There’s a lot to love in the dining scene this week: menus conceptualised and made by women for International Women’s Day and the lifting of restrictions so we can finally go out for that long-awaited cocktail and canapés with no longer just one friend, but three! There’s new burgers to be had, free-flow brunch menus to be savoured. Whether you’re nodding towards those notable ladies in your life or are just out for a good meal, the menus below is the list you’re after. Enjoy!

Écriture 

In dedication to International Women’s Day, Écriture is launching a one-day menu for 8 March led by chef de cuisine Heloise Fischbach and dessert from chef de partie, Tia Cheung. Choose from either a five-course lunch (HK$1,188) or seven-course dinner (HK$1,888) and sample the carefully conceptualised plates, ideated and developed by the women at the French restaurant from kitchen to front-of-house. There’s the smoked eel-infused topinambour (a root vegetable otherwise known as Jerusalem artichoke) and butternut cuttlefish with black truffle and a homemade anchovy sauce. Modern interpretations of refined French confectionery rounds off the meal.

Écriture, 26/F, H Queen’s 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +2795 5996

Divino Group 

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No celebration of International Women’s Day is complete without a tip of a full champagne flute to the top ladies in your life. A chilled glass filled with mimosa is how the Divino Group is celebrating. The three restaurants in its portfolio, Divino, Divino Patio and Spasso, are serving complimentary mimosas all weekend till 8 March. Enjoy it alfresco style and served along the signature tasty Italian plates, of course. Salute! 

DiVino, 73 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2167 8883

DiVino Patio, Shop 11, 1/f, BRIM28, Causeway Bay Centre, No 28 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2877 3552

Spasso, G5-8, 12-17, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2730 8027

Poem 

International Women’s Day celebrations are carried-out with a nostalgic reminiscing for home at Balinese restaurant Poem. The three-day exclusive menu (lunch begins at HK$288 for two; dinner begins at HK$488) pays homage to the passed-down recipes from the matriarchs in chef Mustika’s village in rural Bali. Recreated under the discretion of sous chef Alyssa and the women at Poem, dishes include grilled free-range chicken with house-made sambal bajak, smoked Hokkaido scallops in green sambal curry, and pan-fried beef striploin in a fragrant rendang.

International Women’s Day menu is available at Poem from 8 – 11 March. Reservations can be made here

Poem, 5/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 6166

Smoke & Barrel 

Wyndham Street’s American smokehouse Smoke & Barrel is adding burgers to its menu. The Smokin’ Hot Burgers, a selection of six, is an extension of chef Christopher Tuthill and chef Chris Grare’s signature smoked meats, all made in-house in the infamous ‘The Beast’, the only authentic wood-fired smoker in the city. Inspired by six American states, each are ingeniously tweaked to nod towards the flavours of its namesake. The Texas (HK$158), made with dry-aged beef patty with homemade maple bacon and cheddar cheese; the New York (HK$138) sandwiches 7-day brined pastrami corned beef that is slowly smoked for 12 hours and served with sauerkraut and mustard; the Carolina (HK$108), pit-smoked pork shoulder rubbed with paprika and oregano, then shredded; and the Alabama (HK$128), a fried chicken filling with homemade Alabama white sauce, are among favourites. There’s also BBQ spiced fries, and milkshakes, diner style. A meal that will surely satisfy.

Smoke & Barrel, 1/F & 2/F, Wyndham Mansion, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2866 2120

Penicillin

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There’s a new brunch spot to be at starting this Sunday, 7 March. Penicillin, Hong Kong’s first sustainable farm-to-table bar, is celebrating weekends with ‘Unplugged Sundays’, a brand new menu that serves locally sourced brunch dishes alongside add-on free-flow bubbles and mimosas (HK$298 for one mains with two hours of free-flow; additional hours are an extra HK$148, from 12pm-4pm every Sunday of the month. Tuck into comforting weekend cures, there are currently three options to pick from: classic all-day breakfast, slow-cooked duck leg confit waffle and local pork and apricot burger.

Penicillin, L/G, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9880 7995

Kinship

Neighbourhood favourite Kinship welcomes new head chef Nelson Gonzalez and consequently, a new menu too. Venezuelan-born and New-York trained, he brings his inspired take on international cuisine into the restaurant’s home-style menu with new seasonal dishes and the introduction of a weekday lunch menu (from HK$198 for two courses). Anticipate new world flavours and an international influence. There’s a red snapper ‘ceviche’ (HK$148) dressed with coconut milk lime, toasted peanuts and served with green papaya salad on top; crispy soft shell crab (HK$158) made with a cornmeal crust and drizzled with a guasacaca sauce — a blended green vegetable condiment, considered as the condiment of Venezuela; home-made cavatelli (HK$238) with Hokkaido scallops; and Okinawa pork loin (HK$288) served with homemade chimichurri sauce. Yum!

Kinship, 3/F, 2-4 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2520 0899

Header image courtesy of Smoke & Barrel

Lorria Sahmet
Style Editor
Two years of covering luxury retail later, Lorria is thrilled to be dedicated to writing about fashion, food and lifestyle. When not roaming around garden centres hauling back new plants for her indoor jungle, she is most likely hunting down the best fries in the city. She's happiest by the ocean with a fishbowl glass of ice-cold Aperol spritz.