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                          It’s to die for.” Coco Lee’s mouth waters at the thought of this sinful treat

                                                                                                                     ou wouldn’t think, looking at the svelte singer Coco       dining menu, a bar-snacks list and a healthier set of options.
                          “They have this thing here called the Chocolate Tower; its just... aaaah!

                                                                                                                     Lee, that she’d be a foodie. But appearances can be        “The healthier menu has good salads,” says Lee. “The cobb salad
                                                                                                                     deceiving, and it takes only one meal to discover that     is good, and there’s plenty of light stuff – although I usually go
                                                                                                          not only does Lee have a very healthy appetite, she’s also an         for the heavy stuff,” she laughs. “Right when you sit down, they
                                                                                                          expert in the culinary arts.                                          give you this bread. There’s one that’s square with poppy seeds.
                                                                                                              Lee has been involved with RED, the restaurant in Two ifc         It’s so moist. Sometimes, I get a craving for it and I’ll come
                                                                                                          adjacent to Pure Fitness, since its inception years ago. She is       down here and say, ‘All I want is the bread.’ I cannot say no to
                                                                                                          engaged to its owner, Bruce Rockowitz, who takes great care           that bread. Even if I am on a diet, I still tell myself, ‘Well, let me
                                                                                                          not only in catering to his customers, but also to his betrothed.     just have one piece.’”
                                                                                                          “I really like baby spring chicken, so when they were developing           Besides the trimmings – breads, salads, desserts – RED is
                                                                                                          the menu Bruce made sure that it was on there,” she explains.         known for its mean entrees. Lee recommends pigs-in-the-
                                                                                                              The chicken isn’t the only thing worth raving about,              blanket (“there’s nowhere else in Hong Kong that I know of
                                                                                                          although Lee does just that: “The baby spring chicken is              that has it”); beef carpaccio (“I tell everyone that RED’s got the
                                                                                                          amazing. The skin outside is crispy but the meat is always really     best one”); and the sea bass, which comes with a shrimp garnish
                                                                                                          tender. There’s a sweet corn that goes with it that I love.”          that’s wrapped in crispy noodles (“the whole combination
                                                                                                              The dish is definitely not a typical meal for artists who have    is very yummy”). Her secret recommendation, however, is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Clockwise from above: Beef carpaccio; international music star Coco
                                                                                                          to watch their weight. But despite working in the entertainment       vegetable spring roll which isn’t even found on the menu. “They          Lee strikes a pose at the doorway to RED; sea bass with crispy shrimp
                                                                                                          industry, Lee takes a rather laissez-faire attitude towards her       make it for me and my mum, because she’s a vegetarian. It’s
                                                                                                          eating habits. “If you think about how much I can eat… it’s           really long and skinny and very refreshing. I don’t normally like
                                                                                                          really scary,” she confides. “But when I have concerts or a big       fried stuff but this one is exceptional.”
                                                                                                          appearance, I will watch what I eat and try to slim down. They             It’s easy to picture Lee here any day – there’s a congruence
                                                                                                          call me a rubber band, because I gain weight fast but I lose it in    between her laid-back Cali-girl look and demeanour and the
                                                                                                          a relatively short amount of time. For now...” she smiles ruefully.   restaurant’s hip but comfortable decor. And though she doesn’t
                                                                                                              She’s currently on a dessert embargo, in order to fit into a      often get a chance to lounge in the sofa-studded outdoor area
                                                                                                          dress she plans to wear for her fiance’s birthday party. “It’s such   (it’s usually packed on nights and weekends), she loves the
                                                                                                          torture,” she complains, “because they have this thing here called    relaxed vibe it lends to the bar-restaurant overall.
                                                                                                          the Chocolate Tower; it’s just… aaaah! It’s to die for.” Her mouth         “The range of food here is wide, and there’s a whole mixture
                                                                                                          waters at the thought of the sinful treat.                            of flavours,” Lee concludes. “It’s always good to have that,
                                                                                                              There are several different menus at RED, including a regular     because you never know what you might crave, right?”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 REsERvations: Recommended DREss CoDE:
                                                                                                                                                                      Chef lee kin-ping                                                                                                                                          Smart casual LUnCH HoURs: 12:00pm -
                                                                                                                                                                      RED may seem like just an after-hours happy-hour spot to many, but                                                                                         3:00pm DinnER HoURs: 6:00pm - 12:00am
                                                                                                                                                                      Chef Lee Kin-ping is here to refute that claim. “We are definitely the only                                                                                sEt mEnU: Lunch BUffEts: No vEgEtaRian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 DisHEs: 3 - 5 amEnitiEs: Separate bar, live
                                                                                                                                                                      restaurant serving Californian cuisine that allows diners to enjoy both
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 music CaR vaLEt: No CREDit CaRDs: AE, V,
                                                                                                                                                                      casual dining in a nice outdoor area overlooking Victoria Harbour and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 MC YEaR EstaBLisHED: 2004
                                                                                                                                                                      fine dining in a stylish indoor setting,” he says. It’s this juxtaposition
                                                                                                                                                                      of high quality food with informal, friendly service that keeps people                                                                                     address: 4/F, Two ifc,
                                                                                                                                                                      coming back, whether for the innovative eats or to kick back for a drink.                                                                                  8 Finance Street, Central
                                                                                                                                                                      When it comes to different dishes, Chef Lee and his customers take the                                                                                     tel: +852 8129 8882
                                                                                                                                                                      same perspective: bring on the seafood. Customers love the spicy-                                                                                          fax: +852 3555 1873
                                                                                                                                                                      crusted tuna and the sea bass, while Chef Lee recommends the angel                                                                                         E-mail:
                                                                                                                                                                      hair with lobster claws and sun-dried tomatoes.                                                                                                            Website:

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