Spice up your next business lunch or dinner party with some fresh and delicious food from the city’s best caterers.
Whether you’re organising a fabulous bash at home or need to make that next business gathering more exciting, the most important thing (in our opinion!) is always the food. So why not leave the hard work to the professionals and have it all taken care of by some of the finest caterers in Hong Kong? We’ve rounded up the very best, from sandwiches and salads to cocktail menu canapés and private kitchens. Have a look and see which will best suit your party needs…
Found in the heart of Causeway Bay, and helmed by Michelin-star chef Simon Rogan, Roganic offers diners a forward-thinking and elegant approach to seasonal farm-to-table dining.
District: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Cuisine: Farm-to-table, seasonal British How much: $980 for 10-course Roganic Long Tasting Menu; $680 for eight-course Roganic Short Tasting Menu; $280 for Roganic Three-Course Set Lunch Menu Must order: Roganic Long Tasting Menu for the full experience, or the Roganic Three-Course Set Lunch Menu for a value for money taster The best for: Impressing out of town visitors, a special occasion dinner or a high-end lunch
Since opening in February this year, Roganic Hong Kong has already impressed diners with its elevated farm-to-table cuisine. For those in the know, this will come as no surprise, as the restaurant was brought to Hong Kong by Michelin-starred chef, Simon Rogan. With two Michelin stars under his belt for L’Enclume in England’s Lake District, and another one star for Roganic London, Simon Rogan knows how to “fancify” simple ingredients, and that’s what Roganic is all about. Its philosophy is centred on celebrating the best quality ingredients, and has a strong focus on all things seasonal – even going so far as sourcing many of its produce from farms in the New Territories.
But does this approach to dining equate to an enjoyable experience? With no a la carte option available (Roganic offers a long tasting menu, short tasting menu and a three-course set lunch), diners here are in it for the long haul. But although some tasting menus can feel somewhat tired, we found our experience at Roganic to be neither drawn out or overly fussy. We opted for the 10-course Long Tasting Menu, and were surprised at the pace the dishes came out of the kitchen. Refreshingly, each course is also presented to the table by a member of the kitchen team, meaning that even with some of the more intricate dishes, you can be sure that you’ll know exactly what you’re tucking into. Plus the chef’s obvious enthusiasm for the dishes helps to lessen what could become a more formal dining experience.
A 10-course tasting menu is a subjective experience, and diners may expect to encounter culinary highs and lows, but this wasn’t the case for us at Roganic. We had standout dishes for sure, but each course that was presented to us was met with eager anticipation and plenty of genuine noises of approval. Beginning with a highlight, we loved the pea, cod roe, caviar – a one-bite-wonder of crisp pastry, fresh peas and just a hint of the sea. To my surprise, I also loved the truffle pudding – an indulgent croissant pastry rectangle, flavoured with truffle puree. I find that truffle can be overused in our fair city, but the flavour here was in no way overwhelming, allowing the buttery croissant to speak for itself.
We also enjoyed the delicate dish of mackerel, apple, oyster, which was a burst of freshness after the heavy truffle pudding. Making everything fresh daily in house, it comes as no surprise that the soda bread and cultured butter was a standout for us. Dense, muffin-like, and topped with oats and a sprinkle of brown sugar to create a sweet crust, it was heavenly paired with the softened butter. From the main dishes, the star for us was the beautiful codfish, broccoli, roast bone. Delicately roasted and served with a broccoli purée and a creamy, rich foam made from fish bones, the dish may have been our favourite of the entire meal.
Desserts are in no short supply at Roganic, with two dishes included in the 10-course menu to sate any sweet cravings. But before we enjoyed the earl grey, beetroot (earl grey ice cream with a beetroot reduction and shards of French meringue) and the stout, molasses, burnt milk (stout ice cream served with molasses sauce and burnt milk wafers), we tucked into the tunworth cheese, hazelnut, cranberry (additional $130). Rounding up the trio of ice creams, the unique savoury dessert may divide the crowds, but we savoured the strong tunworth cheese ice cream, which was married with a sweet and sticky cranberry jam and topped with crunchy hazelnuts, making for a non-traditional take on the classic cheese plate. For those looking for something a little more substantial than ice cream, have no fear, as Roganic also offers an extra surprise sweet ending in the form of bite size pieces of cherry cake, coupled with light and airy sugar-crusted ring doughnuts.
To complete your experience, both the short and the long tasting menus offer wine pairings ($680 for full, or $580 for short), along with a non-alcoholic juice and tea pairing for an additional $280. With refreshing drinks on offer such as fresh ginger and lime soda and a still chamomile tea cocktail, those who aren’t drinking needn’t feel left out.
Our verdict: Roganic is perfect for those who want a special occasion dining experience without any of the pomp that fine dining can entail. The dishes are unique and undoubtedly technical, but still tick all the boxes when it comes to flavour, value for money and leaving you satisfied.
Roganic is open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch from 12pm to 2pm; and for dinner from 6pm to 9pm (closed on Mondays). Book online here.
Roganic, Sino Plaza, UG/F 08, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.roganic.com.hk
From coffee sourcing, roasting and tasting, to learning all about single origin coffees and finding your perfect brew, enter our giveaway now to win an exclusive coffee masterclass with NOC Coffee Co.
Do you rely on your morning brew to get you ready for the day, but want to learn a little more about the ins and outs of coffee? Then you’re in luck, as the pros at NOC Coffee Co. are offering a lucky reader the chance to win a one-of-a-kind coffee tasting masterclass for you and a friend! And once the class is over (and you’ve discovered your favourite brew!), be sure to head to NOC’s new online shop, where you can buy everything from reusable coffee cups and tote bags, to the brand’s own house blends and a range of single origin coffees. Read on to find more about how to win and exactly what the tasting masterclass includes!
Taking the business of coffee drinking to a whole new level, NOC Coffee Co. really are the experts when it comes to the humble coffee bean. With seven locations across Hong Kong island, including its own roastery in Sai Ying Pun, the knowledgeable roasters and baristas ensure that you get a perfect cup every single time. But if you don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing between nutty and fruit blends, or have no idea what a single origin is, this masterclass is for you. Covering everything from a brief overview of coffee bean sourcing and roasting, to an introduction to coffee tasting, and a blind tasting of NOC’s house blends and single origin coffees, the 60-minute workshop will not only give you a base knowledge of the wonderful world of coffee, but will also help you discover what flavours and blends you like best.
Led by NOC master roaster, Sam, the workshop can be held in either English or Cantonese, and leads coffee fans through how to taste coffee and what characteristics to look out for, to tips on home brewing and facts about different beans. Your palate will be put to the test when it comes to the blind tasting, which will feature NOC’s House Blend No.34 and No.18, along with three single origin coffee. We love the rich, nutty and heavy-bodied flavour of the No.18 house blend, but the class will give you the chance to find out exactly which flavours and which coffee it is that you prefer. After the tasting session, you and your friend will each receive a free bag of your chosen beans, and using the brand’s new eCommerce platform, you can then purchase your favourite house blend, or try and new single origin every month and get them delivered directly to your home or office.
So what are you waiting for? Click here to enterfor your chance to win the coffee tasting masterclass with NOC Coffee and a bag of your favourite beans! All entrants must be made by Friday, 5 July. Ts&Cs apply*.
*All entrants must be aged 18 or over and reside in Hong Kong. It will be Sassy’s sole decision as to whether any eligibility requirement has or has not been met and we may require evidence or confirmation from entrants before awarding prizes. Winner(s) will be picked based on answers submitted. All prizes must be claimed within 5 business days of our notification of winning unless otherwise stated. If a prize is not claimed within this period we reserve the right to select an alternative prize winner or not award the prize at all.
Looking for promos, deals and brand new meals? We’ve done the legwork to round up everything, and everywhere, you’ll want to eat this month.
It can be a tricky task keeping up with our ever-changing culinary landscape, but we want to keep you up to date on all the new restaurants, lunch and brunch menus and pop-ups in Hong Kong. Mark your diaries, because this week has some amazing new offers you won’t want to miss. To help you find what you’re looking for, click on the handy sections below to take you straight there:
Opening this July, TMK is the newest opening to come from Hong Kong restaurateurs, Pirata Group. The restaurant is set to be a lively temakeria, serving up a selection of quality, Japanese hand rolls. Signature fillings will include King Crab, Bluefin Toro (fatty tuna), and Hokkaido Sea Urchin, with the menu also including a range of fresh sashimi, along with other refreshing takes on traditional Japanese dishes. Taking a less than traditional route, the new Japanese venture will marry authentic cuisine with all things punk. Promising a rowdy soundtrack, a dive-bar-styled interior, and an abundance of sake, Japanese highballs and craft beer, the new Sheung Wan spot is sure to be the go-to destination for late-night dining and drinking.
Set to soft open in July (with the official launch following in August), MANA! is making its way to Wan Chai next month. Situated close to popular Star Street, the new branch will be offering up much loved favourites such as its signature flats, vegan burgers and plant-based coffees. Sticking true to its strong brand ethos of “Fast Slow Food”, the new opening will offer free water for all, along with operating a zero-food-waste policy.
MANA!, 8-10 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.mana.hk
We love a classic bành mì, and the authentic offerings at Le Petit Saigon are without a doubt amongst the best in the city. But now the Wan Chai restaurant is taking the French-Vietnamese hybrid on a trip around the world, with its new The Bánh Mì du Monde series. Inviting chefs from other Black Sheep Restaurant’s into the kitchen, the exclusive line-up of collaborations will only be available for a few weeks at a time, with flavours expected from the likes of Taiwan and Japan, all wrapped up in LPS’s signature freshly-baked baguettes. Kicking things off is Chef Jowett Yu (of Ho Lee Fook), who has created a Taiwanese bánh mì ($88). Inspired by Taipei’s popular streetside vendors who sell fried chicken chops, the bánh mì features crispy fried chicken topped with Thai basil, garlic sauce, coriander, pickled cucumber and mustard greens. Available from Saturday, 22 June until Friday, 12 July, the sandwich will be available both in house and for delivery every day until the kitchen runs out. Chef Jowett’s creation will be followed by a Cantonese Bánh Mì by Kelvin Ng (of Ho Lee Fook) on 13 July; a Japanese Bánh Mì by Shun Sato (of Fukuro) on 10 August; and a Thai Bánh Mì by Charrinn Singdaechakarn (of Soul Food Thai) on 7 September.
Found inside the Ovolo Central hotel, VEDA opened earlier this year and serves up hearty plates of internationally inspired veggie and vegan delights. As an all-day dining destination in the city, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, the restaurant is now presenting its own afternoon tea. The new “High Chai” experience is priced at $220 per person or $408 for two, and showcases a range of sweet and savoury vegetarian delights. Available daily from 3pm to 5:30pm, the largely plant-based menu includes the likes of mini avocado toast, shiitake mushroom tart and orange, olive oil and rosemary cake, along with a range of coffees and teas. Guests can also add a glass of Janz Brut Cuvee sparkling wine for an additional $98, or a freshly pressed juice for $68.
If you’re planning on dining out this July, we suggest hitting up one of Pirata’s many restaurants across the city, as the group will be offering some fab deals with its “Summer Passport” offering! From Monday, 1 July until Wednesday, 31 July, Pirata, The Optimist, Madame Ching, TokyoLima, MEATS and Chaiwala will be gifting guests who spend over $500 with a $250 voucher. What’s more, at any Pici location, those who spend over $300 will receive a $100 voucher. Make sure to also swing by Hugger Mugger from 10:30pm to enjoy a drink on the house!
If you’re more of a carnivore than a plant-based eater, and are craving some Brazilian barbecue, don’t miss Uma Nota’s new Churrasco Platter. Available every Tuesday from 6pm, the sharing platter is priced at $295 per person and features charcoal-grilled US Black Angus sirloin steak, roasted chipotle chicken and smoky pork ribs. A range of sides and sauces are also included in the meaty deal, including roasted pumpkin, sweetcorn, broccoli and shallots dressed in a tangy chimichurri sauce, caramelised pineapple and a fluffy baked potato.
Love tacos? Head to Picada and enjoy its new Taco Tuesday offering that’s sure to leave you more than satisfied! All you can eat tacos are priced at $188 per person (for two hours), with fillings including beef, chicken, vegetarian, pork, and a monthly special all on offer. Free-flow Corona beers, margaritas and more can also be added for an additional $198 per person. The deal includes complimentary tortilla chips with sour cream to kick start the night, and ends with the sweet treat of Mexican churros. Picada will also be hosting its weekly Taco Tuesday Challenge, inviting guests to see how many tacos they can fit in their mouth. Beat the record of 15 to receive a special prize and go down in the restaurant’s hall of fame.
aqua’s Because Brunch is one of our favourites in the city for a special occasion gathering, and this summer it’s offering up a European revamp, with its “Because…It’s Italiano” Brunch. Featuring some of the finest seasonal Italian ingredients, dishes on offer include Antipasto Italiano with 24 month-aged Parma ham, Bologna mortadella and seasonal roasted vegetables; burrata with tomatoes; truffle risotto (which is cooked tableside in a wheel of grana Padano cheese!); as well as a dessert platter featuring Italian doughnuts and mini gelato cones. Taking place every weekend and public holiday from now until Saturday, 28 July, the brunch is priced at $688 per person and includes free-flow Aperol Spritz, Negroni and Laurent-Perrier Champagne.
aqua, 29+30F One Peking, Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.aqua.com.hk
Another new bubbly brunch this month is being offered up by La Rambla, ifc’s authentic Spanish restaurant. Available every Sunday, the brunch is set to highlight premium Spanish products and authentic Spanish recipes with a modern twist, as well as offering guests the option of adding on a free-flow package of Krug Grande Cuvée. Priced at $550 per person, the Sunday En La Boqueria brunch experience is sure to transport guests to Barcelona’s famous food market, La Boqueria with its wide range of tapas, meats and seafood offerings. Indulge in a buffet spread of the finest cuts of cured meats and Spanish cheeses, along with Catalan versions of ensaladas, croquetas and tostadas, before tucking into delights from the egg station, Josper Grill specials and paellas. The epic feast is then topped off with a range of sharing mains (including the signature Traditional Suckling Pig “Segovian Style”) and a selection of traditional Spanish desserts. Guests can opt to pay an additional $1,300 to enjoy the “Great Open Bar” package, which includes free-flow Belvedere, Monkey 47, Patron and Krug Grande Cuvée NV. Alternatively, for an additional $350, guests can add the three-hour free-flow “Good Open Bar” package, which includes cocktail classics such as Sangria, Chased-Oak Smoked Bloody Mary, and Veuve Clicquot Brut.
If you’ve been missing Lord Stow’s famed egg tarts since The Excelsior closed its doors, get excited as the Macanese bakery will be popping up in the Mandarin Oriental from Monday, 1 July! Open from 12pm to 5pm daily, the freshly baked tarts will be available in the hotel’s east lobby, and priced at $20 each. Sticking around until Tuesday, 1 October, you’ve got just three months to get your fill of these legendary sweet treats – without having to take the ferry!
Want to know where to find the very best cocktails this Negroni Week? We’re telling you exactly where to drink for a good cause this June.
Back for its seventh year, Negroni Week is set to take Hong Kong by storm next week. Kicking off on Monday, 24 June, and running until Sunday, 30 June, the international charity event showcases the classic cocktail, all while raising money for international charities across the globe. With over 10,000 venues around the world taking part, numerous bars and restaurants across the city will be serving up their own unique and boozy creations all week long, and we’re telling you where to find the best in Hong Kong.
As one of our favourite Italian spots in the city, and known to serve its classic negroni (on tap!) every day of the week, this Negroni Week, 208 is offering the Negroni COOLER ($60). Presented as a classic negroni, the cocktail gets the added extra of an icy cold Campari and orange infused popsicle. As part of JIA Group, for every Negroni sold from 24 to 30 June, 208 will donate $10 per drink Harmony House, a Hong Kong-based charity dedicated to helping victims of violence and promoting healthy relationships with families and communities.
208 will also be hosting a special fundraiser event for the occasion. Taking place on Tuesday, 25 June, 208 Negroni’s in 208 Minutes will see well-known industry figures come together in the hope to sell 208 negronis in 208 minutes! All drinks will be priced at $60, and all proceeds will be going directly to Harmony House.
208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.208.com.hk
Another city favourite that will be serving up a cool and refreshing offering this Negroni Week is 11 Westside. Head to Kennedy Town and enjoy the Strawberry Negroni Paleta (a Mexican ice pop) with Campari-infused strawberries ($60). The Mexican restaurant’s hidden bar, The Wilshire will also be servig up the special for the occasion, with a portion of proceeds going to Children’s Medical Foundation.
If you’re after a late-night negroni, look no further than Back Bar. Hidden inside of Wan Chai’s Ham & Sherry restaurant, the tucked away bar will be offering two new cocktails from 24 to 30 June. The Copper Quartz ($60) will be made with Havana Club 3yr, Campari with grapefruit syrup and Carpano Classico; while the Yuzoburo ($60) features Beefeater Gin, yuzu shrub, Campari, Carpano Classico and thyme. Over the course of the week, Back Bar will donate $10 for every Negroni sold to Harmony House, a Hong Kong-based charity dedicated to helping victims of violence and promoting healthy relationships with families and communities.
Looking to hop across the harbour and enjoy a tipple this week? The recently opened DarkSide bar inside of the Rosewood hotel draws in the crowds nightly with its wide array of rare spirits, live jazz and sophisticated vibe, and you won’t want to miss its Negroni Week offering either. Supporting WILD Foundation (a charity dedicated to protecting wildlife and wilderness around the world), the bar is concocting the 40 Square Feet ($125) for the occasion, made with rum, Campari, Mancino Rosso Amaranto, plum, bitter chocolate and ambergris.
DarkSide, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.rosewoodhotels.com
Known for serving up Aussie-style coffee and breakfast goods, along with quality wine and cocktails, it comes as no surprise that Fineprint are combining its strengths when it comes to this year’s Negroni Week. With two Negroni-centric offerings available, the coffee shop will be serving up its own homemade negroni marmalade with ricotta on Fineprint Sourdough ($80). To wash it all down, a Campari + Cold Brew will also be on offer. Fineprint’s twist on an Americano (a classic cocktail from the same family as a Negroni), the drink will feature Fineprint single origin Cold Brew coffee – PNG Eastern Highlands Boana AX in the place of Vermouth, along with Campari, sea salt, sugar and Capi soda.
Negroni Week may officially start on Monday, 24 June, but Fineprint will be serving both of its offerings from Friday, 21 June, with 50% of the proceeds from going to Mercy Corps, a global non-profit organisation focusing on humintarian aid.
When it comes to drinks at John Anthony, it’s all about gin, so of course its going all out with its Negroni Week offerings! With proceeds going towards A Plastic Ocean Foundation, the two special cocktails for the week will be the Negroni Fields ($100), with Strawberry Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, lavender tincture and orange; and the London at Dawn ($100), with Campari, earl grey-infused Gin Mare, bergamot and olive.
For this year’s Negroni Week, SoHo’s MEATS will be serving three brand new negroni cocktails. The decedent Chocolate Negroni ($95) will be crafted with Bulldogs Gin, Campari, Cinzano Rosso and Crème de Cacao, while the Twist on A Twist ($95) will feature Wild Turkey, Cinzano Rosso and pineapple and cinnamon infused Campari. Rounding up the trio is the Bitter Celine ($95), made with with Bulldogs Gin, Campari, Lillet Blanc and lemon bitters. A portion from all three special drinks will be going towards WILD Foundation.
There’s nothing better than sitting on Old Bailey’s wraparound terrace when the sun is shining, so this week, why not make that drink a negroni? The bar’s special concoction for the occasion will be the Teagroni ($60), made with gin infused with jasmine pearls, Campari, sweet vermouth, and garnished with hydrated orange and jasmine leaves. Like other JIA Group Restaurants, for every Negroni sold from 24 to 30 June, Old Bailey will donate $10 per drink to Hong Kong based charity, Harmony House.
Old Bailey, 2/F JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.oldbailey.hk
Fineprint isn’t the only Hong Kong favourite that’s offering up edible negroni offering for the 2019 edition. Popular with veggies and meat-eaters alike, vegetarian restaurant, VEDA will be serving a special Negroni Pie ($80) alongside its classic Negroni ($148) from 24 to 30 June. Combining a white chocolate and orange mousse with an indulgent Negroni glaze and crispy meringue, the pie is sure to sate any sweet cravings. A portion of profits from both VEDA’s Negroni Pie and Classic Negroni cocktail will be going towards Slow Food.
Back for another year of Negroni Week, Winstons’ locations in both Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town will be offering up five exciting negroni cocktails. Available from Monday, 24 June until Sunday, 30 June, and priced at $100 each, a portion from each drink sold will be going towards Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organisation that strives to empower people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Find more details on Winstons Sai Ying Pun event here, and Kennedy Town here.
Winstons Coffee, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Zuma is back and taking part in Negroni Week for its third year running. Using a range of Japanese ingredients to highlight its signature flair, Zuma’s bar team have crafted a series of Negroni cocktails. Limited-edition cocktails include the Oaxa negroni (mezcal, Mr. Black coffee liquor and Campari, $120); the refreshing Honda negroni (shiso infused gin, mancino rosso, Campari and umeshu $120); the cherry blossom-inspired Sakura negroni (Nikka vodka, sakura vermouth and Campari, $140); and a barrel-aged Rum negroni (Zacapa 23 year rum, antica formula, and Campari $195). The drinks will be available from 24 to 30 June, and for each Negroni cocktail purchased during the week, Zuma will donate $1USD to No Kid Hungry, a non-profit dedicated to end child hunger.
Recreate dishes from Hong Kong’s top culinary talent at home!
We’re constantly on the lookout for cooking inspiration and are always swapping ideas in the office, which is why we’ve started a regular recipe post featuring chefs from some of our favourite eateries across the city. Every month, we’ll ask one restaurant to pick a dish to share with our readers. This time, it’s the turn of Chef Corey from popular Middle-Eastern eatery BEDU on Gough Street. He’s chosen to share the secrets behind his char-grilled red harissa king prawns with coriander salad.
Of course we had to ask him what inspired this flavourful dish:
It’s inspired by the love Israelis have for the seaside, and the significance of seafood in their food culture, along with influences from the Mediterranean. The red harissa is the Middle Eastern touch, a balance of spicy, sour and smokiness (which comes from grilling the peppers and chilli) and pairs nicely with king prawns.
We also asked why he thinks it will be a hit with Sassy readers:
It’s seafood cooked simply, where the complexity of flavour comes from an easy-to-make harissa marinade. Again flavour wise it balances spicy, sour and smokiness. Overall it’s a great dish for summer and a recipe that can easily be replicated in the home by anyone. It uses ingredients readily available from the market that can be cooked over a domestic stove top (or BBQ on the terrace, if you have that luxury!).
Char-grilled Red Harissa King Prawns with Coriander Salad from Chef Corey
200g grilled red peppers, peeled and seeded after cooking (see method)
150g long red chilli, peeled and seeded after cooking (see method)
8g sea salt flakes
140ml olive oil
25g smoked paprika
10g ground cumin
4 whole garlic cloves
80ml pomegranate molasses
5g kalonji (Nigella seeds)
200g coriander (washed)
8 king prawns (shell on)
Heat a griddle pan or regular pan to medium high heat. Grill the red peppers until the skin is slightly blackened, place in a large bowl and cover for 10 minutes. This will allow the skin to be removed easily along with the seeds.
Repeat this process for the long red chilli.
Blitz the peppers, chilli, molasses and garlic cloves into a blender, slowly adding the oil until the mixture is smooth.
Pour into a large bowl and add the remaining spices, salt and kalonji.
Add the prawns, and marinate for a minimum of 1 hour.
Heat a griddle pan or regular pan to medium heat an cook the prawns until the shell starts to colour (approx. 2 mins either side, depending on the size of the prawns).
Newly opened in Lee Garden Two and helmed by Brit chef James Sharman, The Leah serves up classic comfort food favourites.
District: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Cuisine: British How much: Dishes range between $108 and $238 (Beef Wellington and Dover Sole, $788) Must order: Scotch Egg & Soldiers; Beef Wellington
The best for: Casual group dining
Found in the heart of Causeway Bay, though tucked away discreetly in Lee Gardens Two, The Leah serves a menu made up of traditional items such as Scallops & Black Pudding, Scotch Egg & Soldiers and classic Beef Wellington. Boldly claiming to offer “British food done right”,The Leah’s focus is primarily on serving up hearty fare that’s meant to be enjoyed, with flavour and ingredients at the forefront, using locally-sourced vegetables, quality meats, and sustainable seafood.
Although found in a somewhat unusual location – the space is used as a family members club, Maggie & Rose by day, but transforms into The Leah at night – the restaurant is relaxed and welcoming, complete with a spacious terrace featuring plenty of greenery and an outdoor bar. Find the private lift in Lee Gardens Two which opens up to the outdoor area, perfect for a pre-dinner drink.
Before tucking into our food, we enjoyed a drink from the expansive cocktails list. In true British garden party-style, drinks here are largely made up of iced teas (and spiked electrici-teas!), zesty mules, aromatic martinis, summertime spritzes and bittersweet negronis – with plenty of gin and whisky thrown in for good measure. Always fans of a Mule, we sampled the refreshing Orchard Mule ($88), made with gin, apple and ginger, which was zesty, bright and a little too easy to drink.
Onto the food, and first up we tried the scallops with leeks and a black pudding crumb ($228). The price may seem a little steep for three scallops, but they were cooked beautifully, with a soft interior and a slight char on the outside, producing a subtle, caramelised flavour. The classic combo of the shellfish with black pudding didn’t disappoint either, but the leeks were a little overwhelming in taste and texture and could have done with a little more cooking. And although we did enjoy the scallops, the dish couldn’t compare to the runny duck egg scotch egg, served with sourdough soldiers ($98). A British pub classic, many try and fail when it comes to this humble creation, but The Leah’s take on the dish impressed. Aside from the perfectly runny and flavourful duck egg, which was surrounded by a thick layer of well-seasoned pork sausage meat, the exterior was crisp, only complimented further by the accompanying sourdough soldiers, which had also been cooked in a good amount of duck fat for maximum texture and flavour.
Continuing with the hearty fare, we also tucked into the chicken, leek and bacon pie ($158). The buttery and flaky pastry was filled with a plentiful amount of shredded chicken thigh and ham – making for an elevated take on the classic dish, that was just stodgy enough to maintain its comfort food status. Another dish that will make you dream of winter days is the beef short rib and bone marrow gnocchi ($328). The meat here had been braised to produce the fall-off-the-bone and melt-in-your-mouth texture of good short rib, but although we wanted to love the bone marrow gnocchi, we found them a little too dense and heavy.
Another pastry item that’s always going to be a winner is the Beef Wellington ($788). Made using fillet steak, and served with red wine sauce and some of the creamiest mash we’ve tasted, the indulgent and well-executed offering is a great value main dish to feed a crowd. We found the beef to be wonderfully pink and juicy, and although the bottom of the pastry was slightly soggy, as with the chicken pie, chef Sharman’s pastry skills were on show here once again. A sure crowd pleaser, make sure to pre-order to avoid disappointment. Although the dish comes served with a side of mash, any Brits wanting a taste of classic comfort food shouldn’t miss out on ordering a portion of roasted cauliflower cheese ($78). For those that are less into red meat, The Leah also offers a freshly caught Dover Sole ($788) served whole with caper butter, which also requires pre-ordering. Another veggie-pleasing dish to try is the wood ear mushroom risotto ($148), cooked with wild mushrooms and chervil, creating an earthy, yet fresh flavour profile that vegetarians and meat-eaters will love.
Deserts are kept short and sweet, with the offerings including a granny smith apple pie; blueberry and oat crumble; and strawberry and sherry trifle (all $88). Although the classic take on trifle went down a treat, we found the pie to be the standout pud here. Again super flaky pastry is the star of the show (created using iced butter!), so make sure to save room for this traditional dessert, best enjoyed with a generous pour of nutmeg-laced custard.
Our verdict: The Leah is a great option if you’re on the hunt for some comfort food, and are looking to get away from Central and escape the Causeway Bay crowds. The expansive, grass-lined private terrace is also sure to be a winner when the weather permits. Although the restaurant currently opens at 7pm, we hear that an outdoor happy hour will be coming soon – the perfect excuse to leave work early and enjoy an Eldertini al fresco.
Newly opened in Sai Ying Pun, GSpot by GSpotCookin is the newest private dining experience to hit Hong Kong, offering dining experiences, catering, cooking leagues and arena rentals.
Whether it’s a private dinner, birthday bash, a leaving do, or a company get together, our city offers countless options for a fun night out. But if you’re looking for something a little different to the standard dinner and drinks, why not book in for your own Prep-N-Eat experience or a private dinner party? Newly opened in Sai Ying Pun, GSpot by GSpotCookin offers a variety of menus, ranging from rustic Italian, to conventional Korean, and even a unique Korean/Italian Collab – sure to be the perfect choice for your next occasion.
Taking the space which previously homed Umami Concepts, GSpot is the newest private dining experience to hit Hong Kong. Helmed by New Yorker and Culinarian G. Ferretti, the loft-inspired interior (complete with 12-foot high ceiling, two lounge areas, a balcony and an open kitchen) offers dining experiences, catering, cooking leagues and arena rentals. Raised in New York, with Korean roots, an Italian father, and a Polish mother, G has certainly brought a taste of his own unique culture to Sai Ying Pun. Not only is the space itself totally transformed into an NYC-style open plan kitchen, living and dining area, the food on offer is like no other. Playing homage to his roots, G’s menus feature a wide range of rustic Italian dishes and Korean favourites, giving guests the chance to get stuck in and try their hand at making everything from fresh pasta to KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) ‘n’ waffles. Guests can also opt to try out the Korean/Italian collab Prep-N-Eat menu, which draws on G’s Korean and Italian influences, and includes unmissable collaboration dishes such as Kimchi Pizza Fritta (with gochujang sauce, mozzarella, kimchi and red onion) and Kimchi Bokkeum Bap Arancini (kimchi fried rice balls).
Team Sassy tried out the Prep-N-Eat Rustic Italian private dining experience for ourselves and, besides loving making our own pasta (not to mention eating it!), G himself brought his own style and charm to make the evening unique. Some of the team were definitely more pro-eaters than pro-chefs, but G was always on hand to help us every step of the way, creating a fun, relaxed and welcoming environment. Aside from getting messy and handcrafting our own pasta, we enjoyed plenty of authentic family-style Italian fare throughout the evening. So, whether you’re a dab hand in the kitchen or not, you don’t have to be intimidated by donning an apron yourself! From the impressive (and irresistible) anti-pasti selection of stuffed mushrooms, fried bread and a homemade assortment of Italian pickled veg, to the primo Eggplant Parmigiana Rustico, carne Meatballs with Romesco Sauce (or chickpea balls for the veggies!), and our own homemade Fettuccine with Marinara Sauce, we were well-fed and looked after from start to finish. And the best bit? After the hard work of cooking, you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour – glass of wine in hand, and safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to worry about doing the washing up.
And if you’re not booking into one of GSpot’s Private Dining Experiences, the space can also be rented out for your own events. Including everything you need to host your own party at your home away from home, the private space caters to any theme. To make the most of the full kitchen, dining area and lounge areas, guests are invited to bring their own music, decorations and favourite drinks (with no corkage fee!). For our own event, we came armed with bunting, flowers and our own playlist (not to mention plenty of wine!), so your experience is guaranteed to be unique and personal to you.
Sassy Perk: First time customers can receive two complimentary bottles of wine when booking a private event at GSpot, simply by using the discount code: GSPOT2019.
Black Sheep are venturing to The Peak, with its newest opening inspired by the Anglo-Indian mess halls of the early 1900s.
District: The Peak, Hong Kong
Cuisine: Anglo-Indian How much: Lunch dishes range between $78 and $178; sizzlers range between $178 and $298; tandoori dishes between $178 and $228; currys between $98 and $228; biryani $298 Must order: Samosa Chutney; Keema Anda Pau; Butter Chicken
The best for: Casual all-day dining Sassy tip: If you’re heading up The Peak with your pooch in tow, make a beeline for RR’s outdoor seating area. You can enjoy a cup of chai masala (or a G&T!) and you can both cool down and enjoy the city view.
We know by now that when Black Sheep Restaurants go with a theme, they go all-out. So, hot on the heels of the newly opened lively SoHo spot, Taqueria Super Macho, comes its latest venture, Rajasthan Rifles. Taking its inspiration from the Anglo-Indian mess halls of the 1920s to 40s, where the British Indian Army got together to socialise, drink and, most importantly – eat – the restaurant completely transports you back to the era, with everything from the waitstaff’s army-style uniforms, to the lively jazz soundtrack and the blending of British and Indian flavours sure to take diners back in time. As mentioned, BSR is known for its well-researched and authoritative hand and Rajasthan Rifles is no different, managing to capture all the best bits of this fragile period of history and serve them up in the group’s signature style. Overseeing the kitchen is Executive Chef Palash Mitra, of one Michelin-starred New Punjab fame, so the although it’s easy to get swept up in the story behind the restaurant, you know that what’s really important (the food) is done right, with the restaurant serving simple and well-executed dishes, focusing on quality ingredients.
As the group’s first restaurant located at The Peak, the Rajasthan Rifles is set to be a casual and relaxed all-day dining spot, serving up hearty fare and refreshing drinks for residents, tourists and dog walkers alike. The broad menu features everything from tandoor-grilled meats and creamy curries to the “Company Special” Lamb Biryani and its own Rajasthan Rifles Club Sandwich, along with the British-inspired Bread & Butter pudding. A word of warning, make sure to come hungry (and don those stretchy trousers!) as the food here is rich and will definitely have you coming back for more. We began with the classic Samosas ($78), which our hungry selves couldn’t get enough off, diving straight into the delicious pastry triangles, that were lovingly filled to the brim with lightly spiced potatoes and green beans, and served with a tangy tamarind chutney. We also loved the Keem Anda Pau ($128). A traditional mess hall dish, consisting of slow-cooked minced mutton and crushed boiled egg, served with lightly toasted and buttered milk buns. The meat was heady and warm with spices, while tender and full of gamey flavour. Sandwiched between two milks buns, it was almost like an Indian-spiced take on an American sloppy Joe. A must to try alongside one of Rajasthan Rifles’ array of light and refreshing drinks.
Focusing on low-alcohol beverages that are made for all-day-drinking, the bar menu here offers up a wide range of British gins, alongside favourite summer tipples such as the Minted Pimm’s Cup ($98), Lunchtime Bloody Mary ($88) and the Dutch Courage ($98), made with dark rum, pineapple, bergamot juice and peppermint tea. The easy-drinking beverages work to refresh the palate and don’t try to compete with the richly spiced food. A dish that is sure to be a favourite accompaniment to drinks is the Rajasthan Rifles Club Sandwich ($148). This classic lightly toasted white bread is filled with chicken tikka, masala omelette, tomato chutney and cheddar cheese, and is served alongside crispy thick cut chips and a spiced tomato sauce. Putting other interpretations of the widely popular dish to shame with its perfectly balanced levels of spice, it is the ultimate coming together of the two cultures.
We also enjoyed the aptly named Soola Salmon Sizzler ($278). Served to the table on a hot (and sizzling!) plate, the salmon had been marinated in soola spices for over 24 hours, and lightly seared to create a fall apart texture, and was served with buttered vegetables, peppercorn sauce and parsley rice. From the tandoor, we tasted the Goat Seekh Kebab ($228). Flavoured with green chillies, roasted cumin and cheddar cheese, it had a punch of flavour which was only enhanced by the refreshing yet spicy green mint chutney.
From the array of curries on the menu, we sampled the Butter Chicken ($178), Pedro Vindaloo ($228), Dum Aloo “Gunpowder” ($98), Dal Rifleswala ($108) and Clubwala Palak ($158) – all of which we enjoyed with plenty of garlic naan ($38/$48). The butter chicken didn’t disappoint, with the braised chicken tikka swimming in a creamy sauce of tomato and butter. We also loved the deeply comforting dal, made with lentils that had been slow-cooked over smoked charcoal embers to impart flavour and make for a rich and satisfying curry. The Goan-style Pedro (prawn) vindaloo is one for spice-fiends to try, made in typical South Indian style with white wine vinegar and garlic. And for a taste of greenery on your plate of colour, spice and flavour, don’t miss trying the Clubwala Palak (creamed spinach), with garlic, onion and tomato masala.
Fans of a classic biryani will also want to try the “Company Special” Lamb Biryani ($298), aromatically flavoured with over 20 spices, the lamb was slow-cooked in layers of basmati rice, making for a succulent and lightly spiced meat, in amongst the basmati rice that was rich in mint and saffron.
Desserts on offer include the light Lemon Posset ($78) and the slightly-heavier Bread and Butter Pudding ($98), but we think that the best end to the meal is the Masala Chai ($58). The hot, sweet tea was richly spiced with ginger and cardamon, making for a comforting end to an indulgent meal.
Our verdict: Although the location may at first seem a little far out, Rajasthan Rifles may be setting a trend for more restaurants to open at The Peak. The all-day dining space is perfect for a lazy afternoon, whether you’re heading in for drinks and snacks or a meal of hearty Anglo-Indian fare, you’re sure to be left satisfied.
Rajasthan Rifles is now open Tuesdays to Sundays; 12pm to 3pm for lunch, 5pm to 9:30pm for dinner and from 12pm for drinks and snacks. It’s soon to launch a breakfast menu and be open all day.
From the latest bar openings, to happy hours, new drinks menus and more, here’s where we’ll be drinking this month!
June may have crept up on us, but that doesn’t mean we’re not ready to embrace the summer months and enjoy some shameless day drinking. With a public holiday kicking off the month on Friday, 7 June and World Gin Day following on Saturday, 8 June, we already have plenty of excuses to enjoy a tipple or two – not to mention the brand new openings, happy hours and drinks that this month has in store.
New to Peel Street, The Shady Acres is already drawing in the crowds. The wine and spirit bar is open daily from 5pm to 2am, and we strongly suggest getting there early, as the mix of handpicked wines, bar bites (featuring everything from cheese boards and tacos to Impossible cheese burgers!), creative cocktails and the easy-going vibe is proving to be a winning formula. The relaxed bar ticks yet more boxes by offering not one, but two daily happy hours. One for the early crowd from 5pm to 8pm, and a second for the night owls, from 11pm to 1am. With $20 beers and special cocktails starting from $50, it’s hard to pass up.
For those that frequent Kennedy Town, be sure to hit up newly opened To Be Frank. The new neighbourhood bar stays true to its name, and offers a no-nonsense and straight forward approach to drinks. Promising to serve “great wine, stiff drinks and jaffles” (toasted sandwiches), we’re sure it’s going to do just fine.
Returning for its third summer, frosé will be back on the menu at Maison Libanaise from Saturday, 6 June! If you’re yet to try it, the icy and refreshing drink is made from churned frozen rosé wine and fresh raspberry purée, and we think it’s the ultimate summer drink. Available by the glass ($58) or pitcher ($198), guests can pick up some at Le Comptoir, Maison LibanaIse’s ground floor takeaway, as well as in the first floor Le Salon dining room, although we think the drink is best enjoyed at La Buvette, the restaurant’s hidden rooftop. Frosé fans can also pick up the popular “Frosé All Day” t-shirts in the restaurant or online from the Black Sheep Restaurants website.
Tucked inside Ham & Sherry on Wan Chai’s Ship Street, Back Bar has long offered up an inventive array of drinks. Previously serving up bootleg video tape inspired cocktails, for summer 2019 Back Bar is turning to the world of comic books. The “Heroes and Villains” collection is set to launch on Monday, 10 June, with each uniquely crafted drink encapsulating a hero’s journey or a villain’s wicked ways. Signature cocktails include the Standoff in the Alley ($70), made with Montelobos Mezcal, Cocchi Rosa, Aperol, Vermouth, cream soda and chilli salt; the He’s So Lucky, Shiso Super ($90), with Aperol, watermelon, prosecco, shiso foam and super sprinkles; and the Ship Street Heroes ($100) – an ice-cold beer with a mini Old Fashioned on the side. Alcohol-free concoctions such as the Sharpest When Sober ($70), with Seedlip Garden 108, pink grapefruit, tonic, thyme and mineral salts; and the Take It Easy, Captain ($70), with Seedlip Spice 94, coconut water, lemon, ginger and earl grey tea also feature on the new menu.
Launching its Movie + Margaritas Mondays, head to Los Sotano this month to start your week with a bang. The LKF Mexican restaurant’s new Monday night offering is set to feature a different cult-classic film every week, along with free-flow margaritas and wine, three tacos and table-side guacamole, all for just $300. The lineup of movies includes: The Big Lebowski on 10 June, Sixteen Candles on 17 June, Clueless on 24 June, Legally Blonde on 1 July, and Mean Girls on 8 July. Tickets and more info can be found here.
Along with its new Friday night brunch, Zuma has also just launched a fresh new cocktail menu for the summer. Set to to show off the brand’s signature Japanese influence, new tipples include the Yume ($120) with Tanqueray gin, grapefruit ice, lemon and soda, and garnished with a sakura crunch; and the Glitter Gimlet ($140), which is a refreshing blend of Gin Mare, yuzu cordial, lime and grapefruit ice. Best saved for after dinner, don’t miss out on trying the Salted caramel old fashioned ($140), with Diplomatica Reserva dark rum, salted sherry caramel and bitters.
Partial to a gin and tonic? Head over to Vibes at The Mira and enjoy its new G&T revival menu every Thursday night from 6pm. Celebrating the classic drink, the new menu features a range of herbal, fruity, refreshing and light cocktails, which make use of artisanal and craft gin makers from Finland, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Germany and France. The full menu can be found here, with drinks priced between $98 and $108.
If you’re a martini lover, you’re going to want to make your way to Homeslide come Friday nights for its all new “Build Your Own Martini” offering! The Sai Ying Pun pizzeria will be serving up the popular drink for just $50 all day long every Friday (except public holidays), with guests able to choose their preferred base alcohol, dryness, dirtiness and garnish using the yum cha-style order forms. Don’t forget to also swing by the restaurant on Monday nights for its buy-one-get-one Margheritas and Margaritas deal!
Taking place every Fridy night from 8pm to 10pm, don’t miss Fang Fang’s new Jazz & Moët Free-flow Friday Nights. Priced at $498 per person, the free-flow affair includes endless Moët & Chandon Champagne, selected cocktails, sake, beer and wines, along with a selection of welcome bar snacks. Coupled with live old school jazz tunes, it’s sure to be the perfect way to kick off your weekend.
Opening its doors only earlier this year, The Thirty Six bar is sure to bring in the crowds with its new two-for-one daily happy hour. Located on Hollywood Road, the bar focuses on offering up a selection of highballs, along with a menu of rare whiskeys, though the happy hour will include everything from draft Asahi and Tsingtao bottles, to house wines, and a selection of classic cocktails. Available every day from 5pm to 8pm, and with prices starting at $60, it’s the perfect accompaniment to The Thirty Six’s new izakaya-inspired food menu, which includes a selection of chargrilled skewers, rolls and more.
Rounding out the drinks offers and deals that are up for grabs this month, select JIA Group restaurants and bars will be celebrating World Gin Day with $50 G&Ts all day long. Taking place on Saturday, 8 June, head to 208, Back Bar, Behind Bars, Chachawan, Commissary, Duddell’s Hong Kong, Ham & Sherry, Mak Mak, and Potato Head for a spot of day drinking!