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Sir David Tang’s China Tang, which opened in

Las Ve­gas’ MGM Grand in Jan­uary, high­lights classics from Can­tonese to Shang­hainese cui­sine cre­ated by group ex­ec­u­tive chef Al­bert Au Kwok Ke­ung (from three Miche­lin-starred

The Eight). Sur­round your­self with vi­brant Art Deco el­e­ments and por­traits evok­ing im­ages of a ro­man­ti­cised Shang­hai as you dig into the China Tang Sig­na­ture Baked ‘Ham­mer Chicken’ (US$108/ S$142). It steals the show with an aro­matic rosé wine flambé and dra­matic un­veil­ing of the suc­cu­lent bird stuffed with pork belly slices and mush­rooms.

Try the Mr. Tang (US$40), a rich tip­ple of Remy

Mar­tin X.O., Coin­treau Noi and a punchy Frey

Ranch Ab­sinthe, served atop a smoke of Chi­nese botan­i­cals. The restau­rant livens up in the evening with a noo­dle pulling per­for­mance ac­com­pa­nied by tra­di­tional Chi­nese in­stru­men­tals. The Dis­trict, MGM Grand, 3799 South Las Ve­gas Boule­vard, Las Ve­gas, NV 89109, U.S.A. Tel: +1 702 891 3110

From the folks who brought us one Miche­lin-starred Tr­ishna in Maryle­bone, Lon­don, comes Bri­gadiers, an In­dian bar­be­cue restau­rant and bar. Set to open next month, it will join Dan­ish restau­ra­teur Soren Jessen’s Ekte Nordic Kitchen and award-win­ning chef An­drew Wong at Lon­don’s new din­ing des­ti­na­tion, the Bloomberg Ar­cade. The in­te­rior takes in­spi­ra­tion from the army mess bars of In­dia and in­cludes seven themed rooms as well as an out­door ter­race. Be­sides the in­dul­gent spread of grilled meats, like the Awadhi Wood Roasted Skate Wing, and an ever-chang­ing list of in­ter­na­tional beers, don’t miss The Bri­gadiers Tan­doori Chicken Club Sand­wich. Pop by The Pool Room for the Whisky Vend­ing Ma­chine, which dis­penses ev­ery­thing from rare malts to cock­tails, like the Nitro Espresso Mar­tini, with a tap of the Bri­gadiers card. 1-5 Bloomberg Ar­cade, Lon­don EC4N 8AR, U.K. Tel: +44 20 3011 1021

Af­ter an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion, the iconic Am­bi­ente Ris­torante at Aryaduta Jakarta, has re-opened its doors to be­come one the most talked about foodie des­ti­na­tions in town. The restau­rant ex­udes a rus­tic, al­beit so­phis­ti­cated vibe, and is helmed by ex­ec­u­tive chef Mat­teo Meacci, who serves Tus­can sig­na­tures with a touch of cre­ativ­ity. Menu high­lights in­clude an­tipasto shar­ing plat­ters such as Tagliere Toscano with Ital­ian im­ported and home­made sa­lu­mis and pâté (Rp225,000); and Carpac­cio di Manzo, with raw beef mar­i­nated in roasted garlic, rocket, Parme­san and truf­fle oil (Rp110,000). Other pop­u­lar choices in­clude Bra­ci­ola di Ma­iale Pic­cante alla Griglia, fea­tur­ing a spicy grilled pork chop served with baby potatoes and Romesco sauce (Rp180,000); and the char­coal Am­bi­ente Pizza topped with cherry toma­toes, smoked sal­mon, grilled zuc­chini and a touch of truf­fle oil (Rp115,000).

Aryaduta Jakarta Jl. Pra­ju­rit KKO Us­man dan Harun No.44-48, RT.7/RW.1, Gam­bir, RT.7/ RW.1, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota, Jakarta 10110. Tel: +62 21 2352 1234

With a ‘live healthy, eat fresh’ motto, the new menu at Blue Ter­race Café by chef Jo­han Kus­nadi is brim­ming with nour­ish­ing fare. Choose be­tween the sooth­ing out­door gar­den din­ing or the ca­sual, in­door deli-style space and kick off the meal with in­fused wa­ter con­coc­tions such as the Tar­ragon Citrus Splash (Rp70,000). There are healthy juices, lay­ered fruit smooth­ies, and ‘tea tails’ such as Ex­otic Beautea with pas­sion fruit syrup in chamomile tea (Rp65,000) too. Lo­cally sourced veg­eta­bles and Asian spices are fea­tured heav­ily in Baby Gems Wraps with roasted duck (Rp100,000) and the gluten-free Green God­dess Bowl with chicken salad, kale, av­o­cado and quail eggs (Rp90,000). Cre­ate gluten- and dairy- free veg­etable-based desserts at home with the café’s daily live cook­ing shows, us­ing in­gre­di­ents like yam, corn, sweet potato and beet­root.

AYANA Mid­plaza JAKARTA Lobby Level, RT.10/RW.11, Karet Tengsin, Cen­tral Jakarta City, Jakarta 10220. Tel: +62 21 251 0888

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