WOM weekender, 8 November: What to eat and drink in Hong Kong this weekend
07 Nov 2019
Posto Pubblico turns ten – and they're throwing a huge party to celebrate
Soho institution Posto Pubblico hits the big 1-0 this month, and to celebrate, they’re making you an offer you can’t refuse. On Thursday, 14 November, the Elgin Street diner is offering a six-course, greatest hits menu (HK$819, plus 10 percent), with choice plates like veal meatballs, homemade burrata with heirloom tomatoes, white truffle cacio e pepe, and the indulgent chicken parmigiana. The price also includes two hours of free-flow champagne, Poretti beer, premium red and white wines and classic negronis, which should keep you going right through to the afterparty.
Posto Pubblico, 28 Elgin Street, Central, +852 2577 7160; www.postopubblico.com
See more: Here’s where to find the best pizza in Hong Kong
Love mushrooms? Head to Roganic for this 11-course, two-nights-only showcase
For two nights next week (12 and 13 November), progressive Causeway Bay restaurant Roganic is plating up an 11-course ode to the ever versatile mushroom. The menu (HK$980 plus 10 percent) showcases ingredients picked fresh from local farms, with innovative dishes such as lamb confit with cep and tapioca, Hong Kong chicken with girolles and artichokes, and truffle pudding with warm croissant pastry layered with truffle custard.
Superstar bartender Maxim Schulte guests at Stockton
One of the most exciting bartenders in the world right now is returning to Hong Kong for one night only. On Tuesday, 12 November, Maxim Schulte, head bartender of the Savoy hotel’s American Bar (no. 5, World’s 50 Best Bars 2019), will be on shift at Central hideaway Stockton. The award-winning German – who cut his teeth at bars in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Macau and Saudi Arabia before taking the helm of London’s oldest cocktail bar – will be presenting four of his signatures (HK$90 each) from his Songbook menu, including Return of the Polka Panther (a mix of Glenlivet 15, Italicus, Briottet White creme de menthe and eucalyptus tincture) and Love Thrill (featuring banana-infused Absolut vodka, Tio Pepe Fino sherry, fig liqueur and Cocchi Americano). Catch him from 8pm, and find out more here.
Stockton, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, +852 2898 3788; www.stockton.com.hk
An evening of dim sum and gin as Four Pillars comes to John Anthony
There’s something of a gin revolution taking place in Australia right now, and it’s in no small part thanks to craft distillery Four Pillars. The celebrated label will be showcasing a selection of their signatures next Monday evening (11 November) at John Anthony, where guests will be treated to a customised gin flight (HK$200) – including the distillery’s Navy Strength and Bloody Shiraz varieties – paired with a selection of the Causeway Bay restaurant’s signature dim sum, like the black truffle vegetarian siu mai and pink rosé lobster har gao. Stick around after you’ve lined your stomach as Four Pillars founder Staurt Gregor and award-winning brand ambassador Sam Ng will be behind the bar shaking up an exclusive series of gin cocktails. Get your ticket here.
John Anthony, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2898 3788; johnanthony.hk
Sugarfina pops up at Cityplaza and launches its holiday collection
Luxe confectioners Sugarfina have opened their first Hong Kong pop up at Cityplaza. Open until the end of February, the garden-themed site features a wide range of the brand’s most beloved items, a signature Sugarfina candy wall, and a flower wall that you’ll likely be seeing all over your Instagram feed this holiday season.
The pop-up, as well as Sugarfina’s permanent stores in ifc mall and Harbour City, will also stock the new festive collection, which includes dreamy holiday goodies like an advent calendar (HK$468) housing 24 packets of signature candies including Parisian Pineapples, Pink Flamingos and the best-selling Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. The confectioners are also unveiling a new festive collaboration with iconic New York toy store FAO Schwartz on a three-piece bento box (HK$298) which includes Merry Berries, gingerbread cookie bites and a hand-painted nutcracker ornament.
Sugarfina, Area 113, 1/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo, +852 9135 0872; www.sugarfina.com
Francis launches an all-new Israeli brunch menu
Shakshuka your way to Wan Chai as neighbourhood favourite Francis introduces an all-new weekend brunch menu. The three-course offer (HK$280) presents a selection of traditional Israeli dishes inspired by the childhood of head chef and Israeli native Asher Goldstein. Feast on your choice of mains like grilled wagyu skewers with pomegranate, freekeh and caramelised onion, or Goldstein’s childhood favourite sabich, a pita sandwich with eggplant and tahini. The set also includes mezze like hummus and beef cigars to share and ends with malabi, a traditional Israeli milk pudding served with a variety of fruit.
Francis, 4-6 St Francis Street, Wan Chai, +852 3101 9521; www.francis.com.hk
% Arabica and Rem Koolhaas team up for Kube at K11 Musea
Japanese coffee specialists % Arabica have unveiled a sixth Hong Kong location, and it’s possibly their most impressive yet. The roastery has teamed up with celebrated Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his award-winning practice OMA to unveil Kube, a golden, cube-shaped structure on the Victoria Dockside harbourfront that features anodised aluminium panels that change colour as it reflects different light sources. Stop by for the ‘gram, and stay for menu highlights like the signature Spanish Latte, a sweet and smooth coffee served with a dash of condensed milk, and the brand’s excellent matcha latte made with Kyoto matcha powder and milk.
% Arabica, Kube, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2253 0238; arabica.coffee
Read more: What to eat and drink in K11 Musea
Pret’s Christmas menu is back
Run, don’t walk: Pret A Manger’s Christmas selections are now back in stores citywide. Showing that there’s no need to mess with the classics, the returning Christmas line-up includes favourites like the velvety cinnamon pumpkin soup (HK$37), the Christmas Lunch sandwich (HK$27) – turkey breast and stuffing layered with cranberry sauce, spinach, crispy onions and mayo – and the award-winning mince pie (HK$15). This holiday season Pret continues to support Feeding Hong Kong, the first Hong Kong food bank dedicated to rescuing surplus food and redistributing it to people in need, with HK$1 from each item sold from the Christmas menu donated to the charity, and donation boxes available in store.
Pret have also unveiled three new sites this month, including AIA Tower, Festival Walk and a new eastside flagship at Taikoo’s Devon House.
Pret A Manger, various locations citywide; www.pret.hk
Sourdough pizza, beer and doughnuts at new Happy Valley spot Dough Bros
The same crew behind Wan Chai gem Three Blind Mice have just unveiled their latest offer, Dough Bros. In the heart of Happy Valley, the new casual diner serves a selection of sourdough pizza and fresh doughnuts filled with classic ingredients like Nutella, jam and custard, alongside a well-thought selection of beer. While it’s more of a takeaway operation, there’s also a small seating area out the front of the Yik Yam Street site.
Dough Boys, 38-42 Yik Yam Street, Happy Valley; @doughbroshk