The last month of 2014 is a busy one for food news, with a ton of new restaurant openings, new promotions and festive menus! If you’re a fan of delicious homemade pasta or fresh seasonal lunch menus, you won’t want to miss this month’s Food News Flash!
Cafe Deco Pizzeria
We’re in trouble at Sassy Mama HQ – Cafe Deco Pizzeria is opening up in our neighborhood! The international menu features Moroccan lamb pizza, wasabi chicken pizza and char siu pork pizza. If you aren’t a pizza fan (this does not apply to us), the restaurant serves a fantastic range of fresh salads, appetisers and pastas. Or simply go for the dessert: a Rocky Road Calzone, need we say more?
Cafe Deco Pizzeria, G/F, Tower 125, 11 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2559 4100, www.cafedecogroup.com
This new restaurant is opening in the heart of Wan Chai with an extensive Italian menu. Family-style is encouraged as the dishes come in heartier portions, ideal for sharing. If you’re in the mood for pasta, small plates of delicious homemade pasta make for a very satisfying dinner! The creative cocktail menu with spirits from Italy is also not to be missed!
Pirata, 30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2887 0270, www.facebook.com/piratahongkong
Our favourite Mexican restaurant, located right near Sassy Mama HQ, is opening a new location at Hollywood Road! They have great burritos, bowls and salads for a very reasonable price. Little Burro will also be launching with Foodpanda in December for online delivery! If you work near the mid-levels escalator get excited! This is sure to become your new go-to spot for lunch.
Little Burro, www.facebook.com/littleburrohk
If you loved the Burger Circus at Clockenflap last weekend, you’re not alone! In a few months, you’ll be able to grab one of these delicious patties when Burger Circus launches on Hollywood Road in early 2015. It will be an all-American dessert menu with old-fashioned milk bars, house-made sodas and classic cocktails. Stay tuned for more information!
Burger Circus, www.blacksheeprestaurants.com.hk
We recently checked out this newly opened resto-bar in LKF and give it the Sassy Mama stamp of approval for fantastic food and bevvies (sans kids, of course!) Post 97 specialises in cocktail and food pairings, and we have to say we would happily go back many more times for the Slow-Cooked Victorian Farm Lamb Ribs paired with the Punica Swizzle, with both dish and drink infused with ample amounts of rosemary and pomegranate!
Post 97, UG/F, 9 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 9331, www.post97.com
Steak Frites by The Butchers Club
Located on Staunton Street, Steak Frites will be the fourth restaurant launched by The Butchers Club brand in the past two years. Try the simple Wedge Salad, with blue cheese cream and thick maple-glazed bacon. For a more filling meal you can order the rib-eye with yummy duck fat fries…yes please! Don’t forget to explore their secret menu for butter-poached Nova Scotia lobster tail and Aussie coral trout!
Steak Frites by The Butchers Club, UG/F, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2858 9800, www.butchersclub.com.hk
For a delicious Mediterranean menu and an amazing view, make a reservation at S2 Waterfront in Sai Kung! The Brazilian beef skewers and Caribbean chicken wings are to die for. The location is right on the water and uber relaxing. Sip on a cocktail and be transported to a Caribbean Island tropical paradise!
S2 Waterfront, No.1 Wai Man Road, Waterfront Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 8900, www.s2waterfront.com
This unique restaurant in Soho offers the freshest food possible, with its menu changing monthly based on the produce available for each season. Pick your dish from the menu projected onto the walls, as there are no printed menus in the 24-seat restaurant! Try out the elaborate cocktails and amazing cuisine by top chef Patrick Dang. You won’t be disappointed!
SAAM, 51 Graham Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2645 9828, www.saamhk.com
The colourful tastes of South America have arrived in Hong Kong! Chicken flautas, fajitas and Mexican fried ice cream are just a few of the delicious dishes you have to look forward to at new resto Caliente! The restaurant has a tranquil view of Kowloon Park and a bright and lively interior for a fun night out with the girlfriends. Order a few margaritas and get ready for some Latin lovin’!
Caliente, 3/F, 6 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2850 6826, www.knutsfordbyprivegroup.
Prepare yourself for a unique and exquisite dining experience at Quest! Highly-acclaimed chef Que Vinh Dang of the private kitchen TBLS, will serve set menus here ranging from 8 to 12 courses. It’s a full-on feast of international cuisines, where you need only sit back and let the chef choose what’s for dinner! We love the element of surprise and suspense. One thing’s for sure, you’ll devour every course, be it Vietnamese summer rolls or beef tartare!
Quest, 28/F, 235-239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2554 0888, www.questbyque.com
This sweet new “haute bakery” in town is serving up delicious cakes and brownies, and we’re just a tad bit addicted here at Sassy Mama HQ! The perfect Christmas indulgence, the bakery’s bite-sized brownies come in various flavours including Nutella, Peanut Butter, Caramel, Pecan and more! They also sell gourmet layer cakes and cupcakes (more frosting, less cake!) so you can indulge your sweet tooth to your heart’s content. Catch them at the Olympian City Christmas Fair on 12, 13, 20, 21 December and pick up a few boxes to serve at your next holiday party!
Top Indulgence, www.facebook.com/TopIndulgence
NEW MENUS AND PROMOTIONS
Lunch at Carbone
The restaurant everyone is talking about is now serving lunch from 12-2:30pm! If you haven’t been to Carbone yet, now is the time to stop by midday and get a taste of the flavourful New York-Italian cuisine. For a pasta lunch or hearty meat dish this is the place to go, conveniently located in the LKF Tower. Who says dessert comes after dinner? The dessert cart with creamy Tiramisu and Lemon Cheesecake is too good to pass up here!
Carbone, 9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong, 2593 2593, www.carbone.com/hk
Alchemy in the Dark
Do you think you know your wine? Test your wine expertise while having dinner in the dark at Alchemy lounge on 10 December at 8:30pm. Grab three friends and book your secret dinner! A 4-course meal paired with wine is yours for $850. Plus, you’ll get a chance to win a bottle of Champagne or $600 towards Alchemy lounge. This will definitely be a dining experience to remember!
Alchemy, LG/F, 16 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 6821 2801, www.alchemy-concept.com
“Essence of Argentina” Gaucho
Experience citrus and lime infusion in four different ceviches at Gaucho. Our favourite is the Seabass Tiraditos that come with coconut milk and ginger sauce with coriander. If you’re a tuna lover, the Tuna Ceviche with toasted sesame seeds, orange, cucumber, wasabi and soy is a must. While you’re at it, order a few Argentinian cocktails with citrus flavours. Apricot brandy…yum!
Gaucho, 5th Floor, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2386 8090, www.gauchorestaurants.com.hk
The Italian small-plate restaurant in Wanchai just turned one year old! Reserve a table before 16 December to receive 30% off pizzas, pastas, house wines and beers on the a la carte menu, which is already pretty affordable in our opinion! We love their Margherita pizzas and their plentiful pastas, not to mention their tasty salads and truffle sandwich… now we have an excuse to get our fix this month!
Papi, 26/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2151 2868, www.papi-hk.com
Ham & Sherry
Pica Pica hour has you sorted for fantastic drink and food deals at Ham & Sherry! Stop by this Spanish-inspired restaurant & bar on Monday through Saturday from 5-6pm and order Estrella Beer for only $38, La Guita for $32 and wine for $38! Discounted tapas are also available, so you can nom on some yummy garlic and chili prawns while you sip on your bargain drink.
Ham & Sherry, 1-7 Ship Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2555 0628, www.hamandsherry.hk
Happy hour deals are better than ever at Cocotte! For a casual drink and chit-chat with a friend, grab a beer (Stella, Corona, Asahi, Hoegaarden) for only $35 Tuesday through Sunday. Order a glass of red, white or rose for $58, or a refreshing cocktail for $68. A kit kat Cocktail? Break me off a piece of that…it sounds amazing!
Cocotte, 9 Shin Hing Street, Hong Kong, 2568 8857, www.cocotte.hk
Le Bistro Winebeast
Foodies, get excited! This charming French bistro, which opened only three months ago, has a new menu for December. The ravioli of duck confit with parmesan emulsion, sweet potato and lemon grass condiment is a perfect dish for the chilly winter. In the spirit of Christmas, an exquisite cod fillet with capers, lemon, hazelnut butter and chestnut puree is on the menu (and soon on our plates!). The homemade desserts are simply mouthwatering; you can’t miss out on this winter menu!
Le Bistro Winebeast, G/F, 15 McGregor Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2479 6833, www.wine-beast.com
Attention shrimp lovers, you won’t want to miss out on Saboten’s limited winter shrimp dishes. The Deep Fried Shrimp Pancake is packed with 60 grams of fresh tiger shrimp flesh and dipped into homemade breadcrumbs, then deep fried so it has the perfect crunchy outside and juicy inside! Get a combo deal with the pancake and fried oysters and scallops. For a healthier option, order the Japanese Udon Hot Pot with pork slices and fresh veggies.
Saboten, 1/F, Tern Plaza, 5 Cameron Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, 2295 3116, www.miradining.com/saboten
Saboten, LG/F, Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2895 4111, www.miradining.com/saboten
There’s nothing better than a go-to lunch spot that you never get sick of! NOM is that spot, with Italian Classics lunch every weekday from noon onwards. The menu changes every week so you’ll never get bored of the same old salad. The set menu has three courses and includes a coffee or tea, all for only $178. Sounds like a good deal to us, ladies!
NOM, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2540 7988, www.nom.com.hk
DK Cuppa Tea
Christmas is the time of year where eating chocolate is simply required (you should see our office at Sassy Mama HQ!). DK Cuppa Tea Cafe has a guilt-free dark chocolate truffle fondue that may just become your new favourite holiday treat (stay tuned for our review!). The low-fat set for two is made from 70% soy-free, vegan dark chocolate with Italy’s San Pietro a Pettine truffles. Don’t forget the low-fat lavender cheesecake and low-fat yogurt cheesecakes in various fruity flavors… sounds delish! The set includes two drinks and a personal aromatherapeutic consulting service. PS, if you’ve never been to DK before, the Rose Cappucino will delight you.
DK Cuppa Tea, 16A Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2771 2847, www.facebook.com/DKCuppaTea
This delicious Greek restaurant in LKF is introducing a new menu with dishes to wow your tastebuds. Melitzanosalata, grilled eggplant with garlic and pomegranate and seabass with cilantro, mint, onion and lemon, are just two of the new dishes we’re dying to try! Don’t worry, mamas, the signature lamb ribs with lemon yoghurt dish isn’t going anywhere!
Souvla, 1/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 40 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.conceptcreations.hk/souvla