We can’t help but feel that sometimes us mamas lap up all the attention and our poor, long-suffering papas get a little overlooked. Well, it’s not the fifties anymore and we like to make a big hoohaaa when Father’s Day comes around each year! Not only is it an excuse to go shopping and have the day off, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to throw the detox out the window, have a glass of wine and gorge on a seafood platter. All in the name of fatherhood!
To show our appreciation for the papas in our lives, we’ve rounded up the best of Hong Kong’s Father’s Day gifts and events for 2014. It’s a stark contrast to our usual roundups of flowers and massages, and do you know what? We absolutely loved compiling it all together. See you on 15 June — we’ll probably be eating our body weight in BBQ treats!
Chances are Father’s Day is the one day dad might want a break from being man of the grill. Give him a break from barbequing and whisk him off to one of these delicious foody events.
Grand Hyatt Steakhouse
Dads and steak go together like, erm, Dads and Steak! If mamas want daffodils, papas prefer a good ol’ hunk of meat to chow down on. The Grand Hyatt is onto this and is serving up special Father’s Day menus featuring large cuts of prime beef. Papas can also indulge in fancy cigars in the cigar room after they’ve been treated to a professional photo of the family over a meat-laden supper!
When: 15 June, dinner is from 6-10pm, the cigar room is open from 4pm-midnight
Where: Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
ToTTs & Roof Terrace
If you’ve more of a lobster-loving dad on your hands, you might want to head up to ToTTS at The Excelsior where the champagne will be flowing, the sun should be shining (fingers crossed) and the lobster will be abundant! You’ll also get a free Polaroid picture of the family outing and unlimited champagne.
When: 15 June, 11.30am-3pm
Where: ToTTs & Roof Terrace, The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $748 with unlimited champagne, $588 with unlimited soft drinks and juices, $388 for kids
Can we just get manly for a moment and think beer? Which is exactly what we think of when we mention Belgian beer house Frites. Many dads love their beer, so the chefs have infused it into their food in honour of Father’s Day. In particular, they’ve got a Leffe Flemish ale stew. Sounds delish! Both branches are casual and kid-friendly, perfect for the whole family!
When: 15 June
Where: Frites, Shop 6, 1/F Causeway Centre, 28 Harbor Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong and G/F, Oxford House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Island East, Hong Kong
The Father’s Day Lunch Buffet looks like it’s going to be an absolute feast, and those of us who aren’t daddies are probably going to go down anyway. There’ll be yummy seafood treats, and if you want to kick it up a notch, you can always treat papa to the evening buffet and a relaxing stay at the hotel for the night. What’s more, there’ll be a free breakfast at the café the next morning!
When: 14-15 June
Where: Auberge, 88 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How much: The lunch buffet is $398 per person, the evening buffet is $438. The cost of a room for the night is $1,100. Contact the hotel for availability.
For papas who love their Spanish tapas and the lush seafood that comes with it, Tapeo has got a dish with magical Estrella cerveza broth of chilli and fennel, infused with saffron, and a little Jamon Iberico. Mussels are added to the simmering amber liquid and are cooked until they just pop open. Beer, ham and seafood? It’s a manly time at Tapeo!
When: 15 June
Where: Tapeo, UGF, Au’s Building, 15-19 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong and GA01-03, G/F, Lei King Wan, Site A, 55 Tai Hong Street, Hong Kong
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
Do you have a seaman at the helm (or what he thinks is the helm) of your family? Great! Ship him off to the Yacht Club Lunch Buffet at The Compass Room and keep the kids entertained with the roving entertainer.
When: 15 June, 12 noon-2.30pm
Where: The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kellet Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $348 for adults and $238 for children
Cocktails are manly. Yes, we went there. At Carpaccio, they’ll be serving a complimentary cocktail called the Greatest Father. What’s in it, you ask? White and dark rum, ginger beer, bitters and a freshly squeezed lime for a summery twist. Dads will also get a voucher from one of Sassy Mama’s favourite spas, Sense of Touch. A drink and a bit of pampering? Go on, let dad indulge!
When: 15 June, brunch is served from 11.30am-3.30pm
Where: Carpaccio, Shop 307, 3rd Floor, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: Brunch is $228 for adults and $128 for kids ages 3 to 12. Alternatively, you can order from the a la carte menu.
Uniquely Hong Kong, Loyal Dining is a great place for some classic Canto cuisine. And for dads who are hankering for some fusion food, there’s a perfect set menu for a family of four, including baked escargots and deep-fried king prawns finished off with guitar pot puddings. Kids with sophisticated taste buds will also enjoy this delicious dinner!
When: 15 June
Where: Loyal Dining, 66 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $988 for four people
Beers for Babies
We absolutely love the concept behind this Father’s Day event held at Delaney’s, Cyberport. It’s hosted by The Baby Hero Foundation, a company the makes gorgeous organic children’s clothing that funds neonatal survival kits, and Americraft Imports. The theme is “Strong Man” and 10% of all beer sales go towards the Baby Hero Foundation. It promises to be a hugely fun afternoon!
When: 15 June, 3-6pm
Where: Delaney’s Irish Pub, The Spire at the Arcade, Cyberport, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
How much: $100 per family, which includes a raffle ticket. RSVP here.
The Butcher’s Club
The resto sounds, well, butch and manly, and they’re all about their organic dry-aged beef, but the name Southside Market Long Lunch isn’t exactly masculine! Don’t be fooled, however, as there’ll be plenty of grub there for dad to wolf down, caveman-style. There’ll be live music, magicians, balloon animals and cake decorating for the little ones so pops can browse the food stalls and fill up. This one’s definitely all about family fun on Father’s Day!
When: 15 June
Where: The Butchers Club Deli at Editus, Factory Unit A+B, 16/F, Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets are $550, free entry for children under 12. Tickets are available here.
Beer and burgers, what more could dad want on Father’s Day? Dads are simple that way. With a special promotion at CaliBurger, dad will be sure to enjoy precisely those two things: a Gentleman’s Burger, which includes foie gras, and Gentleman’s Shake, which includes some good ol’ fashioned JD.
When: 15 June
Where: CaliBurger, G/F, 68 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Get 50% by liking on Facebook or Instagram (for dads with groups of three or more).
If you’ve had your fill of steak or seafood and you fancy a quiet one, here are some gift ideas to make the day super special. From ties and wallets to slightly quirkier offerings, we’ve got you covered in our Father’s Day gift roundup!
The Dark Knot
Ties are funny accessories, aren’t they? There’s nothing like a well-chosen tie to make a fella look dapper, but it can so easily go wrong. That’s why we are huge fans of the team at The Dark Knot who never set a foot wrong in this tricky garment department. We particularly like their Barnstable Crabs tie in Coral Pink. Just remember, real men wear pink, okay?
Where: Order online here
How much: From $348, with free delivery!
They say it’s really hard to get a gift for men: they’re (usually) far too simple and have very few wants from life. So if you’ve asked Dad over and over what he’d like to receive on Father’s Day and he’s given you the generic response of “I don’t mind”, a gift card might be your best bet. They’re practical and flexible enough, and puts the choice in Dad’s hands. You can get him one from Giftwell for restaurants, cafes, and lifestyle stores (Not sure what that random thing is in the corner of G.O.D? Dad knows, and he wants one!).
Where: Order online here and Dad will receive his gift card the very next day.
J M Weston
We just love these Moccasin Loafers in Black from classic J M Weston! Classic with a twist, they’re a perfect way to spruce up your pa’s office gear. They’re just a little bit fun without being too out there (because there’s nothing worse than feeling like a right old clown when you pity wear a gift from a loved one).
Where: 31G, Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong
Good old Jack Wills, our favourite Father’s Day Staple… we’re very taken with their SS14 Aldgrove Print Polo in Navy Daisy. Men in navy? A fail-safe combination that keeps everyone happy. Jack Wills keeps the British Classics coming, just watch out you don’t do a gift repeat of last year – chances are, it was your go-to gift for Father’s Day 2013!
Where: Jack Wills flagship store, L02, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tutti fruity! Pa’s been on a health kick recently — he’s joined the gym, is looking trim and is avoiding scoffing a bacon sarnie each morning. Sounds familiar, right? Why not encourage him along with a bouquet from Edible Arrangements? They’re not flowers, per se, they’re a bouquet of beautifully carved fruit! Healthy and refreshing!
Where: Edible Arrangements, Shop 3012, ifc mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong; order online here.
How much: Fruit bouquets for dad start from $558
Crabtree & Evelyn
We know dads will never admit to curiously nosing through mama’s smellies on the bathroom counter top, but we swear we’ve seen them do it! Why not give Dad his own set to use from Crabtree & Evelyn, such as the West Indian Lime Men’s Body Care Set? It’s got a body wash and a cologne that smells summery and fragrant!
When: Available until 22 June
Where: Any of Crabtree & Evelyn’s many stores – find your nearest one here.
How much: Gift sets are $495
If you’re after something a little more sophisticated and mysterious, Lala Curio has the answer. They’ve curated some seriously stylish Father’s Day gift bags for the dad with discerning tastes. The whole collection is smokey and sultry, including items like a Stainless Steel Drinks Tray and Saddle Leather Stitch Handles. It’s not cheap, but it’s ideal for the man who enjoys quality over quantity. It comes beautifully wrapped and is certainly a gift that packs a rather elegant punch.
Where: Lala Curio, G/F, 1 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Private Wine Company
If Dad enjoys a glass or two of vino, we’ve got the perfect present for him this Father’s Day. In addition to stocking a large selection of premium wines, recently launched Private Wine Company helps customers create customised wine labels so that the bottle becomes a lasting memento even when the last drop is gone! Wine labels can feature a photograph, artist or personal painting, and customers have the choice of ordering a full or half-sized bottle.
Where: Visit www.theprivatewinecompany.com for more information.
Still need a hand picking out the perfect Father’s Day gift? Check out BUTLUR’s specially curated father’s day gift guide to find a great present along with personalisation options and gift wrapping services. BUTLUR is a one-stop site that lets you cut out endless hours of running around department stores by helping you quickly choose and order the perfect gift. Their gift roundup for fathers includes gold-plated commemorative cufflinks, handcrafted passport cases from Fungus Workshop and and a personalised poker chip set for the savvy gamer.
Where: Click here to get started.