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Dining event bridges Tokyo, Milan flavors

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho — the first hotel in Tokyo to be recognized as part of Marriott International’s Luxury Collection — will be hosting a three-day premium dinner event Tokyo Meets Milan from March 22 to 24 at the All-Day Dining Oasis Garden on the top floor of the hotel.

It is organized in collaboration with the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Milan that is also inviting its executive chef, Vincenzo Lebano. The Gastronomic Feast created by Lebano includes tantalizing delicacies from both Tokyo and Milan such as seared bonito marinated with yuzu citrus and mandarin that is topped with Chioggia turnip and yogurt sauce, Milanese risotto with bone marrow ragout, parsley and garlic gremolada (a chopped herb condiment) and the Excelsior Hotel Gallia’s famous tiramisu.

The dinner course is ¥20,000 (tax included, service fee excluded).

Lunch menus developed under the supervision of Lebano are also available every day until March 31. The three exclusive dishes that include osso buco alla Milanese with polenta can either be enjoyed as a la carte selections, or as main dishes during the semi-buffet lunch for ¥4,800 (tax included, service fee excluded).

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho is directly connected to Nagatacho Station. For more information or reservation, access www.princehotels.co.jp/kioicho/ or call 03-3234-1111.

Valentine surprises aplenty with dinner, desserts

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo in the upscale Roppongi district now has valentine plans at its restaurants, with romantic delights including personalized chocolate messages and candlelit dinners.

Charm loved ones with a lineup of delightful chocolates and desserts at Fiorentina Pastry Boutique, available until Feb. 14. The selection includes a box of bonbons (¥1,200), chocolate lollipops (¥500 each) and two different kinds of long chocolate batons (¥2,000) that allow guests to include a personalized message.

Treat that special someone to a romantic dinner at The French Kitchen as chefs prepare a decadent five-course dinner for couples celebrating love from Feb. 11 to 14.

At ¥8,000 (tax and service charge excluded), the Valentine’s Day Dinner features delectable dishes, such as a beet cut to resemble a rose, marinated smoked salmon roe with dill cream, lobster bisque and pan-fried New Zealand beef tenderloin.

Available through Feb. 14, the hotel’s main bar, Maduro, is pleased to introduce chocolate-infused cocktails to celebrate. Enjoy our dark chocolate mocha cocktail topped with coffee beans, and our whisky hot cocktail (both ¥2,000) made with whisky and premium Valrhona chocolate.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is three minutes from Roppongi Station. For more information, visit tokyo.grand.hyatt.jp or call 03-4333-1234.

Bewitching strawberry buffet returns

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka’s Italian restaurant Splendido is offering one of its most popular seasonal buffets, serving up thousands of glossy red strawberries until April 30.

This is the fourth year since the hotel first introduced its annual strawberry buffet, and it has served around nine tons of strawberries to 30,000 guests through last year.

The Magic of Strawberries is this year’s theme. Fresh, frozen, cooked, pureed, preserved and other forms of strawberries are lavishly incorporated in about 60 dishes that include not only sweet, but also savory options such as pizza, risotto and pasta.

Even the popular Osaka snack, takoyaki (octopus dumplings), has been reinvented as a strawberry-rice-bacon-mozzarella takoyaki.

Photogenic rainbow-colored treats and bewitching delights, including magic wands and brooms fill the tables. Time Magic is a strawberry cocktail where sparkling wine and strawberry puree are poured over jelly encasing a single strawberry; it can be ordered for an additional ¥1,600.

Prices are ¥4,700 per adult and ¥2,350 for children between 6 and 12. Tax and service charge are excluded. The buffet can be enjoyed for 90 minutes from 2:30 to 6 p.m. every day.

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka is seven minutes from Osaka Station. For more information, visit www.ritz-carlton.co.jp or call 06-6343-7000.