22 November 2017

Gain knowledge to succeed in the fourth industrial age

Source: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. The summit was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, VP and PM of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (6th from left). He was accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai (2nd from right), and Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (right).

Knowledge will be key to succeeding a digital world, said speakers at the opening ceremony of the fourth Knowledge Summit in the UAE. The fourth edition of the summit, under the theme Knowledge and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is studying the impact of the new industrial revolution on individuals, institutions and nations.

Hani Al Mulki, PM of Jordan and the guest of honour, told the audience that the Arab world must continue to embrace change caused by the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). “The digital revolution is a competitive and collaborative campaign between man and machine,” he said.

Al Mulki said the 4IR is an opportunity for all nations to develop expertise on human development, technological change and sustainability. “The question is, are we ready to absorb [the impact of the 4IR] and use it for the development of our countries?” he asked.

He stressed that emerging technologies such as drones, autonomous vehicles and 3D printers are meant to empower humans. “This revolution is not taking place to empower machinery, but to collaborate with people in order to empower them and to result in higher levels of productivity, and less pressure on natural resources — and accordingly, a better living standard for everyone,” he said.

Al Mulki also emphasised on education in the Arab world and referred to the global initiatives launched by HH Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, VP and PM of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. “Education is the true indicator of a country’s progress and success in addressing the fourth industrial revolution,” he said.

Al Mulki predicted that the Arab world will see more education and less unemployment as it embraces the digital revolution. “We will witness smart projects, digital marketing projects, flying cars, driverless cars, and a world without disease,” he said.

Al Mulki also spoke of the need to empower Arab youth with technological skills. He pointed out that job requirements in the near future will differ from those needed in the traditional job market. “The economic, social and human structure must be developed,” he said.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) separately announced that Switzerland tops the Global Knowledge Index, followed by Singapore, Finland, and the Netherlands. The Index studies 131 countries over six categories, namely ICT, research and innovation, the economy, pre-university education, technical education and training, and higher education.

Hashtags: #KnowledgeSummit, #4IR

Projectors compete with LCD displays in business scenarios

Epson Singapore, the No. 1 projector brand in the world for 16 consecutive years, believes that projectors are important communication tools that can be used to engage audiences in new ways. Toshimitsu Tanaka, MD, Epson Singapore and Southeast Asia said that projectors are ideal not only for basic communications, but also for digital signage and outdoor projection mapping. 

“Epson pioneered the 3LCD technology in the 1980s. In 1989, we launched our first 3LCD projector, the VPJ-700. Since then, Epson continues its commitment to offering projectors that lead the world in technology, innovation and quality," he said.

Tanaka-san spoke of Epson's market leadership in projectors.
Tanaka-san spoke of Epson's market leadership in projectors. 

"Today, we continue to hold the dominant market leadership position as the leading projector brand for 16 years and running that takes care of the little details using the most innovative technology in the world. In Southeast Asia, our market share is at 37.7% as of FYQ117, according to FutureSource Consulting and we pride ourselves on bringing exceptional value to our customers.”

Tan talked about Epson's focus on details as a differentiating factor.
Tan talked about Epson's focus on details as a differentiating factor. It's in the Details is the tagline for the
new Epson pan-Asia B2B brand campaign. "To achieve enduring success we take pride in our attention to details and innovation. Details are what turns ideas, dreams and the future into reality," she said. "The proposition in our campaign (is that) innovation always works better when you are able to control the details. We're able to do that through our vertically integrated model."

In addition, the company said that innovation works best when attention is paid to the details. Tan May Lin, GM (Sales, Marketing and Customer Service division) of Epson Singapore said, “When it comes to developing new technologies and innovations, we believe that it’s our attention to detail that makes a fundamental difference and sets us apart from our competitors. These details come from listening to what our customers want from our products, and satisfying their needs by designing products that exceed their expectations.

"In terms of Epson’s projection innovation, every component in our projectors is created with the same obsessive attention to detail to ensure spectacular performance that will stun even the biggest crowd.”

Epson’s Projection Conference & Showcase is supported by Extron Electronics Asia, SOTI, and Milestone AV Technologies.
From left, Joseph Mak, Sales Manager Asia Pacific, Milestone AV Technologies, Daniel Poh, Asia Sales Director, Extron Electronics Asia, Amy Kwa, Head of Department SEA, Visual Products Department, Epson Singapore, Adrian Tan, Technical Sales Account Manager (ASEAN countries), SOTI, and emcee Charlene. Epson’s Projection Conference & Showcase is supported by Extron Electronics Asia, SOTI, and Milestone AV Technologies. Technologies from all three partners were part of the integrated solutions at Epson Town. The display onstage, seen behind the panelists, is from the world's brightest 3LCD laser projector, installed at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. The EB-L25000U laser projector is low-maintenance and capable of displaying images at 25,000 lumens.

Amy Kwa, Head of Department SEA, Visual Products Department, Epson Singapore said that projectors are very versatile display solutions as they can be used in almost any space. "You just have to find the right projector," she said.

She also pointed out that projectors can be used for digital signage and are able to turn any type of surface into a screen, so that physical signage - which is time-consuming to create and set up, and permanent - is no longer required. "The projections are distortion-free," she said. "It can be very immersive and transforms the whole event experience. You can (bring) your imagination to life. That's what the public wants today."

Projectors can also turn existing surfaces such as tables and walls into interactive touchscreens, which is ideal for students who have grown up with touch technology, she added. "(We have) cost-effective solutions for schools that want to look into an interactive experience. (They have) the flexibility and the scalability in terms of image size."

Reliability and durability are the two key customer requirements for projectors today, she added. One of Epson's value propositions is longer-lasting components with its laser projector family, so that lamps only need to be replaced after two years or 20,000 hours, whichever comes first. "Laser projector solutions are for end users who really want a projector that can save them the hassle," she said.

Source: Epson Singapore. Epson Town has a museum, cafe, a school, offices and a home.

Epson built an entire town to showcase 3LCD and laser projection innovations that transform everyday life as part of the Epson Projection Conference & Showcase 2017, which was themed From Pixel to PhysicalDelegates experienced live demonstrations of projector applications in areas such as education, corporate, home, retail, as well as public settings for businesses and consumers at Epson Town.

The Epson EB-696Ui, EB-695Wi and EB-W41 projectors were used at Epson Institute to create classroom scenarios.
The Epson EB-696Ui, EB-695Wi and EB-W41 projectors were used at Epson Institute to create classroom scenarios.
A demonstration of a projected 65" screen to show how readable the text is at this size. The 4-6-8
 rule is often used to define optimal viewing distance, ie the height of the display should be 4x the maximum distance from the display to the participants for analytical viewing, and 6x for basic viewing, said booth representative Brian. An 8x height is best for passive viewing, as in playing movies or videos. LCD panels conforming to the rule may not offer the same experience as a projection.

A visualiser device sends an image of two apples to two different projectors, a competitor's single-chip DLP projector on the left, and to an Epson 3LCD projector on the right.
A visualiser device sends an image of two apples to two different projectors, a competitor's single-chip digital light processor (DLP) projector on the left, and to an Epson 3LCD projector on the right. Single-chip DLP projectors display a single primary colour at a time, resulting in less vibrant images, whereas 3LCD projectors display all the colours at once for up to 3x brighter colours. The stripe effect only shows up through the camera; in real life the colours for the image on the left merely looked duller.
Placing a projector on one side of a folding table allows students to crowd round and interact with the screen.
Placing a projector on one side of a folding table allows students to crowd round and interact with the screen. Watch the Instavideo of the table being used as a tablet.

At Epson Institute, an academic setting, Epson showed how interactive ultra-short throw projector technology can accommodate larger screen sizes with more readable details. The interactive support means that the screen is effectively a large tablet.

A recent study in the US by Radius Global Market Research found that 58% of students in an average classroom are unable to read content displayed on a 70" flat panel display. While displays are limited by their size, projected images are not restricted to a specific size and can go up to as much as 100". In addition, students and teachers can interact together with such projectors using gestures or pens, without having to power up a PC.

Daniel Poh, Asia Sales Director, Extron Electronics Asia, said that his company is focused on user-friendly, robust and reliable products. The solution at Epson Institute makes use of Extron collaboration technology that connects up to 50 devices to ensure that students can collaborate. The collaboration platform controls all the devices and switches the image source from one device to another. Access is with a keycard for security. "Any cable that you plug into the teacher's laptop will (trigger a) switchover automatically," Poh said.

Joseph Mak, Sales Manager Asia Pacific, Milestone AV Technologies, said the Da-Lite IDEA projection screen at Epson Institute is ideal for educational use. It works as a conventional whiteboard problem that is erasable and magnetic, but unlike a whiteboard does not have "hotspots", or reflective areas, when it is used as a projection surface.

In the videoconferencing scenario, an Epson interactive projector is used with a Da-Lite screen as the projection surface.
In the videoconferencing scenario, an Epson interactive projector is used with a Da-Lite screen as the projection surface. A Vaddio conferenceSHOT AV device in front of the booth representative transmits the video for videoconferencing. Both the screen and the device are from Epson partner Milestone AV Technologies. Watch the Instavideo at Epson Tower.

Interactive projection systems allow annotation on shared screens sent from other devices, like a laptop.
Interactive projection systems allow annotation on shared screens sent from other devices, like a laptop.
Epson Tower featured two offices videoconferencing each other. The interactive projection system, starring the Epson EB-1460Ui projector, acts as a smart collaboration platform for sharing and co-authoring with others, and supports screens shared from PCs and mobile devices. The scenario featured a 94" projection onto a Da-Lite IDEA screen that could be annotated. Up to 50 screens' worth of data can be saved, emailed or printed.

The black projector controls the signage projected onto a wall, including onto a 3D cup shape, while football games are projected onto another wall by the projector on the left.
The EB-G7905U projector controls the signage projected onto a wall, including onto a 3D mug shape, while football games are projected onto another wall by the projector on the left, the EB-2265U. There is no need to dim the lights if the projector can display images with a high number of lumens. Watch the Instavideo of images being projected onto the mug shape.

Epson Cafe showcased new retail concepts to attract customers. Epson’s ultra-short throw projectors enable retailers to project a large screen within a compact area to create a specific ambience, and can project images on walls, ceilings and floors or 3D objects. Digital signage does not have to be reprinted and reinstalled, the booth representative said. The EB-G7905U mapped animated images onto a 3D surface for signage, and the EB-2265U was used for broadcasting football games.

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Read the TechTrade Asia blog post about Epson's B2B focus

Razer Phone to debut in Asia at Singtel's SITEX booth

Singtel, the exclusive carrier partner of the Razer Phone, will unveil the Android* smartphone at its SITEX 2017 booth on 23 November. This is the first launch of the smartphone in Asia. Customers will be able to preorder the device at the booth and stand the chance to win limited Razer premiums.

The first device from Razer’s mobile division, the Razer Phone brings the Razer gaming experience to the smartphone. Designed for the ultimate viewing and gaming experience, it comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, 8GB of RAM and the world’s first 120Hz UltraMotion display to deliver fast refresh rates and smooth graphics.

UltraMotion’s adaptive refresh technology synchronises the GPU and display to remove image tearing or lag while driving efficient power usage.

The 5.72" display – a Quad HD IGZO LCD – delivers vibrant and sharp images with a wide colour gamut. The Razer Phone is powered by Dolby Atmos technology for cinematic audio via front-firing speakers with dual dedicated amplifiers. A THX-certified USB-C audio adapter with a 24-bit digital audio convertor (DAC) guarantees audiophile-quality sound with headphones.

With dual rear 12 MP cameras, zooming from wide angle to telephoto is seamless with a quick pinch on the display. Dual-tone flash ensures that subjects will always look natural.

The Razer Phone packs a large 4,000 mAh battery, one of the largest capacities found on smartphones today. Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ enables rapid charging.

Users can finetune their experiences with the Razer Game Booster app. The device comes with Nova Launcher Prime with Google Assistant Integration. Nova Launcher Prime enables a custom Android experience. The Razer Theme Store further enables custom looks with wallpapers, icon packs and colours. It includes custom ringtones by Razer DJs and custom wallpapers inspired by the world’s top gaming titles, such as Shadowgun Legends from Madfinger Games.
Razer has partnered with gaming companies, including Tencent and Square Enix, to bring the best gaming experiences to mobile and take full advantage of the Razer Phone’s features. Partners' mobile games, including Shadowgun Legends and Tencent's Arena of Valor, are optimised for Razer Phone’s UltraMotion display with frame rates of up to 120 frames per second. Supported games include Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition from Square Enix, Tekken from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe, and Titanfall: Assault from NEXON Company and Particle City.

Singtel's launch activities include:

· The first 200 customers in line for preorders at the Singtel booth will receive a Razer Hammerhead Bluetooth Headset worth S$169. On each day of SITEX 2017, 50 lucky customers who visit the booth to try out the Razer Phone will receive a Razer premium.

· Gamers can also try their hand at a mobile gaming challenge. The top scorer of the day will win a Razer Kraken Pro v2 Gaming headset.

· The person with the best Facebook selfie taken at the Razer photo wall will walk away with Asia’s only Razer Phone Special Edition emblazoned with Razer’s iconic green triple-headed snake logo. Standard edition Razer Phones feature a chrome Razer logo.

Source: Razer. The Razer Phone.
Source: Razer. The Razer Phone.

Details:

Preorders for the Razer Phone are available at the Singtel booth during SITEX 2017, Singapore Expo, Hall 7, Booth 7D25. Doors open at 10.30am, 23 November 2017.

Razer Phone will continue to be available for preview and preorder thereafter at all Singtel Retail Shops and Singtel Exclusive Retailers until launch.

*The Razer Phone is loaded with Android Nougat and will receive the Android Oreo upgrade in roughly Q2-Q318. 

Key figures in knowledge promotion win Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Awards

Source: Knowledge Summit 2017. A representative from the MiSK Foundation accepts the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award.
Source: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. A representative from the MiSK Foundation accepts the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award. 

Winners of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award, honoured on 21 November, all aim to build the future. The award recognises contributions to the production and promotion of knowledge around the world.

Saudi Arabia’s MiSK Foundation, which was among the winners, specialises in developing educational institutions and supporting scientific research.

“Knowledge is vital in this world,” said Ohoud Alarfaj, Project Manager at the foundation. “We’ve done a lot of initiatives towards encouraging the youth in Saudi and globally in education, media, culture and technology. We have scholarships for Saudi and international youth with Cisco, Bloomberg and many high-level companies and educational institutes to provide scholarships and high quality education for the new generation.”

Youth constitute more than 50% of the KSA population. “We know the future is the youth as they will be the leaders,” she said. “So we have to focus on how to empower them and (help) them gain the knowledge and skills they will need in the future to lead to more sustainable development.”

Winner Wendy Kopp, Chief Executive and co-founder of Teach For All, who also founded Teach fo America, works to address educational inequality and groom future leaders. “It’s a very deep rooted challenge and we believe the only way to address it is cultivating collective leadership for change at every level,” she said. 

“Teach For All is a network of independent organisations in 46 countries...brought together by a shared commitment to...ensure all children fulfill their potential. Each of these organisations are galvanising the rising generation of promising future leaders in their countries, whether in Lebanon, India or Peru, to channel their energy into the arena of working with their countries’ most marginalised kids.”

Participants in the Teach For All programme are asked to commit two years to teaching children. Kopp said the aim was to “cultivate a generation of leaders who have the foundational experience of teaching and will go on and exert real leadership for change.”

Hiroshi Komiyama, Japanese scientist and global authority on sustainability, also won an award.

Hashtags: #KnowledgeAward, #KnowledgeSummit, #4IR

21 November 2017

Shoppers want more retail tech

Source: Zebra infographic. Nearly two-thirds of Europe and Middle East respondents said customer service affected how much they buy, while nearly a third of Asia Pacific respondents want to pick up their purchases in a physical store.
Source: Zebra infographic. Nearly two-thirds of Europe and Middle East respondents said customer service affected how much they buy, while nearly a third of Asia Pacific respondents want to pick up their purchases in a physical store.
  • Rising shopper expectations continue to outpace retailer in-store technology investments.
  • Retail customers want a variety of fulfillment options. 
  • More than half of shoppers in Asia Pacific and Europe and the Middle East are interested in Wi-Fi and location-based in-store services such as mobile coupons. 
  • In Asia Pacific, 32% of shoppers would prefer to go to a retail store to pick up items purchased online or through mobile channels.

Zebra Technologies Corporation, the maker of rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers, has released the 10th edition of its Retail Shopper Study, which analyses shopper satisfaction and retail technology adoption trends. Nearly 7,500 shoppers from North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East were interviewed in September 2017.

According to the study, rising shopper expectations continue to outpace retailer in-store technology investments as 53% of Millennial shoppers perceive that they are more connected than store associates - compared to 32% of Gen X shoppers and 15% of Boomer shoppers. The research also revealed that while 44% of surveyed shoppers are still not satisfied with staff availability and customer service, overall shopper satisfaction has significantly improved since the study’s inception a decade ago.

Retail customers said they wanted a variety of fulfillment options. Eight in 10 of those surveyed purchase items in-store and either take them home or ship from store to home. Shoppers are also taking advantage of other fulfillment options, such as buy online, then ship to home (64%), buy online, then pick up in-store (34%) and buy online, then ship to an alternative location (15%). In Asia Pacific, 32% of shoppers would prefer to go to a retail store to pick up items purchased online or through mobile channels. 

The use of tablets in stores is improving the shopper experience. More than half of surveyed shoppers believe technology is improving the shopping experience with 57% specifically citing store associates using tablets.

Out-of-stocks are a retail challenge. When shopping in-store, 70% of shoppers have left without purchasing what they were seeking. However, when it comes to out-of-stock issues, retailers can recover six in 10 incidents with discounts or alternative fulfillment options, such as ship-to-home.
More than half of shoppers in Asia Pacific, as well as in Europe and the Middle East, are interested in Wi-Fi and location-based in-store services such as mobile coupons. 

Ryan Goh, VP and GM, Zebra Technologies, Asia Pacific said, “Technology is accelerating the transformation happening in the retail industry in Asia Pacific. Beyond e-commerce, retailers are increasingly recognising the importance of becoming omnichannel. The rising expectations from customers are also driving the technology investment and deployment in the industry."

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20 November 2017

Holidays at the Black Sheep Restaurants, Hong Kong

Celebrate the festive season in style with the Black Sheep restaurants in Hong Kong:

Carbone

Expect hearty dishes at this New York-Italian institution, such as a rosemary-tinged 40oz Prime Porterhouse. To ring in 2018 in opulence, have an early dinner (6pm-8:45pm) to kick off the evening, or experience the New Year’s Eve edition of The Fiasco, a mob-inspired dinner theatre from 9pm-1am (HK$1,500).

Details: 
Carbone is at 9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2593 2593
Reserve a table at thefiasco@carbone.com.hk

Source: Black Sheep Restaurants. The Fiasco at the Carbone.
Source: Black Sheep Restaurants. The Fiasco at the Carbone.

Favourites at this Argentine steakhouse include Pure Black Angus steaks from the pampas’ General Pico range. Festive brunches include a towering seafood station and a showstopping prime rib on Christmas Day. On New Year‘s Eve, celebrate with dinner (HK$688 per person, from 7pm), segueing into a special edition of the Buenos Aires Rock Club for a kicking start to 2018. Tickets are available in advance (HK$588, from 10pm) and include three hours of free-flow.

Details:

The Buenos Aires Polo Club is at 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2321 8681
Reserve a table at reservations@bapoloclub.com

Source: Black Sheep Restaurants. Buenos Aires Polo Club serves seafood too.
Source: Black Sheep Restaurants. Buenos Aires Polo Club serves seafood too.
BELON’s French-rooted yet locally-inspired dishes will feature in Chef Daniel Calvert’s tailored menus for lunch and dinner on Christmas Day (HK$458 and HK$788 per person respectively).

BELON celebrates New Year’s Eve with a tasting menu inclusive of a toast as the clock strikes midnight (HK$888 per person, ala carte options are also available). 

Details:

BELON is at 41 Elgin St, SoHo, Hong Kong
+852 2152 2872
Reserve a table at info@belonsoho.com

Source: Black Sheep Restaurants. Pigeon pithivier. A pithivier is a tart with an almond filling.
Source: Black Sheep Restaurants. Pigeon pithivier. A pithivier is a tart with an almond filling.


Get American comfort classics galore at the Burger Circus. Limited editions for November include pumpkin pie slices (HK$58) topped with whipped cream and whole pies (HK$188). A pumpkin spice milkshake (HK$78) in available in November while Christmassy concoctions (HK$78) for December include peppermint-laced house-churned gelato as well as "naughtier" versions. 

Black Sheep Restaurants Delivery will bring the menu to the office throughout the holiday period. 

Details:

Burger Circus is at 22 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2878 7787
Reserve a table at info@burgercircus.com.hk

Source: Black Sheep Restaurants. Meal at the Burger Circus.
Source: Black Sheep Restaurants. Meal at the Burger Circus.

Stay warm with oozing mozzarella, pillowy crusts and the rich San Marzano tomato sauce at Motorino. Pizza-making parties offer a hands-on holiday activity for the office (from HK$198 per person, minimum four per class). 

Motorino also delivers throughout the holidays.
Details:

Motorino has two outlets, at 14 Shelley St, SoHo, and at 15 Ship St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 2801 6881 (SoHo), +852 2520 0690 (Wan Chai)
Reserve a table at info@motorino.com.hk

There will be two seatings on New Year’s Eve for dinner at this funky Chinese kitchen. The early dinner seating from 5-7pm (HK$588 per person) while the late seating from 8pm ends up with a
night of partying. Karaoke revelry begins at 10:30pm and is set in 1995, complemented by three hours of free-flow (HK$1,118 inclusive of dinner, karaoke ticket and free-flow, or HK$628 for karaoke and free-flow, both inclusive of service charge)

Details:

Ho Lee Fook is at 1-5 Elgin St, SoHo, Hong Kong
+852 2810 0860
Reserve a table at info@holeefook.com.hk

Source: Black Sheep Restaurants. Stirfried dishes at the Ho Lee Fook.
Source: Black Sheep Restaurants. Stirfried dishes at the Ho Lee Fook.

Chic Parisian brasserie Le Garçon Saigon lighten the traditional roast with Vietnamese flair. Le Garçon Saigon celebrates New Year’s Eve with Chef Bao La’s le festin de nouvel an (HK$528 per person, from 6pm) that presents a slow roasted te mana lamb neck alongside other highlights. As the night proceeds, tables will be moved aside to uncover the dancefloor. A midnight toast heralds the start of 2018.

Details:

Le Garçon Saigon is at 12 Wing Fung St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 2455 2499
Reserve a table at info@legarconsaigon.com

This tavern-inspired venue serves specialty coffee and panettone (HK$58). The traditional fruit-spiked Italian cake is available whole (HK$258)

Details:

Stazione Novella is at 52-56 Staunton St, SoHo, Hong Kong
+852 2559 0559
Reserve a table at info@stazionenovella.com


A 1960s Beirut-inspired Lebanese canteen, Maison Libanaise will serve Middle Eastern choices like the chargrilled prime beef striploin laham mishwe (HK$238). House-blended spices and specialty jams (from HK$78) are also available.

Details:

Maison Libanaise is at 10 Shelley St, SoHo, Hong Kong
+852 2111 2284
Reserve a table at info@maisonlibanaise.com.hk


Think USDA prime ribeye and golden frites, plus two holiday patisserie additions: bûche de
Noël (HK$108) - whipped cream and fresh berries rolled in layers of chocolate cake - and a
caramel-glazed, crème anglaise-stuffed croque-en-bouche (HK$108).

On New Year’s Eve La Vache! brings diners a special edition Le Disco New Year’s Brunch. The brunch becomes an all-day non-stop disco, with free-flow and unlimited steak frites, and a live DJ spinning through to the early hours (tickets for each two-hour seating at HK$688 from 1pm and
HK$788 from 8pm with a midnight toast respectively).

Details:

La Vache! is at 48 Peel Street, SoHo, Hong Kong
+852 2880 0248
Reserve a table at info@lavache.com.hk

Located in The Fleming hotel, Osteria Marzia’s offers a colourful menu of bright, fresh dishes. Chef Luca Marinelli’s Coastal Italian New Year’s Eve Menu (HK$888 per person, from 6pm) is filled with regionally-driven options, from freshly-shucked oysters to Spaghetti Ricci, an uni pasta that stars both Japanese and Italian varieties.

Details:

Osteria Marzia is at G/F, The Fleming, 41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 3607 2253
Reserve a table at reservations@osteriamarzia.com.hk


Note: a 10% service charge applies to all prices unless otherwise stated.