Beefbar

Andrea Spagoni, Executive Chef of Hong Kong’s acclaimed Michelin-starred steak restaurant Beefbar, has been invited to join two other leading chefs to lead a culinary showcase taking place at InterContinental Singapore’s modern European restaurant Ash & Elm.

The Fine Dining Lovers Guest Chef Series, supported by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, will welcome Spagoni as well as InterContinental Singapore’s Executive Sous Chef Philippe and award-winning Pastry Chef Ben Goh to prepare signature dishes from both Beefbar and the luxury Singapore hotel as part of five-course meals taking place on June 1st and 2nd, 2018.

Chef Spagoni will present three of the five courses, delivering the innovative yet timeless cuisine that’s made Beefbar a household name in Hong Kong and its birthplace Monaco. Beefbar dishes will include Amberjack Carpaccio with Wasabi Dressing & Coriander Cress; Traditional Beef Tartare “Bistro Style” with Angus beef, egg yolk, capers, fresh onions and yellow mustard; and American Prime Black Angus Tenderloin and Australian Wagyu-Crossbred Striploin, which will be served with silky mashed potato.

With a career spanning over 20 years and multiple continents, Chef Andrea Spagoni has acquired a broad culinary experience and developed his signature flair, which is personal, intuitive and inspired. Chef Andrea’s talents were first recognised in 2010 when, as Executive Chef and co-owner of Pier Bussetti, he earned a Michelin star. Today, he helms Hong Kong’s leading Michelin-starred steakhouse, Beefbar.

The Fine Dining Lovers Guest Chef Series was established in 2011 by fine dining waters S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna as part of their ongoing effort to bridge the best of the best in the culinary world. Aligned with the brands’ goal of encouraging culinary exchanges and the fine enjoyment of water, wine and gastronomy, the series is a unique opportunity for renowned chefs from leading dining destinations around Asia to bring top-notched epicurean experiences to diners. It is promoted through finedininglovers.com, the eponymous global platform dedicated to exploring the finest culinary experiences from around the world.

The five-course collaborative dinner menu will be available at Ash & Elm in Singapore, on 1st and 2nd June 2018 only and begins at 6:00 pm. This exclusive culinary experience is priced at S$128++ per guest. Wine pairing is available at an additional S$88++ per guest. For reservations or enquiries, please visit AshAndElm.sg, email sinhb.ashandelm@ihg.com, or call +65 6825 1008. Guests who reserve their seats before 20th May 2018 will enjoy 10% savings on this exclusive menu.

The Fine Dining Lovers Guest Chef Series: The Five-Course Collaborative Dinner Menu

Venue:
InterContinental Singapore’s modern European restaurant Ash & Elm

Menu Availability:
1st & 2nd June 2018 at 6pm

Price:
S$128++ per guest
option to add S$88++ per guest for wine pairing
Guests who reserve their seats before 20th May 2018 will enjoy 10% savings

Reservation:
Online: AshAndElm.sg
Email: sinhb.ashandelm@ihg.com
Tel: +65 6825 1008

Mira Moon crosses over with ZAXY for a limited edition

Yellow Summer Afternoon Tea inspired by 0% Waste and 100% Style

Mira Moon, the first story boutique hotel designed with Chinese fairytale under the Mira Hotel Collection, teams up with ZAXY- famed for its “Green Fashion” brand philosophy and  “Zero Waste” production principle, staging a stylishly vibrant thematic afternoon tea set for fashionistas in yellow – the iconoclastic shade of ‘moonshine’ with fashion-inspired Summer nibbles.  Fuel your passion for fashion with the mixologist masterpiece – Butterfly Summer Cocktail and savour sweet treats along savoury Spanish tidbits handcrafted by Chef Jeremy Chan such as White Peach Jelly and Roasted Beef, Sandwich with Piquillo Pepper at only HK$398 for two, available from 1 May to 31 July 2018. 

Electrify your afternoon with exquisite bites.  Tailor-made sweet treats also include White Peach Jelly that contrasts perfectly with the Raspberry Macaroon with its silky smooth texture and the endearing Passion Fruit Chocolate that is packed with fruitiness and antioxidants.  Additional sweet bites include the Raisin Scone with Pineapple jam and Whipped Cream, Mango Cheese Cake and Burnt Banana Donut  –  making sure you Spring into Summer with the perfect ZTYLE!  The afternoon tea set also showcases a selection of savory Spanish tidbits including Roasted Beef, Sandwich with Piquillo Pepper, Smoke Salmon Crystal Bread and Ham Croquetas.  Breeze into the season with a glass of Butterfly Summer Cocktail by the mixologist and fill your afternoon with the passion for fashion with one free ZAXY cosmetic pouch would be gifted for each set of afternoon tea during the promotion period upon patronage!

For the fashionistas in town who would like a chance to win your own pair of stunning ZAXY Summer jelly shoes via social media, be invited to “SNAP & SHARE” your Yellow Summer Afternoon Tea by Mira Moon & ZAXY moment simply by following the steps below:

  1. Snap a picture of the Yellow Summer Afternoon Tea by Mira Moon & ZAXY from May 1 to June 30
  2. Share it on Instagram using #MIRAMOON #SUPERGIANT #ZAXYSUMMER  @miramoonhotel @zaxymdreams
  3. Tag at least 1 friend you’d like to share this experience with
  4. The most creative entry will be announced on July 15 on the Hotel’s official Instagram account.

Terms and conditions applied.  Follow us on instagram @miramoon to see if you’re the winner!

 

Yellow Summer Afternoon Tea

Date

Time

Price

: 1 May to 31 July, Friday to Sunday

: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

: HK$398 for two persons
Receive one free ZAXY cosmetic pouch for each set of afternoon tea during the promotion period upon patronage (whilst stock lasts).

 

   

Terms & conditions:

  • All prices are subject to a 10% service charge.

 

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL MACAU & THE RITZ-CARLTON, MACAU CELEBRATE THREE YEARS OF DELIGHTING GUESTS WITH

EXCLUSIVE CULINARY AND CATERING PRIVILEGES

JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau set a new criterion for accommodation, fine dining and integrated resort experiences in Macau since 2015. In celebration of the auspicious 3rd anniversary, JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau presents a limited-time offering of spectacular dining and catering privileges.

Culinary Experiences that Leave an Indelible Mark

Lai Heen at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau has curated a lavish 3rd Anniversary Degustation Menu and 3rdAnniversary Lunch Menu exclusively from May 25 to 30. Lai Heen’s menus offer sumptuous Cantonese selections including Pan-fried Hokkaido Scallop with Black Truffle and Salmon Roe, Baked Abalone Tartelette with Diced Roasted Goose in Black Pepper Sauce, Sautéed Australian Beef Tenderloin with Okra, Black Pepper and Honey, and Deep-Fried Prawns with Tangerine Sauce. The degustation menu will be paired with a selection of coveted wines and champagne, including the world-famous Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2010, Louis Roederer Cristal 2009, Louis Roederer Brut Rosé 2012, Domaine OTT Château Romassan AOC Bandol 2011, and Château de Pez 2012.

Man Ho Chinese Restaurant at JW Marriott Hotel Macau presents guests with a truly authentic and gourmet dinner menu on May 27 only. Bringing out fresh and succulent flavors just in time for spring, the set menu comprises an elegant selection of dishes such as Roasted Suckling Pig Accompanied with Chinese Yam,Braised Winter Melon with Abalone and Baked Seasonal Fish in Champagne Sauce.

Offering ultimate indulgence for guests in traditional French style, Chef Raphaël Kinimo specially imported two additional cuts of steak selection on May 27 at The Ritz-Carlton Café. For one night only, guests may choose from a special selection of Smoked Canadian Beef Short Rib or Japanese Kobe Beef A5, seared to perfection and served with crispy golden fries.

Café Gray Deluxe of The Middle House Coming to Town

The ever-changing, ever-evolving Shanghai dining scene will soon be welcoming Café Gray Deluxe of The Middle House into its ranks. This will be the fourth hotel under Swire Hotels’ acclaimed ‘The House Collective’, this newest addition brings with it the sophistication and quality that Café Gray Deluxe Hong Kong is known for, making it a perfect addition to Shanghai’s international metropolis.

As part of the HKRI Taikoo Hui office and shopping complex in the city’s historic Dazhongli neighbourhood, The Middle House Shanghai is located right in the heart of the city. Café Gray Deluxe features an impressive outdoor dining area, one of the largest in the city, complimented by an indoor dining area, an open kitchen, 2 private rooms for small gatherings, and a comprehensive wine cellar. Catering to your every need every moment of the day from dawn to dusk. Be it a quick or a leisurely breakfast, a workday lunch, a post-shopping reprieve, a night out with that special someone or an important business dinner, Café Gray Deluxe has got you covered.

Located on level 3 of The Middle House, Café Gray Deluxe embodies a lot more than your everyday hotel restaurant. This intricately designed – spacious yet welcoming space has an intimate atmosphere with high ceilings and art works.  The sleek indoor area which overlooks a lush green outdoor terrace decorated with stylish contemporary furniture and views of Nanjing West Road is best for relaxation with your friends, taking a coffee break with business partners or just enjoying the view.

Helmed by the New York-based Chef Gray Kunz who successfully headed the renowned Café Gray Deluxe Hong Kong, the menu at Café Gray Deluxe Shanghai will feature his unique style of modernised classic cuisine using locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Customer favourites include the seared foie gras & du Puy lentil salad, braised beef short ribs and crusted Maine lobster. And for those with a sweet tooth, the Dark Chocolate and Key Lime Tart, Stewed Berries, and Blood Orange Soufflé will prove irresistible. Don’t miss the live-cooking shows where you can watch the passionate theatrics in the open kitchen as they prepare your meal.

Chef de cuisine Peter Lin in tandem with his talented and dedicated team will be running the daily operations of the kitchen, ensuring exquisite cuisines and authentic flavours. With 17 years of hospitality experience in his repertoire, Peter has worked for many acclaimed hotels and restaurants in Germany, the US and China, including Michelin-Starred dining destinations Sens & Bund and Sir Elly’s at the Peninsula Shanghai. Over the course of his career, Peter has been dazzling guests with his distinctive style of traditional European fare with a contemporary twist. The multiple-time winner of the Bocuse d’Or Award and other prestigious culinary honours aspires to become the first Chinese Chef heading an excellent western kitchen in a five-star hotel. He will offer his inventive take on Chef Gray’s unique recipes with local inspirations and premium quality produce, curating delicious and eye-catching dishes with Asian and western influences.

Working alongside Chef Peter is top bartender Gary Hu and sommelier Feifei Liu. Gary has a career that spans many renowned hotel bars and clubs including Langham Hospitality Group and W Hotels. Gary’s artisanal cocktails deliver a creative and playful drinking experience that perfectly complements the all-day menu of the Bar and Lounge.

A budding star trained by the best in France, Feifei Liu has been rising quickly through the ranks of the hospitality business since she began her career in 2014, and she has received various industry awards and honours. With her wealth of expertise and passion in wine, clients at Café Gray Deluxe Shanghai can expect to explore an impressive collection of wine with perfect food pairings to suit every mood.

Rustico Welcomes Barcelona’s Top Social Media Chefs Jérôme Quilbeuf and Miquel Antoja for Summer Showcase from World’s Michelin Star Capital

Executive Chef Carlos Salvador Asensio bringing a new a la carte menu featuring additional authentic dishes

Two of Barcelona’s most social media influenced young chefs are treating Hong Kong foodies to a summer showcase of revered cuisine from the world’s Michelin-star capital at Hong Kong’s popular traditional Spanish taverna Rustico at dynamic Lai Chi Kok dining destination D2 Place. Guest chefs Jérôme Quilbeuf and Miquel Antoja – both protégés of legendary Michelin-starred Catalan Chef Carme Ruscalleda, are presenting the one-off culinary discovery themed Menú From Barcelona’ over the last three weeks in June.

The highlight is a 4-hands, seven-course tasting dinner menu – ‘Journey through modern Spanish cuisine’, showcasing their gastronomy inspired by Asia’s unique culinary culture from their ultra-hip restaurants – Nonna Maria and 130 Restaurant in Barcelona, transforming Rustico into a fine dining mecca from 11-14 June 2018.

Chef Jérôme and Miquel’s ‘Modern Spanish Set Dinner’, priced HK$980 per person from 11-14 June, starts with appetisers of Truffled Iberian Ham Croquettes; Sea Bream Ceviche with Strawberries, Sweetcorn and Pumpkin; and a mini version of their signature Mini “Pizza Paella” in NONNA MARIA Style, combo of seafood paella on a pizza base, playfully served in a mini pizza box, which is also available for take away option.

First course on the ‘journey’ is a salad of Hearts of Lettuce and ROMESCO, followed by Duck Consomme With Foie Gras, Kombu Seaweed and Plums; Fresh Scallop in Shell, Mashed Potato,; and Juicy Red Prawn Rice, flavoured with Saffron Aioli and Chervil Juice.

Main course is Braised Beef Cheek, Sweet and Sour Pedro Ximenez with Apple Coca.

Two decadent desserts are introduced by Blanc Almond Manger with Mediterranean Sea Water Ice Cream, and a luscious grand finale titled ‘Textures of Chocolate, BARCELONA 2018’.

From 15 – 25 June, Rustico will return to its rustic, farmhouse roots to showcase the celebrity chefs’ stylish tapas and astonishing dessert specialties.

The ‘Mordern Spanish Set Tapas Menu’, showcases ten of the trendiest tapas in Barcelona, including the signature Mini “Pizza Paella” in NONNA MARIA Style (HK$118), Truffled Iberian Ham Croquettes (HK$25), Heart of Lettuce and Romesco Sauce (HK$108) featured on the dinner menu – along with Red Prawns Tartare with Fresh Strawberries (HK$108); Smoked Sardine Coca and Iberian Pancetta (HK$98); traditional favourite Spicy Potato Bravísima (HK$78); Japanese-inspired Okonomiyaki Spanish Tortilla (HK$88); Home-made Banana Macho Chips, Board Beans Guacamole (HK$88); Octopus Galician Style in Cannelloni (HK$118); and Citrus Ceviche Marinated in Cocktail Glass (HK$108).

On the not-to-be-missed ‘Mordern Spanish Set Dessert Menu’, including their trademark Pina Colada (HK$70), Guanaja Chocolate Ganache with Spanish Black Olive Stracciatella (HK$70); Red Fruits Meringue (HK$70); and the twin deserts on the fine dining menu : Blanc Almond Manger, Mediterranean Sea Water Ice Cream (HK$78) and Chocolate Textures, Barcelona 2018 (HK$78).

Miguel Antoja has shot fame as a celebrity chef on social media with over 329k followers, and restaurant consultant since training as a Master in Pastry and rising to sous chef helming Carme Ruscalleda’s eponymous 3-Michelin starred Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar restaurants in Barcelona.

Sant Pol de Mar is the name of village where the Restaurant Sant Pau is located.

Jérôme Quilbeuf, originally from Paris, is a fellow protégé of the world’s most accomplished female chef in Barcelona, who also led her overseas Sant Pau Tokyo restaurant in Tokyo to 2 Michelin stars, becoming Japan’s youngest Michelin-starred chef in 2007. He first hit the headlines by winning Catalonia’s ‘Best Young Chef’ prize in 2001. He is also the owner of Nonna Maria, famed for both mordern Spanish specialties and gourmet pizzas with a 4.5 stars ranking TripAdvisor; and menu consultant to 130 Restaurant, renowned for high-end international fine dining. 

Rustico is also welcoming summer with Executive Chef Carlos Salvador Asensio introducing a new a la carte menu featuring additional authentic dishes from Barcelona from May 2018.

New ‘comfort food’ tapas specialties include Jet Fresh US Manila Clams in Basil Green Sauce (HK$138); Fresh Mussels, Tomato and Aromatic Herb Sauce (HK$118) and Deep Fried Chicken and Iberian Ham Creamy Croquettes (HK$65).

New middle and main courses include Deep Fried Spanish Cod Fritters with Honey Form (HK$88), Catalonia Style Whole Fresh Crab Juicy Rice (HK$388); Traditional Spanish Cold Soup with Peppers, Iberian Ham, Boiled Egg & Croutons (HK$88); “Cecina de León” Cured Spanish Beef Salad with Creamy Burrata Cheese and Strawberries (HK$148); Pan Seared Spanish Sea Cucumber with Creamy Potato & Crispy Artichokes (HK$258); “RUSTICO” Traditional Fish Soup with Assorted Fresh Seafood (HK$128); and Pan Seared Octopus leg “a la Gallega” with Crunchy (HK$168).

Ever-popular signature dishes remaining on the new menu due to popularity among diners include Spanish Style Beef Tripe Stew with Chick Peas (HK$158), Rustico Broken Egg with Crispy Potatoes & Spicy Spanish Chorizo (HK$98), plus desserts.

Chef Carlos’s modern Barcelona cuisine’ is traditional with a contemporary twist, honed at Moments restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona under celebrated multi-Michelin star head chef Carme Ruscalleda.

Rustico is named after its traditional rustic Spanish taverna décor modelled after typical Catalan restaurants – complete with wooden beams, an open kitchen with hanging jambon, pots and pans, and red brick/tile mosaic flooring. In true ‘taverna’ style, the intimate venue even incorporates semi-outdoor al fresco seating under grapevines.

Occupying 2,000 sq ft and 80 seatings, Rustico serves authentic Spanish tapas in a relaxed and elegant setting that is distinctly modern with covert Spanish accents. The open kitchen invites diners to interact with the kitchen and observe Chef Carlos Salvador Asensio’s culinary skills.

Rustico is located on G01, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. For enquiries or reservations, please call (852) 2743-4511, or visit www.rustico.com.hk for more information.

The Flying Elk Lands in Hong Kong

Björn Frantzén – the mind behind one of the world’s most prestigious restaurants, Frantzén in Stockholm, which was recently awarded three Michelin stars – is bringing his first-ever overseas location of The Flying Elk to Hong Kong. The restaurant is set to open this June on the 16th with a unique experience for Hong Kong and is ready to start taking reservations today.

The Flying Elk opens the door to a unique contemporary dining experience by Björn Frantzén. In a setting best described as a modern Nordic Cabin, we serve genuine food with influences from all over Europe. Enjoy medium-sized dishes to share, straight from the fire pit and straight from the heart – all made for easy dining with friends and family. Whether Nordic produce, Nordic flavoring or Nordic cooking techniques, you will taste the heritage of Swedish 3-Michelin star awarded Chef Björn Frantzén throughout the gastronomy.

The restaurant name derives from one of Sweden’s oldest folklore, which tells the tale of a gigantic elk adorning an ornate crown, flying over the forests of Jämtland. Throughout history, many hunters have told stories over pints of ale in old taverns and cabins about their attempts to capture this flying elk, and how the fantastic beast – believed by many to be the true king of the forest – escaped their grasps every time.

Behind this intriguing name is the spirit of the restaurant itself – a place that aims to bring back the roots of dining and celebrate the gathering of loved ones; the sharing of stories and memories over great food and drink. Though this overseas location will encapsulate the same spirit of the original concept in Stockholm, The Flying Elk HK’s menu will be unique to its location. In keeping with The Flying Elk’s mission to offer tasty food with the best and true ingredients, Chef Björn has utilised both local and Nordic suppliers to create dishes such as Halibut paired with a sherry & beurre noisette hollandaise, pork belly, broccoli and hazelnut;Roasted Elk Sirloin, served with Frantzén “hot sauce”, bitter salad and jus roti; Umami Salad with duck confit, shiitake, smoked pecorino, crispy onions and umami dressing; and Grilled Beef Short Ribs & Ox Heart, made with horseradish, celeriac remoulade and pickled mustard seeds. For dessert, Chef Björn has put a seasonal twist on his “Marängsviss” – otherwise known as “Eton Mess” – with blueberries, lemon thyme, and rye. Through his gastronomic expression, Chef Frantzén brings a one-of-a-kind dining experience to the local community in Hong Kong, and takes guests on a journey through Sweden with his elevated take on rustic Nordic cuisine.

Björn Frantzén represents the young generation of successful chefs who are completely devoted to their calling. Björn’s passion and dedication eventually brought him to work in critically acclaimed restaurants like Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in the United Kingdom, and Alain Passard’s three Michelin-starred restaurant L’Arpège in Paris.

Now, Björn has become one of the most renowned chefs in Sweden and the world. Through his own collective of restaurants, he has shaped a unique vision of Nordic cuisine, combining sublime ingredients with astounding culinary techniques. His contemporary European restaurant Frantzén is one of the only three restaurants in the Nordic countries to hold the highly coveted three Michelin stars in the MICHELIN Guide 2018. Eager to bring his take on Nordic cuisine to the rest of the world, Björn sees an unrivalled passion for food within the Hong Kong community and hopes to continue challenging and exciting local palates with his new ventures and some of his favorite food served at The Flying Elk.

The Flying Elk is now taking dinner reservations for June 16th onwards. To celebrate its soft opening (June 16th – July 7th), the restaurant will be open for dinner service and provide guests a complimentary round of signature cocktails. See reservation email here: reservations@theflyingelk.hk.

Giando’s Newly Expanded Weekend Brunch Takes Guests on a Culinary Tour of Italy

Fresh and Artisanal Ingredients Take Centre Stage in a True Celebration of Italian Cuisine

Renowned Italian Chef Gianni Caprioli invites guests to experience his home-country by way of their plates, at Giando’s newly expanded weekend brunch.

The sophisticated Three-Course Brunch (HK$348pp for buffet or appetiser, main and dessert) begins at the buffet counter, from which guests can sample a broad selection of Salumi E Altro, such as prosciutto (Parma ham), mortadella, coppa, roast beef all’inglese, and veal tongue depending on availability, as well as the city’s finest collection of Italian Formaggi. Ease into the meal with a variety of mozzarella cheeses, such as miniature Nodini, stringy Stracciatella or impossibly creamy burrata, before moving on to something stronger, like prosecco-washed Ubriaco, strong and spicy Tallegio, or powerfully-flavoured aged Parmigiano-Reggiano and smoky Scamorza.

Giando’s brunch also features a stunning variety of organic tomatoes, an ingredient Italy is best known for. The pomodoro selection includes cherry tomatoes, vibrant Picadilly tomatoes, Torpedino tomatoes that have the perfect sweet and sour balance, Cuore di Bue tomato, Italian for ‘ox heart’, due to its unique shape, and of course San Marzano tomatoes, known as the most famous plum tomato to come out of Italy.

Nearby, Chef Gianni’s beloved egg station serves up a series of brunch dishes like classic Frittata or the impressive Soft Egg on seasonal greens. Using only the finest Italian eggs from Roberti in every dish, typical brunch plates are elevated to a whole new level.

After washing down the antipasti with a chilled glass of prosecco or beer (two hours free-flow for HK$188), it’s time to move onto the mains which are divided into Light, Primi and Secondo according to appetite, and ordered a la carte. Old favourites like Carpaccio di Manzo (+HK$58), beef carpaccio on rocket leaves, shaved parmesan and lemon dressing keep things traditional, whilst seasonal dishes like Risotto Con Asparagi e Gorgonzola celebrate spring’s finest vegetable — asparagus. Of course, pasta is not overlooked — Chef Gianni’s Fusilli Caserecci, Gamberi Rossi e Salsa Broccoli lets Italy’s coveted red prawns do the talking while Lasagne Verdi Alla Bolognese and Fettucine al Ragu di Agnello e Funghi deliver that inimitable Italian comfort with every bite. From the Secondo section, showstopping dishes like Duo di Agnello, or duo of lamb roasted leg and chop (+HK$78) or Filetto di Branzino (+HK$38), seabass fillet with clams and cherry tomatoes, are sure to hit the spot.

Dessert lovers will rejoice over the impressive selection of sweet treats, including Homemade Gelato or Sorbetto, classic Panna Cotta or Tiramisu, and luxurious Mousse di Cioccolato, perfect alongside an authentically prepared cup of Italian espresso.

Available Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 12pm to 3pm, Giando’s Three-Course Brunch offers a refined dining experience in a unique location on stylish Star Street.

LA PALOMA JOINS FORCES WITH COA’S JAY KHAN TO PRESENT “THE GIN & TONIC BRUNCH”

Back for its 10th annual run on 9th June (Saturday), International Gin Day calls on gin lovers around the world to drink and celebrate the spirit du jour. In honour of this special milestone in gin, Sai Ying Pun’s favourite Spanish tapas restaurant and bar La Paloma will be collaborating with Hong Kong bar maestro Jay Khan of COA to present an exclusive ”Spanish Gin & Tonic Brunch” with the option of adding two artisanal gin cocktails created by Jay. Plan on celebrating and drinking G&T’sthroughout the day, because a DJ will be spinning live tunes after brunch from 2pm –6pm.

“Gin & Tonic Brunch” with Special G&T’s by COA’s Jay Khan

On World Gin Day, enjoy the classic botanical spirit alongside a delicious Spanish brunch at La Paloma. Priced at HK$328 (no service charge) for food only, guests can feast on a selection of sharing-style tapas such as Beef Tartare with Sesame Dressing & Mustard Ice Cream and seasonal Fried Whitebait with Aioli Sauce as well as all-you-can-eat mains of suckling pig and paella. For an additional HK$500 per 500g, upgrade your menu with a beautiful Iberian Rubia Gallega ribeye steak, known best for its remarkable marbling, explosive flavour, and tender texture. For dessert, La Paloma’s signature homemadeChurros with vanilla ice cream and chocolate is the perfect wrap to a decadent weekend brunch – made even better with the addition of Jay Khan’s Gin & Tonic cocktails.

page1image5785680page1image5777776page1image3786704

Made especially for World Gin Day on 9th June, Jay Khan has prepared 3 exclusive G&T’s to pair with brunch at La Paloma. For only HK$398 per guest, enjoy the brunch menu with a kick from Jay’s special cocktails. The 1st is a combination of The Botanist dry gin and house- lacto-fermented lemon verbena soda. Finished with a garnish of fresh lemon verbena, this aromatic G&T is a delicious reflection of Jay’s technical skill and knowledge of fine spirits. The 2nd G&T is a more refreshing rendition, created with The Botanist dry gin, house-lacto- fermented cucumber soda, and pickled cucumber garnish. Guests can also enjoy the cocktails by themselves at a la carte prices of HK$88 each.

Full menu on Saturday, 9 June by Head Chef Jose Cotes:

The Gin & Tonic Brunch

HK$328 (Food only)
HK$398 (Food + 2 special G&T’s by COA’s Jay Khan)

El Vermut – Sharing Style Tapas
Iberico Ham with Crystal Bread
Beef Tartare with Sesame Dressing & Mustard Ice Cream Potato Chips with White Anchovies
Tomato and Tuna Salad
Fried Whitebait with Aioli Sauce
Clams with Chorizo and Confit Onions

All-You-Can-Eat Mains Traditional Roasted Suckling Pig Special Seafood & Chicken Paella

Upgrade Your Menu
Rubia Gallega Spanish Ribeye with Crispy Potatoes & Padron PeppersSupplement +500g/500HKD

Dessert

page2image3691856page2image3691024page2image3731792page2image1677696page2image1686848

Churros with Vanilla Ice Cream & Chocolate


G&T’s by COA’s Jay Khan
The Botanist Gin & Lacto-fermented Lemon Verbena Soda (HK$88)Garnished with fresh lemon verbena

The Botanist Gin & Lacto-fermented Cucumber Soda (HK$88)

Garnished with homemade pickled cucumber

The Botanist Gin with FeverTree tonic

Garnished with mint bouquet

The brand-new Mercedes me Store in Hong Kong

Under the Mercedes me brand, Mercedes-Benz is bringing individual customer care to a whole new level and a key part of that are innovative and centrally located city stores, aiming to appeal to new target groups while, at the same time, bringing loyal customers even closer to the brand. Since 2015, the Mercedes me Store Hong Kong has achieved great success and become one of the most popular venues in town. Today, Mercedes-Benz unveils the new Mercedes me Store located in the heart of Central in a more prominent and spacious location and with a concept unlike any you’ve seen from the luxury automotive leader before.

The Grand Opening of Mercedes me Store will be held on the evening of 27th April 2018 with more than 1,000 guests invited. To mark this special occasion, the visionary super sports concept car – the Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo – which had its appearance in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “JUSTICE LEAGUE” is showcased.

The new Mercedes me Store echoes a luxurious getaway home that draws inspiration from both Mercedes’ German heritage and Hong Kong’s urban liveliness, thoughtfully harmonized in a “haus”-like design to undoubtedly deepen what you know about the Mercedes brand. From the entrance living room and the in-store boutique retail area to the lounges inside of the store, customers will navigate through a comfortable and familiar space that will make them feel at home. Covering a total area of 500 square metres spread over two floors, the store is also designed as a flexible event space for different kinds of lifestyle, cultural, or corporate activities. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz latest models, classic or concept vehicles will be showcased in the “garage” area.

The new Mercedes me Store introduces an innovative retail concept, “boutique inside store”. With the inspiration from a modern wardrobe, luxury sports-wear, leather-goods, accessories, homewares, gifts from both Mercedes-Benz Collections and local exclusives will be included into the boutique area. The boutique inside Mercedes me Store welcomes co-branding opportunities with brands and new designers through modern retail concept “rent-the-closet” or “fashion Pop-up”. The Mercedes me Store continues to address car enthusiasts on our vehicles, brand and customer experience through expertise consultation services and our brand events.

The Mercedes me Store will offer all-day dining for guests, from breakfast through late night dinner and drinks. For all its food & drink offerings, Mercedes-Benz has once again selected Maximal Concepts, the most dynamically awarded dining group in Asia, to spearhead Mercedes me’s F&B programme.

Led by Maximal Concepts’ Group Executive Chef Russell Doctrove (who comes from a three Michelin-starred restaurant background), and Head Chef Joaquin Elizondo (who gained his culinary repertoire at the one Michelin-starred restaurant Le Pûr by Jean François Rouquette at Park Hyatt Paris Vendôm), the culinary team have carefully selected ingredients synonymous with European and Asian cuisine and married them with cutting edge and open fire cooking techniques to create a selection of modern, casual and eclectic dishes. These “plates” are designed for sampling and sharing in a relaxed lunch or dinner setting, as Mercedes me welcomes you home from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s Central. Unafraid to explore new territories while highlighting classic and culturally quintessential ingredients, the culinary team has truly captured Mercedes-Benz’ perpetually innovative yet timeless ethos in this menu.

For drinks, the mixology team has continued the “East meets West” homage with a menu of exceptionally well-balanced cocktails derived from classic Western recipes, with a contemporary Asian twist. Local ingredients are artfully manipulated into various textures, aromas and garnishes to add a touch of Hong Kong nostalgia to each cocktail.

In addition to its lunch, dinner and cocktail menus, Mercedes me Store will also offer all-day food and drink options, complete with freshly made breakfast pastries and exceptional coffee to go.

Mercedes me store Hong Kong
Address: G/F, Manning House, 48 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Showroom: +852 2598 7155
Reservation: +852 2598 7080

Reservation: reservations@mmehk.com
Enquiries: enquiries@mmehk.com
Website: www.mercedes.me/hongkong
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mercedes.me.hongkong
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mercedesmestore.hongkong

12,000 Francs

Launch Insightful New Menu, Complemented by Soho’s Best By-the-Glass Wine List

12,000 Francs wine restaurant in soho is named for the 1795 Imperial cash prize offered by Napoleon Bonaparte to anyone who could devise a method of preserving food for his conquering armies.

The new menu features new pizza selections, with Montanara style deep fried crusts. Pizzas include ‘Red’ with nduja; ‘White’ with cherry tomato; and ‘Green’ with coconut green spicy harissa sauce.

One of Soho’s most popular restaurants, 12,000 Francs wine restaurant has introduced an insightful new menu laced with the culinary finesse and seasonality of France and Italy.

While the new ingredient-driven menu will also feature 12,000 Francs signature dishes, including the bonito tartare, foie gras parfait, short rib “pastrami” and house made merguez under the “Simply French”section, new additions consist of classic dishes from two of Europe’s most influential food cultures that have been given a decidedly modern twist, with the fare categorized as either “Simple French” or “Mostly Italian”.

Inspirations from the “Mostly Italian” menu include grilled pork tortellone with pork broth and parmesan; pork cheek and spicy coconut ragu with casarecce pasta; smoked duck breast with “carnaroli” risotto; and delectable veal sweetbread with “tonnato” sauce.

In addition, the new menu features new pizza selections, with Montanara style deep fried crusts. Pizzas include ‘Red’ with fresh tomato, nduja, eggplant, fior di latte and pecorino cheese; ‘White’ with cherry tomato, ricotta, fior di latte and pecorino cheese; and ‘Green’ with a spicy kick, with coconut green spicy harissa sauce, merguez sausage, provolone and broccolini. The restaurant has also introduced a seven-course Vegetarian Tasting Menu, priced at HK$385 per person; while weekday lunch is available from every Wednesday to Friday, two-course lunch is starting from HK$128 per person.

Sweet touches on the new menu include the Churro-mi-su, cocoa dusted churros served with amarone sabayon, mascarpone and housemade espresso gelato; and Executive Chef Connor Beach’s signature K.A Pastry, salted butter caramel pastry with maple syrup and custard apple ice-cream.

Dishes on the new 12,000 Francs menu can be matched with the restaurant’s 60-label-strong wine collection, which showcases many boutique and hard-to-source wines available by the glass, thanks to the eatery’s relationship with producers and boutique importers.

12,000 Francs wine restaurant is named for the 1795 Imperial cash prize offered by Napoleon Bonaparte to anyone who could devise a method of preserving food for his conquering armies.

The restaurant tempts diners with an ingredients-driven menu that showcases innovative, refined and thoroughly comforting modern European dishes. Executive Chef Conor Beach, best known for his attention to detail and his insistence on creating each dish from scratch, utilises elements of both traditional and contemporary preservation methods to create an intriguing yet accessible menu for both lunch and dinner. At 12,000 Francs he will produce everything from sourdough and terrines, through to pastrami in house.

Dressed in intricate greyscale mosaics by award-winning Australian designer Emma Maxwell, 12,000 Francs is spacious and refined yet approachable. Maxwell’s design persona draws historical context from the Napoleonic period, including the readdressing of traditional French wallpaper and tile pattern,s while signature elements of her design style, including the iconic Paire de Porcs wine buckets and Josephine Bar stools, contribute to the space’s urban elegance.

12,000 Francs is located at 43A Elgin Street, Elgin Building Ground Floor, SoHo, Central. Walk in is always welcome; for 4 or above, please call (852) 2529 3100 or visit www.12000francs.com.hk for reservation.

Happy Hour Everyday, from 3pm to 7pm
12,000 Francs’ brilliant happy hour which stretches from 3pm to 7pm, is the perfect way to kick start happy hour as early as possible. The happy hour menu features sparkling wine, rose, white and red wine, craft beer and cider, all at $50 each.

Don’t drink with an empty stomach! The happy hour’s snack menu features broad bean hummus with spiced taro chips, hand cut Salchichon Iberico, beer battered tempura squid and mushroom, 63 degree egg served with sourdough toast and smoked almond aioli; and house made beef jerky, all at HK$50 each.

Weekend 6-course Brunch with Free-flow Options
12,000 Francs’ weekend brunch menu offers diversity and culinary innovation in equal measure. With two seatings – 11:30am or 1:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays – the brunch service is priced from HK$290 per adult and HK$150 per child.

Brunch commences with an assortment of four sharing dishes, including homemade sourdough breadbasket; kimchi devil eggs; foie gras and chicken liver parfait with fermented jalapeno, and salmon with mixed greens, served with toasted buckwheat and linseed yoghurt dressing.

Options for the mains include Montanara Ranchera, a deep-fried crusted pizza served with poached or scrambled egg with Ranchero sauce and ricotta;  cheeseburger with pastrami, spicy kraut salsa, sweet potato chips; braised rendang style pork cheeks tagliatelle, and pan-dried red snapper with roasted potatoes and almond.

Before finishing with chef’s special Churro-mi-su, cocoa dusted churros served with amarone sabayon, mascarpone and housemade espresso gelato.

Free flow options, which offer brilliant value for money, are priced from HK$190, including boutique prosecco and three wine choices; or HK$290 when paired cocktails, champagne and five wine selections.

Address:
43A Elgin Street, Elgin Building Ground Floor, SoHo, Central

Weekday Lunch:
Wednesday to Friday from 12pm to 2:30pm

Happy Hour:
Daily from 3pm to 7pm (sparkling wine, rose, white and red wine, craft beer and cider at $50 each)

Weekend Brunch:
Every Saturday and Sunday
Two seatings: 11:30am or 1:30pm
Free flow options are available

Reservation (for 4 or above):
Tel: (852) 2529 3100
Online: www.12000francs.com.hk