This week in ‘New Eats’, we venture with cautious optimism back into public spaces all across Hong Kong. Here are a handful of the latest pop-ups, seasonal menus and retail promotions which have us excited about dining out again. Take a look below.
Two new seasonal menus at Castellana
With summer right around the corner, Italian celebrity chef Marco Sacco is debuting two new menus (available as either four or seven courses) at his Hong Kong outpost, Castellana. Each explores a medley of culinary influences rooted in either Italian or international cuisine, and have been developed in close consultation with Executive Chef Fabiano Palombini. In ‘Journey around the world’ (four courses for HK$1,080; seven courses for HK$1,280) diners are able to sample updated fine dining staples like zuppa di cipolle (onion soup, made using a mixture of white and coppery bulbs from Montoro); while the ‘Castellana Tour of Italy’ (four courses for HK$880 ; seven courses for HK$1,080) provides a crash course in essential regional dishes like vitello tonnato or Turin-style ravioli stuffed with a trifecta of pork, veal and spinach. Matching wine pairings are also available.
Castellana, 10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3188 5028
‘Spices and Herbs’ pop-up at Test Kitchen (feat. Chef Devin Hou)
Following a warm reception to the first chapter of its ‘Edible Tales’ series — dedicated to all things chocolatey — Test Kitchen is once again hosting two rounds of ingredient-centric dinners between the 14-16 and 21-23 of May. In ‘Chapter 2’, Chef Devon Hou of premium caterer Butler HK will be exploring the theme of ‘Spices and Herbs’, serving up six tastebud-tingling courses built around a variety of influential global spices, including laksa, fenugreek and masala ginger. Pricing is fixed at HK$1,180 with the option for a wine pairing for HK$580.
Purchase tickets to the ‘Edible Tales’ pop-up via Butler HK’s online shop. Test Kitchen, Shop 3, Kwan Yick Building Phase 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Limited edition sakura tea-infused macarons by Tea WG
To celebrate the opening of Tea WG’s latest boutique in Sha Tin, the brand is simultaneously unveiling several novel editions of its signature teas, preserves and other gourmet specialties. Undoubtedly, the most sought-after of these will be the macarons infused with ‘Sakura! Sakura!’ tea. Like the looseleaf flavour for which it’s named, these macarons are filled with a chocolate ganache that is scented with green tea, sweet rose and rainier cherry. Available as a Tea WG New Town Plaza exclusive until 31 May, confection fiends are able to purchase these in gift sets of six, 12 or 24 pieces.
Tea WG (New Town Plaza), Shop 204A, 2/F, New Town Plaza Phase 1, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, +852 2619 9603