WOM weekender, 13 March: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend
13 Mar 2020
Show some love to Hong Kong’s F&B scene with Ritual
To support Hong Kong’s local F&B scene in these trying times, food order-ahead mobile app Ritual is asking you to ‘Ritual Your Street’. Until 20 March, enjoy up to 50 percent off original prices on food and drinks from selected restaurants and eateries in Wan Chai, Central and Sheung Wan. Step up your lunch game by simply ordering ahead on the Ritual app and later pick it up at the designated location.
The Wise King introduces an all-new cocktail menu
Celebrating their debut at no.18 spot at Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 list (and on the eve of the 2020 list being announced), Central drinking den The Wise King launches an all-new cocktail menu. Founded by industry veterans Joe Villuaneva, whose impressive CV includes a stint at the celebrated Lobster Bar, and two-time Bacardi Grand Prix National Champion Sandeep Kumar, slip into the Soho laneway spot to sip on cocktails fit for royalty, with highlights like the reimagined R&R negroni (HK$128) made with a secret in-house blend of rhubarb and raspberry gin, Mancino Vermouth Bianco, Amontillado Vinaigrette, bitters and amaro and the leveled up, claypot-aged Olla De Barro Dos (HK$128), with Mancino Vermouth Bianco, Rinomato Americano, Suau 8 Year brandy and brined gherkin.
The Wise King, B/F, 25 Staunton Street, Central, +852 2326 5822; www.thewiseking.com
Lucky for some: Hutong introduces a new, seasonal, 13-course menu
High-rise TST fine diner has just unveiled an impressive 13-course Red Lantern Evening menu (HK$520). Available nightly (except Fridays and Saturdays) from 6 to 9pm, feast on regional Chinese classics such as the aromatic Peking duck, which takes an entire day to prepare, and crispy soft-shell crab with dried Sichuan chilli. Top it off with a free-flow of sake, wine, spirits and beer, or add a little extra for free-flow Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne (add HK$250) or Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Brut (add HK$350).
Hutong, 28/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3428 8342; www.hutong.com.hk
Shake Shack shakes things up with their sakura-inspired sips
With spring (almost) in full bloom, burger maestros Shake Shack welcome the season’s change with a range of their limited-edition ‘Shackura’ beverages. Available from 18 March until the end of April across all Hong Kong stores, beat the heat with a Shackura Lemonade (HKD$26) with Morello cherry purée. For something heartier, sip on the Shackura Shake (HKD$48), a vanilla frozen custard blended with cherry blossom topped with whipped cream and pink chocolate curls.
Shake Shack, various locations; www.shakeshack.com.hk
At Ming Court, make your dim sum and eat it, too
Learn the art of dim sum from some of the best, as Michelin-starred Cantonese institution Ming Court introduces dim sum masterclasses every Saturday from March until May. During the 2-hour session (HK$488), head dim sum chef Tse Sun Fukwill guide you step-by-step as you create signature dim sum such as the scallop dumpling, beetroot wrap and vegan Omnipork bun. You won’t go home empty-handed, either, with each student receiving a HK$300 dining voucher for your next visit to Ming Court, on top of your freshly made dim sum, of course.
Ming Court, 6/F, Cordis, Hong Kong at Langham Place, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, +852 3552 3028; www.cordishotels.com
Café Gray Bar introduces limited-edition cocktails for spring
While the sudden passing of celebrated chef Gray Kunz sent shockwaves through the restaurant world last week, his eponymous Hong Kong venue, Café Gray, is showing no signs of taking a break. The Upper House venue’s sleek bar has just introduced a series of seasonal cocktails showcasing fresh, high-quality fruits and herbs perfect for the spring weather. We love the Green Margarita with Ocho tequila, green plum and lime, while the IG-friendly Popcorn is a refreshing mix of Nusa Cana rum, genmaicha and yuzu. Up your immunity with the booze-free Immune Booster, with Seedlip-infused turmeric, ginger and lemon – whatever helps, right?
Café Gray Bar, 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, +852 3968 1106; www.upperhouse.com
Cookie Dpt teams up with Elephant Grounds for two limited-time ice cream sandos
This one’s been a long time coming, but Cookie Dpt has just revealed their first collaboration with hipper-than-thou café Elephant Grounds. And they’re not messing around, either, with not one but two new, limited-time ice cream sandwiches, available through 29 March. Head to the Mid-levels location to have a taste of the Are You Cereal?, an indulgent take on a childhood fave with a cereal milk ice cream sandwiched in Lucky Charms cookies with marshmallows. At Elephant Grounds’ Causeway Bay site, have a taste of Taiwan with the Tai Mei, in which a pineapple cake cookie is paired with bubble tea ice cream and pineapple jam. There are only limited quantities available each day, so run, don’t walk.
Elephant Grounds, various locations; www.elephantgrounds.com
Singapore hotspot The Guild lands for a Hong Kong takeover
Buzzy Keong Saik Road spot The Guild, a collaboration between Hong Kong brewery Young Master and acclaimed chef Vinny Lauria (Fini’s, Posto Pubblico), lands in Hong Kong next week for a three-night, two-venue takeover. On 19 and 20 March, head to Tai Hang’s Second Draft for a menu of intruging east-meets-west plates like Second Draft’s excellent mapo burrata and foie gras French toast, or The Guild’s laksa pasta with homemade tagliatelle. Wash it down with beer-centric cocktails like the aptly named Second Draft, an espresso martini with Young Master Stout reduction, or the refreshing, gin-based Sugar Cane Cooler with Cha Chaan Teng Gose Sour Plum reduction. Book your table through Chope here.
On 21 March, the Singaporean crew head to westside fave Alvy’s, where they’ll be adding to the already excellent pizza selection with a chicken satay pie, which will be a perfect pairing for the Pandan and Rye, concocted with a Pandan-infused Rye on Wood reduction. Reserve your spot through Chope here.
Second Draft, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, +852 2656 0232; @seconddrafthk
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