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New On The Menu: Hearty Dishes to Warm You Up this Winter

By Sophie Pettit 8 November 2018
As we reluctantly enter the cooler winter months in Hong Kong, we can at least look forward to one thing – warm and hearty comfort food. Whether you're looking to tuck into some piping hot pasta, a juicy cut of rare breed steak, or some heavenly hairy crab, we've sussed out exactly where to find it in the 852. It's time to loosen the belt buckles!

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New Set Lunch Menus at Hunter & The Chase

New American restaurant Hunter & The Chase has launched two set lunch menus which can be enjoyed in the venue's classy fourth floor establishment, Hunter, or its more casual downstairs eatery, The Chase. Diners at The Chase can opt for a two ($188) or three-course ($228) menu, with the option of a buffet or soup, followed by one of eight main dishes, and a dessert of the day. While the buffet is fairly light, offering seasonal salads, fresh baked beans, cold cuts, and cheeses, the mains include hearty dishes such as Tagliatelle with mushroom and butter, Pappardelle Wild Boar Ragu, Fried Fish Tacos, and the popular Chase Burger with sweet onion marmalade and bacon. The pasta dishes, in particular, are the perfect comfort food that will keep you full until dinnertime. Meanwhile, upstairs, Hunter offers a selection of seven mains which are individually priced, and come with a starter of your choice. Options for mains include things like Hanger Steak with forest mushrooms and watercress ($238), Rotisserie Chicken with chicken drippings and grilled lemon ($188), and Mackerel with quinoa and beets ($188). Desserts can be added for an additional $30 each, with a choice of Cheddar Crust Apple Pie with whisky caramel and vanilla ice cream, or Roasted Seasonal Fruit with mascarpone and shortbread cookie. A great lunch option if you happen to work in Central and fancy something more substantial than a sandwich. Hunter & The Chase, 3/F, The L. Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, (+852) 2915 1638

Seasonal Delights at Maison ES

Beautiful French hidden gem Maison ES is serving a delectable new Autumn à la carte menu, featuring seasonal favourites such as Hairy Crab tossed with risotto, ginger, snow pea tips ($380), Boston Lobster slow-cooked carpaccio with pomelo, ikura, garlic chips, chili and lime dressing ($298), and tender, breaded Wagyu A3 Sirloin ($480), served with yaki onigiri, mizuna, garlic chips, and an onsen egg. Aside from being beautifully presented and oh-so-Instagrammable, the new dishes offer a quality and depth of flavour that is hard to come by in Hong Kong. This is made all the more enjoyable by the excellent wine pairing that is available on request with the in-house sommelier, who gets it absolutely spot on. There are some heavenly sides to choose from too, with the Miso Butter Broccolini ($65) and Coddled Organic Egg on Black Truffle Mash ($120) completely stealing the show. Just make sure you leave enough room for the Coffee French Toast ($98), served with salted caramel sauce and peanut butter ice cream – it's heaven on a plate! Maison ES, No. 1A Star Street, Wan Chai, (+852) 2521 8011 Find out more about Maison ES

'Beef It Up' at Porterhouse

Calling all carnivores! Steakhouse favourite Porterhouse is beefing up its menu (quite literally) with a new all-you-can-eat beef promotion on Sundays to Tuesdays, during dinner service. The special menu allows guests to enjoy unlimited portions of five different cuts of Italian Marango Beef and Australian 'Black Angus', after tucking into a Beef Consommé starter and a choice of either Marango Beef Tartare, Braised Ox Tongue, or Porterhouse Caesar Salad. The different cuts include the most tender and lean Topside (inner thigh muscle), the melt-in-your-mouth Brisket (cut below the shoulder) prepared in a barbecue style, a malty and firm Flank, and the juicy Picanha Rump, which is prepared in a stir-fried style. Diners can also opt for the grilled Sirloin, which is perfectly marbled and has a smokey flavor. While this is a heavy feast, to say the least, it's perfect for meat lovers who are curious to find out which cut they prefer – always handy for when the steak cravings hit. Plus, there are some refreshing Sorbet and Ice Cream desserts included in the price to help lighten the load afterwards. Porterhouse, 7/F, California Tower 30-36 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, (+852) 2522 6366 $528 per person

Live Music and Rare Breeds at Grand Hyatt Steakhouse

You can't beat dinner with live music, and the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse is putting on quite the show this season with the launch of its new 'Rare Heritage Breeds' menu, which is served to the soulful songs of live in-house pianist and singer, Billy Alexander. Head chef Fernando Gojan has sourced some of the rarest heritage breeds of cattle and swine that are artisanal harvested and butchered, for the restaurant. These include Striploin (10oz/$580), Ribeye (12oz/$640), Porterhouse (36oz/$1,380), and Bone-in-Ribeye (32oz/$1,280) from British Longhorn, South Devon, Red Poll, and Lincoln Red. One special addition is the Boston Butt (12oz/$360), a juicy cut of pork that comes from the upper part of the shoulder (from the front leg) and is served with Louisiana BBQ baby corn. With classic songs written by the likes of Elton John, Sting, and Ed Sheeran being sung beautifully in the background, this is the perfect date night spot in which to soak up old-school romance and ambient vibes. Grand Hyatt Steakhouse, Lobby Level, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2584 7722 Live performances every Monday and Tuesday 

New Weekend Brunch at Fang Fang

Casual eatery Fang Fang has launched a new Asian Fiesta Brunch which serves all the favourites the restaurant has to offer. For a reasonable $358 per person, diners can tuck into a selection of welcome snacks, such as Sea Salt Edamame beans and Prawn Crackers, followed by an assortment of small sharing dishes, including house-made Steamed Shrimp “har gau” and truffle mushroom dumplings, Crispy Salt and Pepper Tofu with smoky chilli sauce, Prawn Tempura Rolls with beetroot yoghurt, and Braised Pork Belly served with Japanese black honey “Kuromitsu”. And onto heartier mains ... Guests get to choose one main dish, with options including Honey-grilled Chilean SeabassSlow-cooked Beef Short Ribs with tangy lemongrass sauce, Szechuan Pepper Chicken with sweet caramel house-made popcorn, and Crispy Aromatic Duck served with crepes, cucumber, and hoisin sauce. They can also enjoy a Ginger Crème Brulee or a selection of Ice Cream for dessert, if rooms allows (of course it does). For an additional $280, diners can sip on free-flow Moët Chandon champagne, Asahi beer, white and red wine, sake, alcoholic “spiked” iced tea, bespoke Bloody Marys, Bellinis, Margaritas, and Mojitos. Now that's more than enough to keep us warm! Fang Fang, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2983 9083 Every Saturday from 12pm to 3pm $358 per person (free-flow alcohol package an additional $280) / Non-alcoholic beverage package an additional ($110)

New Tasting Menus at Pirata

The original Pirata restaurant, best known for serving up hearty Italian classics, is inviting diners to indulge in three All’Italiana Tasting Menus, all designed for sharing. Guests can choose the Classic ($450 per person), From the Land ($490 per person), or From the Sea ($580 per person) menu, which each come with four antipastos, one pasta dish, two secondi, and one dessert. The Classic Menu features a series of Pirata’s favourites, including signature appetiser Calamari Fritti, and the Eggplant Parmigianaserved with melted, bubbling Buffalo mozzarella and parmesan. Meat lovers will appreciate the succulent M.M.M. (My Mamma’s Meatballs) and The Butcher’s Cut bites of flank steak tagliata that feature on the Land menu, while seafood fans can tuck into a fresh Octopus Salad starter, followed by a Whole Italian Seabass Mediterranean Style with potatoes. If you still have room left after all of that, there's a choice of traditional Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, and the restaurant's bestselling Crushed Chocolate & Dry Nuts Semifreddo, which arrives at the table covered in a hot chocolate fondue. The perfect place to feast with loved ones on those chilly winter evenings. Pirata, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2887 0270 Available daily from 6.30pm
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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.