What to do and where to eat this week? There’s plenty of choice, courtesy of the lovely crisp temperatures. Ah. Between outdoor picnics, beach barbecues and picking up jogging habits in the morning, have a quick bite with these menus below. Spring-inspired flavours. A summertime celebration. Dash of booze in your favourite morning cuppa. It’ll be most surely a fantastic time.
A summer-inspired sharing platter at Uma Nota
Good news for the sunny spells. Easy breezy Japanese-Brazilian spot Uma Nota has just added a new sharing dish: Pão Platter (HK$240/person). Taking cues from the Portuguese Pão de Queijo, or cheese bread, the soft and chewy buns are served with charcoal-grilled sirloin with a colourful range of condiments including tomato salsa and chimichurri. The better news: they come unlimited! Another refresher for the heat, a delicious passionfruit panna cotta with yuzu sorbet. It’s bright, it’s citrusy, it’s a refreshing zing of delight.
Uma Nota, Upper G, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2889 7576
Guilt-free comfort food from Spoonful By Nosh
“Eat Well, Cook Never.” Music to our ears. Meal-planning service Nosh launches a secondary concept, Spoonful, for the delivery of guilt-free comfort food — a wonderful paradox — (from HK$65 – HK$115) for days where cooking and counting calories just won’t do. Plan your meals three weeks ahead with over 200 recipes of any kind of cuisine, some of which changes daily; it’s a world of choice. On the rotation now: Thai BBQ pork neck with rice and fried egg, teriyaki roast salmon with stir-fried udon, and toasted pita with hummus dip. 7pm dinner conundrums need not be an issue again. Ever.
Find more of Spoonful Meals here
New Indian street snack delights at Chaat
Those with any inkling of an authentic spot for Indian cuisine would likely have sampled Chaat (if you’d manage to get a booking in). Now, there’s once again reason to jump at a spot on the waiting list; chef Manav Tuli has introduced new creations ahead of the warmer temperatures. The tasty street snack menu finds the black truffle briyani (HK$448), a delicious adaptation of the traditional dish made with the aforementioned earthy gem and wild mushrooms for a brand new — and very trendy — creation. Alternatively, an intriguing impression on the beloved tandoor favourite, chicken tikka (HK$188), modernised with smoky black pepper crust with green cardamom and green chillis. It’s worth a visit — take our word for it.
Chaat, L5, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 5239 9220
A spotlight on local produce at China Tang Landmark
Following a rich season of wintertime comforts, executive chef Cheung Ka Yue of China Tang Landmark looks inward for spring, devising a healthy selection of seasonal dishes made with local produce from small farms in New Territories. In the preferred light and bright palates commonly yearned for in early summer — while still leaning close to healthy, nutrient-packed diets — diners can sample the likes of braised chicken, from locally farmed beard chicken with thinner skin and lower fat, pan-fried with organic sweet potatoes, or a homemade yoghurt served with the superfood, organic beetroot, and bird’s nest. Pay a visit and sample the rest of the delightfully refreshing menu.
China Tang Landmark, Shops 411-413, 4/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 2148
Limited time coffee cocktails at the Darkside x Mr Black Coffee take over
Reserved for three nights only, 29 April to 1 May, Australian brand Mr Black Coffee Liquor and Hong Kong-based roasters Hushush Speciality coffee are taking over the sophisticated cocktail parlour of DarkSide, bringing together the two beloved beverages of day and night. Guest mixologist Arlene Wong will host the limited-time collaboration, and introduces six reawakened selection of tipples (HK$160) including ‘The Dark Side of Coffee’, blended with Mr Black Coffee Amaro, DarkSide Grand Champagne cognac and Mr Black Amaro Chocolate Praline. Non-alcoholic editions are also available – the Pina Latte (HK$130), a cold brew coffee mixed with pineapple, lime and coconut cream looks particularly promising.
DarkSide, L2, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8732
Grilled seafood additions at Le Garçon Saigon
In anticipation of balmy summer evenings, modern Saigonese grillhouse Le Garcon Saigon has fired up a brand new selection of seafood dishes that highlight traditional Saigonese culture of grilling. The menu in question will feature the likes of grilled whole market fish, a chef-selected catch of the day which is then tossed in a fragrant quartet of brown butter, nuóc mam (fish sauce), lemongrass and chilli. Chef Theign’s recommended way of enjoying is a side of toasted bahn mi to wipe up all the saucy goodness after. For a palate cooler; the hamachi tartare. Taking after the Vietnamese fish salad Goi Ca, this refreshing appetiser brings together a bright medley of chopped raw yellowtail with pomelo, cucumber, shallots and sawtooth coriander, dressed in tomato chilli dressing. The previous order of toasted banh mi will probably last as a worthy accompaniment, but the homemade sesame crackers will be an even better one.
Le Garçon Saigon, 12-18 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2455 2499
Cover image courtesy of Uma Nota