est in Shinjuku, a 1-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station (East Exit). For more information or reservations, call (03) 6457-4155 or visit www.slappycakes.jp .

Valentine’s Day dinner with roses

The Conrad Tokyo in the Shiodome area is offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner event titled Flower Valentine’s Day Dinner: Dozen Roses, at one of its Michelin-starred restaurants, Gordon Ramsay, on Feb. 13 and 14.

The dinner will be held in collaboration with the Flower Valentine Promotion Committee, a group within the flower industry aiming to promote in Japan the foreign custom in which men give flowers to women on Valentine’s Day.

In addition to the restaurant’s authentic dishes prepared by Michelin-awarded chef Shinya Maeda, female diners will be given a dozen roses “from their partner.”

A rose travel candle will also be presented as a gift, courtesy of British perfume and cosmetic brand Jo Malone.

The dinner will be available from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and costs ¥39,000 per pair, including tax but subject to a service charge.

The Conrad Tokyo is in the Tokyo Shiodome Building, a 1-minute walk from Shiodome Station or a 7-minute walk from Shinbashi Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 6388-8745 or visit www.conradtokyo.co.jp .