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The recent surge in confirmed cases in Hong Kong has thrown a spanner in the works of what was shaping to be a summer of recovery for the F&B industry. During this difficult time, we can do our part to support our favourite local eateries by ordering takeaway or delivery (with plenty of fine dining options as well), as well as maintaining our level of hygiene, masking up and staying cautious. Thankfully, all is not lost in this city of food-lovers — those who still want to grab a bite to eat at their favourite venues will still have a number of special lunch menus worth looking forward to.
From an Anglo-Indian picnic basket to enjoy the sunshine or an eight-course two-Michelin-starred affair, here are a couple of delicious daytime meals to put on your radar.
Six-course weekend lunch menu at Écriture
With new opening hours from noon to 4:30pm, Écriture’s new six-course lunch menu is a real treat to look forward to during the weekends. The meal starts with chef Maxime Gilbert’s homemade focaccia and a spread of alternative house-cured cold cuts — with items such as bonito, John Dory, Brittany pigeon and fresh ikura pearls. Continuing the whet the appetite is the delightful summer dish of raw amaebi with vibrant pineapple tomatoes and olive oil-marinated fennel. Next, the decadent caviar and uni tart (HK$588 supplement per person) is a dish to impress, featuring Royal Caviar Club’s Schrenkii caviar and Hokkaido sea urchin in a buckwheat tart shell. The Taiyouran Japanese egg dish — presented in such a way it’d do Yayoi Kusama proud — follows up with a rich, comforting blend of bright orange yolk and girolle mushrooms fricassée, with onion compote, croutons and glazed carrots to soak it all up. The ensuing courses of pan-seared homemade gnocchi with goat cheese cream and roast rack of Kintoa Basque pork ensures a satisfying, well rounded meal, with a signature assortment of desserts to follow. Priced at HK$788 per person, guests can also opt for unlimited free-flow of Dom Perignon 2008 at an additional HK$1,388 — to really make it an occasion worth celebrating.
Écriture, 26/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2795 5996
Weekend picnic basket at Rajasthan Rifles
Looking for some creative ways to socially distance — or even add some spark to your date plans with all the dining restrictions in place? Complement your picturesque hikes and grassy picnics ‘round the Peak with the new weekend lunch picnic basket offering at Rajasthan Rifles, available from 25 July onwards. Complete with blanket, enamel flatware and some of the restaurant’s signature dishes on offer like the club sandwich, samosa chutney and seasonal fruits with clotted cream pudding, the set is priced at HK$222 per person plus HK$500 deposit per basket — refunded upon safe return to the restaurant.
Rajasthan Rifles, The Peak Galleria, Shop G01, G/F, 118 Peak Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2388 8874
Lunch menu at Aulis
Aside from a delectable new at-home offering and a three-course lunch (HK$280 per person) by sister venue Roganic, Aulis is now temporarily only open Wednesday through Sunday with two lunch sessions at 12:30pm and 3:30pm. You’ll get to tuck into some of Simon Rogan’s signature dishes, such as the famous truffle pudding, a sea urchin custard featuring Rogan’s own Petrossian caviar, and the light and airy pine doughnuts. Other delicious items on the menu include crab crumpet with horseradish, cod with smoked cod roe and chicken skin, local pork loin served with sage, onion and grilled hen-of-the-wood-mushroom. The 12-course lunch is priced at HK$880 per guest.
Aulis, UG08, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2817 8383
New lunch menu at Okra
No better time to visit Sai Ying Pun’s beloved buzzy izakaya — the new HK$150 lunch set has some of Okra’s best hits on offer, with your choice of main served with the house bacon miso soup, a side of pickles, a choice of steamed Koshihikari rice or purple sweet potato toast for those going low carb — plus matcha ice cream and drink. As far as main dish choices go, they’re sure to uplift any sad home or desk lunch: Try the eggplant nanbanzuke (marinated and fried) with yuba fettuccine; the popular mala smoked ribs with yuzu jam, or smoked hamachi collar with burnt cabbage (the latter two require HK$50 supplement), and more. Okra’s lunch hours have extended from Monday to Saturday, noon to 6pm, with delivery or takeaway available from noon to 10pm.
Okra, 110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2806 1038