They say variety is the spice of life — that’s certainly the case at the dinner table, anyway. Whether you’re craving steak or seafood, you’re spoilt for choice with this week’s new eats, from a 20-combination Surf ‘n’ Turf menu at The Bostonian to all-Italian feasts at Pirata with your choice of fresh seafood or premium meat. Whatever you choose, these protein-heavy meals are sure to leave you stuffed and satisfied. Here’s where to dig in now.
All’Italiana at Pirata
Rustic Italian restaurant Pirata launches its All’Italiana Tasting Menus this month, specially crafted by Executive Chef Stefano Rossi to offer a diverse range of family-style dining. Designed for sharing, the 4-course menus are based on authentic, homestyle recipes, divided into three categories: Classic (HK$450 per person), From the Land (HK$490 per person) and From the Sea (HK$580 per person).
In case the name didn’t give it away, the From The Land menu is all about succulent meat offerings, including signatures such as the M.M.M. (My Mamma’s Meatballs); and The Butcher’s Cut, featuring juicy flank steak tagliata, or sliced steak. Those after a lighter meal can opt for the From the Sea menu, a seafood-heavy offering with fresh octopus salad to start, followed by lobster linguine and whole Mediterranean-style sea bass with potatoes (main image above). Can’t decide? Go for the Classic Menu — essentially a greatest hits list of Pirata’s best-selling dishes, kicking off with calamari fritti, followed by eggplant parmigiana with bubbling mozzarella and Pirata’s all-time favourite dessert, crushed chocolate and nuts semifreddo covered in a hot chocolate fondue.
Pirata, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2887 0270
A shower of truffles at Zuma Hong Kong
White truffle season has landed with a bang, and we’re knee deep in the aromatic tubers of the season, which are being showered on everything from fresh handmade pastas to desserts. At Zuma Hong Kong, the kitchen is presenting their annual ode to the prized ingredient, offering an extravagant 12-course tasting menu for the ultimate white truffle experience. From appetisers through to desserts, the Italian white truffle is showcased in a luxurious line-up of dishes that marry Italian and Japanese ingredients.
Start your white truffle tasting with the sumptuous seared toro with caviar and white truffle, followed by a plump Japanese oyster with purple shiso tapioca. Warm up with the spicy lobster soup with shimeji mushrooms, before tucking into an excellent Wagyu tartare and fresh mizuna salad. After a platter of jet-fresh sashimi, guests will dine on a beautiful slow-cooked abalone showered with generous shavings of white truffle. Mains cater to both seafood and meat lovers alike, from roasted lobster with garlic, shiso and ponzu butter to black angus ribeye with cabbage papilotte and white truffle. Finally, round out the marathon menu with wild mushroom kamameshi rice made smooth and rich with lashings of truffle butter.
The white truffle tasting menu is priced at HK$2,280 per person, available through 2018; wine and sake pairings available on request.
Zuma, 5-6/F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 3657 6388
Surf ‘n’ turf at Bostonian Seafood & Grill
Over at The Langham, Bostonian Seafood & Grill is firing up the grill for a hearty Surf ‘n’ Turf menu, available exclusively this November. Settling into the comfy, shipyard-inspired setting of the restaurant, diners can get their fill of steak and lobster, with up to 20 combinations available on the new menu. From the grilled meats, choose from tender Australian Wagyu strip loin or grass-fed Tenderloin, or opt instead for the US Kurobuta pork chop or New Zealand lamb Rack. Pair your meats with a variety of sumptuous dipping sauces including black peppercorn, red wine bordelaise, chimichurri and lemon caper.
The plate is complemented with your choice of fresh seafood: choose from Alaskan king crab legs, jumbo prawns, scallops or a half lobster (additional HK$50). Mix and match your ideal combination, then top it off with a mixed salad and unlimited truffle fries, plus a sommelier’s selection of red wine or white wine for an extra HK$50. The convivial restaurant also includes a craft brew bar and a private Champagne room — perfect for those who want to turn dinner into an extra special occasion for the festive season.
Bostonian Seafood & Grill, Lower Lobby Level, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2132 7898