WOM weekender, 22 November: 8 things to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend
22 Nov 2019
Stone Nullah Tavern’s Thanksgiving takeover at Fini’s
One of Hong Kong’s greatest Thanksgiving traditions returns this month, as casual eatery Fini’s revives the legacy of former favourite Stone Nullah Tavern from 28 to 30 November at both their Wan Chai and Soho dining rooms. Enjoy a Thanksgiving feast (HK$548 per person, plus 10 percent) featuring classics like pulled pork mac and cheese, a choice of either garlic butter-roasted or Southern-fried turkey with apple and cheddar stuffing on the side, and freshly baked apple crumble. Doing it family style? Pre-order a feast (HK$2998, for 5 to 8 people) which includes a six-to-eight kg turkey and a bountiful amount of sides. If you’re planning to host Thanksgiving this year, leave the cooking to the experts with a takeaway dinner (HK$350 per person), which includes a cheddar biscuit, a portion of garlic-butter roasted turkey with bourbon gravy and cranberry marmalade.
Fini’s, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, +852 3182 0128
Fini’s, 49 Elgin Street, Central, +852 2387 6338; www.linguinifini.com
A rotating, week-long guest shift at Lobster Bar
Indulge in the best cocktails the city has to offer as Hong Kong institution, the Shanghai-La’s Lobster Bar (no. 33, Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019) presents a five-day guest shift series from 25 to 29 November, kicking off at 8pm each night. Don’t miss Lobster Bar’s bar manager Bob Louison shaking and stirring alongside some of the best bartenders in town showcasing their signature cocktails with uniquely crafted menus for each shift. See the full lineup and find out more here.
Lobster Bar, 6/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, +852 2820 8560; www.shangri-la.com
Honjo launches an all-new brunch menu
From 23 November (that’s tomorrow, folks!), Pirata Group’s handsome Japanese restaurant Honjo is upping the brunch ante with an all-new menu available from 12 to 2:30pm each weekend and on public holidays. Crafted by executive chef Miguel Huelamo, the modern Japanese feast (HK$468) features an impressive spread of sushi, sashimi and Irish oysters, as well as a decadent dessert station. A la carte main options include vegetarian cauliflower with truffle and passionfruit sauce, and baked chicken with butter mushrooms. Because it’s brunch, you can also add free-flow booze for an additional HK$198, inclusive of prosecco, red and white wine, cocktails, and access to a skate station.
For just HK$98, kids can have their brunch fix, too, and tuck into dishes like chicken katsu don, vegetable yaki udon and prawn tempura with udon.
Honjo,1/F, Hollywood Centre, 77-91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, +852 2663 3772; www.honjo.hk
The Flying Winemaker hosts a one-day wine crash course
Wine is like art: everyone pretends to know something about it when put on the spot, but really, we’re all just faking it. Fake it no more, though, as tomorrow (Saturday, 23 November), you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about wine but were too afraid to ask as The Flying Winemaker hosts a one-day crash course (HK$1,110). Led by experienced winemakers, the three-hour course (starting at 2pm) has all the basics covered, and includes a wine-tasting of nearly 20 different wines so you can put your knowledge to the test. Find out more here.
The Flying Winemaker, 2003B, 20/F, Arion Commercial Centre, 2-12 Queens Road West, Sheung Wan, +852 2522 2187; flyingwinemaker.com.hk
British fine diner makes a statement with a new brunch menu
Tai Kwun fine dining spot Statement has unveiled a refreshed brunch menu featuring contemporary takes on British classics. Begin the appropriately named Brittania brunch (HK$628 per person) with new starters like Irish oysters with apple cider vinaigrette, and lobster thermidor with Kirkham’s Lanchashire cheese, before moving to mains such as an Impossible wellington with spinach, mushroom and chimichurri, or roast free-range Wiltshire guinea fowl served with black pudding gravy. Alternatively, stick to the classics and tuck into Statement’s signature hand-carved roast British beef with Yorkshire pudding, carved tableside and served with roast potatoes and veg. Save room for pudding: dessert selections include sticky toffee pudding and hot apple crumble with vanilla sauce.
Included in the price is a free-flow Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne, wine and choice of cocktails, but you can also lean into the Britishness with an hour of free-flow Pimm’s (additional HK$150).
Statement, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, +852 2848 3000; www.statement.com.hk
Light bites and cocktails at La Petite Maison
H Queen’s hotspot La Petite Maison has introduced an afternoon and evening selection of booze and bites menu featuring the restaurant’s signature French-Mediterranean cuisine paired with a series of innovative cocktails. Sip on a Tomatini, a mix of pickled and fresh tomatoes muddled with white balsamic and shaken with Ketel One vodka, which pairs ideally with a burrata tartine with fresh basil (HK$145) or a homemade tapenade with garlic croutons (HK$145). Other pairings include the Diplomatico Planas rum-based Madame Coco, with coconut sorbet and fresh young coconut water, teamed with salt cod croquettes with oven-roasted pepper relish (HK$110), or the intriguing Vieux Carre, a stirred mix of Hennessy VSOP and Bulleit rye whisky, Cocchi Chianto-infused wine, benedictine and bitters, that is the ideal match for the onion tart with anchovies (HK$110). Find it at La Petite Maison daily from 12 to 2:30pm, and from 6 to 10:30pm.
La Petit Maison, H Queen’s, 23-29 Stanley Street, Central, + 852 2887 1113; http://lpmlondon.co.uk/hongkong/
Afternoon tea with your goodest boy at The Murray
One of the most idyllic spots right in the heart of the city, the open-air Cotton Tree Terrace at The Murray is inviting you and your pooch for a dreamy afternoon tea (HK$449 per person + dog, plus 10 percent) this weekend, with treats fit for both man and beast. There are two seatings each day – 2:30-4:30pm and 4:45-6:45pm – giving you and your best bud the perfect excuse for a great day out this weekend.
To make a reservation, call +852 3141 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cotton Tree Terrace, UG/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, +852 3141 8888; www.niccolohotels.com
Fortnum & Mason opens at K11 Musea
Another week, another opening at the ubiquitous K11 Musea. The latest to the line-up is the much-anticipated Fortnum & Mason. For their first-ever bricks-and-mortar store outside the UK, the two-tiered, 7,000 square foot space stocks a wide selection of the 312-year-old brand’s famous tea, biscuits – baked fresh in-store for the very first time – and more, while upstairs, the dining room is serving up a seasonal menus across lunch, dinner and, naturally, afternoon tea.
Fortnum & Mason, G/F, Shop 022, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; www.fortnumandmason.com