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October 16, 2008

Credit Munch

We don’t know if it’s the weather, the markets, or both, but all we can think about lately is food. While the indexes are taking us on a tumultuous roller coaster ride with every day revealing heart-stopping twists and turns, and the weather is leaving us confused as to whether to bring out cosy woolies or billowing sundresses, we can always count on a good meal to outperform our expectations and warm our hearts. If you’re in need of inspiration for your next food fest, look no further…these tasty new dining promotions should help us all get through the credit munch!

Japanese-style Afternoon Tea at Zuma
You love afternoon tea and you adore Zuma…up until now, you had to give these two favourite things in your life attention at separate times. Not anymore! You can now rest your weary shopped-out feet and tantalize your peckish taste buds at Zuma from 3-6pm daily with their new Japanese Style Afternoon Tea for only HK$90. Six delightful snacks are on the menu of the otsumami afternoon tea concept. The Aomono platter offers guests a selection of small salads whilst the sushi moriawase selection offers a combination platter of nigri, maki sushi, tamago and pickles. Savoury favourites on the Robatayaki and Tempura platters include vegetable and prawn tempura and robatayaki charcoal-grilled skewers of meat and seafood, It wouldn’t be afternoon tea without the desserts.. the deza platter tempts guests with a selection of biscuits and cakes, or try aisukari-mu, a mix of Zuma’s delicious home-made sorbets and ice creams. Your tastebuds will be so tantalized, you could find yourself staying for dinner! (3657 6388)

Sake Dinner at JW Marriott
You’ve had glass after glass of Sake with Japanese food more times than you’d like to share (it goes down so easily!), but have you ever tried pairing Sake with Western dishes? For a whole new dining experience, JW’s California has introduced an innovative and decadent Sake Dinner. The five course dinner menu features mouthwatering dishes including Canadian scallop ceviche with chili lime and coriander, Australian oysters with cucumber and apple jelly, Angus beef carpaccio with truffle emulsion and parmesan, pan seared sea bass with tomato confit and pesto saffron broth, and lychee consommé with tropical fruits and white peach sorbet. To compliment all of these exceptional dishes, a Sake Master has specially chosen distinctive Sakes to match each course, from light, to full-bodied to floral aromatic blends, which make for a truly unforgettable meal. (Dinner HK$655, Dinner and Sake HK$855, 2810 8366)

Bubbles and Beyond Sunday Brunch at The Mira
Mira Mira on the Wall, who’s the fairest of them all? At the new Mira hotel, we’d have to say it’s the new ‘Bubbles and Beyond’ Sunday Brunch Experience at Yamm restaurant. Every Sunday, you will now be able to enjoy a superb brunch along with unlimited free flowing Taittinger Champagne, wines, beers, fresh juices and soft drinks. Expect a live culinary showcase featuring chefs cooking up Japanese, Asian and International favourites, not to mention Spanish Iberico ham, sashimi and sushi straight from the Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market, and freshly shucked oysters from around the globe. Bread and dessert lovers can rejoice in a decadent selection of homemade breads, pastries, fondants and cakes. The best part is you can have the whole buffet served straight to your table…all of the freshly prepared food, none of the hectic hustle and bustle! (HK$650 pp, 2315 5111)

A La Carte White Truffle Specials at Le Mistral, Grissini and H One
Some people would bet on precious diamonds and gold…we’ll put our money where our mouth wants to be, in white truffles. The white diamonds of the culinary world are making their way into a la carte dishes at a number of restaurants around town. At Le Mistral, fresh shipments are arriving daily from the forests of Alba, Italy and being shaved into such specialties as beef carpaccio with lemon, truffle dressing and artichoke and Mascarpone cheese risotto with fresh green asparagus and truffle essence (2731 2870). Chef Marco Torre at Grissini has designed a special truffle menu featuring four-month aged Vicoforte fondue with Italian egg yolk, chestnut soup with lobster and rosemary, and traditional Piedmont meat ravioli with fresh occelli butter and meat jus (2584 7933). And at H One, paper-thin slivers of these prized delicacies will be used to create dishes like Sardinian sea bass carpaccio with celery and porcini mushroom salad and pan-fried veal fillet with foie gras and morelle mushroom sauce (2805 0638).

Dim Sum Lunch for Charity at Spring Moon
Charity, history and celebration will come together in one fantastic lunch to commemorate The Peninsula Hong Kong’s monumental 80th birthday this autumn. On November 9th, Spring Moon will serve a very special lunch for HK$1,928 for a group of four people. Gourmet dim sum starters include lobster dumplings, abalone siu mai and foie gras fried taro puffs. Other menu highlights are fresh crabmeat dumplings in supreme soup, garoupa fillet pan-fried with spring onion and soy sauce, stewed beef wrapped around asparagus in satay sauce, and braised rice vermicelli with shark’s fin and bean sprouts. Although the dessert of silky sweetened almond cream with egg white will fulfill your sugar cravings, the sweetest part of the lunch is that all of the proceeds will be donated to one of three excellent charities; Make-A-Wish®, St. James’ Settlement Funeral Navigation Service, and Mary Rose School. (2315 3160)

Your tummy has been recapitalized, your taste buds are rallying again, and the hunger pang bears have been banished…suddenly things are looking up!

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