Casual Cuisine at Bene Italian—What a Concept!

October 13, 2013

The Gaia Group brings Italian style and mouth-watering cuisine to its first casual cuisine concept, Bene Italian

You can find us at New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, where you’ll discover an atmosphere replete with:

  • Design inspiration from Italy’s most popular décor of the 50s and 70s

  • All day dining full of fresh, authentic ingredients at affordable prices

  • The Italian culinary tradition of using Italy’s seasonal specialties to create delicious menus

  • Freshly made antipasti, soups, and sandwiches

  • A variety of homemade pastas such as Gnocci, Tagliatelle and Strozapreti

  • All things “Bene,”meaning “good and positive”!

  • Delicious pizzas, by the slice if you like


In a carefully planned, casual and friendly atmosphere, influenced by the Italian ambiance that was once desired around the world, selections of appetizers and soups, and a wide selection of pizza, pasta and main dishes are on offer throughout the day. Our carefully selected international wines are the ideal complement to your mouthwatering meal!

Our delicious main meal staples include braised sausage in white wine with tomatoes and onions, and grilled beef striploin with mixed grilled vegetables and your choice of potato.

If light food is on your mind, try our prawn and scallop skewers with grilled corn tomato and pesto!

You can never, ever go wrong with a Bene Italian dessert, like our homemade Classic mascarpone tiramisu or Pannacotta with mixed berry sauce.


And please – don’t forget that we have a great take-away menu of pizza by the slice, sandwiches and Lavazza coffee, offering the perfect combination for those on the go!


Yes, it’s all “Bene” here. Casual concept dining is a concept whose time has arrived!

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A Taste of the Mediterranean is a Taste of Health at Café Costa

October 13, 2013

Lane Crawford’s flagship store at ifc mall is a stylish place to shop. Café Costa – meaning ‘coast’ in Italian -is a stylish place to dine whether you need fuel for more shopping or are just in the mood to eat a beautifully prepared, light and healthy meal.

For discerning shoppers and gourmets alike, Café Costa is a highly desirable dining destination in its own right, open daily from 11:30am, serving a full a la carte menu for brunch, lunch, teas and dinner.

Opening onto its own private terrace with thrilling panoramic views over Hong Kong’s harbour, this stylish venue is ideal for a leisurely al fresco lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

From its light and healthy menu, diners can savour the taste of the Mediterranean with an emphasis on seafood and salads, fresh herbs and oils.

  • Café Costa’s innovative menu includes:

  • Italian homemade pastas

  • A large grilled selection

  • Light Italian free range egg omelettes and frittatas

  • Delectable desserts

  • Hand picked list of international Old and New World Wines chosen specifically to complement the restaurant’s menu


Our skilled chefs know just how to prepare a meal so that it tastes rich and flavorful while retaining its health-giving qualities.


We take our salads seriously as part of our commitment to light, fresh, healthy foods. Try our:


  • Spicy tuna salad with olives, boiled quail eggs, datterini tomatoes, green beans, and lemon dressing

  • Tomato and buffalo mozzarella, basil, olive oil, and balsamic

  • Smoked duck breast salad with beetroot, almonds and baby spinach


A delectable main dish beloved by diners is our French Organic Chicken on Vegetable Tagliatelle!

Come, sit on our terrace and enjoy al fresco dining with great views and Café Costa’s fresh, life-giving menu. Here’s to your health!


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Contemporary Northern Italian Cuisine is a Joyful Affair at Joia

October 13, 2013

Joia is a sophisticated, business casual restaurant perfect for business entertaining, evening meals with friends, or special time with family. Our famous weekend brunch is designed to make you feel special, but at-home, serving a delicious menu in family friendly style with an antipasti and dessert buffet.

Offering relaxed dining and excellent service in a rooftop garden setting, Joia specializes in Modern Northern Italian cuisine with a contemporary presentation. Our comfortable ambiance also includes the option of pleasant outdoor seating.

Under the skilled guidance of Executive Chef Alessandro Angelini, whose career has already seen him criss-cross the globe from Venice to London to Los Angeles – where he frequently cooked for Hollywood celebrities –Joia’s menu emphasizes refreshing combinations of ingredients crafted into an extensive a la carte menu that includes antipasti, pastas, salads, mains and desserts.

Our expertly selected wine list perfectly enhances our menu. It includes more than 40 whites and 70 reds (80% Italian) plus premium sparkling wines, champagnes and rare vintages. 15 wines are available by the glass.

For a starter, you might try our unique and delectable Red Prawns Tartare with Avocado, Melon, Buffalo Mozzarella and Green Apple Sherbet. Or our Spicy cylinder of Goose Liver with Chestnuts, Raspberries, Blueberries, Grapefruit and reduction of Port Wine.


Home made fresh Tagliolini pasta with Black Truffle sauce showcases the expensive delicacy of truffle, cooked Northern Italian style with a modern twist. Our whole Sea Bass scented with Lemon and Lavender served with mix grilled Vegetable has been called a revelation!

Or let yourself be delighted by our Black Ink Risotto with roasted scallops and tuna bottarga!


Don’t forget to end your meal with one of our famous desserts, such as Chocolate, Banana and Chestnuts warm Pudding with Almond Milk and Kumquat. It takes a bit of preparation, but as you savor an excellent glass of fine wine while you wait, you’ll know the best is yet to come!


Come dine with us at Joia, and you’ll have an experience of true joy: the pleasure of fine dining, the company of fine friends, and service that puts your pleasure at a premium.


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Chic, Sophisticated, Contemporary, Spanish: Zelo

October 13, 2013

One of Hong Kong’s most exciting new dining destinations, Zelo is the latest venture by Gaia Group, a casual urban ‘eco-chic’ restaurant and bar serving innovative, world-class Spanish cuisine.

Come to Zelo and you’ll discover:

  • A stylish open front entrance with a large cocktail and tapas bar with high table seating

  • A lounge with an eclectic mix of super sharp and shabby chic seating

  • A restaurant interior that is decidedly European with a bold palette of textures and colours featuring swathes of brightly patterned patchwork against a backdrop of reclaimed and recycled natural materials.

Zelo’s seamlessly flowing spaces and gentle indoor/outdoor ambiance, accented with natural, reclaimed materials, are complemented by the warm, easy camaraderie and commitment to fine service exemplified by Restaurant Manager Graziano De Gregorio.

All-round talent Graziano has a decade of restaurant management and operation experience worldwide. He also has trilingual language expertise in Italian, English and Spanish. Graziano is always well-prepared to greet and treat diners with warmth and respect, bringing a “magical” personal touch to the dining experience.

A relaxed atmosphere, brilliant all day menu of modern Spanish cuisine, and great cocktails and wines by the glass make Zelo an ideal retreat at any time of day. It’s as well suited to afternoon tea as after-work drinks.

Zelo’s delicious starters such as Endive leaves salad stuffed with blue cheese on strawberries,

with walnuts and green apple, and Sauteed shrimp with garlic on a chorizo sausage bread crumbs and creamy garlic pate, are only the beginning of Zelo’s fine dining options.

Our Paella is being talked about all over town. This Spanish Style rice with additions such as mussels, clams, and king prawns, or chicken, rabbit and green beans, is Spanish food as its most flavorful and authentic.

Zelo’s “Quesillo con Banana” Flan over banana cake with caramel coffee and chocolate cookie, along with other scrumptious choices, make dessert at Zelo a must try!

Come for the eco-conscious chic design, the warm service, the incredible food. Zelo is your new best destination for dining pleasure!

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