As the summer holidays end, weekends become quality family time again.
Looking for somewhere nice to spend your weekends this month with your kids (and your other half)? From new openings to old favourites offering new menus, there’s everything from steakhouses to plant-based food, as well as 5th-anniversary specials from Pirata Group and an #EatTheWorld challenge from Maximal Concepts, so plenty of unique and exciting offers this September.
Fans of the highly-acclaimed Duck & Waffle in London have something to celebrate this September. The restaurant is opening its first branch outside the UK and it’s right here in the 852 (launching mid-month). The menu promises to be packed with surprises. Expect a playful twist on British cuisine centred around the one iconic dish – quite obviously, the Duck & Waffle! You may also enjoy its Spiced Ox Cheek Doughnut (a deep-fried version of a traditional Chinese bao) and the Irish Crab (this one’s a Hong Kong exclusive!) while your kids will be wolfing down the Caramelised Banana Waffle.
Duck & Waffle Hong Kong, Shop 1081, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street Central, Hong Kong, 2267 6338, www.duckandwaffle.com.hk
After opening in March this year, Mr Brown recently expanded its offering with a family-friendly weekend brunch. Being a grill and smokehouse, you can expect to enjoy fish, juicy cuts of meat and inventive vegetable dishes that are smoked, roasted, baked and grilled to perfection. The brunch menu features eight new dishes, including beef and Monterey Jack empanadas, spit-roasted porchetta and grilled chicken. From starters to main courses, choose five dishes to share with your kids – there’s plenty to go around and feed those growing appetites! The brunch menu is priced at $350 per person with an additional $150 two-hour free-flow option.
Looking for a cleaner and greener brunch option? In July this year, veggie-fave Grassroots Pantry closed down to make way for Nectar, a high-end dining concept featuring a progressive, seasonal tasting menu using locally-sourced ingredients. Though there’s no children’s menu (it is fine dining, after all!), you will be happy to bring your kids here and see them chow down on vegetables and superfoods, presented beautifully of course. Inventive sweets include the Zero Waste Banana Cake that’s made with banana flour milled by Taiwanese farmers from the skins of surplus bananas! The condensed almond milk and raw cacao ice cream is the perfect icing on the cake. For $550/person, you can get up to 10 individual dishes and request repeat servings of your favourites.
Are you and your family looking for an afternoon tea style lunch? If you are fans of lots of little dishes to be nibbled on at leisure, head to Ding’s Club in Central’s new hot favourite art and dining destination, H Code. The Holiday Brunch Set For Two ($768/two pax) features dishes such as the Barbecued Pluma Pork and the crunchy yet moist Deep-fried Scallop Stuffed with Pear and Shrimp Mousse. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, but you can make your way there on Saturdays and public holidays, from 12pm to 3pm.
Ding’s Club, 23/F, H Queen’s, No. 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong 2327 1398, www.dingskitchen.hk
With restaurants like Pirata, The Optimist, TokyoLima, Pici, MEATS, Madame Ching, TMK, Honjo and Chaiwala, The Pirata Group has become a firm favourite with foodies in the city. This month, to mark its 5th-year anniversary, it is inviting you to celebrate at The Optimist on Sunday, 22 September. The dishes on the menu will be a mixture of classics and also new ones crafted by Executive Chef Antoni Bernabeau Roig. It will also have a host of fun and interactive experiences lined up for all guests, adults and children alike.
Brazilian-Japanese street food restaurant, Uma Nota, will be celebrating Brazilian National Day on Saturday, 7 September with a “Carnaval Brunch”. The experience promises to have banging beats, free-flowing caipirinhas and a Brazilian street food feast so that brunch-goers can feel like they have been transported to the streets of Rio. This Saturday brunch experience comes at $850 (all-inclusive, per person) and coupons for the DJ night as the Spirit of Brazil party continues till Wednesday, 11 September. On a more sober note, it would also be a good time to talk to your kids about the Amazon forest fires. Together with Yaguara Cachaça, Uma Nota Hong Kong (and Paris) will donate a portion of sales from a special cocktail menu to the Rainforest Alliance to help with raising funds for the Amazon.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2889 7576, www.uma-nota.com/hong-kong
As part of Maximal Concepts’ #EatTheWorld campaign, you can enjoy Modern American dining at Mercedes me all this week until Sunday, 8 September. Priced at $248 per person, the menu includes three courses (we’ve got our eye on the dessert options with Valrhona Double Chocolate Flan or Banana & Peanut Butter Tart). The sleek, automobile-inspired setting of the café will also be perfect for the big kid in your life! Also as part of its #EatTheWorld campaign (currently on across six restaurants), Maximal Concepts is offering one lucky winner a lifestyle package prize. This includes a $4,000 Maximal Concepts gift card, a 3-month membership at PURE Fitness, a bottle of Henri Giraud Fut de Chene MV12 Champagne Grand Cru and much more. Don’t forget to mention #EatTheWorld when you make your booking (for #EatTheWorld bookings, call 2898 3788 or email [email protected]