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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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Carpaccio review

carpaccio restaurant, Hong KongThis is a funky and informal Italian restaurant in the new iSquare. Pasta, Pizza and Vino it says across the top of the door. I skipped both the pasta and pizza but I did treat myself to a glass of vino. A Riesling, in fact, which was delivered along with a large crusty bread roll and some olive oil.

There is quite an impressive list of wines on offer. It is also interesting to note that the wines which are available by the glass can also be ordered by the half glass for those who just like a taste.

The restaurant attracts a young crowd and, being in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, a lot of them. I got in before the crowd and snagged a table near the front. This meant I couldn’t see the larger part of the restaurant but I could watch busy shoppers passing by. The interior wall to my left was decorated with an assortment of pots, enamelled iron pans, and what looked like takeaway pizza boxes. It was a pleasing effect.

There are two set meal options. Both of them are four courses and cost either $298 or $348. I’d decided to bypass those and order from the a la carte. The first dish up was cantaloupe melon with parma ham ($115).

carpaccio restaurant, Hong KongThe ingredients are simple enough but this was served in a way that I’ve always thought it should be served, large chunks of ripe melon draped with a generous portion of ham all on a wooden board. Easily enough for two people sharing.

It was just as the waitress delivered this dish that I spotted a dish called Spada. This is swordfish prosciutto garnished with tiny shavings of citrus fruit and served with avocado and lime salsa ($128). I just had to try one.

For my main course I ordered what the menu called Orata ($248). This is one of the most popular fish in Italy and was held sacred by the Greek goddess Aphrodite. It’s English name is gilthead sea bream and while it may sound less poetic it tastes every bit as wonderful. The flesh is firm and fragrant with a slightly buttery taste. It comes stuffed with rosemary and garlic, oven baked with olives and capers and served with potatoes, tomatoes and a forest of crisp fresh salad.

For dessert I opted for the Tortas Di Mele ($68). It sounded good on the menu; Apple tart made with Granny Smith apples and served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Whilst it was perfectly edible it just seemed a little ordinary after the previous dishes.

Shop 307 iSquare
63 Nathan Road
Tel 2328 5202

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