Last night I was taken out to dinner. My host for the evening was the director of one of the businesses we work with here in China. Also joining us was 3 of his other business friends and one of my colleagues. We went to a familiar resturaunt called the Made In Kitchen. It’s a classy up-market modern-style resturaunt in the King Glory plaza. This is very near work in the Luo Hu district and I have occasionally visited this resturaunt as they do a great value set lunch for Y46. They serve a variety of Asian and Western cuisine and aparently their Dim Sum is very, very good.
The night started with a female DJ belting out some beats and this was followed up by Shenzhen’s answer to Kenny G. Someone forgot to tell this guy that Kenny G doesn’t wear blue pants with white stars all over them and black army boots without shoe laces. At least he could play the sax. This was followed by the main event - the fashion show. The raised centre aisle of the resturaunt is set up to double as a cat walk and there are fashion shows here every Wednesday night. Clearly the models have been watching too many fashion shows from Paris as they strutted down the runway with angry scowls on their faces. The night ended with a raffle of various things that had been donated and our host succeded in winning a Y2,000 painting.
I still really dislike the way that the Chinese are allowed to smoke everywhere (except in lifts). By the end of the night the resturaunt was full of cigarette smoke. Gail could smell me before she got near me when I arrived home. It reminds me of an aunt of mine who died with lung cancer when she was in her late 40’s. She was very healthy and a total non-smoker. The doctor attributed the cancer to her years of working in enclosed smoking office spaces in Adelaide in her 20’s.
We had a great drop of red over dinner. It was a Chilean Cab Sav from Las Vascos wines. Definitely recommended. Our host purchased several cases of the stuff and has it kept at the resturaunt just for when he dines there.
The whole “friends before business” mentality is still strong here in Shenzhen. Over the 4 course dinner there were toasts for our relationships, toasts to our businesses, toasts to success, toasts to friendships and toasts for the sake of making toasts. Glass chinks were everywhere. It was a very enjoyable evening.