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Premium prime rib; sweet treat; flower power

Premium prime rib

The Los Angeles-based prime rib specialty restaurant, Lawry’s The Prime Rib Tokyo, formerly located in Akasaka, reopened in Ebisu on April 20.

The interior was conceived by renowned designers Jumpei Yamagiwa and David Singer, who have created a warm and luxurious art deco atmosphere, finished in welcoming wood tones.

The restaurant boasts seating for 320, including terrace seats, eight private rooms and a lounge near the entrance.

The restaurant’s signature prime rib is cut and served perfectly done from a serving trolley and customers can enjoy it with horse radish, mashed potatoes and gravy, Yorkshire pudding and other trimmings. With a wine cellar holding 1,200 bottles, diners are sure to find a perfect vintage.

Partnered with world-renowned French bakery Maison Kayser, Lawry’s offers bread, which goes well with their prime rib.

Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Tokyo, is in Yebisu Garden Place and is seven minutes from Ebisu Station (Yamanote, Saikyo, Shonan-Shinjuku and Hibiya lines). For more information and reservations, call 03-5488-8088 or visit www.lawrys.jp/tokyo.

Sweet treat

On April 28 and 29, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will hold a tasting featuring desserts and drinks, in the hotel’s large Ballroom banquet hall on the 1st floor.

To allow people to experience the different tastes of desserts and alcoholic beverages, the hotel will provide various confectioneries prepared by the hotel’s pastry chef as well as several from popular patisseries in Tokyo, including Patisserie Les Annees Folles in Ebisu and Delimmo in Akasaka. The desserts will be paired with alcoholic beverages such as whisky, wine and cocktails that complement them.

The event will be held twice a day, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 28th; and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 29th.

Tickets are available at ¥5,000 per person, including tax and service charge, through the hotel’s website or ticket outlets.

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is a 10-minute walk, or a four-minute taxi ride from Edogawabashi Station (Yurakucho Line) and a seven-minute taxi ride from Mejiro Station (Yamanote Line). For more information, call 03-3943-1140 or visit hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.jp.

Flower power

As one of its mécénat activities to promote international exchange, the Hotel Okura Tokyo will hold its 14th Annual World Gardening Fair from May 2 to 6, in the Heian Room on the first floor of its main building.

Ambassadors to Japan and ambassadors’ wives from 10 countries will create original gardens using plants from their home countries. It will be a showcase of each country’s unique culture, tradition and representative flora.

This year’s participants hail from South Africa (ambassador), India (ambassador), Ireland, Austria, Italy, Thailand, Jamaica, Latvia, Brazil and Tunisia.

Tickets are ¥1,500 per person, with advance tickets available for ¥1,000 through May 1. Lunch sets are available at several of the hotel’s cafes and restaurants for ¥4,500 or ¥6,500.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Japan-USA public private partnership “Tomodachi Initiative.”

The Hotel Okura Tokyo is 10 minutes from Toranomon, Kamiyacho, Tameike-sanno and Roppongi-itchome Tokyo Metro subway stations. For more information, call 03-3505-6110 or visit www.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo.