After a quiet start to the year, May is shaping up to be quite the foodie month for Hong Kong. We review four exciting new dining options from some of the city’s top hotels.
Sunday roast with all the trimmings
Miss ambling down to your local on a Sunday afternoon for a good old roast? Never fear. The Lobster Bar and Grill at Hong Kong’s Island Shangri-La hotel has brought the British classic to the territory and given it a very upscale makeover.
The bad news is you’ll be hard-pressed to get a booking at the moment, as the restaurant is operating with social distancing guidelines of 50% capacity and a maximum of eight guests per table, but it’s worth trying your luck.
The extravagant meal kicks off with a choice of classic starters – think grilled asparagus, prawn cocktail, or lobster bisque.
For the main event, there’s a range of meats as well as a veggie option. So, will it be thick-cut beef rib, rich pork loin, or a perfectly-cooked leg of lamb? And to be honest, the plant-based celeriac steak looked equally enticing.
But whichever dish you plump for, you’ll also get the full roast treatment with Yorkshire puddings, gravy, and grilled vegetables.
Finish your meal on a sweet note with a decadent dessert – the sticky toffee pudding and tarte tartin will set taste-buds tingling, or round things off with a slice of Colston Bassett Stilton cheese.
Of course the elegant Lobster Bar is in full-flow whipping up drinks to pair with your meal – may we suggest the signature free-flow Bloody Mary?
Where: The Lobster Bar & Grill, Level 6, Island Shangri-La Hotel, Supreme Court Road, Central.
When: From now.
How much: From HK$598 per person.
Book now: golden-circle.com
Monster cookie pop-up and tea
Fresh off the success of its pop-up with Matchali, The Upper House has teamed up with local Instagram baking sensation Cookie Department for an exclusive pop-up and afternoon tea.
Running until the end of August, the pop-up will be making available the brand’s decadent American-style cookies. Satisfy your sweet tooth with classic creations like the Brownie Filled Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Funfetti, as well as limited-edition flavours such as an Earl Gray.
The lavish Café Gray Deluxe x Cookie Department Afternoon Tea includes exclusive bakes from Cookie Department – we can personally attest for the Sabatino Black Truffle Cheddar Biscuit being worth the visit alone – as well as an Earl Gray cookie and a Mini Red Velvet Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting.
The restaurant team will be putting together the rest of the service, which we’re told will include Beef and Black Garlic Choux, Yuzu-Coconut Gateaux, and Peach Verrine.
Where: Cookie Department Pop-Up, Level 6 Lounge; Cafe Gray Deluxe x Cookie Department Afternoon Tea, Level 49, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty.
When: The pop-up runs until August 31; the afternoon tea runs from June 1 to July 31.
How much: Pop-up cookies cost from HK$40; afternoon tea prices TBC.
Book now: upperhouse.com
If you’re a fan of the delicious Italian fare served at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong’s Tosca de Angelo restaurant, you’ll want to take note of this launch.
The Michelin-starred restaurant is now offering an exclusive at-home service that brings the restaurant to you. And we’re not just talking a straight-forward delivery service.
The restaurant will send one of its chefs to your home to cook a carefully-designed seasonal menu in your kitchen – and a maître d’ will also be on-hand to serve up the lavish meal.
A minimum of four guests are required to experience the lavish five-course menus. Top dishes include Risotto Acquerello ai Ricci di Hokkaido e Wasabi Fresco, Carré d’Agnello di Aveyron con Piperade al Basilico e Puree di Patate, Filetto di Rombo Cotto sull’Osso con Ragout di Asparagi Verdi, and Tiramisu Tradizionale al Bicchiere con Granita al Caffé.
Where: Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road W, West Kowloon.
When: From now.
How much: From HK$2,000 per person.
Book now: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandarin Oriental in the house
The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is an institution in the city and its restaurants have a particularly devoted following. And in the time of social distancing, the hotel hopes to bring its dishes to you.
Chinese restaurant Man Wah has crafted a menu of over 20 authentic Cantonese delicacies including favorites like Barbecued Iberian Pork Loin with Longan Honey, and Fried Rice Vermicelli with Crab Meat and Egg. From The Chinnery, you can order popular Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka and Rogan Josh or comforting British classics such as bangers & mash, shepherd’s pie and classic roast dinners.
Not to be outdone, the hotel’s bar team have put together tipples-for-order such as a Barrel-Aged Negroni with Widges Gin’, the M Old Fashioned with Mitcher’s Bourbon and the Avenue of Stars with Bulleit Rye Whiskey.
All meals are available for delivery on Hong Kong Island (except for Southern District) or pickup from the hotel.
Where: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central.
When: From now.
How much: See menus; free delivery to Hong Kong Island (except for Southern District) on orders more than HK$1,200.
Book now: Call +852 2825 4000 or email email@example.com