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Shangri-La, Tokyo handmade pasta fair; reasonable Ginza buffet; Armani cafe in Omotesando

Handmade pasta fair at Shangri-La

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is holding a special dinner fair, offering a course called Pasta e Pasta that features handmade, fresh pasta at its Italian restaurant, Piacere, on the 28th floor, through April 14.

The restaurant’s pasta is kneaded daily and has been one of the most popular menu items since the hotel opened in 2009. Through the fair, customers can enjoy sophisticated modern Italian dishes prepared by head chef Paolo Pelosi from Tuscany, Italy.

Pelosi will arrange pasta in various styles and the course features five dishes, from appetizer to dessert, using many kinds of pasta not readily familiar to most diners, such as pici and garganelli.

The course is available at ¥15,000 per person including tax, plus a service charge. The course menu will feature new items on the same theme from April 8.

Also, Pelosi’s special seasonal menu is available throughout the year. The restaurant offers great night views of the capital.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is a 2-minute walk from the Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Station. For more information and reservations, call (03) 6739-7898 or visit www.shangri-la.jp .

Luxurious buffets at reasonable prices

Fiore, an international cuisine restaurant in the Courtyard Tokyo Ginza Hotel, reopened in March after undergoing renovations. In celebration of the renewal, the restaurant is holding a special fair, through April 15.

During the fair, crabs and grilled steak will be featured in the lunch and dinner buffets, while for dinnertime only, roast beef will be included in the all-you-can-eat menu.

The lunch buffet is available at ¥2,500 per person (¥2,800 on weekends and holidays) and the dinner buffet is available at ¥3,000 (¥3,500 on weekends and holidays). Prices include tax and a service charge. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays, until 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. An à la carte menu and course plans are also available.

The restaurant has been renewed with a New York-style concept featuring modern design and an airy feel.

At the newly installed kitchen, chefs will cook in view of customers and serve a variety of fresh dishes. A special private dining room has seating for eight and comes with a special menu, available only for one group per day.

Courtyard Tokyo Ginza Hotel is a 3-minute walk from Higashi-Ginza Station (Toei, Tokyo Metro). For more information and reservations, call (03) 3546-0111 .

Armani cafe opens in Omotesando

Emporio Armani Caffè, the first coffee shop in Japan by the fashion giant, has opened in Tokyo.

Right in midst of the fashion district of Omotesando, a new complex called oak omotesando opened April 4, with the Emporio Armani flagship store inside and the cafe on its first floor.

The cafe, designed by Giorgio Armani, offers an elegant atmosphere reminiscent of a cafe in Milan. Customers can enjoy the fashion brand’s stylish plates with appetizers and panini for lunch, dessert with coffee or tea for teatime and at nighttime, the cafe serves as a place for an evening drink. The cafe is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A variety of beverages including 25 kinds of coffee and eight kinds of flavored teas is available. The cafe also sells original chocolates.

Emporio Armani Caffè is adjacent to Exit A1 of Tokyo Metro Omotesando Station, or a 7-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station. For more information and reservations, call (03) 5778-1637.