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Halia Hanoi
83B Ly Thuong Kiet St.,
Pacific Place Courtyard, Hoan Kiem Dist.

A fine dining restaurant and bar located in the tranquil courtyard of the Pacific Place complex.

Weekly events:
Monday: Free coffee/tea afternoons at Halia Restaurant
Specials: Rack of lamb with Javanese spices, chocolate torte, soft shell crab
Price per person: VND300,000 and up

Sandbox Lounge
12 Phan Huy Ich St., Ba Dinh Dist.

Happy hours: Monday-Friday, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Enjoy a 30 percent discount on all cocktails and free nibbles.

Weekly events:
Saturday: Saturday Jazz LIVE Wednesday: Super special blues night
Friday: Romantic guitar
Price: VND50,000-300,000
Specials: Grilled beef & salmon


Pendolasco-Italian Garden Restaurant
87 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Dist. 1
Tel: (08) 3 821 8181
Fax: (08) 3 914 4994

The oldest Italian restaurant in HCMC has an Italian cook, with a classic garden and barbecue cuisine.

Jet Studio
688 Le Hong Phong St., Dist. 10
Tel: (08) 3 830 9809, (08) 3 833 5781

Professional studio specializes in recording, mixing songs and making albums for everyone from amateurs to professional singers.

A good voice is not necessary, just the desire to create your own high-quality CDs from recording to cover design.

Orientica Restaurant
unveils a new menu
Hotel Equatorial
242 Tran Binh Trong St., Dist. 5
Tel: (08) 3 839 7777

Executive Chef Wong Yow Phun of Orientica Restaurant has introduced a new menu based on his extensive experience in Asia and beyond.

The new menu boasts Chinese-inspired favorites like "Pecking" duck, double-boiled shark's fin and Yunnan ham and vegetable bulbs in chicken consommé.

Starters include vegetables fried in garlic or steamed in delectable stock, crab braised in mild curry broth and served with rice vermicelli, and shellfish cooked in porridge and served with preserved vegetables.

The menu also features a range of authentic fresh seafood dishes and fine alternatives, including chicken and asparagus sautéed in black bean sauce, roasted Mandarin pork ribs and wok-seared Australian beef fillet with caramelized onions.

Time: Lunch: 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.; Dinner: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

A la Carte items are priced from VND120,000++ to VND1,450,000++

"˜Colazione' at Opera Restaurant
Park Hyatt Saigon
2 Lam Son Square, Dist. 1
Tel: (08) 3 520 2357

Opera is a casual and modern Italian restaurant featuring a large show kitchen and an al fresco dining terrace overlooking the Opera House. Open from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., this allday-dining restaurant serves an Italian-inspired colazione, or breakfast. For lunch and dinner, Opera features fresh pastas, and wood-fired pizzas. In addition, Opera features a bar that serves the Park Hyatt Saigon's

signature drinks and a large floor-to-ceiling wine cellar featuring more than 1,500 bottles of fine Italian wines. Sicilian Chef Michele Gulizzi ensures that the venue remains authentic and cozy.

"Colazione at Opera" is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Prices start at VND470,000++ per person.

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