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Return to classic summer Italian flavors

Italian heritage cooking is founded on three basic concepts — simple, fresh and delicious. Such is the doctrine of Aman Tokyo’s Italian restaurant Arva, where new summer lunch and dinner menus debuted on June 5.

Dining at Arva symbolizes a return to uncomplicated meals that focus less on the meticulous presentation of nouvelle cuisine and more on paying respect to the flavors nature has to offer.

Lunch at Arva runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with courses starting at ¥4,200. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at ¥9,000 and up, depending on the selected course and number of guests. Seasonal tasting menus (¥6,900 and ¥17,000 for lunch or dinner, respectively) are also offered. Dining a la carte is another option.

Courses focus on the best of southern Italian cuisine using fresh summer vegetables and seasonal catches such as giant Pacific octopus, yellowtail amberjack and Japanese ayu sweetfish. Also served are grilled long-tailed red snapper and paprika ripieni — a classic summer favorite consisting of a tomato and zucchini mix baked into whole bell peppers.

Aman Tokyo is two minutes from Otemachi Station. For more information or reservations, access www.aman.com/resorts/aman-tokyo or call 03-5224-3333.

Sample luxurious drinks amid city views

Summer is the best time as any to break out the bubbly. Until July 31, The Gate Hotel Tokyo is partnering with prosecco producer Bottega to offer a variety of luxurious drinks at two of its in-hotel establishments.

Bottega’s fine wines can be sampled on the hotel’s fourth floor from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Lobby Lounge, the lounge’s accompanying terrace, or at the restaurant and bar Anchor Tokyo during lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or dinner from 5 until 11 p.m.

The hotel’s fourth floor provides spacious views overlooking downtown Ginza and Yurakucho. Guests are invited to soak up the summer scenery as they sip on Bottega Accademia Blu (glass, ¥800; bottle ¥4,500), Bottega Gold (glass, ¥1,300; bottle ¥7,500), and Bottega Rose Gold (glass, ¥1,300; bottle ¥7,500).

As a bonus, the Lobby Lounge has opened up its Bottega Prosecco Bar — the first of its kind in Japan — so guests are free to pop the cork whenever they feel like it.

The Gate Hotel Tokyo is one minute from Ginza Station. For more information or reservations, access https://www.gate-hotel.jp/en/tokyo/ or call 03-6263-8233.

Sweets buffet offers tea-flavored treats

Evenings last longer in summer — which means there’s more time for dessert. Teaming up once again with premium Japanese tea supplier Fukujuen, The Imperial Hotel Osaka is proud to announce this year’s Summer Sweets Buffet, set to run from June 8 to Sept. 7 (excluding July 25).

The buffet will be served every day at the hotel’s first-floor lobby lounge The Park. Guests may dine from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays or during one of two 90-minute time slots commencing at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays (and from August 13 to 16). It costs ¥5,500 for adults and ¥2,750 for children age 4 to 12.

The hotel’s fortuitous collaboration with Fukujuen — which itself boasts more than two centuries in business — has produced a bountiful selection of delectable sweets, such as matcha mont blanc, hōjicha (roasted green tea) jelly and hōjicha cheesecake. Each of the dining tables will even feature a serving of edible tea leaves so guests may gain a true understanding of the purity of flavor in high-quality tea.

The Imperial Hotel Osaka is seven minutes from JR Sakuranomiya Station. For more information or reservations, access https://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/osaka/index.html or call 06-6881-1111.