Fancy French restaurant L'auberge De L'ill comes to Tokyo

Saying it with flowers

The La Tour D’Argent French restaurant at the Hotel New Otani Tokyo will mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and France with a special lunch course and afternoon tea from April 29 to May 6.

Guests for the “Les Dejeuners de Flore” (floral lunches) can enjoy special menus, surrounded by flower decorations by popular Paris-style floral artist Jun Iwai, and Perrier Jouet’s Belle Epoque Champagne in the famous flower bottle.

There will also be displays of tableware from Europe’s nine premier brands, including Cristal D’arques, Christofle, J.L. Coquet and Riedel, decorated with Iwai’s floral creations.

Lunch is ¥20,000 with drinks (including service) or ¥16,000 without drinks (excluding service). Lunch starts from 12 p.m. Afternoon tea is available at the private salon on May 3, 4 and 5, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and costs ¥3,800 (excluding service charge).

The hotel is a three-minute walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station. For information or reservations, call (03) 3239-3111.

Golden Week feasts

The Royal Park Hotel in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, will hold a special buffet during the Golden Week holiday period (May 3-6) at the Symphony coffee shop.

Symphony’s annual Golden Week buffet is popular with families because its menus are designed to appeal to all generations, from children to seniors. Among some 45 selections are foie gras poele (foie gras cooked in its own juices), vegetable brown rice udon noodles, creme bru^lee with seasonal fruits, etc.

The lunch buffet (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) is ¥5,250 for adults, ¥3,150 for children age 4-12 and ¥4,725 for those over 65; the dinner buffet (5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.) is ¥7,350, ¥4,200 and ¥6,300, respectively.

The Royal Park’s Sky Lounge Orpheus and Teppanyaki Sumida restaurants will also offer special buffet menus during the holiday period.

The hotel is a five-minute walk from Ningyo-cho Station on the Asakusa Subway Line; there is a direct link between the hotel and Suitengu-mae Station on the Hanzomon Subway Line.

For more information, call (03) 3667-1111.

L’auberge coming to Tokyo

L’auberge De L’ill, a prestigious French restaurant in Alsace, France, is coming to Tokyo on May 1.

L’auberge De L’ill is one of the three restaurants that have been awarded three Michelin gourmet stars for more than 40 years in a row.

Marc Haeberlin, who took over the role of his father and became the owner chef of the restaurant in 1977, opened its first branch at Midland Square in Nagoya last year and will launch the second in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo, inheriting the gorgeous building from The Georgian Club French restaurant.

Besides the 60-seat main dining room on B1 and the first floor, there are four private rooms ideal for private parties and business dinners on the second floor.

Lunch menu prices start from ¥4,200 (weekdays only) while dinner menu prices start from ¥12,600. The restaurant is located at 1-6-4, Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo. For further information, visit or call (03) 5785-8880.

In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.
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