Nakamura Tokichi opens, Toritama's got a great lunch deal, and Pastis Wines Cellar stocks up in SYP
A Green Tea Thumb
Green tea will be served in dozens of varieties and formats at Nakamura Tokichi (18/F, The One, 100 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2426-6111), the first overseas branch of the longstanding Kyoto teashop. The NT brand has its own tea farm in Uji city in Kyoto Prefecture, and specializes in matcha, sencha and all sorts of other green tea varieties you’ve probably never heard of. The Hong Kong teashop will serve these tea products in the form of fresh brews, soups, jellies, cakes, dumplings and even soba noodles. And if you’re keen to continue the experience at home, tea leaves are also for sale.
Make No Bones About It
Looking for your next Central lunch fix? Chicken yakitori joint Toritama (2 Glenealy, Central, 2388-7717)—and no, it is not related to Yardbird—has launched a $148 lunch deal that includes a sizzling pot of Tori Pai-Tan Nikomi (white chicken broth) soba, a bowl of chicken rice and a pickled vegetable side. To make sure nothing goes to waste, the cloudy noodle broth uses chicken bones from the previous night’s offerings as base. The soba noodles are made with plain white flour (as opposed to buckwheat) and are accompanied by roulade-shaped tender chicken thigh slices. It’s a tasty option for those who can brave the walk up Glenealy!
Journey to the West
French Creations group is solidifying its hold on the westside with two new ventures: Pastis Wines Cellar (20 High St., Sai Ying Pun, 6313-1261) in SYP, and Comptoir (Forbes St., Kennedy Town) in K-Town. Retail shop Pastis stocks wines exclusively from France, offering affordable bottles at just under $100 and double-magnums at just over $300 for starters. The wines are from Bordeaux, Provence and Rhône—to name just a few. Comptoir, due to open right about now, will be a cozy wine and hors d’oeuvres bar with, appropriately, a huge comptoir (a.k.a. counter) as a centerpiece.
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