24 October, 2019
Eat & Drink

What’s New In The 852: aqua’s New Brunch, Afternoon Tea At Old Bailey And More

24 October, 2019

Looking for promos, deals and brand new meals? We’ve done the legwork to round up everything, and everywhere, you’ll want to eat this month.

It can be a tricky task keeping up with our ever-changing culinary landscape, but we want to keep you up to date on all the new restaurants, lunch and brunch menus and pop-ups in Hong Kong. And this week has some amazing new offers you won’t want to miss. To help you find what you’re looking for, click on the handy sections below to take you straight there:

New Restaurants
Special Menus and Offers
Lunch and Brunch Specials

Read more: What’s New in the 852: Sevva Reopens, Uma Nota Does Lunch And More

New Restaurants

Uncle Momo

Set to open soon, Uncle Momo will be serving the delectable cuisine of Nepal. Momos are sure to be a main stay on the comfort food menu, but a glance at the new opening’s Instagram shows that Dan Dan Noodles will be amongst the food offerings. The restaurant will be available on Deliveroo only to start with, with deliveries available on the Southside of the island, and more areas to be added soon.

Uncle Momo, www.facebook.com/unclemomohk

Gontran Cherrier

Pastry fans, listen up! Globally renowned pastry chef, Gontran Cherrier has opened his first boulangerie and restaurant in Hong Kong. As a brand reputed to be one of the top-ranked French bakeries in the world, the news that it would be coming to the city was met with much excitement, and now the doors are open. Known for combining the world of traditional French bakery with international flavours, carb lovers can’t miss the unique and high-quality pastry results – all of which are made using its own flour and butter imported from France. Found in the new K11 MUSEA in Tsim Sha Tsui, the new French bistro is open daily from 11am to 10pm, serving a menu that includes six categories – entrees, soup, pasta, risotto, meat and fish – throughout lunch, brunch and dinner. Signature dishes include French onion soup with a crunchy baguette ($78); tomato salad with creamy burrata ($128); and squid ink risotto and seafood ($120) – not to mention the standout pastry offerings, including eclairs (baked in four flavours!), lemon tart, pain au chocolat and both traditional and creative croissants.

Gontran Cherrier, B2, Shops B205 – B207, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.gontran-cherrier.com

Read more: Where to Eat, Drink & Shop In K11 MUSEA

Keep up to date with all the latest restaurant openings here!

Special Menus and Offers

whats new in the 852 Burger Circus

Burger Circus

It may be the last week of October, but there is still plenty of time to get in the Halloween spirit with Burger Circus’s seasonal offerings. Head to the retro burger joint this month to enjoy a frighteningly sweet Halloween Candy Shake ($78). The shake features a vanilla base and has nerds and edible candy eyes mixed in, before being topped off with a tangle of black liquorice laces. Also on offer is the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Cake. Enjoy yours by the slice ($48), or order a whole cake ($288) for autumnal celebrations. Don’t forget to swing by Burger Circus this Halloween week and enjoy free shots if you pop in wearing costume from Monday, 28 October to Sunday, 3 November.

Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.burgercircus.com.hk

Cali-Mex

Another Hong Kong restaurant offering up an amazing deal this Halloween is Cali-Mex. Aptly renaming the spookiest night of the year to Boo-rrito Day, head to any of its locations across the city in your costume to enjoy a burrito for just $38 (original beef, pork, chicken or veggie) with the purchase of any drink. As an added bonus, those who post a photo on Instagram of themselves in costume at Cali-Mex, using #CalimexBoorrito have a chance of winning an entire year of free burritos!

Cali-Mex, multiple locations across Hong Kong, www.cali-mex.com 

whats new in the 852 old bailey hairy crab

Old Bailey

Speaking of seasonal delights, don’t miss Old Bailey’s new menu which celebrates all things hairy crab. The short-lived hairy crab season is only until November, so don’t miss new dishes that include steamed fresh hairy crab roe xiao long bao ($128 for two pieces); hairy crab roe hand-pulled noodles ($168 per person); steamed Hokkaido hairy crab ($480 for 210g, $680 for 245g) and more. Crab fanatics shouldn’t miss the Hairy Crab Special Eight-Course Tasting Menu ($988 per person), which features a range of Old Bailey signature plates and a variety of special hairy crab dishes.

Old Bailey is also introducing a brand new afternoon tea set this month. Highlighting Jiangnan delicacies and a carefully-sourced selection of Chinese teas by local craft tea shop, Plantation by teakha, the savoury and sweet afternoon tea set features bite-sized portions of Old Bailey’s signature dishes. Highlights are sure to be the Yangzhou crystal pork terrine, along with both traditional xiao long bao and mala xiao long bao. Sweet offerings include the “Rolling Donkey” made with glutinous rice roll, red bean paste and toasted peanut; and the chocolate snowy glutinous riceballs. The afternoon tea set is priced at $388 for two, including regular coffee or tea, or $468 for two with specialty tea by Plantation by teakha. Upgrade your afternoon tea experience further with a glass each of Perrier-Jouet champagne ($638 for two).

Old Bailey, 2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.oldbailey.hk

The Cakery x Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour

Want to have your cake and eat it too? Offering a range of organic, sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan-friendly baked desserts, The Cakery works to satisfy the cravings of the health-conscious in the city and its new collaboration with Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour is sure to also impress. Guests enjoying an expertly-made gin tipple at the Central speakeasy can now tuck into two specially-made alcoholic cupcakes. The Chocolate & Gin ($65) cupcake is infused with Whitley Neill Sicilian blood orange gin, offering an alcoholic twist on the classic chocolate orange flavour. Contrastingly, the Avocado & Gin ($65) cupcake highlights Uncle Val Botanicals Gin. As well as the botanical-flavoured gin, the cupcake also features flavours of lemon, lavender and cucumber. 

The Cakery has also re-opened its doors in Lee Gardens 2 (after its pop-up in 2017) and is offering a brand new afternoon tea. Priced at $468 for two, the set is low calorie (coming in at 566kcal per person!), gluten-free and vegan. Savoury bites include stuffed romesco quinoa baby eggplant, a mixed mushroom sandwich and chia cracker with whipped hummus. Sweet treats include refined sugar-free plain chia pudding, blood orange coconut yogurt crumble, lemon tart, a signature day dreamer mini cupcake and the traditional scone – made with almond milk, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, erythritol and vegan butter.

Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/DrFernsHK

The Cakery, Lee Gardens 2, Shop 124, 1/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.thecakery.com

giando whats new in the 852

Giando

Found on a quiet corner of Wan Chai’s Star Street, Giando has been serving authentic, yet modern, Italian cuisine for 15 years. To celebrate, the restaurant and chef Gianni Caprioli has created a special six-course anniversary meal. Available from now until the end of 2019, the menu is priced at $898 per person. Highlights include seared scallop wrapped with pork cheek on corn puree with Italian clams and shaved black truffle, along with homemade potato gnocchetti on cheese fondue and shaved white truffle, and a dessert of vanilla hazelnut chocolate mousse served with hazelnut ice cream.

Giando, Shop 1, G/F, Tower, Starcrest Block 1, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.giandorestaurant.com

11 Westside

Fans of 11 Westside, get ready! The Kennedy Town Mexican restaurant is throwing open its doors (and its kitchen) for a special “Delicacies of Mexico” event on Wednesday, 6 November. Featuring three top Mexican chefs, the evening will bring together the different cooking styles of three regions of Mexico to 11 Westside. Head Chef Esdras Ochoa will be joined for the occasion by Chef Colibrí Jiménez and Chef Ángel Vázquez – all three of which have appeared on Netflix’s popular show, The Final Table. Priced at $550 per person, or $700 with a drinks pairing, the dinner will be a five-course feast, using ingredients sourced from the best corners of Mexico to create a Taco Omakase, one savoury dish from each chef, and a dessert. Seating is limited, so make sure to book your spot here.

11 Westside, 1/F The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.11westside.com

The Mira Hong Kong

If you feel like treating yourself this month, be sure to make a beeline for The Mira hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. For caviar lovers, the new Crowned by Caviar Afternoon tea at COCO is the ultimate indulgence. Priced at $428 for two guests, the menu features delights such as mini lobster roll with white sturgeon caviar, spicy salmon maki with salmon roe, and rose dark chocolate ganache tart with lychee “caviar”. Guests can also add on a glass of Champagne for $120 per person. Take your afternoon tea to the next level and enjoy it as part of the Afternoon Tea Spa Day Experience, which includes a signature massage, access to The Mira’s pool and fitness centre and COCO’s caviar tea set. 

The Mira Hong Kong, 18 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.themirahotel.com

Lunch and Brunch Specials

whats new in the 852 aqua brunch

aqua

A go-to for special occasions, aqua always impresses with its famed Because Brunch. But now it’s adding a new Press for Champagne Brunch experience to its weekend line-up! Offering exactly what it says on the tin, the brunch features an exclusive “Press for Champagne” button – giving diners access to their own Butler, who promptly serves Dom Pérignon to the table. The brunch is available on weekends and public holidays from 12pm to 3pm and is priced at $1,488 per person. The price includes unlimited Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008, along with free-flow cocktails, wine, beer and sake. To keep your stomach lined, food items include an antipasto Italiano of assorted cold cuts, cheese and freshly made black truffle burrata, along with an array of sushi and sashimi sharing platters. Guests won’t go hungry with the indulgent selection of both Italian and Japanese-inspired plates, including stone-grilled wagyu beef sirloin, pizza con aragosta (topped with decadent layers of thinly-sliced lobster!) and aqua’s signature dessert platter.

aqua, 29/F, 1 Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.aqua.com.hk

Ruam

Another brunch option can be found at Wan Chai’s newest Thai restaurant, Ruam. The value-for-money option is priced at $248 and includes sharing starters and one hearty and authentic main dish per person. Plus, be sure to add on two-hours of free-flow drinks for $198, which includes the restaurant’s signature OH YEAH! Cocktail (made with beer, ginger syrup and gin) – best enjoyed on the spacious outdoor terrace. Brunch is served at weekends from 11:30am to 3pm.

Ruam, Shop 9, 1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.ruam-thai.com 

Read more: Ruam: Casual Thai Eats On Ship Street

Featured image courtesy of Old Bailey, image 1 courtesy of Burger Circus via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Old Bailey, image 3 courtesy of Giando, image 4 courtesy of aqua.

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