From breezy picnics made chic thanks to a new suite of accessories from Fortnum & Mason to delicious dim sum menus to mop up a boozy affair, these new deals across town are worth the calories.

Ming Court weekend dim sum brunch

Who doesn’t love a good boozy brunch paired with delicious dim sum? Ming Court has just launched a new seasonal menu pairing these two of life’s great pleasures — with a slew of innovative cocktails created by the newly appointed head mixologist Elmo Li. Try items such as the drunken shrimp dumplings or the deep-fried Wagyu and black pepper puffs with the piquant Mala Mary — a riff on the bloody mary using numbing Sichuan spice. Other thoughtful drinks include the Petrichor, named after the smell after it rains, made using oolong-infused grapefruit gin and cold brewed oolong tea. The set menu is just HK$388 per person, including a platter of six dim sum paired with a cocktail.

Ming Court, 2/F, Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2878 1212

Duddell’s new mixologist menu by Mario Calderone

Duddell’s has welcomed a new frontman at its fourth floor salon and bar, and there’s no better time to sample a few of the Zuma London alum’s latest creations along with the lounge’s popular nostalgic all-you-can-eat dim sum deal (available Monday–Thursday, 6-9pm; HK$298 per person). 

Transporting guests back to the dawn of the roaring 20s, Calderone serves up pre-Prohibition-style classics with a twist — with a particular spotlight on new age absinthes, now available on tap from the Absinthe Fountain. A popular drink during the pivotal art movements that unfolded at the turn of the 20th century, absinthe was previously banned for its alleged mind-altering nature, but it’s finally been gaining a resurgence in recent years. You’ll also want to try high octane drinks such as the Oolong Blazer — featuring a fiery theatrical preparation straight from the 1862 Jerry Thomas bartender guide — or other winter warmers such as the Pearfectioned (pictured), using pear-infused Hennessy VSOP and Capovilla pear liqueur.

Duddell’s, 3-4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191

Picnic with Fortnum & Mason

Prime picnic season is now, with the weather dropping to a comfortable 20-something degrees in Hong Kong (any lower and we’ll need to bust out the Monclers), and if you’re looking to up your picnic game, you’ll want to look to Fortnum & Mason’s chic and practical accessories. Holding fort at West Kowloon Art Park’s Freespace Jazz Fest on 7–8 November, Fortnum’s Marquee will be serving up hampers filled with scones and finger sandwiches (HK$300) perfect to pair with a bottle of sparkling tea (HK$238/bottle). If you want your own picnic gear to take home, a number of stylish backpacks, champagne coolers, flasks, basket hampers and a checkered picnic rug are all available for sale on-site.

Freespace and Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong

Caviar appreciation class by Royal Caviar Club

We all love the finer things in life here at Lifestyle Asia, but this workshop is here to make sure that you’re not only a caviar lover but a true aficionado at the end of it. Royal Caviar Club has launched a Hong Kong-first — a caviar appreciation class led by Russian caviar specialist Oksana Dragun. You’ll get to learn everything from the history and provenance of different varieties, to tasting culture and etiquette of serving and savouring this prized delicacy. The workshop is followed by a caviar tasting session, featuring five varieties of Royal Caviar Club caviar, each combined with a different course crafted by chef Nicholas Chew of Guerilla Lab (also formerly of Bibo). Think decadent dishes such as lobster with plum and beurre blanc or Hokkaido sea urchin as an amuse bouche. The whole two-hour experience — with workshop, tasting and five-course menu is priced at HK$2,500 per person. Guests can also opt for just the tasting or the menu, with prices from HK$1,500.

Head to Royal Caviar Club online or call +852 6670 6097 for more information.

Aqua Nueva takeover at Statement

London’s award-winning Spanish tapas joint Aqua Nueva — the younger sibling of our very own Aqua in Tsim Sha Tsui — will be bringing Regent Street to Tai Kwun for the next three months. Popping up at Statement, Aqua Nueva’s award-winning croquetas are not to be missed. They come in an array of flavours, from Manchego and black truffle to Iberico ham to Boston lobster and bisque to wild mushroom and black seafood (presumably, squid ink). Perfectly paired with four signature cocktails straight from London, a range of sharing tapas round out the menu, including spiced crab tostadas, beef short ribs with potato gratin and chimichurri, the perpetually crowd-pleasing patatas bravas and more.

Statement, Police Headquarters Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2848 3000

Happy Paradise soft re-opening

After months spent on hiatus, May Chow’s SoHo bolthole for modern Chinese is returning for a ‘soft re-opening,’ with new hours available from 6pm for dinner on Monday to Saturday. Those hungry for Chow’s signature east-meets-west bites — think short-rib pan-fried dumplings with Urfa chilli, Impossible Xinjiang hot pocket, Szechuan fried chicken and waffles and more — you know where to go.

Happy Paradise, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2816 2118

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.