WOM weekender, 3 September: What to eat, drink and do in Hong Kong this week

by: WOM Guide
03 Sep 2020
Castellana Hong Kong introduces a seasonal, vegetarian menu

Causeway Bay fine diner Castellana Hong Kong is showcasing the best Piedmont has to offer with a Garden Vegetarian Seasonal Menu (HK$680 plus 10 percent for 4 courses; HK$880 plus 10 percent for 7 courses). Expertly curated by two-Michelin-starred chef Marco Sacco, he combines traditional Piedmont slow-cooking culinary techniques with premium-grade and sustainably-sourced ingredients from Japan to deliver a unique dining experience like no other. Available for lunch and dinner, dishes to look forward to are the grilled Piedmont porcini mushrooms, the ever-comforting, slow-cooked Castellana’s Avellino Montoro Onion Soup and the elevated Eggplant Parmigiana made with Calabrian eggplant, Liguria basil leaves, Val di Chiana garlic, Italian tomato sauce and small burratina. Top it off with a little wine pairing which highlights Piedmont’s impressive selection of reds and whites. Book a table here.

Castellana Hong Kong, 10/F Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, +852 3188 5028; www.castellanahongkong.com/

Read more: Where to find the best plant-based burgers in Hong Kong

BaseHall satisfies Hong Kongers’ cravings with all-new sweet treats

One of the (few!) best things to come out of 2020, Jardine House’s BaseHall continues to bless us with brand-new confections from outlets Cookie Dpt, Co Thanh, Moyo Sik, Roti Tori, Honbo, Return of Lemak, Westside Taqueria, BaseHall Bar and Treehouse. For a taste of light, fluffy and freshly-made hand-cut donuts, head to the millennial-approved Cookie DPT. Or make your way to Co Thanh for a treat with a twice in the form of a condensed milk cookie filled with Vietnamese coffee ganache. For a quick afternoon pick-me-up, Korean go-to Moyo Sik presents an upgraded honeycomb latte (a shot of whiskey added!) Other available desserts to tuck into are Westside Taqueria’s Churros with Caramel, Honbo’s Laserbars, Return of Lemak’s Milo Dinosaur; BaseHall Bar’s Banana Bread and Treehouse’s CBD Chocolate Bar and Raw Cookie Dough Bite. Isn’t that just a sweet tooth’s heaven on Earth!

BaseHall, Shops 9A, 9B, 9C, L/G Floor, Jardine House, 8 Connaught Place; www.basehall.hk

Purearth lands at IFC Mall this fall

Award-winning skincare skincare Purearth will be making its debut at the Central institution Lane Crawford on Monday, 14 September. Founded in 2014 by Kavita Khosa, the cruelty-free brand has designed its store with sustainability in mind adhering to its #noplasticpledge. Offering a holistic experience, guests have the opportunity to learn about Ayurveda-based skincare, the benefits of botanicals for optimum skin health and experience the in-store Tea Bar. And to mark the occasion, a series of events will be held at the Lane Crawford spot and other venues across Hong Kong in the coming months. Stay tuned for more info!


Live a Midsummer Icedream thanks to Venchi

Before we officially bid summertime goodbye, why not milk the remaining moments with refreshing ice cream flavours. Delivered straight to your doorstep via Deliveroo, tuck into Venchi’s seasonal Mango & Passionfruit and Mandarin sorbet made with all-natural fruit pureģe; either in a cup or on a Gourmet cone. If fruits aren’t your thing, classics such as the Extra Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Pistachio Gelato are also available at your disposal. Takeout is also available at any Venchi store for a quick ice cream fix any time of the day.


Celebrate Brazil’s National Day all weekend at Uma Nota

From tomorrow, 4 September until Sunday 6 September (11:30 am to 9pm), Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant Uma Nota is celebrating Brazil’s National Day with a bang. Bringing the streets of Brazil to Peel Street, feast on vibrant and delicious bites such as the spetinho de coração de frango [read: chicken heart skewers] (HK$80), and Polvo ao vinagrete [read:octopus] (HK$120) while dancing to the bang of Afro-Brazilian beats and a drink in one hand. For a more relaxed affair, dig into the Weekend Brunch da Rua featuring well-loved Rio delights like Dadinhos de tapioca [read: Brazilian tapioca and cheese dices with sweet chili sauce] (HK$70), Beef with farofa skewers (HK$110), and Vegetarian Ceviche (HK$100).

Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, +852 2889 7576; www.uma-nota.com

‘80’s Dim Sum Nights returns to Duddell’s

From Monday, 2 September, the celebrated ‘80’s Dim Sum Nights is back at JIA Group’s Cantonese go-to, Duddell’s. Paying homage to the golden ‘80s’ in Hong Kong and the long-forgotten traditional dim sum. Available for dinner from Mondays to Thursdays (from 5:30pm to 8:30pm), the all-you-can-eat-menu features an array of classic dim sums that the one-Michelin-starred spot is known for plus a revamped local street foods. Highlights include the all-time fave handcrafted Shrimp Dumpling with Bamboo shoots, Traditional Saucy Chicken Feet, Imitation Shark Fin Soup and The Curry Trio with Chinese radish, squid and fish ball in curry sauce. Book a table here.

Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, +852 2525 9191; www.duddells.co

Looking for other things to do?

Channel your inner chef Sang Jeong with Peruvian hotspot ICHU’s Be The Chef Series where guests can prepare their own ICHU dishes in minutes. Not to worry, the package comes with all the ingredients and instruction cards. Tutorial videos are also available on YouTube for your perusal. Pre-order here.

At Test Kitchen on Sunday, 6 September (from 12pm to 4pm), carb up with the famed Ruben Sandwich by Chef Ching or power through the afternoon with any of Mr & Mrs Marshmallow’s eats and sips such as the Coffee Hazelnut Sandwich (HK$45), Blueberry Roll Cake (HK$40 for a slice; HK$180 whole), and Strawberry Rhubarb Juice (HK$120 per bottle) to name a few. Available for dine-in and takeaway, pre-order here.

From now until Thursday, 17 September, purchase premium-grade Italian-sourced produce and wines during the Buonissima Italia Gourmet Fair at Great Food Hall in partnership with leading F&B group, Gianni Caprioli Management.

For our friends over at Taipa Village in Macau, have a distinguished fine-dining experience at the Michelin-recommended António helmed by their newest chef, David Abreu!

Castellana Hong Kong

Address   10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Rd, Causeway Bay