The InterContinental Grand Stanford Hotel doesn't often toot its own horn, but last week the normally quiet Tsim Sha Tsui East locale threw a very exotic party. Media and friends in the hospitality trade were invited for a glimpse of its new Club InterContinental and to discover the 'mysteries of 1,001 nights'. We thought, wow, a Middle-Eastern-themed club at a mainstream hotel? It turned out one thing had nothing to do with the other. The new club is actually just a sleek executive lounge catering to the lucrative business-traveller crowd, in place of the old Belvedere restaurant. As for the Mid-East-themed evening? Well, they have a guest chef from Bahrain cooking at Cafe Rendezvous, so what better excuse to party with some pita? To be honest, we're not sure how authentic the belly dancers (pictured) were, but we couldn't complain about the doner kebabs and fresh falafel. That's not the only kitchen news at the Grand Stanford, though. They also have a new executive chef. Canadian Christopher Johnson arrived last Tuesday and is still trying to get his bearings. 'I just finished my orientation,' he explained. 'I was cooking in Goa [in India] before, but Hong Kong is such an amazing food place, I'm really excited to be here.'