WOM weekender, 10 January: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend
10 Jan 2020
Join us next week for our first event of 2020, The Gourmet Theatre
ICYMI, WOM Guide’s first event of 2020, The Gourmet Theatre, takes place on 16 and 17 January. We’ve teamed up with Taikoo Place and asked some of the best chefs in town – Jacky Chan of The Refinery, Nicholas Chew of Bibo, May Chow of Happy Paradise, Sang Jeong of Ichu Peru, and Barry Quek of Beet – to create two never-before-seen dishes showcasing flavours that remind them of home. Set against a stunning urban backdrop at One Island East, the 10-course dinner, with beverage pairing by award-winning sommelier Ambrose Chiang, will see each chef man an intimate open kitchen. Diners will have 30 minutes to wine and dine before moving to the next station. There's also a speakeasy-style bar by Baijiu Society serving bespoke cocktails along the way.
Doing dry January? Head to The Upper House for a cup of matcha
Start the new year on a zen note at a month-long, matcha-centric pop-up at The Upper House. Hong Kong matcha brand Matchali will be offering a range of innovative and contemporary matcha beverages made only using ceremonial-grade matcha, typically used in meditation rituals, sourced from Uji, Kyoto. Besides the highly Instagrammable matcha and hojicha lattes, take a sip of the made-to-order and hand-whisked matcha.
Matchali pop-up, 6/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2918 1838; @matchali_hk
Pastry maestro Dominique Ansel opens his first Hong Kong bakery, Dang Wen Li, at Harbour City
Prepare for this one to be all over your IG feed: Dominique Ansel, named by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants as the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2017, and the man who invented the cronut, has opened his first Hong Kong bakery at Harbour City. Paying tribute to our city, the highly anticipated Dang Wen Li features Ansel signatures as well as a selection of innovative Hong Kong-exclusive treats. Highlights include a reimagined pineapple bun (HK$65) made with coconut dacquoise, salted mascarpone cream, coconut mousse, almond marzipan and tropical pineapple lime and passionfruit jam, and the nostalgic Lemon Juice Box (HK$62) featuring bergamot curd, earl grey mascarpone mousse and almond biscuit. A selection of classic French viennoiseries and made-to-order specialities are also available.
Dang Wen Li, Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; dangwenli.com
Pirata Group’s The Pizza Project opens next week, and they’re throwing a block party to celebrate
The quickly expanding Pirata Group shows no signs of slowing down in 2020 – barely one week into the year and they’re getting ready to celebrate a new opening. Peel Street newbie The Pizza Project opens next week, and they’re hosting a block party to celebrate complete with free-flow pizza (well, the first 500 pizzas are free, anyway). Head down next Tuesday, 14 January from 7pm for what promises to be an excellent evening of carb-loading with the kitchen’s handmade pies.
The Pizza Project, G/F, 26 Peel Street, Central; @thepizzaproject.hk
Read more: Where to get the best pizza in Hong Kong
The Diplomat lands at H Code
Having made a name for himself in Hong Kong at Lily & Bloom, talented bartender John Nugent has broken out on his own to open The Diplomat at H Code. The intimate, speakeasy-style bar showcases vintage spirits, small-batch wines, and, of course, excellent cocktails. Highlights include the Irish Coffee, featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey, Martell VSOP, Tensaito, Elephant Grounds Coffee and cold cream, and the Tarling, with pandan gin, white port, baking spice, clarified orange juice, and coconut juice. There’s also a thoughtful selection of bar bites like black truffle mac and cheese, and a suckling pig cubano.
The Diplomat, LG/F, High Block, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central; @thediplomathk
A family-friendly pizza party at Motorino Wan Chai
Longstanding pizza go-to Motorino welcomes 2020 with a pizza making (HK$50 ticket fee) this Sunday (12 January) from 3 to 6pm. Perfect for the whole family, take the afternoon to enjoy free-flow Neapolitan pizza and Peroni while letting the kids do the hard work in the kitchen as Motorino’s expert chefs help them make their own pie. Find out more and get your tickets here.
Motorino, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, +852 2520 0690; www.motorinohongkong.com
Afuri Ramen opens in TST
New to TST is Japanese import Afuri. Opening next Wednesday (15 January), the ramen and dumpling specialists, named after Mount Afuri in Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture and with locations in California and Singapore, are known for their yuzu and chicken bone ramen, as well as their perfectly cooked gyoza.
Afuri Ramen, IT Orange Forest, 2/F, The One, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; www.afuriramen.com