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5 dining pop-ups not to miss this June

We’ve already packed your dining agendas this month with our list of the 10 best new restaurant openings in June, but in case you have extra room in your schedule (and in your stomach), there are plenty of guest chefs and pop-up dinners blitzing through town this month. From one of Japan’s most prestigious sushi masters to an all out taqueria-style feast, here’s our list of the best pop-ups to check out this month.

Chef’s Table with Yosuke Imada at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong 

When: 9–18 June (closed 12 June)

Price: HK$1,080 per person for lunch, HK$1,880 per person for dinner

Food connoisseurs, mark your diaries — a sushi chef legend is set to arrive in Hong Kong this month as part of the ongoing Chef’s Table series at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Yosuke Imada, chef-owner of the famous Kyubey in Ginza, Tokyo, will set up post in the hotel from 9–18 June, showcasing his acclaimed cuisine in the form of a special lunch and dinner omakase menu.

Meant to be one of the most intimate and exclusive dining experiences in Hong Kong, the Chef’s Table hosts only 18 seats, surrounded by stunning views on the 102nd floor. The lucky attendees this month will encounter a gastronomic journey of pristine Japanese ingredients and preparations crafted by chef Yosuku. Lunch will comprise appetisers, sashimi, sushi and dessert, while dinner will also encompass a selection of seasonal delicacies as well as yakimono (grilled dishes). A range of specially curated sakes and Japanese teas will be on offer to pair with the menu.

Chef’s Table, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270

Mrs. Pound’s Masala Adventures with Neil Tomes

When: 22 June, 6pm onwards

Price: À la carte

The story goes like this: In 1987, the mysterious globe-trotting Mrs. Pound bumped into chef Neil Tomes of Indian street food favourite, Tandoori Bro, on a busy side street of Delhi. Their eyes locked for a split second, before being whisked away in the crowd. Twenty years later, they’ve reunited in the kitchen — thus setting the stage for “Mrs. Pound’s Masala Adventures,” a one-night-only pop-up at the retro-hip diner in Sheung Wan.

The mouthwatering menu will showcase a mash-up of Mrs. Pound classics and Tandoori Bro’s signature Indian snacks including Xinjiang lamb samosas, lamb poutine, masala corn on the cob with cashew, and more. Original items from both Mrs. Pound and Tandoori Bro will also be on offer, to be washed down with a selection of Indian-inspired cocktails and jaipur beer. Expect a lively night packed full of great food and drinks, Bollywood tunes, and plenty of stories to recount from the evening.

Mrs. Pound, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3426 3949

Wine vs. Sake Dinner at Mr & Mrs Fox

When: 29 June

Price: The five-course meal with both wine and sake pairing is priced at HK$650 plus 10% surcharge per person.

After a successful “Wine vs Beer Dinner” back in March, Mr & Mrs Fox is hosting its second showdown, this time “Wine vs. Sake,” in an exclusive dinner on 29 June. Food and drink lovers are invited to join Swire Hotels & Restaurants’ Director of Wine, Yvonne Cheung, alongside Beverage Director of Yardbird, RONIN and Sunday’s Grocery, Elliot Faber, to discover different varieties of sake and wine and decide which beverage ultimately pairs best with the food on offer.

The Japanese-inspired five-course dinner includes hamachi ceviche, Japanese cold soba noodles, slow-poached sea bream, ribeye, and a cheese board to end the meal. In addition to being a chance for vinophiles and sake lovers to unite, the dinner serves as a precursor to the launch of a delicious range of sake cocktails later this month at the popular Quarry Bay hangout.

Mr & Mrs Fox, 23 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2697 8500

Luis Aguilar x Test Kitchen

When: 21–25 June

Price: HK$1,080 includes cocktail and beer pairings; book tickets here

Local chef incubator Test Kitchen is at it again this month with a new pop-up dinner featuring flavours from south of the border. If you’re one of the ones who desperately seek good Mexican food in Hong Kong, you won’t want to miss the four-night stint from chef Luis Aguilar, owner of Safari in Tulum on the Caribbean coast, a funky upscale taqueria where most of the cooking is done out of a 1971 Airstream ‘Safari’ trailer.

Vibrant and colourful, chef Luis is here to showcase what makes Mexican food some of the most exciting in the world, with a hit of authentic tastes from the Yucatan Peninsula. Unlike previous Test Kitchen pop-ups, the dinner will skip the degustation-style format for a relaxed, family-style vibe. The menu, which chef Luis describes as ‘campfire food,’ includes ceviche, tostadas, prawns on mole verde, and fresh, handmade tortillas stuffed with an array of Mexican produce. To wash it down, diners will be served margaritas, mezcals and craft beers from Mexico in place of wine. For those who want an even more low-key experience, you can head over for the five-course taqueria-style lunch instead, priced at HK$480 per person with one drink included.

Test Kitchen, 158A Connaught Road West, Shop 3, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Moët Hennessey Wine Dinner at InterContinental Hong Kong

When: 28 June

Price: HK$1,888 plus 10% surcharge per person

When one thinks of wine, China isn’t usually at the top of mind, but those in the industry are increasingly taking note of the great wines coming out of the region. On June 28, vinophiles will be able to explore one such wine –Moët Hennessey’s recently released first vintage Ao Yun 2013 — at an exclusive dinner at InterContinental Hong Kong’s 2-Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant Yan Toh Heen.

Made from vineyards in the northwest corner of Yunnan Province, the Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic red blend with 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Priced at USD$250 with only 24,000 bottles available globally, this may be your only chance to sip the exclusive vintage. Try the wine with an 8-course feast which includes king crab salad, baked langoustine and turnip in puff pastry, pan-seared sea bass, simmered king crab legs in supreme broth, and more. The 2013 Ao Yun will be paired with the wagyu beef served two ways, while other dishes will be complemented by a variety of wines from New Zealand and France.

InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323

5 dining pop-ups not to miss this June

Leslie Yeh

Editor in Chief

Having worked as a lifestyle editor for almost 10 years, Leslie is thrilled to be writing about the topic she loves most: wining and dining. When she's not out pounding the pavement for the latest new restaurant opening or tracking food trends, Leslie can be found at home whipping up a plate of rigatoni vodka and binge-watching Netflix with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand.

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