Summer in Spain
Stuck in Hong Kong for the summer? Take your taste buds on a journey to Spain at the newly opened tapas bar La Paloma, located in the newly MTRed district of Sai Ying Pun. Opened by the team behind the contemporary Spanish joint Fofo by el Willy, La Paloma is helmed by Executive Chef Vito Chiavacci, who has 15 years of culinary experience under his big, white hat. With an open kitchen area and an outdoor patio, the restaurant offers Spanish classics from Pulpo a la Gallega (octopus with potato – HKD115) to Paella de bogavante (fancy fried rice with lobster and saffron – HKD498).
La Paloma, 1/F, SoHo 189, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, (+852) 2291-6161.
Steik World Meats is celebrating its fifth anniversary by beefing up its menu for three days only from June 18 to 20 with the help of guest chef Rolando “Lau” Laudico. Something of a celebrity in the Philippines, Chef Lau will be putting his innovative spin on classic Filipino dishes, such as Lumpia (spring rolls), Lechon (suckling pig) and Adobo (basically chicken in soy sauce). The special menu can be ordered in two courses at lunch for HKD178 or four courses at dinner from HKD648.
Steik World Meats, Shop 14, Level 3, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui, (+852) 2530-0011.
Hong Kong’s Portuguese fare has always paled in comparison with our fellow S.A.R. Macau, but Casa Lisboa’s new summer cocktail and snack menu gives our Macanese neighbours a run for their money. Using authentic ingredients from… you guessed it… Portugal, the combos offer diverse flavours for sophisticated palates. Give the tropical fruit-based Madeira Island and Grilled Pineapple with Pork a shot, or try the chilli-infused Piri-Piri Sour and Piri-Piri Chicken at your own peril.
Casa Lisboa, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central (+852) 2905-1168.
It’s Roman cuisine galore this June at chic Mediterranean restaurant Isono. Coming from the Michelin-starred Pipero al Rex in Rome, guest chef Luciano Monosillo – otherwise known as the “King of Carbonara” – will be serving up Roman-inspired dishes, such as deep-fried Italian baby squid, chargrilled rack of lamb, and, of course, his famous Bombolotti alla Carbonara! The special dinner menu, priced at HKD1,350 for two, will only be offered from June 25 to 27, but the King will leave his carbonara recipe with the kitchen when he goes.
Isono, 6/F Block B, Police Married Quarters (PMQ), 35 Aberdeen Street, (+852) 2156-0688.
Breakfast in Bed
You now have no more excuses to skip the most important meal of the day. Starting this month, food delivery service foodpanda will bring breakfast right to your door. Yummy morning treats are available from no less than 16 restaurants, with plenty of variation among them. Start your day off with an omelet from The Flying Pan, milk waffles from Hokkaido Dairy Farm, cheesy noodles from Sun Kee… or all three!
Visit www.foodpanda.hk to order, or download the app from the App Store or Google Play.
No more queues for crab!
Get excited, Fatty fans! Southeast Asian favourite Fatty Crab will be open seven days a week starting June 1 (as opposed to Tuesday to Sunday – lazy buggers) and has started taking reservations! The Old Bailey Street joint has received rave reviews since it opened two years ago, gaining notoriety for their mouthwatering Chili Crab, Pork Baos, and Crispy Pork. Now you can beat the heat by skipping the long waiting line and get one of their famous specialty cocktails in your face, fast.
Fatty Crab, G/F, 11-13 Old Bailey Street, Central, (+852 2521-2033).
Supermarket shop from your sofa
Staunton’s Group, the team that brought us Yorkshire Pudding and 22 Degrees North, has launched a new online food shopping service for the crazy-lazy foodies among us. At My Food Market, shoppers can choose from a wide selection of deli items, breads, hot dishes and desserts to be delivered to any location in Hong Kong (excluding the outlying islands) from Tuesday to Saturday between 9am to 6pm. Orders can be placed for a minimum of HKD350, with free delivery available for spends over HKD580. Sign up before June 30 to receive a 10 percent discount off future purchases.
Visit www.22n.com.hk to sign up for My Food Market’s delivery service.
Brunch without the bulge
Health food heaven The Kinnet Café is kicking off summer with a new menu and brunch bonanza. Sticking to its penchant for using nutritious, seasonal ingredients, the café’s morning menu will now feature the mysterious-sounding Shakshuka Egg with Feta (HKD80), the ever-popular Avocado Eggs Benedict with Yoghurt Hollandaise Sauce (HKD90) and The Kinnet Full Breakfast (HKD110), which comes with all the taste and absolutely zero calories. Honest.
The Kinnet Café, 3/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, (+852 3968-7600).
Beer: Everyone’s favourite cooking buddy
Who says beer is only good for drinking? Third-generation eatery Crafty Cow is offering a new lunch menu with dishes prepared with craft beer. Spiced Stout Beef Tourtiere anyone? Errr…YES! The sets start at HKD108, and include tea, coffee, soda or, more appropriately, half a pint of draught beer. An extra HKD40 opens up your options to selected craft beer. Guys, you had us at “beer”.
Crafty Cow, G/F, 3-3A Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, (+852 2915-8988)
Nine new cocktails join the menu of the famous Wyndham Street bar Le Boudoir. With incoming mixologist Pierre dos Santos at the shaker, these decadent drinks will quench your thirst, tickle your taste buds and annoy your liver. The Republique (HKD130) combines rum with port wine, while the St Cyr (HKD120) mixes bourbon and absinthe. Hello, happy hangover!
Le Boudoir, 65 Wyndham Street, Central (+852) 2530-3870.