What’s on in Hong Kong? February and March 2019

What’s on in Hong Kong? February and March 2019

Cool F&B happenings you should check out in the 852

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Foodie  Foodie  on 10 Feb '19

Header photo: three-cut pork barbecue silog by Toyo Eatery, Manila

With Chinese New Year feasting done and dusted and Easter brunching still a few months away, we need some good wining-and-dining options to lift our spirits. So here are our picks of the upcoming happenings that will feed your body and nourish your soul during these often dreary in-between months:


Win a trip to Naples courtesy of Motorino

Motorino Hong Kong

If you fancy a trip to the birthplace of pizza – Naples – here’s what you’ve gotta do: from now until 25 February, order an authentic Neapolitan pizza while dining in at Motorino, then another pie via Black Sheep Restaurants GO, and be entered to win the chance for you and a guest to embark on a three-day pizza-eating tour in Naples from 4–6 March 2019 (economy flights included), led by Motorino’s own pizzaiolos. The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours of the draw on 26 February.

Motorino SoHo: 14 Shelley Street, Central, 2801 6881

Motorino Wanchai: 15 Ship Street, 2520 0690

Test Kitchen x Cure in Singapore

Test Kitchen x Chef Andrew Walsh of Cure in Singapore

Test Kitchen’s latest pop-up showcases Irish chef Andrew Walsh of Singapore’s acclaimed restaurants Cure and Butcher Boy, where elegant yet playful East-meets-West dishes are the name of the game. The chef’s signatures include beet-cured salmon with Irish potato flatbread, foie gras custard and Singapore laksa made with squid “noodles”.

Dates: 13–16 February 2019

Time: 7pm and 8:15pm (2 seatings)

Location: Test Kitchen, Shop 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun

Price: $1,080/person (6-course tasting menu); +$480 (wine pairings); +$180 (corkage)

To book: click here

Troisgros pop-up at ÉPURE

Chefs Michel (foreground) and Léo Troisgros

Chefs Michel (foreground) and Léo Troisgros

Chefs Michel and Léo Troisgros from legendary three-Michelin-starred Maison Troisgros in France, along with pastry chef Michele Abbatemarco from Troisgros in Tokyo, will make a three-day appearance at Hong Kong’s own French fine-dining wonder ÉPURE, thrilling guests with a tasting menu featuring the likes of Beluga caviar, black truffles from France, crayfish and scallops.

Dates: 21–23 February 2019

Time: dinner service (6:30–10:30pm)

Location: ÉPURE, Shop 403, 4/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST

Price: $4,888/person

To book: phone 3185 8338 or book online

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bothy at Test Kitchen

 Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bothy at Test Kitchen

Whisky lovers shouldn’t miss this unique experience, with Test Kitchen in Sai Ying Pun transformed into a Scottish mountain hideaway for an extraordinary food and whisky pairing experience. A five-course menu prepared by Chef Noël Berard of two-Michelin-starred ÉCRITURE and Chef Nicholas Chew of BIBO will be paired with four rare whiskies that make up Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Dishes include smoked Scottish langoustine with onion dashi jelly and beetroot feuillantine, paired with a complex, smoky 25-year-old Talisker from the Isle of Skye, and a gorgoeus chocolate trio dessert, paired with a 1975-distilled Cambus from the Scottish Lowlands that shows off luscious, chewy flavours of chocolate and caramel.

Foodie was lucky to have an exclusive preview of the Bothy, and we were mighty impressed by the creativity of the chefs, the knowledge imparted and the exquisite attention to detail all round. Highly recommended.

Dates: 23–24 February 2019 (public sessions)

Time: Saturday the 23rd, 12:30pm/7pm; Sunday the 24th, 12:30pm

Location: Test Kitchen, Shop 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun

Price: $1,820/person (to include a commemorative engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label 75cl)

To book: click here

HaiSous pop-up at Le Garçon Saigon

Chef Thai Dang

Chef Thai Dang

Diners at Vietnamese grill Le Garçon Saigon will be treated to a special menu cooked up by Chef Thai Dang of Chicago’s Vietnamese restaurant HaiSous – a James Beard semi-finalist for Best New Year Restaurant 2018 and recipient of a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Forget pho and rice paper rolls – be prepared to have your taste buds awakened by such creative dishes as octopus salad with confit aubergine, coconut cream and roasted peanuts, fried prawns with perilla and tamarind emulsion and grilled rib-eye with lime leaves and chilli salt.

Dates: 25–27 February 2019

Time: dinner service (6pm–late)

Location: Le Garçon Saigon, 12–18 Wing Fung Street, Wanchai

Price: $498/person (9-course tasting menu)

To book: phone 2455 2499 or book online

Are You Plasticized? live radio discussion and drinks at Eaton Hong Kong

Are You Plasticised? at Eaton Hong Kong

With the launch of the Plasticity Podcast series, Eaton Radio at Eaton Hong Kong is spearheading interviews with sustainability pioneers like Doug Woodring, the founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, followed by a discussion targeted at eradicating plastic waste in Asia. Don’t forget to bring your earbuds!

Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019

Time: 6–8pm

Location: Eaton Hong Kong, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan

Price: free! (+ buy-1-get-1-free drinks at the bar)

HAKU x Toyo Eatery four-hands dinner

Chef Agustin Balbi of French-Japanese HAKU will join forces with Chef Jordy Navarra of Toyo Eatery in Manila – winner of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants One to Watch award in 2018 – to create a diverse menu featuring a global melting pot of flavours, from white asparagus with bagna cauda and caviar by Chef Balbi to Chef Navarra’s signature pork belly with buro, a type of Filipino pickle.

Dates: 28 February–1 March 2019

Time: dinner service (6–10pm)

Location: HAKU, Shop OTG04B, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST

Price: $1,980/person (10-course tasting menu)

To book: phone 2115 9965 or book online

HK Restaurant Week

HK Restaurant Week

The city’s biannual HK Restaurant Week, with top restaurants offering specially priced set lunch and dinner menus, is set to start soon. Organised by online reservation platform DiningCity, HK Restaurant Week showcases more than 145 of Hong Kong’s most popular and highly acclaimed restaurants, with the chefs offering their signature dishes at reduced prices for 11 gut-busting days. Click here for the full list of participating restaurants.

Dates: 28 February–10 March 2019

Time: lunch and dinner (time varies)

Location: location varies

Price: from $148/person for lunch and $298/person for dinner (3-course set menu)

To book: click here


Carnaval Brunch + 100 free caipirinhas at Uma Nota

Brazilian-Japanese hotspot Uma Nota is celebrating its second birthday in typical raucous style with a three-course Carnaval Brunch followed by a street party where the first 100 cachaça lovers to join the fiesta will be gifted with a limited-edition watermelon caipirinha.

Date: Saturday, 2 March 2019

Time: brunch, 12–3pm; caipirinha giveaway, 4–5pm

Location: Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, SoHo, Central

Price: $850/person (3-course brunch + free-flow drinks; pre-payment required)

To book: phone 2889 7576 or book online

A Taste of Singapore weekday lunch buffet at Harbourside, InterContinental Hong Kong

 A Taste of Singapore weekday lunch buffet at Harbourside, InterContinental Hong Kong

Longing for a taste of the culinary wonders of the Lion City? The InterContinental’s all-day buffet restaurant Harbourside has got you covered for the next several weeks, offering a Taste of Singapore weekday lunch buffet bursting with Singaporean delicacies. Popiah, bak kut teh, chilli lobster, char kway teow and Hainanese chicken salad are just a few of the dishes we look forward to sampling.

Dates: 4 March–30 April 2019

Time: 12–2:30pm (Monday–Friday only)

Location: Harbourside, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, TST

Price: $488/adult; $338/child (ages 3–11)

To book: phone 2313 2323 or click here to book now

Test Kitchen x Sonoma’s Backyard

 Test Kitchen x Sonoma’s Backyard

Husband-and-wife team Daniel Kedan and Marianna Gardenhire from Michelin-recommended Backyard in Sonoma County are bringing their Cali vibes to Test Kitchen this month. Backyard is the pinnacle of slow-food, farm-to-table cuisine, with both Kedan and Gardenhire having previously worked for Thomas Keller at his eateries Ad Hoc and Bouchon. The buttermilk fried chicken sliders, homemade charcuterie and ceviche are highlights of the tasting menu.

Dates: 7–10 March 2019

Time: 7pm and 8:15pm (2 seatings)

Location: Test Kitchen, Shop 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun

Price: $1,000/person (11-course tasting menu); +$580 (wine pairings); +$180 (corkage)

To book: click here

Chef Vicky Lau’s Women’s Day cooking class + Tate x The Old Man cocktail-pairing dinner

Chef Vicky Lau

Chef Vicky Lau

In acknowledgement of her own girl power, Vicky Lau of Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room & Bar has organised two events on Women’s Day to benefit The Women’s Foundation, a local non-profit that’s dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women in Hong Kong. The first is a cooking class at V-ZUG Hong Kong, followed by a cocktail-pairing dinner at Tate in partnership with bartender Natalie Lau of award-winning bar The Old Man.

Date: Friday, 8 March 2019

Time: cooking class, 11am–2pm; dinner, from 7pm

Location: cooking class, V-ZUG Hong Kong, 12/F, 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay; dinner, Tate Dining Room & Bar, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

Price: cooking class, $2,500/person (max 10 students) – includes 3-course lunch + glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs; 8-course cocktail-paired dinner menu, $2,160/person ($1,680 without cocktails)

To book: phone Tate at 2555 2172

Animals Asia Women’s Day lunch at Maison ES

Animal welfare charity Animals Asia is hosting a lunch on Women’s Day at Esther Sham’s pretty-as-a-picture French bistro Maison ES, where animal lovers will have the chance to dine alongside Animals Asia founder and CEO Jill Robinson and a panel of inspiring female speakers (visit this page for details).

Date: Friday, 8 March 2019

Time: 12:30–3pm

Location: Maison ES, 1A Star Street, Wanchai (entrance on Electric Street)

Price: $860/person

To book: click here

Taste of Hong Kong 2019

Taste of Hong Kong 2019

The annual Taste of Hong Kong Presented by HSBC festival is back, enticing foodies with its heavenly smells and festival vibes along Central Harbourfront. Taste gathers up some of our city’s most beloved chefs, restaurants and bars and puts them all in one grassy place for us to feast on the culinary talents that flourish here.

Dates: 21–24 March 2019

Time: Thursday the 21st, 6–10pm; Friday the 22nd, 12:30–4:30pm/6–10pm; Saturday the 23rd, 12:30–4:30pm/6–10pm; Sunday the 24th, 12:30–5:30pm

Location: Central Harbourfront Event Space

Price: from $78/person for early-bird tickets

To book: click here

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