CocoBites: Hong Kong foodie news for March 2015

SCRUMPTIOUS BRUNCHIOUS

From 12pm–4pm every Sunday from now until, say, forever, The Berliner is set to trigger our tastebuds with an array of German delights. Assorted Cold Cuts, Flammkuchen with Black Forest Ham, Salmon Sausage with Creamy Leeks, Green Asparagus and Roasted Potatoes will be just some of the delights laid on for your dinning pleasure. And from Now until March 29, every fourth person on the table will be treated free relish (yeah, wahoo right). Brunch comes at HKD278 per adult and HKD158 for kids.

Berliner (Wanchai): 4/F, W Square, 314-324 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai (+852) 2891-8689.
 


 

A-LA CARTE REDESIGNED

Let Metropolitan transport you to an un-hungry Happy Place this March with their re-invented A-La Carte menu. Chef Frank Lebiez will be bringing us all the French classics we know and love. Start off with La Soupe a l’Onion or La Poelee de Saint-Jacques, share L’Assiette de la Mer and La Vegetarienne, and finish up with a lip-smacking dessert like Le Colonel, (that’s lemon ice cream with a vodka shot to the uninitiated).

Metropolitain Birsto de Paris: G/F, 46 High street, Sai Ying Pun (+852) 6271-6102.
 


TO SPAIN AGAIN

Considered among the top 100 most influential Spanish chefs outside of Spain, Chef Willy Trullas Moreno (of FoFo by el Willy fame) and Alex Fargas are bringing Hong Kong yet another splash of sublime Spanish cuisine. LA PALOMA (The Pigeon) boasts a 3,400 sq.ft space that can comfortably seat 85 diners. Food aside, we’re also rather excited about the wine list, which will feature only the best from Willy’s motherland. Opens mid-March.

La Paloma: 1/F, SoHo 189, 198 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun (+852 2291-6161).
 


ALL CHANGE AT SAINT-GERMAIN

With a completely revamped menu under his chopping board, Chef Jerome Abraham promises to indulge us with a brand new collection of French inspired starters, mains and desserts this month. With mouthwatering dishes such as Carpaccio de Loup de Mer, Fruits de Mer & Risotto au Safran, and Dos de Bar Roti au Romarin & Citron, Saint-Germain just got a little bit more je ne sais quoi.

Saint-Germain: G/F, 1A Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley (+852 2836 6131).
 


IN OTHER BERLINER NEWS…

The Berliner is also hard at work spreading the joy of hearty German cuisine from its new location in Tuen Mun Town Plaza. Customers in this neck of the woods can now plunge their greasy cutlery into Roasted Pork Knuckle, a Sausage Platter of Bratwurst, Regensburger, Nurnberger and Cheese Krainer. Hurry, a range of special offers are available until the end of March.

Berliner (Tuen Mun Town Plaza), Shop 3227-3228, 3/F, Phase 1, Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Tuen Mun.
 


LUNCH LAUNCH AND HAPPY HOUR

Crafty Cow, a gastropub focussed on “Third Culture Dining”, has a spanking new, and as yet mysterious, lunch menu coming our way. Craft beers and ciders will also be served up on a two-for-one basis during Happy Hour from 3pm–6:30pm daily or those feeling thirsty. Both will be launched on March 3.

Crafty Cow: G/F, 3 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan.


FRESHWATER FISH MAKES A SPLASH

Indulge in a variety of freshwater fish as Head Chef Kwai-kai Lo showcases the oft-overlooked delight at The Chinese Restaurant this spring. Eat outside of the pond with appetisers including Fried Loach with Black Vinegar, mains such as Steamed Eel and Rice with Tangerine and Soy Sauce, and Sichuan-style specialities including Catfish with Garlic and Shallots.

The Chinese Restaurant: 3/F 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 2311-1234.


NEW TALENT AND TREATS AT QUAYSIDE

Grilled Piri Piri French Chicken, Pan Seared French Duck Leg Confit, and harbour views (plus a tad of construction) await as Quayside welcomes Head Chef Andrew Lo to its otherwise retro setting. The proof is in the pudding, so let’s eat!

Quayside: G/F, Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, 1 Lung King Street, Wan Chai (+852) 2662-6708.
 


CALI-MEX TECH

Hungry for Cali-Mex but too lazy to go to your nearest branch – which will no doubt be within 100 metres of any given location? Don’t sweat it, amigo! The new Hong Kong mega chain has launched an online ordering system, with deliveries available from noon to 10pm, seven-days a week, and a 60-minute guaranteed delivery time. Payments can be made online by card or by cash on delivery, and all items are guaranteed to be fresh and hot upon arrival. Sounds impossible? We’ll see!

Cali-Mex: See website for online orders and shop locations.
 


TEQUILA APPEALA

The new tequila concoctions at Chin Chin are sure to get your liver in shape for “Mad March”. Salty Berries, Coral Sea, and Boat Rod will be among the many ‘teqcocktails’ served at the Hyatt’s third floor bar. The cosy lounge and open-air terrace also make for a weather-proof drinking environment.

Chin Chin Bar: 3/F 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon,(+852) 3721-7722.

Words: Sidney Gourgel

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