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Photograph: Courtesy KiKi Noodle Bar

New dining menus to try in Hong Kong this summer

As the weather gets hot, we give the lowdown on some of the most exciting new menus in the city

By Sam Evans
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Hong Kong's stellar restaurant scene gives us foodies something to be excited about at any time of year, and as the temperatures continue to rise, so too does the standard of new seasonal offerings that are popping up at restaurants around the city. With summer on the horizon, eateries are pulling out all the stops with a host of new menus that offer delicious dishes made with seasonal ingredients. From Chinese to Italian, and dim sum to noodles, there's something in these new menus for just about everyone, and here are some of the very best.  

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Best summer menus in Hong Kong

Roganic pork
Roganic pork
Photograph: Courtesy Roganic

Roganic

Restaurants Causeway Bay

Michelin-starred farm-to-table favourite Roganic has just launched three new menus to celebrate the coming of summer. The new menus celebrate seasonal ingredients and utilise local produce, including sweet and succulent Hong Kong beetroot, snap peas, local spring onions, pork, and fresh herbs, to name a few. The restaurant launches the three-course daily lunch menu and the short and full tasting menus. 

The three-course lunch menu offers dishes like chicken parfait and Scottish smoked salmon accompanied by various local produce. The short tasting menu and full tasting menus include a mixed selection of seasonal delights such as roasted 'Three Yellow Chicken' skin with whipped chicken liver parfait and preserved cranberry jelly, peas with smoked cod roe and radish, and New Territories tomatoes with fresh cheese and herbs.

Price: Three-course lunch menu, $280/person; short tasting menu, $680/person; full tasting menu $980/person; a glass of specially selected wine, $120.  
When: Three-course lunch menu, Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 3pm. The tasting menus are available all day.  

Chinese library food
Chinese library food
Photograph: Courtesy Shinese Library/Krzysztof Gora

The Chinese Library

Restaurants Chinese Central

This Chinese food favourite in the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art has launched a new free-flow dim sum menu to ring in the summer. For the next few months, you can enjoy tasty bites such as pork siu mai, Sichuan mala fish bao, chilled jade flower in green Sichuan pepper essence, and black garlic dim sum, all to your heart's content.

Price: $298/person (add $258 for unlimited Veuve Clicquot Champagne)
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm to 3pm. 

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Castellana food
Castellana food
Photograph: Courtesy Castellana

Castellana

Restaurants Italian Causeway Bay

This CWB Italian restaurant serving authentic Piedmont cuisine has revealed two tasting menus just in time for this hottest of seasons. The Marco Sacco Journey Around the World menu treats diners to pan-seared Hokkaido scallops, gnocchi with prawns and asparagus, onion soup, and slow-cooked guinea fowl stuffed with sausage, and spinach.

The Castellana Tour of Italy menu brings a different, but just as delectable, selection of Piedmontese food, including an Adriatic sea sardine sandwich, homemade braised veal and pork ravioli, skate wings served with smoked trout eggs, and beetroot ice cream with ricotta and raspberry sauce. Both new menus offer wine pairings with every course, selected from Castellana’s extensive and curated wine list. With summer around the corner, Castellana’s new seasonal menus promise to deliver patrons fresh dining experience.

Price: Marco Sacco Journey Around the World menu, $1,080/person for four courses (add $500 for wine pairing), $1,280/person for seven courses (add $700 for wine pairing). Castellana Tour of Italy menu, $880/person for four courses (add $500 for wine pairing), $1,080/person for seven courses (add $500 for wine pairing).
When: Monday to Saturday, 6pm to 10.30pm.

KiKi noodles
KiKi noodles
Photograph: Courtesy KiKi Noodle Bar

KiKi Noodle Bar

Restaurants Central

Taiwan’s trendy KiKi Noodle Bar is getting ready for the summer with scrumptious new noodle dishes and drinks to match! The new line-up of noodle dishes includes the Portobello mushroom noodles in tomato consomme ($108) – low in calories so you can gorge without the guilt – sea cucumber mixed noodles in abalone sauce ($138), and the Boston lobster mixed noodles in lobster bisque ($138) which provides a perfect crustacean-packed fusion of east and west.

Wash all this down with the new soy milk KiKi roasted tea ($36 iced, $34 hot), which is a cheeky twist on the original roasted tea, topped with grass jelly and a soy milk cream mousse; or the peach oolong tea ($38) topped with a wild berry cream mousse for a tart and refreshing pick-me-up perfect for summer.

On top of new items, KiKi is also offering a limited-time super-value set menu, which includes one of their signature main courses along with a snack and drink, only available at the IFC Mall and K11 Musea branches.

Price: Super-value set menu, $98.
When: After 3pm Monday to Friday, until June 30.

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Hutong summer menu
Hutong summer menu
Photograph: Courtesy Hutong

Hutong

Restaurants Tsim Sha Tsui

High-end Chinese restaurant Hutong gets us in the mood for summer with the launch of its Red Lantern Evenings menu. The menu offers a selection of dim sum, and signature dishes such as freshly carved aromatic Peking duck, crispy soft-shell crab with Sichuan dried chilli, and fried black truffle chicken with Yunnan mushrooms. Come for the food, but stay for the fantastic views of Hong Kong's skyline.

Price: $520/person (add $250 for a free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne or $350 for a free-flow Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Brut)
When: Sunday to Thursday, 6pm to 9pm.

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