Enjoy summer to the fullest! This month’s What’s Cooking is not only about chocolates, desserts, and a few bar openings in town, but we are also going to tell you how you can have a picnic without the prepping! The foodie scene in July is buzzing with fresh ingredients and even fresher places and we can’t wait to tell you where to go next. Read on and know more!
Tea Set for the Chocoholics
Available exclusively at the Lee Garden One boutique, La Maison du Chocolat is offering three tea sets named after luxurious districts in Paris (with French tea of course): Tuileries Set ($430HKD), Faubourg Set ($90HKD), and Orsay Set ($99HKD). Now y’all shopaholics and chocoholics know exactly where to go for a cosy and sleek afternoon gathering after shopping your hearts off at Hysan or Forever 21!
Shop B03A, Lee Gardens One, Causeway Bay
(852) 2907 2002
NoHo's newcomer: NEO
Located on the Shin Hing steps in NoHo (north of Hollywood Road), and complete with industrial chic interiors, 80s retro neon lighting, and a low-key ambience, NEO is an after-work venue for those who like their cocktails with a little added fun. Bring a pal or two and get it on with a good ol' game of pinball or foosball while you sip on a few of their signature drinks like the Kingpin Cocktail!
10 Shin Hing Street, Central
(852) 2812 2280
Fuss-free Picnic with Invisible Kitchen
Starting at just $395HKD per person, have your picnic basket delivered by Inivisible Kitchen in an elegant wicker basket (yours to keep btw!) The menu features a selection of yummy canapés, starters, sandwiches, mains PLUS desserts. You can even choose the Vegetarian option or throw in a bottle of Champers! Simply pick a place and time and get your picnic on without even having to buy a basket. P.S. Don't forget your picnic mat though!
Unit 08 / 24th Floor, Honour Industrial Centre, 6 Sun Yip Street, Siu Sai Wan
(852) 2711 5788
Get a Taste of Spain at Boqueria
Boqueria is back with another fantastic deal! For just $488HKD per person on Monday to Wednesday nights, you get to taste six amazing authentic Spanish dishes with six wine pairings ranging from bubbly cava, light Rose and some nutty sherry to good ol' red and white. We LOVED the squid ink paella, and the Empanada de Manzana was off the hook! P.S. They only use fresh and seasonal ingredients, so be ready for changes on the menu.
7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
(852) 2321 8681
Make Up the Perfect Afternoon with Aberdeen Street Social and NARS
From now on to 31 July, Aberdeen Street Social will be serving NARS’ cosmetics inspired afternoon tea ($288HKD for two) – imagine neon and nude cosmetics transforming into a classic British menu of Scones, Sweets and Savories – and that is not the best part! You will also get to receive a complimentary NARS Larger than life mini-eyeliner, a mini lip gloss and a gift certificate to visit the brand’s new NARS Boutique located in the heart of Central for a 15-minute make-up service with a limited-edition Christopher Kane product.
Ground Floor, JPC, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
(852) 2866 0300
SUSHI SEI Opens in IFC
Specialising in producing genuine traditional Edomae Nigiri Sushi, SUSHI SEI is offering exclusive Omakase set menu with 4 different options, ranging from $980HKD to $1,580HKD. If sets are too much for you, try some of their other specialties, including Nigiri Sushi, Sashimi Combo ($580HKD), Kamakura Wild Vegetable with Italian Sauce ($138HKD), Tokushima Handa Somen with Sea-urchin ($168HKD), Mixed Wild Vegetable Tempura ($108HKD), and Green Tea Panna Cotta ($45HKD).
Shop 2016, IFC mall, 8 Finance Street, Central
(852) 2387 3377
La Crêperie Extends to Causeway Bay
The casual French restaurant chain specialising in authentic Breton crêpes is opening its third branch in Causeway Bay. Named after its traditional crêpes, La Crêperie features the iconic dish for which Brittany is famous – their pancake desserts (crêpes and galettes). While their desserts are so good, you might also want to try their starters and mains – from mussels, oysters, seafood cassolette and lobster salad, to classic fish soup and Brittany rolls stuffed with beef and spinach!
8/F, The L Square, 459-461 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay
(852) 2898 7123
The Lounge Gone Thai
From now to 19 July 2015, enjoy the rich culinary flavours from Thailand through unique dishes from the lunch and supper buffets at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong. Look forward to an array of popular Thai dishes such as spicy prawn soup, spicy green papaya salad with seafood, stir-fried pork with basil, red prawn curry, tapioca dumpling in coconut milk and many more!
The Thai promotional buffet is available during lunch from 12 noon to 2:30pm, Monday to Friday and priced at $330HKD per adult; while the supper buffet is from 8pm to 11pm, Thursday to Saturday and priced at $418HKD per adult and HK$308 per child.
JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
(852) 2810 8366
LEVELthirty Lounge & Bar Opens in Courtyard
All you New Territories people can I hear an Amen! Located on the rooftop of Courtyard Hotel, LEVELthirty will certainly boost up the Sha Tin’s nightlife scene with a breathtaking view and also with a choice of both outdoor and indoor seating. During Happy Hour (5pm to 8pm daily), you will get to overlook the beautiful Racecourse and Tolo Harbour along with your cocktails.
1 On Ping Street, Sha Tin
(852) 3940 8888
Written by Kelsy Li