Spending New Year’s Eve in style

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, will offer year-end celebration and accommodation packages.

A plan called “Dolce Vita with Dom Perignon in the Shangri-La Ballroom” includes an overnight stay with a gala dinner at the hotel’s banquet room, New Year’s countdown in the lobby lounge and breakfast.

In the hotel’s luxurious, yet relaxing atmosphere, customers can enjoy Dom Perignon and a delicious one-day only Italian dinner prepared by the hotel’s new executive chef Andrea Ferrero. Live music by the Aun J classic orchestra and a view of the glittering city from the hotel in the heart of Tokyo will complete the night.

After dinner, customers can move to the lobby lounge to see off 2014 with unlimited champagne. The following morning, guests will be welcomed to 2015 with a fresh breakfast.

The plan will be available from ¥148,000 for double occupancy in a deluxe room, exclusive of taxes and service charge.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is two minutes from the Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Station (various lines). For more information and reservations, call 03-6739-7878.

A different take on traditional cake

Winter in Japan is traditionally the season to have cake to celebrate special events such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve or even the Chinese New Year. For this festive season, the Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is offering a unique celebratory cake made of sushi.

In Japan, “chirashi-zushi” (sushi rice topped with raw fish and a variety of colorful ingredients) is a dish often served on auspicious occasions. This year, the hotel’s chef arranged the dish to resemble a cake.

Using a variety of select and fresh ingredients, including caviar, salmon roe and lobster, the colorful sushi creation is suitable for any occasion and offers a respite from the overabundance of sweet treats.

There are only five sushi cakes available per day at the hotel’s gourmet boutique Melissa on the first floor. The sushi cakes are available at ¥5,400 until March 31, 2015, and advanced reservations are required at least three days before pick up.

The Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is seven minutes from JR Kyoto Station and a free shuttle bus is also available from the station. For more information and reservations, call 075-341-1121 or visit www.rihga.co.jp/Kyoto .

Fresh fans find fare from farms

In the midst of Omotesando area, one of the biggest hubs of culture in Tokyo, Mr. Farmer, a new style of restaurant focusing on fresh vegetables opened last month.

As a health-conscious option, the restaurant offers a variety of dishes using made with fresh, carefully selected, seasonal vegetables delivered directly from contracted farms from throughout Japan.

One of its more popular menu items is “Farm on the bread” (¥1,280). As the name implies, the dish is a Nicoise-style salad with so many vegetables piled on a piece of focaccia that it resembles a farm. There are 12 similar bread items starring vegetables available.

Many other dishes, including eggs Benedict, veggie soup, large-portion salads, as well as many kinds of tiramisu are available.

They can prepare items to suit dietary requests such as removing chicken or cheese from dishes with the exception of previously prepared items such as soups.

Mr. Farmer is four minutes from Tokyo Metro Omotesando Station. For more information call 03-5413-4215 or visit www.eat-walk.com .

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