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September 27, 2010

The National Enquirer

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!  We know whether it’s the most recent climate change statistics, the newest electronic gadgets to hit the shelves, or the latest gossip out of Hollywood, you like to have your finger on the pulse.  That’s why we’ve scoured the city for the hottest places to see and be seen during the National Day fireworks this Friday, October 1st.  Whether you’re after a tabloid-worthy scene or a classified-only dinner, here’s the inside scoop:

felixFelix at The Peninsula
For a meal as sensational and elaborate as the Fireworks display, take the private lift up to Felix at The Peninsula for their special National Day Dinner.  Savour Scallop ceviche, Honey roasted quail with fig marmalade, Char-grilled wagyu with truffled potatoes, Grilled lobster medallions with herb butter, and Osmanthus and aloe vera bavaroise. It promises to be a decadent feast for the eyes and the tastebuds! (HK$1,488 for 5-course menu, 2315 3188)

cucinaCucina at The Maro Polo Hong Kong
With its festive open-kitchen ambience, outdoor terraces and spectacular views of the harbour, Cucina is a great spot to take in all the action.  Choose from either the Italian Set Dinner including specials such as Mazara red prawns with tomato concasse, borlotti beans and crispy ham and Homemade potato gnocchi with duck ragout and shaved sardine pecorino cheese, or the Chinese Set Dinner including specials such as Braised bird’s nest soup with crab meat and winter melon puree and Baked lobster with mushrooms, vegetables and consommé. You know what they say…if you can’t take the heat, get out of the Cucina! (HK$588 for 4-Course Italian Set Dinner/ 6-Course Chinese Set Dinner, 2113 0808)

Raise the bar (and the roof!), this National Day with bubbles and bites the stunning decks of SEVVA.  This special tapas on the terrace fireworks menu will be served from 7:30-8:30pm and features six tapas platters including House special sushi, Persimmon wrapped with Iberian ham, Scottish smoked salmon crème fraîche, Crabmeat poppers with rémoulade, Foie gras with onion marmalade on Poilâne sourdough toast and Fresh vietnamese spring rolls.  Savour these mouthwatering treats along with a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne, all while enjoying jaw-dropping views of the show.  (HK$500, 2537 1388)

Looking to sweeten up your National Day? Enjoy divine chocolates and bubbly with a full view of the fireworks at VERO Chocolate Lounge. Live marshmallow making demonstrations, freshly made VERO chocolates, abundant chocolate jello shots and lucky draws should make for a sparklingly fun evening. (HK$100 including one complimentary drink, 2559 5882)

grissiniGrissini at The Grand Hyatt
For unparalleled views right in the heart of the action, secure a spot at Grissini this National Day.  They will be putting on a feast with an authentic Italian buffet including signature classics such as Parma ham and cold cuts, seafood salad, beef carpaccio, sautéed lobster, baked seabass, mussels, carvings of prime beef and veal shanks, and a homemade pasta station.  Desserts will include a delicious assortment of tarts, cakes and homemade gelato. You won’t be able to take your eyes off the fireworks or the food! (HK$830 including a complimentary glass of Prosecco, 2588 1234)

Wish you could spend National Day in the Imperial Palace? Michelin-starred Hutong has the next best thing. Inspired by the award-winning film Raise the Red Lantern starring Gong Li, the stunning Michelin-star venue atop One Peking has been transformed. Hand-crafted red lanterns specially sourced from Beijing now adorn the restaurant evoking a historic atmosphere accompanied by carved wooden screens and tables reminiscent of Imperial Palace décor. Their special National Day dinner menu includes specialties such as scallops and prawns with chili-black bean sauce, spotted garupa fillet tossed with crispy femented bean and chili, crispy de-boned lamb ribs with Chinese pancakes, and beef tenderloin fried with garlic flakes. It promises to be a feast fit for an Emperor! (HK$1288, 6-course menu including a complimentary glass of Veuve Cliquot, 3428 8342)

That wraps up today’s news.  To find out who was canoodling with whom and who wore it better, you’ll have to check back next week!  Happy National Day!

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