The scent of fall is in the air, and Hong Kong kitchens are filling up their autumnal menus with seasonal delights from white truffle to wild game. Whether you’re searching for a full-on feast to pair with your Mid-Autumn Festival mooncakes this week, or you simply ready to dig into heartier, fall-themed dishes, you’ll want to check out these new menus that speak to the changing of the seasons.
Italian meets Japanese at Ammo
There are plenty of French-Japanese and even Peruvian-Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong, but Italian-Japanese? That’s a cross-culinary mash-up that hasn’t yet hit the mainstream. Those keen to dive further into the intersection of these two cuisines will want to head to Ammo, where Executive Chef Jack Law has curated a special Italian-Japanese à la carte and tasting menu this season. The stylishly designed restaurant in Asia Society Hong Kong Center has undergone several iterations in recent years and remains something of a hidden gem, due to its slightly obscure location nestled amongst greenery and foliage.
Seek out the glasshouse-inspired restaurant, however, and you’ll be won over by both the Joyce Wang-designed interiors and the new 6-course seasonal tasting menu. Priced at HK$680 per person, dishes pay homage to both Italian and Japanese culinary crafts, while side-stepping the pretensions of typical fine-dining tasting menus. A hybrid of sukiyaki and tagliolini features sumptuous A5 Wagyu and a 65-degree slow-cooked egg yolk; while the koriyaki king crab fettuccine is a well-thought-out construction with generous chunks of sweet crab meat. Other dishes to look forward to include Wagyu curry risotto, shiso tortellini in brodo, and the popular crispy black truffle carbonara gyoza.
Ammo, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2537 9888
Mid-Autumn Festival at Piin
Mid-Autumn Festival is just about here, and whether you’re celebrating with friends or family — it’s imperative that good food and wine is involved. For a creative Chinese feast matched meticulously with highly sought-after wines, look no further than Piin, Hong Kong’s first wine restaurant emphasising Burgundy and Cantonese food pairings. This week, for a limited time only, Piin is serving up a special Mid-Autumn Festival tasting menu (9–12 September, from HK$1,200 per person), featuring six courses with fine wine pairings.
The menu kicks off with the popular cold abalone in smoke, where a plump mollusk is dressed in a tart sauce of sake and sour plum, and brought to the table in a fog of aromatic smoke. After whetting your palate, continue to sip your way through the exquisite wine pairings as you savour dishes such as golden taro with mushrooms, debones crispy chicken, Japanese braised bean curd with morel mushrooms, and black garlic fried rice. The menu ends on a high note with chilled mango sango with coconut cream paired with an elegant 2017 Château Rieussec Sauternes with notes of fig and apricot.
Piin Wine Restaurant, 2/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2832 7123
Game On at Arcane
Over at Arcane, celebrity chef Shane Osborn is bringing back his popular seasonal game menu this autumn, available now through October. Coinciding with the start of the UK’s hunting season, the debut of Osborn’s game menu highlights wild meats paired with ingredients such as root vegetables and berries to highlight the earthy undertones of the menu. Each month of game season will see Osborn devising 1–2 new dishes in the kitchen, delighting diners with rarely seen meats such as grouse, pigeon, hare and venison. Guests can pop by the cosy restaurant on On Lan Street for a taste of the current special on the menu: a whole-roasted bird paired with girolles, pickled blackberries, celeriac and thyme jus — the earthy fruit amplified by a full-bodied Rioja Alta and Gran Reserva 904 from Spain specially picked by sommelier Stefano Bartolomei.
Arcane, 3/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2728 0178