Urban Park Hits TST and a Taste of Paradise
Take advantage of Hong Kong’s warm winter by making the most of alfresco dining this month: Outfitted with plush white couches and oversized tables, Urban Park’s open-air terrace is our new go-to spot for kicking back Kowloon-side with a few cocktails and plates to share. Serving up fuss-free modern European cuisine, the latest eatery from Dining Workshop shines most in the meat department, with a gorgeous herb-crusted rack of lamb ($379) and supremely tender bone-in beef ribs ($489 for a plate big enough for two). The Singaporean F&B group has also opened a dim sum spot called Yum Cha (3/F, 2751-1666) in the same building, so head downstairs if you’re after cute bird-shaped shrimp puffs and piggy-shaped buns instead.
Here’s one good way to beat the hump day blues: Ozone is offering diners unlimited maki rolls every Wednesday for $480 per person, with quirky creations inspired by ingredients from 10 international cities, including our own. Deemed “Wacky Maki Wednesdays” (try saying that three times fast), chef Rafael Gil dresses up the traditional rolled sushi with signature ingredients from around the world, including a bahia king prawn filling in a Brazilian moqueca sauce, an Alaska-inspired roll with king crab meat and gently fried soft shell crab dipped in a sweet and sour sauce in a nod to Hong Kong. Wash down those wacky makis with free-flow Veuve Clicquot for an additional $300 a person.
Sailing into the space last occupied by L’entrecote de Paris, the new island-inspired Paradis promises to be a burst of vibrant Caribbean flavor in the heart of the city. A melting pot of cuisines, Paradis draws on ingredients from both land and sea in a menu filled with hearty palate-pleasers, including fresh scallop ceviche with passion fruit, chili and avocado, crispy “Accra” salt fish croquettes, slow-cooked iberico pork chops with candied yams and cinnamon-crusted plantains. Of course it wouldn’t be paradise without a cache of colorful cocktails, which is why the restaurant emphasizes its world-class mixologists just as much as the tropical-inspired food. Get ready for a heavy dose of coconuts and rum…