Italian wine dinners, New York cocktails and a Michelin 2-star guest chef: Hong Kong January menu specials

Vintages from Ornellaia and Tedeschi estates feature, as well as vintages from Oregon, while Gaetano Trovato of Arnolfo in Siena will present a special menu, and ex-Noma chef has a pop-up

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 January, 2016, 5:19pm
UPDATED : Monday, 11 January, 2016, 5:19pm

There are some interesting wine dinners and guest chef promotions taking place in Hong Kong over the next few weeks.

Gaetano Trovato of the two-Michelin-star Arnolfo in Siena, Italy, will be guest chef at Grissini at the Grand Hyatt in Wan Chai from January 21-31. The chef’s dishes include fresh Mediterranean red prawns with creamy foie gras and grapefruit; scampi, oyster and mushroom ravioli; and goose foie gras with breast and leg of pigeon, Tuscan spices, grapes and chestnuts. Bookings: 2584 7722.

Sanjeev Lahoti, owner of Saffron Fields winery in the US state of Oregon, will host a dinner at The Steak House Winebar + Grill at the InterContinental in Tsim Sha Tsui. The dinner is HK$1,388 plus 10 per cent and includes a main course of slow-roasted Spanish Iberico pork rack with applewood bacon, served with the Saffron Fields Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir 2010 and 2012; while the 2011 vintage of the wine is paired with the French cheese platter. Bookings: 2313 2323.

James Sharman, who worked as chef de partie at Tom Aikens and Noma, is doing pop-up dinners at Salon Number 10 in Central from January 19-24. The dinner is HK$780 and includes cauliflower cheese fondue; grilled black cod with miso and pumpkin puree; hay-baked baby chicken with egg yolk fudge and chervil; and hazelnut granola with smoked chocolate and warm baked marshmallow. For bookings e-mail james@jamessharman.net.

Sabrina Tedeschi, owner of Tedeschi estate in Valpolicella, Italy, will host a dinner on January 28 at the Harbour Grill at the Harbour Grand hotel in Hung Hom. The five-course dinner, which costs HK$788 plus 10 per cent, includes hand-crafted chestnut maltagliati with wild boar ragout and winter black truffle paired with the Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2011; and Australian rack of lamb with baby spinach and vanilla mashed potatoes served with the Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Capitel Monte Olmi Single Vineyard DOC in magnum. Bookings: 2996 8433.

Mixologist Leo Robitschek from Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad Hotel Bar in New York will be mixing his special cocktails at Lobster Bar and Grill at the Island Shangri-La in Admiralty on January 12 and 13. The cocktail selection includes North Sea Oil (Islay scotch, aged aquavit, Cocchi Americano and triple sec); An American in Rome (Michter’s straight bourbon, Foro Amaro, blood orange and lemon); and Fields Forever (Foro Amaro, Campari, Aperol, strawberries, Peychaud’s Bitters and egg white). Bookings: 2820 8560.

And across the harbour at the Kowloon Shangri-La, Patrick Lachapelle of Ornellaia estate will host a dinner at Angelini on January 20. The five-course wine dinner is HK$1,980 plus 10 per cent, with pairings such as egg tagliolini with tomato essence, guinea fowl ragout and roasted potato soup with extra virgin olive oil with the Ornellaia vintages 2012 and 2006; and a main course of baby lamb chop with Colonnata lard crust, fregola, morels and Norcia black truffle with the vintages 1996 and 1995. Bookings: 2733 8750.