The banging and clattering in Lan Kwai Fong will end soon as Oscar's and La Dolce Vita reopen after the latest round of renovations. La Dolce Vita is scheduled to open on March 6, while Oscar's opens at 5pm the next day. Oscar's re-design by Mike Tonkin will bring the Central restaurant more in line with its sister outlet at the World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay. While the bar out the front stays, a new entrance at the rear of neighbour Midnight Express has been created to emphasise the restaurant facilities downstairs. The Oscar's upgrade follows the changing character of Lan Kwai Fong, says Kim Murphy, owner of restaurant management company, Food and Beverage Solutions. Having opened more than four years ago with a cafe menu, 'It's time for us to have a proper restaurant in Lan Kwai Fong', she says. The new menu features dishes such as Thai duck curry, tuna steak, salmon fillet, lamb shank, and smoked salmon pizza. There will also be Oscar's trademark range of vegetarian dishes, including spiced couscous cake with grilled eggplant, red pepper relish and goat's cheese. La Dolce Vita's new look is more of a clean-up than a make-over. The major change is that chefs will cook on the spot instead of bringing in the food from Post 97. New World wine selection complements gourmet meal Bacchus is to set taste buds tingling with a wine dinner hosted by James Clarke, the managing director of the Western Australian winery. The five-course gourmet dinner includes an antipasto plate with 1996 sauvignon blanc, salmon veloute with 1994 Margaret River chardonnay, veal tenderloin with 1995 Gnangara shiraz, a King Island cheese platter with 1994 Margaret River cabernet sauvignon, and an apple tarte tatin and vanilla bean ice cream with 1995 Mount Tambourine liqueur muscat. The one-off evening on Tuesday costs $650 per person. Reservations on 2529-9032. Foster's shindig offers crack at Rugby Sevens' draw A free shot at Rugby Sevens tickets can be had at Hari's at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile this month. In order to secure the chance to enter one of three lucky draws at 10pm on March 6, 13 and 20 participants must drink Foster's on the night to be eligible for the contest. The consolation is that the beer is being sold at $50 for two bottles. The prize tickets include seating, lunch, official tournament rugby jerseys and drinks in the Foster's executive suite. Showcase promotes salmon as mass-market choice Fresh salmon remains every bit an upmarket delicacy in Hong Kong with prices at HK$220 to $310 per kilo. However, in some of the world's coolest cities, the fish is so abundant it is being fashioned into mass-market items such as burgers, salmon-ham, spreads, condiments and sausages. The latest range of salmon-based foods were showcased at the annual Symphony of Salmon sponsored by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation. The new products are being hailed as a saviour for beleaguered Alaskan fishermen, who last summer took to throwing parts of their catch back into the water rather than see it rot.