Hungry foodies have plenty to look forward to with this week’s New Eats — from the return of a beloved vegetarian restaurant, to a delicious new buffet brunch, and a creative Japanese-Brazilian menu to spice up mid-week lunches. Here’s where to sate your appetite this week.


Grassroots to Go

The beloved Grassroots Pantry may have closed its dining room to make room for Nectar — Peggy Chan‘s new plant-based tasting menu restaurant — but fans of GP will be happy to know that the restaurant lives on in the form of on-demand food delivery. Partnering with Foodpanda, Grassroots Pantry will once again be available to Hong Kong diners looking to get their fix of pandan fried hedgehog mushrooms (HK$85) and mixed mushroom linguini (HK$168) at the touch of a button.

Simply search Grassroots-to-Go on the Foodpanda app and choose from quick and convenient plant-based options ranging from the Poke Bowl (HK$108) drizzled in seaweed and ponzu dressing; to the Rainbow Bowl (HK$108) with curly kale tossed with a medley of roast veggies; and the Seasonal Whole Bowl (HK$108), an Indian-style dal makhani with tofu, wilted greens and activated almonds over brown rice. Chan’s collective plant-based initiatives also extend to The Alternative Caterer, a catering service for those looking to enjoy the Grassroots experience at home.

Order Grassroots-to-Go from Foodpanda here


A ladies lunch at Maison Es

Seeking an elegant lunch option with the gals over the weekend? Maison Es’ fairytale-like interiors provide the perfect setting to relax and unwind over the weekend, with a new semi-buffet brunch turning up the Francophile flair. Set within the greenery-filled, vintage-inspired restaurant helmed by chef Esther Sham, this new weekend brunch option starts with a large chilled seafood spread, ranging from premium freshly shucked oysters (two per person), to crab legs and mussels. Fill up on fresh seafood, then move on to cold cuts, cheeses, and an array of colourful seasonal salads.

Guests can then choose from a main course selection which rotates every few weeks, ranging from poached sea bass with crispy skin to spaghetti with chilli egg sauce and garlic crumbs. For drinks, opt for the two-hour drinks package (plus HK$150 per person) inclusive of French wines, soft drinks and juices; or upgrade to include Louis Roederer Brut Premier (plus HK$298). HK$298 buffet only, HK$398 buffet with main course on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 11:30am–2:30pm (last order at 2pm).

Maison Es, 1A Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2521 8011


A Nipo-Brasileiro lunch

Cheerful Japanese-Brazilian boteco, Uma Nota is catering to hungry Centralites with a fresh new midday deal to replace sad desk lunches. Starting from just HK$95, diners can fill up on the gourmet salad bar, or enjoy a salad with a choice of main course for HK$120. Two dinnertime crowd favourites have been adapted to lunch sizes: the Berinjela with miso, goat’s cheese and cashew nuts, and the Robalo Assado, with grilled sea bass wrapped in a banana leaf parcel. For a small add-on, guests can tuck into Uma Nota’s riff on a cheeseburger with Biquinho chilli chutney and katsuobushi mayo (plus HK$10), or the US sirloin with Brazilian vinaigrette (plus HK$15). The lunch menu changes every two weeks, allowing for fresh offerings on each return trip. Feeling cheeky? Wash down your meal with a caipirinha cocktail before heading back to the office grind.

Uma Nota, 1/F, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2889 7576

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.