Hong Kong’s dining scene is never stagnant and this month is no exception! Loosen up those belt strings and forget toning up that bikini bod… we’d much rather be chowing down on pasta galore at Jamie Oliver’s new resto (if you can get a reservation, that is!), throwing back pancakes at the city’s first pancake bar and rummin’ it at a new Caribbean-inspired bar! If you want to go the healthy route, there’s plenty for you, too, with a new superfoods snacks shop and gluten-free baked goods delivery service! Can you say Nom Nom Nom? Here’s August’s Food News Flash:
This new bar and restaurant is tucked away up on Arbuthnot Road and oozes French glamour and mystery. The swish decor has quirky touches that make this place feel very cool – and they have the cocktails to match (we recommend the Buddha’s Tears!). But the thing that makes this place so special is that it’s serving up dinner in a pretty unique setting… in pitch darkness, that is. That’s right, you may have heard of this concept in London and New York, but now you can ‘dine in the dark’ in Hong Kong! It’s a fun way to get to know someone and definitely a thought-provoking experience, especially as all the waiters are visually impaired. Try it out, or if you’re not keen, then just enjoy a delicious cocktail in the bar upstairs.
Alchemy, G/F & LG/F, 16 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 6821 2801, www.alchemy-concept.com
It’s finally open! Jamie’s Italian has hit Hong Kong with a bang and we were lucky enough to go and try it out on the opening day (stay tuned for our upcoming review!). The spacious and funky decor is welcoming and the comfort food is perfect for sharing. The drinks prices are super reasonable with a peach Bellini clocking in at only $45, so it’s ideal for a chilled out evening with friends… that is if you can get a table! Reservations are booked until September, but they do have space for walk-ins. We suggest going early at 5pm or late, at 9pm, to get a walk-in table.
Jamie’s Italian, 2/F, Soundwill Plaza II- Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 3958 2222, www.jamieoliver.com/italian/hongkong/home
Looking for a hip destination in the heart of the city for a little rum-inspired fun? The guys behind Fatty Crab are opening Rummin’ Tings – a Caribbean-inspired bar and restaurant that is sure to put you in a festive mood for a fun night out! Straight from the Caribbean, Chef Kris plans to bring a variety of spices and punchy flavours to his food and drinks, and we can’t wait to have the first sip!
Rummin’ Tings, 28 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/rummintings
Helmed by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Paolo Casagrande, ISONO Eatery and Bar at PMQ is gearing up for its soft opening, so make sure you add this one to your list of must-try restaurants! This eatery will feature an array of tasty tapas and Spanish dishes and is sure to be a hit amongst Hong Kong’s already tapas-crazed crowds! Chef Casagrande has created the dining concept around his passion for Basque Cuisine, so check in here for a taste of Spain in the heart of Hong Kong.
ISONO Eatery and Bar, 6/F, Block B, PMQ, Hong Kong, 2156 0688, www.pmq.org.hk/shop/isono-eatery-bar
Get down-home comfort fare at newly opened New York-inspired Italian eatery Carbone, located in Central’s LKF Tower. Major Food Group trio Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick opened the restaurant in Greenwich Village in New York last April, and lucky for us, they’ve brought the acclaimed eatery to Hong Kong with sumptuous Italian dishes served with old-school flair – expect wonderful service and a bit of table-side theatre!
Carbone, 9/F, LKF Tower, 23 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Nom Nom Nom!
The name of this bakery, which sells fresh, home-baked goods, says it all! Started by Laura Fairchild, Nom Nom Nom Bakery is all about delivering made-to-order baked goods straight to your door that are organic, vegan and gluten-free. Yes, the health-conscious girls among us can get excited – this is the perfect opportunity to have your cake and eat it too.
Nom Nom Nom, 6199 1457, www.nomnomnombakes.wix.com/nomming
On the superfood bandwagon? Be sure you’re getting the best in quality and ingredients by picking up products from newly launched superfood snacks company Anything But Salads. They sell everything from chai masala to granola mixes to hemp crackers and kale crisps (pretty much anything you can think of that will give you guilt-free munching throughout the day!) Check out Anything But Salads products at retailers around the city, including MANA!, Spicebox Organics, Choice Cooperative, IPC++ Foodlab and Something Fresh.
Anything But Salads, Shop B, G/F, 14 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 6743 5000, www.anythingbutsalads.com
If you’re a fan of pancakes, you’re going to want to scoot on down to STACK in Sai Ying Pun to check out how they’re taking pancakes from ordinary breakfast food to complex culinary creations with a menu that includes pancake sandwiches, pancakes paired with fresh cod, Mexican-style pancakes topped with guacamole, ribs and pancakes… you get the picture. It’s pancake heaven at this hip spot, which also serves up an interesting menu of tasty cocktails paired with, you guessed it, pancakes!
STACK, G/F, 1 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2549 9787, www.facebook.com/stackhk
Fresh Food to Go
Serving up fresh baked goods, Ali Oli has just opened a new location at One Pacific Centre in Kwun Tong. The spacious new shop is offering an array of gourmet goods, including fresh pastries, salads and sandwiches, as well as Italian coffee, premium tea and freshly-squeezed juice. This is the perfect drop-in spot for a quick coffee and sandwich on-the-go or a break from shopping!
Ali Oli, One Pacific Centre, 414 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong 2792 2655, www.alioli.com.hk
NEW MENUS AND PROMOTIONS
Pasta lovers, you have to try out Il Mattarello. This brand new company creates handmade, artisanal fresh pasta that’s packed full of flavour. Using traditional and authentic Italian techniques, they provide made-to-order fresh pasta that uses organic, natural ingredients that are MSG free… yum. Choose from simple Tagliatelle, Fettuccine, or Spaghetti (and don’t forget to test out their divine homemade pesto sauce!) or try their original Cappelletti pasta. Try out their new flavour, Pumpkin and Parmesan Cappelletti, for the ultimate pasta experience – comfort food at its best! They’ve also got a new Italian Mushroom Tomato sauce that’s worth testing out… mamma mia!
Summer at Boqueria
One of our favourite Spanish restos, Boqueria, has spruced up their menu for summer with some seafood-inspired tapas dishes. Try out some of their seasonal dishes such as Gazpacho ($58), Ventresca de Atún Rojo ($288 – Spanish fatty tuna “Toro” served with lemon, olive oil and sea salt) and Ceviche de Vieiras ($138 – scallop ceviche with lime, tarragon and pickled jalapeños). These refreshing dishes are perfect for cooling down this summer! Try them out and don’t forget to wash them down with a glass of Pink-ish Sangria ($98).
Boqueria, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2321 8681, www.boqueria.com.hk
Shake those Buns!
Fatty Crab is rolling out all-you-can-eat baos this summer for only $120 per person, every Wednesday from 5.30-11.30pm! These delicious pork and veggie soft buns pair perfectly with a 6-pack of PBR Beer ($120)… we can’t think of a better way to spend a Wednesday evening. Pick and choose the toppings and sides you want to pair with your yummy pork belly bao – and don’t forget the sriracha sauce!
Fatty Crab, G/F, 11-13 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2521 2033, www.facebook.com/FattyCrabHK
Theatre of Tapas
Looking for a unique dining experience that tells a story? Look no further than Zafran’s Theatre of Tapas menu, which will give you an exclusive front-row seat to Chef Pedro’s culinary world. You’ll get to see the exquisite dishes being created before your eyes, as well as hear the full story behind every dish and the ingredients that make them. Find out Chef Pedro’s secrets and enjoy this fascinating journey! Only very limited seats are available so make sure you book quick…
Zafran, Basement, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2116 8855, www.zafran.com.hk
Take your brunch bunch somewhere different and head to Ayu-thai-ya on Hollywood Road for a formidable Thai feast. Choose from a yummy selection at the appetiser buffet (hello, unlimited satays… ) before ordering mains and dessert to your table. The best thing about this Sunday brunch is that it’s such great value! At only $188 per person or $288 per person with unlimited Monsoon Valley Thai wines, Singha beer and cocktails, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth. Brunch is every Sunday from 12-3pm.
Ayu-thai-ya, G/F, Wisdom Centre, 35 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3105 5055, www.facebook.com/ayuthaiya
Ham and Sherry Bocadillos
Hit up Ship Street’s Ham & Sherry for a brand new lunch deal. Bag two courses for only $128, starting off with a healthy salad and followed by a delicious bocadillo! Try the burger with melted Manchego, tomato pickles and smoked mushrooms or the “Po Boy” with fried squid, avocado, house fermented chilli sauce and garlic fries… yum!
Ham & Sherry, Ground Floor, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2555 0628, www.hamandsherry.hk
Yep, you read that right… Gallery Café & Dining are serving up some crazy and creative burgers with their Gallery Burger Bonanza menu this month. This contemporary resto is asking guests to create their own ‘burger art’ creations with their online design tools and we have to admit it sounds pretty fun! In addition, their special burger menu will include the mouth-watering Thai Sirloin Steak Burger, the Vegetarian Portobello Burger, the Blue Cheese Bacon Burger and the Zesty Lime Chicken Burger. Delicious! Check out their ‘burger gallery’ here…
Galley Café & Dining, Unit 208, L2, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2604 1881, www.galley.com.hk
Acclaimed Chef Harland Goldstein is celebrating 20 years in Hong Kong with a three-course tasting menu of all-time favourites at ‘Gold’ in Lan Kwai Fong. The menu will be available from now until the end of October for $580 per person and will feature signature dishes that guests love. Choose from a range of exquisite starters and mains – we like the sound of the Hokkaido Sea Scallop Carpaccio, with Slow-Cooked Egg & White Truffle Dressing followed by the Grilled 60 Days Wet-Aged US Prime Hanger Steak of Beef, with Trademark Horseradish Mashed Potato, Organic Asparagus and Roasted Garlic Jus. Top it off with Harlan’s intriguing Nitrogen Dessert Creation. Now that’s what we call a good meal!
Gold by Harlan Goldstein, Level 2, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2869 9986, www.gold-dining.com
The very cool FINDS restaurant now has a weekend brunch available from 12-2.30pm every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday. Great if you want to change up your usual Sunday brunch routine! The four course options are accompanied by a carving trolley, which serves up Executive Chef Jaakko Sorsa’s Gravad Lax Salmon. Expect lots of seafood and don’t forget to end your brunch with a Nordic Waffle Party… Swedish waffles with jam and fresh-whipped cream? Yes please. Brunch is $398 per person; an additional $40 includes one drink of your choice and an additional $80 includes free-flow drinks.
FINDS, 1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2522 9318, www.finds.com.hk
Tea for Two
Yet more afternoon tea delights await at The Excelsior’s Café on the 1st. Two new flavours of scones – coffee-cocoa and strawberry-banana – are complimented by home-made roselle-fig jam. And it doesn’t end there, as savoury bites including crabmeat salad on endive and English ham and cheese… wonderful. The afternoon tea is priced at $218 per person or $368 for two, and is served from 3-6pm daily.
Café on the 1st, The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2894 8888, www.mandarinoriental.com/excelsior
Sunday Omakase Brunch
Sushi Tsuraku offers up unique omakase food that we love (check out our review here), and now you can enjoy it for brunch too! Every Sunday between 12-2pm you’ll be able to choose between a sashimi and nigiri set for $400 per person, or a coveted omakase chef selection set for $550. Add on $300 for free-flow sake and get ready for a high-quality Japanese feast!
Sushi Tsuraku, 9/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2521 0008, www.sushitsuraku.com
Lobster & Bubbles
Looking to indulge? Head over to the swish Café Causette at the Mandarin to try their pop-up Lobster and Bubbles menu! Featuring decadent lobster dishes and the best Champagne, this is definitely the place to come if you’re looking to splash out! With lobster skewers, tacos, dip and even lobster mac & cheese on offer, you’ll definitely get your fill of this coveted seafood. Two courses paired with a glass of bubbles is $408 and three courses paired with a glass of bubbles is $488. Go all out with the Surf and Turf and half a bottle of Billecart – Salmon Brut for $1,188! Available until the end of August.
Café Causette, The Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, 2825 4850, www.mandarinoriental.com
Ebony & Ivory Desserts
Café at the Hyatt Regency in Sha Tin has a brand new collection of black and white chocolate desserts this month that will continue into September. Pastry Chef Kelvin Lai has created delicious sweets such as homemade white forest cake and black forest cake as well as panna cotta, caramel tarts and chocolate crunch cake. If you’ve got a sweet-tooth, check it out at the restaurant’s lunch and dinner buffets starting from $298 (Mon-Fri).
Café, Lobby Level, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, 3723 1234, www.facebook.com/HyattRegencyHongKongShaTin
Celebrate the Good Times!
Flint Grill & Bar at the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong is a gorgeous venue for those special occasions. With high quality food and a stunning setting, this is definitely one for any upcoming birthdays. And you’re in luck if you do have any special occasions on the horizon, as Flint Grill & Bar are offering a dining package for $988 per person which includes a four-course dinner menu, a complimentary bottle of Ayala Champagne and a cocktail class! Talk about classy. What’s more, if you’re there for a birthday celebration, the birthday guest dines free and gets a complimentary cake too…
Flint Grill & Bar, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, 2841 3845, www.jwmarriotthongkong.com
In more food news, The Butcher’s Club just keeps on going with yet another cool regular night starting this August. T-Bone Tuesday is a weekly event featuring a four-course classic steak dinner (with, you guessed it, T-bone steaks!) for $750 per person. That dry-aged Angus beef is too good to resist… buy tickets here.
The Butcher’s Club at Editus, Factory Unit A & B, 16/F Shui Ki industrial building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 2884 0768, www.butchersclub.com.hk
Chope for Charity
Chope, the online restaurant reservations company, has teamed up with the wonderful Foodlink Foundation (see our Sassy Supports here) to raise money for their great cause. If you spot one of their mini-buses out and about, take a snap of it and Chope will donate $20 to Foodlink! Alternatively, take a picture of you ‘choping’ on a mini-bus and they’ll donate $10… don’t know what ‘choping’ is? Find out more here!
Food Panda Launch
New delivery service, Food Panda, has officially launched in Hong Kong! With a host of different restaurants available – including Sassy favourites such as MANA!, K-Roll and Bao Wow, this is perfect for those lazy Saturday nights in. Use their handy app to order and get hot, delicious food delivered straight to your door! There’s no delivery fee either so it won’t cost an arm and a leg.
8-hour Happy Hour
You better believe it! Kill Bill inspired Japanese resto Gonpachi has launched an epic 8-hour long happy hour on their Charcoal Grill platter, Snack Platter and special drinks. With over 88 sakes available, yummy charcoal-grilled skewers and snacks such as fresh eel, crab croquette and Gonpachi pizza available, this is one you won’t want to miss. Happy hour is from 2.30-6.30pm and from 10pm till late (daily). The happy hour combo is only $398 and offers a choice of charcoal grill platter or the Gonpachi snack platter plus an array of special drinks to choose from.
Gonpachi, 4/F, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2787 3688, www.leegardens.com.hk/dining/LG/2434/Gonpachi
Here in the Sassy office, we can’t get over this deal at Lily & Bloom… every Monday during Happy Hour (5-8pm) you can get your first drink for an incredible $5 only! You heard that right – $5. Drinks after are all 2 for 1, so this is a sure-fire way to cure those Monday Blues.
Lily & Bloom, 5/F and 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 6166, www.lily-bloom.com