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Tantalizing parfaits to satiate the sweet tooth

The Westin Tokyo is celebrating its 25th anniversary in October this year and in anticipation of this momentous occasion the hotel is presenting an indulgently themed parfait event, Evening Surprise — Twilight Parfait, until Aug. 31.

Available in the evenings from 5 to 9:30 p.m., the twilight series of parfaits sees patisserie chef extraordinaire Kazuo Suzuki weave his magic creating three decadent desserts. Designed to tantalize the taste buds without breaking the bank, the parfaits are priced at ¥2,200 apiece and are available at The Lounge in the lobby of the hotel and at The Bar.

Rum and chocolate make for decidedly grown-up partners. Fragrant and redolent of this pairing, the rum chocolate parfait sees sophisticated ingredients such as raw chocolate, cacao nibs, almond sorbet and a rum granita offset banana and a passion fruit sorbet to balance the bitter and the sweet.

Coffee lovers can rejoice with the tiramisu parfait, where a coffee granita, mascarpone ice cream, pieces of tiramisu dessert and liqueur are expertly layered to create a visually scrumptious treat.

Tart griotte (sour cherries) take center stage in the nougat glace and griotte parfait, with almond milk ice cream, a fresh raspberry sauce and lychee granita the dessert’s supporting actors.

The Westin Tokyo in Yebisu Garden Place is seven minutes from Ebisu Station. For more information or reservations, visit www.westin-tokyo.co.jp or call 03-5423-7000.

Fine cuisine from ‘the nation’s kitchen’

Dine like a diplomat, gourmandize like a government official and lunch like a leader at The Hyatt Regency Osaka, where the hotel is recreating its successful June G20 summit lunch menus for restaurants, parties and wedding banquet services upon request (10 days booking required; inquiries welcome concerning vegetarian, fish-free and halal options).

Formerly known as Naniwa, Osaka is known as “tenka no daidokoro,” or “the nation’s kitchen.” These G20 menus, created by the hotel’s lauded chefs, celebrate the best of Osaka’s produce.

Two lunch options are on offer. The Western plan (¥18,500 per person) features premium eats such as a sea bream terrine served with vegetable coulis, edible flowers and herbs followed by a sous vide Tanba chicken ballotine (stuffed, deboned chicken thigh) married with a 16-grain risotto and tofu-filled zucchini flowers. Two glasses of paired wines and free flow non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Served with some of Japan’s finest sakes, the Shokado bento lunch option (¥23,500 per person) is a visual and gastronomical delight. Dishes such as Naniwa beef marinated in miso, a vinegared escabeche (dish cooked in a marinated mixture) of local sea perch, and heirloom vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini and carrots presented in a myriad of ways all shine.

The Hyatt Regency Osaka is 25 minutes by free shuttle bus from Osaka Station. For more information or reservations, access www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/hyatt-regency-osaka/osaka or call 06-6612-1234.

Bold flavors echo summer’s vibrant palette

Citrus-kissed days and nights are the theme du jour until Aug. 30 at Dumbo Bar & Grill, located on the second floor of The Strings Omotesando, where collaborations with esteemed body care company Sabon Japan Inc. see menus infused with the flavors of oranges and other fruity delights.

Running Saturdays and Sundays (closed Aug. 4, 24 and 25), the Sabon Collaboration Dessert Buffet Orange Kisses sees savory fare such as a beetroot and couscous orange yogurt salad, the Bar & Grill Dumbo’s original take on Vietnamese pho, a summer vegetable Caesar salad, as well as a honey-spiced ginger roast pork with Israeli salt compete for diners’ attention with an array of refreshing desserts.

Orange roll cake, orange mousse, orange cheesecake, a melon and Champagne jelly, and pineapple macaroons are just some of the sweets available. Non-alcoholic beverages such as herbal teas, coffee, and of course, orange juice, are included. Priced at an all-inclusive ¥4,500 (adults) and ¥2,250 (children), two sittings are offered, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Diners partaking in this event will receive a coupon to receive free samples of popular items from Sabon’s new ginger orange collection from selected stores.

The Strings Omotesando is directly connected to Omotesando Station B5 Exit. For more information or reservations, access www.strings-hotel.jp/omotesando/event/beergarden.html or call 03-5778-4534 (Dumbo Bar & Grill).

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