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Sweet treats for Valentine’s Day

From Feb. 1 to 14 the Park Hyatt Tokyo is offering a selection of valentine chocolates and treats from the hotel’s Pastry Boutique.

Among the items, the 12-centimeter Strawberry Heart (¥4,400) is a velvety, hazelnut-flavored chocolate mousse cake with a finely diced strawberry jelly compote center. The Pomme d’Amour (¥1,100), an apple-shaped cake of rich apple compote wrapped with creamy milk chocolate and caramel mousse, is sure to be a favorite.

The Cognac & Passion Fruit Hearts (¥2,900 for nine pieces, ¥1,500 for four and ¥750 for two) is an assortment of two heart-shaped chocolates with one a bittersweet chocolate and praline crunch with cognac-infused raisins in the center, while the other is a milk chocolate ganache with a passion fruit jelly center.

Additionally, there is the Gutsy Chocolate for ¥6,500. Gutsy, the hotel’s beloved mascot stationed at the main entrance of the hotel, is printed on the boutique’s new signature chocolate bar. Indulge in delicious Caraibes dark chocolate with a generous coating of crunchy almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios after playfully shattering the chocolate bar with a miniature wooden hammer that is included.

The Park Hyatt Tokyo is 12 minutes from Shinjuku Station and eight minutes from Tochomae Station. For more information and reservations, visit https://tokyo.park.hyatt.com or call 03-5322-1234.

Classic art inspires haute cuisine

The Conrad Tokyo is offering a modern French course menu in collaboration with “Hokusai and Japonisme,” an exhibition being held at the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo.

The French restaurant Collage on the 28th floor serves lunch and dinner courses that consist of artistic dishes inspired by the works exhibited at the show. The lunch course is priced at ¥9,500 and dinner at ¥11,000 per person. For an additional ¥6,000, the courses are served with sake and wine pairings selected by a sommelier to perfectly complement the meal.

Using local ingredients such as turnips and Japanese red basil, dishes uniquely named after the artworks from the exhibition are served on Japanese tableware. The poached clam with turnips and truffles is named “The Pose that Inspired Degas,” and the pot-roasted red sea bream with Kita Akari potatoes and Chinese cabbage is named “The Simplicity that Gauguin Depicted.”

The main dish, a combination of Kinka pork, Anno potatoes and peanuts, can be substituted with either a wagyu fillet with vegetables and beurre noisette (hazelnut butter) or smoked Kobe beef steak with vegetables and mustard for an additional ¥3,000 or ¥6,500, respectively. The courses are available until Jan. 28, and prices exclude tax and service fee.

The Conrad Tokyo is in the Tokyo Shiodome Building, one minute from Shiodome Station or seven minutes from Shinbashi Station. For more information or reservations, visit www.conradtokyo.co.jp or call 03-6388-8000.

Strawberry fair marks anniversary celebration

As part of a series of commemorative campaigns celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Hotel Granvia Osaka is holding a Strawberry Fair at its lounge, bar and restaurants until Feb. 28.

Lounge River Head on the 19th floor offers a Premium Sweets Bowl for ¥3,000, along with 15 kinds of free-flowing drinks. The Arita ware stacked bowls contain five kinds of small desserts such as a no-bake cheesecake with Amao strawberries from Fukuoka prefecture, a selection of six kinds of hors d’oeuvres, and Amao strawberry blanc mange. A scone and a waffle come on a separate plate.

A White Mont Blanc (¥1,800 including tea or coffee) with meringue, fresh cream and Amao strawberries is complete with a paste made of white bean curd and chestnuts added at the table.

Strawberry Harmony, a plate of seven kinds of strawberry desserts is offered at the Lobby Lounge for ¥1,980 with tea or coffee. At the Cafe Restaurant Ripple, a giant strawberry parfait is available for ¥2,000, while Bar Sandbank is offering a strawberry and lavender martini for ¥1,850.

A strawberry shortcake based on a revamped recipe features lighter cream and honey-rich sponge cake is sold all year. All prices include tax and service fee.

The Hotel Granvia Osaka is adjacent to JR Osaka Station. For more information or reservations, visit www.granvia-osaka.jp or call 06-6345-1261.