Think Thanksgiving menus and festive specials!
Most families start November off rather quietly. After all, they’re still recovering from the (sugar) highs of Diwali, Halloween and more. But they jump straight back into the festive mood with Thanksgiving at the end of the month and then carry on until Christmas. At Sassy Mama, we love this time of the year, when dining out becomes warmer, both on the menu and in spirit. Here’s where we are taking the kids out to eat this month. As the end of the school term nears, we’re even ready to bend the rules a bit to allow later bedtimes and happy family dinners out!
New & Improved Brunches
As the name suggests, this is the month for feasting in this foodie city! The Hong Kong Great November Feast has been organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. You can choose to go in for gourmet food walks or wine fairs, but what we have our eye on is the Gourmet Celebration (there are great dining deals on at over 150 restaurants across the city), in partnership with restaurant booking platform, FeedMe Guru.
You can opt for one of the 30+ tasting menus (on a date night) or take the whole family out to avail of the special festive discount offers. To book, go onto the FeedMe Guru website, pick the day and time of your choice (including, if you want, your restaurant or specific cuisine of choice) to see what’s on offer. Discounts go up to 30%, so be sure to make a booking soon. The food fest runs through November.
If you and your children love the exciting flavours of Chinese cuisine, head to Madame Ching this month. The regular weekend brunch menu features the kid-faves of Prawn Toast and Roasted Pork Quiche. If you’d prefer to try something new, there’s also a refreshed à la carte menu, with Mushroom Salad (celtuce, shiitake and diced mushroom- yum!) and Slow-Cooked Beef Cheeks (tender enough for kids to enjoy!).
From the Black Sheep Group of restaurants, Associazione Chianti promises to be an honest-to-goodness, true-to-tradition Tuscan trattoria. What this means is warm service, simple dishes and great wine. While it’s certainly not cheap (average spend of $800 per head), it is traditional in Italy to head to a trattoria at least once a week with the family. And so Associazione Chianti is hoping to entice you with family-style sharing dishes like Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak at $1,198 for up to four people). All dishes pay tribute to Florence with fresh in-house pastas, beans and more.
Associazione Chianti, Shop 2, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.associazionechianti.com
If you have a child who just can’t get enough of xiao long bao, make your way to Old Bailey in Tai Kwun for the Bao Brunch. For $480 per person ($200 for children below 10), there’s all-you-can-eat xiao long bao, Jiangnan dim sum and more, along with free-flow house-made kombucha, soft drinks and non-alcoholic beverages. An alcoholic free-flow option is available for an additional $220.
If your kids are fans of Japanese fare, head to the Lounge at ZEST by Konishi on a Saturday for a bento box lunch of Japanese Pork Loin Katsudon or Grilled Miso Black Cod or Sashimi Kaisendon (for the adventurous eater). All the mains are served with side dishes, salad and pickles and a daily sweet. Weekday express lunches tend to be a busy affair with executives hopping in for a quick meal, but you can stretch it out on weekends as lunch is served from 12pm to 5pm.
If your kids are interested in geology, conservation or even hiking, you may want to try out the restorative semi-buffet brunch at forte, the restaurant in Geopark hotel, L’hotel élan. Priced at $298 per adult and $218 per child, there are plenty of dishes for both adults and children to choose from. After you are sufficiently “restored”, you can venture out on the High Island Geo Trail with your little troopers. If you give the restaurant three days notice, they can also prepare the Geolicious menu for you ($438 for a set of four dishes), which recreates the landscape of the Geopark on a plate for you.
Celebrating the hot pot restaurant’s third anniversary at its Causeway Bay branch, The Drunken Pot has a “Chic & Shake Feast” on until Saturday, 30 November 2019 at both its branches. You can mix and match your favourite dishes and shake up the flavours to create your own hotpot for $338 and upwards. Also on offer are deep-fried appetisers, the restaurant’s signature animal-shaped meatballs and beancurd and seaweed rolls.
The Drunken Pot – Causeway Bay, 27/F, VPoint, Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
After seven years in the business of providing organic and sustainable grocery staples, SpiceBox Organics is expanding its offerings beyond the basic salad and light eats at both its branches. While there are grab-and-go options like breakfast bites and roti rolls, you can choose to dine in as well as eat in store. They’ve set up small and cosy tables, perfect for a refuel after playing in the Caine Road or Cadogan Street playgrounds nearby. Kids with allergies needn’t miss out on mac and cheese as this vegan version uses plant-based milk. Other favourites are the Tempeh burger with more protein than beef patties and the low-calorie Paleo Biryani.
SpiceBox Organics, 137 Caine Road, Shop 1, Golden Valley Mansion, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2559 9887
SpiceBox Organics, 39-45 Hau Wo Street, Hau Wo House, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2191 0886, www.spiceboxorganics.com
Thanksgiving & Festive Spreads
This Thanksgiving, get the family together and head to a restaurant with one of the loveliest views in the city – The Peak Lookout. Here, you can feast on turkey with cornbread stuffing, pumpkin cheesecake and all the trimmings. The Thanksgiving menu is available all day for $398 per person.
On Thursday, 28 November, Kinship will serve its first-ever Thanksgiving dinner menu. You can expect Chicken & Potato Potage or Prawn & Scallop Ceviche, with mains like Slow-cooked Turkey Breast or Pumpkin Ricotta Tortellini.
The celebrations continue over the weekend. On Sunday, 1 December, four chefs and two mixologists from restaurants across Hong Kong will present a special “FRIENDSgiving” family feast. There will be Mexican family-style appetisers, complemented by turkey ragout tagliatelle, followed by traditional American mains with a unique Spanish-inspired twist. A celebration of friendship, family and collaboration at Kinship. Both the Thanksgiving and FRIENDSgiving dinners are priced at $488 per person (+$298 for free-flow at the FRIENDSgiving dinner).
Tuck into a typical American Thanksgiving dinner at Limewood on Thursday, 28 November. Start with cornbread and rustic winter salad, followed by free-range Hunter Valley turkey with sage and onion stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, fried Brussel sprouts and homemade gravy. End the feast with pecan pie and bourbon whipped cream. Dinner is priced at $750 per person.
Porterhouse is celebrating Thanksgiving for half the month, from Friday, 15 to Saturday, 30 November. You can order the impressive 5-course Thanksgiving set dinner for $588 per person. Start with the roasted squash & ginger soup that’s perfect for this weather and beef tartare with white mushrooms, followed by pumpkin pennette lisce made with Italian sausages, baby spinach and black pepper. For the main turkey course, there’s turkey leg roll accompanied by sides of herbed-mashed potato, sautéed baby vegetables and homemade cranberry sauce. The meal ends with a dessert of pecan pie with mascarpone. Enough to get the kids to feel very thankful indeed!
Mr Brown is pulling out all the stops with its Thanksgiving spread. Priced at $450 per person, this moreish spread includes starters such as corn and buttermilk fritters and smoked pork croquettes, as well as a main course of roast turkey with pecan and bacon stuffing. Save space for dessert which is apple and pecan pie with bourbon ice cream. Because you can never have enough of an all-American spread on Thanksgiving!