This week, we’re heading over to our sister S.A.R. to savour perfectly puffy Neapolitan-style pies, bringing on autumn with an all-mushroom Chinese menu at JW Marriott’s Man Ho, and savouring Thai-style street food at a SoHo institution. Here’s where to head for this week’s best new menus.
Pies and more at Casa Don Alfonso
Summer may be drawing to an end, but there’s still time for a short weekend trip to our sister SAR — especially one that’s fuelled by the promise of a steaming, fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza on the other side of the ferry. While Hong Kong has a few worthy Neapolitan-style pizzerias of its own, Macau’s Casa Don Alfonso inside the Grand Lisboa might just be giving our town’s pizzerias a run for their money, delivering the quintessential Neapolitan-style pizza with a puffy, blistered crust, bright and tangy tomato sauce, pockets of pooled mozzarella, and fresh toppings imported directly from Sorrento (where the original Don Alfonso sits) straight to Hong Kong.
Grab a few pies to share and round out the feast with elegant a la carte dishes from newly appointed chef Giovanni Galeota. The talented Italian native is bringing back the rustic simplicity and finesse in regional dishes, from a twirl of fine angel hair pasta blanketed with a luscious sea urchin sauce; to sweet pan-fried scampi plated alongside plump lobster ravioli; and the pièce de résistance, a giant casserole of giant lobster, prawns, scampi, clams and squid which is the ultimate seafood lover’s feast.
Casa Don Alfonso, 3/F, Grand Lisboa Macau, Avenida De Lisboa Macau, +853 8803 7722
Mushrooms star at Man Ho
A harbinger of autumn, aromatic mushrooms are arriving by the bucketful this month at Man Ho, with Executive Chef Jayson Tang debuting an array of seasonal dishes featuring the mouthwatering delicacies from Yunnan. From chanterelles to morels, porcini mushrooms and more, assorted funghi are getting the star culinary treatment in a number of creative dishes which highlight their individual textures and fragrances.
Start off with the poached egg with Yunnan ham and chanterelle mushrooms (HK$108 per person), where the perfect 63-degree onsen egg spills over a bed of golden chanterelle mushrooms; followed by the baked cod fish (HK$338 per person), with chewy porcini mushrooms juxtaposed against the moist and tender fish. A classical Chinese dish also gets reinvented in the braised duck stuffed with Arisaema Tubes fungus with mushrooms, chestnuts and assorted grains (HK$688) — a sharing-style dish that’s perfect for sharing with family and friends.
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, 3/F, JW Marriott Hotel Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2810 8366
Spice up summer at a SoHo institution
Craving street food-inspired Southeast Asian fare this week? There’s just a few short weeks left to take advantage of Soho Spice’s buy-1-get-1-free deal (available everyday from 6-10pm, applicable to any main course). Debuting a new look and completely revamped menu last year, the 14-year-old SoHo institution is championing the fiery and vibrant flavours and ingredients of Southeast Asia, inspired by the kitchen team’s travels across Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.
Those following a lighter summer diet can tuck into the Thai crispy soft shell crab salad, ramped up with chilli flakes and fresh mints; the seafood trifecta of clams, prawns and squid in a basil-loaded green curry; and Vietnamese-style steamed fish fillet with a ginger and spring onion sauce. For a heartier affair, go for the duck breast stir-fried with green pepper, or the lamb rack infused with spices from a red curry paste marinade. With the buy-1-get-1 deal only available until 30 August, you’ll want to grab a friend and get your booking in fast before the month’s over.
Soho Spice, 47B Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2526 2227