Chef Adam Cliff Opens a Thai Street Food Shophouse, and MO Bar Goes Loco for Jamón
This week's new and noted restaurants.
Minimal pomp and circumstance is the MO at Samsen, a Thai street food shophouse newly opened from ex-Chachawan chef Adam Cliff and partner Bella Kong. Heavy on the noodle bowls with a selection of mains, the pair are cashing in on our city’s favorite way to consume carbs, sourcing fresh ingredients from Thailand for street snack-inspired dishes. Diners can feast on wagyu beef noodles, which feature a dark broth swimming with rice noodles, pork rinds and Thai watercress; a Thai omelette packed with crabmeat and spring onions; and fresh egg noodles tossed with Thai chili jam, coddled egg, roast pork and toasted peanuts. Inspired by the Bangkok street scene and vintage Thai-Chinese shophouses, the 35-seat shop exudes a fitting ambience as you slurp away, with interiors featuring leafy plants, high ceilings, granite countertops and rattan blinds. The shop is no reservations, so get down there early before the hordes descend.
68 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, 2234-0001.
It’s not every day you get to gorge on jamón ibérico de bellota, the sumptuous, melt-in-your-mouth ham—deemed the best in the world by many—from the free-range acorn-fed ibérico pigs of Spain. It’s legendary for its complex curing process (up to 36 months) and ample marbling. Around town ibérico’s usually served as a slim, stingy portion on some excessively priced charcuterie platter, so we’re pretty swine-smitten with the Bellota Ham promotion at MO Bar, on now through Oct 31. In collaboration with luxury Iberian specialties brand Bellota-Bellota, the two-month-long ham fest kicks off with a pop-up bar at MO, where you can pair a selection of ibérico ham dishes created by culinary director Richard Ekkebus with the bar’s customized cocktails. Throughout the hotel, feast on Bellota-Bellota charcuterie and Iberian specialties at breakfast, weekday and weekend lunches, and a special tapas menu (daily 6-11pm) highlighting different varieties of ibérico ham, with a “cortador” hand-slicing the stuff at a live show station. And if you thought afternoon tea was just for scones and macarons, you’re in for a treat at the Bellota-Bellota afternoon tea which features bite-sized chorizo tartlets, foie gras burgers with bellota lomo pork loin, and pan con tomate with, you guessed it, more bellota ham.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, Central, 2132-0077.
InterContinental Grand Stanford is celebrating its 35th anniversary with some pretty sweet deals: With the 35 theme going strong, guests can feast on $350 dinner buffets at Café on M with a spread of freshly shucked oysters, chilled seafood and Asian specialties; a $350 eight-course tasting menu at award-winning Hoi King Heen from chef Leung Fai-hung (originally $700); and a $350 three-course “Sensational Menu” at Italian restaurant Mistral with dishes including Boston lobster, Atlantic black cod, and milk-fed veal from Piedmont (originally $700). For refined drinkers, there’s also the ultimate whisky flight at Tiffany’s New York Bar priced at a whopping $3,500, which includes 35 premium whiskies from around the world, including Scotland, Japan, Taiwan, France, Sweden and Germany. Each whisky is served in a 30ml pour and guests have until the end of the year to complete the flights. It’s nice to know where you’ll be drinking from now until Christmas...
70 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2721-5161.