Win tickets to the Absolut Invite party
Hong Kong has some of the best bars in Asia – but in this fiercely competitve environment who currently reigns supreme? Well, we’re about to find out since Absolut Vodka is on a quest. A quest with, naturally, an Absolut twist, to answer that very question and to crown Hong Kong’s finest bar team. Debuting this year, the Absolut Invite competition has been created as the ultimate challenge for bar teams to show what they’re made of. Absolut is giving nine of Hong Kong’s top mixology crews the chance to strut their stuff through a series of inventive challenges that celebrate and glorify the art of bartending.Join Absolut at Play to see your favourite bar teams flaunt their skills at the competition’s invitation-only climax and kick back with complimentary free-flow Absolut cocktails while you do so.5 readers will win: A pair of tickets to the Absolut Invite party at Play (Sunday April 30, 9pm-11pm), as well as a bottle of Absolut Vodka and a pair of Absolut Mule copper cups to take home. Loading...
Chef Chat: Conor Beach, executive chef at Repulse Bay’s Tri
When you walk into Repulse Bay’s Tri, you walk through a world that’s modelled on rural Balinese life. It’s fitting, as the eatery at The Pulse mall claims to be Hong Kong’s first Balinese restaurant. Certainly, it takes as many natural elements from the Indonesian island as it can. Mini-huts made of bamboo and lotus pod chairs feature across the venue, set against surrounds that take their motifs from Bali’s natural environment and culture. Plus, at Tri, the wow factor doesn’t just end inside. Outside, there are stunning views of Repulse Bay and the sea. This is as much an island paradise as it is a restaurant. The Balinese themes don’t stop there. Naturally, the food takes elements from Balinese cuisine, particularly the summer special Taste of Bali menu that includes a range of fab authentic dishes to share. And the name, Tri, is based on the Balinese philosophy of ‘tri hita karana’, the three ‘causes of well-being’ – namely, the harmony between man, nature and divinity. And there’s yet another island theme. The chef’s name: Beach. Conor Beach, originally from the USA, heads this Southside restaurant, which opened at the end of last year, with aplomb. Executive chef Beach’s love of cooking began when he was just eight-years-old, in a busy family with his five siblings. From confectioneries to fresh pastas and barbecued meat, he would spend hours researching cooking techniques and trying his own dishes. Later on, he took up a career as a chef. By the time Tri opened, he
The ultimate guide to Hong Kong brunch
A brunch makes a weekend memorable. With so many choices in Hong Kong, though, just where do you begin? Lisa Cam munches her way through the city's best buffets and à la carte options to bring you a definitive list of our city's must-tries CategoriesAlfresco »Classic »Sky high »Dim sum »Unconventional »À la carte »Semi-buffet »Best on Saturday »Long and lazy »Waterfront »New kids on the block »Brunch cocktails and drinks »A brunch too far? »Reader's Choice » Assaggio Trattoria Italiana6/F, Hong Kong Arts Ctr, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, 2877 3999; miradining.com. Sun, midday-3pm. This tucked-away Italian spot has a terrace overlooking unparallelled views of Victoria Harbour from the Wan Chai coastline. And it's just launched the 'Lobster Sunday Brunch', which is guaranteed to have fans of the crustacean salivating. Choose between lobster aglio e olio, lobster prosecco risotto or lobster lasagna for your main in addition to scrumptious appetisers, cold cuts and a cheese buffet, plus the suckling pig carving station. The brunch is priced at $398 for adults, $298 for kids and an additional $198 for free-flow sparkling, red or white wine and beer. BLT SteakShop G62, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2730 3508; diningconcepts.com. Sat and Sun, midday-4pm. With an alfresco area near the harbour, this is a top brunch choice. The buffet counter includes unlimited appetisers and a meat carving station. It's $218 for adults or $168 for kids but y