Pop-ups and takeovers are fantastic ways to try out acclaimed restaurants without having to physically fly all over the world. Here are six exciting events to note down on your October and November meal calendar.
Text by Iris Wong
blendbrothers at Isono Eatery and Bar
6/F Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Tel: 2156 0688
Dynamic Dutch duo Hendrik and Kamiel Buysse, aka blendbrothers, are in town from now until October 29, taking over the swanky dining space at PMQ’s Isono. The two gastro junkies, with Hendrik heading the kitchen and Kamiel helming the front of house as manager and bartender, “blend” their strengths and have been impressing diners worldwide with their creative pop-ups. Experience the marriage of European and Hong Kong gastronomic cultures with the blendbrothers’ dinner tasting menu ($628 per person) and lunch tasting menu ($318 per person). Standouts include the wild sea bass with fregola and chistorra, as well as the dessert of waffle with parsley root, miso, yogurt, white chocolate and bergamot. Come on a Friday or Saturday night and you’ll even catch Kamiel spinning the deck live!
Chef Luke Mangan at Brasserie on The Eighth
8/F Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Tel: 2822 8803Internationally acclaimed Aussie chef Luke Mangan and his star team are partnering up with Conrad Hong Kong for “Salt on the Eighth”, a culinary event featuring fresh ingredients from his home country down under prepared with inventive cooking techniques. Highly anticipated dishes include the signatures Australian kingfish sashimi and handpicked crab omelette, as well as the barramundi with Asian greens and crab meat, and the slow cooked wagyu beef. His six- and eight-course dinner menus are priced at $988 and $1,188 respectively.
Chef Frédéric Anton at Island Shangri-La’s Restaurant Petrus
56/F Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Tel: 2820 8590
Shangri-La International Festival of Gastronomy’s second year running will see a star-studded lineup of 12 renowned chefs (we’re talking about a total of 20 Michelin stars between them) across ten cities, with chef Frédéric Anton from Paris’ three Michelin-starred Le Pré Catelan headlining the event for Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong. Head to the hotel’s Restaurant Petrus between October 25 and 29 for chef Anton’s haute cuisine experience, which are carefully paired with the finest wines by award-winning master sommelier Yohann Jousselin.
Check out the menus here, but some event highlights include the dégustation lunch (from $620 per person) and dinner (from $1,780 per person) menus, featuring signature dishes such as the scallop in Marinière sauce and lobster in Bordelaise sauce with tarragon.
Reservations can be made by calling 2820 8590 or via the hotel’s restaurant page here.
Three Visiting Chefs at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Tel: 2132 0066
October and November see a string of culinary events at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. First to kick off the series of pop-ups is sushi master Kenji Gyoten. With three Michelin stars up his kimono sleeves, the young master chef from his namesake restaurant in Fukuoka will be showcasing his extraordinary hontegaeshi (hand flip) technique of Edomae nigari, from October 17 to 23. The omakase lunch ($3,500 per person) and dinner ($4,500 per person) selections will change daily to feature the freshest and finest seasonal ingredients.
From October 24 to 26, Scottish chef Isaac McHale from London’s Clove Club, winner of The Highest New Entry of World’s 50 Best Restaurants, will be whipping up mouthwatering tasting menus at this unique supper club pop-up. Expect the chef’s signatures such as the raw sea bream plum stone vinegar and horseradish, and dry-aged Challans duck served in three ways. For $3,688 per head, enjoy eight courses paired with six wines or non-alcoholic beverages, as well as a champagne cocktail reception with four snacks.
Last but not least, for two nights only on November 21 and 22, celebrated Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez from Central Restaurante, listed number four on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants, is back in Hong Kong for an exceptional Four Hands Dinner. The special event will be an ingenious combination of contemporary French fare and raw rusticity of unusual ingredients foraged across Peru. The surprise menu is priced at $3,488 per person and includes four snacks and an eight-course menu.
For the sushi pop-up and Clove Club event, call 2132 0114 or 2132 0115 to make a reservation. To make a booking for the Four Hands Dinner, call Amber restaurant on 2132 0066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.