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Getting a taste of Hokkaido cuisine; the best of land and sea; food fit for two kings

Getting a taste of Hokkaido cuisine

Through June 3, the Tokyo Dome Hotel is holding one of its more popular events and offering Hokkaido dishes at the hotel’s restaurants.

Supported by the Hokkaido Prefectural Government, chefs at the hotel’s restaurants will use seasonal Hokkaido ingredients to prepare original dishes in various styles such as Western, Chinese and Japanese.

The Rilassa restaurant offers a range of dishes served buffet style. Rice bowls featuring Nanatsuboshi, a well-known Hokkaido rice, topped with various seafood is one of the featured dishes. Exclusively at dinner, a delicious “white chocolat” blancmange made with corn from the Tokachi district is available.

The buffet is available for ¥2,800 per person at lunch, and ¥4,000 per person at dinner. Prices exclude tax.

Dishes using ingredients from Hokkaido are also available at The Artist’s Café and Deux Mil restaurants.

The Tokyo Dome Hotel is two minutes from Suidobashi Station (Mita and Sobu lines), or five minutes from Korakuen and Kasuga stations (various lines). For more information or reservations for Rilassa, call 03-5805-2277 or visit www.tokyodome-hotels.co.jp .

The best of land and sea

Through May 29, the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka in Canal City Hakata is offering a dinner buffet featuring succulent Canadian lobster paired with tender domestic beef at its first floor Aroma’s restaurant.

From Monday through Thursday, the buffet will offer fresh main dishes, lobster and grilled domestic beef to each customer. Customers can choose whether their lobster is grilled or steamed and a sauce of their choice: an American sauce, an herbal dressing or a lemon and mustard sauce.

The buffet is available from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., for ¥4,800 per person, (¥2,400 for children from six to 12 years old) including unlimited soft drinks and a service charge. A 90-minute all-you-can-drink alcohol beverage plan is available from ¥1,000. Prices exclude tax.

On Fridays and weekends, the restaurant will offer domestic roast beef and snow crab.

The Grand Hyatt Fukuoka is connected to Canal City Hakata, 10 minutes from JR Hakata Station and 15 minutes from Nishitetsu Fukuoka Tenjin Station. For more information, call 092-282-2803 or visit www.grandhyattfukuoka.com .

Food fit for two kings

In celebration of Japanese cuisine being registered as an intangible cultural heritage, the Hachioji Nihonkaku Noce Ange, a wedding and banquet facility in Tokyo’s Hachioji area, has created a new menu combining the best of both Japanese and French cuisine.

The venue has garnered high praise from its customers for its exclusive dishes, with particular accolades for the “King & King” course, which is available not only for weddings, but also banquets and meetings.

The course has two components; the first chapter featuring one of the kings of world cuisine, the Japanese course, and another food king, or French cuisine, making up the second half of the meal. The dishes are expertly proportioned to allow diners to finish such a large course.

A wine adviser chooses a suitable wine for both dishes.

The course is available for two or more people and is priced from ¥16,000 per person, excluding tax and service charge. Reservations are required at least three days in advance.

The Hachioji Nihonkaku Noce Ange offers free shuttle buses from JR Hachioji Station (20-minute ride) and JR Hashimoto Station (10-minute ride). For more information and reservations, call the Flora restaurant at 042-676-4128 or visit www.noce-ange.com .