Looking for new menus and dining deals? We’ve done the legwork and have rounded up everything (and everywhere!) you’ll want to eat this month.
Cookies and pasta, plant-based chicken and Australian-inspired delights abound in our eclectic July edition of the best new menus and dining deals in Hong Kong. Here’s everything we’ll be eating this month.
Editor’s Note: Social distancing regulations are currently in place in Hong Kong, so please make sure you follow the latest government advice if dining out.
Read more: New Restaurants In Hong Kong
New Menus In Hong Kong
Cookie DPT Joins Hands With Pici
In a surprising twist of collaboration fate, Sassy fave Cooke DPT is teaming up with popular pasta joint Pici for an exclusive duo of limited-edition menu items. First up, at Cookie DPT’s new Landmark pop-up, get your hands on Pici’s Spinach Parpadelle with spicy pork ragu and smoked ricotta, topped with a Parmesan cookie crumble. Alternatively, head over to Pici locations in Central, Wan Chai and Kennedy Town to sample the playful Cookie “Meatballs” dessert – a chocolate chip cookie ball dipped in Valrhona dark chocolate and topped with strawberry sauce and desiccated coconut.
The Spinach Parpadelle is available at Cookie DPT Landmark on Thursday, 15 July; Thursday, 22 July and Thursday, 29 July, from 12pm to 3pm.
The Cookie “Meatballs” dessert is available at Pici locations on Hong Kong Island from now until Saturday, 31 July, as part of the Dinner Tasting Menu.
Cookie DPT (Landmark), 3/F, Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/cookie.dpt
Summer Delights At Zuma
Hot weather days are par for the course this month; luckily, we have Zuma on hand to help us navigate the heat with its selection of new cooling dishes. Spotlighting fresh produce and ocean catches, the Crispy Mazara Red Prawn with Chilli Sour Dashi ($230) plays with hot and cold, featuring refreshing prawns encased in a golden layer of nutty kataifi and a note of enticing spice. For dessert, a simple concoction of poached Japanese white peach set atop an almond biscuit, complete with raspberry and lychee yogurt ice cream ($160), is everything a summer sweet treat should be. Wash it down with one of Zuma’s new cocktail creations: the Japanese Paloma ($160), with strawberry-infused Casamigos tequila and mezcal, chilli pepper, yuzu and pink grapefruit soda gets our pick, though gin fans will love the kaffir lime, rosemary and kumquat-laden Oriental Spritz ($140).
Waves Pacific x Popinjays’ Australian Affair
Take your tastebuds on a trip Down Under with this limited-edition collaboration between gourmet foods distributor Waves Pacific and The Murray’s premier rooftop destination Popinjays. From quail and truffles, to octopus and sea salt, this menu is an ode to the very best Australia has to offer. Available until Sunday, 25 July, the four-course menu is the shared brainchild of Popinjays’ Chef de Cuisine, Chef Alexandre Viriot, and guest Chef Jack Carson. Highlights of the menu include the “Acquerello” Risotto, a creative twist on the traditional Italian dish using half rice and half hand-cut squid, topped with a roast half lobster tail and black truffle shavings; the Slow Smoked Wagyu Short Rib, which has been slowly cooked for six hours for that glorious melt-in-the-mouth texture; and the 62% Dark Chocolate Truffle, infused with velvety Irish whiskey cream and paired with a sea salt caramel sauce – need we say more?
The special menu is priced at $888 per person with an optional Australian wine pairing for $428. Head here to book.
Feather & Bone’s Beef Wellington Masterclass
Looking for dinner with a difference? Feather & Bone’s Beef Wellington Masterclass is a gourmand’s dream come true, combining a cookery class followed by a beef-fuelled feast, all complete with free-flow! Led by Feather & Bone’s Master Butchers, the event starts with a three-hour guided cooking class in which you’ll learn how to make your very own Beef Wellington from scratch. During this session, you’ll make two Beef Wellingtons – one to take home, and one for dinner, along with a Beef Tartare and a Châteaubriand. After class, you’ll get to reap the rewards of your hard work with a sumptuous three-course feast featuring your Tartare and Wellington (available at Causeway Bay and Mid-Levels only). Tried and tested by Team Sassy, we loved the whole experience, and were especially impressed by the skill and patience of our teacher!
The Beef Wellington Masterclass with dinner ($1,980 per person) is available at Causeway Bay and Mid-Levels locations only. The Sai Kung location offers the Masterclass with charcuterie and cheese instead of dinner ($1,680 per person). All classes include free-flow house beer and wine (during the class only).
New In At YAKINIKUMAFIA
WAGYUMAFIA Hong Kong’s Chef de Cuisine Yohei Yamamoto has worked jointly with founder Hisato Hamada to introduce refreshing summer dishes to sister branch, YAKINIKUMAFIA, keeping its patrons cool this summer. First up, the WAGYUMAFIA staple and fan-favourite Japanese Green Pepper Salad ($160), garnished with kombu and a splash of “Wagyusco” dressing, makes for a refreshing start. This can be followed by the Wagyu Carpaccio ($180), a sumptuously savoury dish composed of lean bolar blade cuts topped generously with parmesan shavings. Also not to be missed is the signature Hiyashi Somen ($160), featuring delicate wheat noodles in a cold dashi broth. An addition of grated daikon and thinly sliced lime lend a sweet and acidic flavour to lift the dish.
Sassy Tip: If you ask us, the best way to end a summer meal at YAKINIKUMAFIA is with a creamy Hokkaido milk soft serve ($40).
Plant-Based TiNDLE™ Lands In Hong Kong
The world of plant-based meats expands this month with the debut of TiNDLE™, a convincing alternative to classic chicken. First launched in Singapore to great acclaim, TiNDLE™ promises to deliver the same taste, texture and aroma of traditional chicken, without harming the environment. Try it for yourself at 19 foodie locations across town, including DOUBLESHOT by Cupping Room, Poem, Alvy’s, Potato Head and more. Must-try’s include Big Birdy’s loaded “Yes I’m A Vego Burger”, 404 Plant’s Bagel Sandwich, and Uma Nota’s “Chicken” skewer and empanada offering.
Seasonal Newcomers At sen-ryo
Calling all uni fans! Savour the taste of the sea with sen-ryo’s Summer Seasonal Menu, available until Sunday, 1 August. The series of exquisitely crafted dishes heroes three premium delicacies: fresh Bafun sea urchin, fatty striped jack and abalone. Tried and tested by Team Sassy, we loved the refreshing Striped Jack Salad with Hokkaido Onion Yuzu Salad Sauce ($112), the pleasantly piquant Stir-fried Abalone with Arima Japanese Sansho Pepper ($178), and the DIY Bafun Sea Urchin ($268), which allows you to build your own bites of uni, salmon roe, rice and seaweed.
Casa Lisboa Turns 12
Staying the course for 12 years within Hong Kong’s ever-changing foodie scene is a tremendous achievement, and one that Casa Lisboa has pulled off with aplomb. So, it’s only right to celebrate! Head down to the authentic Portuguese restaurant from now until Thursday, 5 August and indulge in its special six-course Anniversary Tasting Menu ($480). The offering pays homage to all your Casa Lisboa favourites, including the Leitão à Bairrada, or slow-roasted suckling pig, Garlic Clams, the comforting Duck Rice Lisboa Style and creamy Serradura pud. Don’t forget the Sangria (passionfruit is our pick!). The Anniversary Tasting Menu is available Monday to Thursday, from 6pm.
Onigiri and charity collide this month for a limited edition pop-up, courtesy of some of Hong Kong’s most celebrated chefs. Inspired by Hisato Hamada and Yoshihiro Narisawa’s #onigiriforlove project in Japan where which top chefs created exclusive onigiri for charity, Amber’s Richard Ekkebus, along with partners Matt Abergel of RŌNIN and Elliot Faber and Vincent Ladislao of Sake Central, have rallied the troops and brought the very same initiative to Hong Kong. Head down to BELOWGROUND, located in the basement of LANDMARK ATRIUM, to get your hands on creations by the likes of Andō’s Agustin Ferrando Balbi, 8½ Otto e Mezzo’s Umberto Bombana, The Chairman’s Danny Yip and many more. All proceeds will go to Feeding Hong Kong and ImpactHK, two Hong Kong-based charity organisations dedicated to bridging the gap between hunger, food waste as well as providing for the houseless. The two-week charity event will run from Tuesday, 20 July to Sunday, 1 August.
BELOWGROUND, 1B/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/belowground.hk
Giant Fusion Paellas At La Paloma
Starting this month, La Paloma will be holding a “Miercoles Calientes”, aka Hot Wednesday, fortnightly, where Chef-Owner Alex Fargas will be joined by a renowned chef to create never-before-seen fusion tapas dishes in celebration of Spanish and world cuisines. Priced at $398, the Hot Wednesday special menus will feature La Paloma’s famed giant paellas with a twist, as Alex and his guest bring together the best of two cuisines. With a stellar line-up of guest chefs featuring the likes of Chef Satoru Mukogawa from Sushi Kuu and Chef Que Vinh Dang from Nhậu, expect to experience a world of flavour.
Okra Hong Kong Says Goodbye With An Exclusive Omakase Experience
Okra will put forward a premium sushi omakase farewell celebration over its final month of operation from Monday, 5 July to Saturday, 31 July, as Chef Max Levy’s last loving tribute to Japanese culinary culture before he moves back to the US. The beloved izakaya and sake bar will continue to serve its famed natural, unpasteurised sakes, alongside flavourful charcoal-grilled small plates and sashimi for dinner until Saturday, 3 July. The downstairs kitchen will then close, allowing the team to focus on the final omakase experience upstairs. Together, Chef Max and his wife, Sake Sommelier Izaskun Levy, will also be brewing their own sake which can be tasted alongside the brand-new, specially curated Summer Sake menu.
Limited-Edition Holy Cannoli x Sake Brunch
Okra is not leaving the city quietly. In addition to its exclusive omakase and Summer Sake menu, Chef Max and his wife Izaskun will combine culinary talents with celebrated pastry brand Holy Cannoli to offer a cannoli brunch experience with a Japanese twist on Saturday, 19 June. For this one-day-only occasion, the duo from Okra have hand-selected and crafted some special libations to complement the exclusive Okra-inspired Cannoli, featuring a soybean shell which encloses a creamy fermented tofu, caramel, ginger and white chocolate filling.
1-Night-Only Special Beer Pairing Dinner Menu
For one night only, on Friday, 25 June, Michelin-starred Roganic Hong Kong will partner with local craft brewery Yardley Brothers to present a flavour-packed beer pairing tasting menu. Priced at $1,480 per guest, the collaborative menu features pairings of Head Chef Ashley Salmon’s seasonal farm-to-table dishes with Yardley Brothers’ signature and limited-edition craft beer releases. As Hong Kong’s only Michelin Green Star recipient, Roganic Hong Kong continues its mission to preserve the local community by supporting homegrown food and beverage brands. Trust us, this is one collab you won’t want to miss.
La Rambla’s New Sea-To-Table Menu
La Rambla is the place to be this summer with Executive Chef Ferran Tadeo’s new à la carte sea-to-table menu, which features the likes of Lubina A La Sal ($750), a Spanish Sea Bass encased in a salt-baked shell and the Del Mar A La Mesa ($850), a cold seafood platter comprised of cream-of-the-crop market catches. The new dishes can be experienced through two “Taste of Barcelona” tasting menus tailored by Chef Ferran, paying homage to “Tradition” and “Festival”. The “Tradition” menu ($720) showcases eight signature courses, while the “Festival” menu ($1,200) is a 12-course seafood and seasonal-focused feast.
“GO LOCAL” Afternoon Tea At Hotel ICON
In celebration of Hotel ICON’s 10th anniversary, Executive Pastry Chef Danny Ho takes inspiration from the city we call home to create a playful new afternoon tea set ($388/$688 for two). The set features a tower of sweet and savoury delights inspired by classic cha chaan teng dishes and local street food. We’re talking choux pastry desserts made to look like Hong Kong-style pineapple buns, Deep Fried Peanut Balls disguised as curry fish balls and “Cheung Fan” (rice noodle rolls) made with coconut agar agar and mango.
Sassy Tip: Want to enjoy the set at home? The “GO LOCAL” Afternoon Tea is also available to-go at $488 for two.
Exclusive Kube Pastry & Coffee Pairing By Date by TATE x KOFFEE MAMEYA
Known for its gastronomy boxes, seasonal dessert gift sets and ready-to-eat pastries, Date by TATE joins KOFFEE MAMEYA (sister brand of OMOTESANDO KOFFEE at K11 MUSEA) to present an exclusive pairing experience. Chefs Vicky Lau and Graf Kwok from Date by TATE have prepared a selection of three exclusive “kube” pastries to pair with KOFFEE MAMEYA’s signature roasts. Enjoy the delicate Chestnut Cake ($45) with a cup of El Puenta Geisha ($155), a light-roast coffee from Honduras. Or if you fancy something richer, the Curry & Dry Fruits Financier ($45) pairs nicely with the Raspberry Candy ($80), roasted by ONA Coffee in Melbourne, while the Chocolate & Black Truffle Pound Cake ($55) is best enjoyed with dark-roast coffee Guariroba Natural ($80).
Butter’s New Summer Slices
Our summer just got sweeter thanks to Butter’s latest additions. The all-American cake shop is serving up slices of its new offerings, namely the Watermelon Ice Summer Slice ($80) made with homemade watermelon sorbet, an old-fashioned Banana Split Sundae ($100) and a Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie ($70). Previously exclusive to Chef Karys’ Private Baking Classes at Butter Bakery in Soho, the scrumptious S’mores Cake is now also available to pick up from Butter’s LANDMARK pop-up shop, along with new summer refreshments – the Root Beer Float ($60) and Sweet Peach Iced Tea ($40).
Kanpai! At Honjo & TMK
It seems lunch is the new happy hour over at Honjo and TMK. Pirata Group’s signature Japanese restaurants are making lunchtimes lit with the option to add on Kanpai! hours. At Honjo, guests can enjoy 90 minutes of free-flow of sparkling, red or white wines for just $48, while TMK Sheung Wan will treat you to 90 minutes of free-flow Prosecco, wines and sake from just $38, both upon purchase of a weekday lunch set. There’s only one thing we have to say to that: kanpai!
Asia’s First Whole-Plant Plant-Based Meat Brand Launches In Hong Kong
Great news for those looking to cut back on their meat consumption: KARANA – known for its delicious and sustainable whole-plant pork – is launching in Hong Kong! Hailing from Singapore, the brand’s hero product uses jackfruit to create a convincing “pork” alternative that comes shredded or minced. Unlike other meat substitutes, KARANA is minimally processed using only four ingredients: young jackfruit, canola oil, sea salt, and natural flavours, and is free from any artificial preservatives. The new plant-based “meat” will be available in six restaurants across Hong Kong, including Chaat at the Rosewood, Sip Song, Beef & Liberty, Elephant Grounds and more.
Page Common x Saturday Morning’s Exclusive Menu
Jordan-based coffeehouse Page Common (best known for its delectable tiramisu) has teamed up with local bagel brand Saturday Morning to bring us exclusive seasonal dishes, just in time for summer. Inspired by warm weather days and rooftop pizza parties – two of our favourite things – the Scrambled Eggs with Bacon Jam Pizza Bagel brings together the sweet and savoury flavours of eggs, chorizo, cheese and bacon jam, while the Yuzu Egg Roll is light and refreshing, with yuzu jelly enveloped in layers of cream and fluffy yuzu and lime-infused sponge.
French Lunch Sets From La Rotisserie’s New Central Branch
La Rotisserie has made its way to Staunton Street, bringing new lunch options to the Central crowd. The Classic Chicken Set is always a winner, consisting of a quarter portion of chicken, side dish of choice (we love the truffle mash and lentils!) and a bowl of comforting soup or refreshing homemade iced tea. Alternatively, swap the chicken for the French Duck Breast (a new addition to the menu), or vegetarian Quiche. Perfect for those days when you’re craving comfort, but still want to treat your body to something healthy and nutritious.
Read more: Where To Get Lunch In Central For Under $100
Mandarin Oriental’s Afternoon Tea To Go
For the first time ever, Mandarin Oriental is offering its iconic afternoon tea set to go. Packaged in the hotel’s famed “top hat” box, the five-star high tea affair is presented on a tiered takeaway stand, and features an elegantly curated menu designed by Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Sapy. Hazelnut Crunchy Milk Chocolate, Matcha Éclair, Portuguese Egg Tarts, along with sandwiches of Smoked Salmon and Dill, and Roast Beef, Horseradish and Watercress, are just some of the delights that await. No afternoon tea is complete with scones, and lucky recipients can expect the hotel’s freshly baked classic and raisin version, with the signature rose petal jam and Devon clotted cream. Priced at $898 for two, head here to order.
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, hongkong.mandarinorientalshop.com
Read more: Your Guide To Afternoon Tea In Hong Kong
New Summer Dishes At Between
Known for its elevated brews, mouthwatering Japanese-inspired bites and Insta-worthy locations, JIA Group’s Between ushers in summer with a selection of seasonal dishes that are sure to become new crowd favourites. We’re talking Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Sakura Shrimp ($158), a decadent Japanese Tofu Pudding topped with Sakura and Apple Granita ($68) and the simple yet indulgent Mikan White Chocolate Pound Cake ($48). Don’t miss the cafe’s new Set Lunch Menu too, available at the Wan Chai brand between 11am to 2:30pm, where you can enjoy cafe favourites like Chicken and Egg Sandos, Udon and more, accompanied by a Long Black or Milk Coffee from just $88.
Between (Tai Kwun), 2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tokio Joe Revamped
Beloved Japanese institution Tokio Joe is back, complete with a revamped menu and a brand new look. Leaning into the cheeky speakeasy vibes that anchor this LKF mainstay, the revitalised interiors draw inspiration from traditional Japanese gaming dens, including a working vintage Pachinko machine, 1960s speakers and vinyl records, and new bar where guests can hang out and play games to “gamble” for drinks. As for the food, highlights of the new menu include the decadent LKF Roll filled with sea urchin and salmon roe, and topped with steamed lobster and unctuous chu-toro tuna; Joe’s New Zealand Lamb Fumi; and the grilled miso-marinated Sea Bass, though we highly recommend opting for the informal omakase option, where courses are washed down with palate-cleansing shots of sake!
Cookie DPT’s BAILEYS Fudge Brownie
Cookie DPT does it again, this time with the help of everyone’s favourite Irish cream liquor. The BAILEYS Fudge Brownie is proof that dreams can come true – dense, fudgy, divinely sweet and seductively moreish, this exclusive offering comes complete with BAILEYS fudge swirled on top (insert drool emoji!). Priced at $40 each, it’ll be available in all Cookie DPT locations from Monday, 24 May to Sunday, 30 May in limited quantities.
Summer Nights At Le Garçon Saigon
Just in time for the breezy (if humid!) summer nights to come, Saigonese grillhouse Le Garçon Saigon has added a selection of fragrant seafood dishes to its repertoire. From the Hamachi Tartare, a modern interpretation of the classic Vietnamese fish salad Goi Ca, to Chef Theign’s Wok-Fried Clams and the sweet and smoky Grilled Prawns, the restaurant’s new additions are perfect for a light summer supper.
Celebrate Biscuit Day At Red Lobster
Everyone knows that one of the main draws of dining at Red Lobster is the unlimited piping hot Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Flaky, fluffy and buttery – it’s no wonder they’ve become a cult classic. So, when it comes to International Biscuit Day on Friday, 14 May, it’s only natural to head to the beloved seafood restaurant for celebrations. On the day itself, as well as the weekend following, Red Lobster will be treating guests to Mini Cheddar Bay Biscuits and a special Cheddar Bay Biscuit Cupcake, in addition to Cheddar Bay Biscuits in their classic form, all in one delicious basket. Reservations are highly recommended!
The special biscuit baskets will be available from Friday, 14 May to Sunday, 16 May.
La Viña’s BAILEYS Basque Burnt Cheesecake
Dessert dreams come true this month as Cupping Room’s bakery branch La Viña joins hands with BAILEYS to launch an exclusive version of its signature Basque Burnt Cheesecake. With a lightly burnt, caramelised surface and rich, indulgent BAILEYS-infused centre, this is a must-try for those with a penchant for all things sweet. Coming in two sizes – three inches ($52) and six inches ($298) – this limited edition treat is only available until the end of the month.
The BAILEYS Basque Burnt Cheesecake is available from now until Friday, 30 April at La Viña, DOUBLESHOT and selected Cupping Room locations (Lee Garden One and Harbour City).
Read more: Your Guide To Cake Shops In Hong Kong
Spring Flavours Abound At LPM Restaurant & Bar
LPM ushers in the warmer weather with a bounty of new season dishes this month. Spotlighting seasonal produce sourced both locally and internationally, expect a plethora of zingy flavours ranging from Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Shallots Dressing ($218) to leafy Puntarella Salad with Fennel and Pecorino Cheese ($189) and the sweet and crunchy Fresh Beans and Artichoke Salad ($150). Taking inspiration from coastal Mediterranean cuisine, LPM adds the Fusilli Puttanesca with Tuna ($218) to its Napoli pasta lineup, complete with spicy tomato sauce, flavoursome capers and yellowfin tuna in homemade confit style. As for dessert, the Vanilla Panacotta, Rhubarb with Ginger Sorbet ($118) melds together sweet and sour for a pitch-perfect finish.
A Very British Nightcap With Fortnum & Mason
Small bites and champagne cocktails are the order of the day at 181 Fortnum & Mason, courtesy of its fantastic value Nightcap Menu. Inspired by the theatre menu served in its London outpost, this new offering is perfect for those looking to cap off their evening with a light bite. Take your pick from three savouries, with options spanning British classics like Rarebit and Black Pudding Scotch Egg with Piccalilli, along with dessert, both to share, and a drink of choice each. Ask for a window seat to make the most of that glorious harbour view.
The Nightcap Menu is priced at $588 for two and is available daily from 8:30pm.
Authentic Spanish Tapas At The Revamped Cassio
Usually a staple on our where to drink lists, Cassio enters the new menus fray this month thanks to its menu of authentic Spanish tapas. Overseen by Catalan chef Salva Benedicto, guests can look forward to creative small plates like the Galician Octopus ($168), Broken Eggs with Mushroom ($128), Beef Tartare ($188) and more – perfect for pairing with the curated selection of modern cocktails. Whilst you’re there, you may notice that Cassio has had a facelift, with a brand new floor plan and interior design. Masterminded by Cédric and Nicolas Hervet, the former of whom was Daft Punk’s Creative Director, the revamp exudes a slight 1970s sci-fi vibe with an Art Deco touch, complete with spaceship-inspired custom DJ booth, eclectic artwork and Hervet-designed mirrors.
Cassio is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Butcher’s Club Goes Plant-Based
Just in time for Earth Month, everyone’s favourite burger joint, The Butcher’s Club, is partnering with Impossible™ Foods to bring us The Veggie Club – a new delivery-only, plant-based burger concept. Proving that animal product-free offerings can be just as delicious and tempting as any animal meat alternative, the menu features a range of inventive twists on the classic patty and bun combo. Highlights include The Barcelona ($138), which features the craveable flavours of Spain in the form of a zingy romesco sauce and grilled red peppers, alongside the Mad Max ($138). complete with vibrant herby green goddess sauce, vivid beetroot and golden yolked egg. Add on a portion of Loaded Fries ($98) and you’re onto a winner. Hey, if the self-proclaimed “meat experts” can go veggie, we can too right?
The Veggie Club, available on foodpanda
Read more: The Best Burgers In Hong Kong
Taittinger Pairing At Three Michelin-Starred T’ang Court
Mark your calendars for a night of Michelin-starred feasting. The Langham, Hong Kong’s resident Cantonese restaurant is hosting a five-course champagne pairing dinner, taking place for one night only on Wednesday, 21 April. The menu will showcase an array of T’ang Court’s signature dishes, including Chilled South Africa abalone with white asparagus and jelly fish, Baked fresh lobster with salted egg yolk, Beche-de-Mer filled with Minced Pork and more, complete with pours from the Taittinger collection.
This exclusive pairing menu is available on Wednesday, 21 April and is priced at $1,780 per person. Booking is essential.
A Taste Of Italy At Castellana
Authentic Piedmont cuisine reigns supreme at Castellana, and this month it tastes like spring thanks to the restaurant’s new “La Primavera” menu. Bursting with the vibrant colours and flavours of spring, highlights include the buttery Italian Cherasco Escargot, juicy Red Prawns with Piedmontese Traditional “Green” Sauce, and the smooth and comforting Jerusalem Artichokes Soup with Atlantic Monkfish. Longtime fans will be pleased to see Castellana’s beloved Carbonara “Au Koque” make an appearance – it’s a crowd favourite for a reason! Dessert comes in the form of a Sbrisolona Cake, which comprises of two layers of crunchy dough filled with fruity pastry cream and served with a scoop of refreshing chamomile ice cream.
The “La Primavera” menu starts at $980 per person for four courses, $1,380 per person for seven or $1,680 per person for eight.
Lunch At Frank’s
Weekday lunching gets an upgrade this month thanks to Frank’s. And like its fabulous happy hour offering, it won’t break the bank! Those after something quick and convenient will do well to opt for the Bar Set Lunch (starting from $79 per person), which includes your choice of classic Italian American sandwich or pasta, with local organic greens and a drink, or the All You Can Eat Antipasti ($99 per person). Looking for something more filling? Head to Frank’s upper level and settle in for the three-course Set Lunch ($199 per person), which includes an antipasti, mains and a plate of homemade Italian cookies for dessert.
Frank’s lunch menus are available Wednesday to Friday.
Weekday Set Lunch At Kinship
Sticking with lunch, Kinship has updated its weekday offering for spring, introducing a selection of wholesome dishes created by the restaurant’s new Head Chef Nelson Gonzalez. Priced at just $198 for two courses or $238 for three, tuck into the likes of Steak Tartare with Sichuan peppercorn, crispy eggplant and sourdough, Salmon Ceviche with coconut milk, lime dressing, toasted peanuts and green papaya salad, Home-Made Cavatelli with wild mushrooms ragu, and more. For dessert, indulge in the restaurant’s popular Hong Kong milk tea flavored Mr Whippy ice cream, or try something different with the Olive Oil Cake, served with mascarpone mousse and poached seasonal fruit.
The Set Lunch is available on weekdays, 12pm to 2:30pm.
Mr & Mrs Fox’s New Saturday Brunch And Dinner Menus
Back with a brand new look and a wholesome menu of European delicacies, Mr & Mrs Fox brings design-savvy dining to Taikoo Place. The gram-worthy space is packed to the brim with lush greenery and contemporary artworks by the likes of Javier León Pérez, Pasha Wais and Peter Yuill, to name but a few. Taking over three floors, we love that there are options for casual happy hour, smart business lunches and private dining. And then there’s the food! The seasonally-inspired dinner menu features gems like Steak Tartare with Bone Marrow and slow-cooked Quail Egg Green Herb Salad ($178), Hokkaido Scallops Carpaccio with Caviar and Sea Urchin ($158), Lobster Paella ($528), Dry-Aged Strip Steak ($558) and more. Looking for a new brunch option? Mr & Mrs Fox has you covered with its Brunch Set (available on Saturdays), priced at $275 per person for sharing appetisers, your choice of main and a dessert. With dishes including Omni Pork Burger, Alle Vongole and Black Angus Rib Eye all on the menu, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Mr & Mrs Fox is closed on Sundays.
Smoke & Barrel’s Smoked Burger Line
On the hunt for a new burger joint? Look no further than Smoke & Barrel. The American smokehouse is adding a selection of smoked-meats burgers to its line up, and word on the street is that they’re the smokiest in town. There are six to choose from, each named after one of the great American states. Our picks include the classic Texas Burger ($158), which features a dry aged beef patty, homemade maple bacon, cheddar cheese and the restaurant’s signature BBQ sauce, alongside the pastrami-packed New York ($138) and the pit-smoked hand-pulled pork shoulder Carolina ($108), complete with slaw and apple vinegar sauce. Don’t forget the sides! We’re talking garlic and onion Tater Tots and BBQ Spice Fries (both $28 with any burger order), along with a retro diner-style American Milkshake ($58) for the finishing touch.
Read more: The Best Burgers In Hong Kong
BEDU’s Four Hands Dinner With Peggy Chan
For one night only, BEDU’s Chef Corey Riches is teaming up with Founder of Grassroots Initiative Peggy Chan for a waste-friendly feast to remember, all in the name of sustainability! In celebration of Earth Hour, the culinary duo brings us a multi-course menu of six sustainable dishes inspired by impactful solutions to potentially reduce the world’s carbon footprint ($680 per person). One course, for instance, takes its cue from a form of regenerative agriculture which is said to help absorb emissions, whilst another embodies the spirit of clean energy. Food-wise, expect an array of inventive gourmet delights ranging from an ugly carrot hummus served with a compost crumble and crisp vegetable peel chips, to a delicate savoury mille-feuille featuring layers of LED-produced black garlic between sheets of poached cabbage.
The exclusive event will take place on Wednesday, 17 March with two seatings (6pm and 8:15pm). Booking is essential.
Amedei x Cookie DPT Celebrate International Women’s Day
Luxury Italian chocolate brand Amedei is teaming up with beloved local favourite Cookie DPT to celebrate female chocolatiers, just in time for International Women’s Day. Known for its incredible bean-to-bar chocolate, Amedei was founded in 1990 by Cecilia Tessieri, the first woman to take on the role of maitre chocolatier. To mark the occasion of International Women’s Day, Amedei and Cookie DPT are launching a brand new cookie flavour made from one of the brand’s signature products – the Toscano Black 90%. Featuring a generous portion of extra dark 90% chocolate chips, this is a must-try for chocoholics!
This exclusive collaboration is available for one day only at selected Cookie DPT outlets on Tuesday, 9 March or online until the end of March.
Feast Like The Greeks At Artemis & Apollo
Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate than with a vibrant seasonal feast? Artemis & Apollo’s “Feast of Persephone” ($288 per person) offers a spread worthy of the gods, with a line-up that includes an array of bright and colourful mezze, roasted beetroot and watermelon salad, citrus and herb-marinated labneh cheese, and roasted lamb chops served with a cooling tzatziki. Wash it all down with a bottle of wine or ouzo – you’ll be transported to the sun-drenched taverna courtyards of Greece in no time.
The “Feast of Persephone” is available for dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout March.
Uma Nota’s Sakura Brunch
Sakura season has arrived in Hong Kong by way of Peel Street favourite Uma Nota! The Brazilian-Japanese restaurant channels the spirit of Japanese festival Hanami for its latest brunch offering ($500 per person), complete with aesthetic cherry blossom installations from Pollen and a soundtrack of J-pop. Here, Chef Gustavo has collaborated with Founder of Okra, Max Levy, for a menu of never-before-seen ceviche, limited edition mains and the first Uma Nota sushi and maki rolls. Highlights include popular izakaya starter Hotaruika, a warm dish of poached baby firefly squid with jalapeño miso and soy cured egg, along with sharing plates of Sanbaizu Lamb with Miso Anticucho Sauce and Yakisu Skirt Steak. Say cheers with free-flow from an additional $195 per person (for bubbles and beer) or $245 (for cocktails and more).
The Sakura Brunch is available every weekend and public holiday from now until Sunday, 30 May, 11:30am to 4:30pm.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.uma-nota.com
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Lobster & More At Ho Lee Fook
Calling all lobster fiends! Ho Lee Fook’s new “Spring Sea Dragon” set ($488 per person) spotlights the spindly crustacean in a moreish ginger and shallot or garlic butter sauce, served atop springy e-fu noodles. Yes please! The menu also includes a selection of the restaurant’s signature favourites, including Chef Jow’s famous “Mom’s Dumplings”, a wing bean and edamame salad textured with toasted rice, young spring vegetables and a dessert of Chinese dates and yoghurt sorbet, Taiwanese guava, salted plum powder and icy Yakult granita.
The “Spring Sea Dragon” set is available for dinners on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout March.
Spring Dishes At LucAle
Pasta is always a good idea – especially when it comes enveloped in a decadent fresh tomato and lobster sauce. Enter LucAle, and its selection of delicious new Spring dishes. In addition to the aforementioned Fettuccine, must-orders include the Burrata con Gamberi, featuring burrata topped with red Sicilian prawns, melon, avocado and green apple, the Raviolo Gigante con Ricotta, consisting of an extra-large ricotta-stuffed raviolo, mascarpone and egg yolk in a black truffle and green pea cream sauce, and the Strudel Destrutturato dessert.
Penicillin’s “Flawless Feed” Lunch Deal
Everyone loves getting more bang for their buck; enter Penicillin’s fantastic value lunch set. The Flawless Feed Lunch includes four appetisers, one main course and three drinks for just $200! The food offering pays homage to the bar’s sustainable closed-loop model of production with its “farm-to-fork” philosophy (all ingredients are sourced locally from farms across Hong Kong). Appetisers included everything from Scottish Chicken Egg to Soup of the Day, while for mains, take your choice from the likes of Pulled Pork Tortilla Wrap and Grilled Seasonal Fish. As for the drinks, they’re all Organic Ferments in flavours like Guava & Baby Carrot, and Coconut Kefir & Beetroot. The set is available on Mondays to Saturday, from 12pm to 3pm, and we highly recommend booking in advance!
22 Ships’ Bodega Pop-Up
Upgrade your sad desk sandwich for a taste of Spain this month courtesy of 22 Ships’ bodega pop-up. Freshly-made Spanish Bocadillos are the name of the game, packed full of gourmet fillings like Chorizo, Serrano ham and Brie, Tortilla, Padron peppers and more. Wash it down with a selection of Spanish wines, or the must-have house signature Sangria – hey, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere right? The offering is available for pick-up or delivery every Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm to 9pm, for a limited time only!
Celebrate The Super Bowl With Smoke & Barrel
Game day is nearly upon us (that’s Monday, 8 February at 7:30am sharp FYI), and all-American smokehouse Smoke & Barrel is here to see to it that we won’t go hungry during the festivities. Two dedicated Super Bowl sets comprising of classics like Cider Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Brisket, Mac & Cheese, Jalapeno Corn Bread, Mississippi Mud Pie and more will be available for takeaway from 8am to 11am on the day, or all day on Sunday, 7 February. Priced from just $318 per person (minimum order for five pax), head here for the full menus. Remember to call or email in advance to confirm your order.
Lady M’s Perrier-Jouët Champagne Mille Crêpes
As if Lady M’s signature Mille Crêpes weren’t indulgent enough, this month the decadence is elevated a notch courtesy of Perrier-Jouët. The two iconic brands have teamed up to launch a Champagne-infused version of the popular dessert, complete with strawberry pastry cream and a top layer of pure champagne gelée. For the ultimate treat, opt for the exclusive package ($1,180), which comes with a 9-inch whole cake and a limited edition bottle of Champagne. Alternatively, this limited-edition collaboration is available by the slice ($82) in Lady M boutiques across town.
A Michelin Affair At The Peninsula Hong Kong
For a foodie adventure to remember, look no further than The Peninsula’s Michelin Glory Dining Experience. In celebration of its recent accolades in the 2021 Michelin Guide, the hotel has put together a six-course menu which spotlights its two Michelin-award winning restaurants – Spring Moon and Gaddi’s. Guests will start the journey at Spring Moon, whetting their appetites with bites like Roasted goose liver with barbecued pork and eryngii mushroom, Garoupa and chicken soup, and Pan-fried crab claw. Next, it’s on to Gaddi’s for mains and dessert, highlights of which include Patagonian toothfish with Hokkaido sea urchin, Miéral Pigeon with baby turnips, and a Golden apple confection. The experience is priced at $2,388 per person (plus $780 for wine pairing) and is available until Saturday, 24 April.
Lunar New Year
Offering an elevated take on traditional new year dining, Mott 32 is the place to go for premium dishes like Whole Boston Lobster ‘Lo Fu’ Salad with Australian Abalone, Braised Giant Garoupa paired with Pork Belly and Crispy Tofu Skin, Golden Glutinous Rice Balls with Pumpkin and more. Available for dine-in between Friday, 12 February to Friday, 26 February, guests are invited to curate their own eight-course banquet from the restaurant’s exclusive Lunar New Year Menu, signature dishes and the newly-launched plant-based selection (prices vary by dish). Alternatively, opt for the takeaway Poon Choi, starting from $2,080 for eight people.
Feast with a view this Lunar New Year at Hutong. This year, the iconic restaurant delights with a traditional 10-dish feast ($850 per person, plus $888 for wine pairing and a glass of Champagne), featuring delicacies like the signature Crispy de-boned lamb ribs, Black truffle chicken served with Yunnan ham fried rice and a Lo Hoi salad with Yellowfin tuna and Hokkaido scallops (don’t forget to shout and toss it as high as you can for good fortune!).
Looking to enjoy festivities at home? Opt for the incredible takeaway Seafood Poon Choi in Spicy & Sour Broth ($1,688), packed with Mandarin fish, Hokkaido scallops, tiger prawns, sun-dried oysters, chilled tofu, shiitake mushrooms, mung bean and bamboo shoots (add 180g of Prime Angus beef for an additional $100). The sumptuous pot serves up to six people.
Both offerings are available between Monday, 8 February and Monday, 15 February.
Redefining tradition, Yung’s Bistro (the sister restaurant to famed institution Yung Kee) is known for serving up classic Cantonese fare with a modern twist, and its Lunar New Year Set Lunch is no exception. Priced at $900 for two, and available for dine-in until Friday, 26 February, tuck into dim sum, assorted barbecue meats, Fried Rice with Shrimp Rose, Braised Conpoy with Black Moss and Pea Sprout, and more, all set against the backdrop of its stylish K11 Musea outpost.
For a feast at home, don’t miss the restaurant’s takeaway set ($2,980 for six people), featuring an array of signature dishes like Yung Kee’s Roasted Goose, Fried Sticky Rice with Signature Cured Meat and Red Bean Sweet Soup with Sesame Glutinous Dumplings.
Spice-lovers rejoice! Here to bring a kick to festivities is Ma La Tang mainstay Chilli Fagara and its epic Sichuan spread. Numb your tongue with fiery delights like Golden Sea Bream ($198), fried and topped with smoked Sichuan eagle tea leaves, Boston Red Lobster ($268) heaped with fragrant coriander, and spice-rubbed Ma La Skewers ($168). The limited-edition holiday menu is available for dine-in from now until Thursday, 18 February (the restaurant will be closed over the Lunar New Year weekend).
What better time to treat yourself to a Michelin-starred meal than Lunar New Year? Feast in style at three-Michelin-starred T’ang Court, courtesy of its special festive menu featuring indulgent delicacies like Braised Alaskan Crab Meat and Bamboo Fungus Rolls filled with Bird’s Nest in Pumpkin Soup with Crab Roe (designed to bring good fortune), Scrambled Egg White, Fresh Milk with Sliced Fresh Lobster and Yunnan Ham (symbolising health and wisdom) and Sauteed Scallops with Asparagus, Yellow Fungus in Taro Nest (for wealth). The limited-edition dishes are available from Friday, 12 February to Thursday, 18 February, with a 20% discount available on takeaway.
It’s a Singaporean affair over at Black Sheep’s resident Chinese kitchen Ho Lee Fook. The restaurant is offering its signature Yee Sang Platter ($258 for two or $588 for six) to supplement your at-home celebrations between Friday, 12 February and Monday, 15 February. The colourful Singaporean dish is made with a sweet and sour yuzu and plum dressing drizzled on top of Hamachi sashimi and a confetti of green daikon, beetroot, carrot, cucumber, green shallots, coriander, sesame seeds, peanuts and crispy wonton skins.
At two-Michelin-starred Ying Jee Club this new year, it’s all about spotlighting authentic Cantonese recipes, transforming classic dishes with premium ingredients. Think Taro Puff with Scallop and Caviar, Crispy Suckling Pig, Steamed Pork Dumpling with Shrimp and Whole Abalone and more. With two set menus available (including an eight-course priced at $2,288 per person), along with various à la carte and dim sum specials, head here for foodie decadence galore.
If you’re looking to honour the holidays without having to go all in with a feast, make hour way to Honbo for its new limited-edition Oxtail Sandwich ($158). Created by renowned Kin’s Kitchen Chef Lau Chun, the potato roll-sub is packed with tender braised oxtail, a sunny-side up golden yolk egg and piquant white onions which cut through the mouth-watering fattiness of the meat. Expect a modern take on traditional Chinese braised oxtail.
It’s all about the beef at La Rambla’s Lunar New Year Brunch ($780 per person, plus $380 for free-flow), available on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 February only. The menu pays homage to the ox with a strong focus on beef dishes, including Spanish Tenderloin Sando, Spanish Beef Skewer and Wagyu Beef Cheek Paella. Start your feast with an unlimited selection of tapas along with four types of shared tapas served to the table, before moving onto your choice of seasonal paella, jet-fresh options from the “seafood market” and meats from the Butcher’s Corner. Indulge in an array of traditional Spanish desserts to end.
For a Nipo-Brasileiro take on the holidays, look no further than Uma Nota. The Peel Street stalwart is serving a selection of beef-themed specials throughout the month, a highlight of which is the Rabada com Nhoque de Mandioca – a concoction of succulent oxtail slow-cooked in black beer and Brazilian spices, served with Uma Nota’s pan-fried cassava mash gnocchi and a side of watercress salad in a bright Brazilian vinaigrette. The dish is exclusively available as part of famous Brunch da Rua ($350 per person), taking place on weekends and public holidays from 11:30am to 4pm.
Warming Winter Claypot Rice At Chop Chop
Helping us to get through this cold spell is traditional Cantonese siu mei restaurant Chop Chop and its new menu of warming claypot rice. For the uninitiated, claypot rice is an age-old remedy for combating the chill of winter months, consisting of warm, fluffy rice topped with a medley of marinated meat, seafood and vegetables, cooked and served in a sizzling (you guessed it!) clay pot. Take your pick from 10 mouthwatering combinations like Japanese Beef and Egg ($120), Foie Gras & Morel Mushrooms ($120) and Chef Dai’s signature Sorrowful Clay Pot Rice ($80). For Chinese New Year, there’ll also be a Poon Choi special ($328, available from Monday, 1 February), featuring auspicious ingredients like abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, stuffed courgette with dry scallop and more. The best bit? They’re available for delivery, and come complete with the pot for easy re-heating on the stove!
Chop Chop (Fortress Hill), Shop 3, G/F, 18 Wang On Road, Fortress Hill, Hong Kong, 3618 7718
Bombay Dreams Goes Plant-Based For Its 18th Birthday
Indian restaurant Bombay Dreams marks its 18th birthday this month – an impressive feat indeed in Hong Kong. To celebrate, the restaurant is launching a 100% vegan menu. Dig into a host of colourful, vibrant dishes including the likes of Bhalla Chana Chaat ($88), Achari Aloo Gobhi ($108), Vegetable Biryani ($138) and more. Veganuary never looked so good.
Feather & Bone’s Cheese Delights
Christmas may be over but the indulgent feasting continues over at Feather & Bone, and we’re all for it. New in 2021, the beloved butcher, deli and grocer will be launching monthly exclusive specials centred around a star ingredient, starting with the decadently creamy Vacherin Mont d’Or cheese this January. Get your fix in the form of a meaty burger ($228), featuring a sixty-day dry-aged beef short rib patty topped with a generous layer of cheese, sour onion relish, garlic aioli, crispy shallots and umami-rich porcini dust. Alternatively, keep it simple and have your Vacherin Mont d’Or baked, served alongside toasted baguette and a homemade Toulouse sausage ($388).
Read more: Where To Buy Cheese In Hong Kong
Uma Nota’s Umakase Dining Experience Returns
Back by popular demand this month is Uma Nota’s fusion spin on omakase: Umakase. The exclusive dining experience sees Chef Gustavo flex his culinary muscles with a specially-curated menu of Nipo-Brasileiro dishes. Combining the best of Brazilian churrasco with Japanese robatayaki, menu highlights include the sizzling Scallops in Yuzu Butter, Pork Shoulder and Leek Skewers and the M5-grade Wagyu Sirloin, served with Feijao Tropeiro and a fresh Vinaigrette. To complement the speciality dishes, opt for the sake pairing. Kanpai!
The Umakase dining experience is available for two nights only on Monday, 1 February to Tuesday, 2 February from 6pm (pending the easing of dining restrictions).
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.uma-nota.com
Beef & Liberty Spotlights Veganuary
Burger specialist Beef & Liberty is going veggie this January, inviting its sister brand Leaves & Liberty to take over its flagship LKF location for a month-long pop-up. Rest assured, these plant-based creations are every bit as satisfying as their meaty counterparts, with dishes spotlighting seasonal vegetables, pulses, fruits and nuts. Highlights of the menu include starters of Charred Spiced Cauliflower ($49) and crowd-favourite Mac n’ Cheese Bites ($52), along with the Rocket & Candied Bamboo Salad ($98), drizzled with a peanut and toasted sesame dressing. As for the burgers, we have our eyes on the brand new Pulled Jackfruit ($99) with BBQ sauce and a vegan ginger mayonnaise coleslaw, as well as the ‘Shrumami ($99), which delights with a range of tasty textures courtesy of the homemade quinoa patty, mushroom pate and oyster mushroom tempura.
Read more: The Best Burgers In Hong Kong
MEATS’ New Lunch Menu
MEATS is starting 2021 with a bang thanks to the recent arrival of Head Chef Koki Oda, along with a brand new lunch menu to boot. The offering embodies the same great value we’ve come to know and love from Pirata Group restaurants, coming in at just $198 for a starter, main and dessert. Indulge in longstanding favourites like Fish Tacos, Porchetta and Argentinian Ribeye, before finishing on a sweet treat high with a Chocolate Brownie or Rotisserie Pineapple.
COBO House Available For Delivery
Up your takeaway game this month with this delivery offering from COBO House. Bringing fine dining home, the COBO Culinary Box features five courses, including three appetisers, your choice of main course and a dessert. The dishes take their cue from the “Chapter Two – Spices & Aromas” menu, with delights like the fork-tender 10+ Spice Short Ribs, dressed in a spicy chocolate reduction, and an Atlantic Cod Laksa with Brussels sprouts and kaffir leaves. For dessert, Chef Ray and Chef Devon have crafted an ode to Masala in the form of a Masala treacle gateau dessert. Head here to order yours now.
COBO House, www.cobohouse.com
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