Dishes created by executive chef Masahiro Ishihara of Blanc Rouge at The Tokyo Station Hotel are sophisticated, yet simple in their execution. They are healthy, yet flavorful, and innovative while remaining true to the tenets of French cuisine.

Ishihara’s latest course menu, Balance Up Rouge La Sante (¥10,000, tax included, service charge extra) is no different and is available until Aug. 15.

Served at both lunch and dinner (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m.), the course features a rich medley of vibrant vegetables, as well as prime seafood and meat. A starter of a verdant, vitamin-rich gazpacho soup, big on both taste and visual appeal, sets the tone of the meal before diners work their way up to a wagyu beef main and finish with a comforting yogurt-based dessert.

As coronavirus-related restrictions are easing, The Tokyo Station Hotel would like to remind patrons that it has always been committed to staff and guest health and safety. The hotelier has formed a partnership with Ecolab, a global leader in hospitality hygiene, to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Visit https://www.thetokyostationhotel.jp/tsh-health-safety-commitment/ for more information.

The Tokyo Station Hotel is adjacent to Tokyo Station. For more information about Blanc Rouge and this offer, visit https://www.tokyostationhotel.jp/restaurant01/balanceup_course/ or call 03-5220-0014.

‘Workation’ plan offers Wi-Fi with a view

The advent of COVID-19 has seen terms such as teleworking and remote working enter the common vernacular. Now there is a new term — workation — to describe working in a holiday-like environment.

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, famous for its unobstructed views of Tokyo Bay, is inviting guests to spend a seven-day “workation with a view” at the hotel until July 31.

Well-being and serotonin levels are set to rise as guests work while enjoying the gentle sea breeze before taking in spectacular waterfront views of the capital illuminated at night.

The plan’s spacious rooms balance state-of-the-art convenience with timeless elegance. Wi-Fi connections are seamless while service is both impeccable and unobtrusive.

Workcation prices begin at ¥70,000 for room rental, with taxes and charges running extra. Free parking, free fitness center usage and in-house breakfasts priced at ¥1,000 (plus taxes and charges) all form part of the deal.

Discounts of 30 percent are also available at participating restaurants such as Seascape Terrace Dining and Japanese cuisine specialist Sakura, where teppanyaki, sushi and tempura are all on offer.

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba is directly connected to Daiba Station. For further information on this offer, visit https://www.hiltonodaiba.jp/plans/rooms/6015 (Japanese only) and call 03-5500-5500 to make reservations.

Sip and spill over Wedgewood afternoon tea

It’s only fitting that a high tea collaboration with renowned British tableware and giftware brand Wedgewood, which makes products by appointment for the British royal family, is on the menu at The Ritz-Carlton Osaka until July 31.

The hotel draws its inspiration from the grace of an 18th-century English manor and has an unwavering commitment to offering the most authentic afternoon teas.

After making a reservation for the Welcome to Wedgewood afternoon tea (¥5,200, tax and service charge, free-flowing tea and cocktail options extra) guests are invited to partake in a refreshing menu of sweet and savory items chosen to complement whimsical “Sailor’s Farewell” fine bone china designed by Kit Kemp.

Delightful starters include English muffins with smoked salmon or a dainty and savory roast beef sandwich set against a backdrop of red-sailed ships, a whale or silvery fish on the high seas.

Guests are then invited to indulge in macarons, madeleines, tarts and of course, scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

The Ritz-Carlton Osaka is approximately seven minutes from Osaka Station. For more information on the hotel, visit https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/japan/osaka. For plan details please visit https://www.ritz-carlton.co.jp/information/1664/ (Japanese only) or call the Lobby Lounge at 06-6343-7020.

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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