WOM weekender, 1 November: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend
01 Nov 2019
Interval’s new all-day menu
Wellington Street cafe/wine bar/event space Interval – the brainchild of F&B consultants and restaurateurs Joshua and Caleb Ng – has unveiled a new all-day menu of east-meets-west dishes. Highlights include avocado toast topped with onsen egg (HK$108), and udon carbonara ($118) with lap cheong and a tobiko cracker. Don’t miss out on their speciality coffee sourced from Copenhagen roastery Coffee Collective, and excellent selection of new and old-world wines.
Interval, 33 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2570 7568; @interval_coffeebar
Milan’s Casa Ramen pops up at Sake Central
Italy meets Japan for this weekend pop-up in PMQ, when chef Luca Catalfamo of Milan’s first ramen restaurant, Casa Ramen, cooks alongside chef Marco Li Volti of Sake Central. Catalfamo will be dishing up his ramen all weekend long, while tomorrow night (Saturday, 2 November) will see the two Italians collaborate for an omakase tasting menu which will blend traditional Japanese flavours with Italian culinary techniques.
Sake Central, S109-S113, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, +852 2656 6552; www.sake-central.com
FeedMe Guru teams up with the Hong Kong Tourism Board for a month-long restaurant festival
Prepare to fall into a winter food coma thanks to FeedMe Guru and the Hong Kong Tourism Board's Great November Feast, a month-long dining festival featuring over 150 of the city's favourite dining institutions. For the entirety of November, over 30 fine dining restaurants – including Michelin darlings Caprice, Arcane, T'ang Court and Ying Jee Club – will offer special thematic tastings menus showcasing either truffle, oyster, sea urchin, lobster or steak, while over 120 others – like Little Bao Diner, Chili Fagara and The Pottinger's Gradini, and more – will offer up to 30 percent off the bill. Over 100 of the participating restaurants will also offer select cocktails at just HK$50.
For more information and the full list of offers, head to the FeedMe Guru website.
HK$50 espresso martinis at Winstons
This is not a drill: starting tomorrow (2 November) and for the first Saturday of each month here on out, westside hangout Winston’s will be hawking espresso martinis for just HK$50 from 9am until closing at both their Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town locations. Saturdays may never be the same. Find out more here.
Winston’s Coffee, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2559 5078
Winston’s Coffee, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, +852 2697 2878; www.winstonscoffee.com
Award-winning Thai bartender Ronnaporn Neung Kanivichaporn pops up at Quinary
On Monday, 4 November, the co-founder Bangkok cocktail bars Backstage (no. 20, Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019) and #FindTheLockerRoom, Ronnaporn Neung Kanivichaporn, will be behind the stick at Hollywood Road mainstay Quinary (no. 10, Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019). Ronnaporn, who was recently crowned the global 2019 Bacardi Legacy champion, will be serving a selection of his signatures as well as his Bacardi-winning cocktail, the refreshing Pink Me Up, made with Bacardi Carta Blanca, tomato, orgeat syrup, lemon juice, olive brine and fresh basil. If you can’t make it down on Monday (he’s on from 8pm), you can try your hand at making the world-class cocktail yourself here.
Quinary, 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central, +852 2851 3223; www.quinary.hk
Giando celebrates 15 years with a limited-edition menu
To celebrate 15 years of delighting Hong Kong with his authentic Italian fare, Gianni Caprioli, chef-owner of Star Street ristorante Giando, has developed a six-course anniversary menu (HK$898 plus 10 percent). Showcasing Caprioli’s contemporary and innovative take on Italian fine dining, the menu, available until the end of the year, includes highlights such as seared scallop wrapped with pork cheek on corn purée and topped with shaved black truffle, and beef sirloin tagliata with braised sweet onion. End the meal with the signature Giandoiotto, a vanilla hazelnut chocolate mousse served with hazelnut ice cream.
Giando, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, +852 2511 8912; www.giandorestaurant.com
Have your own sausage party at Feather & Bone
Well-loved butcher and deli Feather & Bone has introduced private sausage-making masterclasses (HK$980 per person) from this month onwards at their Mid-Levels cutting room. Roll up your sleeves and be guided by the in-house master butcher through the art of sausage preparation, from deboning to seasoning and casing. In addition to your 1kg of links, also included in the price is free-flow beer and house wine.
Bookings for classes between four to six people can be made here. Make sure to book a week in advance.
Feather & Bone, 22 Mosque Street, Mid-Levels; www.featherandbone.com.hk
Zest by Konishi launches two lunch sets
Two-tiered On Lan Street fine diner Zest by Konishi has unveiled two takes on the lunch set, each showcasing the innovate French-Japanese cuisine of chef Mitsuru Konishi. On the 28th floor dining room, have a taste of the restaurant’s ingredient-forward degustation menu (HK$380 for 2 courses, HK$480 for 3 courses), with dishes such as pan-fried red snapper with sautéed diced vegetables, homemade pesto, and chicken dashi broth, and crusted lamb rack with eggplant caviar, bulgur and wilted Chinese spinach.
If you’re looking for something a little more express, head to the 29th floor for a lunch bento box (from HK$148) accompanied by some of the best views in town. Inspired by Konishi’s childhood, the bento boxes include hamburger steak with fried egg, and Japanese pork loin katsudon, all served with side dishes, salad and pickles.
Zest by Konishi, 28-29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2715 0878; www.zestbykonishihk.com
Go meat-free for World Vegan Day
1 November (that’s today!) is World Vegan Day, and it marks the start of World Vegan Month. While Hong Kong may have been a little slow on the meat-free uptake, there’s a great selection of places all over town where you can fill up on animal-product-free eats – here’s our pick of the vegan bunch.
Tuscan trattoria Associazione Chianti sails into Ship Street
The unstoppable Black Sheep Restaurants crew (the same team behind Ho Lee Fook, Fukuro, Belon, New Punjab Club, and more), have unveiled their brand new concept, Associazione Chianti. Taking up residence right to their excellent pizza spot Motorino, the new Tuscan trattoria serves up a protein and pasta-heavy ingredient-focused menu alongside bold Tuscan wines, many of which have never been introduced to Hong Kong.
Associazione Chianti, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, +852 3619 3360; www.associazionechianti.com