A new restaurant opened last week on the 38th floor of Times Tower in Wan Chai. Eden replaces Poison Ivy, which is scheduled to re-open later this month on the 33rd floor of the same building. Eden's set menu changes weekly and costs $380 on weekdays and $450 on Fridays and Saturdays; the three-course executive set lunch is $98. The Web site at www.eden-hk.com lists a sample dinner menu of seared goose liver on sauted mushrooms with dry sherry sauce, bouillabaisse, deep-fried prawns wrapped with seaweed with mango mayonnaise, a choice for main course of roasted veal loin with barbecue apple gravy or grilled sole with white wine grape sauce, and ends with dessert of cherries jubilee, coffee or tea and petits fours. Eden seats 60-80 people and has a comfortable lounge area. The restaurant currently lacks a liquor licence but that should be approved in about two months. Eden is at 38/F Times Tower, 393 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2861 1666.
Great food hall in Pacific Place has started its Great Chefs culinary programme which was so successful last year. The classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings until November 19. There's an extensive range of classes taught by Hong Kong-based chefs and food and beverage professionals. Students can learn about food and wine pairing with sommelier Ross Edward Marks, sushi, sashimi and tempura with Misayako Yukihiro of San San Trois, traditional Korean cuisine with the sister and brother team of Maggie and Sunny Huh of Paa restaurant, and black truffles from Umberto Bombana of Toscana in the Ritz-Carlton. For tickets, visit the customer-service counter in Great or phone 2918 9986. All classes start at 7.30pm, cost $288 and are limited to 28 participants. Reservations are essential.
The Grand Stanford Inter-Continental in Tsim Sha Tsui has a new executive chef. Master chef Jochen Kern started his culinary career in his native Germany and has worked at top hotels and restaurants in Europe, Malaysia and the Middle East.
Chez Moi on Arbuthnot Road in Central has lost its master chef. Pierre Harmelle left the restaurant last week and his replacement will be announced soon.