Six chefs from the Zhang Sheng Ji Restaurant in Hangzhou are cooking at the Royal Garden Hotel's Chinese Restaurant and Dong Lai Shun from April 6-19. Their dishes include Hangzhou-style marinated duck, West Lake vinegar fish, deep-fried meat with glutinous rice, deep-fried bean curd sheet, stewed duck with ham, bamboo shoots and vegetables, and West Lake lotus root with osmanthus. Bookings: 2724 2666 (Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant) and 2733 2020 (Dong Lai Shun).
To celebrate the Thai New Year, the Grand Hyatt's Thai & Grill Restaurant is serving a traditional Songkran menu every night from April 8-18. Guests can try green papaya salad with coconut rice, pineapple in red curry with prawns and coconut milk, Thai green mango with shrimp dip and red curry fried rice with chicken (far right). Bookings: 2584 7722
Promenade Restaurant at the Harbour Plaza Metropolis in Hung Hom is featuring French dishes on the dinner buffet until the end of April. Dishes include roquefort napoleon, escargots Bourguignon, pan-fried foie gras with peach-ginger vinaigrette and grilled sea bass with ratatouille. The buffet is HK$438 plus 10 per cent (HK$268 for children) Monday to Thursday and HK$468 (HK$298 for children) Friday to Sunday. Bookings: 3160 6880
Abalone lovers should check out the promotion taking place until the end of the month at Ajo Bou Izakaya restaurant at the Regal Riverside Hotel in Sha Tin. Each guest is given a serving of braised whole abalone in sake soup, followed by visits to the buffet that includes pan-fried abalone with butter, stir-fried udon with abalone, and other dishes such as roasted snapper in teriyaki sauce, pan-fried beef fillet with crispy garlic, enoki mushrooms rolled in sliced beef, roasted veal ribs in sweet soy sauce and roasted lamb chop in barbecue sauce. The restaurant's abalone dinner buffet is HK$278 plus 10 per cent (HK$198 for children) Monday to Thursday and HK$298 (HK$208 for children) Friday to Sunday and on public holidays. Bookings: 2132 1256
Also featuring abalone throughout April is Rouge at the Regal Airport Hotel at Chek Lap Kok. The a la carte selection includes steamed stuffed whole abalone with minced shrimp, braised abalone with dried seafood in clay pot and braised whole three-headed abalone with oyster sauce. The restaurant also has a five-course set menu, with dishes of braised whole abalone with supreme sea cucumber, steamed sliced abalone with garoupa and braised abalone with bai-ling mushrooms and vegetables. The set menu is HK$368 plus 10 per cent. Bookings: 2286 6868
Naha Okinawan Restaurant in Taikoo Shing is celebrating spring with a selection of sakura (cherry blossom) dishes. The menu, which is served until the end of the month, includes snapper sashimi marinated with sakura leaf, grilled snapper with sakura leaf and steamed snapper with sakura leaf. Bookings: 2186 6969
The Garden Cafe at North Point's City Garden Hotel is serving a dinner buffet of lavender dishes until the end of the month. The menu changes every two weeks, and includes smoked peppered duck breast with lavender honey, lavender-pistachio lamb chops (left), sambal skate wing with lavender lemon sauce, lavender jelly with mixed fruits and gooseberry, and lavender crumble. It's HK$278 plus 10 per cent for adults (HK$208 for children) and HK$298 (HK$228 for children) Saturday, Sunday and the eve and day of public holidays. Bookings: 2806 4922 The Coffee Mill at the Gateway Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui is featuring international seafood dishes on its dinner buffet until the end of the month. Guests can have Singapore-style black pepper fried crab, tandoori pomfret, crab meat vol au vent, steamed garoupa and bamboo, dill and orange-flavoured salmon. The dinner buffet is HK$278 plus 10 per cent for adults (HK$168 for children) Monday to Thursday and HK$298 (HK$188 for children) Friday to Sunday and the eve and day of public holidays. Bookings: 2113 7926
Time Out Hong Kong's Wine Walk, the fundraising event whose proceeds go to Room to Read (to promote literacy in developing countries) and Camp Quality (for children with cancer) takes place on April 18. Ticket-holders can have a glass of wine at more than 20 participating outlets, such as California, Dakota Prime, Di Vino, Finds, Frog Face Fish, Thai Lemongrass, Tivo, Kyoto Joe, Zest and Zuma. The ticket price of HK$280 also includes a Wine Walk Spieglau wine glass. Go to timeout.com.hk for information.