With Taste of Hong Kong and other major art events wrapping up the month of March in this restless city, not only are we in awe of the artistic expressions on display, but we’re also amazed by the stunning delicacies displayed on plates at the many happenings around town.
Since art and food have become one this month, Dishtag, the new social media platform that embraces the art of food presentation and photography, is happy to see our fellow Dishtaggers enjoying and appreciating the culinary crafts on both the visual and taste levels. We dived into our feed to find out all their favourites from last month, so get your phone ready to share these new-found dishes with friends.
An iconic inception in one of the busiest areas of Hong Kong, Mercedes me Store captures the heart of car and food lovers with its flavour-packed menus and eye-catching car exhibits. At the top of the March favourites list is this BBQ brisket sandwich made with caramelised onion, jalapeño aioli, Cheddar cheese and, most importantly, BBQ brisket. Dishtaggers are most likely impressed by the burst of textures and flavours combined in one single bite, and we could not agree more. We would also order a signature cocktail alongside to complete the perfect weekend brunch.
We tend to get a little confused by the Thai dish names on Chachawan’s menu, so a visual menu in this case really comes in handy, with mouth-watering photos to show of what you can expect on the table. Yum hua plee is a salad of fresh banana blossom, prawn, lime, mint, coriander, garlic, coconut milk and chilli with a sweet-and- sour dressing. Sounds refreshing, right? This tucked-away Thai restaurant may be your answer for light and yummy treats tonight.
At the helm of this modern Nordic establishment is Björn Frantzén, a three-Michelin-starred chef who brought this award-winning restaurant, together with Maximal Concepts, from Stockholm to Hong Kong last June. Even though Scandinavian comfort food is still a novel idea here, the universal love for burgers definitely contributes to it achieving third place on this list. Featuring a brioche bun, Roquefort, Beaufort and Sainte-Maure cheeses and caramelised onion, this “Frenchie” beef burger is sure to leave a good first impression.
We’re guessing it’s the numbing sensation epitomised by Sichuan cuisine that charms the faithful crowds, placing this classic dish in fourth place amongsr the many other yummy options on our platform in March. The centrally located restaurant pays as much attention to its art-centric setting as to its delicious culinary offerings, which makes it distinguishable from other more casual contemporaries. Served in a dainty clay pot on a wooden base, these Sichuan dan dan noodles are perfectly fitting for the camera and the taste buds.
So if you were not informed of the opening of VEDA, the first all-vegetarian hotel restaurant housed within Ovolo Central, you could still be harbouring a dated perception of boring or bland vegan food. “VEDA” comes from the Sanskrit word “vid”, meaning “to know”, leading to the eatery’s mission to inspire and redefine plant-based dining experiences. Just take a look at this satisfying fig cheesecake – is that not a love-at-first-sight kind of creation?
You know a restaurant is notable when two dishes from the same place make it on the favourites list in the same month. Dishtaggers are perhaps partial to smaller portions meant for sharing, so they get to try more dishes in one go. We totally understand that, especially when house-smoked Norwegian salmon is involved, along with pink peppercorn, lemon smetana, trout roe and crispy cucumber. The evening’s eats are definitely off to a good start with this one.
Hailed as one of the best Chinese restaurants in town, Hoi King Heen is known for its top-quality Cantonese dishes crafted by maestro chef Leung Fai-Hung, whose inexhaustible talent can be seen across the extensive menu. This includes his signature dish of steamed garoupa roll with Yunnan ham. The tangy seafood dish requires ordering one day in advance, which proves no problem for its popularity and reputation as it finds itself on the top list of Dishtaggers’ favourite March dishes.
Ten years in the making, Zuma Hong Kong continues to cast a spell on diners with its all-inclusive Japanese fusion fare, ranging from the TE MANA LAMB cutlet to this avocado temaki with jalapeño, Hokkaido cream cheese and shiso tapioca. We think it’s the clever combination of everyone’s favourite – avocado – and the genius cookery of the experienced team that mark the success of this irresistible bite.
Bridging seemingly unrelated roots, Chifa is Peruvian-Chinese eatery that specialises in reinterpreted dumplings, like the violet xiao long bao that’s made it on our list. Filled with minced pork, beetroot, roasted vegetable cream and watercress, this picture-perfect dim sum is a feast for the eyes before anything else. We reckon the violet element helps with the ordering decision when it comes to exotic cross-cultural cuisine, but the dumplings themselves also live up to their expectations. It’s a brilliant example of a new form of East meets South America.
Needless to say, FRANCIS is the best example of an impactful neighbourhood restaurant. Since its inception slightly more than a year ago, the name FRANCIS has become synonymous with humble and serious Middle Eastern flavours, so we’re not surprised that the essence of this beloved cuisine is on the March favourites list. We generally like to have the hummus together with the eatery’s homemade pitta bread – a combo you just cannot go wrong with.
Hope you’re not drooling too dramatically from checking in with us on our March favourites! But, if you are, more visual menus are at your fingertips on our app and website, so make sure you make the reservations, try them out and let us know what tops your own list!