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Special holiday brunch at ANA InterContinental; Westin Tokyo garden opens; star French chef visits Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Holiday brunch with a view in Tokyo

The MIXX Bar & Lounge on the 36th floor of the ANA InterContinental Tokyo has been offering holiday brunch buffets since January.

The MIXX Sky View Buffet Brunch features live cooking, a carving station and a sushi station, using such items as foie gras, Japanese black Angus beef and seafood direct from Tsukiji market. Diners can also order one item from a selection of special main dishes. The international dishes offer variety while diners can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the Tokyo skyline.

The holiday brunch buffet is available from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays at ¥6,500 per person. For an additional ¥3,000, customers can enjoy two hours of all-you-can-drink beverages including Champagne, wine and Champagne-based cocktails.

The prices include tax but are subject to a service charge.

The ANA InterContinental Tokyo is a 5-minute walk from Tameike-Sanno Station (Ginza and Nanboku lines). For more information or reservations, call (03) 3505-1185 or visit www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp .

Westin Tokyo’s new garden opens

The Westin Tokyo in Yebisu Garden Place finished its project to create a new garden and opened the Westin Garden last month.

The project started last November in collaboration with Kazuyuki Ishihara, an award-winning garden designer who has received four gold medals at Britain’s Chelsea Flower Show, one of the most famous flower shows in the world.

The European-themed garden emphasizing nature aims to highlight the best of Ishihara’s creative design and European elegance, and to be enjoyable from any perspective. The garden, facing restaurants on the lobby level, is intended to help guests outside and within feel a sense of rejuvenation and see the transition of the seasons.

The garden, good for a stroll and as a photo spot for couples having weddings at the hotel, opens at 9 a.m. and closes at sunset.

The Westin Tokyo is in Yebisu Garden Place, about a 7-minute walk from Ebisu Station (Yamanote, Saikyo, Shonan-Shinjuku, Hibiya lines). For more information, call (03) 5423-7000 or visit www.westin-tokyo.co.jp .

French chef visits Mandarin Oriental

From May 20 to 26, the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, welcomes the renowned chef Thierry Marx from the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, to its Asian-inspired restaurant, K’shiki, on the 38th floor.

Marx, one of the most celebrated chefs in France and the culinary director at the hotel in Paris, is a Japanophile and a judo practitioner with the rank of third-dan black belt. He was awarded his first Michelin star in 1988 at Roc en Val in Tours; he was awarded another at Cheval Blanc in Nimes in 1991.

During the term, guests can enjoy lunch and dinner prepared by Marx, who apparently always carries a pair of chopsticks in his chef’s coat.

A three-course menu with a choice of fish or meat is available at ¥4,800, a four-course menu costs ¥6,400 and a special six-course dinner is ¥12,000. Prices include tax but are subject to a 13 percent service charge.

The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is adjacent to Mitsukoshimae (Ginza, Hanzomon lines) and Shin-Nihonbashi (Sobu Line [Rapid]) stations, and a 7-minute walk from Nihonbashi (Ginza, Tozai, Asakusa lines) and Kanda (Chuo, Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku, Ginza lines) stations. For more information and reservations, call (0120) 806-823 or send an email to motyo-fbres@mohg.com .