Work up an appetite and tuck into the best new eats this September — from all-you-can-eat animal-themed dim sum to a new vegan menu and brunch offering from one of the UK’s star chefs. Here are the new menus to savour before the month is up.
Theo Randall returns to the 852
British celebrity chef Theo Randall returns this month to his Hong Kong outpost, Theo Mistral at the InterContinental Grand Stanford, to launch all-new menu creations in time for autumn. Few may know that Randall is a strong proponent of veganism; known as the “Vegan Master” in the UK, Randall is passionate about finding ways to decrease our consumption of animals. Bringing his philosophy to Hong Kong, Randall has launched an all-new 4-course vegan menu — sure to find its audience amongst increasingly health-conscious diners here. Priced at HK$488 per person, the plant-based dishes should sway even the most devoted carnivores: ranging from heritage tomatoes dressed with 10-year aged balsamic, to risotto with porcini and girolle mushrooms, and slow-cooked Italian vegetable ragu.
Meanwhile, brunch lovers should scoot to the new Sunday brunch offering: Titled ‘A Taste of Italy’, the brunch buffet is inspired by 12 popular food regions around Italy. We’re already big fans of Theo Mistral’s decadent antipasti and fresh seafood offering, with platters of freshly-shucked oysters, crab legs, Boston lobster, shrimp, sea whelk and more. To elevate the experience, the new Sunday brunch draws influences from Piedmont to Sicily, Tuscany to Capri — spanning pastas, slow roasts, classic desserts, and seafood salads from tuna carpaccio to smoked salmon. The family-friendly brunch is priced at just HK$598 per adult, HK$338 per kid, with a designated kids’ playing area available.
Theo Mistral, B/2, InterContinental Grand Stanford, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2731 2870
Free-for-all dim sum
Get ready to chow down on all manner of cute and Instagrammable dim sum baskets with Yum Cha’s new all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring unlimited dim sum and chef’s specials throughout September. You’re probably familiar with the modern dim sum diner’s ultra-adorable piggy buns and oozing custard buns, but the menu of 40-plus dim sum dishes offers more than just click-bait. Freshly made everyday, the moreish plates here range from delicate bird-shaped baked pineapple puffs (pictured above) to chilli pork dumplings, spring rolls and even faux-meat dim sum such as the Omnipork puffs, a riff on char siu so.
New items to sink your teeth into include steamed red bean mochi buns, green tea custard molten buns and steamed Chinese cabbage and pork buns. Don’t miss other chef’s specials to pair with your dim sum — we’re big on the sticky honey balsamic chicken wings and braised truffle e-fu noodles. The free-flow is priced at HK$158 per adult, HK$78 per kid under 10 years old, and valid only through 30 September (limited to a 90-minute session).
Yum Cha, 2/F, Emperor Watch & Jewellery Centre, 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2323 1288; also available at Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui locations
Wooloomooloo turns 10
Birthday celebrations are in the works at Wooloomooloo Steakhouse this month, as the Wan Chai branch turns a decade old with a special 10th Anniversary Set Dinner, paired with cocktails and breathtaking views across the harbour. With the Wan Chai outlet offering one of the best rooftop terraces on the island, now’s the perfect time to take advantage in the balmy transition between summer and fall. Served through 30 September, the anniversary dinner offers diners two choices for each of the five courses from the restaurant’s popular grill items.
Priced at HK$738, dinner kicks off with your choice of Australian Wagyu beef carpaccio, dressed with truffle mayonnaise and Grana Padano; or salmon and tuna tartare, with a refreshing kick from beetroot puree and crème fraiche. Then choose between the classic crab cake or pan-fried Hokkaido scallops; followed by your choice of creamy lobster bisque splashed with cognac, or French onion soup with a cap of melted Gruyère. For mains, steak lovers will be going straight for the filet mignon or classic rib eye, paired with a red wine jus. Cap off dessert with pavlova or the crowd favourite — molten lava hot chocolate cake with a fail-safe oozy centre. As a bonus, guests will be offered a complimentary ‘Perfect Ten’ welcome cocktail, with additional gin cocktails created in collaboration with South Australia’s Applewood Distillery for the occasion.
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2893 6960