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Easter Saturday Family Day at BaseHall
Bring your kiddies over to food hall extraordinaire BaseHall on Saturday, 3 April for loads of family fun. From 12–3pm there will be an Easter-themed balloon artist on deck, and at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm sessions, get ready for an Easter egg hunt. Young Master Brewery will also be serving up freshly baked hot cross buns from their Pub 1842.
Shop 9A–9C, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, 3643 0865
Hot cross buns at Dang Wen Li
It really isn’t Easter without hot cross buns ($28/1 or $168/6), and Dominique Ansel’s Dang Wen Li is pumping out these delicious fluffy treats from now until 6 April. Each soft brioche bun is infused with the flavours of cinnamon, orange and star anise and dotted with raisins and candied lemon. Order online.
Central: Shop 1025B, 1/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, 9727 4759
TST: Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, 2613 8618
Easter sweets at Sugarfina
We’re all hopped up on sugar from these delectable Easter treats from Sugarfina, featuring adorable candies the likes of robin’s egg caramels, raspberry bunny tails and fruity baby butterfly gummies. Packaged in Sugarfina’s iconic clear cubes, these treats can be collected individually at $88 or as gift boxes and bento sets ranging from $148–198. From now until 11 April, there’s a 12% discount on the purchase of four or more pieces of the above candy bento box.
Central: Shop 1023, 1/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, 2868 5578
TST: Shop 3327, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, 2116 4688
Sweet & savoury eats from Feather & Bone
Foodie fave butcher and deli Feather & Bone has a great selection of Easter feasting items. On the savoury side, F&B’s dine-in slow-cooked lamb shank ($198), which comes with creamy polenta and roasted fennel, makes for an indulgent main course, while their gorgeously glossy and lightly spiced hot cross buns ($20 for 1, $68 for 4 or $100 for 6) are a perfect takeaway sweet treat, for brekkie or otherwise. Bonus for those with kids: if they spot the Easter Bunny hidden somewhere in one of F&B’s shops, they’ll win a chocolate Easter egg!
Branches around town; click here for locations
Easter afternoon tea at K11 ARTUS
It seems like just about every hotel and restaurant around town has come up with an afternoon tea offering for Easter, but our pick of the lot goes to Tea by the Harbour at The Commune ($720 for 2) at luxury service residence K11 ARTUS – or, as they describe it: Asia’s first “artisanal home”. Launching on Saturday, 3 April from 3–5:30pm, the set showcases tasters of signature items from The Commune’s à-la-carte East-meets-West menu (we got a sneak peek and loved the Asian hamachi ceviche ball and Japanese pork belly bao), as well as special sweet extras such as pandan crème brûlée and pineapple bun choux, freshly baked scones with all the accompaniments (including some lovely tea-infused homemade blueberry jam), Alain Milliat juices and teas courtesy of local brand TeaCha. For Easter (3–6 April), each set will include a box of chocolates and some Easter-inspired decorations to boot.
Breakfast at Bathers
With Hong Kong weather being like it is, Easter weekend is usually the first time we dip our toes into the water for the year, so we love that beachside Bathers restaurant will be serving up breakfast as well as all-day dining for Easter. Available from Thursday the 1st until Tuesday the 6th from 9–11am, Bathers’ breakfast dishes (from $85) include avocado sourdough toast with tomato, chilli and poached egg, house-cured salmon with sourdough toast and scrambled egg and – the winner for us hearty folk – the Lantau Big Start (house-made pork sausage, smoked bacon, grilled tomato, mushrooms, poached egg and sourdough toast).
Pizza-making party at Motorino
Pizza for Easter? Count us in if it means Motorino’s authentic Neapolitan-style pies. The pizzeria’s SoHo branch is hosting an Easter-themed pizza-making party ($298/adult; $198/child) on Monday, 5 April, which will see you making (and eating) your own pizza from scratch. The price includes a selection of antipasti, dessert and free-flow house beer and wine. This sounds like a fun family activity during the Easter hols.
La Viña’s spring picnic bread basket
La Viña has teamed up with local actress (and avid home baker) Grace Chan to create a range of Easter delicacies that include seasonal flavours of the shop’s popular Basque cheesecake: Japanese sakura ($48/3” or $308/6”) and yuzu and red bean ($38/3” or $368/6”). But as tempting as those cakes sound, we’re jonesing for the spring picnic bread basket ($168), packed with four hot cross buns, four of sibling shop Smoke & Barrels’ pulled pork buns in a cute chick design and a jar of homemade fruit jam – that should keep us happy for at least a few meals. Order online.
Main shop: G/F, My Central, 23 Graham Street, Central, 9612 0988
Pop-up: Shop LA1, 1/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central
Greek-inspired al-fresco dinner at INK
On Friday and Saturday, 2 and 3 April, INK will offer a special Greek-inspired family dinner menu ($388/person) complemented by the eatery’s stunning harbour-front backdrop. A complimentary glass of sparkling wine is part of the deal, which includes a sharing platter of dips (smoked yoghurt tzatziki, taramasalata and aubergine with mint) served with house-made naan and garlic butter, pan-roasted ocean trout with spiced couscous and a vanilla ice-cream sandwich that is uniquely made with a hot cross bun and salted caramel.
Easter Perfect Roast from The Ritz-Carlton
If you’re opting to stay home over the long Easter weekend but don’t want to cook, you can put your feet up after picking up The Ritz-Carlton’s Easter Perfect Roast (from $1,800). There are several sets to choose from that come with your choice of meaty main (we’d opt for the spring chicken and lamb shoulder combo). Green pea, mint and lemon soup to start, springy sides of Cheddar and chive mashed potato, ratatouille and cranberry, almond and broccoli salad and carrot cake for dessert are included in the feast. Delivery (from $300) is also available.
Order online (at least 24 hours in advance)
Easter brunch weekend at Spasso
Spasso’s slap-up four-course brunch ($358/adult; $228/child aged 6–12; free for kids under 6) will be served over the long weekend, from Saturday the 3rd until Monday the 5th. This time, the Italian eatery’s brunch menu features regional Italian dishes typically eaten at Easter including lamb rack and Colomba di Pasqua, a traditional dove-shaped cake. Because Easter is all about the little ones, Spasso is pulling out all the stops to keep kids entertained, providing an egg-decorating activity, egg hunt and sweet treats galore.
Fortnum & Mason’s Easter hampers
This pretty wicker number above is fittingly called the Happy Easter Basket ($928), and it’s filled with a treasure trove of Fortnum & Mason goodies: hazelnut and blonde chocolate shortbread, Easter simnel biscuits, milk chocolate bunnies, chocolate rainbow eggs, carrot gummies and raspberry and rhubarb preserves. We defy the Easter Bunny to bring us a better basket!
Shop 022, G/F, K11 ATELIER, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 3916 8100
Easter Sunday brunch at Clipper Lounge
Over at the Mandarin Oriental, Clipper Lounge is where to head for Easter Sunday brunch ($788/adult; $528/child) if you have kidlets in tow who want to meet the Easter Bunny in person, who will be making the rounds. While they’re getting friendly with Mr Bunny, grown-ups can knock back free-flow Moët & Chandon ($438/person). For us, the highlight of any brunch at Clipper Lounge is the extensive seafood-on-ice display.
Free-flow tacos & drinks at Big Sur
Bookend your Easter weekend with free-flow tacos and drinks ($350/person) on Big Sur’s patio on Friday the 2nd and Monday the 5th from 4–6pm. The all-you-can-eat Easter-inspired “tacos”(read: snacks) include smoked rabbit with Baja sauce and sweetcorn salsa, salt cod croquettes with jalapeño aioli, BBQ smoked rabbit legs, Mexican street-style corn and and freshly baked hot cross buns, all paired with unlimited house beer, Young Master Hazy IPA, house wine and three types of margarita (presumably to erase from your mind that you’re actually chowing down on bunny).
Good Friday sustainable seafood dinner (and lots more Easter fun) at HUE
Modern Australian restaurant HUE, sibling to INK (see above), is kicking off the Easter weekend with a sustainable seafood dinner on Friday the 2nd. The four-course menu ($980/person) focuses on fresh, sustainable and line-caught under-the-sea eats. Highlights include confit spanner crab, carabinero prawn and bone-glazed mackerel. If you can’t make it on Good Friday, HUE’s got you covered for the rest of the weekend, with special Easter editions of both brunch ($400/person; +$360 for free-flow champagne) and afternoon tea ($680 for 2) offered from Saturday the 3rd until Monday the 5th (until Tuesday the 6th for afternoon tea) – check out HUE’s full Easter dining programme.
Cookie Smiles’ Easter cookies for a cause
We’re big fans of Cookie Smiles for these reasons: the social enterprise’s tasty cookies are baked up by disadvantaged bakers and 20% of their annual profits are donated to the HK Down Syndrome Association and Splash Foundation, a local learn-to-swim charity. These beautifully decorated Blessed Easter cookies ($80 for 2) would certainly bring a big smile to any recipient.
Easter brunch weekend at Zuma
Zuma is always a reliable fave for brunch, and Easter weekend is no exception. From 2–4 April, the Japanese restaurant’s indulgent brunch ($888/adult for food only; from $1,138/adult to include free-flow drinks; $450/child) includes plenty of salads, yakitori, tempura, sashimi, sushi and maki rolls, as well as a choice of main, followed by an adorable Easter-themed dessert platter featuring molten chocolate cake and Hokkaido milk cheesecake. Even better, if you opt for free-flow tipples, you’ll get your fill for a whole three hours.
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