If you like abalone, the Hotel Miramar in Tsim Sha Tsui has the mollusc - from Australia, South Africa, the mainland and Taiwan - on its dinner buffet at the Atrium. Dishes include whole abalone braised in oyster sauce with crisp lotus root, abalone sashimi, julienned abalone rolled in Hokkaido shrimp, baked mini abalone with shallots and garlic, and chilled pasta with abalone and truffle dressing. It even features in a dessert: abalone and preserved egg puffs. The other desserts incorporate ginseng. There's fresh ginseng with white wine aspic, fresh ginseng and strawberry mousse, and tea and ginseng savarin. The buffet, available until the end of October, is served at dinner only. It's $288 plus 10 per cent ($158 for children 12 and younger, and senior citizens 65 and older) from Sunday to Thursday, and $308 ($178) on Friday, Saturday and the eve of public holidays. Reservations, call 2315 5199.
The Avenue Restaurant and Bar at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile is featuring mushroom dishes until the end of the month. There are appetisers and main courses, including crispy polenta with portobello mushrooms and herb ricotta, mushroom lasagne with red wine and black olive sauce, beef fillet with portobello mushrooms, red wine and shallot sauce, and stir-fried scallops with shiitake mushrooms. Reservations, call 2315 1118.
The classic pairing of beef and shiraz is being featured at the Belvedere restaurant in the Grand Stanford InterContinental in Tsim Sha Tsui. Dishes include pan-seared rib-eye and foie gras sausages with roasted kumara in maple syrup and caramelised onion jus, Thai spice-infused grain-fed beef tartare with soy jus and crispy cassava crackers, and a trio of beef - poached braised beef cheek wrapped in romaine lettuce, grilled Wagyu crusted with celery salt and oven-roasted US Angus tenderloin roulade with shiitake and bone marrow. The Australian shiraz selection includes the Chateau Reynella 1999 from McLaren Vale, Tatachilla Foundation 1998 from McLaren Vale, and the Isolation Ridge 1999 from Western Australia. Inquiries: 2731 2880.