Summer vacation buffets
Through Aug. 31, the Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu is serving special buffets during the summer at its Mediterranean and Japanese restaurants.
Cafe Tosca has a “Caribbean” theme with nautical decorations, staff dressed in pirate costumes and Caribbean-style buffet menus. Dishes include pork loin chop grilled in banana leaves, spicy shrimp curry and a whole leg of carved roast beef.
The buffet is from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and costs ¥4,700 on weekdays and ¥5,600 on weekends, holidays and Aug. 11-15 (¥2,800 for children age 6-12).
In a rare move for a Japanese restaurant, the Uemura eatery has prepared a buffet where guests can order as much food as they want from a seasonal menu of 17 appetizers, nine main dishes, six rice and noodle dishes and six desserts.
The lunch buffet (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) is ¥6,500 and dinner (5 p.m.-10 p.m.) ¥8,000.
The hotel is a one-minute walk from Minato-Mirai Station. For more information or reservations, call (045) 682-2222.
Sky-high dinner, drinks
The Hotel Nikko Osaka in the city’s Shinsaibashi district is holding a Sky Beer Hall 32 dinner event.
Cold draft beer, hot and cold plates of food, live music and a night view of Osaka can all be enjoyed in the hotel’s 32nd-floor Jet Stream banquet room 100 meters above the ground.
A dinner set (¥5,500) includes snacks, plates of assorted hot and cold dishes, a main dish, salad bar and bread, and unlimited drinks for 100 minutes. Customers may choose from draft beer, wine, whiskey, sake, shochu, cocktails and soft drinks. Additional a-la-carte menu items, including desserts, are available starting from ¥500.
There will be live music daily from 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and all the action from the Beijing Olympics will be shown on a large screen.
Those wearing yukata (casual summer kimono) will receive a small gift.
The beer flows on weekdays between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. through Sept. 3.
The hotel is adjacent to Exit 8 of Shinsaibashi Station. For more information or reservations, call (06) 6244-0003 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Bikini and beer party
Orca International, a wine company in Japan that specializes in vintages from the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, is throwing a Bikini, Wine, Beer and Nibbles party Friday, Aug. 22, at the Pink Cow in Shibuya, Tokyo.
The all-you-can-drink event features selected Orca wines and beers, a light nibbles buffet and a live performance by The Moonshots. So grab your Speedo, baggies or thong, and enjoy an evening of fun.
The event costs ¥4,000, starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. Reservations are required by Aug. 18.
The Pink Cow is located at 1-3-18, Villa Moderuna B1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, an eight-minute walk from Shibuya Station.
For reservations, contact the Pink Cow by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 3406-5597.