Rain, shine, rain again, then scorching, sunburn-inducing shine again – love ’em or hate ’em, Hong Kong summers are a force to be reckoned with, and our way of reckoning with them is to come to terms with the fact that our beloved meats and heavy carbs are probably best left to the winter season. Here are five delightful dishes that have been treating us right this summer:
Feather & Bone
From the looks of it, it doesn't get much healthier than this – Feather & Bone’s The Veggie ($100) might be this year’s most unique take on open-faced toast. This vegetarian addition to the new all-day breakfast menu is a vessel of sourdough, broccolini, kale and sugar snaps, topped with a runny poached egg and nutty sesame seeds. Not to mention, their new Sai Ying Pun restaurant-cum-grocer is a high-ceiling stunner with heaps of natural light, comfortable sofa seats and lazy afternoon-lounging opportunities. Run along now, avo; we’re munching on broccolini this month.
Happy Valley: 11 Wong Nai Chung Road, 2836 3789, click here to book now
Sai Ying Pun: Shop 1, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, 3705 0280, click here to book now
Dining at Peggy Chan’s revolutionary restaurant always leaves us marvelling at nature’s lesser-discovered bounties, and her talent at appropriating singular ingredients into her vegan dishes is unparalleled. With the help of newly appointed pastry chef Jessica Chow, the summer menu at Grassroots Pantry boasts a caraway “pâté“ tart ($138) that has to be tasted to be believed; rarely has something so completely vegan tasted so meaty. Hedgehog mushrooms are used to produce a smoky, pâté-like filling. With this, Chef Chan proves beyond a doubt that she’s Hong Kong’s most resourceful culinary force. Oh, and the restaurant has recently started serving Seedlip’s non-alcoholic spirits, with drinks such as the Maca Spiced Martini ($115) and the fizz-like Cucumberella ($110). A must-visit this summer!
108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2873 3353, book online
Interval Coffee Bar
From the industrious duo at Twins Kitchen comes cool-and-collected café Interval, which has introduced a menu filled with Californian-Nordic delights for the health conscious who don’t want to compromise on flavour. We love the pumpkin and crabmeat with homemade yoghurt ($78), with a yoghurt and shiso dressing and crispy milk-curd cracker. The pumpkin’s natural sweetness and the creamy crab’s richness made this dish a huge hit.
33 Wellington Street, Central, 2570 7568
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be just greens and salads this summer. Newly opened Kind Kitchen by Green Common is all about showcasing innovative food products and protein and dairy alternatives on its all-vegan menu, like these Omnipork dan dan noodles ($88), which feature Green Common’s very own faux pork, Right Treat Omnipork. The taste of the soy-milk ramen broth took a little getting used to, but the chilli sauce added a desirable depth. And the mock pork? Well, let’s just say we would be hard pressed to tell the difference in a blind tasting between Omnipork and the real thing.
1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, 2110 0055
Wong Chuk Hang’s chicest restaurant, Komune at Ovolo Southside hotel is making waves this season with a new summer menu. We loved the seared tuna with pickled chilli and lumpfish caviar on the omakase-style Test the Best menu, priced at $380 per person. Sustainably sourced and remarkable for its full flavour and tenderness, the marinated tuna set off all sorts of umami fireworks on our tongues.
4/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 3460 8157, book online
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