Hong Kong is one of the world’s most exciting culinary capitals, where good food is more than abundant. In that light, we’ve put together a few of our tastiest tidbits and most memorable morsels that are worth tracking down to try.
To say that the new seasonal dishes at Simon Rogan’s development kitchen are stunning is an understatement. The new menus, led by Sous Chef Karl Steele, showcase some fantastic produce from local growers and suppliers in the region, so it’s as fresh as you can get it. A 10-course spring menu is available for dinner, and a 9-course menu is offered at lunch on Saturdays. In both menus, you’ll find some of Aulis’ newest creations including a 42-day aged beef, and dishes like the king oyster and fermented black garlic, New Territories tomatoes with the sweetest king crab, and my new favourite: Stout sourdough and whipped mushroom. Think airy umami-packed mushroom parfait spread liberally on a warm, crunchy and beautifully fragrant slice of sourdough bread. This is the type of bread you do not want to miss to save room for other dishes.
Aulis, UG08, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay; +852 2817 8383
La Rambla by Catalunya
The new Sunday Brunch at La Rambla by Catalunya has been designed to whisk you away to a Spanish mercados gastronómicos (or gourmet food market) without ever having to leave Hong Kong. The main purpose of course, is to provide a safer environment for guests, so that dishes that were previously available at their buffet is instead served directly at your table. This includes all the tapas, salads, cold appetisers and charcuterie. Other elements such as the Butcher’s Corner and Seafood Market are there for guests to choose the produce at before the chef grills away. One item definitely worth ordering is the 3XL Butterflied Spanish red prawn, which you can choose to have with salsa verde, chimichurri or other sauces.
La Rambla By Catalunya, 3071-73 Level 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central; +852 2661 1161
If you have yet to discover this speakeasy pub concept by acclaimed mixologist John Nugent, you’ll want to keep it in your books for all the fun and flavourful cocktails they have on offer. However, it’s not just the drinks that will pull you in, as the pub grub is likely to impress you just as much. The menu of snacks and hot dishes feature some familiar and hearty items including Black truffle mac & cheese, and the already famous Diplomat Burger, but it’s the Suckling pig cubano that delighted with its smoky, succulent meat and crispy skin, cut through with mouth-puckering pickles and mustard.
The Diplomat, LG/F, High Block, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central; +852 3619 0302
If you’re in the ‘eat dim sum any time of the day’ camp, then I think we can be friends. And since we’re friends now, we can enjoy Duddell’s new all-day set menu which features an assortment of their signature dim sum together. Highlights include the classic 12-fold Shrimp dumpling, Pork and shrimp dumpling with conpoy, Truffle fried pork dumpling and of course, my all time favourite, the Crispy barbecued pork bun. So satisfying, I think I’ll go with, or without you.
Duddell’s, Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central; +852 2525 9191
For Easter, Italian fine dining restaurant Castellana is presenting a limited menu to celebrate the occasion. The seven-course menu is scrumptious from start to finish, but the true star of the show is the Slow cooked milk fed lamb leg in Piedmont style. The meat is beautifully cooked to absolute perfection with very minimal gaminess, extreme tenderness (think hot knife cutting through butter) and is artfully paired with crispy artichoke for a balance in flavours and textures. It’s best enjoyed with a glass of Piedmont red recommended by their expert sommelier.
Castellana, 10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay; +852 3188 5028
One of the newest restaurants in town is Spanish restaurant, Rubia. Pioneered by the team behind tapas bar Pica Pica, Rubia is also true to its roots in Spanish cuisine with a key focus on hand-reared beef. The Rubia Gallega boneless ribeye is what a perfect steak should be – flavourful and juicy – and comes with a side of sweet Spanish Piquillo peppers, hand-cut Patatas frites, and house salad in mustard dressing. Apart from the mouthwatering beef that one must order, the Black fideos cooked in lobster stock with Carabinero and aioli is also worth a special mention. The saucy, briny seafood dish if full of flavour, and comes with the final flourish of sweet buttery roe from the prawn head for that extra hit of umami.
Rubia, Wisdom Centre, 35-37 Hollywood Road, Central; +852 2889 1199