WOM weekender, 4 October: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend
04 Oct 2019
Staying in town this long weekend? Here's how to eat and drink your way around town - because why not, tbh.
PIIN introduces weekend wine classes
The elegant PIIN Wine Restaurant has announced a monthly series of wine classes (starting at HK$580) focusing on a variety of topics, perfect for both novice and seasoned oenophiles alike. On the second Saturday of each month, sommelier Reeze Choi will guide guests on a journey through a broad selection of wine topics, with four to six tasting glasses for each guest helping tell the story. You’ll also be able to enjoy a full glass of your favourite wine to enjoy once the class ends.
PIIN Wine Restaurant, 2/F, The Steps, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, + 852 2832 7123; piin-hk.com
A one-night-only, six-hands dinner at Casa Lisboa
On Wednesday 9 October, Central Portuguese hotspot will celebrate the best of the Mediterranean with a one-night-only, six-hands dinner. The creation of Fábio Pombo (above, centre), head chef of Casa Lisboa, Jesus Pascual (above, left), executive chef of Ole, and Angelo Vecchio, the southern Italian executive chef of Porterhouse, the six-course menu (HK$800 plus 10%, add HK$480 for wine pairing) includes highlights such as homemade prawn-filled faggotini with Boston lobster, black truffle and asparagus, bacalhau with cauliflower, wild mushrooms, clams and tomato crumble, and a 45-day dry-aged Rubia Gallega with Padrón peppers, Ratte potatoes and a green peppercorn and bone marrow sauce.
Casa Lisboa, 2/F, Parekh House, 63 Wyndham Street, Central, +852 2905 1168; www.casalisboa.com.hk
Enjoy the flavours of Brazil at InterContinental’s Lobby Lounge
InterContinental Hong Kong’s Lobby Lounge resident mixologist Sabrina Cantini-Budden has unveiled a new series of innovative cocktails showcasing artisanal Brazilian small-batch Yaguara cachaça. Available throughout October and November, the menu celebrates all three of the blends of the fifth-generation label, with cocktail highlights including the Forbidden Fire (HK$185) featuring Yaguara Branca, fresh apple juice, passionfruit purée, fresh passionfruit, lime juice and soda, and the Royal Caipirinha (HK$225) with Yaguara Ouro, Branca and Blue, elevated with coconut essence, fresh lime and brown sugar.
Lobby Lounge, G/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2313 2323; www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
SEVVA celebrates 12 years with an all-new look
Following major refurbishment works over summer, socialite stomping ground SEVVA has unveiled a new look to usher in its 12th year. The high-rise Landmark dining room and bar, curated by Hong Kong creative force Bonnae Gokson, now features a custom-made floral dome installation (pictured above) on the 20-foot-tall ceiling interspersed with 36, 1.7-metre-long bespoke gyspy chandeliers (adorned with over 76,000 hand-crafted crystals), and a reimagined bar area with a gold-leaf trim. The views from the terrace, still one of the best vantage points anywhere in the city, will now be complemented by a concert-level, state-of-the-art German soundsystem, the perfect backdrop for a sundowner.
SEVVA, 25/F, Landmark Prince’s, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2537 1388; www.sevva.hk
Kiki Tea meets Kit Kat at Kowloon Bay
Have a break, have a...Kiki? Taiwan’s celebrated bubble tea store Kiki Tea has opened its second Kowloon branch after K11 MUSEA at Kowloon Bay’s Telford Plaza. To commemorate the opening, Kiki Tea has teamed up with Kit Kat for a deliciously tongue-twisting collaboration of exclusive beverages like the Ms Kiki Premium Black Tea topped with Chocolate Cream Mousse (HK$37) and the Chocolate Smoothie with Sea Salt Cream Mousse (HK$39). Not a fan of chocolate? There’s also a selection of Kiki Tea favourites and Taiwanese snacks available.
Kiki Tea, Shop P23, Telford Plaza Podium, 33 Wai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay; www.instagram.com/kikiteahk
Monkey47 swings into Ozone
No monkey business here, just serious drinking. Follow the call of the wild as critically acclaimed gin distillers Monkey 47 make a temporary home at the world’s highest bar (it’s 490 metres above sea-level, fyi), Ritz-Carlton’s Ozone. From 7 October to 17 November, Ozone bar manager Oscar Mena is serving up innovative gin concoctions featuring Monkey 47 products like the AviOzone (HK$140) with lavender-infused gin, green chartreuse, maraschino luxardo and lemon juice, and the Black Forest (HK$150) mixed with lime and lemon juice and Cocchi Americano Parfait Amour. Top it off with bites from the German-inspired menu by executive chef Peter Find.
Ozone, 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, +852 2263 2270; www.ritzcarlton.com
At Mina House, make your cake and eat it too
Taking up prime position in the new Peak Galleria, recently opened Mina House has quickly built a cult following thanks to its free-flow dessert selection (pictured above), overseen by talented pastry chef Andrew Lau. To share his passion and skills, Lau will be hosting a baking workshop (HK$258 for 1 person; HK$358 for 1 adult and 1 child) every Saturday from 4 to 5:30pm starting tomorrow (5 October). What better way to spend the long weekend than making sweet treats with your little ones.
Mina House, Shop G03, G/F & Shop 101, 1/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, +852 2885 3320; www.thefoodstoryhk.com
Hugo’s celebrates 50 years with a four-course, greatest hits menu
Hyatt Regency TST’s European fine diner Hugo’s celebrates its 50th birthday by launching a four-course Golden Classics menu (HK$1388, plus 10%). Crafted by executive sous chef Josef Gallenberger, the celebratory menu will feature iconic dishes from years past, like the baked Oysters Rockefeller, pigeon consommé and pheasant souvarov, with a choice between signature crêpes Suzette with caramelised orange sauce or bombe alaska with french vanilla and raspberry meringue for dessert. And if a celebration without a little alcohol doesn’t seem right, enhance your dining experience with a wine pairing option (HK$700, plus 10%). The menu is available until 30 November.
Hugo’s, Lobby Level, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3721 7733; www.hyattregencyhongkongtsimshatsui.com
Raise a glass for the world’s best
The World’s 50 Best Bars were announced at a star-studded ceremony in London overnight, and two very deserving Hong Kong bars have made the cut. Following its first-place finish at Asia’s 50 Best Bars, revealed in May this year, Soho speakeasy The Old Man (pictured above) has cemented its status as one of the very best on the planet, jumping up one spot to number 9 on the global list. Following its triumph as the highest new entry on Asia’s 50 Best Bars, Jay Khan’s agave temple Coa has well and truly announced itself on the world stage, bowing on this year’s list at a very respectable number 49. If you’re around Central this weekend, pop by for a celebratory drink or three at these truly world-class venues. Elsewhere on the list, historic New York bar Dante took out top spot, while Singapore's stunning Atlas just pipped The Old Man into eight spot to be named the Best Bar in Asia.
The Old Man, Lower G/F, 37-39 Aberdeen Street, Central, +852 2703 1899; www.theoldmanhk.com
Coa, LG/F Wah Shin House, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central, +852 2813 5787; coa.com.hk