Not pumpkin spice: Hong Kong’s best eats for autumn
22 Oct 2019
Shorter days and cooler nights -- autumn is officially upon us. And while we love cinnamon as much as the next person, perhaps it’s time the pumpkin spice takes a back seat. From fusion menus to over-the-top surf and turfs, here’s our pick of the best sweet and savoury eats of the season.
Tate Dining Room
Make your way to Tate Dining Room for award-winning chef Vicky Lau’s picture perfect, produce-driven seasonal plates pairing French cooking techniques with Chinese ingredients. This autumn, the Michelin-starred restaurant presents an all-new, eight-course tasting menu (HK$1680, plus 10%), with innovative dishes like a crispy tart with Chinese-inspired drunken sweet shrimp and chestnut sago soufflé served with chestnut paste and pu-er ice-cream. Finish with an assortment of small pastries inspired by Lau’s childhood.
Tate Dining Room, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, +852 2555 2172; www.tate.com.hk
Ying Jee Club
For traditional Cantonese with an innovative twist, look no further than Ying Jee Club. This autumn, the two-Michelin-starred fine diner presents an all-new autumn tasting menu (HK$1,980, plus HK$600 for wine pairing), that showcases quality ingredients paired with wines from old and new-world vineyards. Celebrated chef Siu Hin Chi’s menu of seasonal delicacies includes highlights like hot and sour broth with sea cucumber and bean curd, and sautéed king prawn water chestnut and conpoy with fried head and tail in sweet and sour sauce. The dishes are available until 30 November.
Ying Jee Club, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central, +852 2801 6882; www.yingjeeclub.hk
Singaporean flavours meet French culinary flair at Bibo. This autumn, executive chef Nicholas Chew has incorporated Peranakan flavours from his native Singapore into the contemporary French menu with all-new à la carte dinner selection which features dishes like Oyster ‘Ostrea’ Speciales No.2 served with pickled beetroot, lemon and vinegar yuzu sesame (HK$138 for 3, HK$278 for 6), and Miyazaki Wagyu A4 with brioche, rendang and clam and keluak (HK$598). The Relais and Châteaux restaurant has also introduced a six-course autumn tasting menu (HK$998 plus 10%, additional HK$488 for wine pairing) featuring seasonal fusion fare such as celeriac risotto with Botan prawn, coconut and laksa, and Aveyron lamb with cabbage, nori, house-made XO sauce and ikura.
Bibo, 163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, +852 2956 3188; www.bibo.hk
Morton’s the Steakhouse
A longstanding go-to for one of the finest steaks in town, classic American meat haven Morton’s launches a limited-edition lobster and fillet (HK$688 plus 10%), available until the end of the year. This premium surf-and-turf features an 8oz filet mignon topped with an entire Chix lobster, finished off with butter and freshly grated parmesan and a side of steamed asparagus and Old Bay puff pastry. Overlooking the priceless harbour skyline, make the most of your evening with a glass of red (or two).
Morton’s the Steakhouse, 4/F, The Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2732 2343; www.mortons.com
InterContinental Hong Kong
It’s fashion, dahling! This season, the InterContinental has teamed up with Tory Burch for a limited-time autumn afternoon tea inspired the fashion brand’s fall/winter collection. Crafted by executive chef Maxime Luvara and executive pastry chef Christian Gonthier with the season’s colours and silhouettes in mind, the tea set (HK$688 for two, plus 10%) presents an array of dishes with style and substance. Taste the hues with delectably chic savouries like BBQ pork and purple sweet potato bun, and foie gras and chestnut parfait, as well as pastries like Grand Marnier macaron and dark chocolate éclair. The set also comes with two gift cards for 10% of all full-priced items (plus a gift upon presentation of the voucher) from the Tory Burch outlet at K11 Musea.
Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, +852 2313 2323; https://hongkong-ic.intercontinental.co
Much like pumpkin spice heralds the changing of the seasons on one side of the Pacific, in Japan it’s not really autumn until the first taste of sanma, or mackerel pike. The popular seasonal fish is the star of the show at lively Lai Chi Kok izakaya Umai, whose head chef Shimoji Atsushi has introduced a range of limited-edition offerings. The seasonal selection features dishes like sushi-grade sanma kamameshi (rice cooked in an iron pot on the table) (HK$268) and deliciously simple grilled seasonal jet-fresh sanma (HK$248) with grated daikon and lemon. Can’t get enough of the fish? Opt for the sanma tasting menu (HK$1088 for two) paired with a dangerously smooth home-made plum wine.
Umai, Shop 2, G/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, +852 2743 8011; www.umai.com.hk
Located in the Instagram dream that is the Asia Society, award-winning Ammo’s Italian-Japanese cuisine takes on a seasonal hue this autumn. Crafted by executive chef Jack Law and available until the end of November, the new six-course tasting menu (HK$680, plus 10%) includes dishes such as A5 wagyu sukiyaki tagliolini with 65-degree slow-cooked egg yolk, and wagyu curry risotto. With the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling glass window and inviting interior, it’s the perfect spot for date night this (almost) cupping season.
Ammo, Asia Society, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, +852 2537 9888; www.ammo.com.hk/
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Celebrate the autumn harvest at The Ritz-Cartlon’s stunning Lounge & Bar. In honour of the changing seasons, executive pastry chef Richard Long has created the Autumn Harvest Afternoon Tea (HK$708 for two persons), where you can feast on the freshest seasonal ingredients in dishes like roasted Hokkaido pumpkin and miso puree with toasted pumpkin seed toast, and apple and rosemary mousse with apple and cinnamon gelée. Make the most out of your afternoon and indulge in some bubbles (additional HK$160 for a glass of NV Veuve Clicquot Brut and Yellow Label; HK$310 for Dom Pérignon 2009 Champagne) because, well, why not.
The Lounge and Bar, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, +852 2263 2263; www.ritzcarlton.com
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A Japanese snack attack at City’super
Get snackin’, good-lookin’! With the cooler months (slowly) creeping in, now is the perfect time to stock up your pantry with goodies for a night in. City’super have just introduced a range of fall-themed Japanese snacks like Hinanoya rice puffs, chocolate-orange Tincarbell egg buns with red bean paste. You can also get your hands on the ever-popular Hanaichie Wafer, instant rice porridge that comes in flower-shaped wafers. Simply add water and voila, your night in is sorted.
All images courtesy of respective restaurants.