Hong Kong is one of the world’s great cities and as anyone who lives here knows, it attracts the best and the brightest when it comes to the wine and dine scene. To help you stay on top of Hong Kong’s food and restaurant news, here’s our monthly round-up of some of the new restaurants, new menus, new chefs and events to check out.
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula
You might not have thought it possible but afternoon tea in The Peninsula hotel just got more luxe. The Pen has collaborated with prestigious French jewellery house, Van Cleef & Arpels, to create a special afternoon tea menu. A range of tempting treats with floral motifs is being served up to pay tribute to the jewellery brand. The special afternoon tea is being offered until 30 September and is HK$388 for one person or HK$688 for two and will be served daily from 2pm–6pm. A glass of Champagne can be included for an extra HK$220.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
BRICK LANE comes to Causeway Bay
Among the latest restaurant news, BRICK LANE has opened a new branch in Lee Garden Six in Causeway Bay. Renowned for British fare such as eggs Benedict and fish and chips, the Causeway Bay branch will have special menu items. These include 48 hours slow-cooked prime ribs, grilled scallop salad and a breakfast menu with items such as quinoa porridge. It is also offering a special afternoon tea set and a competition to win one of 10 sets of ‘dinner for two’.
Morty’s now on Star Street
Fans of New York deli food will be pleased to know that Morty’s Delicatessan has opened its second Hong Kong outlet on Wing Fung Street in the Wan Chai’s Star Street precinct. The Star Street venue offers a selection of brand new dinner dishes as well as its famous American sandwiches. Expect signature beef dishes, along with all-American food such as wings and cornbread and some American-Asian fusion dishes such as smoked duck fried rice. There are also vegetarian options. Fans of a Reuben sandwich have the chance to take part in the 1kg Reuben Challenge on Monday nights. It costs HK$588 but if you can eat 750g of Morty’s slow smoked pastrami, served with Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut on four pieces of house rye, as well as fries and pickles, you eat for free!
8-10 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai
Haku hits Harbour City
In other restaurant news, a new venue has opened in Harbour City, offering Japanese food with a European twist in a Kappo style kitchen. The concept of HAKU is inspired by chef Hideaki Matsuo of three-Michelin starred Osaka restaurant Kashiwaya, and is led on the ground by Executive Chef Agustin Balbi, Hong Kong Tatler’s Best New Chef 2016. The kappo-style kitchen allows diners to see the theatre of the food preparation and also for conversation between chefs and guests. The menu is made for sharing and dishes include starters such as Japanese tomatoes with Kamasu and Bellota ham for HK$148, and mains such as chu toro with Kristal caviar, polmard beef and rice tuile for HK$488.
Shop OT G04B, Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
McSorley’s opens in Soho
Irish pub McSorley’s Ale House has returned to Soho with a two-floor bar and restaurant on Staunton Street. Enjoy drinks or dining with a menu of Irish pub signatures and Indian specialties downstairs, as well as live broadcasting of sports shows. There is also an intimate upstairs space which can be used for private events or functions.
McSorley’s Ale House
46 Staunton Street, Soho, Central
New chef at Spasso
In other restaurant news, Tommaso Rigoni has taken over the reins at Spasso as the new head chef at the DiVino Group Tsim Sha Tsui venue. Tommaso arrived in Hong Kong in 2014 with a CV which boasted stints at Michelin star restaurants in Venice and Milan. He will be launching seasonal and celebratory menus at the popular resto, such as his Summer-on-the-Terrace promotion, serving Italian beverages and canapés for post-work customers, in the style of Milan.
G5-8, 12-17, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
New cafe concept for The Coffee Academics
The Coffee Academics has added to its roster of outlets, opening a “hole in the wall” café, Roastery Lab. Centrally located at the tangent of Peel Street, Roastery Lab is the first inner-city micro-roastery. Its curated offerings will be limited to three basic coffee options – black, white or filtered – along with a selection of baked goods.
Basement, 41 Staunton St (Enter from Peel St), Soho, Central
Truffles at Cochin
Don’t miss your last chance to sample Australian truffles with Cochin, the final restaurant to take part in the Hong Kong Truffle Season dinners, featuring truffles on its menu until 3 September. Black Perigord Truffles, traditionally grown in France, are now being produced in the cooler part of Western Australia and imported to Hong Kong by Waves Pacific. Cochin is showcasing the flavours of this delicacy in innovative dishes such as mushroom and foie gras carpaccio.
26 Peel Street, Central
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