Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Grand Old Time

We've been kind of lax with posting restaurant news lately; that's because I've been living in a black hole called work and haven't had a chance to go out and experience what Hong Kong has to offer. (I did visit SML though so will review that later...) A much more pressing issue now is this set of offers that dropped into my inbox this morning from the Grand Hyatt, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary next month. It seems kind of weird that the Grand Hyatt is only 20 years old, it seems much older.

Anyway, you don't care about that -- you want the breakdown of the specials, right? Let's start with October 20 at Grissini's, where you can taste a menu created by four generations of chefs de cuisine. That means GH went back to ask all their chefs to come back and work together, which is pretty amazing because it means all of them still have good relationships with the hotel. That's a pretty amazing feat, if you ask me. The dinner is priced at $1,200, but it's sure to be worth the price as it's five courses, plus wine.

Then, starting November 13, the Grand Cafe is launching a new Asian buffet, featuring appetizers and salads, a seafood bar, Japanese corner, Chinese carving, dim sum, interactive noodle station, hot Asian specialities and homemade desserts. It's $538 for adults and $269 for kiddies. Dial 852 2584 7722 for reservations.

Then on weekdays, you can indulge in special spa treatments as described here:

1) Carita Hydration Treatment Package, $2,000.
- 90-minute Cartia’s signature hydration facial
- 60-minute Carita eye treatment OR 60-minute Renovateur “Peau de Satin
2) Payot Optimale Indulgence Package (designed for men), $1,600.
- 90-minute Optimale Deep Press Massage
- 30-minute Optimale Eye Treatment OR 45-minute Optimale Body Exfoliation

Call 852 2584 7688.

And finally, I think this is the best part of the package, there's something called the 8-2-8 Weekend Local Escape. Check into your room as early as 8am, then check out at 8pm the next day. Get breakfast in the cafe or in your room, 15% off spa treatments, free parking and one of the following: two poolside sun loungers and free flow drinks for three hours; a Tiffin tea buffet or dessert buffet for two; a bottle of wine and cheese platter for two in your room. All this goes for $828 per head on Fridays or Saturdays. Call 852 2584 7038 to book.

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