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WOM weekender, 25 October: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend

by: Nik Addams
25 Oct 2019

Speed Rack Asia: the all-female charity bartending competition lands in Hong Kong for the first time

Some of Asia’s finest will be shaking things up at Duddell’s this Sunday evening at the Asia finals of Speed Rack. The all-female speed bartending competition will see 16 established and emerging cocktail queens from Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, South Korea and Vietnam go head-to-head to claim the title of Miss Speed Rack Asia 2019, with the fastest and the best to be judged by a panel of internationally renowned industry players. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation, to help them continue their important work in breast cancer education, prevention and research.

Find out more and get your tickets here.

The Salon at Duddell’s, 4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191; www.duddells.co

Guest shifts galore

We’re going to go ahead and unofficially claim that next week is Hong Kong cocktail week - in addition to the Asia finals of Speed Rack on Sunday and the schmuckery going down at The Pontiac this evening, there’s a whole host of guest shifts taking place next week. 

First up is the impressive Jon Lee, most recently of Singapore’s excellent Tippling Club. He’ll be at Tai Kwun hangout The Dispensary tomorrow night from 9pm, where he’ll be debuting his mysterious new menu, Synthesis. While the menu us being kept under wraps, Lee is known for his innovation and boundary pushing, and we have no doubt his latest creations will leave a lasting impression. Find out more here.

On Monday, Speed Rack contestant Macarena Rotger (pictured above) from Singapore’s The Other Roof will be shaking things up at Foxglove (from 7-11pm) and serving drinks like The Other Mojito, featuring butter-washed Mount Gay Black Rum, Boiron passionfruit purée, Monin vanilla syrup, fresh passionfruit pulp, fresh lime juice and mint. 

Finally, next Wednesday evening will see iconic Singporean cocktail haven Nutmeg & Clove take over The Sea by The Old Man. Catch the team behind one of Asia’s very finest drinking institutions, which celebrated its fifth birthday this year, serving their new menu at one of Hong Kong’s most important cocktail venues.

The Dispensary, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, +852 2848 3000; statement.com.hk

Foxglove, 2/F, 6 Duddell Street, Central, +852 2116 8949; www.foxglovehk.com

The Sea by The Old Man, 2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2307 0030

The Pontiac welcomes Two Schmucks

For the first time, Moe Aljaff (pictured above), co-founder of Barcelona bar Two Schmucks (no. 57, The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019) will be taking over Old Bailey Street hangout The Pontiac (no. 93, The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019) for a night of unapologetic ruin. Make no mistake - this one is going to be big. 

The Pontiac, 13 Old Bailey Street, Central, +852 2521 3855; @wearethepontiac

Zuma’s Halloween party returns (and you can get in for free!)

Will you choose the red pill or the blue pill? Zuma’s legendary Halloween party returns this year with a Matrix-inspired event on Saturday, 26 October. Featuring world-class entertainment from Zuma Dubai’s resident DJ Adrien Callier accompanied by prolific Hong Kong violinist Olivia Dawn, get ready for a night of indulgence and eclecticism. Tickets are available via Pelago and Ticketflap, and include cocktails, free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne, red and white wine, beer and soft drinks from 9:30pm to 12:30am.

We’re also giving away two double passes to the event - head to our Instagram now to find out how to win. Hurry though, entries close at midday tomorrow.

When: 26 October, 9:30pm

How much: HK$630 (regular), HK$700 (at the door)

Zuma Lounge, 6/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, +852 3657 6388; www.zumarestaurant.com

Bali favourite Locavore is coming to Test Kitchen

It’s not for a couple of weeks, but get in early because this one will sell out: fresh off the successful run of the James Beard Foundation’s 2019 Rising Chef of the Year, Kwame Onwuachi, chef Eelke Plasmeijer, founder of celebrated Bali plant-based eatery Locavore (no. 42 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019) will be cooking at Test Kitchen for a four-night stint from 7-10 November. Through the nine-course tasting menu (HK$1080 per person, plus $480 for wine pairing), Plasmeijer will showcase his contemporary European-Balinese fare using locally sourced ingredients. Highlights include salt-baked jicama with peanut lime emulsion, peanut gochujang and tagetes leaf, and Maitake oyster mushroom ‘steak’ fried in bacon fat, toasted yeast sauce and pickled mushrooms. 

Test Kitchen, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, +852 9032 7628; www.testkitchen.com.hk. Book your table here

At Treehouse, eat your veggies and plant some, too.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the poster boy for Hong Kong's plant-based eating movement, Christian Mongendre, is back with his long-anticipated new venture Treehouse. Celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening this Saturday (26 October) from 8pm, and be one with nature over some bites (plant-based, of course!) and booze. You can also do good as you feel good by donating to help the Treehouse team reach their goal of planting 10,000 trees. Space is limited so RSVP ASAP here.

Treehouse, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, +852 3971 2277; treehouse.eco

Sweet and salty goodness at Lee Ho Sing

Lyndhurst Terrace grab-and-go spot Lee Ho Sing reimagined quintessential Hong Kong snacks such as fish maw ‘shark’s fin’ soup (HK$48) and salted egg yolk fries (HK$33) have quickly become a hit for Central lunchgoers in a rush. Continuing to play on their east-meets-west theme, the Central eatery has just introduced the all-new (and highly alliterated) Sing’s Sweet & Salty Specialty Set (HK$40), featuring a sizeable fried chicken drumstick alongside a red bean ice cream float - it’s absolutely worth the food coma you’ll fall into afterwards.

Lee Ho Sing, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, +852 2896 6383; www.leehosing.hk

Have a faBOOlous time over booze and baos

There’s a new brew in town! Get your freak on this Halloween and celebrate the launch of the anticipated Dom Houblon French 75, Young Master and Heroes Beer Co’s latest creation. Hosted by Little Bao, guests are sure to have a fang-tastic night with free-flow beer and bites. Find out more and get your tickets here.

Little Bao Diner, Shop H1, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, +852 2194 0202; www.little-bao.com

The Golden Duck quacks out their mala hot pot flavour online

Continuing to save the world from boring snacks one pack at a time, Singaporean faves The Golden Duck have just made their Sichuan mala hot pot fragrant mix available online in Hong Kong. Each pack contains popular hotpot ingredients like crispy fish skin, a mix of mushrooms and crunchy wafers of beancurd skin, which are tossed in a blend of numbing spices. Head to their online store now to satisfy your mala cravings without leaving the comfort of your own home.

A youthful four-hands dinner at Octavium

It’s often said that life begins at 40, but not for Italian chefs Silvio Armanni and Giuseppe Iannotti. Iannotti, from Michelin-starred Krèsios in Telese, Italy will be in Hong Kong on 30 and 31 October to cook alongside Armanni, who helms Michelin-starred Italian fine diner Octavium. Over two nights, the young chefs will be cooking an eight-course dinner (HK$1680 per person) that features northern and southern Italian fare from Bergamo and Campania (Armanni and Iannotti’s respective hometowns) like handmade cavatelli with bouchot mussels, and Riserva san Massimo Saffran risotto with cherries and foie gras.

Octavium, 8/F, 22 Des Voeux Road, Central, +852 2111 9395; facebook.com/OCTAVIUM/. Book your table here.

Call Uncle Momo for dumplings delivered straight to your door

As if there weren't enough reasons to not get up, Uncle Momo is another one. Upping the late-night eats game, the new Southside dumpling delivery service (from 8creATEive, the same crew behind Amalfitana, Rummin’ Tings and Fratelli) is now officially available on Deliveroo for all your momo cravings. Find out more and order here.

Uncle Momo, available on Deliveroo; www.facebook.com/UncleMomoHK

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