Cinematic side dishes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 March, 2005, 12:00am

If you like your nights out to have a touch of symmetry, then here are some double bills you'll find hard to resist.

The Merchant of Venice: Empathise with Al Pacino as he grapples with Shakespeare's great tragic figure Shylock. Grab some kosher grub at ShalomGrill (2/F Fortune House, 61 Connaught Rd, Central, tel: 2851 6300).

Beyond the Sea: Kevin Spacey swings to 50s Americana pop icon Bobby Darin. Fly him to the moon at Al's Diner (27-39 D'Aguliar St, Lan Kwai Fong, tel: 2869 1869).

House of Fury: A stylish update of the old kung fu genre? Well, enter the Dragon-i for a fistful of glitz (UG/F The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St, Central, tel: 3110 1222).

The Hidden Blade: A first-night gala about a samurai deserves a tribute to other great Japanese swords-men. Say domo to Sushi Hiro (10/F 42 Yun Ping Rd, Henry House, Causeway Bay, tel: 2882 8752).

A Very Long Engagement: Think of Audrey Tautou in this French first world war epic as you tuck into the dramatic cuisine of Le Parisien (Shop 2076 IFC Mall, tel: 2805 5293).

Two Great Sheep: Nuthin' but mutton would complement a mainland satire about sheep herding. Call into Little Sheep Hot Pot (Causeway Bay Plaza, tel: 2893 8318).