Updated: 2013-12-01 07:20

(China Daily)

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Rice 'hamburger'

Yoshinoya, a Chinese snack shop known for its rice with beef, has opened its first "sunshine new store" in Xidan in Beijing. The restaurant adopts an open kitchen, and an LED screen, showing customers the whole process of food preparation. The move aims to show customers the enterprise's determination to ensure food quality and safety.

At the same time, the restaurant released a new item on the menu, a "rice hamburger", which uses two layers of flattened rice cake instead of flour cake to make the buns. The rice is from northeast China. There are two versions, one with kimchi and beef slices, another with chicken fillet.

B1 Xidan Shopping Mall, 120 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng district, Beijing. 010-6603-4412.

Tango with new menu


Che Diego Spanish restaurant has renewed its main menu. The "executive menu" is designed for lunch on workdays, consisting of an appetizer, main course and dessert. The "combo menu" is for customers who want to eat healthily and have little time for it. They also have a brunch menu for weekends.

The restaurant has invited two professional tango dancers from Argentina to stage shows every evening. Their techniques are sure to wow the guests. They are also giving group and individual classes in tango for beginners and learners of intermediate levels.

B1-217 Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang district, Beijing. 010-5785-3608

- Ye Jun

Spanish happier hour


From 6 pm to 8 pm on Mondays to Saturdays the bar at Boqueria serves unlimited Estrella draft beer and red sangria along with a generous platter of Jamon Serrano (aged 18 months), Patatas Bravas with salsa brava and roasted garlic aioli, a Pintxos bar, and a selection of Chef David Izquierdo's market tapas for HK$188 per person.

Boqueria, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. 852-2321-8681.

- Donna Mah

Grape Escapes


Journey around the world without having to leave the comfort of your red velvet Chin Chin Bar armchair. Hyatt Regency Hong Kong's International Wine Festival kicked off with a free tasting event from 5 pm to 8 pm on Nov 13. It is being followed by a nightly two-for-one deal every happy hour (5 pm to 9 pm) until Feb 18. This is your opportunity to compare and contrast different reds and whites from old world wine producing regions such as Tuscany, Alsace, Marques de Riscal and the Rhone Valley with new wines from New Zealand and South Africa. Also available are more than 120 varieties of whisky and nightly live music.

Chin Chin Bar, 3/F, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. 852-3721-7722

- Rebecca Lo

(China Daily 12/01/2013 page14)