WOM weekender, 20 March: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend
20 Mar 2020
#UnitedWeDine: Let’s get Hong Kong dining out again
In these trying times for the hospitality industry, WOM Guide has teamed up with the city’s leading F&B experts The Forks and Spoons, Tatler Dining Hong Kong and our parent company, On Air Collective, to launch #UnitedWeDine, a citywide campaign that encourages Hong Kong food lovers to start dining out again. Supported by our media friends from Tasting Kitchen, Time Out Hong Kong, Foodie and The Loop, from now until 30 April, show your support to the city’s F&B scene by dining out at any of the over 100 participating restaurants offering limited-edition seasonal menus and special offers. There are also some amazing prizes to be won, including a staycation at The Peninsula or a Creatista Plus stainless steel coffee machine by Nespresso. Read more about here.
Dead Man’s Fingers launches at Rummin’ Tings
Making its Hong Kong debut next Thursday (26 March) at Rummin’ Tings is industry-favourite rum label Dead Man’s Fingers. The spiced rum, born in Cornwall, England’s Rum and Crab Shack, is known for its use of non-traditional flavours such as Cornish saffron cake and Pedro Ximénez ice cream, among others. Head to the Hollywood Road hangout from 8pm to sample a range of boozy cocktails by guest bartender Nikita Mateev, while resident DJ Noel will be behind the decks to get the party going.
Rummin’ Tings, 28 Hollywood Road, Central, +852 2523 7070; www.rummintings.hk
Lunch plans? Head to Yuè for half-priced dim sum
From now until 30 April, Michelin-recommended North Point Cantonese fine diner Yuè introduces a 50 percent off their selection of handcrafted traditional dims sum at lunchtime, with prices starting at just HK$27. Helmed by award-winning executive chef Lai Ching Shing, City Garden Hotel’s signature restaurant will be the place to be to tuck into sharing platters of dim sum, Chinese barbecue dishes and snacks at half price. Take the thinking out of it and opt for the 6-course set lunch (HK$188 per person) which includes a dim sum platter with a selection of the time-honoured faves, a signature seafood main, soup, noodles, and dessert.
Yuè, 1/F, City Garden Hotel, 9 City Garden Road, North Point, +852 2887 2888; www.sino-hotels.com
Enjoy JIA Group faves anywhere and everywhere with this new delivery service
One of the more interesting F&B trends to have emerged from the Covid-19 outbreak has been the number of F&B outlets now offering delivery. Newest to the game is JIA Group – the award-winning stable that includes Old Bailey, Duddell’s, and 208 Duecento Otto and Chachawan, among others – with new in-house service JIA Everywhere. They’re doing things a little differently though – rather than just each restaurant menu available à la carte, the new catering initiative offers a number of brand-new, delivery-exclusive tailored experiences, including customised delivery, catering sets, group meal box delivery, and an exclusive Chefs at Home experience, which sees some of Hong Kong’s best chefs into homes across the city. JIA Everywhere is truly a catering service for the whole city, with the offer extending to delivery across Kowloon and the New Territories.
Kinship introduces new Asian-inspired dishes for spring
Family-friendly Kinship, a collaboration between chef Chris Grare and Arron Rhodes, has just unveiled a new seasonal menu inspired by the dynamic duo’s shared love for travelling Asia. The new menu includes dishes made with ingredients native to the East, coupled with British and American culinary traditions. To start, tuck into the Hokkaido scallop ceviche (HK$138) with Thai pomelo, turmeric lime cream and puffed rice, or the olive oil-poached black cod (HK$158) with ginger and coriander purée. Bigger dishes include the Okinawa pork loin (HK$288), served with charred tomato sauce, corn succotash and tamarind reduction, and spring chicken ‘lo mai gai’ (HK$225) with lap cheong sticky rice in shallot-brandy sauce. New desserts include milk chocolate cheesecake (HK$88) with hazelnut praline, or the uber-comforting coconut genoise cake (HK$78) with pineapple relish, passionfruit and orange sorbet, because you deserve it.
Kinship, 3/F, LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, Central, +852 2520 0899; www.kinshiphk.com
Landmark Mandarin Oriental dims the lights for Earth Hour
For Earth Hour next week, Landmark Mandarin Oriental continues their efforts towards sustainability by hosting a lights-out dining event on Saturday, 28 March. Led by Director of Culinary Operations and F&B and industry icon Richard Ekkebus, lighting will be replaced by candlelight at signature venues Amber and Somm between 8–10pm, while the music will be taken over by live acoustic sessions to save additional energy and create a romantic ambience. Both venues will also offer plant-based menus on the evening, which diners are encouraged to choose.
Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; +852 2132 0188; www.mandarinoriental.com
Alibi launches a two-for-one happy hour special
Have two drinks for the price of one at sleek Mong Kok bar Alibi thanks to a new daily happy hour. From 2pm to 7pm, sip two of the same beverage (including spirits, beer, wine, coffee and tea) and pay for just one. Go for a classic like a Moscow Mule (HK$118), a highball (HK$100), or Hong Kong-brewed Lovecraft Doppelbock (HK$80).
Alibi, 5/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, +852 3552 3028; www.cordishotels.com
Niccolo Nights returns to Popinjays with guest bartender Sandeep Kumar
Head to The Murray’s sky-high bar Popinjays next Thursday (26 March) for the fourth installment of Niccolo Nights, the property’s monthly party. Head to the stunning rooftop from 6pm to sample tipples from guest bartender Sandeep Kumar, co-founder of The Wise King (no. 18, Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019), while enjoying a front-row seat to a gold-spray live window painting performance by mural artist Oriol Piquet as a DJ spins tunes all night long.
Popinjays, Rooftop, The Murray Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, +852 3141 8888; www.niccolohotels.com