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Live music at Fujimamas
Sit back and relax to live music at Fujimamas in Omotesando while enjoying their global cuisine and sipping on fine wines from Orca International. On July 19, world fusion band Meltin' Pot will provide live music at no charge for diners on the first floor. Berklee grad Isao Ohashi leads the jazz improvisation trio-electric guitar, double bass and percussion-and with more than 60 shows a year, Meltin' Pot is sure to heat up the dining room. The monthly tasting menu paired with selected international wines is available at this time for ¥5,250 (plus service charge).

6-3-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-5485-2283. Open daily 11am-11pm (LO 10pm). Nearest stn: Meijijingumae.


Vila Madalena
This Nishi-Azabu dining spot has been gaining a steady following of Portuguese dining fans since opening their doors last year. Several of the European country's standard dishes-such as tempura or the sweet castella dessert-have completely assimilated into Japanese food so that even first-time diners may find Portuguese flavors and aromas somewhat nostalgic. Cataplana, seasonal seafood simmered in two large copper pots, is the recommended dish of the month. Enjoy unique Port and other Portuguese wines, like their specialty sparkling wine Vinho Verde (green wine), with every meal or at the Port Bar after 11pm.

1F Pocket Park Building, 2-24-17 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3499-1777. Open daily 11:30am-2pm (weekends from noon), 6pm-5am (weekends until midnight). Nearest stn: Gaienmae.


Park Hyatt Anniversary
The most-watched hotel of 2004 is celebrating its tenth anniversary of fine service from now until December 4. Celebrations include a 10 percent discount on lunch, dinner and afternoon tea orders at restaurants like the New York Grill and Kozue (until Aug 31), and a special afternoon tea promotion at Peak Lounge, where the ten best-selling Pastry Boutique cakes from the past decade will be recreated and served with coffee or tea (July 15-31, ¥3,000 per person). Other surprises, such as a lucky draw for room upgrades at the time of check-in, also await. Call for more details.

3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Tel: 03-5322-1288. Nearest stns: Shinjuku, Tochomae.

Compiled by Ai Uchida