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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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Pho 24 review

Al Pasha restaurant, Hong KongFor a noodle shop Pho 24 certainly puts itself about a bit. Aside from it’s two branches in Hong Kong it has branches in Australia, Britain, Korea and numerous other places.

Pho is Vietnamese noodles, of course, but I’ve no idea what the 24 means. Neither did the staff. Not to worry, I wasn’t there for the maths. I gone in to seek sanctuary from the mayhem that is Tsim Sha Tsui. A bowl of noodles was all I was seeking but I got a bit carried away I’m afraid.

Breaking from tradition amongst Vietnamese restaurants the decor is not heavily accented with green. The colour is still there but it is a lot more subtle. At Pho 24 it can found on the place mats and edging the menu.

I was given a table by the window overlooking Nathan Road, it’s much nicer to look at when you’re not being accosted by tailors and copy watch salesmen. I turned my attention to the menu.

Al Pasha restaurant, Hong KongIt’s quite a well thought out menu with plenty of options for those that don’t want pho. All the familiar spring rolls are in evidence as well as a good range of rice options.

But I’d gone for a bowl of noodles and I wasn’t going to be swayed. I ordered the Pork roll rice noodles ($39).

Aside from the main menu there was a list of ‘chef’s recommendations’. I’d already considered the noodles with prime US beef and the giant head prawn was tempting as well. But Vietnamese style roasted eel ($58) won the day. I also couldn’t resist the steamed noodle filled with minced pork and black fungus ($48).

To wash it all down I ordered a bottle of Saigon 333 beer($28).

I’d envisioned the eel as a starter and just assumed it would arrive first. I was wrong. The noodles arrived first but I wasn’t particularly worried and I tucked in. The eel came shortly after. Usually I only have eel in Japanese restaurants, this was ‘Vietnamese style’ and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

It had been cooked in a mild and peanutty curry-like sauce. Very flavourful but rich, I’d recommend sharing. The pork and fungus had been pressed into little patties and wrapped in sheets of rice noodle and was another good little side dish that would be great for sharing.

The noodles too were just what I’d wanted. I’d avoided the various beef options when I realised that I was going to be ordering other dishes as well. For some reason I thought the pork would be less filling.

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I finished off with pandanus leaf agar agar ($26).

Shop 303, iSquare
63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel. 2327 0077

Shop 127, New Town Plaza, Phase I
18 Centre Street, Shatin
Tel. 2681 2200

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