Hong Kong Arts Month is in full swing. From world-class exhibitions to the city’s biggest and boldest art fairs, there’s no shortage of ways to dip your toes in the cultural waters this March. But creativity isn’t just confined to paintings and sculptures. These days, a plate or cocktail glass make just as fitting canvases for chefs and mixologists to showcase their artistic skills.
The results are often stunning too, whether it’s Mandarin Grill + Bar's fine-dining menu with cutting-edge art, brand-new cocktails at Dr Fern's Gin Parlour or Bauhaus-inspired food and drinks at the world's highest bar and restaurant, Ozone.
Whether you prefer plant-based cuisine, eight-course tasting menus or live performances with a side of limited-edition cocktails, March is your month in Hong Kong. Here’s our pick for the best ways to sink your teeth into all that Arts Month has to offer.
Recommended: Still hungry? Don't forget that the Taste of Hong Kong is happening this month. And if you love art but don't want to break the bank, check out Hong Kong's biggest street art festival, HK Walls.
In honour of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement, the Ritz-Carlton is rolling out a trio of Bauhaus-inspired cocktails and a tapas plate at Ozone. In shape, colour and structure, the Bauhaus cocktails ($110 each) pay tribute to the movement’s most famous maestros — Moholy-Nagy, Albers and Klee — while three savoury bites and an artsy dessert ($298 per set) offer equal measures of photo ops and culinary satisfaction. Bonus tip: drop in on March 29, when award-winning bartender Zachary Connor de Git pays a visit to serve some of his signature cocktails (from $188). Mar 15-31.
The Mandarin Grill + Bar isn’t just taking inspiration from Hong Kong-based artist Konstantin Bessmertny and art collector Benjamin Sigg for Hong Kong Arts Month — the restaurant is bringing their artwork to the table, the walls and even the hotel lobby. The four-course art menu ($1,488) replicates some of their stunning artwork in edible form. Works from the Consigg collection will be up for sale, as will Bessmertny’s 7 Deadly Sins show plate. Don’t miss Bessmertny’s wild Ping Pong Theory Illustrated piano, which will be displayed in the hotel lobby before being moved just outside the Mandarin Bar + Grill. March 17-31.
Last year, Woobar overhauled its afternoon tea with shades of black and white. This year? It’s Tiffany blue, Warhol yellow, hot pink and strawberry red. Throughout Hong Kong Arts Month, Woobar aims to trigger your imagination by turning tea snacks into a vibrant kaleidoscope of colours, following up on last year’s concept with one it’s dubbed ‘Beyond Color II: Infinite Vibrancy’ ($488 for two; $638 with two glasses of sparkling wine). Afternoon tea has never looked so sexy. Until Apr 30.
Until the end of March, Ce La Vi is serving a special six-course menu of pan-Asian dishes for Arts Month ($688). While that's notable in its own right, the restaurant has a few more surprises up its sleeves. Several eye-catching sculptures from nearby Opera Gallery have been placed in clever spots across the venue, including a few up on the patio - ideal for social snaps. There's also a funky, new cocktail on the menu, inspired by a Swarovski crystal-encrusted panther that's been set up above the bar in the nightclub. Get the cocktail for the 'gram, or maybe just get it because it's summery and refreshing.
Hong Kong-based street artist Szabotage will serve as the inspiration for the Mira. Not only will the visual artist display his pop-up exhibition, Reflections, at Whisk’s wine lounge; he will also decorate the dining space with his signature, subversive koi fish tag. Drop in to see the visual transformation and taste a six-course menu infused with his street art aesthetic ($890) or visit the hotel’s al fresco lounge Vibes to try the four pop-art-inspired cocktails it has on the menu this month ($128 each; $88 each from 6pm-9pm). Mar 28-Apr 22.
Chinese restaurant Tycoon Tann is offering an eight-course tasting menu ($888; minimum two persons per table) and special cocktails all made to pair with its latest exhibition: Her Sense, Her Philosophy from emerging local artist Liane Chu. The precocious 21-year-old is already making a name for herself on the world stage, and now you can enjoy her colourful art on both the walls of the restaurant and your dinner plate. That’s right. Dubbed Drizzles in Spring, the appetiser platter features a trio of bites, such as a smoked poached egg with caviar, on a plate featuring Chu’s work. Until May 31.
Warm up to Art Basel Hong Kong with fine dining and performance art at Popinjays. The Murray’s rooftop restaurant will be serving up A Masquerade of Art, a four-course meal ($1,900; includes wine pairing) elevated by a conceptual dance performance by international all-woman I AM collective. Led by directors and performers Kate March and Siobhan Dumigan, the collective has collaborated with leading brands, resorts and restaurants across the world, creating immersive experiences that connect audiences with performers. Pretty cool. Mar 22.
Go on an artsy cocktail crawl this month. Mrs Pound, Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour and Foxglove all have two new and clever cocktails to try. True to form, at Mrs Pound, the creative inspiration comes from Dame Vivienne Westwood and burlesque, while Dr Fern’s draws on its botanical background and Foxglove the exotic travels of its fictional Frank Minza muse. Until Mar 31.
The Peninsula, the official hotel partner of Art Basel Hong Kong, brings contemporary art to the table as part of its Art in Resonance campaign. The multi-year, global initiative kicks off with new installations across the property from artists Janet Echelman, Timothy Paul Myers and Iván Navarro, as well as Chinese architecture collective Minax. The highlight for the hungry, however, will be the Zen-inspired Five Senses Art Experience at Felix ($2,288). Chef de cuisine Juan Gomez’s set menu is designed to stimulate sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing all at once. Mar 27-Jun 21.
Penthouse lounge Sevva just got a tropical makeover. Renowned Belgian interior designer Gert Voorjans worked in collaboration with the Jim Thompson House to bring his vibrant colour palette and exotic patterns to life in the upholstery atop Prince’s Building. The best way to experience the new digs? With a floral-themed G&T in hand. Specially made for the month of March, the drink features a dash of lemonade and champagne and a fancy accent of pink flower petals. Until Mar 31.
International art gallery Hauser & Wirth and museum-retail pioneer K11 are bringing the husband-and-wife team behind the UK's sustainability-focused, art-driven Roth Bar & Grill to Cobo House in Shek Tong Tsui. In keeping with the ethos of the Somerset restaurant, dishes served during the pop-up (March 25-31) will feature fresh ingredients sourced from local markets and suppliers. And the venue itself will be transformed with special flower and foliage arrangements.
Chef, entrepreneur and restaurateur Peggy Chan teams up with local performing artists to present a one-of-a-kind tasting menu linked to art, identity, food and culture. Spread out over a month, An Edible Performance includes an interactive food experience on April 20, a talk at Tai Kwun on April 2 and creative workshops that include a visit to a local farm. The entire experience highlights Chan’s belief in responsible sourcing and sustainability, her distinctive plant-based cooking and the memories rooted in her dishes. Mar 30-31, Apr 2, Apr 20. Reservations required.