Raise your steins to another long weekend on the horizon (with plenty of Oktoberfestbier on hand, we hope), and plenty of delectable eats, returning favourites and decadent new menus on offer.
Oktoberfest at BaseHall
When: 23–24 October
BaseHall is bringing a touch of Munich to Jardine House with a spirited weekend pop-up featuring a new Oktoberfest Pilsner by Hong Kong brewers Young Master Ales — exclusively available at the event. Alongside this new light and easy-drinking brew, a full lineup by Young Master is also available on tap, including Hak Mo Sheung double chocolate stout, Fleeting Clouds wheat beer and 1842 Island IPA.
Each of BaseHall’s eight food vendors are also offering some menu exclusives for the weekend with a quirky Bavarian twist: Try Rotitori’s schmaltzy potatoes and schnapps slushies; authentic currywurst at BaseHall Bar; gingerbread cookies at Cookie DPT; Treehouse’s sauerkraut pizza with vegan cheese and CBD beer-braised cabbage; as well as a sotong (squid) pretzel from Return of Lemak and a Banh Mi Xiu Mai (meatball sandwich) from Cô Thành.
BaseHall, Shops 9A-C, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
Oktoberfest at Ink Seafood Bar
When: 23–24 October, 6pm, 6:30pm and 7pm
Those missing the yearly tradition that was the Marco Polo Oktoberfest — held yearly at the top deck of Harbour City boasting supreme harbourfront views — a new Tsim Sha Tsui contender for most photogenic Oktoberfest feast is none other than Ink Seafood Bar, the al fresco hangout at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Overlooking the water, Ink is offering a pop-up Oktoberfest menu priced at HK$380 per person, featuring a mixed platter of Bratwurst, ham hock, smoked salmon and beer-steamed mussels, paired with house-made hot pretzels and essential Bavarian sides and desserts — washed down with your choice of craft brew from Gweilo Beer.
Ink Seafood Bar, G/F Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Following a month-long renovation, one of Hong Kong’s forerunners for punchy Isaan Thai cuisine returns. Celebrating seven years in the city, Chachawan is back on 20 October with a brand new look that’s lighter and brighter, as well as with the husband-and-wife chef duo Chang and Narisara Somboon newly at the helm. Originally hailing from Thailand, the couple together boast over 40 years’ experience cooking Thai cuisine, particularly that of the northeastern Isaan region — notorious for its ample usage of chilies, pounded herbs and spices for dishes that smack you in the face with flavour.
Aside long-time favourites at Chachawan such as its larp moo salad, crab omelette with sriracha and the pounded papaya salad, all-new signatures include the corn salad with salted egg, cherry tomatoes and sweet-and-sour tamarind dressing; a deep-fried soft-shell crab in spicy chilli and garlic; grilled and sliced wagyu with chilli dipping sauce; as well as an Isaan delicacy of fermented sausage, eaten with rice and slices of ginger. Chachawan is open for lunch and dinner, featuring a new Cha Cha lunch set with dishes served with jasmine rice or sticky rice.
Chachawan, 206 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2549 0020
Buenos Aires Steakhouse Clássicos menu at Buenos Aires Polo Club
While we can’t quite hop on a flight to bucket list locales like Napoli, Sri Lanka or Argentina as of yet, Black Sheep Restaurants is serving up some of its outlets’ greatest hits via a new slate of menus designed around exotic food trips you can have around the city. Over at Buenos Aires Polo Club, the new menu is priced at a wallet-friendly HK$400 per person, designed to share between two. It’s available only on Mondays and Tuesdays, featuring popular classics such as the empanadas, chorizo sausage and the melted provoleta with rustic grilled bread, whilst the main event comes in a 14oz grass-fed Aberdeen Angus sirloin — grilled on the asado and served simply with chimichurri. Available through to the end of November.
Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2321 8681
La Rambla launches Las Perlas Afternoon Tea
As if a leisurely afternoon tea wasn’t already one of the more indulgent things one could sign up for, IFC’s Spanish hideout La Rambla has launched a brand new caviar-infused afternoon tea set. Designed to be shared between two, the sumptuous new set (HK$800 per set) includes 30g of sustainable farm-raised Baeri caviar by Kaviari for you to have along with a range of caviar-infused savoury bites, sweet pastries and your choice of loose-leaf tea or coffee.
While traditional pairings of blinis with cream cheese and chives are a no-brainer, chef Ferran Tadeo also lent his touch to interesting snacks to pair with caviar, including patatas with cream cheese and chives, a smoked salmon bao with pickles, homemade brioche bread with French butter, as well as churros — in a savoury and sweet rendition — not to mention a slate of tarts, chocolates and cakes. Guests can also opt for alternative caviar — with a menu featuring ikura roe instead, priced at HK$480 per set.
La Rambla by Catalunya, Shop 3071-73 3/F, IFC mall, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2661 1161
Halloween with Landmark Eato
Gearing up for Halloween, Landmark has launched an #AllTreatsNoTricks campaign on social media, with a slew of participating restaurants and bars all offering special spooky dishes for the occasion. Get a taste of Café Landmark’s shrimp cocktail with bloody cocktail sauce (HK$150); Sweet Fashion House’s festive desserts such as the ‘Zombie Eye Cheesecake’ pop (HK$70); Halloween cakes and cookies at Le Dessert, The Cakery and Ms B’s Cakery; The Whisky Library’s new blended malt The King & The Spider (HK$830); and a guest shift featuring Perfume Trees Gin at Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour on 31 October (9pm onwards).
Head to Landmark Eato for more information.