We can’t help but feel that sometimes our mums lap up all the attention and our poor, long-suffering papas sometimes get a little overlooked. Father’s Day is a special day for us to spend with the leading man in our lives (we’ll leave it to you to apologise to your boyfriend for that remark!). Not only is it an excuse to go shopping, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to throw the detox out the window, down a couple of pints and gorge on a seafood platter… All in the name of fatherhood, of course!
To show our appreciation for the papas in our lives, we’ve rounded up the best of Hong Kong’s Father’s Day gifts and events for 2014. See you on 15 June — we’ll probably be eating our body weight in BBQ treats!
Grand Hyatt Steakhouse
Dads and steak go together like, erm, Dads and Steak! If mamas want daffodils, papas prefer a good ol’ hunk of meat to chow down on. The Grand Hyatt is onto this and is serving up special Father’s Day menus featuring large cuts of prime beef. Papas can also indulge in fancy cigars in the cigar room after they’ve been treated to a professional photo of the family over a meat-laden supper!
When: 15 June, dinner is from 6-10pm, the cigar room is open from 4pm-midnight
Where: Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
ToTTs & Roof Terrace
If you’ve got more of a lobster-loving dad on your hands, you might want to head up to ToTTS at The Excelsior where the champagne will be flowing, the sun should be shining (fingers crossed) and the lobster will be abundant! You’ll also get a free Polaroid picture of the family outing and unlimited champagne. Now that’s what we call a celebration!
When: 15 June, 11.30am-3pm
Where: ToTTs & Roof Terrace, The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $748 with unlimited champagne, $588 with unlimited soft drinks and juices, $388 for kids
If you’ve got a beer-loving papa, then you might want to treat him to a cold one at Belgian beer house, Frites. They’ve taken it to the next level by infusing beer into their food in honour of Father’s Day! In particular, they’ve got a Leffe Flemish ale stew. Sounds delish! Prepare yourself for a hearty feast that will leave you and Dad feeling a full and maybe a little tipsy!
When: 15 June
Where: Frites, Shop 6, 1/F Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong and G/F, Oxford House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Island East, Hong Kong
For papas who love their Spanish tapas and the lush seafood that comes with it, Tapeo has got a dish with magical Estrella cerveza broth of chilli and fennel, infused with saffron and a little Jamon Iberico. Mussels are added to the simmering amber liquid and are cooked until they just pop open. Beer, ham and seafood? You won’t be leaving Tapeo hungry!
When: 15 June
Where: Tapeo, UGF, Au’s Building, 15-19 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong and GA01-03, G/F, Lei King Wan, Site A, 55 Tai Hong Street, Hong Kong
Cocktails can have a masculine edge to them… it’s true! At Carpaccio, they’ll be serving a complimentary cocktail called the Greatest Father. What’s in it, you ask? White and dark rum, ginger beer, bitters and a freshly squeezed lime for a summery twist. Dads will also get a voucher from one of Sassy’s favourite spas, Sense of Touch. A drink and a bit of pampering? Go on, let dad indulge!
When: 15 June, brunch is served from 11.30am-3.30pm
Where: Carpaccio, Shop 307, 3rd Floor, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: Brunch is $228 per person. Alternatively, you can order from the a la carte menu.
Uniquely Hong Kong, Loyal Dining is a great place for some classic Canto cuisine. And for dads who are hankering for some fusion food, there’s a perfect set menu for a family of four, including baked escargots and deep-fried king prawns finished off with guitar pot puddings. This is a great one for a local Father’s Day!
When: 15 June
Where: Loyal Dining, 66 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $988 for four people.
The Butcher’s Club Southside Market Long Lunch
If your papa is a real steak aficionado, then you can’t get any better than The Butcher’s Club! With organic, dry-aged beef and plenty of other grub for dad to wolf down, their Southside Market Long Lunch is the ideal place for a casual, fun day out with your dad. There will also be live music as well as other food stalls popping up, and if the weather holds then this rooftop spot will be great for catching some rays on too!
When: 15 June
Where: The Butchers Club Deli at Editus, Factory Unit A+B, 16/F, Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets are $550, free entry for children under 12. Tickets are available here.
Beer and burgers, what more could dad want on Father’s Day? Sorted! With a special promotion at CaliBurger, dad will be sure to enjoy precisely those two things: a Gentleman’s Burger, which includes foie gras, and a Gentleman’s Shake, which includes some good old fashioned JD. What a way to finish off the weekend!
When: 15 June
Where: CaliBurger, G/F, 68 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Get 50% by liking on Facebook or Instagram (for dads with groups of three or more).
GIFTS FOR GUYS
The Dark Knot
Ties are funny accessories, aren’t they? There’s nothing like a well-chosen tie to make a fella look dapper, but it can so easily go wrong. That’s why we are huge fans of the team at The Dark Knot who never set a foot wrong in this tricky garment department. We particularly like their Barnstable Crabs tie in Coral Pink. Just remember, real men wear pink, okay?
Where: Order online here
How much: From $348, with free delivery!
They say it’s really hard to get a gift for men: they’re (usually) far too simple and have very few wants from life. So if you’ve asked Dad over and over what he’d like to receive on Father’s Day, and he’s just given you the generic response of “I don’t mind”, a gift card might be your best bet. They’re practical and flexible enough, and puts the choice in Dad’s hands. You can get him one from Giftwell for restaurants, cafes, and lifestyle stores. Not sure what that random thing is in the corner of G.O.D? Dad knows, and he wants one!
Where: Order online here and Dad will receive his gift card the very next day.
J M Weston
We just love these Moccasin Loafers in Black from classic J M Weston! Classic with a twist, they’re a perfect way to spruce up your pa’s office gear. They’re just a little bit fun without being too out there (because there’s nothing worse than feeling like a right old clown when you pity wear a gift from a loved one).
Where: 31G, Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong
Good old Jack Wills, our favourite Father’s Day staple… we’re very taken with their SS’14 Aldgrove Print Polo in Navy Daisy. Men in navy? A fail-safe combination that keeps everyone happy. Jack Wills keeps the British Classics coming, just watch out you don’t do a gift repeat of last year – chances are, it was your go-to gift for Father’s Day 2013!
Where: Jack Wills flagship store, L02, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tutti fruity! Dad’s been on a health kick recently — he’s joined the gym, is looking trim and is avoiding scoffing a bacon sarnie each morning. Sounds familiar, right? Why not encourage him along with a bouquet from Edible Arrangements? They’re not flowers, per se, they’re a bouquet of beautifully carved fruit! Healthy and refreshing!
Where: Edible Arrangements, Shop 3012, ifc mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong; order online here.
How much: Fruit bouquets for dad start from $558
Crabtree & Evelyn
We know dads will never admit to curiously nosing through your mum’s smellies on the bathroom counter top, but we swear we’ve seen them do it! Why not give Dad his own set to use from Crabtree & Evelyn, such as the West Indian Lime Men’s Body Care Set? It’s got a body wash and a cologne that smells summery and fragrant!
When: Available until 22 June
Where: Any of Crabtree & Evelyn’s many stores – find your nearest one here.
How much: Gift sets are $495
If you’re after something a little more sophisticated and mysterious, Lala Curio has the answer. They’ve curated some seriously stylish Father’s Day gift bags for the dad with discerning tastes. The whole collection is smokey and sultry, including items like a Stainless Steel Drinks Tray and Saddle Leather Stitch Handles. It’s not cheap, but it’s ideal for the man who enjoys quality over quantity. It comes beautifully wrapped and is certainly a gift that packs a rather elegant punch.
Where: Lala Curio, G/F, 1 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai, Hong Kong