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California dining at Hilton Tokyo
Savor the integration of different cooking styles and ingredients from around the world with executive sous chef Christen Werdenberg’s California Food Promotion at Hilton Tokyo. With an emphasis on what makes California cuisine healthy and delicious—fresh vegetables, seafood and fruits—a wide range of dishes will be served at Brasserie Checkers’s dinner buffet daily (except Fridays and Saturdays) until May 31. Enjoy tempting starters like turkey breast with smoked trout sauce and lime-marinated seafood, as well as irresistible main dishes such as Eastern-flavored crab cakes during this limited time.

6-2-6 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Tel: 03-3344-5111 ext.330. ¥4,410 adults/¥2,520 children. Nearest stn: Nishi-Shinjuku.

Café Daisy
What better time than mid-May to sit back on Café Daisy’s newly renovated terrace and enjoy a great collection of Australian wines or Carlsberg beer draft on tap? The Roppongi Danish favorite not only features great dining but an impressive collection of books highlighting design and lifestyle from Copenhagen and the Oresund region, such as the just-released Simple Nordic Life Oresund Style. Weekends and Tuesday through Friday afternoons, diners can also enjoy a wide brunch selection, including a set with meatballs, smoked pork, and liver p‚té, or eel, salmon and herring with bread (¥2,300, comes with one drink).

7-3-22 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5411-0253. Call for hours. Nearest stn: Nogizaka.


Golden Plan at aria blu
Feeling blue with Golden Week over? Sing and eat your heart out at aria blu, where stylish private dining meets karaoke space in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district. Until the end of May, aria blu will offer several plans to accommodate your palate and your wallet, like the popular Bianco full course which serves gourmet dishes like short-necked clams with new potato soup, and bonito carpaccio with mustard sauce, while diners sing their favorite tunes for two hours (¥4,400). With theme rooms like “Hollywood,” resembling a private theater, and “Spa,” featuring a built-in Jacuzzi, aria blu is surely a restaurant like no other.

7-9F T-WING Bldg, 1-6-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku. Tel: 03-5155-5633. Open daily 6pm-5am. Nearest stn: Shinjuku.

Compiled by Ai Uchida