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September 13 Ming Court's special menu till 30 September is 'Four Corners of China'. Highlights include chilled sliced foie gras in sake, prepared using Beijing techniques ($168) and braised wagyu in a distinctly Sichuan style ($288). Degustation menu of 7 courses is $680.
September 13 Frites new daily Happy Hour is 3-7pm, half price on all draught beers and house wine.
September 13 Spices celebrates Lantern festival with an Asian buffet featuring lots of seafood, curries, lamb chops and more $408/adult, $204/child (free lantern for children).
September 10 The Repulse Bay has a wine tasting evening on 17th September at The Marquee $398 includes wines from around the world, buffet and wine glass gift set
September 10 Don't miss Red Soho's Cosmopolitan Ladies Night. Thursdays 6-8pm ladies get free Cosmos, while men get happy hour prices till 9pm.
September 10 Till end September Rocksalt in Stanley has a Surf 'n' Turf promotion - a king prawn and ribeye with a glass of Alice White Shiraz or Chardonnay for $288.
September 5 The new Blue Smoke BBQ (3/F, 15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, 2816 9018) is offering daily buffet lunch 12-3pm from only $98
September 5 Staunton's has free wine tasting every Wednesday 7-8pm.
September 5 At the new l'Hotel Island Sound (55 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, 3968 8833), Bar LIS has 30% off till 12 September.
September 2 You could win an iPhone 4 at any Shakey's Pizza during September. Msut spend $250 to enter draw.
September 2 Saigon in Stanley's new 'oodles of noodles' menu (till end Oct), feautres Soft shell crab and asparagus with egg noodles ($118), pan seared scallops with caviar on vermicelli ($98), and Vietnamese rice noodle Cakes amongst others.
September 2 Grissini has a special porcini mushroom menu through September.
July 28 Duke's Deli is offering kids cooking parties for up to 8 kids on weekends and holidays. $288 covers 1 kid and 1 adult.
July 28 On 4 August, The Pawn's Roving Steakhouse night means champagne and canapes at 7pm and a 4 course meal with Porterhouse steak to follow for $888.
July 27 Through August, Duetto marks 63 years of Indian independence with a special menu including Chicken Tiranga ($78), Jash-ne-Kashmir ($108) and Kesari Laddu ($42) for dessert.
July 27Ben & Jerry's today celebrate the opening of their latest branch at 45-47 Cochrane St, Soho with free ice cream 5-7pm.
July 2 St George restaurant in Hullett House are hosting a five-course Spanish wine dinner on July 8. $688 per person call 3988 0220 for reservations.
July 2 Eight new seafood dishes celebrating the flavours of Italy and India have been added to the menu at Duetto.
July 2 The buffet at the Coffee Mill will be featuring Dungeness crab from 13 Jul–5 Aug. Adult $178, Child and Senior Citizen $118 (Mon-Fri), Adult $188 and $128 (weekends & public holidays)

La Terrasse Restaurant & Wine Bar Review

La Terrasse is at the top of Old Bailey Street. I’ve thought about going there loads of times but by the time I’ve trudged up Pottinger Street I give up and go somewhere on Wyndham. However I was up on Caine Road the other afternoon when a sneaky plan formed. I would walk along to the top of Old Bailey Street and walk down the hill.

Problem was that this particular section of Caine Road might as well be a foreign country. I sallied straight past and was well on my way to Glenealy before I realised the error of my ways and had to turn back.

Of course most people would say “Why didn’t you just take a taxi, you great lummock.” It’s a reasonable question and indeed, sometimes I do. But I do like to feel like I’ve earned my dinner by way of a little physical excersise. Twenty yards downhill is just about right in my book. So by the time I arrived, after my little excursion to Glennealy, I was feeling thoroughly deserving.

La Terrasse is a cosy little restaurant. I found myself a seat by the widow surrounded by cushions. I was the first guest for dinner though there was a small group at the bar. Conversation was in French, the background music was French, the menu was in French. I had a feeling that this was going to be good.

There were English translations on the menu but, although my French never did rise above schoolboy level, the ability to read a menu is something I’ve always been quietly proud of.

A glass of Chardonnay was delivered along with a delightfully presented salmon canapé.

I think I would have been happy with anything on the menu. The Fish soup sounded good and so did Filo pastry with four cheeses and almond. But in the end I opted for Terrine de Foie Gras marinée au Vin Doux ($125). This is Chef Rene’s very own home-made Duck liver terrine marinated with muscadel, a musky flavoured white wine.

It was wonderful. I always try to take these things slowly, to savour them and make them last, but it never works. All too soon I find myself staring at an empty plate.

But Chef René was on the case and I didn’t have long to wait for the main course. Filet D’Agneau, sauce crème D’Ail ($195), or Lamb fillet with a creamy garlic sauce. Again this lived up to it’s promise and all too soon I was mopping the last of the delicious sauce with the last of the bread.

Dessert was Crème brûlée ($79) and a coffee. By now more people had arrived but conversation was still in French. I gazed out the window and watched passers-by going down the hill.

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