Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Survive summer heat with cold noodle dishes

The Chinese restaurant Kei-Ka-En at the Royal Park Hotel in Nihonbashi is offering two kinds of delectable cold noodles just right for summer — gomoku (five items) cold noodles and cold tantanmen (noodles with a spicy soup) until Aug. 31. Each dish is ¥2,970 (tax and 10 percent service charge included). For the gomoku cold noodles, diners can choose from two different kinds of sauce.

Kei-Ka-En mainly offers Cantonese seafood and other menus. Guests can enjoy all the delights of the region’s foods prepared by the skilled hotel chefs.

The restaurant is also offering a dinner course recommended by executive chef Daisaku Arimoto until June 30 that includes Peking roast duck, shark fin and Ezo abalone (¥15,444).

Kei-Ka-En is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays (until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays). In the evening, it is open for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (10 p.m. on Saturdays.)

The hotel is a short walk from the famous Nihonbashi shopping district, home of some of Tokyo’s finest department stores and shops. The Tokyo Stock Exchange and the headquarters of several of Japan’s leading financial corporations are also located near the hotel.

The Royal Park Hotel is adjacent to Suitengumae Station. For more information and reservations, visit www.rph.co.jp or call 03-3667-1111.

Refreshing summer desserts with stunning views

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo in Marunouchi will offer refreshing summer items from June 1 until Aug. 31.

At The Lobby Lounge, guests can enjoy the magnificent city view from the 28th floor, as well as the Summer Fruits Afternoon Tea from June 1 (except for July 31 through Aug. 4), a peach parfait from June 15, and watermelon and coconut shaved ice from July 1.

Summer Fruits Afternoon Tea, priced at ¥4,800 per person, consists of more than 20 desserts and savory dishes, including melon and almond jelly, passion fruit mousse, striped watermelon macarons, Cuban paninis and coconut scones.

The peach parfait (¥1,800) is made up of layers of cream made with the hotel’s original Greek yogurt, mango and passion fruit sauces, amaretto ice cream, sponge cake soaked in maraschino and almond syrup, as well as hotel-made granola, coconut meringue and fresh Japanese peaches.

The refreshing watermelon and coconut shaved ice (¥2,800) is big enough for two. Mango ice cream and fresh mango cubes placed on top of half of a small watermelon are covered with fluffy coconut sorbet topped with aloe cubes and sliced almonds. It can also be enjoyed with a bit of coconut liqueur. Prices exclude tax and a 15 percent service fee.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, is two minutes from Tokyo Station, Nihonbashi Exit. For more information and reservations, visit www.shangri-la.com/jp/tokyo/shangrila/ or call 03-6739-7888.

Drink, eat and dance by illuminated Osaka Castle

The Terrace, Hotel New Otani Osaka’s rooftop poolside beer garden, is open again this year until July 8.

Much like last year, guests can enjoy a fantastic view of the illuminated Osaka Castle and colorful LED lights dancing across the surface of the hotel’s pool.

The Terrace Free-Flow Set consists of a meat plate with three different kinds of meat — domestic beef filet steak, pork loin steak and spring chicken pie, as well as salad, a dessert buffet and all-you-can-drink options. Featured drinks include beer, sparkling wine, whisky highballs, mojitos, non-alcoholic cocktails and fruit sours. Dom Perignon and Piper-Heidsieck Brut can be ordered by the glass or bottle for an additional charge.

Additionally, dessert buffet creations are courtesy of the hotel’s acclaimed Patisserie Satsuki. To complete the experience, DJ performances are held every night with hula dances on Thursdays.

The Terrace Free-Flow Set is ¥7,000 per person for 90 minutes, starting at 6 p.m. every day. It is available at a discount rate of ¥6,200 if booked online. Prices include tax and service charge.

The Hotel New Otani Osaka is three minutes from Osaka-jo Koen Station or Osaka Business Park Station. For more information or reservations, visit www.hotelnewotaniosaka.jp or call 06-6941-1111.