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Luxury dining at the Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel Tokyo has invited Laurent André, executive chef at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, one of the most renowned luxury hotels in Paris, to prepare a special fair from Jan. 20-26 at the hotel’s traditional French restaurant, La Brasserie.

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris was established in 1928 and counts Walt Disney, Coco Chanel and Hemingway among its more notable guests. Chef André has honed his skills in several luxury restaurants, including Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV in Monaco, and was also involved in opening branches of Ducasse’s Spoon restaurants in London and Hong Kong.

His special dishes will be available at La Brasserie in three lunch courses, priced from ¥6,000, and two dinner courses for ¥10,000 and ¥13,000 each.

Prices are for one person and include tax and service charge.

The Imperial Hotel Tokyo is a three-minute walk from Hibiya and Uchisaiwaicho stations, or a five-minute walk from Ginza and Yurakucho stations. For more information and reservations, call 03-3539-8073.

Strawberry picnic at Hilton Tokyo

From Wednesday, the Hilton Tokyo kicked off its popular annual strawberry dessert fair in its lobby Marble Lounge restaurant, widely known as a premier venue among dessert lovers.

During the fair, the restaurant will use an average of 4,500 strawberries a day on weekdays, while about 12,000 will be consumed on weekends.

The theme of the fair for this year is “Strawberry Picnic,” and the hotel’s patisserie, Kanako Sakakura, will prepare a variety of desserts, including not only standard tarts and mille-feuille, but she will also add her original creations to the buffet table to welcome the coming of spring.

The buffet is available from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for ¥4,200 per person, and includes coffee or tea, tax and service charge.

The fair runs through May 18.

The Hilton Tokyo is a two-minute walk from Exit C8 of Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Marunouchi Line) or a 10-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station (various lines). For more information or reservations, call 03-3344-5111 or visit www.tokyo.hilton.com.

World cuisines at the Hotel Okura

In collaboration with the BS Fuji TV program “A Table of Embassy,” which has been airing since 2006, the Hotel Okura Tokyo will hold “A Table of Embassy” Lunch and Dinner Buffet on March 14 in its Orchard Room banquet hall. The buffet will feature home-style cooking from the embassies of 20 countries.

The event will allow customers to experience the foods that grace the tables of four major geographic areas of the world, including European cuisine, Middle eastern and Asian cuisines, the cuisines of North and Latin America and African cuisine.

The hotel’s executive chef of Western cuisine, Akira Zenyoji, will reproduce dishes from the program, while the executive chef of Japanese cuisine, Tadashi Sawauchi, will be responsible for preparing a washoku menu.

Lunch is ¥12,000 per person, including one drink. Dinner is ¥15,000 per person and includes free drinks. Wines from each country will also be separately available.

Reservations are required.

The Hotel Okura Tokyo is a 10-minute walk from Toranomon, Kamiyacho, Tameike-sanno and Roppongi-itchome Tokyo Metro subway stations. For more information and reservations, call (03)3224-7688 or visit www.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo.