Seasonal specials

Courtesy of Hotel New Otani

Top of the Tower - Hotel New Otani
With over 50 different kinds of dishes served with a view that just won' stop, there's no better way to spend Christmas with your whole family. Top of the Tower offers a family Christmas Buffet with a short concert and a dinner show that each guest can enjoy. The Toru Maki Canzonne Dinner Show will be held on December 21-22 from 5:30pm and 8:15pm. Adults JY15,000, Children JY10,000. Family Christmas plan: On December 23-24 from 5pm and 7:30pm, Top of the Tower will be offering a Christmas Buffet for adults JY10,000 and kids JY6500 and if you bring some Christmas presents for the kids, Santa Claus will be at your table with the gift you prepared to give to your children! Also, if more than four people are in your group and if you reserve early, a roasted chicken will be given to your party as a Christmas present. Don't miss out on this extra special treat.

Regular hours: Open 11am-2pm lunch, 5:30-9:30pm dinner. Hotel New Otani 40F, 4-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku. 03-3238-0020. Nearest stn: Akasaka Mitsuke stn.

Primi Bachi Cucina
This sister branch to Ristrante Primi Baci features delicacies of Toscana and other regional dishes from Italy and serves it in a casual atmosphere. For five days starting December 21, they will be serving a special Christmas menu starting with aperitovo (original cocktail), antipasto (choose from either a roasted fillet of pork with herbs and risotto baroro or a lightly braised duck salad. Primo piatto (choose from gnocchi with fontina cheese and truffle sauce, Da Beppe style bucatin, your choice of roast lamb or filet mignon and dessert and coffee. Only JY2500 per person. Reservations a must.

Open 11:30am-5pm lunch, 5-10:30pm dinner, Sat/Sun/Holidays 11:30am-10:30pm. C1 Plaza 1F, 2-3-1 Kita-Aoyama. 03-5771-5352. Nearest stn: Ginza line, Gaienmae stn, Icho-Namiki guchi exit.

For anyone who doesn't want to spend a fortune on good cuisine française, Provence might just be your best bet for a romantic dinner that won't kill your wallet. Starting off with crab meat, shrimp and scallop salad, followed by a mouthwatering foie gras saute in sauce frambois. The main fish dish is the daurade poelee emulsion de tomate et balsamiaque and finally the filet de boeuf gratine sauce aux porto will leave you satisfied until next Christmas. To top off a great night, you will be served nougat ice cream with red berry sauce and your choice of coffee or espresso. For JY6000, you can't get a better deal and its served only during Dec 23-25.

Open 11:30am-9:30pm. Island Tower B1, 6-5-1 Nishi-Shinjuku. 03-5323-4265. Nearest stn: Marunouchi Line, Nishi Shinjuku stn.

The Japanese version of this well known French restaurant offers a very wa-fu (Japanese style) Christmas dinner. Miniscule portions of appetizers await for you followed by steamed snapper and yuba consomme soup, followed by a sashimi plate, then steamed lobster and corn with miso sauce, deep fried blowfish and filet mignon with sauted fois gras. The seasonal salad with caviar comes after the main dish and is followed by a piping hot blowfish zosui (porridge). Assorted dessert include sesame panna cotta, mascarpone cheese, melon and fruit jello for JY12,000. The JY7000 course includes assorted appetizers, crabmeat and yuba soup, sashimi dish, steamed sea bream, seasonal salad, sauteed filet mignon with truffle butter, blowfish rice in soup and assorted dessert. Call for reservations.

Open 5pm-4am Mon-Sat, 5-11pm Sun/holidays. TK Bldg., 3-17-25, Nishi Azabu. 03-3404-6930. Nearest stn: Hiroo stn. 10 min walk.

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