PICKS

WOM weekender, 28 February: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend

by: Nik Addams
28 Feb 2020
WOM weekender – Tate Dining Room Saturday lunch
Tate Dining Room introduces an egg-cellent 6-course menu for March

Starting in March, one-Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room shines a spotlight on a single ingredient on its new Saturday lunch menu (HK$780 plus 10 percent). Crafted by chef-patron Vicky Lau (Asia’s Best Female Chef 2015), the monthly rotating menu features innovative French-Chinese fare using four variations of eggs: a Cantonese-style century egg, salted egg yolk, a quail egg, and a Japanese egg. Available on the first and last Saturdays of each month, don’t miss out on egg-centric (boom, tish) delights such as cuttlefish noodle with warm egg yolk, and the steamed egg with lobster and salty egg yolk. Top it off with wine pairings by sommelier François Ferrand (add HK$480 for 3 glasses, HK$780 for 6 glasses) to start the weekend in style.

Tate Dining Room, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, + 852 2555 2172; www.tate.com.hk

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WOM weekender – Ask For Alonzo Tai Hang carbonara

For some hearty Italian fare, head on over to Tai Hang and Ask for Alonzo

Known for its wide array of classic Italian fare, Quarry Bay trattoria Ask for Alonzo has opened a second spot in Tai Hang. Featuring an all-new menu, the cosy 35-seater sees reimagined best-sellers such as the spaghetti carbonara (HK$188) made with premium Italian-wheat pasta and Roman guanciale pork, and rigatoni amatriciana (HK$188) with a zingy homemade sauce. For something heartier, don’t miss the signature TLC linguine (HK$148) with creamy tomato sauce organic apple-smoked bacon, and the roasted Italian suckling pig (HK$168), an innovative take on the well-loved Cantonese dish.

Ask For Alonzo, 11 Lin Fa Kung Street West, Tai Hang; www.askforalonzo.com

WM weekender – Shady Acres Hong Kong pins

Do good, look good and feel good as Shady Acres lends a Helping Hand

Get your swag on: adding to the impressive repertoire of the buzzy Shady Acres is the release of a series of exclusive Shady Swag pins. The designs of the Free Gin Fishie, Underdog Gin Doggo and the Adelaide Hills Bushfire Appeal Koala have been inspired by the Peel Street hotspot’s history, and are now available to purchase on-site (HK$150 for a pack of 3). Doing their part for the community, 100 percent of the sale proceeds will be donated to long-standing local charity Helping Hand, dedicated to serve the needs of Hong Kong’s elderly. 

Shady Acres, 46 Peel Street, Central; www.theshadyacres.com

WOM weekender – Chilli Fagara Hong Kong wonton noodles
Chilli Fagara gets Hot N Meen

With the effects of coronavirus being felt far and wide across the F&B world, bespoke delivery services have emerged as something of a saving grace for many an outlet. Jumping on the bandwagon this week is Sichuan institution Chilli Fagara with new to-the-door offer Hot N Meen. Available on Deliveroo from what we’re told is ‘early March’ and delivery from Admiralty to Sai Ying Pun, the kitchen will be serving up a tasty range of ten dishes featuring tender knife-cut noodles, with options including noodles with pork and vegetable dumplings in a fiery house-made Sichuan chilli sauce (HK$78), mouthwatering chicken noodles in chilli sauce (HK$78), topped with peanuts and coriander, and dan dan noodles (HK$68), served either with minced pork and dried shrimp in a spicy peanut broth, or as a vegetarian option.

www.chillifagara.com

WOM weekender – Winstons Coffee Hong Kong espresso martini

Leap year espresso martinis at Winston’s

What to do with a day that comes around once every four years? HK$50 espresso martinis, of course. All day tomorrow (from 9am), Winston’s Kennedy Town is shaking up their excellent coffee-based martinis for a steal, and they’ll be firing up a sausage barbecue from 6pm, too.

Winston’s Coffee, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, +852 2697 2878; www.winstonscoffee.com

WOM weekender – InterContinental Hong Kong Harbourside crab lunch
Crazy for crab? Head to the InterCon 

Who said hotel buffets were just for weekends? One of Hong Kong’s best has just taken things to the next level with a new weekday lunch offer: from 2 March (Monday), the InterContinental’s Harbourside is introducing a spectacular seasonal showcase of crab (HK$488), with a rotating selection of dishes made with Alaskan King, Atlantic Blue, North Atlantic Brown, Hokkaido Queen, and more. Highlights include Alaskan King Crab salad with avocado, fennel, lotus root, pumpkin and sherry vinaigrette, steamed kai lan with Blue Crab meat and conpoy, and wok-fried Brown Crab with ginger and scallions. There will also be action stations, where you can pick up à la minute dishes like golden fried crab cakes with mango salsa and red lumpfish caviar, mini crab burgers, and more.

Harbourside, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2313 2323; hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

WOM weekender – Whisk Hong Kong The Mira pigeon 4 ways

Whisk introduces a new à la carte menu

Still in TST, The Mira hotel’s contemporary European diner Whisk has launched a concise new à la carte dinner menu. The Michelin-recommended restaurant’s new showcases premium ingredients from Japan and France via dishes such as a creamy duck foie gras crème brulée, a succulent Hokkaido scallop ‘a la plancha’, and a honey and lavender roasted whole duck presented as 4 creative bill-to-tail dishes.

Whisk, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118–130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,+852 2315 5999; www.miradining.com

WOM weekender – Kinship Hong Kong games night

It’s all fun and games at Kinship’s Saturday Playhouse

Soho eatery Kinship is starting a new monthly Saturday night tradition from tomorrow (29 February) with the launch of Kinship Playhouse, a refreshingly wholesome games night with, of course, a boozy twist. From 11pm–2am, enjoy free-flow drinks (HK$388, plus 10 percent) as you face off with your mates over Jenga, cards, Twister and more. Book your spot at hello@kinshiphk.com.

Kinship, 3/F LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, Central, +852 2520 0899; kinshiphk.com

WOM weekender – Little Creatures Hong Kong beer and tacos
Tuck into free-flow beer and taco at Little Creatures next Tuesday...

It’s what it says on the tin with this one: westside beerhall Little Creatures kicks off its own weekly take on Taco Tuesdays from next week (3 March) onwards. Head over for two hours of free-flow beer and tacos every Tuesday night from 5pm until close for a dreamy after-work wind-down. Get involved.

Little Creatures, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town, +852 2833 5611; littlecreatures.hk

WOM weekender – FAB Hong Kong carpaccio
...and follow it up with bottomless carpaccio at FAB on Wednesday

Next Wednesday night (5 March), Hollywood Road hangout hosts their first night of bottomless carpaccio. You’ve got 90 minutes to gorge on as much carpaccio and French fries (HK$298) as you can, with a free-flow white, red and rosé option (add HK$200) also available because go big or go home, right? RSVP here.

FAB, 30 Hollywood Road, Central, +852 2810 1600; pastis.hk

WOM weekender – HER Hong Kong Nike Jordan coffee
Eat your Jordans at HER

Nike’s flagship Jordan brand has just dropped its first full women’s capsule, and Causeway Bay boutique HER is one of the few places in on the globe to stock it. To celebrate the launch, the lifestyle store and café has dropped its own collection of Jordan-themed drinks and sweet bites, including popcorn-topped cold drinks and Jordan logo-embossed coffees (from HK$32) and hot chocolate series (HK$50). Get your edible Jordan fix from tomorrow (29 February) until the end of March.

HER, Shop A&C, 55 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, 2856 9907; @_her.official_