Holly Graham is Time Out's former Hong Kong Contributor.
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Holly Graham is Time Out's former Hong Kong Contributor.
The best hotels in Hong Kong are spread all over the city but staying Kowloon-side gives you fantastic access to some cheap sleeps, great markets and excellent eats too. Snooty Hong Kong Islanders may call Kowloon ‘the dark side’ but we know Time Out Hong Kong readers aren’t as ignorant as all that. See the light and look forward to a stay in some of the best hotels anywhere in the city.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s time to plan our the perfect romantic night out. If you’re looking to change it up from the usual Valentine’s Day dinner affair, here are some great romantic spots to treat your partner for the special holiday. Want to stay in? Why not enjoy a sexy movie at home or get frisky around the city?
From high-end steakhouses to mouthwatering cheap eats, it's no secret that Hongkongers love eating. And these days, anyone who has a camera and knows one local noodle joint in a quasi hipster neighbourhood is a self-proclaimed foodie. Which is why we've rounded up the top ten foodie stereotypes we see in Hong Kong.
Heading to Austria’s capital but don’t know what to do, see and eat? Take a waltz around Europe’s ‘city of dreams’ to help you on your hols. It’s steeped in history, it’s home to some of Europe’s best restaurants, cafés and bars and it’s only a direct 12-hour flight away from Hong Kong. Vienna is a cultural experience like no other, boasting modern and ancient art, iconic food and drink and so many attractions that it takes days to see even half of them. Follow us on a whirlwind tour of Vienna...
Caso não se recorde, a Time Out é de Lisboa mas é também de mais de uma centena de cidades espalhadas pelo mundo – o que significa que é, provavelmente, a maior e melhor rede global de especialistas locais. Nesta lista, Holly Graham, antiga editora de Comer & Beber na Time Out Hong Kong, guia-o pelas cinco coisas que tem de fazer em Hong Kong. A lista completa, feita por Olivia Lai e outros editores da Time Out, contempla 51 propostas, desde os melhores restaurantes às atracções que não pode mesmo perder. Mas, se for para uma escapadinha rápida, não se preocupe: temos as dicas perfeitas para si. Recomendado: As mais estranhas atracções de Hong Kong
The Optimist is a drink that defines my outlook in life – keep it simple. It’s helped me connect with people across the drinks industry. I’m a big fan of simple cocktails because they’re easy to make wherever you are and don’t require a lot of mise en place to be successfully executed.On a visit to Tokyo, I was overwhelmed by the amount of detail that Japanese bartenders put into their work. A recently opened bar that I visited, Mixology Salon in Tokyo, does a mean negroni. Working at an Italian restaurant like 8 1⁄2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, we serve negronis all the time but at Mixology Salon, I ordered a green tea negroni, made with green tea-infused gin, Campari and vermouth. It was a delightful drink with a fine balance of flavour and the green tea added great herbal notes.I’ve tried to create something that’s as interesting to taste with The Optimist while not overcomplicating things. It’s inspired by the daiquiri and it’s designed to be straightforward and easy to make at any bar or at home – a lot my guests admit they give it a shot themselves! I created the cocktail as my entry for the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition in 2015 and it helped me represent Hong Kong and Macau at the global finals in Sydney, Australia. A simple to make-anytime drink, personally, I’d recommend it for lunch or as an early evening aperitif. MAKE IT YOURSELFIngredients:60ml Bacardi Superior10ml ginger syrup10ml honey water22.5ml lime juiceYellow chartreuseHandful of basil leavesInstruct
Sick of chocolate eggs this Easter? Time to go back to basics and go for some good old fashion eggs benedict. It’s the perfect option for a brunch over the long Easter weekend. So, if you're past pancakes, waning with waffles or 'ad enough of avos, grab a cup of coffee and hunker down with some of the best benes in town.
Couple Renee Dancel and and Walaiphan Hanyut (aka Lek) first met in Hong Kong more than a year ago. Dancel dreamed of being a lawyer but having grown up in Manila helping her mum in the family’s fast food restaurant, the food industry was in her blood from day one. Lek, hailing from Phrae in northern Thailand, also found culinary inspiration cooking with her mother from a young age. The pair first met at Thai restaurant Chachawan in late 2015 where Lek was a commis chef and Dancel was a floor supervisor. Dancel fell in love with Lek almost immediately but says of her partner: “She was hesitant at first and too kind to tell me she didn’t like me. But my persistence paid off!”Krua Walaiphan came about after the couple became official and realised they shared the same dream of opening a restaurant one day. Understandably, working as a couple has its challenges, though. “Sometimes I don’t want to work with Renee as she’s too tough and straightforward,” teases Lek. “Jokes aside, we make sure to help each other out in the kitchen and on the floor.” Both agree that communication and treating each other like colleagues, not partners, is key. Having struggled to get where they are, the pair are keen to inspire other women with their journey. “As ethnic minority female entrepreneurs without any strong financial backing, we hope to inspire women to believe in themselves and dare to dream,” declares Dancel. “Be strong enough to face criticism and don’t let it stop you from doing what you
Craft beer brewery Gweilo is going from strength to strength. From humble bedroom beginnings, the company is now set to open Hong Kong’s largest craft brewery in the summer. Located in Fo Tan, the US$5 million, 7,000sq ft facility should churn out enough beer to meet the high demand the local brewery is now enjoying.Originally founded by husband- and-wife duo Ian and Emily Jebbitt and their friend Joe Gould, Gweilo is now joined by one of the biggest names in the American craft brewing business – Matt Walsh.The California native started out home brewing as a teen, inspired after sampling some craft beers before a gig. Walsh muses: “It was illegal to drink at that age but it just added to the fun.” Initially choosing to pursue a career in the navy, he left after several years and got his first professional brewing break working for AleSmith in San Diego.A long stint at Karl Strauss Brewing Company followed during which Walsh would quickly clean and fill kegs in order to take on other work. “Having an aptitude for this type of bottom-rung work helped me advance rapidly and I eventually became head brewer,” he says. Walsh worked at several other breweries and most recently helped open Modern Times, also based in San Diego.Despite his many successes in California, Walsh was keen to move to Asia. He discovered Gweilo through an advert on an online brewing job platform and met with the team, saying: “I learned about Gweilo’s successes and goals and decided it’d be a great opportuni
It was more about evolution than revolution throughout 2017 in terms of food trends in our city. Hongkongers’ growing preference for vegetarian dining continued, as did a desire for more sustainable eating. Will 2018 maintain this holding pattern or are we in for things new and daring? We speak to those in the know.And if you’re skint this Christmas after too many parties and too many presents, don’t forget to check our guide to the best cheap eats in Hong Kong.
Even beef burger lovers need a change sometimes. So if you're vegan, vegetarian, or just taking a break from animal proteins, these veggie burgers will keep your tummy and tastebuds happy. If it's all a bit too healthy, you can always add fries, or go nuts with loaded fries!
This small joint tucked away down a cul-de-sac in Causeway Bay is a simple space, in Japanese minimalist fashion, serving a range of desserts including kakigori made from ice imported from Hokkaido. The superior quality of the water there makes for cleaner tasting and silky smooth ice – perfect when piled with cream, syrup, fruits and mochi. The enticing flavours include tiramisu, sakura and warabi mochi and more. The strawberries and cream kakigori is pretty in pink and the heavenly combination of fluffy ice and sweet, smooth cream is delightful. Prices start from $50.
The newest addition to Lan Kwai Fong, Fang Fang has a broad pan-Asian menu that’s rich and diverse. With experienced names from Hong Kong and abroad heading the bar and kitchen, both food and drinks consistently deliver. Occupying the former Casa Lisboa spot in LKF Tower, Fang Fang is a spacious, chic space with touches of Asian flair. There’s one of those now compulsory half-baked fictional backstories (thanks Mrs Pound, Foxglove et al) claiming the restaurant is named after a mysterious Chinese opera singer, but that’s of little interest compared to who’s running the show. The kitchen is helmed by chef Kent Lee Chin-heng, formerly of Hakkasan Mumbai and London’s Kai Mayfair, while the bar is managed by Gagan Gurung, who earned a stellar reputation during his time at Zuma. Quite the formidable pair when it comes to contemporary Asian cuisine and cocktails, then. Settling in for a drink first, we start with an Omikuji Girl, a mix of chilli tequila, barley sochu, yuzu, cardamom, shiso and five spice powder that comes served in a cup shaped like a female doll. A fragrant and spicy lass, the well-balanced ingredients and aesthetic appeal make for a fine combination. The Trai Dat, is an even cuter drink served in a panda-shaped vessel. The adorable cup is filled with turmeric gin, coconut milk, pineapple, lemon and ginger. The result is a tropical drink much like a pina colada with a Thai twist. Another winner. Moving from bar to dinner table, we start with five spice squid and c
This museum details the history of our sister SAR and, located in Mount Fortress, it’s conveniently close to the ruins of St Paul’s, allowing you to tick off two tourist attractions at once. The museum is the perfect place to educate yourself on Macanese history and culture.
New sky-high Japanese cocktail hotspot Bar De Luxe comes courtesy of legendary bartender Hidetsugu Ueno, the man behind Tokyo’s famous Bar High Five, a venue that’s consistently rated among the world’s best. This Hong Kong outpost is helmed by the icon’s protégé, Yuriko Naganuma, who mastered her craft under Ueno and another of Japan’s most decorated bartenders, Takao Mori. The bar is part of Attire House, which touts itself as a gentlemen’s haven that also provides tailoring and grooming services. And in the watering hole, the teal walls and magnificent bar, which is carved from Japanese walnut, scream opulence. Floor-to-ceiling windows open up to a fab view of Central’s apartment blocks too. There’s a lack of ambient lighting and music, which isn’t ideal but this experience, at least, is in keeping with quality Japanese cocktail venues of the same ilk. Taking a seat at the bar, we choose The Hidden Gem ($168). This blend of Nikka From The Barrel whisky, Japanese yomogi (mugwort) herb liqueur, Averna Amaro and sugarcane syrup is gloriously golden brown. While the herb liqueur is medicinal at the front, it’s rounded out on a spiced note. The silkiness of the whisky is complementedby the caramel notes of the Averna Amaro, making for a smooth, incredible sip. We also try The Plum Beauty ($168). It mixes Kirin Fuji Sanroku whisky, plum and ginger wine and cinnamon liqueur. The cinnamon is pleasant on the nose and the sharp plum kicks back delightfully. A masterclass in mixolog
Helmed by head chef Arron Rhodes, a man who has worked at Michelin starred establishments and ones that have made the World’s 50 Best list, the venue is British furniture maestro Timothy Oulton’s first-ever restaurant.It’s hard to miss on, you guessed it, Gough Street, what with the 1940s diving suit inside a tank of piranhas that sits by the entrance. Given Oulton’s involvement, it’s no surprise that the restaurant area is replete with vintage touches. The most fabulous is a wall completely covered in white feathers, which looks heavenly.We’re seated in a booth and examine the menu, which is heavy on modern British cuisine with nods to chef Rhodes’ experience working in southeast Asia and Peru, and our hopes are high.For starters, we opt for Peruvian corn and beef tartar. The sweetness of the corn is boosted by a chicha morada infusion while the citrus notes from the leche de tigre jazz up the accompanying warm avocado. Toastiness comes in the form of popped kaniwa grains. The creamy, tender tartar is presented in a crunchy, cigar-shaped pastry and the piccalilli on the side adds a sweet and sour kick. A great start.For mains, we begin with the handmade gnocchi, which is perfectly al dente. The saltiness of the six-month matured comte cheese sauce cuts through the earthiness of the fresh herbs also present, as do the vinegary pickled potatoes. Next to arrive is the fish of the day: wild Scottish salmon served with Cornish mussels, a light curry and coconut emulsion and sweet
最近行內有個說法，傳統高級的餐飲模式已不合時宜，現今香港社會追求輕鬆簡約、集中創新的餐飲概念，正因這個新趨勢，促使全肉餐廳Meats的出現。 跟最近幾間受歡迎的餐廳The Optimist、Pirata、Pici和Tokyolima一樣，這間「食肉獸天堂」同樣是Pirata集團旗下的餐廳。Meats開業只短短幾天，集團已宣佈將會開一間以肉丸為主題的餐廳Balls，看來集團的野心不小﹗ Meats進佔以往Jaspas的位置，不設預約。餐廳的主廚是Paddy McDermott，他對烹調肉食有一手，擅長以旋轉式燒烤及爐端燒方式炮製肉類，聽到都流口水！ 店內裝潢充滿個性，室內以金屬作主調，並大玩原始味，融合不拘一格的座位、柔和的燈光，刻意營造懷舊品味，牆身更有多幅手繪野生動物壁畫，型格時尚。我們特別喜歡面對士丹頓街行人路的室外位置，而客人更選擇坐出面或裏面。餐廳的尾端是開放的玻璃幕牆廚房，讓客人一邊盡情享用美食，一邊欣賞到大廚的精湛廚藝，而最重要是，不會讓客人吸到成身油煙味，抵讚！ 來店當日，餐廳爆滿，我們只好坐吧枱位置。雖然吧枱並不是最理想的位置，但在這輕鬆的格局，又覺得坐吧枱也不錯呢﹗打開酒牌，只有少量的酒和啤酒，略嫌酒類的選擇較少，極其量只有一些比較老土的雞尾酒，如曼哈頓和威士忌酸酒等。幸好雞尾酒味道也挺醇香圓潤，剛好在吃肉前刺激一下味蕾。酒保Jack說香港人實在不太懂得欣賞picklebacks，我們也有同感，於是我們點了比較濃烈的bourbon威士忌和pickle juice，再一次打開我們的味蕾。 Meats的餐單非常精簡，簡單列出所有前菜、肉類、配菜等。另外，餐桌上備有一套迷你切肉刀、鉗子及肉叉，精緻可愛。我們先點了雞肝醬($140)，自製的雞肝醬以玻璃樽盛載呈上，旁邊配上烘過的法式麵包。雞肝醬質地非常細滑，味道不會太强，面層鋪有以西班牙PX紅酒醋製成的「珍珠醋」及烘焙過的可可碎粒，平衡肝醬的油潤，口感極佳。把雞肝醬及配料塗上法式麵包上食用，層次更豐富。 主菜方面，我們點選了牛腹肉扒 ($160)和豬肩肉($170)，兩款均選了150克，份量看似很少但其實非常夠，加上我們還額外點了微辣炒飯($65)，相信一定飽肚。牛腹肉扒撒上清新的墨西哥胡椒，那種草青味跟煙熏過的牛扒融合在一起，肉質鮮嫩而柔軟。豬肩肉則切割完美，加入黑蒜及味噌牛油醬汁烤煮，完成後加上四川胡椒粒及炸豬皮同食，肉質嫩滑，富中西合璧風味。 吃罷主菜，不少得要吃一些甜品，我們於是點了反烤蘋果塔配波旁酒味雪糕($90)。今次的蘋果塔是迷你版， 經煮過的梨子，咬落相當有口感，塔底牛油味重，加上有機海鹽，跟焦糖雪糕成絕配。 Meats的確值得推介，味道不錯，份量適中，價錢合理，我們也十分滿意。雖然它並非素食者之選，但可以肯定，我們會再來的。
北印度菜餐廳New Punjab Club才剛開幕不久，Black Sheep Restaurants集團已經再下一城，開了意大利餐廳Osteria Marzia。Osteria Marzia是繼口利福及Carbone後，集團第16間餐廳，這間帶意式風情的餐廳，位於最近才翻新過的芬名酒店地下，由意籍主廚 Luca Marinelli掌舵。餐廳設計以清新水藍色為主調，配上柚木設計，開揚悠閒，為餐廳增添意式韻味；白色的竹製面板更令人想起船上的甲板，營造航海風格。我們最喜歡的莫過於懸掛在天花的巨型圓形吊燈，以及那些可以望到街景的落地大窗，令整個餐廳氣氛恍如置身意大利般寫意。如果要彈的話，稍為覺得於這個地方放置50個座位有點擠迫。或許我們對Black Sheep Restaurants集團旗下的餐廳抱有期望，既然餐廳整體的裝潢和服務等也非常有水準，食物也應該不錯吧？不過很可惜，食物方面卻未如理想。我們並非覺得食物水準非常差，只不過比較參差，有好有壞。我們以Hamachi Crudo with Cherry Tomato, Olive and Basil ($178)打頭陣，鰤魚腩經微微醃過，切片呈上，肉質鮮嫩，配上羅勒葉的香味，能為鰤魚提鮮，味道也不錯。不過當我們看到碟上的小藍魚花紋，不禁失笑，雖然花紋很特別，但好像跟餐廳有點格格不入。主菜方面，我們點了Chitarra Pasta with Boston Lobster ($248)及Tuna Maremma withPanzanella Salad ($388)，前者的自家手製Chitarra意大利麵，麵條咬下煙韌有彈性，不過龍蝦就較為遜色，鮮味不足之餘，肉質又欠爽彈。至於後者，賣相不算精緻，將吞拿魚腩放在鮮魷麵包粒沙律上，幸好吞拿魚腩油脂都分佈得很均勻，切下去感覺像在切牛油，甘香肥美，入口即化。可是最令人失望的是鮮魷麵包粒沙律，麵包完全沒有脆口感，而且車厘茄被麵包搓壓後，將草青味都迫出來，並蓋過吞拿魚本身的鮮甜，所以我們只吃了一點點而已。最後我們以一杯Coffee Gelato Fiordilatte ($88)作結。雖然我們一向對咖啡甜品沒有太大喜好，不過烘焙過的咖啡豆香味濃郁確實非常吸引，配上香滑軟綿的雪糕，令人難以抗拒，想不到這個咖啡甜品才是最精彩一環。總括Osteria Marzia的食物水準參差，以這個價錢來說，我們期望一個統一兼具水準的食物質素，而短期內我們應該不會再來了。
Alvin Leung, arguably one of Hong Kong’s most famous chefs — he’s one of three judges on the popular reality cooking show MasterChef Canada - has opened a new casual tapas restaurant in Wan Chai. He's also the brains behind three Michelin starred Bo Innovation and one starred MIC Kitchen.Located in the Brim 28 complex, close to Leung’s Korean concept Bib N Hops, Plato86 touts itself as traditional Spanish cuisine with modern touches and contemporary presentation. The restaurant is large and airy with white tables and chairs, complete with outdoor seating, giving the eatery an overall Mediterranean vibe.We pitch up at a booth and tick off our tapas, starting with octopus crudo ($128), served with mojo verde, Piedmont pepper sauce and puréed sweet potato. The octopus is wonderfully tender, well complemented by the sauces with some crunch and sweetness from sliced and sauteed red onion. Next is the broken egg potato tarta ($35) and it’s disappointing. Though the egg is runny and the potatoes fluffy, they're drowned in olive oil, making for a rather soggy dish.For mains, the Valencian paella ($165) with chicken, chorizo and saffron is the perfect size for two. The paella is one of the more authentic offerings we’ve had in town, with a satisfying silky oiliness from the robust chorizo but a little lacking in chicken. We finish up with some sad, floppy churros ($70). Served with a rich dark chocolate sauce, the churros themselves are undercooked on the inside and fall apart.Conside
With the likes of Kale relocating to Causeway Bay and the sad closure of Home: Eat To Live, Central and Sheung Wan are suddenly down decent vegetarian options. Doing its bit to fill the gap is Veggi Monster, a brand new hole-in-the-wall vegan joint tucked off of Wing Lok Street. The menu is small – just a couple of burgers and wraps plus desserts and daily salads. We order the Burger in Black ($78), a sizeable organic black bean and quinoa burger topped with melted non-dairy cheese, portobello mushrooms, truffle sauce, kale and tomato sandwiched between a charcoal bun. The bun is fluffy but solid enough to confidently cradle the fillings. The patty has an overpowering flavour that crowds out the truffle sauce, but the playful textures and crunch provided by the kale mean we don’t miss our beef. It’s a decent veggie burger – not the best we’ve had and though it leaves us with unattractive black bits in our teeth, it does the job. We also grab a wrap ($55) filled with lion’s mane mushroom, quinoa, mixed greens, almond slices, tomato and vegan salad sauce. Decidedly average, whatever ‘vegan salad sauce’ is, it’s way too fruity and the mushrooms are a little squeaky on our teeth. Though it makes for a serviceable snack, we plan to stick with the burgers in the future. Veggi Monster won’t be giving the crew at Mana many sleepless nights but taken as a tiny, reasonably-priced operation for grabbing a healthy bite on the go, it’s good enough. Oh, and they sell metal straws with cl
Yannick Alléno, a man with six Michelin stars under his belt, has brought to Central’s Prince’s Building a branch of his French bistro, Terroir Parisien. Given Alléno’s reputation, our expectations are high – too high, as it turns out. The menu, stuffed with various different sets and happy hours, is filled with classic French dishes but, despite being touted as the quintessential Parisian bistro, Terroir’s decor is surprisingly modern and unremarkable. Once we finish deciphering the overloaded menu, we order onion soup with comté cheese and croutons ($118) to start. Aware we are sharing, the staff, though skittish, are friendly and ask if we’d like the serving split in two. Once the scalding dish cools, we sip on the rich broth. It’s a little too beefy, despite a satisfying stringiness from the cheese, and we wish there was more tartness from the onions. For our mains, we order sea scallops cooked over a simmered rice pilaf in an aromatic broth with fresh herbs ($288) and Christian Parra’s black pudding and soft potato purée cooked French style ($248). The hefty price tags reflect the large portions, which come served in Staub skillets. There’s something horribly dated about the presentation of both dishes and not in a quaint way. The scallops are off-puttingly topped with diced carrot – making them look like devilled eggs – and any flavour the bivalves may bare is drowned out by the aromatic rice. It’s not awful but we want scallops, not a plate of stock saturated rice
新開張的 11 Westside 由墨西哥名廚 Esdras Ochoa 及餐飲部總監 Daniel Eun 主理，Esdras Ochoa 是洛杉磯享負盛名的墨西哥餐廳 Salazar 的主廚，Daniel Eun 曾於美國多間一流酒吧任職，包括紐約地下酒吧 PDT。11 Westside 供應出色的鱷梨醬與墨西哥捲餅，搭配以龍舌蘭為基酒的各式雞尾酒，簡直是天作之合。雖然價錢比香港一般墨西哥餐廳稍貴，但質素高出一大截。
Ah, Valentine’s Day. That greeting card holiday that singletons criticise as a grossly commercialised mockery of love while couples frantically try to rekindle their original spark, often to be disappointed. But rather than be alone on this holiday, might as well set Tinder on fire, right? What have you got to lose? Here are the types you’re most likely to see... Totes emojiHere’s hoping you don’t match with that one idiot who can only chat in emojis. Pokey tongue, wink face, praise hands, anyone? If you swipe right for a person who’s bio is made up of emojis that ambiguously hint at their hobbies, the results are your own fault. Mr/Ms “I’m just here to make friends”Lots of people claim they’re on Tinder solely to make friends and meet new people. Yeah, right. Who’re they trying to kid? But if you legitimately are, stop wasting everyone’s time. Most people are here because they’re... DTFObviously the real reason most people are on Tinder. If you’re not familiar with this acronym, best get yourself on Urban Dic… tionary. It definitely doesn’t stand for xiaolongbao purveyor Din Tai Fung, just in case you were wondering. Although the baos there are quite sexy. XXXLB, anyone? NSA/FWBDTFers are usually looking for no strings attached (NSA) or friends with benefits (FWB) and, actually, they’re the least unnerving of the reprobates on Tinder. At least they typically suggest meeting for drinks so you can lay eyes on each other before you decide if you want to get a room. But, it’s
With Valentine’s just around the corner, it’s time to start considering our city’s steamiest spots.1. Peak Gardens The Peak is one of Hong Kong’s top tourist havens but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a quiet spot for a bit of slap and tickle. Take the Peak Gardens, for example. Not only is it green and romantic, there’re plenty of bushes to get busy in.2. The toilets at Ozone Bars, more often than not, are the first port of call when it comes to getting laid, and Hong Kong’s highest bar at the top of the ICC comes with added benefits. Not only is the Ritz-Carlton bar swanky, if you get jiggy in Ozone’s toilets, it’s probably the closest you can get to the mile high club in Hong Kong without boarding a flight. Discuss your cock tales over cocktails and clink a cheeky cheers to that. 3. Lamma Power Station Beach Arguably one of the most picturesque beaches Hong Kong has to offer (if looming power station chimneys belching smog into the air gets you going), Lamma Power Station Beach is our top pick for sun, sea, sand and sex. What with all the rubbish washing ashore, you might even find a condom floating about. Bonus!4. Ngong Ping 360 The Ngong Ping cable car is an experience in itself but the 360 version, complete with a glass bottom, offers 360-degree views as you climb through the mountains to meet the Big Buddha. If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself and your object of desire alone, you’ve got 10 minutes to put ass to the glass and get rocking. Just make sur
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but how about free ice cream after lunch? Boston ice cream imports Emack and Bolio’s are opening a new store on Wan Chai’s Lee Tung Avenue and are giving the first 300 customers a free scoop this Friday November 10. In exchange for your free scoop, you’ll have to follow them on Instagram or Facebook, so bring your smartphone and ready your elbows for some serious shoving from 2pm this Friday. 2pm, Friday November 10. Shops G09 & G10L, Lee Tung Ave, 200 Queen's Rd East, Wan Chai.
Yardbird is serving up its final feast at the Bridges Street location this Saturday, November 11. After more than six years in the business, Yardbird has attracted diners by the hordes, thanks to being the kind of super hip izakaya/yakitori venue that not even Tokyo denizens would roll their eyes at. The chicken here is treated no differently than the finest piece of toro. That is, with love and care. And it returns the favour by donating literally every part of its body including the thigh, wing, neck, liver, tail or skin. Yardbird 2.0 is expected to have around 95 seats in total with a much bigger kitchen and plans to expand the menu once the team are all settled in. Founder Lindsay Jang says: "I’m so excited to have a bigger space for our team. We’ll finally have space for a freezer – it’s crazy that we’ve been functioning without one for all this time – an office, a staff room, a private dining area and more. We'll also have a later license so we’ll be serving food and drinks past midnight which will serve the industry." Head in and get your fix, as it'll be a few weeks before Yardbird reopens at its new home on 154-158 Wing Lok Street at the end of this month. We predict lines outside the new venue, but hopefully the bigger space will mean shorter waiting times.
Forget whisky dens. Agave-forward drinking programmes are so now in Hong Kong. Hot on the heels of 11 Westside came Los Sotano, joining the year-old Mezcalito and stalwarts such as Brickhouse. And now, say hi to new kid on the block Coa. The brains behind this new bar – taking over the old Neo space on Shin Hing Street in Sheung Wan – is Jay Khan, a man with quite the CV. He’s won several awards, tended bars from Melbourne to Macau, is the Remy Cointreau ambassador and was at the helm of Hong Kong bars Foxglove and Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour. But now it’s time for him to do his own thang. Coa – named after the agave harvesting machete – is set to serve a unique cocktail programme, featuring fermented drinks such as tepache – made with pineapple skin and cinnamon – artisanal cocktails and Mexican liquors such as agave spirits tequila and mezcal. A man and his agave Khan, who’s currently upping his knowledge in Oaxaca, Mexico, tells us, “In a nutshell, it’s a craft cocktail bar focusing on agave spirits and Mexican inspired drinking culture, in a rustic, industrial setting. So we’re going to have things like tepache which is traditionally made with pineapple, but we’ll have flavours such as watermelon, mint and a few more flavours depending on seasonal ingredients. We are also going to serve our mezcal exactly the way they do in Oaxaca, in a jicara – a small bowl-like vessel, with sal de gusano (worm salt) or chapulines (grasshoppers)”. No more tequila slammers, then! Co
Hong Kong's rapidly expanding Pirata Group has given us a sneak peek of its new meatball pop-up Balls. Yes, we've all had a giggle at the name. Bet you have too. Any innuendos from here on out may or may not be intentional, your call. Hot on the heels of the groups' brand new opening Meats and joining the stable of solid eateries including Pirata, TokyoLima, Pici and The Optimist, this no-reservations meatball-centric restaurant will only be open for 100 days on Wan Chai's Star Street. With a colourful, retro pop themed interior, this 40 seater also has outdoor terrace seating. The pop-up sees Pirata Group chefs serve up their own meatball recipes, alongside starters and desserts. Tasty balls include TokyoLima chef Arturo Melendez's recipe Bolas Latinas with Peruvian aji panka red peppers and chef Alfredo Rodriguez's of The Optimist fishballs with squid and prawns on fragrant pilaf rice. Meats' chef Paddy McDermott is serving up MEATSballs of rotisserie chicken with blue cheese and jalapeno relish and Pirata’s meatballs get the sub treatment in the Big Sub, topped with melted fontina cheese by chef Stefano Rossi. Pici's chef Andrea Viglione is rolling out Ste Palle! –homemade tagliatelle with pork and beef meatballs slathered in a spicy arrabbiata sauce. Falafel balls Free Balling – a sneak peak of Pirata Group's next project Last up is the vegetarian Free Balling – falafel, hummus and mint yoghurt sandwiched in warm pita bread – a preview of Pirata Group's 'top secret' new
Old Fashioned Week hits Hong Kong this Thursday November 2, celebrating one of our favourite cocktails. Much like Negroni Week, bartenders will be serving up their twist on the classic old fashioned in 23 venues across the cities. Sip on the likes of the Old Cubanos at The Old Man - Havana Club Seleccion De Maestro, PX sherry, chocolate, Angostura and orange bitters and sugar cane syrup or Fang Fang's Asian old fashioned with Monkey Shoulder whisky, 8 year old Chinese wine, three-month barrel aged plum wine and Angostura bitters. For a list of participating venues and drinks, visit old-fashioned-week.com. November 2-11
Ashley Sutton, the designer behind Dining Concepts venues Iron Fairies, Ophelia and J.Boroski once again collaborates with the food and beverage group on their new club Yojimbo on Pottinger Street – occupying the space that formerly housed Boujis. Expect top notch drinks, international DJs and a variety of performances in this Japanese-inspired venue named after the classic 1961 Akira Kurosawa samurai movie Yojimbo – a favourite of Sutton’s. Sutton has venues in Japan and Yojimbo pays homage to the underground bars of Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district and his love for their quirkiness. Much like these venues, Yojimbo offers different experiences around the club, from a cocktail lounge to dancefloor and performance stage on which geishas, samurai schoolgirls, Harajuku punks, Hannya girls and anime-inspired spirits will strut their stuff. Alberto Aldave On the decks is DJ Aaron James – a spinner who has opened for stars including Elton John and Eminem and DJ’d with the likes of Mark Ronson. Expect hip hop, trap, booty breaks, dancehall, electro rock and much more from James’ speakers. With club nights names such as Samurai Night Fever Saturdays – ghetto funk, electro rock and future house and Discozilla Wednesdays – glitchy disco beats and indie nu disco, it sounds like there’s plenty of dancing to be had. Behind the stick is Alberto Aldave – previously of The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz London – mixing Japanese-inspired cocktails. Expect Japanese whiskies and cocktails includi
The World's 50 Best Bars List 2017 was announced earlier this month with Shangri-La's Lobster Bar ranking at 49. It's one of only two Hong Kong bars to make the cut, along with Quinary which currently ranks at number 10 on Asia's 50 Best Bars list. Lobster Bar's new bar manager Anne-Sophie Cros – formerly of the awesome Bar Termini in London – has created a new menu with head bartender Paolo De Venuto featuring 10 tasty new tipples influenced by the past, present and future. Top picks include the Taste of Ling (pictured above) – a cocktail dedicated to a long-standing regular of the bar – made with Beefeater gin, elderflower, ginger and vanilla. You can also try The Therapy (pictured below), made from a home-made horchata blend of cashew nuts, rice, sugar and water, spiked with Chivas Regal 12 plus mango and vetiver.Of course, classic cocktails are also on offer, along with a selection of premium spirits, aperitifs, wines, champagnes and craft beers, along with the bar's awesome snack selection. Head over and treat yourself to the best, because you're worth it... probably.Check out our pick of the best bars in Hong Kong for more bars to crawl.
Craft beer Gweilo has gone from strength to strength. From humble bedroom beginnings, the craft brewers are set to open Hong Kong’s largest craft brewery next summer. Located in Fo Tan, the US$5million, 7,000sq ft venue will be churning out enough beer to meet the high demand. Originally founded by husband and wife duo Ian and Emily Jebbitt, along with their friend Joe Gould, joining them will be one of the biggest names in the craft brewing business - Matt Walsh. Walsh, like the Gweilo team, began his craft beer journey by home brewing. After several years working in the Military and Department of Defence, he decided to turn his hobby into a career. His first brewing job was at AleSmith in San Diego, followed by a long stint at Karl Strauss Brewing Company where he eventually became head brewer. He was also the head brewer of Speakeasy and Lost Coast Brewery and most recently opened Modern Times before moving to Hong Kong. On working with Gweilo, Walsh says, ‘I leapt at the opportunity to join them and once again build a new brewery. I have always loved visiting Asia, so the opportunity to live and work here, along with the excitement of launching a new facility, were too much to pass up’. For more on Matt and move to Hong Kong, look out for our feature in the upcoming issue of Time Out Hong Kong, due out this December.
Progressive tapas joint 22 Ships does a mean toastie, and this month they're bargain toasties. To celebrate its fifth anniversary, 22 Ships will be dishing up its jamon, manchego and truffle toasties topped with a quail's egg for a bargain $5. Which is cheap for any morsel in Hong Kong, let alone something that normally costs $88. You can't go mental though – orders are limited to one per table with any purchase.
2017's World's 50 Best Bars list was announced in London last night and two Hong Kong bars have held their spots. Legendary bartender Antonio Lai's Quinary moved up one place from last year's 41 to 40 and the Shangri-La's Lobster Bar slipped from 27 to 49. Though we're glad the two bars remain some of the world's best, we're a bit gutted that there aren't more of Hong Kong's awesome watering holes featured. And Singapore has kicked our butt with a whopping six venues. Sigh. Check out our very own list of Hong Kong's 50 best bars here. For a list of Asia's 50 Best Bars 2017, click here.