Culled from Hong Kong’s always-hot dining scene, here are some of the most exciting menus to try this month. Be prepared for chef takeovers, collaborations melding divergent cuisines and seasonal specials – these one-off opportunities are not to be missed.
Grand Hyatt Steakhouse Burgers
When: now until 29 February
Price: Pompous Burger HK$580; American Dream HK$480 + 10%
Chef Fernando Gojan is elevating the humble burger by packing over-the-top indulgent ingredients into two new creations available exclusively until the end of February. The colossal burgers are constructed with 100% Australian M7 wagyu beef composed of brisket, short rib and chuck for the ultimate balance of flavour and texture. The rightfully named Pompous Burger is served with a generous spread of truffle sauce, pan-fried foie gras and melted Comte cheese sandwiched between a lightly toasted truffle bun. For seafood lovers, The American Dream comes with a sustainable butter-poached lobster tail, apple wood smoked bacon, American cheddar, crisp lettuce and tomato slices. All burgers are served with a side of thick cut chips and truffle mayo.
Grand Hyatt Steakhouse, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai; +852 2584 7722
Giando Winter Vegetarian Menu
When: now until mid March
Price: HK$798 +10%
Inspired to encourage healthier eating at the start of the year, Chef Gianni Caprioli has introduced his new Vegetarian menu to raise awareness in well-being and sustainability. His six-course menu showcases the season’s finest ingredients from Hong Kong, Italy and beyond. Expect fresh mouth-watering dishes like the Chicory salad with burrata, pear and walnuts; Fusilli with turnip tips and Crusco peppers; Carnaroli risotto with radicchio and braised onions; and Savoy cabbage paired with hazelnuts and black truffles. To further promote eco-conscious eating, the ingredients found in Chef Caprioli’s menu are also available for guests to purchase at his gourmet market, Mercato by Giando located at Fenwick Pier.
Giando Italian Restaurant and Bar, G/F, Tower 1, Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai; +852 2511 8912
Nobu Nikkei Peruvian Experience
When: now until 31 March
Price: dishes range from HK$120 to HK$500 +10%
Each season for the year of 2020, Nobu will be presenting 4 separate dining experiences to marry the restaurant’s Japanese roots with Peruvian cuisine to commemorate chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s first adventures outside of Japan. To kick off the campaign, the first experience highlights the Andes Mountain in the Puna region, which is shaped by ingredients such as bitter potatoes, lamb, river fish, broad beans and quinoa. The six dishes from this menu are available a la carte style so guests can pick and choose according to their preference, while also still enjoying the classic Nobu menu as well. Dishes like the King crab empanadas (HK$220), Seafood ceviche roll (HK$165) and Smoked wagyu steak (HK$500) are our recommended dishes.
Nobu, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2313 2323
Roganic x Locavore
When: 12 & 13 February
Price: HK$1,780 + optional HK$680 for wine and non-alcoholic pairing + 10%
Sharing the same ingredients-driven and eco-conscious values as Roganic Hong Kong is Bali’s Locavore (winner of Indonesia’s Best Restaurant and Sustainable Restaurant Award by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019). Chefs Olivier Marlow and Ray Adriansyah join forces for two nights only to create a special menu dedicated to both restaurants’ commitment to sustainability and support for the local communities. The 11-course degustation menu is a harmonious fusion of modern flavours found in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Europe.
Roganic, UG/F 08, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay; +852 2817 8383
Chef Pablo Lagrange Pop-up at Test Kitchen
When: 13 to 16 February
Price: HK$1,080 + optional HK$480 for wine pairing
Test Kitchen may just be one of the coolest places to dine in Hong Kong. The culinary platform is a hub that attracts culinary talents from all across the world to exhibit food expressions and experiences. This month, Test Kitchen will be hosting Chef Pablo Lagrange, alumnus of celebrated restaurants such as NOMA, Mugaritz and Tickets, for four nights to offer Hong Kong some of the most intriguing flavours hailed from South America. Chef Lagrange’s inspiration comes from the cuisine profiles he’s experienced while cooking in Istanbul, Lyon, Barcelona, Argentina, Copenhagen and more. For this four-night pop-up, he will be presenting diners with an innovative Argentinian-inspired menu featuring some of his signature dishes like the Quince and clementine ceviche, Classic empanadas, Slow braised brisket, and Black banana with shrimp sauce.
Test Kitchen, Shop 3, Kwan Yick Building Phase 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun; +852 9032 7628
La Rambla by Catalunya x Estimar Barcelona
When: 15 February
Price: HK$1,480 + 10%
This one night only menu calls all seafood lovers. Chef Ferran of La Rambla by Catalunya is welcoming friend and fellow chef Rafa Zafra of Estimar Barcelona to Hong Kong to share their love for the sea. Chef Zafra’s Hong Kong debut will come with his Andalusian inspired cuisine and cooking techniques to best showcase the freshest seafood found across Asia and Europe in a series of unique dishes that will complement with Chef Ferran’s creative and modern creations.
La Rambla by Catalunya, Level 3, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central; +852 2661 1161
VEA x Mingles Four-hands Menu
When: 25 February
Price: HK$2,880 + optional HK$580 for wine or cocktail pairing + 10%
Foodies may remember Chef Kang Ming-goo from his previous four-hands menus in Hong Kong. Now, the celebrated chef of two Michelin starred Mingles in Seoul returns for a one night only collaboration with local celebrity chef Vicky Cheng of one Michelin-starred VEA. Chef Kang will be lending his Japanese, Spanish and French cooking styles intertwined with Korean cuisine to Chef Cheng’s Chinese French innovations to create a harmonious mix of different flavours to the table. The modern cuisine chefs will each be creating dishes that blend together, while also co-creating two new collaborative dishes for the first time.
VEA, 29 & 30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central; +852 2711 6839