The heat is on in Hong Kong and if you’re seeking some sustenance for you and your kiddos to survive the sizzling sun then you don’t want to miss out on our July Food News Flash! With hot new restaurant openings and even hotter foodie promotions, you’ll be able to satisfy your little ones’ summer hunger pangs in a flash. And let’s not forget those heavenly Happy Hours for mama too… Mojito, anyone?
For those of you mamas working or living in the Sheung Wan area, you’ll be pleased to know that a new, healthy salad joint has opened up on Jervois Street. Since finding healthy lunch options can be a struggle, here in the Sassy office we were delighted to try out these ‘chef-designed’ salads. With a range of different salads to choose from – Cobb Salad, Chef’s Salad, Greek Salad, to name but a few – and plenty of additional toppings too, Purple Tomato is a great light lunch option. With generous portions and reasonable prices, you’ll certainly be getting some bite for your buck!
Purple Tomato, Shop 2A, Kai Fun Building, No. 2 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Central, Hong Kong, 6695 3623
Grain De Sel Creperie
We spotted this new place when we were out and about for lunch and we couldn’t wait to try it out! The buckwheat crepes are not only gluten free but also taste delicious and come with an assortment of scrummy fillings — perfect for mamas on the go! From the goat cheese, spinach and bacon galette to regular ham and cheese one, these crepes are the perfect lunchtime takeaway option. Best of all, they come at a reasonable price – definitely try the lunch set which includes a drink too!
Grain De Sel Creperie, G/F, 255 Manhattan Avenue, Queen’s Road, Sheung Wan, Central, 3904 2929; www.facebook.com/graindeselhk
Brew Bros Coffee
We just can’t get enough of Sheung Wan lunch spots! And this one caught our eye with its cute, simple interior. They serve up mostly breakfast items and bagels, but have recently started a lunch set. Order either a hearty smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel or a Quiche Lorraine, both of which come with a coffee. Perfect for mamas who need a quick midday caffeine fix!
Brew Bros, Shop F2, LG/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Central, Hong Kong, 2572 0238; www.facebook.com/brewbroscoffee
The burger lovers in your family will be pleased to know that yet another burger bar has opened up, this one for East-siders. Just on from Causeway Bay in Tin Hau, Texas Burger serves up juicy burgers that use applewood smoked handmade Australian beef patties with servings of fat fries on the side… and don’t forget a creamy milkshake to top it off (the kids will be licking their lips for this!) If you’re looking for a filling, indulgent meal, this is the place for you – just make sure you come early to avoid the crowds.
Texas Burger, G/F, 109 Electric Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, 2579 9011;
Ho Lee Fook
It’s finally open! The long awaited funky Chinese resto on Elgin Street has opened its doors and we can’t wait to try out their unique dishes. Headed up by Taiwanese born Chef Jowett Yu, Ho Lee Fook serves up Chinese flavours that we know and love in a hip, trendy setting. See you there!
Ho Lee Fook, G/F, 1 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 0860;
This fab pizza place from New York has opened up another venue in Wan Chai! Set on the very trendy Ship Street, this Motorino branch is much more spacious and the perfect place for a casual meal with friends. We recently tried it for a little Sassy get together and it was ideal… and it’s not all pizza either! Keep it light and fresh this summer with their wide range of seasonal antipasti offerings such as Tuna and Cannelini Bean Salad, Fire Roasted Peppers, Zucchini, Asparagus and Eggplant with Garlic and Sundried Tomato and Grilled Seasonal Corn on the Cob (our favourite!). They also do kids’ bashes — who doesn’t love a good pizza party?
Motorino, 14 Shelley Street, Soho, Hong Kong, 2520 0690; www.motorino.com.hk
NEW MENUS AND PROMOTIONS
Sip on a bespoke cocktail and savour the summer weather at Duddell’s garden terrace, the perfect spot to enjoy good conversation and company in the heart of Central. The refreshments feature fresh seasonal produce and artisanal ingredients for an elevated cocktail experience, including such tipples such as The Straits Sling with fragrant gin and citrus notes ($158) and The Park Avenue with pineapple and rose ($158).
Duddell’s, Levels 3&4, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 9191; www.duddells.co
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Build your own sundae at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co this summer with their fantastic family-friendly sundae station. Priced at $48 plus 10% surcharge, the delectable dessert option lets kids build their own ultimate sundae creations, with free reign to a toppings bar filled with chocolate syrup, snickers pieces, Oreo cookie crumbs, rainbow sprinkles, gummy bears, fruit pieces, whipped cream and more!
Bubba Gump, Shop 304 & 305, Level 3, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2849 2867; www.bubbagump.com
Originating from Kyoto, this popular ramen shop has an outpost in IFC and is doing up authentic ramen and other Japanese dishes with precision and care. Their new beer pairing menu ($698 for two) is absolutely mouth-watering (trust us, we’ve tried it!) yet displays the finesse and restraint that the Japanese are known for. The menu includes items such as roasted miso-marinated cod fish, wagyu prime beef steak, grilled chicken thighs and of course, the signature Kogashi miso ramen — all paired with tasty beers such as the espresso stout and the lighter white ale.
Gogyo Ramen, Shop 3020, Level 3, ifc mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2385 1366
Face the fire of spicy Sichuan cuisine with Yun Yan’s six-course pairing menu featuring Chongqing-style dishes paired with refreshing Rieslings. The blend of sweet Riesling paired with fiery Sichuan will have your taste buds tingling in a happy marriage of flavours. At $498 / person, the tasting menu includes dishes such as beef tongue in wild mushroom oil, chicken soup with matsutake and cabbage and homemade Sichuan hot sausages stuffed with veal shank. If the heat is too much for the little ones, don’t worry, they have non-spicy foods too for little tummies!
Yun Yan, Shop 1001B, 10/F Times Square, No. 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; www.miradining.com/yun-yan
Planning a weekend junk? Take advantage of Souvla’s junk catering service which offers a feast of mouthwatering Greek favourites included spit-roasted meats and healthy Greek salads, perfect for sharing amongst several families on a weekend junk! Starting from $345 / person, Souvla’s junk packages spoil you with a bountiful selection of their most popular dishes as well as healthy sides like marinated olives, dips and pita bread to give you and your kiddos energy all afternoon on the boat!
Souvla, 1/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 40 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, 9285 8846; www.conceptcreations.com/souvla
Summer is all about lighter lunch options and we’re loving Bloom’s new takeaway menu, featuring healthy options that still deliver a punch of flavour. Contemporary menu items include pan-seared Norwegian salmon with a baby greens and cherry tomatoes mixed salad ($148) and grilled chicken and soba noodles ($128). The speedy takeaway option means you can enjoy a quick, midday meal without fatty calories weighing you down!
Bloom, 5/F and 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong;
One Harbour Road
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is celebrating their 25th anniversary with two special menus highlighting the evolution of Cantonese cuisine at One Harbour Road Chinese Restaurant. The menu is designed by Pearl Chan, a Cantonese food authority in Hong Kong, and celebrates the versatility in Chinese cooking with a focus on skillful preparation and cooking techniques. Scrumptious dishes include stir-fried garoupa with night-fragrant buds and pine nuts and minced partridge broth with chrysanthemum bamboo shoots and fungi. Now there’s a mouthful! The menus run from 10-27 July.
One Harbour Road, 7/F and 8/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, 2584 7722; hongkong.grand.
MAYTA Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar
Get a taste of Peru with Mayta’s new summer menu, featuring diverse dishes that blend in influence from Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and native cuisines. Favourites such as pork ribs chaufa, quinoa risotto, braised fish with purple potato chips and and salmon escabechado are sure to excite your taste buds and take you on a culinary journey far from Hong Kong!
MAYTA, 3/F, Grand Progress Building, 15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, 2790 0928; www.diningconcepts.com/mayta
For a grand Omakase feast, head to Sushi Ta-ke, which has just welcomed the addition of two new executive chefs, Chef Taisuke Sato and Chef Leung Hei Lam. Using fresh ingredients and skillful techniques, the new menu is a carefully crafted combination of Japanese specialties like firefly squid with vinegar miso paste, tuna belly, sea urchin, rosy seabass and seafood miso soup. Although not cheap at $1,500 per person, it’s worth the splurge for a one-of-a-kind tasting experience.
Sushi Ta-Ke, 12/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2577 0611; www.sushitake.com.hk
The 5th anniversary of dining events at The Mira kicks off with a scrumptious Burgundy Wine Dinner with renowned wine critic Neal Martin. On Thursday, 25 July, sit down to a truly exquisite meal featuring nine hand-picked Burgundy wines paired with six delicious courses, priced at $2,788 per person. The limited seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss out on this gastronomic feast!
Whisk, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2315 5999; www.themirahotel.com
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Grant Hyatt Hong Kong is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special 25% discount on all dinner buffets for all of the hotel’s Facebook fans born in 1989, the same year as the hotel! If you share the same birthday, redeem the offer at Tiffin (now through 13 July), Grand Cafe (14 July to 10 August) or The Grill (11 to 31 August) and enjoy your special birthday treat!
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, 2584 7655; www.hongkong.grand.hyatt.com
Lobster Bar and Grill
Whisk the family away to Argentina with the Island Shangri-La’s Argentinian summer menu, filled with favourites such as empanadas, corn crème brûlée, Argentinian stuffed chicken and flan with dulce de leche. Running through 9 July, Chef Matias Aldasoro’s creations will focus on finding the balance between fine foods and wine, while taking the diners on a unique culinary journey.
Lobster Bar and Grill, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2820 8560; www.shangri-la.com
Following the success of its Sensei-tional Sunday brunch, Japanese restaurant TAKU in Soho is launching another fantastic buffet promotion. Monster Tuesdays at TAKU will present the diner with all-you-can-eat Yakimono topped off with limitless Asahi for $350 / person. It’s a mammoth Japanese feast that won’t break the bank! Kids will love the meat and tempura dishes while parents can dine on sashimi to their hearts’ content.
TAKU, 35 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, 2545 9966; www.taku.com.hk
Head to Chachawan for a taste of Thai and signature summer cocktails with a spicy kick! Chachawan’s extensive cocktail list has amped up to include a few must-tries such as the DEVIL’S SHARE ($90), a mix of Michter’s Rye, galangal, thyme and bitters, and the ChaCha Smash ($95), a refreshing blend of Hendrick’s gin, cucumber, mint, coriander and ginger beer. Pair these cocktails with an array of tasty dishes for an authentic Thai feast guaranteed to pack a punch. While we wouldn’t recommend this restaurant for the little ones due to logistics (the space is rather narrow with steep stairs to the second floor), this is a great date night spot for Mum and Dad, or a family outing with older kids.
Chachawan, G/F, 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2549 0020; www.facebook.com/chachawan.
Settle down for an elegant afternoon tea at SEVVA, inspired by the cultural diversity of Hong Kong’s rich heritage. Afternoon tea goers will love this new offering from the glamorous dining destination, highlighting delicacies such as toasted crumpets with smoked salmon and fois gras mousse with onion marmalade on a savoury waffle. The menu also features innovative rolled sandwiches printed with the famous SEVVA Scenarios illustrations for a truly artsy afternoon. Afternoon tea is $720 for two people — perfect for an afternoon ‘date’ with the kids off at school!
SEVVA, 25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2537 1388; www.sevva.hk
Fish & Meat
Sunday Brunch is a Hong Kong institution, and we can’t wait to try Fish & Meat’s offerings to the Sunday scene. Their new summer buffet starts off with a selection of fresh salads, as well as a seafood station with oysters, shrimps and cooked clams. Following that, main courses include the restaurant’s popular veal and pork meatballs, as well as a juicy Cedar River Prime Sirloin. Finish off with a delectable pancake station, serving up pancakes with your choice of toppings!
Fish & Meat, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2565 6788; www.fishandmeat.hk
French Window Brasserie and Bar
Enjoy a chic, French-themed summer tasting menu at French Window Brasserie and Bar. With its fantastic view and prime location, this restaurant is the perfect summer spot to indulge in a lazy afternoon of fine foods and wine. In collaboration with French fashion label American Vintage, Chef Matthieu Bonnier has created this summer menu based on the beautiful shade of ocean blue, featuring dishes such as Scallops á la Nage and Marinière Mussels with French Fries. Guests who book Le Menu Bleu will receive a clutch bag from American Vintage’s 2014 Spring / Summer collection. $498 / person
French Window Brasserie and Bar, 3101, Podium Level 3, IFC Mall, Central, Hong Kong, 2393 3812; www.miradining.com/french-window
JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
Enjoy snacks and drinks poolside at the JW Marriott’s newest dining venue, the Pool Lounge. Their Lite Bites menu is perfect for after-work nibbles, featuring teasers such as calamari, clams in spicy miso lemon broth and crab and lobster cakes. As the sun sets, move inside to Flint Bar which serves up delicious cuisine paired with refreshing summer cocktails. Every Tuesday is the special Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic night, with an array of signature cocktails to entice all gin-lovers. Take the kids and let them splash around in the waves while you enjoy a few poolside tipples.
JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong; www.marriott.com
Need to cool down? Kids will love the new Garfield-themed froyo at Yo Mama this summer, complete with a Garfield cookie, chocolate sticks and a sweet cheery. Froyo is a healthier alternative to ice cream for the kiddies over summer, and they’ll love biting into their favourite cartoon character!
Yo Mama, Unit UG-20, UG/F, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2420 9111; www.yomama.com.hk
Do your kids love a big, juicy steak? Meat-lovers in the family won’t want to miss out on Morton’s special layer cake wine pairing menu, running through the end of July. For $938 / person, dine on a signature Morton’s salad, jumbo lump crab cake, a 6oz filet mignon and a choice of potato or vegetable, paired with beautiful wines from California and Argentina.
Morton’s, The Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 4/F, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2732 2343; www.mortons.com/hongkong
Dine in style at Il Milione (check out our date night review here) this summer with their exclusive wine pairing menu. For $800 per person, guests will enjoy such extravagant and flavour-laden dishes such as Risotto Franciacorta (sparkling wine risotto with saffron), Timballo Mediterraneo (mushroom and fresh peppers with Burrata cheese) and Piccola Pasticceria (petit fours), a menu guaranteed to bring back the romance for any date night!
IL Milione, G16 – 21, G/F Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2481 1120; www.il-milione.com
Soho’s hip Vietnamese eatery Chôm Chôm is celebrating its 1st birthday and they’ve invited you to the party! Stop by to sample prawn scotch eggs ($88), sole fillet rice paper rolls ($78) and ginger chicken with jasmine rice ($148) or simply kick back with a cold beer and a bucket of their signature Vietnamese fried chicken ($88). This trendy spot is set up a hill, so while it’s not one for the strollers, it’s definitely a perfect spot for older kids and Mum and Dad to enjoy some tasty Vietnamese cuisine. We can’t get enough!
Chôm Chôm, 58 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 0850; www.chomchom.hk