We’re right in the thick of March art madness, and no doubt you’ll be running on fumes all week with the plethora of exhibitions and galleries to attend. Refuel and keep hunger at bay with these new eats around town, from competing Mediterranean-themed buffets to snackable small bites on the Southside.
A taste of Greece at Cordis
Caught up and down the picturesque coastline, the world-renowned seafood of Greece is the focal point of a new buffet at Cordis’ all-day diner, The Place. With the aim to cultivate a healthy all-day dining destination, The Place’s new “A Taste of Greece” buffet runs through the end of June and features Greece’s most prized produce. The Mediterranean cuisine is world-famous for its straightforward nature which lets fresh ingredients shine — a philosophy duly reflected in dishes such as Greek-style octopus drizzled with fruity olive oil, tangy feta and watermelon salad, and roasted tomato and sardine bruschetta. Classic dips and spreads whet the appetite for the mains: baked lobster with feta, prawn saganaki, bulgur-stuffed calamari, spanakopita, moussaka, Greek-style roasted lamb leg and much more. Make sure to save room for the kitchen’s take on the iconic baklava and kataifi pastries for dessert.
The Place, Lobby Level, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3552 3028
Spicy chorizo and soccarat
Across the bay at Kerry Hotel, Executive Chef Matthew Woolford is drumming up his own regional-themed buffet, celebrating the gastronomic gems within the Spanish culinary canon. In the spacious and light-filled Big Bay Café, guests will have a chance to taste some of Spain’s most exquisite products, from fatty Iberico ham to spicy chorizo and a ripe, 12-month Manchego cheese. The spread (more than 200-plus dishes) is highlighted by classic tapas such as gambas al ajillo (chilli king prawns) and fluffy Spanish-style omelettes studded with peppers and potatoes. The carousel of Spanish treats continues with the crown jewel: a massive seafood paella, cooked low and slow and served with the prized crispy soccarat. Whether you’re snacking on marinated sardines, picking at a pickled octopus salad or tucking into a warm baked potato and bacon tortilla — Big Bay’s new Spanish-themed buffet is the next best thing to booking a plane ticket this month.
Available through 31 May. HK$638 per adult, HK$318 per kid Mon–Thurs; HK$688 per adult, HK$344 per kid Fri–Sun.
Big Bay Café, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3069 9988
Spring for small bites at Komune
Craving something lighter and healthier this month? Head over to Komune, where a new menu is packed full of small, sharing-style plates best enjoyed on the garden terrace as the last vestiges of balmy weather make way for the summer heat wave. A breezy Wong Chuk Hang eatery, Komune’s tantalising menu incorporates mixed influences for a global culinary tour: start in Japan with grilled hamachi, head to Italy to slurp up the luscious squid ink linguini, and end up somewhere in Southeast Asia with desserts such as the Thai-influenced lime cheesecake.
Also appearing on the new menu is a series of “Snaccidents” — so named for their small-plate composition and creative impulses. Dig into the flavourful buffalo cauliflower (HK$95) for a vegetarian take on the classic American bar snack, or indulge in the Burrata Bomb (HK$140), deep-fried cheese served with a tangy cherry tomato puree. The bold dishes go down best with a vibrant cocktail such as the Chinese Ink (HK$108), with Bullet Rye bolstered by Asian ingredients such as lychee, lime, tangerine and lemongrass.
Komune, 4/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong, +852 3460 8157