What’s on in Hong Kong? Autumn 2019

What’s on in Hong Kong? Autumn 2019

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

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 7 Sep '19

Header image: chef brothers Mathias and Thomas Sühring

As the city cools down, the F&B calendar heats up. Keep checking back here for more recommended stuff to do (and eat) this autumn.


JAAN x Roganic four-hands dinner

JAAN x Roganic Hong Kong four-hands dinner

For two nights only, Chef Kirk Westaway of Michelin-starred JAAN by Kirk Westaway in Singapore teams up with Chef Simon Rogan of Roganic, who boasts three shiny stars to his name, to treat diners to a 10-course collaborative menu presenting the chefs’ creative seasonal British dishes – from snacks of own-blend caviar tart with oyster and apple marigold and truffle pudding with birch sap and stout vinegar by Chef Rogan to Chef Westaway’s strawberry pancake with frozen clotted cream and rhubarb and lemon slice for dessert.

Dates: 4–5 September 2019

Time: dinner service

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

Price: $1,980/person (10-course 4-hands menu); +$980 for wine pairings

To book: phone 2817 8383 or email reservations@roganic.com.hk

Michelin-starred British pop-up at SKYE Roofbar and Dining

Michelin-starred British pop-up at SKYE Roofbar and Dining Hong Kong

In conjunction with the launch of the new SKYE Gastrobar, Michelin-starred British chef Paul Welburn is heading to SKYE at The Park Lane Hong Kong for a three-day stint. Chef Welburn is well known in the UK, both for his W1 Restaurant at The Cumberland in London (now closed) and Oxford’s Michelin-starred The Oxford Kitchen, and for attaining a 10 out of 10 for his “Blackout Beef” on TV cooking competition The Great British Menu. Chef Welburn’s lunch and dinner menus for this pop-up feature modern British dishes such as G&T-cured king salmon, blackened glazed beef fillet and carrot trifle.

Dates: 5–7 September 2019

Time: lunch and dinner services

Location: SKYE Roofbar and Dining, 27/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay

Price: $650/person (6-course lunch menu); $980/person (8-course dinner menu)

To book: phone 2839 3327 or book online

A FEAST for the CITY

A FEAST for the CITY Hong Kong

Organised by event specialists Pyjama and Magnetic Asia, this is FEAST’s inaugural culinary celebratory event, where top chefs from around HK (Asher Goldstein from FRANCIS, Franks’ Darnell Fields, Chris Grare and Arron Rhodes from Kinship included) will create signature dishes at live cooking stations to be devoured at shared tables, along with free-flow bevvies and live music creating a great weekend brunch vibe for grown-ups and kids alike.

Dates: 7–8 September 2019

Time: 12:30–4:30pm

Location: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

Price: $680/adult or $380/child aged between 3–11 (includes unlimited food + drink)

To book: click here

Wine Education Week launch party

To kick off the global Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)’s first-ever Wine Education Week (9–15 September), head to this fun, educational masterclass on food and wine pairing. Get your drink on and learn something too!

Date: Monday, 9 September 2019

Time: 6–8pm

Location: theDesk, 5/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty

Price: $145/person (to include a complimentary set of 3 wine glasses)

To learn more and book: click here

Test Kitchen x Chef Aleksander Baron

Test Kitchen Hong Kong x Chef Aleksander Baron

Polish cuisine is getting a look-in at Test Kitchen this month, with a visit from Chef Aleksander Baron of Warsaw’s Nowy Wspanialy Świat and Solec 44. Trained in the fine arts, Chef Baron’s locally sourced and seasonal modern Polish dishes – like beetroot sour ceviche with apple, mustard seeds in apple vinegar and herbs, goose omasta with burnt onion and black trumpet mushroom and potato and cheese dumplings with fish roe – are works of art.

Dates: 11–14 September 2019

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

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

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

To book: click here

Sühring pop-up at Mandarin Oriental

Sühring pop-up at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Surely one of the most exciting chef residencies of the year, twin brothers Mathias and Thomas Sühring of two-Michelin-starred Sühring restaurant in Bangkok bring the best of modern German cuisine to the MO for three days. Sühring sits at number 4 on this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
 The 13-course champagne-paired tasting menu presented to Hong Kong diners will be divided into three chapters: snacks (example: Leberkäse, a southern German speciality similar to bologna, served with a warm pretzel), mains (example: Aal Grün from Berlin, eel in broth with cucumber salad) and sweets (example: Omas Eierlikör, a Sühring family eggnog recipe).

Dates: 12–14 September 2019

Time: The Krug Room – lunch and dinner on 12–13 September; Mandarin Grill + Bar – lunch and dinner on 14 September

Location: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central

Price: $3,888/person (13-course tasting menu + 4 Krug champagnes) at The Krug Room; $2,888/person at Mandarin Grill + Bar (13-course tasting menu + 1 glass of Krug; optional wine parings at +$1,488)

To book: phone 2825 4014 or email mohkg-krugroom@mohg.com

Pica Pica x ICHU four-hands tapas menu

Pica Pica x ICHU four-hands tapas menu
 Hong Kong

Chef Edgar Sanuy Barahona from Spanish hotspot Pica Pica joins forces with Chef Sang Jeong from Peruvian restaurant ICHU once again, this time to create a crossover menu featuring eight new tapas – four Spanish and four Peruvian. These East-meets-West tapas include, on the Spanish side, chipirón ($145), Ibérico pork morcilla, baby squid and ink sauce, and callos ($85), traditional Spanish pork tripe stew with chorizo, and, coming in for Peru, pan chapla ($175), Peruvian pitta bread with soft-shell crab and aji amarillo, and pulpo ($150), octopus, leek purée, leek powder and crispy leek.

Dates: 17–18 September 2019

Time: from 6pm

Location: Pica Pica, 317–321 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan

Price: à-la-carte prices from $70/tapa

To book: phone 2811 9880 or email info@picapica.hk

Secret Theatre x Aaharn

Secret Theatre x Aaharn Hong Kong

This one’s got us intrigued and freaked out in equal measure – a serial killer is on the loose, and it’s your task to investigate! Secret Theatre’s immersive, interactive fourth experience in HK is set at historic Tai Kwun, with pre- and post-theatre dining options at David Thompson’s acclaimed Thai restaurant Aaharn. Watch the trailer here.

Dates: 17 September–9 November 2019 (Tuesday–Saturday)

Time: 6pm for pre-theatre dinner at Aaharn; 7:30pm for Secret Theatre experience; 9:45pm for post-theatre dinner at Aaharn

Location: Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central (once you buy your ticket, you’ll receive the exact secret location, special instructions and a password)

Price: from $788 for early-bird Secret Theatre; wine-paired dinner + show from $1,288; VIP experience at $1,788

To book: click here

TE MANA LAMB 4-hands dinner at Octavium

 TE MANA LAMB 4-hands dinner at Octavium Hong Kong

Each year, a small selection of leading international chefs visit farms and restaurants in New Zealand for a first-hand experience of TE MANA LAMB – often referred to as the “world’s best lamb” owing to its high level of omega 3 and micro-scale marbling. This month, Michelin-starred chefs Jim Löfdahl of Frantzén’s Kitchen and Silvio Armanni of Octavium will join hands to create a seven-course menu showcasing three unique ways of serving Te MANA LAMB along with three complementing dishes using fine New Zealand ingredients. This one- of-a-kind four-hands dinner is only available for one night – lamb fans, you won’t want to miss this one!

Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Time: 7pm

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

Price: $980/person (7-course 4-hands tasting menu); +$580 for wine pairings

To book: phone 2111 9395 or email bookings@octaviumhk.com

Mr Brown x Te Quiero Mucho x COA 3-friends, 6-hands collab

 Mr Brown x Te Quiero Mucho x COA Hong Kong six-hands menus

Chef Asher Goldstein of grill expert Mr Brown is teaming up with Chef Alfonso Portillo of Mexican bar-restaurant Te Quiero Mucho and Jay Khan of Mexican-inspired cocktail bar COA for an amazing six-hands à-la-carte menu served alongside the regular Mr Brown menu, with Chef Goldstein’s grill taking on a Mexican flair in celebration of his bud Chef Portillo’s one-year TQM anniversary. Tacos are highlights – we love the sound of the al pastor with pork and pineapple relish roasted shawarma style – as are mixologist Khan’s mezcal-based tipples. If you’re interested in booking the Middle Eastern–Mexican fusion four-course menu ($598/person, to include 3 cocktails) at TQM the night before (Wednesday the 18th), phone 3423 3290 or email tqm@mojonomad.com. Taco ‘bout a foodie friendship! 

Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019

Time: dinner service

Location: Mr Brown, 9 Ship Street, Wanchai

Price: à-la-carte prices
 from $50/taco

To book: phone 3101 1081 or book online

Sake Walk 2019

Sake Walk 2019 Hong Kong

Held at atmospheric House 1881, Sake Walk is a three-day outdoor event comprising a sake-pairing dinner, sake and food tasting booths and one-hour sake masterclasses. The highlight of the event is the namesake Sake Walk, showcasing a selection of 80 sake from 14 breweries across Japan.

Dates: 19–21 September 2019

Time: sake-pairing dinner at Café Parlour (7pm on Thursday the 19th); sake masterclasses (from 12:30pm on Saturday the 21st); Sake Walk (12–10pm on Saturday the 21st)

Location: House 1881, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, TST

Price: $1,800/person (5-course sake-pairing dinner, to include 8 premium sake); $140/masterclass (to include 4 sake varieties for tasting + sake glass to take home); from $100 entry (Sake Walk)

For more information: phone 3988 0000 or email info@house1881.com

The Woods’ 1st nomadic pop-up

When Victoria Chow’s bar The Woods shut shop earlier this year after five years on Hollywood Road, we heaved a collective sigh. But now The Woods is back as HK’s first nomadic bar, with monthly pop-ups beginning now at various secret locations here and around the world. You can expect the revival of The Woods’ signature cocktails, the bar’s infamous tom yum shooters and mini cocktail workshops.

Date: Saturday, 21 September 2019

Time: 4–7pm

Location: to be revealed by joining The Woods Nomadic Tribe

Price: free drinks!

For more information: click here

Michelin-starred Sucede pop-up at La Rambla

 Michelin-starred Sucede pop-up at La Rambla Hong Kong

Chef Miguel Ángel Mayor of Valencia one-Michelin-restaurant Sucede will take over La Rambla's kitchen for two nights in September to dazzle Hong Kong diners with his unique brand of Spanish cuisine focused on ancient culinary techniques. Dishes in the chef’s repertoire are based on the culinary history of Valencia’s Roman, Arabic and Christian civilisations. Expect a unique menu showcasing delicacies such as Spanish sea cucumber, cured beef tongue, French blue lobster and Spanish beef loin.

Dates: 24–25 September 2019

Time: dinner service

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

Price: $1,600/person (shared with a minimum of 4 guests): +$688 for wine pairings

To book: phone 2661 1161 or book online

NOBU’s Black & White Dinners

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

World-famous chef Nobu Matsuhisa returns to NOBU Hong Kong this month with two splashy Black & White Dinners – innovative Japanese menus that focus on culinary luxuries such as caviar and truffle (black) and ebi, lobster, sea bass and king crab (white). These ingredients take the form of dishes like ebi taco with caviar, Chilean sea bass with truffle garlic miso and king crab with yuzu kosho ponzu. A rare opportunity to dine on Nobu-san’s own masterpieces.

Dates: 24–25 September 2019

Time: dinner service

Location: NOBU Hong Kong, 2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, TST

Price: $1,688/person (8-course tasting menu)

To book: phone 2313 2323 or book online

Test Kitchen x Chef Ben Spalding

Test Kitchen Hong Kong x Chef Ben Spalding

The second chef in the spotlight at Test Kitchen this month, Ben Spalding is also a DJ, which should make for some pretty fun dinners. Chef Spalding cut his chops at such acclaimed UK restaurants as Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, The Ledbury, The Fat Duck and Roganic, in addition to winning a slew of awards including being featured on Zagat’s 30 Under 30 list. These days, he runs PuzzleProjects, creating bespoke dining experiences featuring creative, contemporary dishes and great music, be it a wedding, corporate event or a global festival like Coachella in LA. Chef Spalding’s menu for Test Kitchen will give diners a taste of his cheeky signatures like Salad 25 (with HK’s finest “weird and wonderful” seasonal ingredients) and Crack Beef (pictured above) – braised and glazed Norwegian feather blade with grilled kimchi, tom yum mayo, preserved berries and crispy onion.

Dates: 26–28 September 2019 

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

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

Price: $980/person (8-course tasting menu); +$480 (wine pairings); +$180 (corkage)

To book: click here

Belles Hot Chicken pop-up at 22 Ships

Belles Hot Chicken pop-up at 22 Ships Hong Kong

Get your Nashville hot chicken wings and spicy chicken sarnies here! Kiwi chef Morgan McGlone brings his cult-fave Belles Hot Chicken from Australia to 22 Ships for a cracking three-day pop-up. Wash all that chook down with boatloads of natural wine. No bookings, but orders can also be taken on Deliveroo (except for brunch specials).

Dates: 27–29 September 2019 

Time: Friday the 27th – 5–11pm; Saturday the 28th – 10am–11pm (brunch 10am–3pm); Sunday the 29th – 10am–9pm (brunch 10am–3pm)

Location: 22 Ships, 22 Ship Street, Wanchai

Price: à-la-carte prices from $160/4-wing baller basket + 1 side + 2 sauces

To book: walk-ins only; order online via Deliveroo


Oktoberfest 2019

Get ready for multiple days of feasting and drinking (especially of the beer variety) with Hong Kong’s Oktoberfest happenings, including:

Beerliner Hong Kong Oktoberfest

  • Select Beerliner branches – Langham Place, New Town Plaza and Tuen Mun Town Plaza – are celebrating Oktoberfest with the offer of a special festive menu and Erdinger Beer Passport (collect four stamps and get a draught beer on the house) from 20 September–20 October. We love the look of that braised pork shank with Brussels sprouts, mashed potato and dark beer sauce.

Wine-pairing celebration menu at Café Gray Deluxe

Wine-pairing celebration menu at Café Gray Deluxe
, The Upper House Hong Kong

In celebration of The Upper House hotel’s 10-year anniversary, in-house F&B superstar Café Gray Deluxe is offering a special menu featuring such delicacies as Hokkaido scallop, slow-braised veal cheek and chocolate délice, each dish paired with a 2009 vintage hand-picked by sommelier Leo Au. Café Gray’s wine list also gets a makeover for the rest of the year, showcasing a range of 2009 wines as well as a selection of hidden gems from up-and-coming wineries – those to watch in the decade to come.

Dates: 1–31 October 2019

Time: lunch and dinner services

Location: Café Gray Deluxe, 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

Price: $1,260/person (4-course wine-pairing menu)

To book: phone 3968 1106 or book online

Food’s Future Summit 2019 

Food’s Future Summit Hong Kong

The most important food event of the year, Foodie’s own award-winning Food’s Future Summit gathers change-makers, experts and conscious consumers to delve into key innovations, trends and issues in the culinary and food technology ecosystems over two days of talks, panels, discussions, showcases and meals – read more about it. A special feature of the Summit this year is the Food’s Future Gala Dinner – an exclusive, one-night only, never-been-done-before dinner featuring a future-forward menu created and cooked up by acclaimed San Franciso chefs Tanya Holland and Brandon Jew and Pastry Chef Belinda Leong.

Dates: 11–12 October 2019 (Gala Dinner on Friday, 11 October)

Time: Summit Day 1 – 8:30am–6pm; Summit Day 2 – 10am–6pm; Gala Dinner – from 7pm

Location: Asia Society Hong Kong, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

Price: from $50 for the Summit; from $2,250 for the Gala Dinner 

To book the Summit: click here

To book the Gala Dinner: click here

Chef Bruno Oger at Gaddi’s

Chef Bruno Oger

Be dazzled by fine French gastronomy with a gourmet collaboration between Gaddi’s Executive Chef Albin Gobil and visiting Michelin-starred chef Bruno Oger. For two nights only, Chef Oger will bring his unique brand of Mediterranean- and Brittany-influenced French cuisine to Hong Kong from his acclaimed two-Michelin-starred restaurant La Villa Archange on the French Riviera. Following Hong Kong, the chef will continue his culinary tour to The Peninsulas Beijing and Shanghai.

Date: 21–22 October 2019

Time: lunch and dinner services

Price: $1,288–2,688/person

Location: 1/F, Gaddi’s, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, TST

To book: phone 2696 6763 or book online

Rotten Head Festival

Rotten Head Festival

A really fun, eco- and family-friendly music and craft beer festival is debuting in Tung Chung this year. Rotten Head Festival will feature 10 local breweries, local Hong Kong musicians, top nosh the likes of Filipino street food, Indian cuisine and pizza and a dedicated kids’ space with drama classes and an art jam. What a way to build a community!

Date: Saturday, 26 October 2019

Time: 12–10pm

Location: Tat Tung Road Park, Tung Chung

Price: $300/adult, $120/kid aged 12–17, free for kids under 12

To book: click here

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