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Enjoying the tastes and colors of fall

Since reopening in July, the Kyu Karuizawa Hotel’s contemporary French restaurant Le Signe has created new dishes for its menu.

“Kyu Karuizawa Pain Perdu: the Scent of the Mountains” is one such item offered at breakfast.

Pain perdu, or lost bread, is a delicious take on French toast. The restaurant’s handmade baguette — the “lost” refers to using day-old bread, as it is better suited for soaking up the batter — is soaked in batter for 24 hours and then fried to crispy perfection, creating a hearty and delicious French toast that is similar to gratin in consistency.

Guests can choose from a buffet or a la carte dishes (items vary depending on the day) for ¥3,500 (including tax and service charge) at the restaurant from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

A la carte dishes include pain perdu, as well as scrambled eggs with truffle sauce and eggs en cocotte, or shirred eggs.

The concept for the restaurant breakfast is “a reminiscence of a marche, or walk, in a quaint French village” and guests can enjoy breakfast overlooking the verdant green of the courtyard.

The Kyu Karuizawa Hotel is 10 minutes from JR Karuizawa Station. A free bus is available from the station to the hotel. For more information and reservations, call 0267-42-8822, or visit kyukaruizawahotel.com.


Celebration of Chinese cuisine

Hisuikyu, the Hyatt Regency in Shinjuku’s Chinese restaurant, is holding a cuisine fair to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the hotel through Sept. 30.

The restaurant opened at the same time as the hotel in 1980, and head chef Katsuyuki Naganuma has been working at the restaurant since its opening.

Signature dishes, especially those loved by restaurant guests in the past, classic dishes that are rarely seen today, as well as new dishes created under the notion of “new ideas based on studies of the past” are on offer.

The six-dish lunch course is available for ¥7,247 (tax included) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., while the eight-dish dinner course is ¥13,068 (tax included) and is served from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The course menus include a colorful variety of seafood dishes and a la carte dishes are available from ¥950. The menu is subject to change without notice.

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is one minute from Tochomae Station (Oedo Line), four minutes from Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Marunouchi Line) and nine minutes from Shinjuku Station. For more information or reservations, call 03-3340-5767, or visit www.tokyo.regency.hyatt.jp.


Spooktacular Halloween goodies

The Palace Hotel Tokyo’s popular pastry shop Sweets & Deli is offering Halloween treats during the month of October, so people can make the most out of the Halloween season.

Sweets & Deli will offer six tantalizing Halloween sweets. With a cute ghost motif, the “Fantome,” a cherry-filled chocolate cake decorated with a white marshmallow sheet is ¥486, while a witch’s hat crafted with Bavarian pumpkin cream and chocolate mousse is ¥648. Also, the popular Marron Chantilly, coated with a richly flavored pumpkin cream, is offered for ¥682 in this limited Halloween edition.

Along with Halloween treats, Sweets & Deli is offering an autumn limited selection of pastries and breads, all using seasonal autumn ingredients such as chestnuts, aubergine and mushrooms. The autumn selections are available starting at ¥162 and are offered through Nov. 30. The pastry shop is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Palace Hotel Tokyo is eight minutes from JR Tokyo Station or two minutes from Tokyo Metro Otemachi Station. For more information or reservations, call 03-3211-5364, or visit www.palacehoteltokyo.com.


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