after dark, You get the tickets. We've got the plan
The event: Puccini's opera, Madama Butterfly, is the fateful story of a Japanese geisha left broken-hearted by American Lieutenant BF Pinkerton. Produced and directed by Lo King-man with live orchestration from the Hong Kong Philharmonic. The Hong Kong Opera Society chorus, including international vocalists Nancy Yuen and Li Xiuying, share the role of Butterfly, while Ion Pojar and Michele Fiammardente play Pinkerton. The show starts at 7.30pm. Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, Tsim Sha Tsui. $120-$650. Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321
Dinner: WasabiSabi (13/F Times Square, tel: 2506 0009) is perhaps the coolest Japanese restaurant in town. It could be a nightclub with its sympathetic lighting, long bar and funky catwalk. The cafeteria-style benches are an egalitarian touch, but we recommend the moody circular booths, which spin from facing the restaurant to the bar. The food is exquisite and the sushi platter ($228), which includes one each of nine speciality items, is a great way to start. From the main menu we recommend smoked eggplant beef rolls ($75).
After dinner drinks: Kokage (Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2529 6138) has a new cocktail bar, and more importantly, a new sake cellar. It has just finished a 'mini-makeover' and has a few cool cocktails to sip on. The Kokatini will set you back $85, a Whiskey Green Tea $70 and a Sake Mojito $55. But for a real treat, try the Lychee Fountain ($128), a blend of lychee liqueur and syrup topped off with champagne and a dash of creme de casis.