Fall flavors

Peking duck at The New Otani
Peking duck at The New Otani

If your appetite for autumn extends beyond simply watching the leaves fall, there are many local hotel restaurants offering new menus with sumptuous seasonal flavor. Reservations are required at all of these places.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Until Oct 31, all thirteen restaurants at Tokyo's Imperial Hotel are featuring new full course menus of delicious dishes using seasonal ingredients. Les Saisons offer features an hors d'oeuvre of ballottine of eel with a Macon wine sauce, consommé with oxtail ravioli, meuniere of frog's legs with truffles, shrimp and crab Joinville, and pan-fried ostrich with French mushrooms. A dessert of chestnut flambé with rum and gingerbread ice cream ends the meal. (JY15,000 per person, exclusive of tax and service)

Open 5:30-9:30pm. 1-1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku. 03-3504-1111. Nearest stn: Subway Hibiya

The New Otani
Until the end of November the New Otani's Blue Sky Chinese restaurant will be offering diners the chance to sample delicious Peking Duck and Cantonese specialities. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, in the hotel's revolving restaurant, will feature 40 different dishes, while the dinner has 50. The focus of the banquest are the four Cantonese roast dishes: spare ribs, chashu (BBQ pork), roast chicken roast duck. Lunch (JY3500 excluding tax and service) is served from 11:30-2pm and dinner (JY6300 excluding tax and service) is from 5-9pm.

4-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoday-ku 03-3265-1111. Nearest stn: JR/subway Yotsuya, subway Akasaka-Mitsukue

Hilton Tokyo
The Hilton Tokyo has three great promotions this fall. The grill and rotisserie restaurant Twenty One will serve "The Ultimate Wining and Dining Experience" on September 28. Guest French chef Patrice Gabet (Hilton Tokyo Bay) will introduce interesting ways to explore the "art of food" in an eight-course, French dinner, and guest sommelier Toshifumi Nakamoto (Chief Sommelier of the Ginza Shiseido restaurant Roge) will be on hand to introduce fine wines. (JY60,000 per person, inclusive of service and tax). During October, Twenty One will be serving a total of eight specialities daily, ranging from appetizers to main dishes, that feature either mushrooms, foie gras or truffles. Try the Sauteed Foie Gras and Assorted Mushrooms on Seasonal Salad in Shiraz Dressing (JY3400), Asian Mushroom Capuccino soup (JY950), or the Grilled Beef Tournedo topped with sauteed Gooseliver Truffle Gravy and Mushroom-Potato Lasagna (JY6400).

The Hilton Tokyo's Marble Lounge and Checkers also offer a tempting Egyptian promotion. A generous buffet of authentic Egyptian dishes created by guest chefs from the Cairo Nile Hilton will be served from October 13-October 22. The Egyptian lunch and Sunday brunch buffet (JY2500, JY3500) will be served at Marble Lounge, and the dinner buffet (JY3600) can be enjoyed at Checkers. Special children's prices are available. There's a dinner buffet "Happy Hour," when the all-you-can-eat buffet is JY2900 from 6-8pm. All prices are exclusive of a ten percent service charge and government tax.

Twenty One: Wining and Dining-cocktails start at 6:30pm, dinner starts at 7pm. Normally open for lunch 11:30am-3pm, and dinner 5:30-10pm. Marble Lounge: lunch 12-2pm (except Sun), Sunday brunch 11am-2pm. Checkers: dinner 6-10pm. 6-2, Nishi-Shinjuku 6-chome, Shinjuku. 03-3344-5111. Nearest stn: JR Shinjuku

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