(Hong Kong, July 27th, 2006) Poised to open its doors in October 2006, The Luxe Manor announces Aspasia, the first signature dining outlet to open at the glamorous boutique hotel this Autumn.

Directed by Master Chef Roland Schuller, the restaurant's menu will highlight 'innovations of the classics' featuring fresh Italian produce and seafood from the Mediterranean.

Chef Schuller is well known amongst Hong Kong's culinary community for his spectacular array of culinary masterpieces, which transcend the frame of traditional Italian cuisine, and Aspasia's menu will proudly present Chef Schuller's sparkling genius, passion and charisma.

Roland Schuller was most recently Executive Chef aboard the prestigious European yacht, 'The Christina O', the renowned entertainment yacht belonging to the late Aristotle Onassis.

The Italian trained chef, of Austrian decent, spent the majority of his 20 year culinary career in Europe while his eight years of training and apprenticeships landed him a lead role in some of the most respected and admired kitchens in the world, including the Michelin-starred Don Alfonso.

Offering a warm Italian atmosphere with a relaxed, yet artistically refined ambience, the first floor restaurant, featuring original Italian art work, is set to become a social haven for business executives and hotel guests.

Showcasing variety in atmosphere unlike any other restaurant in Hong Kong, Aspasia will feature four distinct zones each presenting a unique vibe to suit its patrons' particular style and mood: The Bar, a sexy fashionable corner with high top cocktail tables, cozy bars stools and an impressive wine cellar; The Parlour, the restaurant's main dining area, strewn with plush, velvety sofas and dining tables, will pump Italian house music throughout; The Study, a more serious low key atmosphere, will offer a quiet retreat to catch up on some reading — all the better done over a martini or fabulous glass of wine; and, the south facing Conservatory bathed in sunlight during the day will offer elegant Italian dining in the evening.

Aspasia features its own entrance from the popular entertainment district of Knutsford Terrace, as well as being accessible through the hotel. Valet parking service is available.

The Luxe Manor is a new luxury hotel which features a "surreal" concept and design: a modern reinterpretation of a European mansion featuring abstract elements in its interiors which recall the works of the twentieth century surrealists.

Aspasia will follow suit offering the same European elegance and abstract charm found throughout The Luxe Manor.

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