Travel plans are markedly different this year, but The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is bringing the world to the metropolis via its Afternoon Tea Journey promotion at Rhythmos Cafe and Bar where diners can savor the flavors of the world until June 30.

A gazpacho from Spain is an ideal start for proceedings before heading to India and savoring a tandoori chicken wrap. Diners are invited to find their way to Britain, where fish and chips are designed to tempt. Across the channel, chocolate eclairs, as well as lemon jelly and panna cotta (a gelatin and cream dessert) await, while further sweet-toothed excursions will see visits to Japan and Antipodean climes.

What makes this afternoon tea event different, however, is that evening sessions — cake and Champagne for dinner are perfectly acceptable, thank you — are also available on weekdays.

Priced at ¥4,800 per person, the afternoon tea runs from 2 to 6 p.m. and last orders are taken at 4:30 p.m. Evening tea sessions run from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with unlimited Champagne available until 7 p.m.

Listed prices do not include taxes or surcharges. The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is connected to Shinagawa Station via a pedestrian overpass. For more information or reservations concerning this offer visit https://intercontinental-strings.jp/offers/afternoontea-journey?updatelang=yes or call 03-5783-1258.

Brazillian barbecue available for delivery

Meat lovers across Japan are invited to take a culinary trip to Brazil without ever leaving their kitchen, thanks to the delivery of churrasco barbecue meat sets by Tokyo restaurant group Que Bom!

Three sets (from ¥3,900) are available. Churrasco is a cornerstone of South American cuisine as food is synonymous with entertaining and bringing family and friends together. The restaurant’s Pre-cozido (pre-cooked) sets make for an ideal Brazilian-style get-together, whether it be a Friday night date dinner or a Sunday family lunch.

Que Bom! has selected various meats that are big on flavor. Succulent rump steak is the star of the show, but pork, chicken and sausage also shine. The latter three items arrive already cooked, ready to eat after defrosting and requiring only three minutes on the stove. Beef items are delivered ready to cook after defrosting.

Condiments are included but the Pre-cozido Plus set (¥7,280) pulls out all the stops, thanks to the inclusion of the Brazilian favorite homestyle stew, feijoada, and the seasoning for garlic rice.

Visit https://que-bom.com for more details about the restaurant and email shop@que-bom.com to place orders; customer name, address, items and quantity must be included. Cash or credit card payment acceptable on delivery. Set takeout is also available.

Scrumptious lunch, dinner sets with a view

That first restaurant meal post-coronavirus isolation should be a special one. Noka Roast & Grill, at the InterContinental Osaka, delivers on all counts, boasting stellar views of the city from the hotel’s 20th floor and delivering a menu that showcases the best of dining out and the skills of its chefs.

The restaurant is running a special promotion to grow its business in post-pandemic times by increasing space between tables and offering hand sanitizers.

Lunch is priced from ¥5,000 per person on weekdays (served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) while dinner is an affordable ¥1,000 more (¥6,000 per person, served 5:30 to 9 p.m.) with reservations made online.

Appetizers and desserts are all-you-can-eat; perfect for those who can’t decide between the seasonal vegetable salad with a hazelnut vinaigrette and pork terrine, or the lime cheese cake and hojicha (roasted tea) and brown sugar cake.

Diners are invited to choose from one main dish from a list of restaurant favorites, with wagyu, salmon and roast pork making an appearance.

Listed prices include taxes but not service charges. InterContinental Osaka is located in Grand Front Osaka, directly connected to Osaka Station. For more information on this promotion or to make reservations, visit https://www.icosaka.com/restaurant/plan/detail/?id=15344 or call 06-6374-5700.

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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