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Eating out: Picnic delicatessens and catering for sunny summer weather

If you’re anything like us lately, you’re tired of all the palavering about the recent weeks of extraordinarily crappy weather.  Looking toward the bright side, the trusted weather guys over at Hong Kong Observatory have forecast sunny days ahead, and for us, that translates to picnic weather. Forget about DIY picnic baskets! We’ve already whet your appetite with our post of Best Picnic Spots in Hong Kong.  Now, we have your picnic and alfresco dining sorted in our roundup of picnic delicatessens and catering for the sunny, summer weather.


Gourmet cheeses make for the perfect picnic. Classified will pick the best of their artisan selection and deliver them to your door ready to eat.

Serving the city’s gourmets for over 25 years, Oliver’s has a concierge service that will arrange platters for junks, picnics or home entertaining with delivery throughout the city with no charge for orders over $500.

Marks and Spencer
For many homesick Brits, a picnic isn’t a picnic without a Scotch egg and a sausage roll. Thankfully Marks and Spencer’s food hall in Central offers just that as well as marinated chicken bites, cheeses, pates and a full range of other calorie-laden treats.

Great The Food Hall
Great offers a full-service catering solution for junk trips to dinner parties. Call 2918 9606 or send an email to Alternatively just drop by the salad and sandwich bar for one of the biggest selections in the city.

Chicken on the Run
Hormone-free, grain-fed chickens ready to eat. What could be better picnic fair than simple salt and pepper or mild chilli marinated chicken accompanied by one of eight delicious daily salads? Word of warning: they don’t open until 11.30, so organise delivery or plan for a later lunch.

Joel Robuchon
Wow your friends with an assorted bakery box from Le Salon de Thé, Joel Robuchon’s boulangeries in IFC, Landmark or Elements. Our personal favourite has to be the decadent la baguette aux bacons.

D’Oli France Gourmet
Small Sai Kung based company offering all things good and moreish at reasonable prices. High-quality chorizo, Serrano ham and a vast array of cheeses.

Monsieur Chatte
This French institution isn’t all about cheese; try the homemade foie gras terrine or the selection of charcuterie and other French delights.



Add some Cajun and Creole tastes to your feast with a takeaway from Magnolia. Try finger lickin’ marinated crab claws, Cajun hot chicken wings and salads from classic Caesar to roast pumpkin and baby spinach.

Gingers has a choice of three different menus suitable for picnics but at upwards of $300 a head these are more a feast than finger food. Highlights include feta and sundried filo pie and sirloin Asian salad.

Large salad platters start from $320, with delicious sounding combinations like black forest ham with wild rocket, red onions and Dijon mayo on rye, and char-grilled vegetable with fresh mint, feta cheese and garlic mayo.

Mandarin Cake Shop
The Mandarin Cake shop isn’t all about scones and rose petal jam; you can order everything from smoked salmon and spinach quiche to roasted couscous and broad bean salad. Download the delivery order form here.