Not Epure Coincidence If you’re looking for cross-harbor gems, the Dalloyau group has added fine-dine Epure (Shop 403, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3185-8338) and outdoor bar La Terrasse to its repertoire. The flagship patisserie/restaurant and new establishments are all clustered together in the corner of Ocean Terminal, with Epure holding court where Spasso used to be. Get settled in a forest-wallpapered booth and dig into decadent specialties by French chef Nicolas Boutin, who worked in Bordeaux and high-end resorts in the Caribbean and the Maldives before ditching it all for Hong Kong. ’Tis the Season Get your bums over to La Saison by Jacques Barnachon (2/F, The Cameron, 33 Cameron Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2789-8000), because it’s one of the best things to happen on Kowloon side this year—even though it took me a while to discover it. (For some reason, news from across the harbor travels light years slower to my desk.) LS’s culinary director is the same Jacques Barnachon of Michelin-starred L’Etang du Moulin in scenic Bonnetage in eastern France, but it’s executive chef Florian Muller who churns out all the painstakingly prepared dishes, using ingredients that correspond to the French agricultural calendar. The current menu incorporates winter truffles, pumpkin and black figs into veal, sea bream and duck dishes. If they’re serving anything like the plump scallops paired with crispy pig’s ears, or the lobster dumplings soaked in an intense seafood broth (which took many Boston lobster shells and days of reduction to achieve) that I had during our media tasting, then I’m sure the dishes will pretty much sell themselves. Hostess With the Mostest Planning to host your own holiday feast this season? Look no further than online one-stop-shop Eezy Peezy Parties ( www.eezypeezyparties.com ) for your party supplies. If you’re an over-the-top, obsessive-compulsive hostess like me, nothing will bring you more joy than having color-coordinated napkins and plastic utensils, or absolutely unnecessary but irresistibly cute three-tiered cupcake stands. EPP has a whole bunch of Christmas-themed goodies in stock, from advent calendar boxes to paper ornaments to reindeer-shaped cups. I may or may not be planning my Christmas party menu based entirely on the themes of the plates I will soon be ordering. Up and Running SYP’s Awakening Cafe is now The Awakening (G/F, 1-6 Ying Wa Terrace, Sai Ying Pun). It’s been taken over by chef Mike Boyle, who used to man the kitchen at Bistecca, and prior to that, headed the Hotel Rhombus restaurants. The new Awakening is a haven for healthy foodies (an oxymoron?) and specializes in gluten-free dishes, paleo-friendly foods, and vegan options. This is pretty much a 180 from a chef who up until recently had been dishing out creamed corn, sausage-topped pastas and 16-ounce ribeyes on a daily basis. Respect! So what can we order at this completely revamped neighborhood eatery? Quinoa pastas, 14-ounce ribeyes (for carb-loathing paleovores, we assume), and gluten-free chocolate cakes, to name a few. Hung Up On U U Hang (Shop 6-6A, 48-78 High St., Sai Ying Pun, 2549-6788) is the follow-up project to popular mod Korean resto Sanche in Central, and this time ‘round it’s all about Korean snacks and comfort food in a casual bar setting. As far as I know, there aren’t going to be the usual suspects like dobbokki (spicy rice cakes), bibimbap or kimbap rolls—instead, we’re talking short ribs, sliders and KFC (not the Kentucky variety). Wash it all down with a soju cocktail or a steaming cup of Korean tea. It’s a Bird... It’s a Plane... It’s a Bartaurant! Apparently, the folks at Hikari Bartaurant (Shop B, G/F, Jet Foil Mansion, 415-421 Jaffe Rd., Causeway Bay, 2808-0292) decided that neither “bar” nor “restaurant” were suitable enough terms to describe their brand-spankin’ new venue. If it was going to be a forced mashup, I personally would’ve gone for “restobar,” but hey, to each their own. Hikari will be serving salads, yakitori and other Japanese dishes bar-snack-style, paired alongside cocktails, wines and sake. Upon entry, you will be greeted by (ninja) graffiti on the walls—a 2014 hipster bar pre-req. Email me at email@example.com or follow me on Twitter: @adelewong_hk.