Hotpot comes home
A picnic-basket-style meal perfect for winter, The Drunken Pot now does door-to-door delivery. Always a top choice for hotpot gatherings when the mood strikes (as it often does when the temperature drops), the eatery’s hotpots can be delivered for a fuss-free dinner party at home or picnic while out and about. Priced at $322 per head for the meat menu and $368 for the seafood menu, the pots include four of the restaurant’s signature broths – Numbingly Spicy, Chao Zhao Satay, Pork Bone and Black Truffle – as well as a hearty selection of popular hotpot dippers, from homemade dumplings and fish/meatballs, to Inaniwa udon, to bean curd and seaweed rolls, to Hiroshima oysters, to veggies galore (plus eight complimentary condiments for seasoning to your heart’s content). The pots are delivered in recyclable packaging along with utensils, a reusable tablecloth and glasses, wet tissues and free rental of the pot and gas cooker. For more information on The Drunken Pot’s delivery services, go to www.tdpdelivery.com or phone 2323 7098 (Causeway Bay) or 2321 9038 (TST).
Three Blind Mice
We stumbled on hidden gem Three Blind Mice (look for the birdcages!) a few weeks back and have been talking it up ever since. Located on the quieter end of Ship Street up the hill, we love the cosy ambience, friendly service and the British-inspired grub, which features high-quality ingredients. The set lunch is a steal at $118 for three courses. We lapped up the Eton mess with its brûléed meringue peak, which had us dreaming of summer at Wimbledon.
35 Ship Street, Wanchai, 2447 7793
Healthy bevvies and grilled toasts at Flamingo Bloom
Our fave floral tea specialist has added some tempting items to its menu that should help to assuage any post-holiday glutton-guilt. With no caffeine, lactose or added sugar, the Naked Zero colourful, fruit-based beverages ($43 each) contain fresh, antioxidant- and vitamin-packed ingredients including mulberries, mangoes, strawberries and grapes, and almond milk is used to adhere to the new line’s clean-drinking promise. For a light lunch, we’d recommend pairing a Naked Zero smoothie with one of Flamingo Bloom’s recently launched grilled toasts ($43, or $33 if purchased with a beverage). Toast options include smashed tomatoes with soft-boiled egg, cheese with corned beef and smashed avocado with tomato and herbs.
Central: 50B Stanley Street, 5177 8255
TST: 18 Cameron Road, 5178 7067
Rare by Timothy Oulton x Mandarin Oriental
This collaboration is going to greatly appeal to anyone who is a fan of the Netflix hit The Crown, the Royal Family in general or indeed any aficionado of antiques and/or a proper English afternoon tea set. Timothy Oulton, the furniture designer gradually taking over all of Hong Kong’s Gough Street with his British furniture shop and Gough’s on Gough restaurant collaboration, has brought his collection of antique trunks and original coronation dinnerware to the Mandarin Oriental’s Clipper Lounge for a limited-time afternoon tea experience. His painstakingly procured selection makes for an absolutely stunning collection of beautifully handcrafted rarities that are a delight to dine on (and can also be purchased). The special menu prepared by Executive Pastry Chef Yves Matthey presents a three-tiered tea set with apposite dishes like the Queen’s cake and mini sherry trifle. Available until 11 February 2018, ‘tis but a meagre $398 to dine surrounded by royalty. We’ll admit to feeling slightly treasonous eating off the Queen Mother’s face, but deliciously so.
M/F, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2522 0111
Golden Monkey’s veggie noodle pho
One lunch hour, on a whim, we asked the server at cool-cat Southeast Asian food court Golden Monkey if the zucchini noodles were an acceptable substitute for the flat noodles, although we weren’t really considering them for our beef brisket bowl. He was so enthusiastic about it, and used the phrase “really, really good”, we felt we owed it to him to give it a shot, so we nodded, albeit somewhat less enthusiastically. Now that we weren’t so much looking forward to our pho but instead feeling like it was something we needed to get through – not unlike our first-ever helping of Brussels sprouts as a child – when it arrived with its verdant green strands, we were slightly heartened. Our first slurp of the broth yielded complete success; it was delicious and rich. And upon first “zoodle” bite, you ask? We were pleasantly surprised. It may have been the complete lack of anticipation that helped, but it was tasty and we would definitely order that bowl again. We also left without that bilious pho feeling, which was another bonus, but perhaps not one that everyone wants to pay an extra $20 for. Still, though, we dug it.
Shop GF08, G/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 3100 0184
Two words: liquid cheesecake
Komune, Ovolo Southside hotel’s new all-day bar and restaurant, recently debuted their stunning liquid cheesecake, which we waxed lyrical about in our review here. We can’t wait to see what Chef Ramos cooks up next.
Lobby and 4/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 3460 8157
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