WOM weekender, 29 November: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend
29 Nov 2019
Image: Mark Wiens
Go get your bánh, hun, at Tuckshop Social tomorrow
From 11am tomorrow (Saturday, 30 November), have your bánh and eat it too as new Vietnamese pop-up Pétite Nguyên takes over Sai Ying Pun coffee hub Tuckshop Social. Using ingredients sourced from Saigon, authentic, freshly made bánh mì (HK$78) are the order of the day at this one-day event. For an extra HK$20, make it a combo with drinks like pink coconut water (HK$28 a la carte) or Sàigòn Bia (HK$38 a la carte). Share the experience with your goodest boy at this admission-free and oh-so-pooch-friendly pop-up.
Tuckshop by Social Club, Shop 4-7, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Yin Pun, +852 9745 4966; www.socialclub.hk
Vea and Nespresso team up for a farm-to-table lunch experience
Following their sustainability pop-up at Elements this summer, coffee experts Nespresso continue on their #CapsuleJourney with a farm-to-table luncheon crafted by Vicky Cheng (pictured above), owner and executive chef of Michelin-starred Vea (no.34, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019). From now until 14 December, the Nespresso chef-bassador presents a selection of sustainable delights made with produce harvested from the brand’s own farm in Sheung Shui, with highlights including chilled flower crab tossed with chicken fat and ginger vinegar, and braised fresh local chicken with pickled ginger and Ching Woo Lung dark soy sauce. To commemorate the collaboration, all diners at Vea until 14 December will receive a complimentary jar of rosella jam, specially made with rosella grown using recycled coffee grounds at the Nespresso Farm.
Vea Restaurant and Lounge, 29-30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2711 8639; www.vea.hk
A taste of the Med at Tsim Sha Tsui’s newest hotspot, Lamees
To Kwa Wan Middle Eastern eatery Lamees becomes the newest addition to Hart Avenue’s plethora of eats and sips. Branching out to Kowloon’s unofficial pub district, chef Tarek Alali is set to delight TST diners with some of the most authentic Mediterranean delights in the city. Call ahead to book your table.
Lamees, 401-402, 4/F Lee Wai Commercial Building, 1-3 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 9181 9600; www.facebook.com/hklamees
The Leah launches an all-day café in Causeway Bay
It’s pie time: Causeway Bay British go-to The Leah, helmed by wunderkind James Sharman, has opened an all-day café in Lee Garden Two. Go for a solid range of Britiush comfort food, and stay for the signature pies like roast Sichuan chicken (HK$65) and pork, chilli and eggplant (HK$70), as well as a selection of the classics. For a little afternoon pick-me-up, head in between 2 to 5pm for ‘cake time’ (HK$68), where you’ll get a piece of cake from the daily selection – think gluten-free chocolate, mango crumble tart, marshmallow cheesecake, and more – with your choice of coffee or tea.
Leah Cafe, 308 & 311, 3/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2337 7651; www.facebook.com/TheLeahHK/
Gweilo launches a new gin line
Hong Kong craft beer brewers Gweilo have taken the hop and launched their own line of gin. Gweilo Gin, a partnership with renowned The London Distillery Company, is available to purchase online right now (HK$320 per bottle). This citrus-forward gin is infused with Mosaic, a yuzu lemon hop that Gweilo use in their signature Pale Ale, and features notes of juniper, lime and a secret blend of spices. As well as being available to purchase by the bottle (HK$320), you can also find the new Gweilo gin and Fever Tree tonic on tap at new TST harbourfront spot Ink (see below).
Emmer opens at Pacific Place
Pizza minus the guilt? Sign us up. New to Pacific Place, Emmer, from the Beef & Liberty stable, is revolutionising the Hong Kong pizza game, looking to ancient grains for inspiration for their pies, made using hand-milled emmer, an organic, heritage grain wheat (that also contains less gluten and more nutrients than whole wheat), and blended in-house with rye and Italian flour. The new diner offers a selection of hand-stretched classics – think margherita (HK$98), D.O.P. quattro formaggi (HK$168) with truffle pecorino romano, and marinara (HK$118), as well as a tight selection of apps, salads, and desserts. Open from 7:30am, there's also an impressive grab-and-go sandwich window for a quick breakfast or lunch.
Emmer, Shop 407, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, +852 2780 1110; www.emmerpizza.com
Uber Eats puts To Kwa Wan on the map
This is not a drill! Uber Eats is now serving under-the-radar Kowloon neighbourhood To Kwa Wan. A hood teeming with eateries with prices that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, the options are endless – perfect for a cosy night in.
Ink opens at the Hong Kong Museum of Art
The transformation of the TST harbourfront has, arguably, been a high point in what’s not exactly been a banner year for our fair city. While the new promenade isn’t quite finished yet, there’s a new kid on the block on the ground floor of the completely Hong Kong Museum of Art. Ink is an all-day kiosk that would not look out of place on Sydney Harbour, dishing up delicious build-your own protein bowls as well as a selection of six Gweilo beers, Gweilo and Fever Tree G&T, nitro coffee and iced tea on tap, all at very reasonable prices. Open from 9am, breakfast options include freshly baked croissants, brownies, egg tarts, and sausage rolls, perfect for an al fresco start to the day.
Ink, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3500 5881; inkcafe.com.hk
G.O.D opens PMQ concept store and cafe
Hong Kong homeware gurus G.O.D. are opening a new concept store in PMQ that’s part retail space, part contemporary gallery, and part cafe. Of particular interest to us, of course, is the latter - G.O.D’s The Mess is an all-new snack shop dishing up local classics like cheung fan, which you can wash down with milk tea or Gaggia Milano coffee. On the art side, the gallery will showcase a wide range of works by emerging, boundary-pushing artists from all around the world. They’re doing an opening event next Thursday (5 December) evening, too, which you can find out more about here.
G.O.D. (PMQ), SG03-G07, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, +852 2805 1876; www.god.com.hk