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Scandinavian sampling, Chef’s choice course

A taste of Scandinavia

In collaboration with the Grand Hôtel Stockholm (the only Swedish hotel that is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World) and sponsored by Scandinavian Airlines, the Hotel Okura Tokyo has invited Andreas Askling, executive chef of the Grand Hôtel Stockholm, to hold a Royal Sweden Gourmet Festival in the Orchid Room through March 11.

With the increased popularity of the Nordic lifestyle and design, all things Scandinavian are becoming more familiar and the hotel wants their customers to experience the food culture of the region, presented in the traditional smörgasbord style. This style allows diners to sample a variety of traditional Scandinavian fare in one sitting. Customers will be able to enjoy the abundant fresh seafood native to the waters surrounding Northern Europe, including salmon and herring.

On weekdays, sets are available from ¥5,250 for lunch and from ¥12,600 for dinner. On weekends, the buffet is available for ¥6,300 for lunch and ¥9,450 for dinner.

The Hotel Okura Tokyo is 10 minute’s walk from Toranomon, Kamiyacho, Tameike-sanno and Roppongi-itchome Tokyo Metro subway stations. For more information, call 03-3505-6069 or visit www.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo .

Chef’s choice course

The ANA InterContinental Tokyo’s three-Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire’s eponymous haute cuisine French restaurant, Pierre Gagnaire, has begun offering a special carte blanche (chef’s choice) daily lunch menu.

In order to allow business customers with a limited schedule to enjoy their lunch, Gagnaire, one of the world’s most famous chefs, has created a daily lunch. With selected daily seasonal products, the restaurant’s chefs will prepare a lunch course that includes an appetizer, main dish, dessert and coffee or tea, served with a light snack.

Diners can savor the creative and flavorful dishes that are said to be the canvases of the “Picasso of the Kitchen” while taking in a dazzling view of Tokyo from the 36th floor of the hotel.

The lunch course is available daily, excluding Monday. The cost is ¥4,500 per person and from March 25, it will increase to ¥4,650. Prices include tax, but are subject to a service charge.

In order to cater to as many people as possible — including single diners — the restaurant also offers a number of other dishes.

The ANA InterContinental Tokyo is five minute’s walk from Tokyo Metro Tameike-sanno Station. For more information or reservations, call 03-3505-1185 or visit www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp .