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October 1, 2009

Light My Fire

The bad news about public holidays is the hangover from the night before (you could have sworn that you could still hear the pounding rhythmic beats of the DJ booth when you woke up this morning. . . or was it possibly the construction next door?!). The good news is you’ve got the whole day to recover, thank goodness. But today is China National Day’s 60th Anniversary. The whole city will be out to celebrate tonight, and it wouldn’t be a party without you. So grab some H2O and your hangover cure of choice (be it Berocca or a Bloody Mary), and rest up, cause we have a feeling you’re going to be on fire this evening. . .

The Landmark Mandarin
It’s a landmark day for China, so why not celebrate at the Landmark Mandarin? Commence the festivities at MO Bar where you can enjoy chilled Bellinis, cocktails, and canapés along with the tunes of DJ Ivan who will be spinning a groovy mix of Nu-Jazz, Soul-Jazz, 70′s Underground Disco, Latin and Bossa Nova. Then take a short stroll over to Chater House for the rare opportunity to party on their rooftop while taking in the sublime views of the fireworks display. (Cocktails at MO Bar: 18:00, Cocktail on the Rooftop: 19:30, Fireworks Display: 20:00, Adults/HK$588, Kids/HK$288, 2132 0077)

Duetto
They say everything’s better in twos, and Duetto, Wanchai’s newest haunt, exemplifies just that. Bringing together the best of Italian and Indian cuisine, this restaurant has two sides and two kitchens to double your pleasure and fulfill your every craving. For National Day, they will present a Festive Fireworks Buffet on their expansive terrace, complete with both authentic Italian and exotic Indian cuisine and front row seats for the fireworks. Pasta and pizza lovers can dig in to specialties like hearty Beef Tagliatala and crispy Pesto Mushroom Pizza while those who prefer some heat on the palate can indulge in savoury Lamb Chettinad, Chicken with Coriander and Ginger, and Potato, Pineapple and Pinenut Biryani Rice. Now, all that’s left to do is make your reservation, table for, um. . . two! (Adults/HK$330, Kids/HK$175 including 2 drinks, 2598 1222)

Felix at The Peninsula
Just when you thought The Peninsula couldn’t get any more spectacular, Felix has created a menu that will set your taste buds alight long before the fireworks begin. Feast on a sumptuous 5-course set dinner especially created for National Day while taking in the unbeatable views. This will only be the starter, before the main event of watching the grand fireworks display over the harbour front, from either the sky-high restaurant, or under the stars with some bubbly on the glorious Sun Terrace. (HK$1,388 for 5-course menu, 2315 3188)

Grand Hyatt
A regular meal at the Grand Hyatt involves lots of oohing and aahing over the mouthwateringly delicious dishes, beautifully appointed décor and stunning harbour views. But tonight all eyes will be upon the sky, as their restaurants present special dinners to complement the evening’s spectacular fireworks display. Get ready for a sumptuous Italian feast at Grissini, with a specially created buffet, prepared by Chef Marco Torre (Adults/HK$780 including one glass of Prosecco, Kids/HK$390). While The Grill will present a poolside alfresco barbeque buffet including a fresh seafood bar, barbequed meats, fish and veggies, salads, cheeses, pâtés and desserts (Adults/HK$620 including one standard drink, Kids/HK$310). To celebrate in true Chinese style, head to One Harbour Road, for a traditional Cantonese dinner, impeccable service and some of the town’s best harbour views (Minimum HK$700 per person). (2584 7722)

Sevva
Step it up a notch and take in the fireworks in style at Sevva this National Day. Opt for the a la carte menu in the main restaurant (minimum spend HK$1500 per person) or indulge in delectable cocktails on the Terrace for HK$500 per person including canapés and one glass of champagne. There’s always been plenty to entertain the eye at Sevva, now there’ll be all sorts of sparks flying! (2537 1388)

ToTT’s
It stands for “talk of the town” and tonight it promises to live up to its namesake with a beautiful buffet along with exhilarating sky high views of the harbour. Bask in the glow of the fireworks on the restaurant’s newly opened outdoor roof terrace, rising 34 floors above the city, while you dine alfresco like never before. Swing to the beat of a live band, sip cocktails like the tropical Caipirinha d’Uva and Pineapple Batida from their extensive cocktail menu, and enjoy a specially designed National Day semi-buffet dinner (HK$788) from 6:30pm onwards in the dining room. If you prefer to sit in the open air, you can keep the seaside vibe going with a fresh chilled seafood assortment as well as a full bottle of champagne to wash it down (HK$1168). (2837 6786)

Fireworks are set, champagne is chilled, and the colour has returned to your cheeks. You’re refreshed, revived and ready to celebrate. . . so c’mon baby light my fire!



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