The Hong Kong restaurant scene has three interesting additions. VEDA, a 'contemporary Indian' restaurant, opened last week on Arbuthnot Road. Don't come here expecting the usual chicken/mutton/fish vindaloo or chicken/mutton/fish masala served with a Kingfisher lager. Executive chef Rajiv Singh Gulshan's menu sounds inspired, with dishes such as gucchi gobhi kashmiri (stir-fried morels with broccoli, fennel and turmeric in a baked puri tart on coconut 'moilee' sauce), tawa murg (griddle-cooked chicken marinated in coriander root and cashew nut paste) and patrani macchi (banana leaf-wrapped steamed fish marinated in mint and coconut chutney with red oak and chilli oil). There's also an extensive selection of wines. VEDA is at G/F, 8 Arbuthnot Road, Central, tel: 2868 5885. Also just opened is Lan's Steak+ at G/F and 1/F, On Lan Street, Central (tel: 2526 1212). Lan's serves what is often called US-style Kobe beef, which comes from Supreme Black Cattle - a cross between Wagyu and Angus. The restaurant also serves US Prime quality beef and many of the other dishes you'd expect from a steakhouse - lobster bisque, Caesar salad and beef tartare. In Stanley, Bayside Brasserie has opened on the site of the old HSBC, at 25 Market Road. The menu is eclectic, with an oyster bar, Indian specialities, pastas and pizzas, Southeast Asian dishes (laksa lemak, nasi goreng, Singapore fried rice noodles) and Western dishes (steak frites, fish and chips). Reservations on 2899 0818. There are two wine dinners on Thursday. The Veuve Clicquot champagne dinner at the Great Eagle's Bostonian restaurant is $688 plus 10 per cent. The five-course dinner includes Willapa Bay oyster pan roast, served with the Veuve Clicquot Rose Reserve 1995, stuffed poulet de Bresse with Perigord black truffles and champagne-blanched garlic served with La Grand Dame 1995, and the dessert of fresh seasonal berry timbale is accompanied by the Veuve Clicquot Demi Sec NV. Reservations on 2375 1133 ext 2070. At Madison's in Pacific Place, the dinner is hosted by Nerida Abbotts of Abbotts Fine Mediterranean Wines in the Minervois region in the south of France. The four-course dinner features duck confit with Puy lentil ragout and foie gras sabayon, paired with the Abbotts Cumulus Minervois 1999, and casserole of lamb shoulder and haricot beans with herbs and semolina dumplings, served with the Abbotts Boreas Cotes du Languedoc Rouge. The dinner is $450 plus 10 per cent; call 2523 4772. The Mandarin Oriental has a special guest chef, Michel Del Burgo, from the three-star Michelin restaurant Taillevent in Paris. He'll be cooking at the Mandarin Grill from April 18-28. His special menu includes ravioli filled with truffle and white mushroom ragout served in morel-infused cream sauce, roasted farmed duckling with port wine-caramelised black radish, glazed turnips and prunes, and chilled sweet minestrone with crunchy fruits and vegetables and basil ice cream. Reservations on 2825 4020. Master of Wine Michael Hill-Smith will present the wines of Shaw and Smith (from Australia's Adelaide Hills) at a dinner at the Lobster Bar in the Island Shangri-La. The dinner on Monday includes Franklin Harbour oysters with trio salsa, paired with the winery's 2001 Sauvignon Blanc, pan-fried cod fillet and yabbies with the 2000 M3 Vineyard Chardonnay and served with the Australian cheese platter is the 1999 Merlot. The dinner is $650 plus 10 per cent; phone 2820 8560. The Great Chefs @ Great food promotion kicked off this week at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place. Some of Hong Kong's most respected chefs and wine experts will conduct classes every Tuesday and Thursday night from now until June. The classes cost from $185-$265 and are limited to 30 participants. For a list of classes call Belinda Franz on 2606 8854.