DURIAN DESSERTS TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT HOTEL ICON’S

“ALL ABOUT DURIAN” AFTERNOON TEA
Acclaimed Pastry Chef Danny Ho Tempts Tastebuds with a Sublime Afternoon Tea

Experience Centred Around Southeast Asia’s “King of Fruits”

Hotel ICON’s bustling brasserie GREEN embraces extraordinary seasonal dining and exotic Asian flavours with its “All About Durian” Afternoon Tea, available from 1 April to 31 May 2020.

Bright and beautiful springtime dining is just around the corner at spacious, sunlit GREEN. Home to the city’s largest vertical garden, this is the ideal locale for award-winning Pastry Chef Danny Ho — who has earned the moniker “Durian Prince” and over 120,000 followers on WeChat for his divine durian desserts — to present a sumptuous afternoon tea experience dedicated to this fleshy, richly-flavoured fruit.

The “All About Durian” Afternoon Tea begins with a choice of homemade lemonade, freshly brewed illy Coffee, or fine TWG Tea and a platter of Hotel ICON’s signature Freshly Baked Scones served with Clotted Cream and Jam. Sizzling Southeast Asian savouries follow including highlights like Malaysian Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Singaporean Char-grilled Dry Beef, Filipino Lumpia with Minced Pork, and Classic Hong Kong-style Sesame Shrimp Toast. Next, durian takes the spotlight with specialities like Mao Shan Wang Durian Pudding showcasing the unusual combination of both bitter and sweet flesh, andD24 Durian, Matcha & Lychee Roulade featuring layers of creamy, sweet flavour. The D101 Durian choux with popcorn is a mouthwatering treat that capitalises on the fruit’s mildly sweet, buttery notes, while Chef Danny’s cult-favourite Durian Kampung Cheesecake promises a perfect sweet finale to the afternoon.

With health and wellness top of mind, the city’s durian devotees will be pleasantly surprised to learn that durian is filled with rich nutrients and detoxifying anti-oxidants like vitamins C and B6, folic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, potassium, iron and magnesium. An immune boosting superfood, durian helps lower blood pressure, strengthen bones, reduce inflammation and lessen symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. Plus, all durians served at Hotel ICON are sourced and seasonally harvested from specially selected farms in Malaysia.

Sunshine, sizzling Southeast Asian flavours and impeccably prepared seasonal pastries and desserts await at GREEN.

Book direct to enjoy 25% off all meal periods (excluding alcoholic beverages) with promo code “ICONDEALS” from now until 30 April 2020. Terms and conditions apply. For details, please visithttps://dining.hotel-icon.com/en/reservation/?rid=108&pcode=ICONDEALS.

“All About Durian” Afternoon Tea at GREEN

Period: 1 April – 31 May 2020
Time: First Seating: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Second Seating: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

HK$328* per person | HK$598* for two persons

 

Venue:

 

Enquiries:

*All prices are subject to a 10% service charge

GREEN, G/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong

(852) 3400 1300 or book.restaurant@hotel-icon.com

Reservations: https://dining.hotel-icon.com/en/reservation/?&rid=108

 

 

Easter Brunch at LucAle

Limitless Plates of Italian Salumi, Cheese and More

Recently opened Sai Ying Pun hotspot LucAle, will open for brunch for four days only over the Easter long weekend.

The neighbourhood eatery will serve up an all-Italian Easter Brunch (HK$380) featuring limitless plates of Salumi as well as creamy Burrata and fresh Mozzarella, plus nourishing vegetable sides. Guests can keep their glasses topped up for two hours with house red, white and sparkling Italian wine throughout the brunch at no extra cost. A classic dessert of either Tiramisu or Sorrento Lemon Cream Mousse with Wild Berries and Chocolate promises to end the afternoon on a sweet note.

Those with room for more are invited to supplement their Italian Easter Brunch with a comforting limited edition pasta dish like Pappardelle with White Bolognese Ragu (HK$128) or seasonal Spaghetti Chitarrino with Clams, Bottarga and Zucchini (HK$128). Meatier options like Spring Lamb Chop (HK$178), Classic Luganega Sausage with Yellow Polenta ($128) is also available.

For those looking to really make an occasion of it, a premium wine package featuring Franciacorta, Italy’s answer to the finest champagne, can be enjoyed for an all-inclusive price of HK$480/two hours.

Brunch is available from 10-13 April, from 12pm onwards.

Address: Shop A, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 6pm – 11pm

Phone: +852 3611 1842

Email: info@lucalehk.com

Facebook/Instagram: @lucalehk

SAKURA SET LUNCH AND SAKURA KAISEKI

Japanese restaurant, Sagano, presents sakura-themed dining experiences this March and April, featuring a seasonal sakura-themed lunch and dinner created by Kyoto-born Japanese Chef Masahiko Noka, for Hong Kong diners to celebrate the splendid sakura blossom both day and night.

The highlight of the exquisite Sakura Set Lunch is the assorted seasonal appetisers, with a variety of petite Japanese treats including Poached Vegetables; Marinated Wild Vegetables with Nameko; Prawn with Sakura Leaf Tempura and Deep-fried Wild Vegetables; Stewed Sweet Potatoes in Lemon Sauce; and Black Pork Cutlet Fillet with Potato Salad.  The set lunch also comes with assorted Sashimi including Tuna, Sea Bream, Yellowtail and Sweet Shrimp, as well as Grilled Silver Cod with Miso Paste, Mini Glutinous Rice Dumplings, Grilled Egg Rolls and assorted Chirashi Sushi on rice served with miso soup.  Desserts are homemade Sakura Pudding and Sakura Ice Cream using aromatic sakura leaves from Japan.

 

Appreciating sakura is not only a daytime activity in Japan; at night the blossoms are illuminated for strollers to admire the display.  Inspired by this tradition, Chef Noka has tailor-made a sakura-themed kaiseki menu for guests to celebrate the season during the dinner period.

 

The festive kaiseki starts with refreshing appetisers and assorted sashimi, including Toyama Squids with Sour Miso Paste and Poached Vegetables; Marinated Sweet Shrimp and Sea Urchin with Sake; and Sea Bream Sushi with Broad Beans.  This is followed by jet-fresh assorted Sashimi from Japan, as well as Stewed Alfonsino with Sea Urchin in Sake; Grilled Spanish Mackerel with Yuzu, Prawn and Spring Wild Vegetable Tempura; and minced Fatty Tuna and Spring Onion on rice with Salmon Roe and Sea Urchin Sushi served with Red Miso Soup.  The homemade Sakura Pudding with Greenhouse Melon gives diners a perfect ending to the sakura feast.

 

The Sakura Set Lunch is priced at HKD510 per person.  The Sakura Kaiseki is available at dinner for HKD1,380 per person.  Prices are subject to 10 percent service charge.  For enquiries or reservations, please call 2313 4222.  Due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus, the hotel has made special arrangements on food and beverage operating hours to protect the safety and health of all guests.

Members of Epicure, the hotel’s dining membership programme, can enjoy an exclusive 25% discount; blackout dates apply. Guests who are not members yet can also sign up for the programme for free by simply completing the form (https://newworldmillenniumhotel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2014/05/Epicure-Application-Form.pdf) and emailing it to communications@newworldmillenniumhotel.com. The application takes seven working days to process.

OH-FISH-CIALLY” AND MANY FANTASTIC FISH DISHES

COAST Beach Club & Bistro ensures fish lovers indulge in ocean’s bounty this March and onwards with many fantastic fish dishes from “Oh-Fish-Cially”. The ever-popular promotion adds to the venue’s already renowned dinner menu a new selection of fish – all fresh from the sea to your table.

All the following Tuesdays from March onwards, COAST Beach Club & Bistro at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin invites diners to enjoy one of the most mouth-watering fish spreads from the ever-popular promotion Oh-Fish-Cially. The dinnertime menu features some of the finest fish variety, presented with a choice of whole fish as well as a fillet. Salmon, Sea bass, or snapper, take a pick of your freshest fish of choices, choose your preferred cooking style of cooking, and pair it with your favourite sauce and, of course, delicious side dishes. Also on the endless evening is Chef’s spread of buffet salads to accompany whichever Oh-Fish-Cially dish you choose – all making sure your dinner is even more invigorating.
Bring along everyone and enjoy a delightful evening at COAST Beach Club & Bistro with the Oh-Fish-Cially selections – served with your choice of classic sides and sauces, as well as a freshly-made salad spread. The bistro guarantees one of the best dining al fresco restaurants in Hua Hin.
Oh-Fish-Cially at COAST Beach Club & Bistro
Available every Tuesday for dinner from 19.00 to 22.00 hrs.
Prices start from Baht 490++.
For more information or reservations, please call +66 (0) 3251 2021.

Alila Seminyak – Seasalt Bids Goodbye to Yellowfin & Bluefin Tuna Over Unsustainable Fishing

Since its opening, Seasalt at Alila Seminyak has been strongly committed to sourcing seafood that is wild-caught and sustainably harvested from the waters of Indonesia. In line with this commitment, Seasalt partners with Bali Sustainable Seafood, a local social enterprise that provides high-quality seafood that is sustainably fished.

Driven by the world’s appetite for tuna, overfishing in the Indian Ocean is damaging the ocean’s ability to sustain tuna populations, especially of yellowfin tuna. Recent reports state that the yellowfin tuna forms a significant portion of the annual tuna catches in the Indian Ocean, around 42 percent. Therefore, it has been recommended that tuna fishing be reduced by 20 percent to hopefully allow tuna stocks to recover in the next five years.


Through its action, Seasalt hopes to contribute to restoring a sustainable future for tuna, the world’s most favourite fish, particularly its most threatened species. Although yellowfin and bluefin tuna will no longer be on its menu, Seasalt has nevertheless prepared a sustainable replacement using skipjack, a local fish sustainably harvested directly from the waters around Indonesia.

Send Noods!

Chilli Fagara Sends Noods in the Form of HOT N’ MEEN – A New Delivery-only Brand

From the masterminds behind Chilli Fagara, Hong Kong’s Sichuan mainstay, comes HOT ‘N’ MEEN – a delivery-only noodle concept worth drooling over.

The tongue-in-cheek name simultaneously pays homage to Chilli Fagara’s spicy legacy and makes its offering clear with the use of ‘meen’, the Chinese word for noodles. Yup, that’s right — HOT ‘N’ MEEN’s carbs come onlyin the form of long, tender knife-cut noods.

Diners can opt for fiery items like Noodles with Pork and Vegetable Dumplings in House-Made Sichuan Chilli Sauce (HK$78), Mouthwatering Chicken Noodles in Chilli Sauce (HK$78), topped with peanuts and coriander, or go nuts for good ol’ Dan Dan Noodles (HK$68), served either with minced pork and dried shrimp in a spicy peanut broth, or as a vegetarian option.

Those with milder cravings will enjoy the Soup Noodles with Stir Fried Lamb and Chinese Leek and Ginger (HK$78), aromatic Braised Five-Spice Sliced Beef Soup Noodles (HK$78) or Braised Sliced Pork Noodles with Wood Ear Mushrooms and Egg in Thick Gravy (HK$78).

A neat range of moreish appetisers (all HK$30) include Bean Sprouts with Sichuan Sauce, jewel-like Jade Vegetables with Sesame Oil and Crunchy Wood Ear Mushroom Salad. Select appetisers are available, in combination with a noodle dish, for HK$98 as part of HOT ‘N’ MEEN’s seven-days-a-week set lunch.

With ten slurp-worthy bowls to choose from, HOT ‘N’ MEEN is sure to satisfy any appetite. Available from noon until 10:30 pm, it is perfect for an office lunch, hungover indulgence or late-night hankering for those lucky enough to live in Admiralty, Central, Mid-Levels, Sheung Wan or Sai Ying Pun.

HOT ‘N’ MEEN will be available exclusively via Deliveroo from early March.

 

Savoury Afternoon Tea at The Langham

To celebrate the vivacity of spring, The Langham, Hong Kong is re-launching the scrumptious The Langham Savoury Afternoon Tea after its first successful debut back in 2015, tailored for diners who do not have a sweet tooth.

Unlike traditional sweet-oriented afternoon tea sets, the hotel’s Culinary Director Cesare Romani aims to impress savoury cravers with a fresh seasonal twist to Palm Court’s iconic teatime tradition. “We observe that afternoon tea patrons are not necessary a big fan of sweets, and diners are more health-conscious nowadays. Bringing the savoury afternoon tea back at Palm Court celebrates healthy lifestyle, offers an alternative option for our guests while elevating the delectable creations and the exquisite dining experience in the elegant setting.”

Indulge in an enticing array of savoury delicacies served on the classic three-tier silver stand with an unusual green start. The artistically-presented Vegetable Garden features colorful baby carrots, carrot purée and black olive. The middle tier includes a traditional British Mini Beef Pie, creamy Duck Liver Terrine with toasted brioche, fig and red wine compote and the ultra-refreshing Mini Lobster Roll with lemon mayo and remoulade. Other highlights are Puffed Baguette with caviar, smoked salmon and sour cream, Voul-Au-Vent with green asparagus, quail egg and black truffle as well as the exotic Sicilian Arancini with Green Pea, Mozzarella and Tomato crafted by the Italian chef.

The tea set also comes with warm selection of plain and bacon & cheddar cheese scones from Palm Court’s very own bakery, served along with Devonshire clotted cream, strawberry jam and rose preserve.

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Complete the afternoon tea on a sweet note with the Palm Court’s signature Mango Mille-Feuille, featuring caramelized layers of flaky puff pastry with vanilla diplomat cream and mango.

The afternoon tea set is paired with a selection of refreshing mixed floral tea such as Palm Court Exotic Blend tea and English Flower Blend. Priced at HK$398* for one person and HK$688* for two, the set is available from 15 March to 31 May 2020. Every dine-in for a set of two can enjoy an extra complimentary tea set for one, exclusively available for online bookings with full prepayment. Guests can upgrade the afternoon tea experience at HK$120 per person with 2-hour free flow Prosecco. For online bookings, please visit: http://bit.ly/35VXSPP

The Savoury Afternoon Tea at Palm Court is served on weekdays from 3:00 to 5:30p.m., and on weekends and public holidays in two sittings, from 2:15 to 4:15p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30p.m.

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

For reservations or enquiries, please call 2132 7898 or email tlhkg.fbservicecentre@langhamhotels.com.

CRABFEST ARRIVES AT RED LOBSTER

Red Lobster brings its widely sought after Crabfest menu to Hong Kong this month, to celebrate National Crab Meat Day which falls on 9 March. There is no need to be crabby, as the special menu puts forward five exquisite crab dishes, available for guests to enjoy throughout the month.

The abundant Crab Lover’s Dream (HK$298) features wild-caught snow crab and king crab alongside creamy crab pasta and is perfect to share with friends and family. Moreish crab dishes feature in the form of mouth-watering Pan Fried Crab Cake (HK$128/half, HK$238/full) and Crab Stuffed Salmon and Shrimp (HK$158), and diners will be pinching one another for the last bite.

Red Lobster’s limited-edition Crabfest® Surf and Turf (HK$358) is guaranteed to be popular, featuring grilled ribeye steak and snow crab, with delicious jumbo lump crab. Because no visit to Red Lobster is complete without a lick of lobster, the Crab, Shrimp and Lobster Dip (HK$108) serves the succulent crustacean in a dish sure to be adored by all seafood lovers.

The Crabfest menu will be available from 9 March to 22 April.

Red Lobster Hong Kong is located at 8 Cleveland St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. To make a reservation please call +852 2261 2996 or visit Chope. For more information, please follow Red Lobster’s Instagram and Facebook @redlobsterhk.

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Afternoon Tea at GREEN at Hotel ICON

Hong Kong’s gourmands no longer have to travel to Japan to indulge in heavenly cheeses and decadent dessert creations made with legendary Hokkaido milk and cream. Due to popular demand, industry innovator Hotel ICON is extending its Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Afternoon Tea at GREEN to 31 March 2020 along with a brand new menu featuring new items, such as the Hokkaido Cheese Soft Serve Ice Cream and limited edition Tiramisu Cake.

Featuring the famed Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory’s most sought after desserts and snacks along with an exclusive menu created by Hotel ICON’s esteemed Pastry Chef Danny Ho, this distinctive teatime experience is a must-try for dessert and cheese aficionados from around the globe.

The sunlit dining room at GREEN, flanked by the city’s largest indoor vertical gardens is the ideal locale to host three months of divine indulgence, running through 31 March 2020.

Diners may begin with their choice of house made lemonade, gourmet illy Coffee or fine TWG Tea, before feasting on a basket of Hotel ICON’s Traditional Scones with Clotted Cream and Jam. A bountiful spread of Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory sweet treats follow including highlights such as the Assorted Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Cookies, Milk Cheesecake made with French cream cheese and Hokkaido milk,Tiramisu Cake, Japanese Rice Pudding with Tropical Mango, and the Cow Cow Puff—a tantalising puff pastry shell made of camembert cheese cookie dough, baked to golden perfection, and generously filled with a distinctive cream cheese blend of Hokkaido mascarpone, camembert, and specially selected fresh cream—a richly alluring creation that is a must-try for cheese lovers. The limited edition Tiramisu Cake consists of fluffy cocoa sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered with Tiramisu cream freshly made from premium Hokkaido mascarpone and French cream cheese, and gently wrapped in a perfectly moist crêpe.

 

Diners can then indulge in savoury highlights like Crispy Cheese and Tomato Dip, Chicken Teriyaki on Toast and Roasted Eel on Toast, before completing the luscious and luxurious afternoon tea experience with unlimited Signature Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Hokkaido Cheese Soft Serve and heavenly free-flowing swirls of the Hotel ICON exclusive Yuen Yeung Soft Serve Ice Cream.

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Afternoon Tea

Period: From now until 31 March 2020
Time: First Seating: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Second Seating: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue:

 

GREEN, G/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Menu: Click here to view full menu
Prices: HK$328 per person | HK$598* for two people

*Prices are subject to a 10% service charge

Enquiries: (852) 3400 1300 or book.restaurant@hotel-icon.com
Reservations: https://dining.hotel-icon.com/en/reservation/?&rid=108

 

New Pop Up Restaurant on the Beach at Dusit Thani Maldives

Dusit Thani Maldives, a luxury Thai-inspired resort on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, is ready to revitalize the tastebuds of visiting foodies by presenting La Parrillada, a new pop-up restaurant on the beach serving a tantalizing spread South American cuisine, including Argentinean-style kebabs, Peruvian Ceviche, Chicken and rice soup, and more exotic fare.

Open twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays from 7pm onwards, the pop-up restaurant’s four-course menu focuses on the freshest catch of the day, the finest imported meats, and the tastiest seasonal vegetables to offer something for carnivores and vegetarians alike – all made following traditional recipes.

Highlights include Avocado, mango and tomato infused with Peruvian ají panca and ají amarillo finished with fresh jungle lime and coriander; a choice of Grilled prawn, scallops and lobster, or beef, lamb or chicken, presented on a hanging kebab and served with arroz con frijoles negros (rice with black beans); and Grilled seasonal root vegetables, fried plantain and a trio of sauces (Chimichurri, yellow Peruvian sauce, spicy-sweet mango tango). The set menu starts at USD 65 USD ++ per person. A separate drinks menu offers a curated selection of fine wines and unique cocktails starting from only USD 8 ++ per glass.

Thomas Weber, General Manager of Dusit Thani Maldives, said: “South America has a rich culinary heritage that has been passed down through generations, and at La Parrillada our chefs take diners on a unique voyage to explore the incredible tastes and diversity of the continent’s food. The unique setting on the white sandy beach is fabulous and allows diners to have a hugely enjoyable dinner with family, friends or loved ones”.
Located just 35 minutes by seaplane from capital city Malé, and 10 minutes by speedboat from Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll, Dusit Thani Maldives comprises 94 villas and residences, along with three restaurants, two bars, and Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa. The resort is surrounded by a rich house reef, white sandy beaches