Peruvian food, cooking lesson

The Hilton Tokyo and the Embassy of Peru are have organizing the event “Peruvian Gourmet & Cultural Promotion — Fascinating Peru,” which runs Nov. 2-11.

With 10 World Heritage sites, including Machu Picchu, Cuzco and the Nazca Lines, Peru is ranked as one of the most fascinating tourism destinations in the world. The high nutritional value and distinctive qualities of Andean produce, such as quinua, kiwicha and maca, are becoming increasingly popular in the world of health and fitness.

A wide range of authentic Peruvian dishes specially prepared by chefs from the capital city of Lima will be offered as part of the dinner buffet at the hotel’s Brasserie Checkers, as well as traditional Peruvian drinks. There will also be live performances that show off Peru’s unique folk culture.

The nearly 50 distinctive Peruvian dishes will include the emblematic Peruvian appetizer of ceviche (pictured) — freshly caught, uncooked fish marinated in lemon, garlic, salt and chili peppers — and typical Peruvian main dishes made with indigenous Peruvian ingredients like potatoes, sweet potatoes and tomatoes, such as papa a la huancaina (potatoes with a mildly spiced white cheese sauce) and seco de res (Peruvian beef stew). Mouth-watering sweets such as a mousse specially made with lucuma (a native Peruvian fruit) and clasico, a dessert made from purple corn and rice, will be among the dessert selections. The drinks selection includes chicha morada (a purple corn soft drink) and pisco sour (a cocktail based on pisco, a Peruvian brandy).

The buffet is available between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. (from 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). It’s ¥4,830 for adults and ¥2,730 for children from Sunday to Thursday, ¥5,880 and ¥3,730 on Friday and Saturday.

On Nov. 10, a special Peruvian cooking class will be held by the guest chefs at Twenty One French Dining. After watching them at work and hearing their tips, you can enjoy a delicious Peruvian course lunch.

The lesson is from 10:30 a.m., with places for up to 30 participants, and costs ¥6,000 per person.

All prices are inclusive of tax and service.

The Hilton Tokyo is a 2-minute walk from Exit C8 of Nishi-Shinjuku Station or a 10-minute walk from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station.

For more information or reservations, call (03) 3344-5111.

Wine and music at Chinzan-so

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between Oct. 26 and Nov. 17, the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so will open the Oto-butai Chinzan-so Garden Bar.

In the hotel’s illuminated Japanese garden, guests can enjoy unlimited wine from France, Italy, the U.S. and Japan, as well as a nibble, while listening to live music. The music, including pieces played by a string quartet, brass ensemble and flute ensemble, will be provided by the Tokyo College of Music, which is celebrating its centenary this year.

The bar is open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (reception from 6:30 p.m.) and admission is ¥4,500, including buffet-style finger food and all-you-can-drink wine and soft drinks. Other drinks are available from ¥800. There will be 30 minutes of live music at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. In case of rain, the bar will move to the party room next to the garden.

The hotel is a 10-minute walk from Edogawa-bashi Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line.

For more information, call (03) 3943-1140 between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.


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