Food for thought

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 September, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 September, 2000, 12:00am

Petrus, the restaurant on the 56/F of the Island Shangri-La, was recently named one of the decade's top five hotel restaurants in the world, by the US publication, Hotels. The restaurant is in illustrious company: the other winners are the Hotel Georges Blanc in France, Alain Ducasse's Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, and in New York, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Jean-Georges at the Trump International Hotel and Towers and Le Cirque 2000 at the New York Palace Hotel. Petrus is on 2820-8590.

A new juice bar and 'lifestyle experience' opened recently in Central. Mix (pictured) offers 'life nourishing' juices and fresh fruit smoothies (such as 'orange c-preme', made with orange juice, banana, strawberries, yogurt and orange sorbet; 'crazy cranberries', or cranberry juice, blueberries, strawberries and raspberry sorbet, and 'berry buzz', made of blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, guava and strawberry juice). 'Boosts' - combinations of vitamins, minerals and herbs - are mixed into the smoothies, and can be added to any drink for $8 (there's boosts for energy, immunity, memory and stress, among others). Also available are salads, soups, pastries, organic cereals, and California 'wrap' sandwiches, including a breakfast wrap (scrambled egg and ham), barbecue pork, beef, Thai, and 'tofu twister'. The 3,000-square-foot premises also has a shop stocked with Philippe Starck-designed organic products and other foods, flowers, CDs, magazines, contemporary furniture, gifts and accessories from GOD. A second branch of Mix is planned for Tsim Sha Tsui. Mix is at G/F, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 3 Queen's Road Central, Tel: 2523-7396.

Hong Kong's first 'fully software intergrated network shop and cafe' (whatever that means) opened in Wan Chai. The Avanti Cafe - the first commercial venture for the Allen Perkins Group's Perkin's Coffee - is located in the Avanti shop at 1/F, The Broadway, 54-62 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai. It has specialty coffees, fruit smoothes and frappes, cakes, pastries and sandwiches. The Avanti shop has, according to the press release, a 'mobile zone with integration of mobile phone, notebook, etc, it obtains wireless LAN, internet zone with Broadband service, data warehouse with a T1 connected to iLinknet and a conference room with high end projector and white broad'.

To put that a little more intelligibly, the shop features a conference room and mobile zone offering superfast Internet access, among other hi-tech communications facilities.The cafe is on 3101-0150.