The sun’s officially out, which means bikini season is upon us. But whereas others might be looking to look as yummy as a snack for the summer, you’ll find us – and other like-minded foodies – roaming the streets in search for a snack. Nay, a meal, if we’re honest.
Trattoria del Pescatore
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Popular Milanese seafood restaurant Trattoria del Pescatore has expanded to the shores of Hong Kong. The 42-year-old family-run restaurant is known for its traditional Sardinian dishes, such as spaghetti with clams and mullet roe.
It is also known for starting its own traditions, such as serving fresh Pecorino cheese carved out of its round after the main course, as well as ending the meal with a shot of iced Mirto, a classic Sardinian liquor. Recommended dishes include lobster Catalana, paccheri del pescatore, pistachio-gratin scallop, and raw tuna belly on caramelised peppers.
Opened: May 26
Address: 11 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan
The Flying Elk
The Flying Elk is landing in Hong Kong on June 16. The restaurant is helmed by three Michelin-starred chef, Bjorn Frantzén, the brains behind restaurant Frantzén in Stockholm. Frantzén is known for his daring approach to traditional Nordic cuisine, modernising it with culinary influence gathered from all over Europe.
The emblem for The Flying Elk, an elk wearing a crown, is directly born from old Swedish folklore, which tells the tale of a magical elk that flew over the forests of Jämtland. It is also the name of Frantzén’s gastropub in Stockholm. The restaurant in Hong Kong promises good-sized dishes meant for sharing and made with both local and Nordic ingredients.
Highlights of the menu include roasted elk sirloin with Frantzén’s own hot sauce, bitter salad and jus roti and umami salad with duck confit, shiitake, smoked pecorino, crispy onions and umami dressing, as well as the halibut paired with sherry and beurre noisette hollandaise, pork belly, broccoli and hazelnut.
Opens: June 16
Address: 1-2/F, 32 Wyndham Street, Central
Masaaki Miyakawa pop-up at Grand Lisboa Hotel
Over in Macau, the Grand Lisboa Hotel is already welcoming three Michelin-starred chef Masaaki Miyakawa for a six-day pop-up event at The Kitchen.
Diners who opt to eat either at the private room or sushi bar counter will be able to order the omakase menu, made with fresh seasonal ingredients and finished off with a sushi master’s expert touch.
Open: Until June 9
Price: 1,900 patacas (about US$235) per person for lunch, 2,900 patacas per person for dinner
Address: 3/F, The Kitchen, Grand Lisboa Hotel, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau
Kei Kojima guest chefs at Rech by Alain Ducasse
Kei Kojima will guest chef at Rech by Alain Ducasse from June 5 to 7, to present a five-course Gala Seafood menu. Kojima, who has flown in from Ducasse’s two Michelin-starred Beige restaurant in Tokyo, is known for merging his approach to French cuisine with Japanese accents.
Items on the menu include grilled Japanese aoriika paired with seasonal vegetables, fruit and shaved black truffle. Aoriika is a fish specially chosen by Kojima for its thick, soft meat, and is lightly cooked to highlight the slightly sweet taste.
Dinner ends with Japanese matcha tea tartlet made with chocolate produced from the Alain Ducasse factory in Paris.
Dates: June 5 – 7
Price: HK$1,688 (US$215) per person
Address: Lobby Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Rafael Peña at the Four Seasons
The Lounge at the Four Seasons will feature Spanish flavours from June 6 to 9 thanks to Catalonian chef Rafael Peña helming the kitchen. Peña is known for his simple dishes heightened with a touch of luxury. An eight-course tasting menu, complemented with selected wine from Terroir al Limit in Priorat, will leave even epicureans happy.
A highlight of the menu is the foie gras with marinated vegetables cooked escabeche-style and roasted squab with ginger.
Dates: June 6 – 9
Price: HK$1,560 per person, with wines starting from HK$140
Address: The Lounge, Four Seasons, 8 Finance Street, Central
Guillaume de Beer pop-up at Test Kitchen
Amsterdam-based chef Guillaume de Beer will be setting up shop in Hong Kong from June 6 to 10. His menu for his pop-up will present the best of Amsterdam created with a playful, contemporary twist. Diners can dig into an eight-course dinner made up of dishes including market fish “ceviche”, tomato consomme with burnt “jenever lardo” and sheep yogurt with cucumber.
De Beer is the founder of three well-known restaurants in Amsterdam: Guts & Glory, Breda and Maris Piper. Guts & Glory is known for its ever-changing menus inspired by different themes (or “chapters” as the restaurant calls it) from a Japanese menu inspired by a 10-day culinary trip to the country, to a Dutch menu inspired by a wine trip in the Netherlands.
Breda serves international cuisine within a more relaxed setting, while Maris Piper, which opened earlier this year, is a London-inspired brasserie with a focus on luxury – its Chef’s Table is known for its 18-course feast.
Dates: June 6 – 10
Price: HK$1,180 per person with an additional HK$380 for wine pairing
Address: 158A Connaught Road West, Shop 3, Sai Ying Pun
Den x Odette degustation dinner at The Ritz-Carlton
Zaiyu Hasegawa from Den, in Tokyo, and Julien Royer from Odette in Singapore will be joining The Ritz-Carlton for an exclusive three-day collaboration. Hasegawa is known for his modern Japanese cuisine that honour traditional kaiski cuisine, a claim backed up by two Michelin stars this year.
Royer, the chef-owner of Odette, received two Michelin stars within nine months of the restaurant’s opening, for his modern interpretation of French cuisine.
From June 7 to 9, Hasegawa and Royer will present a four-hands degustation dinner menu paired with fine wine. The 10-course dinner starts with Prunier caviar paired with Dom Pérignon, and ends with Odette’s whimsically named Miyazaki mango tart with banana, passion fruit and kaffir lime. If dinner sounds too decadent, a lighter six-course lunch menu by one of either restaurants are also offered: Den’s on June 8 and Odette’s on June 9.
Dates: June 7 – 9
Price: HK$3,888 per person for the degustation menu, HK$1,688 per person for the wine pairing lunch menu
Address: 102/F, Tosca, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Diner Secret at Mandarin Oriental
A magic show by famed illusionist Stefan Leyshon awaits curious diners at the Mandarin Oriental. Titled “Diner Secret”, the one-night-only affair pairs magic with a gastronomic three-course dinner to ultimately create a magical dinner experience.
The live show, which will take place on a 360-degree stage, is described as a 3D experience that will manipulate all of the diner’s senses to create an out-of-this-world performance. Leyshon holds bragging rights to the title of youngest magician admitted to the French Association Conjures (better known as the French Magic Circle) aged just 14.
Since then, the celebrity illusionist has made numerous television and film appearances.
Date: June 8
Price: HK$2,888 per adult with wine pairing; HK$2,188 per child with free-flow non-alcoholic drinks
Address: 1/F, The Connaught Room, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central
Arron Rhodes x Adam Simmonds Four-Hands Dinner at Gough’s on Gough
For the first time since its opened last year, Gough’s on Gough is presenting a four-hands collaboration dinner featuring the restaurant’s head chef Arron Rhodes and his mentor, Adam Simmonds.
Not-to-be-missed items featured on the eight-course modern British menu include Cornish blue lobster with mango curry and salad, Atlantic halibut with asparagus and almonds and Lake District Herdwick lamb with black garlic and goats curd. Dinner will end on a high note with English strawberries paired with buttermilk and basil, as well as an item curiously named “Flavours of the Amalfi Coast”.
Dates: June 21 – 22
Price: HK$1,488 per person, HK$1,988 per person with wine pairing
Address: 15 Gough Street, Central