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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)

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Verve Bar & Grill review

Verve Bar & Grill, Hong Kong Continental cuisine with Mediterranean flair boasted the menu. It sounded good to me so I went inside. It’s a pleasant place, not spectacular but cosy enough.

Paintings on the wall give a hint of Mediterranean feel as does the wine list with a fair selection of French, Italian and Spanish wines. I ordered a glass of fruity Chiaro Primitivo ($58)

There is a good selection of dishes to choose from as well. A range of pizza and pastas are supplemented by a ‘create your own’ option. Ingredients for each are separated into three price categories and you can mix and match to your hearts content.

I wasn’t in the mood for either but grilled teriyaki tuna skewers with a soy and ginger dip ($88) sounded like a good choice for starter. So did the tuna, shrimp, mango and green papaya salad. Both betrayed a hint of Asia but it was the teriyaki tuna that won the day It was a good choice too. Three substantial slices of tuna flash grilled on the outside, inside tender and tasty.

Verve Bar & Grill, Hong KongFor the main course I’d ordered veal shanks ($175). Cooked for several hours in a rich sauce and served with carrots and creamed potato, claimed the menu. The sauce, carrots and potatoes were fine but the meat hadn’t been cooked for nearly long enough.

Shank comes from the lower leg and it does take a long time to cook through properly. When done the flesh should be soft and fall from the bone with almost no effort at all. In this case it took quite a bit of effort to to prize it away and it was rather tough as well. Another hour in the oven would have improved it immensely.

The half-dozen or so desserts on the menu were all old standbys; Apple crumble, chocolate pudding, cheesecake. I went for the tiramisu ($55).

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