New & Noted: Mr & Mrs Fox, La Cantoche feast, Japanese shaved ice at Umai
A Beast of a Feast
In case you’re planning a shindig anytime soon, Original French Gangsta resto La Cantoche (G/F, 5 Wah Lane, Sheung Wan, 2426-0880) is offering crazy-value group dinner packages starting at $328 per person that promise to have you rolling out the door. Depending on which option you pick, the meal can start off with appetizers like Rice Krispies lettuce wraps (which feel more Asian than French but are hella tasty) and goat’s cheese spring roll salad, before moving onto scary-sized portions of leg of lamb, Merguez sausages, chicken cordon bleu, beef Wellington and sole fillet, accompanied by potato and yellow bean sides. The multi-course deal is a godsend if you have a strong preference for protein.
Beat the Heat
Umai Ramen Sumibiyaki (Shop 02, G/F, D2 Place, 9 Cheung Yee St., Cheung Sha Wan, 2743-8011) will be serving kakigori—Japanese shaved ice—to help patrons beat the heat this summer. Take your pick of watermelon, red bean and other syrup combos, which come with everything from Okinawa black sugar to condensed milk: In other words, it’s a pure sugar paradise.
Swire Restaurants looks committed to building an F&B empire, and they’re launching the 12,000-square-foot, 3-story Mr & Mrs Fox (29 Tong Chong St., Quarry Bay) in September. The space will be quirky and rustic, the menu casual western. There’s a private dining space on the top floor, a bar on the ground floor, and a communal dining area in between. It’ll be a place to mingle for the office crowd—after they finish toiling at the Swire-owned buildings in the vicinity. Expect to dig into steak and seafood, and when you’re ready for dessert, take your pick of cheeses and sweets from a rolling trolley.
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