Word travels fast when a restaurant opening party has a free-for-all buffet, especially when the password to get past the doormen is 'yes' when they ask if you're headed to the party. Thus, about 600 people showed up for Lan Kwai Fong's new Italian steakhouse Bistecca's bash when only about 300 were expected. Luckily, owner Sandeep Sekhri (pictured) didn't mind the crush if it helped to create a buzz for his new concept. 'We want to create a bit of a niche,' Dining Concepts' group manager explained. 'There are a few of them in the US. My chef partner, Chris Mark, figured that for the second floor of a tower, we have to do something different as a destination restaurant. 'The whole idea is to do it like an old butcher shop in Italy. He went to Tuscany to research and even picked up props and antique pieces to give it an authentic feel.' For more promotion, they're bringing over celebrity Tuscan butcher Dario Cecchini in December. Bistecca replaces the Thai eatery Tru in the Grand Progress Building. 'A high-end Thai restaurant here is difficult. We weren't losing money but we weren't going anywhere with it. People don't perceive Asian food as high end.' True. Punters can find similar grub for a fraction of the price in a less formal outdoor setting around the corner. A good steak Florentine, on the other hand, is not so commonplace.