4 November, 2014
Eat & Drink

Food News Flash – November: Restaurant openings, new menus and happy hours!

4 November, 2014

As usual, it’s a super busy month in Honkers for food news, with a ton of new restaurant openings, some re-openings and of course a lot of new promotions and menus. If you’re a fan of succulent Hairy Crab or indulgent white truffles, this is the month for you! There are too many delicious options to choose from… we might as well start off the festive season how we mean to go on!


unnamed-2The Butchers Club Bali
Bali you say?! That’s right, our favourite carnivores are opening up their beloved The Butchers Club Burgers in this Indonesian paradise – their first international opening! They’ve been expanding at a massive rate this year with The Butchers Club Deli, Steak Frites by The Butchers Club and even The Butchers Club Food Truck, and now they’re going global. So if you’re taking a much-needed vacay to Bali don’t forget to check them out in the buzzing area of Seminyak to get your meat-fix!

The Butchers Club Bali, Jl Cendrawasih, Lingk Umasari Kel, Korobokan, Kelod, Kec Jutautara, Badung, Bali, Indonesia, www.butchersclub.com.hk

1546294_942166319145566_3663020336813287751_nRummin’ Tings
Ok, so we may have just discovered our new favourite hangout. Bringing a little spice to Wyndham Street is Rummin’ Tings, a funky little bar opened by the guys behind Fatty Crab. With a totally cool interior designed by our former That Girl Candace Campos and an awesome playlist flowing through the speakers, this is the place to come if you want to unwind after a long day at work. The Caribbean inspired food is perfect for grazing on over some drinks (the cocktails are strong but delicious!) and it’s a great place to start off a fun night. Stay tuned for our full review coming soon!

Rummin’ Tings, G/F, 28 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2523 7070, www.rummintings.hk

1459743_778157648912345_5992292455711381002_nThe Pawn
Ok, so it’s not a NEW opening, but it’s had a complete refresh after renovations over the summer. Yep, our favourite Wan Chai haunt is back with a brand new look in both the bar and the restaurant area, with a modern menu to match. We love the look of the sleek interior and the botanical wall… and we can’t wait to be back in this beautiful, old building sipping a fab cocktail!

 The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2866 3444, www.thepawn.com.hk

unnamed-1Foxtail & Broomcorn
Get your noodle on at this cool new joint in Sheung Wan. A steaming bowl of this Asian comfort food is made even better by the fact that it’s MSG free… whether you’re an udon lover or pho fanatic, there’s something here for everyone. We can’t wait to try out this pan-Asian spot for an office lunch outing, and the cool interior and chilled out vibe is already attracting the crowds.

Foxtail & Broomcorn, G/F, 84 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2415 2555, www.facebook.com/pages/Foxtail-Broomcorn

Interior_high ceiling 1 (website)-1Gradini

We love a good Italian meal, and the new Gradini in the very swanky The Pottinger hotel promises to deliver one! The bright yet sleek interior is ideal for a date-night meal, and the signature hearty Italian dishes will leave you feeling fully satisfied. We’re looking forward to trying dishes such as the “Grilled Mediterranean Octopus with Citrus Salad on Hand-Picked Baby Spinach Leave” and the “Pasta with Tuscan Sausage in Spicy Tomato Sauce with Parmesan Cheese”… yum! Stay tuned for our review coming soon.

Gradini Ristorante Italiano, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong (main entrance on 21 Stanley Street), 2308 3088, www.thepottinger.com

10671411_831208386919368_8605192294691910440_nMrs Pound
You might have tried Mrs Pound’s Southeast Asian street-food inspired treats at PMQ’s Night Market over the summer, and if that tickled your tastebuds then you’ll be pleased to know that they’ve now opened a restaurant! This super cool new resto is disguised as an old Chinese stamp shop – very speakeasy-esque – and serves up the same delicious flavours with a modern twist. Two words: Rendang Poutine. Our mouths are watering already… stay tuned for our review coming soon.

Mrs Pound, 6 Pound Lane, Hong Kong, 3426 3949, www.facebook.com/MrsPoundHK

Sohofama delivers some healthy Cantonese-inspired fare to design hub PMQ. From the guys behind organic resto Locofama (read our review here) and in partnership with lifestyle store G.O.D,  Sohofama brings comfort Chinese food to this trendy location. The convenient location and tasty flavours with a healthy twist are ideal for a memorable weeknight meal.

Sohofama, G/F, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central District, Hong Kong, 2858 8238, www.sohofama.com

Steak-lovers, this one’s for you. Gaucho brings its award-winning London restaurant overseas, and we’re lucky that they’ve chosen Hong Kong as their first Asian location. Serving up mouth-watering Argentinean dishes, this is the place to come if you’re craving a steak. Free-range Argentinean Angus beef… need we say more?

Gaucho, 5/F LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2386 8090, www.gauchorestaurants.com.hk

It might not be a new restaurant opening, but this new Hong Kong based company is offering up some scrumptious condiments fit for grown-ups that we just had to mention. We were lucky enough to try a range of relishes and chutneys (with some crackers and cheese of course!) including Chilli Vodka Jam and Smokey Onion Bourbon Chutney. Chutneys with a boozey kick? Yes please!

Lowe’s, call 5613 2841 or email Wendy@lowescondiments.com for orders. 

There have been rumblings about a new restaurant from Maximal Concepts for a while now, and we can confirm the location will be in Repulse Bay! A bold move for the super cool dining group. We can’t wait to find out what the concept and cuisine is, and we’re sure that we’ll be bringing you more news of this hot new opening soon…


Advent_calendar_largeAmeriCraft – with a special Sassy Giveaway!
With Christmas on the horizon, AmeriCraft have decided to get festive with their Craft Beer Advent Calendar! Count down the days until Christmas with a new craft beer surprise each day! This very special adult advent calendar includes 25 different beers: from Anchor Brewing and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, to Kona Brewing Co. and Widmer Brothers Brewing. They’ve also got some special winter beers such as Anchor Christmas Ale and the much sought after Founders Breakfast Stout… time to get merry! If beer if you tipple then you’re in luck, as we’re giving away one Craft Beer Advent Calendar to one lucky reader. Simply enter your deets in the form below for the chance to win! The giveaway ends 15 November.



Eggs BenedictQuayside 
Located at the Fenwick Pier in Wan Chai, this casual al fresco restaurant has just launched a brand new Sunday brunch, and we can’t wait to try it! The menu features international dishes with a distinct French bistro influence, so you’ll be able to wine and dine in style. Main entrees include Eggs Benedict, Pasta or Risotto Set, Pizza or Wood-fired BBQ including chargoal-grilled striploin, spring chicken, salmon and lamb chops. Bring the kiddos along as they also have a special kids’ menu with a choice of bolognese, pesto or carbonara pasta, priced at $88 per portion.

Quayside, G/F, Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, 1 Lung King Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2661 6708, www.quaysidehongkong.com

10357190_717328658343966_3640174204219027926_nFoodpanda x Herbivores
One of our favourite delivery options Foodpanda is now bring you healthier options with the launch of Green Monday, in partnership with Herbivores. Featuring restaurants such as MANA!, eat Right, Nam Kee H, Café O and of course, Herbivores, Green Monday will allow you to pick out nutritious and health options at the click of a button and have it delivered straight to your door. Discount: Food Panda is offering 10% off all Green Monday orders for the month of November – just enter the code GREENPANDA.


unnamedBeef & Liberty
It’s Movember, mamas! While you might not be a big fan of the moustache look (we aren’t either!), you can take advantage of the holiday to dig into Beef & Liberty’s special edition “Mo Cheese” Burger. Clever, eh? The “Mo Cheese” Burger is a hefty patty made of grass-fed Tasmanian beef, butter leaf lettuce and two thick slices of Ogleshield Cheese – all served on a sourdough bun imprinted with a black sesame moustache – the kids are sure to love it! The best part is that all proceeds from the burger will go towards the Movember Foundation, a global charity dedicated to cancer research and other significant men’s health issues.

Beef & Liberty, 2811-3009, Star St. Precinct, 2/F, 23 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/BeefandLibertyHK

unnamed (1)22 Ships
Chef Nathan Green is switching it up at 22 Ships, with a new autumn menu featuring earth-inspired tapas. We are drooling at the sound of the Duck egg, black pudding and apple ($98), Artichoke, king oyster mushrooms and miso, truffle ($118) and the Red snapper with pine nuts and chorizo ($148). Mix these in with a few standard favourites like the Spanish breakfast and Iberico pork and foie gras burger for a truly decadent meal. Don’t forget to top it off with the chef’s new Peanut butter, condensed milk and banana concoction ($78).

22 Ships, 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2555 0722, www.22ships.com

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 2.15.10 PM“Lee Gardens Only Exclusive Cuisines” Campaign
Take advantage of the Lee Gardens Dining Campaign running from now until 16 November and enjoy exclusive dishes at 23 participating restaurants at Lee Gardens One and Two, Hysan Place and Lee Theatre. Spoilt for choice? Pick up a copy of the Lee Gardens Food Guide, specially curated by popular author and food TV host Jacky Yu, and browse the tasty menu options at Gonpachi, Ho Hung Kee, Sunning Restaurant, Cafe & Meal MUJI, Paradise Dynasty and more. During the promotion period, diners who spend $1,500 at any restaurants at Lee Gardens (with a maximum of three receipts) can redeem a complimentary dining voucher worth $100 at a restaurant of their choice.

Lee Gardens One and Two, Hysan Place and Lee Theatre, www.leegardens.com.hk

10154973_1545246602360773_588728082018891322_nMott 32 Hairy Crab
One of our favourite Chinese restaurants, Mott 32, is going all out for Hairy Crab season. Feast on a selection of five delicious dishes that use this local seasonal speciality, including Hairy Crab & Kurobuta Pork Shanghainese Soup Dumplings and Baked Hairy Crab Chinese Bead Curd. All five dishes are available at lunch and dinner, so if you really want to enjoy this yearly treat then what better place than the beautifully decorated Mott?

Mott 32, Standard Chartered Building. 4-4A Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2885 8668, www.mott32.com

unnamed-2Hairy Crab at Kaestu
You can’t really go wrong with the Grand Hyatt when it comes to dining… and you can always rely on them for seasonal delicacies. Treat yourself to Steamed Hokuriku Zuwai crab ($420) or go all out with the Grilled live Hokkaido Taraba king crab legs ($2,000). The creamy crab roe and sweet crab meat is in these rich dishes, perfect for all the crab-lovers out there!

Kaetsu, Mezzanine Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, 2584 7722, hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com

unnamed-1Isono White Truffles
PMQ’s Spanish style resto is fully embracing the season of truffles! They’ve whipped up three special dishes to showcase this luxurious ingredient, all of which will be rich and indulgent. There will be Meat Paella with Cured Iberico Pancetta, Tajerin with Butter and Organic Egg Yolk and Fontina Cheese Fondue, all accompanied with flavourful and delicious white truffles. Don’t miss out on this much-loved food!

Isono Eatery & Bar, H601-H608, 6/F, Hollywood Block, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2156 0688, www.isono-vasco.com.hk

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Hi, I’m Lauren and I was born and raised right here in Hong Kong. That being said, with a blonde-haired, blue-eyed mum from England and a Chinese-Australian father, I would definitely say that I grew up as a third culture kid! I love every part of this city and all its many contrasts; from the green of the country parks (and the scary monkeys…) to the shimmery lights of the skyline – it never gets old. I’ve always loved to travel and living here is such a privilege as we’re so close to so many incredible countries and different cultures. I’ve always got a bad case of wanderlust and I’m constantly on the look out for an adventure… here’s to my new adventure at Sassy!

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This is my first year in Hong Kong and I’m beginning to see why so many call Hong Kong their favourite city in the world! After obtaining my masters in journalism at Columbia University and working a short stint at Condé Nast in NYC, I’ve spent the past two years writing for a parenting magazine in Shanghai and can’t wait to bring that mama-expertise to Sassy Mama HK! I love everything kid-related and look forward to pounding the pavement in search of the city’s best family-friendly shopping, dining, travel, arts and entertainment options to share with Sassy’s amazing mom community (not to mention the occasional cupcake tasting or pizza-making party!)

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