Here’s a list of where you should be feasting and quaffing in Hong Kong and Macau this November.
Words Nicole Hurip and Iris Wong
Casa Don Alfonso
3/F Grand Lisboa Macau, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau
Tel: +853 8803 7722
You are hereby invited into Casa Don Alfonso, the new, casual dining approach that will be replacing Don Alfonso 1890 in Grand Lisboa Macau. The authentic essence of Italian cuisine is captured in the original home flavours and the best quality Italian ingredients. Here you can find Macau’s most authentic Neapolitano pizza, cooked up to 1,000°F in less than 1 minute in the electric Izzo Scugnizzo oven, by Chef Maurizio Ferrini recruited especially from Naples. Casa Don Alfonso will be offering an antipasti buffet set lunch and an a la carte menu in the evening.
55 Elgin Street, SoHo
Tel: 2556 7555
Flaming Frango has been around for a few years, but the Piri Piri chicken restaurant just moved to a bigger new location on Elgin Street, SoHo. Come for its ultra-juicy chicken – marinated in homemade Piri Piri mix for 24 hours and flame-grilled to order – and a range of mouthwatering homemade sauces to go with the meat. You can get 1/4 chicken with two sides for $138, or 1/2 chicken with two sides for $198. Flaming Frango also offers plenty of vegetarian options for the health-conscious lunch crowd, including the truffle and portobello mushroom croquettes ($78) and Frango’s healthy salad ($118). That’s our lunch sorted.
Grissini: Michelin-starred Guest Chef Giuseppe Biuso
2/F Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Tel: 2584 7722
From November 9 to 11, guest chef Giuseppe Biuso will be collaborating with chef de cuisine Alessandro Cozzolino for a special six-course dinner at Grissini at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. One of Europe’s youngest Michelin-starred chefs and executive chef at Il Cappero restaurant in Sicily, chef Biuso will be working with chef Cozzolino to present signature dishes that will take diners on a Sicilian culinary journey. Watch out for dishes such as the traditional Sicilian appetiser of u pani cunzatu, a thin layer of crispy bread with datterini tomatoes, Nocellara olivers, Salina capers and anchovies; homemade tortelli filled with eggplant purée; and a Sicilian orange and scampi risotto. The special menu is priced at $1,298pp. Book now at 2584 7722 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to enjoy a special discount.
J’s Bar Bistro
2/F The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East
Tel: 2733 2088
Newly opened in The Royal Garden hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, J’s Bar Bistro is a casual culinary and social concept with a focus on creative design and elegant presentation in a luxurious yet relaxing environment. The bistro offers an array of light dishes, such as tapas, yakitori and a selection of speciality cheeses. We’re eager to try highlights such as heirloom tomato, balsamic, mustard sorbet; cochinillo, acipenser baerii caviar, potato soufflé; and artisanal and farmhouse soft and hard cheeses from France. Also noteworthy are its cocktails – crafted by mixologist Stanley Au – including the signature Ilsa Lund and The Colonel’s Last Laugh.
Plantation by teakha
Mezzanine, 16A Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: 3482 2660
Tea is a big part of Chinese culture, and there are so many ways to enjoy it. Whether you like your tea on its own, with lemon or a splash of milk, a good cup of tea is sure to brighten your day. Plantation by teakha has been on a mission to share the wisdom and heritage of tea-drinking to modern city-dwellers since launching its online shop a year ago, and now it is solidifying its presence with a brick-and-mortar store. In addition to having their teas for purchase, Plantation by teakha is also offering tea appreciation classes, group appointment and bespoke services to cater to different needs. A wide range of beautiful teaware is also available for those who are looking to bring the complete tea experience home with them. What’s your brew?
7/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar St, Central
Tel: 2522 6366
Sink your teeth into seven (soon to be eight) types of Porterhouse steaks at the revamped Porterhouse, helmed by new Executive Chef Angelo Vecchoi. The selection includes beef options like the US Nebraska Greater Omaha Black Angus Prime ($1,588) as well as an Iberico Pork Porterhouse ($258) and a Colorado Lamb Porterhouse ($398). On the weekends, Porterhouse will be offering brunch for $388, featuring a carving station, a fresh seafood bar and buffet. To enjoy brunch with a drink, add $140 or $270 for premium beverages like glasses of Veuve Clicquot. Whether you are dining with a friend or the whole family, in which case you would have to try the 40-ounce Tomahawk ($1468), Porterhouse does not disappoint.
Rhoda: Collaboration with St. John and St. John Wines
345 Des Voeux Rd W, Shek Tong Tsui
Tel: 2177 5050
One dinner series. Four prolific restaurateurs. Five days. Get ready for a crossover event, housed in Rhoda, with Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver of St. JOHN, Richard Turner of Hawksmoor, and Nathan Green of Rhoda. They will be contributing to a four-course meat-centric dinner menu that consists of signature dishes from each chef’s restaurant as well as interpretations of one chef’s dish by another. All courses are paired with wines by Gulliver, selected and shipped all the way from the St. JOHN cellar in Shoreditch, London. There will also be a no reservations bar snacks instalment featuring favourites like the roast bone marrow and parsley salad ($128) and radishes and cod’s roe ($48). Tickets to the dinner series (November 7 to 11) are available either through Ticketflap or Rhoda.
SALT Grill on the Eighth by Luke Mangan at Conrad Hong Kong
8/F Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
Tel: 2822 8803
Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan is back! In a gastronomic takeover, chef Luke and his team will be commandeering the kitchen of Conrad Hong Kong’s Brasserie on the Eighth and transforming it into SALT Grill on the Eighth. You can sample Chef Luke’s signature dishes in six- and eight-course dinner menus priced at $998 and $1,288 respectively, which will include favourites like the ultra-fresh Australian kingfish served sashimi style with ginger, eschalot and a hint of Persian feta, and chef Luke’s signature butcher board with selections like the grain-fed scotch fillet and dry-aged ribeye from southern New South Wales and Tasmania. Some items will be available a la carte for the weekend brunch and semi-buffet lunch services. If you wish to look behind the scenes where the magic happens, take part in an immersive cooking demonstration and class concluding with a four-course lunch for $888 on November 25. The pop-up will run from November 16 to 26.
17/F 17-19 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2706 2028
Sushi Taki serves traditional, no-frills Japanese cuisine, focusing on bringing out the original taste of the ingredients themselves in a warm, home-style setting. Fresh seasonal ingredients are flown in daily from Japan, and an array of homemade sauces is prepared for the dishes, including soy sauce, eel sauce, tempura sauce and sashimi sauce. A la carte menu and three omakase menus (priced at $800, $1,180 and $1,580) are available for dinner, while the lunch menu starts from $180.
Test Kitchen x Chef Giorgio Longo Pop-up
158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Get your Italian fix at the upcoming Test Kitchen pop-up with chef Giorgio Longo. The young talented chef has more than 15 years’ experience cooking in some of the world’s finest kitchens, among them Alain Ducasse’s Bastide and Gauthier in London.
From November 15 to 19 with two seatings per night (7pm and 8.15pm), chef Longo will be serving up Sicilian classic family recipes alongside contemporary Italian dishes. The nine-course menu, priced at $980 per head, includes dishes such as arancini, kohlrabeach (a dish inspired by a traditional Sicilian salad), pizza, and two desserts to end things on a sweet note. Opt for wine and cocktail pairings for an extra $300pp and enjoy drinks such as tarragon-perfumed gin, Italian chinotto lemonade and exquisite Italian wines.
37 Pottinger St, Central
Tel: 2576 1717
A new party hot spot has landed on Pottinger street, and it looks good. The brainchild of Dining Concepts and designer Ashley Sutton, who is also behind Ophelia in Wan Chai and chic speakeasy J.Boroski, Yojimbo is a fantasyland modelled after the vibrant and sophisticated bars in Ginza, Tokyo. The bar and club is named after one of Sutton’s favourite films, the classic 1961 samurai movie Yojimbo, with live shows featuring geishas, Harajuku punks, anime-inspired spirits and more. Dance to the beats of DJ Aaron James at Samurai Night Fever on Saturdays, Discozilla on Wednesdays and Harajuku Love Hotel on Thursdays (also Ladies’ Night!). Drinks paying homage to Japan are concocted by Alberto Aldave, previously with The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz London. Kanpai!