We’d suggest having a notepad nearby to jot down the notable new bites happening across the city before scrolling through this week’s ‘New Eats’, which are topped with an impressive selection of limited-time collaborative specials. An exciting partnership between Shake Shack and Yardbird (stay tuned!); a coffee-fuelled afternoon paired with bite-size treats from Date by Tate and Koffee Mameya; and a gin-inspired afternoon tea set (one’s that just as satisfying as the go-to tipple, we promise) from Perfume Trees Gin and The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. News to save and new menus to sample this week to weekend.
Shake Shack x Yardbird
Highlight 12 June on calendars (it’s a Saturday!) in bright neon yellow: One-starred izakaya Yardbird is buddying up with burger spot Shake Shack for a one-day only lineup of bevs, burgers and bites. This latest collaboration follows part of Yardbird’s series of partnerships in celebration the 10th anniversary and the limited menu will only be available until sellout. Our best advice is to head over early to sample of a bit of everything stress- and (hopefully) queue-free. As for what will be on the menu, keep the LSA tab open to find out.
Shake Shack, Shop 4018, Podium Level 4, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 5611
Date by Tate x Koffee Mameya
It’s no surprise that Date by Tate, Tate’s Dining Room’s gourmet-takeaway arm, is incredibly consistent in rolling out with decadent pastries that look almost too pretty to eat. Sharing its bijouterie-adjacent creations at K11 Musea’s Koffee Mameya, Date by Tate’s creates three exclusive ‘kube’ pastries for a specialised pairing menu to three of Koffee Mameya’s 25 coffee blends. The chestnut cake (HK$45), is a honey-infused bite with whole chestnut in the centre, topped off with chestnut cream. A beautiful accompaniment to lighter roasts, namely the Honduran El Puenta Geisha by Ditta Artigianale in Florence. The curry and dry fruits financier (HK$45), inspired by rich Japanese curry and sweetened with apricots and sultanas, is the perfect pair to a medium roast, or the Ethiopian raspberry candy from Melbourne’s ONA coffee. And the last of the trio: chocolate and black truffle pound cake (HK$55), a rich dark chocolate bite with crispy black truffle ganache and an almond coating, decadently served with the darker-roast of Guariroba Natural, roasted by Philocoofea in Tokyo. A wonderful afternoon of sipping and savouring awaits.
Koffee Mameya, B217, B2/F, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
A renewed menu at Bibi & Baba
It’s not simply a new chef at the vibrant Bibi & Baba, but a new menu too. Taking from chef Ho Wai-Kong’s Malaysian upbringing and training in Singapore, the new dishes adapt to traditional culinary techniques found in Malaysian, Singapore and Indonesian recipes. Hainanese chicken (HK$168/half; HK$280/full) served with signature chicken oil rice is a classic comfort favourite, made with gently poached local three yellow chicken. There’s also a Nyonya fish head curry (HK$388) for larger parities and Ayam Goreng Istimewa (HK$128), an aromatic Indonedian-style fried chicken. Bring a friend and sample the new selection in a sharing set menu made for groups of two (HK$288 per person) and four (HK$338 per person).
Bibi & Baba, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2555 0628
Savoury treats from Twist & Buckle
Trust you’re no stranger to this churreria, Hong Kong’s first own authentic post. But instead of news on Twist & Buckle’s deep-fried, sugar-dusted snack; this is an update on its latest selection of savoury serves that tap into iconic South American street-side snacks. Empanadas (HK$38), most certainly, makes a presence in three varying filling — chicken, spinach and béchamel or classic ham and cheese — as do the Churro Dog (HK$38), which plays on the crispy menu mainstay with a frankfurter wedged between the classic ridges of a typical churro. A drizzle of mustard and ketchup finishes up for a renewed hot-dog.
Twist & Buckle, 29-31 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong collaborates with Perfume Trees Gin
We’re always partial to an ice-chilled glass of G&T during summer; something that The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong has caught wind of with the introduction of a three-month-long collaboration with Perfume Trees Gin, the first home-grown gin in Hong Kong. Find the bright, zesty flavours of the spirit infused into the menus of the high-brow establishment’s eateries, including a gin-infused ‘Perfume Trees Delight’ menu at the reputed, two-Michelin starred Tin Lung Heen, topped with dishes like braised glutinous rice and diced garoupa, finished with caviar and chilled beef shin where the sticky starchy base is prepared with a drizzle of the Perfume Trees gin. Also at Café 103, the ‘Heart Note of Hong Kong’ afternoon tea ( HK$438 for one; HK$718 for two) which blends the decadent top flavours of Perfume Trees — cinnamon, juniper berries, aged tangerine and citrus — into delicate sweet and savoury bites.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2263
Header image courtesy of Bibi & Baba