From white truffle dishes to Halloween specials, these are our top picks this month!
There are lots of reasons to celebrate and eat out this month – from spook-fest Halloween menus to old favourites celebrating their anniversaries, as well as the beginning of the white truffle season. With the Rugby World Cup currently underway in Japan, Japanese seems to be the flavour of the season, with its fabulous cuisine finding many takers. Rest assured, there’s also plenty of Italian, Australian, French, Indonesian and Indian food being served up too!
New Openings & Offerings
Coming in hot from the home of the soufflé pancake, Osaka favourite (also in Tokyo and Kyoto), Micasadeco & Café has landed in the city at Langham Place, its first outlet outside Japan. On the menu? You guessed it, pancakes! Kids and adults alike will love the award-winning Ricotta Cheese (the restaurant’s signature – pictured here), while the Matcha and Black Sesame options are a tasty nod to traditional Japanese flavours. Don’t leave without trying the range of savoury bites too, which include a number of pastas, salads and sandwiches that are sure to impress even the fussiest of little diners.
Micasadeco & Café, Shop B2, 26-27, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/micasadecoandcafehk
Le Comptoir is bringing the flavours of Bali to Hong Kong with the launch of POEM. The emphasis of the restaurant is sustainability – expect to find the cuisine of the island-nation crafted from the freshest, seasonal components and ethically-sourced meats. To celebrate its opening, POEM is offering a three-course lunch at just $98 (regular price $188) from now till Sunday, 6 October.
POEM, 5/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 6166, www.lecomptoir.hk
Offering delicious and unique Indian food served creatively in dim sum proportions, Gunpowder is the latest restaurant from the Mayfare Group. Boasting quick service and a convenient location just off Ship Street in Wan Chai, Gunpowder is already seeing a steady stream of weekday lunchtime visitors. We recommend starting the kids with the restaurant’s signature Gunpowder Chicken (the gunpowder is a chilli mix powder that you can adjust to suit spice levels), in addition to the light and tangy Mango Avocado Bhel. Choose to sit inside in the cosier part of the restaurant that seats up to 12. The restaurant will launch its weekend brunch menu later this month.
The season is changing and so are the dishes at La Petite Maison. It recently introduced a selection of warming dishes, like the Poulet La Petite Maison ($1198), a roast black leg chicken with foie gras stuffing and served with a home-made baguette; and the Pumpkin Risotto with Mushroom, Sage and Pecorino Cheese ($198). This Niçoise food restaurant is still relatively new to Hong Kong and is getting ready to celebrate its first anniversary soon. It is perfect for weekend family dining with dishes served “à la minute” and made for sharing. October is white truffle season and the ingredient will be available at the restaurant from the middle of October (until it runs out), so do ask about the specials on offer!
After a good response to its Sunday brunch, FUMI is launching a “Saturday Remix Brunch” which promises a completely different family-friendly dining experience. Get your kids cooking their own meals at the Okonomiyaki station where guests can learn to make their own savoury Japanese pancakes. You can also make your own rice bowl with fresh sashimi at the Mini Donburi station. And if all you want is plenty of sushi, there will, of course, be an abundance of platters to choose from. Until Thursday, 31 October, the restaurant is offering a buy-4-get-1 free discount for the brunch. A complimentary Japanese rock oyster (subject to supply) will also be available for each guest. The brunch is on from 12pm to 3pm on Saturdays, and priced $480 for adults and $280 for kids from 3 to 11 years.
This rich and indulgent “New York-in-the-1950s” styled restaurant is celebrating five years in Hong Kong with a celebratory four-course set lunch this month. Available every day until Friday, 11 October from 12pm to 2:30pm, Mario’s Cult Classics menu includes favourites like the Spicy Rigatoni Vodka and Chicken Parmesan. Wine pairings have been selected to complement each dish. Carbone has always been a date night favourite, so it’s great to see that kids will be welcome at this lunch special. They get to choose from the a la carte menu, while for adults, the set lunch is $488 per person.
Carbone, 9/F, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2593 2593, www.carbone.com.hk
Italian restaurant Spasso is celebrating 12 years in Hong Kong. Its weekend offering combines the best of Italian and international flavours with a semi-brunch comprising breakfast treats and comfort classics, a seafood carousel, fresh salads and a carvery. Mains include risotto, pasta and the Chef’s signature dishes. Prices range from $368 to $438, with a $168 free-flow package option. Kids below six eat for free (including ice-cream!), while those from 6 to 12 years get a menu that includes pasta or risotto for $228, and you can add white truffle dishes à la carte. Opt for the gnocchi timbale on a Portobello mushroom, or home-made egg tagliatelle, though your children will probably be more interested in the chestnut chocolate chips inside white chocolate bavaroise (all topped and enriched with white truffles).
Spasso, G5-8, 12-17, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2730 8027, www.spassoristorante-bar.com.hk
We’ve always been fans of the hearty Australian brunch fare of Catch at Kennedy Town. Now, it’s giving us more reason to plan our next weekend outing there (as if the smashed avo wasn’t enough cause to visit!). Catch is starting to do crossovers with its brunch menus with the other restaurants in its group. For instance, this month Catch will be featuring a couple of dishes from Elementary’s brunch menu. Now you don’t need to trek over to Tai Hang to try the Feathered Eggs (duck ragu, sunny side up eggs, grana padano, flatbread) or the Peachy Pannacotta (granola, berry yoghurt, passionfruit, honeycomb, seasonal fruit – pictured above). It doesn’t take brunch reservations on weekends and public holidays, so get there early!
To get your kids into the Halloween spirit, take them over to FEAST for the brunch spread on Saturday, 26 September and Sunday, 27 September 2019. Your children will turn into dessert fiends as they attack the Halloween goodies on display, including the Whoopie Pie, Almond Finger and Skull-Shaped Cookies, Black Cat Chocolate Caramel Chiffon and more. In case the kids are off school and you want to celebrate in a group, the semi-private dining area will be dressed up in spooky decorations for brunch and lunch throughout the week. You can book in for eight guests or more.
Feast (Food by EAST), 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong, 3968 3968, www.east-hongkong.com
Tokyolima continues with its themed brunch party on the last Saturday of every month. Since this is October, the theme is Halloween (naturally!). Called “Nightmare on Elm Street,” the brunch will have all the usual Nikkei dishes, aptly-spooky decorations and haunting tunes courtesy of the house DJ. Parents will be drawn to the Bloody Ponche station, while kids won’t be able to keep their hands off the dessert station, no matter how eerily it’s decorated! All guests are invited to dress up in Halloween costumes. The Halloween Brunch party is on Saturday, 26 October from 12pm to 2:30pm. It’s priced at $398 per person with an additional $180 for free-flow, while the kids’ menu is $128.