Hong Kong, July 10th, 2009… Taking the very best of the season’s harvest, Gaia Group’s Executive Chefs have added over 40 fresh new dishes to their respective summer a la carte menus – including for the first time, the recently re-opened new look Isobar where lunchtime diners can now choose from a selection of Isola favourites.
At home in the kitchen of Lan Kwai Fong’s longest established trattoria Va Bene, Executive Chef Paolo Federici is celebrating summer with an array of classic Italian favourites, whilst across the harbour in the Group’s contemporary al fresco dining spot Joia, Executive Chef Alessandro Angelini is directing his innovative flair to reinvigorating Northern Italian cuisine. Adding some colour to Costa’s a la carte, a new ‘Cheeses as Main’ menu selection is just one of Executive Chef Gianni Caprioli’s summer additions; his Isola lunch menu now also available in edited form from noon daily at the restaurant’s chic upstairs lounge bar– Isobar.
From appetisers and antipasti through main courses to delightful dolce, diners can relax and savour the taste of a Mediterranean summer with a glass of fantastic wine choosing from either Happy Hour prices on selected drinks at Isobar from 3pm until 9pm, or afterwork drinks with complimentary canapes at Joia and Costa.
Highlights of new additions

Va Bene
Sliced marinated swordfish served with parsley dressing and fennel salad            $158
Roasted rack of lamb in herb crust with baked shallot and red wine reduction        $278

Red prawns tartar with avocado, melon, buffalo mozzarella and green apple sherbet    $178
Sea bream with fennel salad in lemon dressing, beetroot, orange, black sesame and mint                                                                    $278

Café Costa
Grilled Camembert served on freshly grilled seasonal vegetables                 $148

Italian dried cured beef with arugula shaved Parmigiano and lemon dressing        $188
Mix Italian cold cuts with cheese chunks and olive                            $188

New Vegetarian additions
Va Bene
V Baked pizza stuffed with grilled vegetables, ricotta and mozzarella                    $168
V Homemade strozzapreti with braised radicchio, burrata cheese and cherry tomatoes    $188
V Pumpkin ravioli in black truffle and butter sauce with almonds and pistachio        $168                                                            
Café Costa
V Breaded, deep fried smoked mozzarella with eggplant puree and spicy tomato sauce$158    

New dessert additions
Va Bene
Blended lemon sorbet with prosecco                                         $ 88
Café Costa
Natural yogurt panna cotta with fresh mango sauce                            $ 88
Bourbon vanilla orange crème brulee with raspberry sorbet                        $ 98
Mini carrot cake soaked in rum with sweet sour yogurt and rum raisin ice cream        $ 88

Reservations are recommended. Call Va Bene on 2845 5577, Joia on 2382 2323, Costa on 2118 7600 or Isobar on 2383 8765.
NB: All prices are subject to 10% service charge.

Va Bene
17 – 19 Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Telephone: (852) 2845 5577

Civic Square, Level 3, Elements Mall, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Telephone: (852) 2382 2323

Lane Crawford, Level 3, ifc Mall 2, Central
Telephone: (852) 2118 7600

Level 4. ifc Mall 2, Central
Telephone: (852) 2383 8765

For more details or reservations, see,, or

Va Bene, Joia, Costa and Isobar are part of the Hong Kong-based Gaia Group, which owns and operates the following restaurants in Hong Kong and China:

Va Bene Hong Kong – a Lan Kwai Fong institution.  Tel. (852) 2845-5577
Gaia – glamorous al fresco dining on Hong Kong’s own Italian piazza.  Tel. (852) 2167-8200  
ISOLA bar + grill – spectacular harbourside dining at Hong Kong’s new Central waterfront. Tel. (852) 2383-8765
Cafe Costa – ultra chic cafe with indoor and outdoor dining at ifc mall.  Tel. 2118- 7600
Joia – contemporary Northern Italian dining at Kowloon’s newest destination mall, Elements   Tel: (852) 2382-2323
Va Bene Shanghai – voted Shanghai’s ‘Best Restaurant’.  Tel. (86) 21-6311-2211
Va Bene Hangzhou – idyllic Italian dining on the famous West Lake.  Tel. (86) 571-8702-6333

(information provided by the pr company)


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