PANEVINO G/F, 11 Mosque Junction, Central Tel: 2521 7366 Open: noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm Tucked away on Mosque Junction, just off the Mid-Levels escalator, Panevino is a wonderful find. It has the warmth and intimacy of dining in someone's home - there is a fantastic fresco on the far wall and well-chosen objets d'art scattered around. It is also a culinary treat, thanks to its top-class chef. This is an excellent spot for a romantic date, but is equally good for an indulgent meal with friends. There is a daily specials board, and the pasta of the day is usually excellent and reasonably priced. You start digging a little further into your pocket with the meat and fish mains, but it is money well spent. There is a good wine selection and the house red is commendable. The service is attentive without being intrusive. The waiters are familiar with the menu and it is worth asking them for recommendations. Panevino does an excellent set lunch for $110 (plus 10 per cent), which entitles you to a choice of starter and main course and coffee plus a shared dessert. The desserts are so good they are well worth ignoring the diet and indulging. They look like works of art and come in generous portions, so you won't begrudge having to share one. Although the restaurant is small, it isn't claustrophobic, and it is worth booking as it gets busy even on weekdays. PEKING GARDEN Basement 1, Alexandra House, 16-20 Chater Road, Central Tel: 2526 6456 Open: 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm If you're entertaining visitors from out of town, Peking Garden is everything you'll want in a restaurant. It is decked out with red lanterns and thick red carpets and is the perfect stage for an initial Beijing culinary experience. What's more, at the sound of a gong there is a display of hand-pulled noodle-making - a truly impressive performance. The slicing of Peking ducks for individual tables is greeted with equal fanfare. Unlike many Chinese restaurants, the menu is in English and easy to understand. It is divided into sections and there is an additional pictorial menu to give an idea of what to expect. The chilli prawns are a must - they are big, meaty and succulent. The pancake wraps for the duck are good fun. And the noodles are also worth having - especially after the demonstration of how they are made. There is a limited array of wines, but the staff are not well-versed in the selection. You might be better off going for the complete experience and ordering Chinese rice wine. The staff are eager to please, but the service can be erratic. This is not the kind of place you make a regular haunt - the price alone would see to that (expect to pay at least $500 a head). But to initiate oversees guests into the fun of Beijing food, this is undoubtedly the place to come.