Time to hit the ‘order’ button.
Despite the government’s hasty backpedal on a short-lived citywide dining ban, many white-collar types are electing to continue with work-from-home arrangements this week, all in a bid to curtail the third wave of Coronavirus infections currently rocking Hong Kong. Fortunately, we are seeing a steady stream of new dining options being added to the now-familiar pickup/home delivery game. Scroll down for a look at the latest round of offerings.
In an unprecedented move, Michelin-starred Castellana is getting in on the gourmet home dining bandwagon with its first delivery and self-pickup menu (includes 10 percent off).
Devotees of fine Piedmontese cookery can now experience the restaurant’s much-buzzed-about Carbonara ‘Au Koque’ (HK$188) from the comfort of your own abode. The titular dish requires an easy two-step assembly: Simply reheat the pasta, and add in Chef Marco Sacco’s signature, gin-infused yolk prior to serving. Don’t worry if you find yourself gripped by indecision, as a selection of three (HK$280) or four-course (HK$380) sets — composed of a medley of new dishes and old favourites — is also available to go. All orders or delivery inquiries can be made via the link below.
Castellana, 10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3188 5028
Grand Hyatt delivery service
After much hand-wringing and plaintive questioning in the vein of “why oh why, ” Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has just launched its new in-house delivery service — serving most neighbourhoods throughout Hong Kong Island. Fees are waived on all locations within 15 minutes of the hotel (on-foot), whereas nearby diners can save a few pennies courtesy of the enticing 15 percent self-pickup discount.
The hotel is slinging takeaway menus from a range of its signature restaurants — Tiffin, One Harbour Road and Grand Cafe, to name a few — in addition to pre-order specials that are destined to go over well with dad, mom, and the familial crowd. Word to the wise: If you happen to be working at the office in Wanchai, turn your misfortune around with a delivery of Hainanese Chicken Rice (HK$260) — after all these years, it’s still one of the best on the island. See the full list of menus and delivery charges at the link below.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7733
Pondi ‘SuperSpice’ takeaway
If you’ve met Taran, George, Camille (or indeed anybody from the extended Pondi family) you’ll know that for this plucky band of culinary misfits, thinking outside the box is a full-time job. In the case of their new ‘Superspice’ takeaway (HK$650) — quite literally.
This lavish picnic basket is filled with enough travel-friendly eats (loosely inspired by the Indian city of Pondicherry) to feed two, along with the various accoutrement you’ll need to really dress it up for your lucky plus-one. Dishes include two appetisers, a generous trifecta of fermented veg, and your choice of two dry-rubbed curries which run the gamut from safe (barramundi fish cakes) to seldom-seen (quail masala).
Deliveries available Tuesday to Sunday, from noon till 9pm via the WhatsApp number below.
Pondi, 14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 6566 4253