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Brand new dining experience of the European modern simplicity

Like any designs of agnès b.’s fashion, the brand is always evolving with new inspirations and amazing ideas. Satisfying Hong Kong diners’ never-ending expectation to astonishing new dining environment and atmosphere, agnès b. LE PAIN GRILLÉ at Cubus is now open with a modish European interior design and unique menu in fashionable simplicity.

Going along with the theme of European modern simplicity, this restaurant aims to create a contemporary dining house in warm and relaxing ambiance. The use of wood in a simple pattern enlightens the restaurant with a casual impression, forming an inimitable character with wooden window louvers, black granite table, designer chairs and innovating tableware. Other than that, a cosy balcony has employed to accommodate natural sunlight and gentle breeze. Natural elements can be found everywhere: photos of music scenes which have been displayed at “Bande a part” exhibition at agnès b.’s LIBRAIRIE GALERIE in 2007 are placed on the wall; a mini garden planting mints and herbs and superb walls with natural plants. All of which allow everyone to enjoy a full mixture of French and European dining experience.

The menu of the restaurant emphasizes on a blend of authentic European cuisine with a modern twist. Its welcoming bar area offering a carefully selected list of fine wine and whisky. This restaurant differentiates itself from the traditional ones by paying effort on the innovative food presentation, leading customers not only delighted by the taste but also the look. Yet, together with a variety of the best quality and fresh ingredients from around the world helps enhancing a comprehensive meal. This new dining utopia offers everyone a chance to taste a mouthwatering European cuisine, just in one stop.

agnès b. LE PAIN GRILLÉ Cubus shop info
Address: 15/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Business hours:Sun – Thur 12:00 to 23:00 (22:00 last order)
Fri & Sat 12:00 to 23:30 (22:30 last order)
(Restaurant closes between 15:00 & 17:00 daily)
Capacity:    44pax
Tel no.:        2577 2718
 

The Press Room Announces All-New Lineup


Diners Welcome New Chef and Menu at Popular Eatery

The Press Room, the ever-popular Hollywood Road bar and brasserie, introduces new Head Chef Jorge da Silva and 17 new dishes to the menu.
In his newly-appointed position as The Press Room’s Head Chef, Jorge da Silva brings over 13 years’ experience to the role. Born in Portugal, Jorge honed his skills in England working at some of London’s most famous eateries, including PJ’s Bar and Grill and The Farm.

Eager for a new epicurean experience, in 2006, Jorge returned to his homeland and joined the Crown Plaza Resort in Madeira. Two years later, he returned to England where he was named Head Chef at the acclaimed Cactus Blue in Chelsea, London.

“I’m always looking for ways to improve myself”, explains the 35-year-old. “Just when I decided it was time to take on a new challenge, The Press Room approached me to join them in Hong Kong.”
To mark Jorge’s arrival, The Press Room will add 17 new dishes to the menu.

Starter and salad highlights include:
Foie gras ballotine with truffled French beans (HK$130)
Rare prepped beef salad with palm hearts, watercress, sundried tomatoes, parmesan and truffle oil (HK$98); and
Salad Gourmande with shaved foie gras (HK$122).

New must-try mains include:
Chargrilled baby chicken with garlic butter, lemon juice and wild rocket (HK$218);
Rosemary-marinated lamb chops with mixed bean salad and mint pesto (HK$248);
Steamed mussels provencal with grilled cod, salmon, sea bass, scallops & shrimps (HK$440 for 2 persons)
Grilled Darne of salmon with asparagus & hollandaise (HK$223); and
Roast black cod with cassoulet au white bean, tomatoes and chorizo (HK$230).
 

SWISS simplifies its baggage provisions

SWISS is standardising the baggage regulations for its flights all over the world. In many cases, the systemwide adoption of the “piece concept” will provide customers with a greater free-baggage allowance, along with attractive excess baggage rates. SWISS’s carry-on baggage regulations remain unchanged.

SWISS is extending the “piece concept”, which already applies on North Atlantic flights, to the baggage provisions for all its services systemwide. The new regulations will apply to all tickets bought on or after 1 August 2011. For many customers travelling on SWISS services within Europe and on long-haul flights to Asia or Africa, the new concept will increase their free baggage allowance.

The piece concept allows customers to check in a certain number of pieces of baggage free of charge, with the number of pieces permitted depending on their class of travel. SWISS is also modifying the maximum permissible weight of each individual piece. As a result, SWISS Economy travellers will now enjoy an extra three kilos of free-baggage allowance per flight. Business and First Class customers, too, will benefit from more generous free-baggage amounts than under the present “weight concept”.

The key changes are as follows:

–  Economy Class: Now1 piece of up to 23 kilos(currently any numberof pieces up to a combined total of 20 kilos).

–  Business Class: Now2 pieces of up to 32 kilos each, i.e. a maximumtotal of 64 kilos (currently any number of pieces up to a combined total of 30 kilos).

–  First Class: Now3 pieces of up to 32 kilos each, i.e. a maximum totalof 96 kilos (currently any number of pieces up to a combined total of 40 kilos).

Flying direct to Maldives from Beijing

First capital to capital route successfully launched

MEGA Maldives Airlines today successfully completed the first direct scheduled flight from Beijing Capital International Airport to Male’. The Male’ International Airport was in a festive mood in anticipation of the arrival of this historic first flight by a local airline and was celebrated with traditional Maldivian entertainment. A welcoming committee in traditional formal dress welcomed the passengers with flowers as they exited the aircraft. Many passengers stopped to take pictures with the members of the welcoming committee and in front of the aircraft. Later, members of the media were able to go on-board the aircraft for a brief tour. The flight carried 223 passengers to Male’, who were heading off to various resort destinations in the Maldives.

The Beijing route launched today was key target destination from the very beginning of services by MEGA Maldives Airlines and to have successfully achieved that target is a proud moment to the company, its management and all staff.

The number of Chinese arrivals to Maldives is growing fast, with a total of 52,345 Chinese tourists visiting the Maldives during the first quarter, a rise of 53.2% when compared with of the same period in 2010. As the world’s most populous nation proves to be a major source of new business for the Maldives’ tourism industry, MEGA Maldives aspires to play a key role in the on-going development of this market.

The non-stop capital-to-capital scheduled route from Beijing to the Maldives will invigorate bilateral trade for both Maldivian and Chinese entrepreneurs alike seeking new business opportunities and will contribute to the already close diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

On Monday, 25th of July, MEGA Maldives Airlines will hold a press conference to recognize the successful launch of the Beijing and Shanghai direct flights. The airline will also introduce its second class of cabin crew, who are now completing their rigorous training and beginning to join operations.

The on-going drive by the company to create new jobs in the country’s aviation industry continues this week with the recruitment of the third class of cabin crews on Wednesday 27th of July.  An open interview day will be held at CHSE from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm for the recruitment, with priority given to applicants who apply before the date to the MEGA Maldives Airlines office.

MEGA Maldives Airlines appreciates and thank the efforts of all who have been contributed to the success of the airline from the beginning, for the support, guidance, and oversight.

For more information or to book a flight, explore cargo, trade and employment opportunities, visit http://www.megamaldivesair.com/ or contact us at info@megamaldivesair.com




President of the Republic of Mauritius in Regal Airport Hotel, Hong Kong


The multi-award winning Regal Airport Hotel expressed warm greetings to the President of the Republic of Mauritius – Sir Anerood Jugnauth and the First Lady of Mauritius. They were welcomed to the hotel by Mr. Jan Kirstein, General Manager of Regal Airport Hotel, before enjoying a meal at Rouge, the hotel’s famous Chinese Restaurant.

Photo Caption: (from left to right)
Mr. Andrew Curtis, Director of Food & Beverage of Regal Airport Hotel; Sir Anerood Jugnauth, President of the Republic of Mauritius; Mr. Jan Kirstein, General Manager of Regal Airport Hotel; Jini Jugnauth, The First Lady; Dr. C. C. Tai, Honorary Consul
 

HK’s Tazmania Ballroom Voted Top International Bar in UK’s Prestigious Design Awards


Tom Dixon interiors earn global accolade for popular Lan Kwai Fong nightclub
 
Hong Kong’s TAZMANIA BALLROOM nightclub has celebrated its first birthday with a top international design award.
 
The chic Lan Kwai Fong venue was voted best ‘International Bar’ in the prestigious UK-based Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
 
TAZMANIA BALLROOM’s interior design by internationally-renowned designer Tom Dixon earned top honours in the 2011 awards among 10 shortlisted new bars and clubs from the United States and Mexico to Japan, Brazil, Belgium and Switzerland.
 
It is styled after a 1920s American speakeasy, but with the class of a very British private gentleman’s club.
 
The concept, by nightclub impresario Gilbert Yeung, was inspired by his fond memories of a British boarding school and a dark ‘hangout’ of the same name he frequented at college in Canada.
 
TAZMANIA BALLROOM was selected by a highly influential panel of leading architecture, design, lifestyle & hospitality personalities including Ian Callum, Design Director of The Jaguar Car, and Conde Nast Traveller magazine editor Sara Miller.
 
Winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Canary Wharf, London on July 7 – the same night as TAZMANIA BALLROOM’s first anniversary. The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are totally independent and the only concept of their kind dedicated exclusively to recognize design excellence.
 
Since opening last year, TAZMANIA BALLROOM has attracted widespread acclaim in design magazines from the UK, Italy and Netherlands to Brazil and the United States.
 
Like its sister nightspot dragon-i, TAZMANIA BALLROOM attracts international celebrities visiting Hong Kong – with a guest list ranging from actor Hugh Grant, singer Coco Lee, James Valentine and Adam Levine of the band Maroon 5, to the Oscar-winning film producer Harvey Weinstein.
 
Like dragon-i, guests are admitted at the discretion of the management. Only the cool or connected need apply.
 

For the first time ever, the Playboy Mansion

lingerie party comes to Macao. On August 20th, Playboy Club Macao invites you to an uninhibited night of fun, fantasy and sense-indulging experiences. Playboy Club gives guests a rare glimpse into Hef’s charmed lifestyle. The night promises scantily-clad guests and body painted ladies sipping delicious cocktails and dancing to beats by DJ Bliss. The enchanting Playboy Bunnies take living the good life to the next level.

It’s the sexiest party of the year so guys don’t forget your smoking jacket, and for the ladies don’t forget to wear your sexiest lingerie. You won’t want to miss this one! Table packages available. Please call +853 8983 3388 for further details.

Venue: Playboy Club Sands Macao, 24th Floor
Dress Code: Lingerie/ Sleepwear
Time: 10pm till 4am
Remarks: for persons aged 18 and above

Silkair To Fly To Koh Samui From 27 September

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, is set to begin services to Koh Samui in Thailand from 27 September 2011.
 
Flights are scheduled to operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
 
Koh Samui will be SilkAir’s third destination in Thailand, after Phuket and Chiang Mai. The new services will be operated with the Airbus 319 aircraft, featuring both Business and Economy Class cabins.
 
Bangkok Airways will be the codeshare partner on these flights. SilkAir will also codeshare on Bangkok Airways’ daily evening services between Singapore and Koh Samui, providing customers with more flight options. Currently, Bangkok Airways operates a daily non-stop service on this route with the same aircraft type, leaving Koh Samui at 1635hrs and departing from Singapore at 2010hrs.   
 
Flights will be operated according to the following schedule*:
 
SilkAir (MI) operated flights
Flight
Days of Operation
Departure
Arrival
MI772
/PG4221
Tue,Thur,Sun
Singapore (SIN) 0810hrs
Koh Samui (USM) 0900hrs
MI771/
PG4222
Tue, Thur, Sun
Koh Samui (USM) 0945hrs
Singapore (SIN) 1235hrs
 
Bangkok Airways (PG) operated flights
Flight
Days of Operation
Departure
Arrival
PG962/
MI5662
Daily
Singapore (SIN) 2010hrs
Koh Samui (USM) 2055hrs
PG961/
MI5661
Daily
Koh Samui (USM) 1635hrs
Singapore (SIN) 1920hrs
* All times local
 
 “SilkAir is very excited to launch services to Koh Samui, which is renowned for its beautiful white sandy beaches and coral reefs, making it an ideal destination for tourists, honeymooning couples and those who just want to get away from the daily stresses of life.   
 
“Koh Samui is popular with travellers seeking the ultimate tropical beach experience and SilkAir is well placed to meet this demand, with our extensive experience in flying to exotic regional destinations and our strong interconnectivity with the Singapore Airlines network,” said Chief Executive SilkAir, Mr Marvin Tan.
 
“Additionally, our codeshare arrangement with Bangkok Airways will enhance the connectivity between Singapore and Koh Samui and offer our customers more convenient connections and flexibility when planning their holidays,” added Mr Tan.
 
Peter Wiesner, Bangkok Airways’ Senior Vice President for Network Management, said: “By having a codeshare  arrangement on the Singapore-Koh Samui route, it actually allows us to drive more traffic into Koh Samui. We are planning on capturing traffic from Singapore as well as through traffic from long-haul routes connecting from a major aviation hub like Singapore Changi International Airport.  Adding to this, passengers will benefit from better flight connectivity and accessibility as SilkAir operates a morning flight while Bangkok Airways an evening one.”
 
In addition to the Singapore–Koh Samui route, Bangkok Airways also codeshares on SilkAir’s Singapore–Chiang Mai and Singapore–Phuket routes.  Likewise, SilkAir will codeshare on Bangkok Airways’ Bangkok-Samui Samui-Phuket and Chiangmai-Samui routes.
 
For more information on SilkAir and Bangkok Airways, including its destinations and services, please visit silkair.com and bangkokair.com.
 

Gentleman

Prepared to be entertained

Have Hopson the butler brush your smoking jacket, press your cravat and ship you off to Shore. With a whisky in one hand, a thigh-rolled Cuban in the other, kick off your suede loafers and prepare to be entertained…enjoy the things in life you desire, deserve, and don’t get enough of. Well, not in Hong Kong, anyway.

 

It’s an all-class evening, of course –

it’s gentleman, just being boys,

for a few hours of the night;

magicians, manic high-speed car duels, mayhem and a midget and much more.

 

And there are ladies. Of course, there are ladies

What Gentleman’s Club could call itself such with them,

jumping through hoops, wrapped around poles, and handing out plates of food.

 

Don’t bring your wife, or someone else’s.

Don’t bring your girlfriend, or hers.

Just you. Just gentleman.

All in good fun, from 9:00 pm til 11:00 pm.

Partners, panties and party for all thereafter.

Space is limited and please call Shore at tel: 2915 1638 for reservations.

THE GENTLEMANS CLUB

Date: Saturday July 30, 2011

Time: 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Ladies welcome thereafter)

No entrance fee or minimum charge

Age must be 25 or above

 

SHORE RESTAURANT & BAR

3/F, The L Place

139 Queens Road Central,

Central, Hong Kong.

Tel: 2915 1638


Indigo Pearl Scoops Two More International Awards For Its Unique Design Concept


Luxury Phuket resort collects ‘Best Design Spa’ and ‘Best Design Suite’ in Design et al International Hotel and Property Awards 2011, and announces new Pool & Spa Villas
 
Leading Luxury Phuket resort Indigo Pearl has yet again received the honor of two major accolades for its unique design concept inspired by the island’s ancient tin mining industry; one for its new Garden of Eden-style spa and one for its designer suites.
 
Coqoon Spa, which opened earlier this year, has been awarded as ‘Best Design Spa’ in the prestigious International Hotel & Property Awards 2011, held in Monaco and hosted by leading UK-based interior design magazines Luxe et al and design et al.
 
Indigo Pearl was also honoured with the “Best Design Suites” award for its luxurious-chic accommodations, including designer Pearl Bed Suites, recently conceptualized D-Buk Suites, the Pool Pavilions, and the seven individually styled Pearl Shell Suites.
 
With online voting by readers, the annual international Luxe et al awards recognise “design beacons that inspire us…but more than that…inspire our senses from a design perspective.”
 
This represents the third award Indigo Pearl has won this year for its unique design and is a further demonstration of the consistent success of the home-grown Phuket-based luxury resort.
 
The designer suites and cutting edge Coqoon Spa are the work of leading designer Bill Bensley who is best known for his holistic approach of integrating structures with nature while embracing local art forms. He says his philosophy aligns with the Indonesian phrase lebih gila, lebih biak, which means ‘the more odd, the better’.
 
Aligned onto its commitment for continuous improvement, and following the opening of Coqoon Spa, Indigo Pearl has announced a multi-million dollar aesthetic transformation in partnership with Bensley Design Studios to become an ‘all suite and villa’ property. Bill Bensley is already working on the resort’s next stage of development with a number of exclusive Pool & Spa Villas ranging from 550 to 2,500 square metres set to open by fall 2011.  
 
The acclaimed 5-star Indigo Pearl is a fusion of modern architecture and Thai tin-mining heritage, nestled along picturesque Nai Yang Beach, just 10 minutes from Phuket International Airport. It has been hailed as a design masterpiece by global media publications and boasts easy access with direct flights to Phuket from almost everywhere in Asia.
 
For bookings or enquires please email reservations@indigo-pearl.com.or call +66 (0)76 327 006.
 
Further information about Indigo Pearl, please visit: http://www.indigo-pearl.com