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May 29, 2008

Food for Thought

Oh, how you relish the thought of a big greasy burger in the early hours of the morning after a rocking night on the town.  The idea of sinking your teeth into succulent fries, kebabs and pizza is sometimes the only thing that can drag you off the dance floor when it’s way past your bedtime. Although these delightful dishes are all very well when one is inebriated and singing merrily down the street, there is a reason they call it fast food…because in the harsh light of day, it’s hard to identify what it is you’re actually eating and the fat content makes it so incredibly revolting that fasting is exactly what you’re inspired to do.  Still looking to enjoy hearty dishes but would rather they didn’t come with a health warning? Then head to one of these exciting new restaurants where food is made with a generous helping of TLC and turned into a deliciously thought provoking work of art…

This beautiful hideaway is a welcomed addition to the city’s dining scene. Cool and contemporary yet so intimate you could be tempted to stay there all day, beo* (*beautifully organic) prides itself on offering only the best ingredients. Their produce is almost all organic and comes from either farms in Australia or is homegrown right in the New Territories with some vegetables served within 24 hours of being picked…now if that doesn’t add a glow to your cheeks we’re not sure what will!  Enjoy an array of tasty and nourishing dishes including Grilled Scallop with pomegranate reduction, Mushroom Quinoa, Arugula and Beet Fettucine with spanner crab ragout and Grilled Tasmanian Salmon with thinly shaved zucchini and red peppers.  After your meal you can head downstairs to the uber-cool lounge for drinks or even a second helping of dessert. Why not? It’s organic! (16 Arbuthnot Road, Central, 2868 0625)

The owner of this Mexican restaurant, Carmelo Lopez, explored every corner of Mexico in preparation for this new Lan Kwai Fong hotspot. He combed through the latest trends in Mexican cuisine and brought back not only innovative ideas but also a chef from a six-star hotel (for our HK dahlings, anything above five-stars is preferred).  The result is a chic and warm restaurant offering the very best of Mexican cuisine.  Favourites among this colourful menu include a tantalizing Shrimp Cocktail (Coctel de Camarones), Pork Loin in green Mole sauce (Cerdo en Mole Verde), Lobster Tacos and the authentic Corn Cake (Pastel de Elote).  Of course a Mexican dinner isn’t complete without the customary shot or three of tequila before the meal.  Iz it getting hot in here? (8/F, LKF Tower, 55 D’Aguilar Street, Central, 2905 1168)

Duke’s Burger
Everything about this restaurant exudes sumptuousness.  From its seductive, sleek furnishings to its opulent cuisine, this SoHo spot is a marriage of our two favourite past-times, luxury and burgers. This sophisticated setting with crystal chandelier, cosy furniture and lustrous décor prepares you for the decadent feast to come. Created by seasoned New York trained chef Que Vinh Dang, the burgers are called “Duke’s Originals” and are truly like nothing you’ve ever tasted before.  Get your knife and fork ready to tuck into layer after layer of gourmet treats bursting with flavour. Braised U.S. Short Ribs and Truffle Burger topped with foie gras, Braised Oxtail and Chorizo Burger with Manchego cheese and saffron onions and Blue Swimmer Crab and Sweet Corn Burger with oven-dried tomatoes and guacamole accompanied with thick-cut or sweet potato fries are only a taster of this heavenly menu. Milkshakes and ice-creams are also taken to a new level of palate pleasing here with weekly changing flavour combinations including Lavender, Banana Rum and Chocolate Chili. Be warned, trying every single item on this menu will become a daily obsession!  (5 Staunton Street, Central, 2526 7062)

If making reservations is what’s on your mind now, we’d say that’s a good thought!

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