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Perfect combination of burgers, beer

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills’ casual cafe and bar BeBu, on the 1st floor of the building, welcomes guests in its homey atmosphere with its wide range of grilled items, including beef, chicken and salmon.

As the name suggests, BeBu (a portmanteau of beer and burger) focuses on quality beef in creating signature burgers and grill items that go well with beer. This casual spot, which doesn’t have a service charge, is perfect for both a delicious lunch or a relaxing evening.

This winter, the restaurant features a happy hour and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., customers can enjoy a glass of Asahi Super Dry with an original snack for ¥500.

On Nov. 1, adjacent to BeBu, the stylish, but comfortable, BeBu Lounge opened to serve all day beverages, simple snacks and pastries. The lounge features monthly selected brands as “pop up concepts,” and is featuring Veuve Clicquot Champagne throughout the end of the year.

The Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is five minutes from Tokyo Metro Toranomon Station (Ginza Line), or six minute from Tokyo Metro Kamiyacho Station (Hibiya Line). For more information and reservations (dinner only), call 03-6830-7739 or visit www.andaztokyo.com .

Christmas dinner, room packages

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo in Shinagawa is celebrating Christmas with special accommodation and meal packages to allow customers to enjoy a wonderful holiday, from Dec. 20 to 25.

The plan includes a five-course dinner at the hotel’s The Dining Room restaurant, where chefs will prepare a fabulous meal using carefully selected ingredients. The main course is succulent butter-roasted beef from Miyazaki Prefecture with red wine sauce and white truffles.

The dinner is available from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Dec. 23 and 24, there will be two seatings from 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

For the plan, customers can choose between a deluxe and premier room, or a suite. The deluxe room plan is available from ¥61,000 for double occupancy, including tax and a service charge.

The hotel is very conveniently located near Shinagawa Station, which is a shinkansen station and a major hub in Tokyo. Occupying the 26th to 32nd floors of the Shinagawa East One Tower, the hotel offers a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere to its guests.

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is one minute from the Konan Exit of Shinagawa Station (various lines). For more information, call 03-5783-1204.

Traditional cuisine gets new look

Following a three-month renovation that began in September, the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo’s Japanese restaurant Hinokizaka is open and happy to welcome customers with their brand new look.

Hinokizaka is divided in four sections; kaiseki traditional Japanese cuisine, sushi, tempura and teppanyaki, with each offering authentic dishes. The kaiseki and sushi areas face the floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing guests to enjoy the splendid view from 45 stories above Roppongi.

It was designed by the Spin Design Studio, which has worked on many hotel interiors such as the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto and the Mandarin Oriental, Macau.

Reflecting Tokyo, Japan and Japanese culture, the restaurant is designed to be a fusion of Japan and the West, highlighted by the contrast of light and dark through black and white tones depicting Japanese paper and ink. The interior is reminiscent of traditional scenes with Japanese tile, bamboos and furniture of a variety of material from Japan and around the Orient creating the modern style of the restaurant.

There are private rooms such as a chef’s kitchen and a Japanese tea room that are perfect for more private occasions.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo is connected to Exit 8 of Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Toei Oedo lines. For more information, call 03-6434-8711 or visit www.ritz-carlton.jp .

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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