There’s more to check out this month in the Kong besides overpriced Valentine’s Day offerings. Here’s the latest when it comes to wining and dining:

Piqniq in the Alps

 Piqniq in the Alps Hong Kong

This festive pop-up will be gracing one of Central’s most popular rooftops until the end of February. Piqniq will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with alpine trees and plush fur throws. To enhance the wintry experience, Piqniq has designed a seasonal menu featuring cheese fondue and cosy winter cocktails. And we all know you can never go wrong with melted cheese…

Dates: 1–28 February 2020

Time: 5–11pm

Location: Piqniq, Rooftop, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Price: à-la-carte seasonal menu

To book: for 6 or more guests, phone 5200 1683

Locavore comes to Roganic

One of our best meals of 2019 was at Michelin-starred Roganic by British chef Simon Rogan, which prides itself on its sustainable zero-waste philosophy, so we’re thrilled about this collaboration with Chef Ray Adriansyah of Bali’s Locavore, the winner of Indonesia’s Best Restaurant Award and the Sustainable Restaurant Award by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019. On two nights, indulge in seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes such as Roganic’s raw scallop in yuzu with oyster and grilled cucumber juice and dry-aged duck with fermented red cabbage, beetroot and preserved cherry up against cabbage steak with tempeh and mushroom XO sauce and beef heart with Padang spice, puffed grains and beef-heart bushi courtesy of Locavore.

Dates: 12–13 February 2020

Time: dinner service

Location: Roganic, UG/F, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay

Price: $1,780/person (11-course collaborative tasting menu); +$680 for wine/non-alcoholic drinks pairings

To book: book online

Test Kitchen x Chef Pablo Lagrange (Argentina)

 Chef Pablo Lagrange

The next talent to strut his stuff at Test Kitchen is up-and-coming chef Pablo Lagrange from Argentina. Chef Lagrange has lived and worked at acclaimed restaurants around the world – from Noma to Mugaritz – now basing himself in Barcelona for the past three years. He was named one of San Pellegrino’s top 10 young chefs in 2018. For this four-night pop-up, the chef goes back to his South American roots, showcasing Argentinian-inspired dishes with his own creative twists. Highlights include sweet-and-sour ceviche with quince, clementine leche de tigre and pine oil, chicken empanadas with smoked crème fraiche and dill oil and lacto-fermented sweet potato ice cream with fried lacto potato, caviar, walnut oil and pollen sauce.

Dates: 13–16 February 2020

Time: 2 seatings – 7pm and 8:15pm

Location: Test Kitchen, Shop 3, Kwan Yick Building – Phase 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun

Price: $1,080/person (8-course tasting menu); +$480 for wine pairings; +$180 for corkage

To book: book online

Chef Rafa Zafra from Estimar guests at La Rambla

La Rambla by Catalunya Hong Kong

La Rambla’s Ferran Tadeo and Rafa Zafra of Michelin-recommended Barcelona restaurant Estimar are joining
forces for one night to treat diners to a Spanish menu that celebrates the bounty of the sea, featuring the finest catches from Asia and Europe.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020

Time: dinner service

Location: La Rambla by Catalunya, Shop 3071–73, 3/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central

Price: $1,480/person (4-hands seafood tasting menu)

To book: phone 2661 1161 or book online

Perfume Trees Gin guest mixologist at Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social

 Perfume Trees Gin guest mixologist at Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social Hong Kong

Cordis’ hotel’s Alibi is hosting Kit Cheung, the founder of HK’s first local branded gin – Perfume Trees – to help to create a selection of aromatic cocktails using local botanicals such as sandalwood, tangerine peel, Dragon Well green tea, Chinese angelica and michelia. The bespoke cocktails include Kit’s P Floradora, made with ginger syrup and raspberries, and the tangerine pu’er-tea-flavoured Sun and Moon by Alibi mixologist Leo Cheung. Wash down these tipples with some matching hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Li Yuet Faat of the hotel’s Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Ming Court – deep-fried sesame and sandalwood smoked chicken, braised Wagyu beef cheek with aged, dried tangerine peel, grilled eel with Chinese angelica and more.

Date: Thursday, 20 February 2020

Time: 7:30–9pm

Location: Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social, 5/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok

Price: $288/person (includes 2 Perfume Trees Gin cocktails + hors d’oeuvres)

To book: phone 2661 1161 or email

Psychemagik at Duddell’s

 Psychemagik at Duddell’s Hong Kong

Danny McLewin of UK-based DJ duo Psychemagik is coming to Duddell’s for a one-night music and visual show. Known for their beautiful production work and prolific remixing skills, Psychemagik will be showcasing their new compilations featuring weird and wonderful covers of tracks such as “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie and “Eyes Without a Face” by Billy Idol. McLewin will be accompanied by Hong Kong DJ Roy Malig and Potato Head’s Johnny Hiller and Saulty for what is sure to be a musical party of epic proportions.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020

Time: 10pm–3am

Location: Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central

Price: early bird (before 11 February) – $250; at the door –$350 (includes 1 glass of Perrier-Joüet Blanc de Blancs)

To book: book online

ThinkWine x Frantzén’s Kitchen

Nordic chef Jim Lofdahl of Frantzen’s Kitchen will play guest chef at ThinkWine for their first restaurant collaboration event. Pairing his unique Scandinavian snacks with ThinkWine’s fine wines is sure to wow the taste buds.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020

Time: from 6pm

Location: ThinkWine, 2/F, LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central

Price: à-la-carte ordering

To book: no booking – first come, first served

Spirit of Brazil at Uma Nota

Spirit of Brazil at Uma Nota Hong Kong

Modern Brazilian-Japanese boteco Uma Nota is bringing the vibes of Rio’s Carnaval to Peel Street with its Spirit of Brazil extended weekend celebration. Here’s the action-packed schedule:

  • Friday, 21 February, 9pm–late: the best of Brazilian music this street party on UM’s steps will showcase a Caipi Shack with caipirinhas aplenty and late-night beats
  • Saturday, 22 February, 7–10pm: Night Carnaval Brunch featuring 8 Brazilian sharing dishes + drinks; $890/person to include free-flow bubbly + beer or $990 to add cocktails to the mix
  • Sunday, 23 February, 12–10pm: all-day churrasco sharing platters packed with popular BBQ dishes like chargrilled steak and roasted chipotle chicken + sides the likes of baked potato with requeijão cream cheese, roasted pumpkin and corn on the cob; $295/person or $395/person as part of a 3-course brunch
  • Monday, 24 February, 6–10:30pm: Bahia and Rio 8-course dinner presenting new dishes such as biscoito de polvilho (tapioca puffs with goat’s cheese cream), acarajé (fried black-eyed pea patty stuffed with shrimp and okra) and cocada cremosa (coconut and passion fruit sorbet); $500/person

38 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, 2889 7576; see above links for booking information


VEA Hong Kong x Mingles Seoul

Chef Vicky Chen of Michelin-starred VEA has a knack for getting top chefs from around the world to cook at his HK eatery, and the first chef to do so this year is Kang Min-goo of two-Michelin-starred Mingles in Seoul, crowned Korea’s Best Restaurant since 2016. For this one-night-only dining experience, expect a range of global flavours, from Chef Cheng’s Chinese-French cooking style to Chef Kang mixing up Japanese, Spanish and French flavours, with Korean cuisine as his backbone.

Date: Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Time: dinner service

Location: VEA, 30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central

Price: $2,880/person (4-hands tasting menu); +$780 for wine/cocktail pairings

To book: book online from midnight on 28 January

Leap year birthday treat at Octavium

Octavium Hong Kong

Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Octavium is treating those born on 29 February to a little something special this leap year. Leap year babies, Executive Chef Silvio Armanni’s birthday surprise awaits! Corkage is also on the house that night with advance booking.

Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020

Time: dinner service

Location: Octavium, 8/F, One Chinachem Central, 22 Des Voeux Road Central, Central

To book: book online (minimum 2 guests + reservation at least 3 days in advance)

Test Kitchen x Ray Choi (Butler) and Devon Hou (Test Kitchen)

Test Kitchen Hong Kong x Ray Choi (Butler) and Devon Hou (Test Kitchen)

Test Kitchen’s next pop-up this month showcases the fabulous local chef duo of Ray Choi and Devon Hou, who over the years have worked and crossed paths at top HK restaurants like Mandarin Grill + Bar, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Tate Dining Room & Bar. For this special crossover menu, fittingly called “If We Were in Charge”, the two chefs will together be reimagining their favourite dishes from these spots – dishes like abalone with liver paste, chicken crackling and king oyster mushroom, red prawn raviolo with sakura ebi and basil oil, M7 Wagyu beef rib-eye with black garlic and morning glory and warabi mochi with brown bread ice cream, candied walnuts and Biscoff crumble.

Dates: 27–29 February 2020

Time: 2 seatings – 7pm and 8:30pm

Location: Test Kitchen, Shop 3, Kwan Yick Building – Phase 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun

Price: $1,180/person (8-course tasting menu); +$480 for cocktail + wine pairings; +$380 for non-alcoholic drinks pairings; +$180 for corkage

To book: book online

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