InterContinental Beijing Beichen is offering three, low-sugar mooncake gift boxes for families and friends to mark the coming Mid-autumn Festival. The Classic box at 168 yuan has four pieces with white lotus paste, egg yolk and green tea paste fillings.The Reunion box at 288 yuan has five cakes with fillings such as bird's nest, abalone, five nuts, jasmine tea, as well as strawberry and chestnut. The Premium box at 688 yuan has all that, plus spicy beef filling.
Celebrate the Mid-autumn Festival, the Chinese season of giving and sharing, with a box of well-presented mooncakes at Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center. The cakes are lightly glazed and perfectly baked, for just the right taste. Available from Aug 1 to Oct 3. 010-6465-3388 ext 4075
Park Hyatt Beijing has introduced two mooncake gift boxes, one done in leather at 398 yuan per box, and another done in cloth at 298 yuan per box. Fillings include white lotus seed paste, egg yolk, green tea, jujube paste, and five kernels. The packaging is in traditional red with Beijing's traditional city images.
010-8567-1234 ext 1838/1840
A variety of fillings
Doubletree by Hilton Beijing has prepared two mooncake gift boxes, one at 168 yuan and the other at 268 yuan per box. The 168 yuan box has traditional stuffing like jujube, black sesame, egg yolk with red lotus seed paste, besides two low-sugar choices: longjing and five kernels. The 268 yuan box has more expensive ingredients such as bird's nest. 010-6338-1999 ext 7222
Al fresco dining
Sureno, the Mediterranean style restaurant at The Opposite House, has introduced a new lunch menu for September and October. Enjoy the last two months of warm weather with al fresco dining and a live Latin jazz band at their sunken garden every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings, and at brunch on Sunday.
Alsace wine dinner
Jacques Cattin, owner of Domaine Joseph Cattin, will come to China World Hotel's Aria Restaurant on Aug 29 for a wine dinner. The Domaine is a prestigious Alsace wine producer in France. 498 yuan net per person.
Kebabs and curries
A special promotion will be held at the Tamarind restaurant of Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast. Enjoy a non-stop flow of succulent kebabs and appetizers finished with a dal and tandoori breads. A first of it's kind, there is no better way to enjoy the greatest kebabs and curries as authentic as they come. Non-vegetarian Kebab Bar is priced at 140 yuan with 15 percent surcharge, and vegetarian Kebab Bar at 100 yuan with 15 percent surcharge.
Get fed in the Med
Throughout September and October a two-course Mediterranean set lunch and eight-dish dinner is being offered at Ciao Dining Room, the Langham Yangtze boutique hotel's street side restaurant. Lunch includes tea or coffee and costs 118 yuan, while dinner will set you back 388 yuan. Both exclude a 15-percent service charge.
Fly me to the moon
The Hilton Shanghai is welcoming this year's mid-autumn festival with a variety of moon cakes at Gourmet Corner. Made from only the finest ingredients, the cakes blend traditional and creative flavors, with highlights including Deluxe Egg Yolk Moon Cake (168 yuan for a box of 6 pieces) and Chocolate Moon Cake (288 yuan for a box of six pieces), making them perfect as both presents and after-dinner treats.
021-6248-7777 ext 1765
Huaiyang cuisine is the flavor of the month this September at Li Palace inside the Radisson Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Shanghai. The restaurant will showcase some of the southern Chinese region's famous dishes, including soup dumpling stuffed with crab meat (36 yuan per person), chicken in wine sauce (88 yuan for half) and braised minced fish ball (68 yuan).
021-6212-9998 ext 3400
Low-fat, low-sugar moon cakes are on offer at the Westin Bund Center Shanghai this month and next under the theme of "Nature, Green, Healthy and Trendy". Guests can enjoy such healthy treats as Jewels of the Moon (150 yuan for a box of 6 pieces) or Crown of the Moon (268 yuan for a box of eight pieces), all made with olive oil, premium imported fruit and nuts. Flavors are light and include Yoghurt Mango, Strawberry Chestnut, Red Bean with Egg Yolk and more.
The Grand Hyatt is inviting the public to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of modern China on Oct 1 with a creative menu designed by its executive chef and a spectacular firework show over the Huangpu River from the top of Shanghai's Jin Mao Tower.
021-5047-1234 ext 8778/ 8779