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Dining: new venues & new menus

By: Rebecca Simpson

Keeping up with new restaurants in Hong Kong, let alone new chefs and new menus, can be tricky. Our restaurant news round-up will keep you in the loop about the city’s ever-evolving dining scene. From the latest eatery to open its doors to celebrity chefs to Hong Kong brunches and bars, it’s all here!

Cloudy Bay Releases New Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand wine-lovers rejoice – Cloudy Bay has released it’s 2019 Sauvignon Blanc in Hong Kong. The Cloudy Bay team were in town this week for the launch and shared that this year’s conditions have been very favourable.  Yang Shen, who is the Estate Director of Cloudy Bay said, “The quality is a testament to our great vineyards, our hardworking teams and a season where everything just came together.” We can confirm the 2019 drop is vibrant and delicious, grab yourself a bottle at supermarkets and Hong Kong restaurants.

It’s the perfect time of year for a picnic and a bottle of Cloudy Bay 2019 Sauvignon Blanc

Coffee and craft beer? Yes, please!

Ready to take a deep dive into specialty coffee and craft beer? For the next two weekends, Ocean Terminal will be hosting Brew in the City, an event dedicated to coffee and craft beer. Oh, the joy! Come and enjoy harbour views while you explore over 30 coffee roastery and craft beer brewery booths, tasting experiences, and witness the Hong Kong Aeropress Championship. The event happens the weekend of 18 to 20 October, letting you dive deep into the world of specialty coffee and craft beer while enjoying the stunning harbour view at Ocean Terminal Deck. harbourcity.com.hk

Beer and coffee and harbour views – what more do you need from the weekend?

White Truffles have landed in Hong Kong

Truffle season has hit Hong Kong. This season’s harvest sees truffles that are a little smaller than last year, but it’s definitely worth adding to your ‘must-do’ gourmet experiences in these last few months of the year. Chef Riccardo Catarsi from Nicholini’s at The Conrad Hong Kong has created a collection of culinary delicacies starring these white diamonds of the food world. These can be ordered a la carte but we tried Nicholini’s white truffle menu paired with Italian wines and a very special musical pairing. It was a triple pairing that creates a very special night out indeed. Online Reservations: ConradDining.com  

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Pasta lovers will appreciate the artistry in Chef Riccardo Catarsi’s homemade ravioli, blue lobster, burrata cheese, lobster cacciucco sauce with white truffle. The ravioli arrive with leaves of parsley impressed on them!

Japanese Wagyu at the InterContinental

The Steak House winebar + grill at InterContinental Hong Kong has been on a quest for the world’s best beef these past few months. What a great adventure! In the coming months, this Hong Kong restaurant is all about Japanese Wagyu. From 4 November – 30 December, the hotel’s Executive Chef Maxime Luvara and Steak House Chef Chiu Ming Chan will present IGA Japanese Wagyu from 100% pure-bred Black-haired Wagyu (Kuroge). This is Japan’s highest quality beef, which is renowned for its fine grain and marbling. See the menu and details here: IGA Japanese Wagyu Beef Menu

Great Food Hall gets a facelift

Great Food Hall at Pacific Place re-opened this week after a renovation. The newly revamped premises is now offering a wider selection of gourmet food.  There’s a take-away zone for grabbing lunch and meals on the go. Plus, all the fresh veggies and other ingredients from around the globe you’ll need. This is along with a range of international grocery brands and health foods. Great Food Hall

Haute Singaporean-French cuisine at Bibo

Bibo by Le Comptoir continues to push the boundaries of modern dining. This season, Chef Nicholas Chew takes inspiration from his native Singapore to infuse classical French dishes with colourful Peranakan influences. He’s offering the city’s first original taste of haute Singaporean-French cuisine. Chef Nick’s experiences leading Michelin-starred kitchens is infused with his memories growing up in Singapore to create this special dining experience. In addition to the selection of à la carte items, a new degustation experience, Chef’s Imagination, features six courses of Chef Nick’s seasonal Singaporean-inspired French creations. The Chef’s Imagination experience is from $998 per guest, with the option of wine-pairing with six glasses for an additional $488.  bibo.hk

Come and experience haute Singaporean-French cuisine at Bibo

New menu at Mott 32

Chinese restaurant Mott 32 is famed for its Apple Wood Roasted Peking Duck. To celebrate the weather cooling off, it has launched its Autumn & Winter menu. Under the leadership of Chef Lee Man-Sing, Mott 32’s culinary team has curated a selection of traditional Chinese dishes well-suited to the cooler months. The menu showcases hearty, sharing-style dishes, allowing authentic flavours of Cantonese, Sichuan and Beijing cuisines to shine. mott32.com

Café Gray Deluxe wine pairing menu

The Upper House is turning 10 and marking the occasion with a special wine-pairing menu at Café Gray Deluxe. All this month, you can indulge in an exceptional celebratory dining experience. The experience couples some of Café Gray Deluxe’s most popular dishes with delicious 2009 vintages. We’re delighted to see our friends at Nyetimber form part of this special menu. Café Gray Deluxe has partnered with pioneering English Sparkling wine producer Nyetimber. Together, they are offering a Hong Kong preview of their 1086 Rosé. This is the most prestigious (and expensive) wine in their portfolio. Tables of 10 or more will receive a complimentary magnum of Nyetimber 1086 Rosé. The four-course pairing experience is $1,260 per person and is available all month. upperhouse.com | nyetimber.com

Happy Birthday to The Upper House!

Restaurants supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

As we head into October, we’ll be capturing the restaurants in Hong Kong with initiatives that support Breast Cancer Awareness.

  • Feather & Bone: Partnering with AIX and Duval Leroy, Feather & Bone is launching two free-flow packages, inviting us all to drink pink this October. Twenty percent of free-flow package purchases shall be donated to the Portia Cheung Breast Cancer programme. Drink for good by choosing from a two-hour free flow AIX Rose (HK$188) or Duval Leroy Brut Champagne (HK$358) daily from 11am to 4pm at featherandbone.com.hk.
  • Ciao Chow: Italian Café Ciao Chow in LKF has designed a special edition Bella Rosa cocktail and dessert. This October, the eatery will be raising funds for the HK Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry.


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