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August 27, 2009

Meals and Wheels

What a ride it’s been this summer. And whether you were tuk tuking around in Thailand, on a hair-raising four-by-four ride in the Sahara or cruising around the Italian lakes in a Lamborghini (or Vespa!), there was nothing more exhilirating than the thought of your next meal. If your first trip back to the supermarket left you longing for the authentic gourmet feasts you’ve become accustomed to these past few weeks, fear not. There are lots of international delights to be found in this town, if you know where to look. So bring out your holiday wardrobe once again, and get on the highway to foodie heaven. . .

Wok This Way at JW Marriott
If your idea of fine dining is sitting at a plastic table on the sidewalk lapping up savoury soupy delights, look no further than the JW Marriott. For their unique “Wok This Way” promotion, Executive Chef Hector Pliego and Assistant Sous Chef William Chan pounded the pavement on an 11-day journey through five Asian culinary capitals (and blogged about it along the way!). From Singapore to KL to Ho Chi Minh, they made it their mission to uncover the most delectable street food Asia has to offer, and have brought back the best to create an unbelievable buffet unlike anything you’ve tasted before. Every Friday and Saturday evening until September 5th, dig your chopsticks into Nasi goreng, Vietnamese spring rolls, Rojak, Vietnamese sandwiches, Penang laksa, Satay, Pad Thai and more, and wash it down with Bubble tea, Vietnamese coffee, and freshly squeezed Sugar cane juice. It’s the street food of your dreams. . . minus the plastic tables! (2810 8366, JW Marriott, Pacific Place,

Sabatani Ristorante Italiano
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore. . . It just can’t be helped, every moment spent in glorious Italy fills you with an inexplicable joy. It could be that every morsel you taste over there, be it a hearty homemade pasta or a single peach, bursts with flavour, or that everywhere you turn there is something to delight the eye, from the awe-inspiring architecture to the equally impressive policemen dressed in Armani. It’s no wonder you left your heart in Italy this summer! But lucky for you, there is a little bit of Italy here in our very own HK. Sabatini’s Sunday Brunch is offering the best that Italy has to offer with a special focus on Roman cuisine. There is an extensive array of favourites to choose from on the antipasti selection, including Parma ham and melon, Steamed lobster, and Eggplant, basil and roast tomato salad. Save a little room for the delicious mains including Veal marsala and Lamb chops and by the time you’re done with puddings ranging from delectable Pana cotta to Poached figs. . . you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked back to beautiful Italia! (2733 2000, 3/F, Royal Garden Hotel, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East)

Marouche Grill
Desert safaris, enchanting nights under the stars, the sea of colours at local markets and perfected bargaining techniques are but some of the skills and experiences you came away with from your whimsical summer adventure in the Middle East. But what left the biggest imprint on your mind was feasting on all that delicious food! We have discovered the next best thing here in HK. Marouche opened its doors recently in SoHo offering the finest Lebanese cuisine, using only premium quality imported ingredients. Enjoy signature favourites including deliciously fresh mezzas and expertly whipped dips and some of the most succulent grilled meats and fishes in town. Take out the Shisha Room for an intimate catch up dinner with friends or finish the night relaxing on the terrace upstairs with refreshing cocktails and traditional mint tea as well as their authentically divine desserts. Ahh, it’s as if you never left the desert! **Fortune Cookie**: Bring a copy of this email to your next meal at Marouche Grill and receive 10% off! (2524 4123, 31 Elgin Street, SoHo)

BOX Thai
If it’s been too long since your last trip to Samui, why not go and enjoy a Thai sunset on the beach at BOX Thai. . . it’s printed on the wall in front of you! And that’s just the start of the authenticity at this bright and bustling dining room. Noodle soups, curries, grilled meats and other savoury Thai delicacies are served hot, fresh and family style, and if you squint just slightly, you can almost imagine the waves lapping at the shore as you take in the heavenly aromas and flavours. Satays and the Papaya salad are favourites as is the Barramundi in yellow curry with banana and mango and Deep fried snapper in red curry. Mocktails like the “Oriental Crush,” a blend of lychee, ginger, apple juice and soda, are perfect for lunch, while cocktails like the Lemongrass and Raspberry Martini are a perfect way to begin an evening. But no matter how things get started, make sure you finish with the Banana Fritters with Vanilla Ice Cream and Mango with Sticky Rice. . . they’ve got the dessert category in the BOX! (9123 6049, 1/F, 4–8 Arbuthnot Road, Central,

It may not be a Lamborghini or a desert safari four-by-four, but the HK taxi-ride over to dinner could be an equally hair-raising adventure!

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