After the kids have called it a day, mamas come out to play!
Summer’s over, the kids are settling into their new routines and, most importantly, our mum squads are reunited after the summer break! This month we have new restaurant openings for you to try, along with revamped cocktail menus to go with the changing of the seasons. Just for good measure, we’ve thrown in some movie and margarita nights too. What are you waiting for, mama? It’s time for a drink!
The world’s highest bar has just refreshed its cocktail list taking inspiration from the five elements – metal, wood, water, fire and earth. Your “water” cocktail evokes memories of the ocean (especially with its blue colour), while the powerful “wood” cocktail is a complex combination of smoky overtones from barrel-aged Alipus Mezcal with a dash of chocolate bitters and Fernet Hunter (a liqueur with aromas of citrus and lavender). How will you choose? Head mixologist Oscar Mena suggests starting with water and working your way through all five elements. There’ll be some very happy mamas indeed!
Ozone, 118/F Ritz-Carlton Hotel, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2263 2270, www.ritzcarlton.com
ZEST by konishi
Still in its soft opening stage, ZEST by konishi is definitely one to put on your list. Split over two levels, on the 28/F you’ll find its fine-dining restaurant helmed by Japanese born, French-trained, chef Mitsuru Konishi (who has two Michelin stars to his name) while the 29th floor is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail and enjoy the city view. Cocktails include the Quinine, a take on the classic G&T that mixes in white peach liqueur as well as a white port, and the Voyage, which is part cocktail, part dessert and comes served in chilled marble (both Sassy Mama tried and tested). Creative is definitely the right word!
While The Chop House might be known for its hearty, crowd-pleasing, comfort food, it is also the place to go for a refreshing pre-dinner drink. This September its two featured cocktails use the citrus flavours of the tangelo fruit. Choose from the Tangelo Spritzer, a mix of prosecco, vodka, homemade honey, soda and of course, tangelos, or the Tangelo Strawberry Mule, which blends tangelo juice, strawberry puree, Beefeater pink gin and ginger ale (both $80).
The Chop House, 3/F, Mira Place 1, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2771 3177, www.the-chop-house.com
From the team that brought you BEDU and Uma Nota comes JALAN, a neighbourhood eatery celebrating Malaysian street food. Malaysian is the ultimate fusion cuisine, drawing inspiration from its Indian, Chinese and Malay heritage, so expect hawker favourites like satay, samosas and beef rendang. Of course, us mamas need a drink to go with our meals so we’ll be looking forward to trying the Heart Of Pisco ($95) and the Masala Mule ($85).
Sassy Mama tip: JALAN will open in late September. Sign up on the website to be amongst the first to try it out and get 20% off your bill during the soft opening.
JALAN, 42 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.jalanhk.com
With the renovations of the Peak Galleria now complete, there’s never been a better time to head up to the Peak. We think a cocktail at 37 Steakhouse & Bar is a great way to reward yourself after a stroll around Lugard Road (not that we need an excuse of course!). Serving up an exciting range of delicate and enticing, sake-based cocktails. We can’t wait to try the Sake Mule which includes sake, lime, ginger syrup and ginger beer!
37 Steakhouse & Bar, Shop 102-103, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2885 3320, www.37steakhouse.asia
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For those health-conscious mamas out there, Veda is the place to go. This little vegetarian bar and restaurant is tucked away in Ovolo Central and serves up superfood and wellness-driven cocktails. If you love the classics, try out the Clean Cosmo ($138), made using gluten-free, artisanal quinoa vodka; or for something more creative, order the probiotic loaded Kombucha Spritz ($128). Head to Veda from 3pm to 7:30pm to take advantage of its buy-one-get-one-free social hour.
Veda, Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3755 3000, www.veda.com.hk
Margaritas and movies? Sounds like a great mama’s night out. Hidden down in a basement in Lan Kwai Fong you’ll find this Mexican speakeasy. Head there every Monday in September and October to kick back with some cult classic films, free-flow margaritas and tableside guac for just $300. On the schedule is Dirty Dancing (16 September), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (23 September) and Bring It On (September 30). Be sure to book your tickets in advance.