Westin Tokyo brings out the Best

Acclaimed Australian chef Mark Best will bring a taste of his world-class restaurant Marque — one of the top eateries in the world and winner of the Breakthrough Award in this year’s San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants survey — to The Westin Tokyo from Aug. 1-7.

Best will showcase his culinary skills at the hotel’s French restaurant,Victor’s, with courses for lunch (from ¥7,000 to ¥12,000) and dinner (¥9,000 to ¥15,000).

A special gala dinner on Aug. 7 for ¥18,500 will feature a six-course menu of Mark’s greatest dishes paired with the best wines from New South Wales, Australia.

Marque and its creator have been awarded various accolades, such as Best French Restaurant and Chef of the Year by the Sydney Morning Herald, Restaurant of the Year by the Restaurant & Catering Association of Australia, Restaurant of the Year by Time Out’s Sydney Food Guide and Master Chef at the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore.

The Westin Tokyo is in Yebisu Garden Place, a seven-minute walk from the East Exit of JR Ebisu Station. Call (03) 5423-7865 for reservations.

Make afternoon tea extra sweet

The Regency Sweets Buffet has begun at Caffe, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo’s all-day dining area on the second floor lobby level.

Regis Monges, supervisor of Hyatt Asia/Pacific’s desserts and patissier at the Grand Hyatt Macau, was invited to create more than 20 varieties of sweets and snacks. They include peach torte, fig cookies, pear and sake jelly, crepes made to order and piadina (flat bread sandwiches from Italy’s Romagna region). More than 20 kinds of drinks are available, with the restaurant’s original frozen vinegar drinks (made from apple cider vinegar with mixed berries) especially recommended during Japan’s hot, humid summer.

The restaurant features panoramic views of Shinjuku Central Park while the snacks and desserts are served from the open kitchen in the center of the dining area.

Limited to weekdays (except national holidays) during tea time, the 70-minute sweets buffet costs ¥3,000, including tax and service charge, available between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (last seating 4:20 p.m.) through Aug. 31.

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is connected to Tochomae Station on the Toei Oedo Line, a four-minute walk from Nishi-Shinjuku Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and a nine-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. For further information, call (03) 3348-1234.

Strings serves seventh heaven

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is offering a happy-hour unlimited drink plan that comes with appetizers for ¥7,777 on the occasion of the hotel’s seventh anniversary.

At the hotel’s French fusion restaurant, The Dining Room, an all-you -can-drink selection of 25 different beverages, including organic sparkling wines, draft beer, cocktails, whiskey and cognac, can be enjoyed for 90 minutes between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. through Aug. 31.

Along with the drinks, premium jamon Iberico carved by the restaurant staff will be served as well as bruschetta and cornichons.

A celebration four-course dinner is also available for ¥7,777 between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. through Aug. 31.

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is located in the Shinagawa East One Tower, a one-minute walk from the Konan Exit of Shinagawa Station. For further information, call (03) 5783-1258.