WOM weekender, 20 December: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend
20 Dec 2019
Five Guys opens in Central
If you’ve been anywhere near Queen’s Road Central at any stage over the past week-and-a-bit, you’ve likely seen the crowds snaking up from Manning House for Hong Kong’s newest Five Guys. Head to the subterranean diner for the classics – burgers, dogs, shakes, and those fries.
Five Guys Central, B/F, Manning House, 48 Queen’s Road Central, Central. Open 7 days, 10am–10pm. www.fiveguys.com.hk
Celebreated San Sebastián restaurant Amelia debuts at Harbour City
Michelin-starred San Sebastián establishment Amelia has opened its first dining room in Asia – and it’s a stunner. Set on the Harbour City harbourfront, the contemporary European restaurant overseen by culinary wunderkind and executive chef Paulo Airaudo will feature a monthly-evolving menu of playful and progressive dishes complemented by a wine programme of over 200 labels.
Amelia, OTG63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3705 1983; @ameliahongkong
Deus Café opens in TST
A bit of Italian biker style arrives in The One this week with the Hong Kong debut of Deus Café, the casual eatery offshoot of Italian streetwear label Deus Ex Machina. Head in for light bites with an Australian cafe-style feel, and stick around to enjoy a cup of hand-brewed organic coffee.
Deus Café, IT Orange Forest, 2/F, The One, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Isaac Toast lands in Sha Tin
South Korean sandwich chain Isaac Toast has (finally) opened in Hong Kong. While it’s had a presence in Macau for some years now, the cult favourite is about to open its first Hong Kong store in Sha Tin before the year is up. Head in for the classics like the enormous MVP Double Spicy Cutlet or the cheesy MVP Bulgalbi, or try one of the Hong Kong exclusives like the SBS Inkigayo Toast, a toastie with crab stick, egg salad, coleslaw, Korean mayo and, for reasons unknown, strawberry jam.
Isaac Toast, Store A311, New Town Plaza Phase III, 2 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin; +852 3188 1741; @isaactoast.hk
Hunting for winter dishes? Head to Casa Lisboa
Elegant Wyndham Street restaurant Casa Lisboa is heating things up this winter with a range of new seasonal dishes. Inspired by Portuguese hunting traditions, new menu highlights include a hearty partridge pie with wild mushrooms (HK$190), a deconstructed take on the classic duck rice (HK$310), and the indulgent wild mushroom and red prawn scrambled eggs (HK$210), an excellent take on the Portuguese fave bacalhau à brás.
Two Moons gin launches at Ping Pong 129
New Hong Kong gin label Two Moons announces itself to the masses tomorrow night (Saturday, 21 December) with its launch party at, where else, westside gin haven Ping Pong 129. The new artisanal spirit, brewed in the Two Moons Chai Wan microdistillery, pays homage to the traditional London Dry process yet is imbued with a distinctly Asian flair – their Signature Dry Gin incorporates 12 different botanicals from around the world, one-third of which are of Asian origin. The party kicks off at 9pm tomorrow – find out more here.
Ping Pong 129, LG/F, 129 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun; www.pingpong129.com
Blue Supreme turns two – and they’re throwing a block party to celebrate
Cat Street hangout Blue Supreme is turning two this weekend, and they’re celebrating all day long tomorrow (Saturday, 21 December). From 11:30am, they’ll be pouring a one-and-a-half-year-old Den Herberg lambic at a discounted price, perfect for pairing with their well considered menu of elevated bar bites. While they’ll be pouring all day, swing by between 1pm and 5pm for a dog adoption session in collaboration with Catherine's Puppies, and stick around for a funky set by French party collective Fufu Creative from 5pm to 9pm.
Blue Supreme, 21 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, +852 5998 3088; www.bluesupreme.live
Rajasthan Rifles unveils a new breakfast menu
Who could have predicted that The Peak would become, almost overnight, one of the city’s must-visit culinary destinations? Giving punters another reason to head to the top of the town is a brand-new breakfast menu by Black Sheep Restaurants’ Anglo-Indian joint Rajasthan Rifles, available on weekends and public holidays from 8–11am. Head on up for excllent dishes like keema and pau (HK$148), a spicy mutton and egg scramble served with buttery milk buns, kulcha and fry (HK$108), spiced potato-packed naan served with two fried eggs, ketchup and corriander chutney. There are also lighter options like fresh grapes and melon topped with natural yoghurt and manuka honey (HK$48), and organic porridge cooked with milk, banana, and dates (HK$48).
Rajasthan Rifles, Shop G01 G/F, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Rd, The Peak, +852 2388 8874; www.rajasthanrifles.com
Dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant
ICYMI, the Michelin Guide for Hong Kong and Macau was released this week – while there weren't many surprises in terms of the stars, it served as a reminder of the depth of Hong Kong's culinary landscape, even if the Guide itself does remain problematic. The big winners on the day were Cantonese intitution Forum, which was promoted to the three-star category, and the debut among the stars of new restaurants including Louise, Roganic, Zest by Konishi, and Petrus at the Island Shangri-la, the kitchen of which was very recently taken over by Michelin darling Uwe Opocensky.