Upgrade offers to beat summer heat

Through Aug. 31, The Peninsula Tokyo’s renowned hospitality is offered in an online plan available exclusively during the summer.

The hotel offers breakfast service and room upgrades for those who make reservations through the official mobile website. The room upgrades are also available for those who make their reservations from the official computer website. Accommodation is available for up to two people per room, and an 8 percent tax and 15 percent service charge will be added separately to each accommodation package.

The 24-story hotel is located in central Tokyo, overlooking Hibiya Park and the Kokyogaien National Gardens. Ginza, Tokyo’s mecca of shopping and entertainment, is also within walking distance of the hotel. The Peninsula Tokyo provides guests with wonderful views, sophisticated relaxation facilities, great restaurants, as well as its renowned warm hospitality.

The Peninsula Tokyo is connected to Hibiya Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Hibiya lines and the Toei Mita Line, and is three minutes from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station or Yurakucho Station (JR, Tokyo Metro). For more information and reservations, call 03-6270-2288, or visit tokyo.peninsula.com.

Wine complements bite-sized buffet

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is holding a hands-on event at its banquet room Colossus Patio on the 26th floor on Aug. 24.

At the event, guests can enjoy The Dining Room restaurant’s original appetizer service “tapa-tizer,” which is a combination of tapas and appetizers served buffet style. Along with tapa-tizers, free flow wines from legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola’s winery will be offered, followed by a short wine talk by sommelier Yasuhiro Shibuya.

Fifteen tapa-tizers, including pickled tuna with avocado, orange flavored marinated salmon, foie gras mille crepes, Iberian pork chorizo and a truffle polenta served with baguettes, are on offer. Desserts such as pineapple pound cake and macaron (meringue cookie) are also served. The wine selection from Coppola’s winery includes: California Pinot Grigio (white), California Pinot Noir (red), Monterey Chardonnay (white), and Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (red). The event is ¥8,000 (including tax and service charges), and is available from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (doors open from 6:30 p.m.).

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is one minute from Shinagawa Station (various lines). For more information, call 03-5783-1258, or visit www.intercontinental-strings.jp.

An Asian twist on Australian cuisine

The ANA InterContinental Tokyo is welcoming Australian chef Ross Lusted to create a wonderful feast at the hotel’s restaurant, The Steakhouse, from Aug. 19 to 21.

Lusted, who was voted “Chef of the Year'” by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2014, will be serving inventive dishes paired with wine from the iconic Penfolds winery.

Known for his modern style of Australian cuisine, Lusted’s dishes feature Australian specialties served with an Asian twist.

Although the menu is subject to change according to ingredient availability, the five course dinner for ¥10,000 (tax and service charge not included) will include a citrus-cured white trevally, a Hokkaido scallop pudding, grilled mackerel, grilled beef and a dessert plate.

Lusted honed his skills at award-winning restaurants such as Sydney’s Rockpool, Harbour Kitchen & Bar and Singapore’s Mezza9, before opening his own restaurant The Bridge Room in Sydney. Lusted is sure to provide guests with a spectacular culinary experience in Tokyo.

The ANA InterContinental Tokyo is five minutes from Tameike-Sanno Station (Ginza and Nanboku lines). For more information or reservations, call 03-3505-1185, or visit www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp.

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