Discover all the Hong Kong dining news of 2020…
Whether it’s a brand new menu, unmissable foodie deal or must-attend event, read on to discover everything you need to know about the Hong Kong dining scene in 2020.
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Hong Kong Dining News, 2020
New And Improved Authentic Italian Dishes At 208 Duecento Otto
Beloved Hollywood Road staple 208 Duecento Otto is ushering in its 10th anniversary, along with a revamped menu of new and improved authentic Italian eats. The restaurant has partnered with Italian fine foods importer New Food Group to source exclusive ingredients, resulting in a menu of dishes made from fresh produce that can’t be found elsewhere in Hong Kong. Think mortadella and prosciutto from two artisans in Modena and Parma; pristine tomatoes, Jerusalem artichokes and sweet friggitelli peppers; and cheeses such as pecorino di Pienza and uniquely-sized balls of burrata. Highlights include the Raw Italian Red Prawns, which pairs the treasured shellfish from Sicily with a lusciously creamy burrata cheese imported from Andria, alongside the Fassona Beef Tartare, bursting with Piedmontese flavours, and a decadent Ravioli Truffle.
208 Duecento Otto is available for delivery via JIA Everywhere.
Pie Delights At Smoke & Barrel
Good old-fashioned pie is the order of the day at Smoke & Barrel. Following the tremendous success of its special Thanksgiving pecan pie, chef duo Chris Grare and Christopher Tuthill are giving the people what they really want for Christmas this year: a special menu dedicated exclusively to pies! Available for dine-in and takeaway, there are eight drool-worthy flavours to choose from, including Triple Chocolate Truffle Fudge, Bourbon Caramel Pecan, Smokey Key Lime, Lemon Meringue and Georgia Peach, to name but a few. The eight-inch pies are priced at $400 each.
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Kyoto Joe’s Hokkaido Weekend Brunch
Forget turkey, if Japanese food is more your thing, make your way over to newly-revamped izakaya Kyoto Joe for its Hokkaido Weekend Brunch ($488). Available until the end of December, get set to feast on magnificent buffet spreads of jet-fresh sushi and sashimi, made-to-order creative rolls, and signatures from the robatayaki grill featuring meats such as A4 Wagyu from Saga, pork from Miyazaki and hanamidori chicken from Kyushu. If that wasn’t enough, guests get to take their pick of mains, including Kyoto Joe signatures and a range of specially-designed Hokkaido dishes, all with a package of free-flow drinks (from $158).
Kyoto Joe’s à-la-carte dishes are available for delivery via LKF Delivery Direct.
Rubia Adds Tapas To The Menu
Though best known for its premium Galician beef offering, Rubia is expanding its horizons this month with the launch of a new tapas menu. Indulge in a taste of Spain by way of premium cold cuts (from $40), Octopus Gallega on Potato Cream ($135), Gambas Al Ajillo ($150) and the obligatory Patatas Fritas ($47), all washed down with a glass of regional wine.
INTERVAL x MÖVENPICK Ice Cream Festive Desserts
If you’re in the mood for a festive-inspired sweet treat, look no further than coffee hotspot INTERVAL, which has joined forces with MÖVENPICK Ice Cream to bring us an array of mouthwatering desserts. Available from now until Thursday, 31 December, the three puddings spotlight various ice cream flavours: the Boxing Day, for instance, centres upon MÖVENPICK’s Cold Brew Coffee Chocolate Ice Cream, and features the addition of salted caramel sauce and coconut flakes for depth of flavour; while Alba’s Winter plays with MÖVENPICK’s Vanilla Dream Ice Cream, bringing in the delicate crunch of hazelnut and an unexpected twist of white truffle cream to surprise the tastebuds. Last but not least, the Thanksgiving introduces MÖVENPICK’s Raspberry Sorbet, paired with hand-picked raspberries, a dash of herb oil and tangy citrus powder.
INTERVAL Coffee Bar, 33 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.twins-kitchen.com/interval-coffee-bar
Monthly Breakfast At New Punjab Club
Inspired by the hearty morning meals of Punjab’s agricultural and trucking workers, Chef Palash Mitra of New Punjab Club brings us an exciting new breakfast offering, available on the first Sunday of every month. The Michelin-starred tandoor grillhouse pulls out all the stops with a set menu packed full of comforting flatbreads, kebabs and curries, accompanied by flavourful chutneys, chickpea and lentil sides. Priced at $798 per person, the next seating will be on Sunday, 6 December, from 10:30am – make sure to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment!
Chachawan Returns With A Revamped Menu
JIA Group favourite Chachawan makes a welcome return this month, complete with a fresh look and revamped selection of eats. Led by husband-and-wife chef duo Chang and Narisara Somboon, the new menu delivers a sweet-salty-sour-spicy smackdown of flavours, with innovative dishes that serve as a bold rendition of regional Isaan cuisine. Highlights include popular appetiser Som Dtum Kao Pod ($108), a vibrant and fresh corn salad with salted egg, cherry tomatoes, chilli, garlic and sweet-and-sour tamarind dressing, along with the Po Nim Pad Prik ($148), or deep-fried soft-shell crab in spicy chilli and garlic, and Sai Krok Isan ($98), featuring grilled fermented sausage and served with rice and slices of ginger. Wash it all down with a selection of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, which have all been designed to pair perfectly with the intensity of the food.
Ovolo’s Tiffin Lunches To Go
Take your desk lunch up a notch with Ovolo’s new tiffin offerings, which pack a full three-course meal into one biodegradable takeaway box. Available from all three Ovolo restaurants, including Veda in Central, Te Quiero Mucho in Sheung Wan and Komune in Southside, feast on the likes of Himalayan-inspired Silk Route Momos, Truffle Polenta, Chickpea and Mushroom Curry with Coconut Noodles, Burritos and more – not bad for a weekday, eh? Ovolo’s tiffins are priced at $138 when dining in or $98 for takeaway, with options to add on non-alcoholic or alcoholic drinks.
Chilli Fagara’s Comforting Claypot Menu
As the weather cools, we’re craving all things comfort – and Chilli Fagara’s new claypot menu hits the spot just right. For the uninitiated, these sizzling one-pot dishes come served bubbling in earthenware pots, and kept warm at the table by an elegant flame. Best paired with a steaming bowl of fluffy white rice, take your pick from variations like Fiery Beef Brisket Braised with Taro and Turnip ($198) and crowd-favourite Stewed Chicken Pot with Abalone and Pearl Garlic in Sichuan-style ($228). There are vegan options too, including the Stewed Trio Mushroom with Fresh Asian Basil and Ginger ($148), and Braised Tofu ($138), each as satisfying as the last. Chilli Fagara’s claypot menu will be available from now until the end of February.
Honjo’s Dreamer Tasting Menu Revamped
Modern Japanese flavours meet French finesse in Honjo’s revamped Dreamer Tasting Menu. Here, guests are invited to embark on a gastronomic escape with dishes inspired by the holistic elements of Earth and Sea, as well as Chef Sato Kiyoshi’s childhood memories. Priced at $680 per person for a selection of 10 dishes, it’s the perfect confluence of aesthetic artistry and culinary creativity. Highlights include the Kani Salad, a medley of fresh Hokkaido king and snow crab complete with a glass-like tomato jelly, along with the “East Meets West” heritage tartar with purple wild rice crisps. Make sure to save room for dessert, which consists of a zesty Lemongrass Granita palate cleanser and the indulgent Hokkaido milk ice cream and roasted white chocolate “North to South”.
Elevated Pub Grub At The Diplomat
Best known for its reimagined classic cocktails and vintage liqueurs, John Nugent’s dedicated speakeasy delights with a new menu of elevated “pub grub”. From the crisp and creamy Twice Baked Potato ($100) to the suckling pig Cubano ($170), Southern-style Chicken Sandwich ($160) and Truffled Mac & Cheese ($90), comfort doesn’t get much better than this. Whilst you’re there, don’t miss out on the cult favourite Diplomat Burger ($180), available in limited quantities daily, along with a side of the classiest fries in town (complete with Espelette pepper and yuzu mayo). The food menu is served Monday to Saturday, from 4pm to midnight.
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MONO’s New Cacao Dessert
Widely regarded as being home to the world’s best chocolate, cacao is a cornerstone of Latin America’s culinary heritage. So it was only a matter of time before chef-owner Ricardo Chaneton incorporated this star ingredient into his menu at South American fine dining destination MONO. Debuting in the form of a rich chocolate dessert, guests can expect an indulgent symphony of fresh cacao sorbet, dairy-free chocolate mousse, sticky cacao pulp and smoked chipotle pepper-infused chocolate shards. Going the extra mile, Ricardo has opted to make all the chocolate from scratch using raw Ecuadoran cacao pods – a true labour of love! The new dessert will form part of the restaurant’s singular tasting menu from this month onwards.
Chicken & Waffles At Yardbird
Introducing weekend brunch, Southern style. You can now get stuck into Yardbird’s much-hyped Fried Chicken and Waffles, complete with a generous pour of flagrant house maple syrup, every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 3pm. Weekends were made for indulging after all!
YAKINIKUMAFIA’s Omakase Experience
Passionate about all things wagyu? Then YAKINIKUMAFIA’s new omakase experience is for you. The exclusive set features six rare cuts of Ozaki beef, all hand-selected by founder Hisato Hamada himself. Hong Kong is the only city outside of Tokyo to have access to these, upping the exclusivity factor further. Priced at $980, the omakase also comes with the restaurant’s signature Wagyu bone soup, cast-iron prepared Koshihikari rice, “big eye” BBQ dipping sauce and Hong Kong exclusive Wagyu Keema Curry, along with the Goma Salad and a Soft Serve dessert to finish.
Dim Sum Afternoon Tea At Holt’s Café
Dim sum delights abound in this brand new afternoon tea offering from Rosewood’s Holt’s Café. The set, priced at $580 for two, features seven flavourful plates, including a creamy Egg Tart topped with bird’s nest, Braised Abalone Siu Mai and the restaurant’s decadent take on the traditional Har Gow, complete with premium Kaluga caviar. The dim sum bites are served with your choice of tea, with options ranging from the handcrafted Coconut Vodka White Peony Tea, Honey Orchid Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong, Anji Bai green tea and a classic pu’erh. For the ultimate experience, opt to sit on the restaurant’s breezy terrace overlooking Salisbury Road, or within the elegant Tea Conservatory.
The Pizza Project’s New Lunch Menu
Good news for those living and working in the Wan Chai area – The Pizza Project has extended its popular set lunch deal to include both locations. Priced at just $98, the menu includes a drink, antipasto and, of course, pizza! Options change weekly, but you can expect to find a selection of the restaurant’s signature dishes, such as the Nduja and Prosciutto E Funghi, along with exclusive specials like the Focaccia Mortadella Ricotta. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, add on dessert for just $20 more.
The Pizza Project (Wan Chai), 5 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, email@example.com, thepizzaproject.hk
TIRPSE’s New Afternoon Tea Cakes
Cake meets art as French-Japanese fine dining restaurant TIRPSE debuts two new afternoon tea cakes this month. First up is the all-white Cloud Cake, inspired by famous French chef Pierre Hermé, which brings together damask rose, Tahitian vanilla, fresh lychee and raspberry flavours, set atop a crisp coconut base. Meanwhile, the Forest Cake serves as Chef Rin’s interpretation of the classic Black Forest Cake, and features a handcrafted cherry compote with lightly spiced Valrhona chocolate. Exquisitely crafted by Head Patisserie Chef Rin Horiuchi, the sweet treats are available as part of the restaurant’s Afternoon Tea Set ($228 for one or $438 for two), and comes with Champagne, tea and coffee.
Meal Plans From BEDU, Uma Nota & Mamma Always Said
Eat your way across the globe with Meraki Hospitality Group’s weekly meal plans. Enjoy five days of lunches ($575) or dinners ($1,000) from Sassy faves BEDU, Uma Nota and Mamma Always Said, all delivered straight to your door. Highlights include BEDU’s signature Flatbread and Smoky Hummus and flavour-packed Charred Broccoli, a juicy Uma Nota Cheeseburger and the tongue tingling X.O Chicken Wings from Mamma. All lunches come with a fresh health juice shot whilst dinners include a homemade-style dessert. Meraki Meal Plans are available Monday to Friday for locations on Hong Kong Island only. Order for the week ahead before 3pm Sunday by emailing the team at the address below.
Lan Kwai Fong Delivery Direct
While a night on the town is off the cards for now, we can still indulge in some of our favourite LKF eats thanks to this new delivery service from Lan Kwai Fong Entertainment. Whether you’re craving pizza from Aria, a wagyu steak from Porterhouse or Unagi Rice from Kyoto Joe, Lan Kwai Fong Delivery Direct has you covered. To sweeten the deal, the restaurants are even throwing in complimentary extras, including a special entrée when you spend over $800 and a bottle of wine or sake (worth $500) upon a spending of $2,000. A minimum order of $800 applies for all deliveries and takeaways. Orders can be made here.
Lan Kwai Fong Delivery Direct, delivery.lkfe.com
Brickhouse may be gone but rest assured, it has not been forgotten; taco fans need only to head over to Limewood in Repulse Bay to get their fix. The beachside favourite is offering a small Brickhouse menu every day, including the classic Piggie Smalls and Protein Pancake 2.0 tacos ($135 for three), Salmon Ceviche ($160) and Home Beet Fries ($95). To drink, the iconic Diabla 2.0 cocktail will also be making a comeback. Plus, don’t forget dessert in the form of the scrumptious Coconut Tres Leche Cake ($65).
Let’s be honest, one of the hardest things about making dinner for yourself at home is deciding exactly what to cook. Luckily, Black Sheep is here to help with its new Supper Cult – a five-day weeknight meal plan. Simply let the team know your preferences, dietary requirements and number of people in your household and let them take care of the rest. Diners can choose between two experiences, Naughty or Nice, priced at $1250 per person for five nights of dinners from various Black Sheep restaurants. Delivery from Kennedy Town to Tai Hang and the Peak is included at no extra cost.
Special Arrangement Details: Head here to sign up for Supper Cult. For those looking to dine-in, most Black Sheep restaurants will be offering new or extended lunch services except La Vache! TST and Ho Lee Fook, which will remain closed for the course of the restrictions period. Head to the individual website of your chosen restaurant to find out more.
Enjoy special set menus at great prices from JIA Group’s highly-acclaimed lineup of restaurants, all delivered straight to your door. We’re particularly excited for Chachawan’s four person Premium Catering Set ($1,352). The deal features a range of signature dishes including a salt-crusted whole sea bass (Pla Phao Glua), Thai crab omelet (Kai Jiaw) and Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niaw Mamuang), and works out to be just $338 per person. Mak Mak’s Four Person Sharing Set is also worth a mention coming in at $800 (or $200 per person). It includes an appetiser, salad, two mains, a vegetables dish and dessert. And if you’re celebrating, don’t miss MONO’s family sets, starting from $,1690 for four people.
In addition to sets, other restaurants like 22 Ships, Louise and Potato Head will be offering à-la-carte menus for delivery or takeaway. Head to the JIA Everywhere site to discover more offerings from the restaurant group.
Special Arrangement Details: Delivery for JIA Everywhere orders is available upon a minimum spend of $800 (otherwise diners can pick up from the restaurant directly for no additional charge).
JIA Group, www.jiacatering.com
Rosewood’s HENRY is now open for Sunday lunch. Alongside the regular menu, guests can expect a number of exclusive specials, all packed with the restaurant’s signature southern soul. Available every Sunday from 12pm to 5pm, we can’t wait to tuck into the likes of Shrimp & Grits ($498) with Carolina Gold Rice, red prawns and andouille sausage; HENRY Fried Chicken ($248) featuring buttermilk-marinated fried chicken with homemade biscuits and gravy; and Southern Style Eggs Benedict ($198) with BBQ pork belly, corn bread muffin and Cajun hollandaise. Don’t miss the Sunday drinks specials too, which include a fiery Bloody Mary ($120) and the barrel-aged Peach Boulevardier ($120), complete with Woodford Reserve Whiskey and peach bitters.
All-day drinking and dining concept DOUBLESHOT has extended its opening hours – and introduced a host of exclusive dinner dishes and new cocktails along with it. Food-wise, diners can expect a range of seasonally-inspired small and large plates, including the Hand Cut Beef Tartare “four ways” ($168),complete with gherkins, cherry peppers, confit Japanese egg yolk, and MFC (Miguel’s Fried Chicken, $168), served alongside purple cabbage coleslaw and some DOUBLESHOT hot sauce. As for the drinks, we’ve got our eyes on the Irish coffee-inspired “revived rabbit” ($138), featuring single origin filter coffee, Irish whiskey coconut liquor and mascarpone cream, as well as the “P.B.O.F” Peanut Butter Old Fashioned ($128).
Still yet to try out new neighbourhood Italian LucAle? The hotspot’s new limited Easter brunch offering could be the perfect excuse to bite the (gourmet) bullet. Available for four days only over the long Easter weekend, the all-Italian Easter Brunch ($380) will feature unlimited plates of Salumi alongside creamy Burrata and fresh Mozzarella, complete with a selection of nourishing vegetable sides. Two hours free flow of house red, white and sparkling Italian wine is included, as well as a classic dessert of Tiramisu or Sorrento Lemon Cream Mousse. For an additional cost, guests can also choose to add on an exclusive main, such as the seasonal Spaghetti Chitarrino with Clams, Bottarga and Zucchini ($128) or Spring Lamb Chop ($178).
Sassy Tip: Great news for those who would prefer to dine at home – LucAle has a new takeaway menu. Give them a call to order now.
Availability: Easter Brunch is available for dine-in only from Friday, 10 April to Monday, 13 April, 12pm onwards; LucAle’s takeaway menu is available for pick up directly from the restaurant – call ahead to place your order.
Breathtaking night-time views meet classic Northern Chinese cuisine in Hutong’s Red Lantern Evenings – a new 13-dish dinner featuring carefully-crafted dim sum, signature mains and desserts. Priced at just $520 per person, the extensive menu includes unlimited helpings of Hutong’s famous Aromatic Peking Duck, carved tableside. Here, unique methods of temperature control and secret Qing Dynasty marinating techniques are used to create the most juicy and tender duck, with unbeatable crispy skin. Other highlights include Fried Black Truffle Chicken with Yunnan Mushrooms and Seared Hokkaido Scallop in Dongbei Spicy Salad. Plus, spice-lovers will enjoy the Red Lantern Crispy Soft-Shell Crab with Sichuan Dried Chilli, served to the table in a traditional Chinese wood basket overflowing with red chillies. For dessert, indulge in the Crispy Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Chocolate. And don’t forget drinks! Simply add on $250 for free-flow Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, or $350 to upgrade to Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Brut Champagne. Both options come with unlimited sake, wine, spirits and beer.
Ideal for a romantic date night or a fun evening out with friends, we recommend booking in advance to guarantee a window seat looking out onto the stunning Hong Kong skyline! Available on Sundays through to Thursdays, from 6pm to 9pm, enjoy Red Lantern Evenings now until the 30th April.
Culinary innovation meets fresh Australian produce in Hue’s new Taittinger Sunday brunch. This sumptuous offering kicks off with a complementary immune-boosting juice shot, followed by a selection of sharing appetisers for the table (think ocean trout with whipped cod roe, buffalo milk burrata and more). Next, onto the main! Guests can take their pick from a selection of menu highlights, such as the crispy pork belly served with confit celeriac and harissa sauce, ricotta and yam dumplings served with shiitake ginger broth, and the Australian Wagyu Bavette. Finish up your feast in style with dessert; options include a lemon tart, a fig and frangipane cake with honey and vanilla cream, and carrot cake, to name but a few. Hue’s brunch comes in at $380 per person – add on $250 for free-flow Taittinger Brut Reserve champagne, wine and Bloody Marys.
When: Every Sunday, 11am to 2:30pm
Kennedy Town favourite Mama Malouf is now adding brunch to its menu! Offerings include classic Lebanese treats such as Shakshuka and a Hummus bowl (with rice, avocado and fried halloumi). Other highlights include the Smashed Pumpkin Sourdough and the Lamb Shoulder with poached eggs and beets.
When: Available Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, 11am to 3pm
Another new brunch worth checking out this month can be found at Silencio. The modern Japanese izakaya’s all-new Jazzakaya Brunch starts at $458 per guest, which includes unlimited seasonal starters from the bar such as daily raw seafood, seasonal sashimi and maki, yakitori and grill, seafood and vegetable tempura, and more. Main course dishes include the likes of Wagyu fried rice with sofrito sauce, caramelised onion soy and housemade kimchi, lobster tempura with poached egg, yuzu hollandaise and mizuna salad on sake blini, and sushi donut with crispy rice, Hokkaido uni and North Korean uni. Guests can choose to go all out with the Gold Champagne Package ($658, includes food and two-hours free-flow Moet Imperial Brut NV), the Black Champagne Package ($958 , including free-flow Moet Grand Vintage 2012), or really splash out with the Boujee Package ($1,888, including free-flow Dom Perignon 2009).
Silencio, 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.silencio.hk
La Vache! is helping us to beat the January blues with the addition of steak sandwiches on its menu. Available exclusively on Black Sheep Restaurants’ delivery app GO, for $118 you’ll get a six-inch French baguette filled with La Vache!’s expertly-seared 5oz USDA Prime steak and béarnaise sauce, as well as a side of frites. The special steak baguette will only be available from 1 January to 31 January (daily, from 12:30pm to 2:30pm), so be sure to get yours before they’re gone!
La Vache!, available via www.delivery.blacksheeprestaurants.com
Also helping us to eat a little greener this New Year, Alvy’s has launched a brand new vegan pizza and pasta! Promising to be just as tasty as the restaurant’s other mouth-watering dishes, both are made using plant-based Impossible meat and Daiya cheese. Available now the Alvygan pizza and Resolution Ravioli are sure to be hard to pass up.
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/AlvysHK
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Featured image courtesy of Chachawan, image 1 courtesy of 208 Duecento Otto, image 2 courtesy of New Punjab Club, image 3 courtesy of Honjo, image 4 courtesy of Yardbird, image 5 courtesy of Bedu, image 6 courtesy of Limewood, image 7 courtesy of HENRY, image 8 courtesy of DOUBLESHOT by CUPPING ROOM, image 9 courtesy of LucAle, image 10 courtesy of Hutong, image 11 courtesy of Silencio, image 12 courtesy of La Vache!.