Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Welcome the new year with a bubbly toast

Are there any sights more welcoming than a freshly poured glass of Champagne? With occasions for celebration becoming more frequent up until the end of the year — and indeed, the decade — the answer is undoubtedly “No!”

Partnering with two of the world’s premium producers of bubbly, The InterContinental Tokyo Bay continues with the revelry up until Feb. 2, 2020, at its Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon Champagne Fair — Enjoy Champagne by the Glass event at its bar and restaurants.

The Moet Imperial 150th Anniversary Gold (End of Year limited edition) at ¥2,500 per glass (tax and service charges, extra) signals a glamorous end to 2019, with three kinds of grapes blended to create the perfect harmony of proportion, balance, flavor and aroma. The Champagne is well suited to partnering with all kinds of dishes from smoky appetizers to delectable desserts.

Dom Perignon’s Vintage 2008 (¥5,000 per glass plus tax and service charges), meanwhile, is born from a hit year for the luxurious beverage and its maker. Full and ripe, this Champagne boasts an excellent aroma and a somewhat smoky taste that lingers.

Other releases from the famed producers are available by the bottle.

The InterContinental Tokyo Bay is adjacent to Takeshiba Station or eight minutes from Hamamatsucho Station. For more information, visit www.interconti-tokyo.com/en/ or call 03-5404-2222.

Dessert buffet decked with Christmas cheer

This holiday season, the sweet treats, bright colors and festive atmosphere of a European Christmas market can be enjoyed at the Hilton Nagoya’s In Place 3-3 dessert buffet, Sweets Christmas Market.

A Scottish cake made using rum-soaked fruits and spices, and fluffy bite-sized pancakes popular in Germany and Austria are two of the traditional European desserts guests can indulge in. the Hilton Nagoya’s original sweets such as a velvet cake with mascarpone and fresh cream and a Santa Claus hat sticking out of the top are also on offer.

Savory items include a focaccia open sandwich and sopa de ajo, a Spanish garlic soup. Two special dessert buffet drinks — the nonalcoholic red velvet for ¥1,200 and an alcoholic hot apple toddy for ¥1,500.

Sweets Christmas Market was originally set for Thursdays to Sundays until Dec. 22. However, due to its popularity, new dates — Wednesday, Dec. 18; Tuesday Dec. 24; and Christmas Day, Dec. 25 — have been added. The buffet is open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and is ¥2,900 on weekdays and ¥3,400 on weekends and holidays before tax and service charge. Online bookings receive a 5 percent discount.

The Hilton Nagoya is three minutes from Fushimi Station. For more information, visit https://www.hiltonnagoya.com/plans/restaurants/sweets/inplace3-3_1911 or call 052-212-1151 (In Place 3-3).

Meaty dishes amid night views of Osaka

Everyone is invited to beef up Sunday nights and head to the Conrad Osaka’s 40th floor Atmos Dining restaurant where the hotel is presenting an Addicted to Beef! buffet event through Feb. 23.

This gala of all things bovine is a feast for all the senses. A visually striking tower of smoked beef, aromatic Kobe beef garlic fried rice and a melt-in-the-mouth seared Kobe beef shabu-shabu hot pot dish complete the panoramic evening views of Osaka.

With 60-odd menu items on offer, there’s something to suit beef lovers of all persuasions. Nose-to-tail eating is encouraged, with chef Tomoki Yamada serving dishes such as a red wine curry featuring beef tongue and a black wagyu beef tail soup, among others.

Less adventurous, but just as delicious, fare includes minced wagyu beef cutlet sliders, an Angus beef tartare and barbecue beef with a signature sauce.

Not to be outdone by its more famous Kobe cousin, a rare Tokushima region brand of Awa beef will also be available.

Dinner sittings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. run for 100 minutes and cost ¥9,800 per person (plus taxes and charges).

The Conrad Osaka is five minutes by car from Osaka Station. For more information or reservations, visit www.conradosaka.jp or call 06-6222-0111.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.
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