We’re traversing land and sea this week to bring you the best of Hong Kong’s gourmet offerings — from a bar menu celebrating quintessential British fare, to a sumptuous new brunch, and a seafaring feast of Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite royal dishes. Brush up on your British etiquette, grab a fork and tuck in to this week’s new eats.
British bar bites at Gough’s on Gough
With its imaginative design and elegant food pairings, Gough’s on Gough is all about curating quintessential British dining experiences; this summer, guests can enjoy a brand new British bar bites and cocktail menu available at Piranha Bar, a ground-floor nook with the same swirling marble and eye-catching design as the dining room proper. A series of new menus from chef Cary Docherty highlights fresh, seasonal produce from the British Isles — from grilled lobster to succulent prawns, mussels and scallops. If you’re feeling peckish but not up for the full 3-course dinner menu, pop in to Piranha bar to sample a selection of the unfussy bar bites.
Sharing small plates range from beef fat-fried chips (HK$58) and fish finger sandwiches (HK$68) to market-priced seasonal seafood dishes such as half-grilled lobster and chips and jumbo grilled carabinero prawns. Tuck into smoked anchovies on toast, Cornish ‘Star Gazzy’ pie and the traditional dish of Welsh rarebit re-envisioned as ‘Hong Kong rarebit’ (HK$88), with an addictive melted cheese sauce blanketing slices of toasted bread. The Piranha Bar menu is served Mon–Sat from 12–10pm (Sun 12–7pm) and can be washed down with happy hour drinks from seasonal cocktails to classic martinis and negronis.
Gough’s on Gough, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2473 9066
‘A Taste of the Palace’ at sea
Ever wondered what it would be like to dine like royalty? Dream Cruises is making that fantasy come true in their annual “Taste the Dream – Wine and Dine at Sea” programme, this year highlighting an imperial feast of East and West. The latter spotlights chef Darren McGrady, ‘The Royal Chef’ who served as Queen Elizabeth II’s personal cook for 11 years. He’s spent his career catering to the palates of the royal family — including Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry — and for the first time, he’s presenting these royal Buckingham Palace dishes at sea. The long-time collaboration-in-the-making finally set sail this month, with the cruise-liner inviting passengers to have a taste of regal dishes such as salmon mousse (fat-free, as the Queen prefers it) with herbed lobster, stuffed aubergine with roasted bell pepper sauce, and juniper-crusted venison with mushroom risotto — all served personally by chef McGrady himself.
Meanwhile, ‘The Forbidden Banquet’ highlights the classic banquet dishes enjoyed by the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty, served up with painstaking precision and acute adherence to classical methods by the formidable chef Ivan Li, who’s devoted years of training to perfecting Chinese Imperial Cuisine (he’s also descended from a line of imperial kitchen chefs). Served in the glamourous Silk Road Chinese Restaurant — complete with a stage for dinnertime entertainment — guests will see the historic stories unfold on their plate, as chef Li prepares Chinese delicacies such as abalone, bird’s nest, sea cucumber and geoduck into subtle and elegant creations unchanged by the passage of time.
‘A Taste of the Palace’ can be enjoyed aboard the 2-night Weekend Escape from Hong Kong, in addition to other all-inclusive privileges for ‘The Palace’ guests; for more information, visit the Dream Cruises website here.
Spiga’s Sunday brunch
Bottles of bubbly, smooth jazz and sensational Italian produce combine to create a memorable Sunday brunch experience at Spiga. Available from 12–3pm every Sunday (from HK$388 per person), the new weekend brunch offers a fabulous selection ranging from summery salads to hearty soups, tantalising cold cuts and oven-fresh focaccia. A live carving station caters to carnivores with platters of succulent roast beef and pork, while seafood lovers will gravitate to the selection of fresh ocean produce on ice, including Boston lobsters, Italian prawns, fresh oysters, mussels and more.
After sampling your way through the semi-buffet, diners can choose their à la carte main: highlights include sea urchin angel hair pasta with garlic, chilli, olive oil and bottarga; tomato, mozzarella and Parma ham pizza; and classic spaghetti with tomato sauce and basil. For an indulgent treat, upgrade your brunch (plus HK$100–180 supplement) to feast on veal cheek with crispy potatoes and Dijon mustard millefeuille, roasted chicken with bell peppers, or the fresh catch of the day served Pescatora-style with prawns and mussels. Of course, it wouldn’t be Sunday brunch without free flow: choose from sparkling prosecco, mimosas, Bloody Marys, Peroni beer, and house wines (HK$180 for two hours), or opt for the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne upgrade (HK$280). A live jazz trio adds to the lazy Sunday vibes, complemented by Spiga’s chic vintage-Italian interiors.
Spiga, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2871 0055