With more of us working from home than ever – and increased numbers of people choosing to stay in rather than go out and socialise – restaurants are responding with expanded offerings of takeaway and delivery options. Here are a few of our chosen highlights – just because it’s a takeaway, doesn’t mean it can’t be a special occasion!
Fortnum and Mason
Fortnum & Mason has been serving afternoon tea since the 19th century, but has adapted during this period of social distancing so that you can enjoy the British occasion at home. Packaged in beautiful ballotin boxes, the first tier is of finger sandwiches – Norfolk cured ham with mustard, cucumber with mint cream, egg mayonnaise with cress, house smoked smoked salmon with tartare sauce and coronation chicken – followed by plain and fruit scones with a trio of preserves and clotted cream, and a selection of cakes and pâtisseries.
Available on Deliveroo.
Newly opened Andō isn’t letting the latest series of restrictions stop it from sharing its Japanese-Spanish flavours with Hong Kong. Chef-founder Agustin Balbi has launched a delivery menu of comforting favourites: a pork or chicken sandwich with Japanese mayo, and a catering set for two people that includes prawns with lemon and parsley, a burrata and tomato salad, Wagyu short ribs, a yuzu white chocolate cake, and more. They’ll be offering red wine and sake that you can add on to the order, too.
Italian restaurant Castellana is offering a selection of its Piedmont dishes for diners to enjoy at home. A three or four course meal includes a beef sandwich, your choice of either a ‘Carnaroli’ risotto with Castelmagno cheese or their famous carbonara ‘au koque,’ with a baked Italian white peach stuffed with a chocolate and almond biscuit for dessert. Or choose something from the curated à la carte menu.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong has launched a selection of delivery options from both The Mandarin Cake Shop and Café Causette. The M.O. at Home takeaway menu offers a selection of soups, curries and pasta sauces that are easily microwavable at home, arriving in Vegware eco-packaging, while à la carte dishes from Café Causette include the hotel’s signature Hainan chicken rice and burger.
Meraki at Home
The Meraki group will provide a multi-restaurant ordering service where you can mix-and-match dishes from your favourite restaurants. Have Middle Eastern from Bedu to start, Brazilian-Japanese street food by Uma Nota for main, and a dessert from their newest concept Mamma Always Said. It’s perfect if you’re ordering for your household and can’t decide which cuisine to go for — ruling out all those heated pre-delivery discussions.
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Minimalist-cafe APT Coffee that started on Moon Street in Wan Chai has recently opened a new branch in Central, and will be serving up their customised toasts and brews for diners to order at home. The menu lists ‘toast tailoring,’ with diners able to choose the number of toppings, type of bread (either sourdough or fig and walnut), and spread. It’s all packaged beautifully with adorable black and white string bows, and makes for a delightfully simple lunch.
From the people behind Yardbird comes this Japanese-inspired rotisserie concept Roti Tori, who will be offering a series of combos for home delivery. Order either a 25%, 50% or 100% combo, denoting the size of the chicken and a scalable selection of sides and sauces, from ro-tater tots and Japanese sweet potato to Okinawa black sugar butter, sesame ponzu coleslaw and seaweed salad. Diners can be as healthy or indulgent as they want, with sauces that range from fiery to sweet. Email [email protected] for delivery options.
Bringing beachside dining to your home, Limewood will now be available to order for delivery via Deliveroo. Dishes are inspired by South East Asia, Hawaii, South America and the Caribbean, centred around barbecued seafood and meats. From plates lifted from former Mexican restaurant Brickhouse in Lan Kwai Fong (tacos and beetroot fries) to new items like the whole jerk chicken and herb-stuffed sea bass, there’s plenty to enjoy. Just save room for the hand piped churros with salted caramel sauce.
Helmed by Chef Simon Rogan, who first found acclaim with his restaurant of the same name in London, Roganic was awarded a Michelin star for its innovative take on British cooking just 10 months after opening in Hong Kong. Now, they’re offering a $300, three-course meal with their ‘Simon Rogan at Home’ delivery, offering up dishes that celebrate fresh, seasonal ingredients and high-quality produce, much of which is sourced from Rogan’s own farm in the Lake District.
Royal Caviar Club
For a truly indulgent experience, order one of the Royal Caviar Club’s special-value ‘Stay At Home’ packages. There’s lobster and caviar for $980 or an impressive full leg of 48-month aged double acorn-fed Iberico ham and caviar, if you’re hosting dinner for a few. The brand is one of Hong Kong’s most trusted fine foods distributors, enjoyed by some of the finest Michelin-starred restaurants in the city.
Miss Lee plates up its vegetarian twists on Chinese classics for delivery on Deliveroo, Foodpanda and UberEats. At the forefront of every meal are vegetables, prepared with traditional techniques inspired by the flavours, smells and textures of Chinese cooking, from a vegan version of sweet and sour pork made using oyster mushrooms, pineapple and sweet plum sauce, to noodles drenched in a vegan sesame sauce.
The hip younger sister of Hong Kong-staple Yung Kee, which has been serving up traditional Chinese cuisine since 1942, Yung’s Bistro opened this year at K11. They’re now offering some of their most famous dishes — the Yung Kee’s signature roasted goose and barbecued Canadian pork — for delivery on Deliveroo.
From the sister restaurant of the highly successful Wagyumafia in Central, Yakinikumafia focuses on top grade wagyu cuts including rib eye, sirloin, and strip loin, with different degrees of marbling. It’s now offering delivery on select dishes including the grilled Yakiniku bento and Keema curry bento, which can be enjoyed along with the brand’s hand-crafted Wagyumafia Yuzu IPA and Sansho Lager.
Recently reopened neighbourhood haunt 22 Ships is now helmed by native-Spaniard Antonio Oviedo, who is plating up elevated tapas to be enjoyed at home. Innovative flavour combinations and sharing-style small plates continue to excel — boletus croquetas filled with creamy mushrooms are seriously moreish, and Spanish-favourites sardines in ajoblanco soup and a chicken pepitoria, which is cooked in its own juices along with ground almonds and cooked egg yolks, are twists on classic dishes.
Kaum by Potato Head
Translated, Kaum means “clan” or “tribe” in Indonesian and offers authentic small plates, soups and larger dishes that combine the eclectic flavours of the country’s 300+ ethnic groups. Enjoy them at home with Potato Head’s just-launched delivery service, which will offer special a-la-carte menus. Their ‘Potato Head Meal Box’ will include smashed fried chicken, pork belly with Balinese style spices, a nasi goreng with either pork or chicken, and more. There will also be a vegetarian set menu that can be ordered, too.
For a fiery taste of Thailand’s northeast region of Isaan, husband and wife duo Rungroj Chang and Narisara Somboon, of Chachawan, have created customised meal boxes to be enjoyed at home. All the delicious flavours remain — the meat and fish prepared over the charcoal pit are smoky and the freshly pulped salads are sweet, sour and beautifully spiced. Their tiger prawns marinated in red coconut curry that are grilled on the fire gets our seal of approval, just like their green papaya salad with its tangy tamarind dressing. Cocktails can be added to the order too with espresso martinis stirred from fresh coffee, vodka and kahlua, while classic Negronis come complete with a slice of dried orange for the garnish. A selection of wine is also available, including a Ruinart Champagne that truly elevates Chachawan’s vibrant Thai street food dishes.
For more than 15 years, this understated hotspot in Central has been a destination for spicy Sichuan lovers. Now, with the launch of their noodle-only delivery concept ‘Hot ‘n Meen,’ a tongue-in-cheek name that plays on the Chinese word for noodles, diners can slurp their way to happiness from the comfort of their sofas. Popular dishes such as dan dan noodles in a spicy peanut broth will keep regulars happy, as well as their fiery noodles with pork and vegetable dumplings in home-made Sichuan sauce. Vegetarians are well catered for too, with chefs able to adapt many of their famous offerings to suit non-meat eaters and add plenty of delicious sides from jade vegetables in sesame oil to a crunchy wood ear mushroom salad.
While a pew at Shane Osborn’s grey and teal-tinged restaurant in Central on a Friday night is definitely worth queuing for, Cornerstone is now offering a DIY meal package that makes staying in an exciting option too. The kit is packed full of the same high quality, seasonal ingredients that the Australian chef is loved for, complete with recipe tips from the star of Netflix’s The Final Table himself. Receive an Ora King Salmon fillet, a Rangers Valley wagyu bavette, two butterflied jumbo quail and 10 Japanese Taiyouran eggs, and recreate the magic of Cornerstone’s signature steak sandwich or the salmon with piperade from the comfort of your kitchen.
Every two weeks, Motorino will be hosting an Instagram Live cook-along with Chef Luca Marinelli who helps guests create the perfect Neapolitan-style pizza from their homes. Aspiring pizza maestros will receive a DIY-kit before the event, which includes pre-made dough, tomato sauce and the toppings for your chosen Margherita or Soppressata Piccante. Next, Marinelli will guide home chefs in how to chop ingredients like a professional, then shape and top the dough to perfection. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn how to make one of Hong Kong’s favourite pizzas, from the chefs behind a brand beloved across the world, from its birthplace in Williamsburg, New York to all around Asia.
Honbo’s classic double cheeseburger was recently named one of the world’s best burgers with two succulent 4oz USDA Double Gold Grade Wisconsin patties, double cheese, a house sauce and pickles. A lighter option is the Cheese Burger or the practically dainty Classic Burger with cheese. There is also an Impossible Burger with homemade vegan XO sauce for those that want to miss the meat. Orders can be made via Foodpanda.
Lee Lo Mei
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We have teamed up with over 100 restaurants in Hong Kong to support the city-wide #UnitedWeDine campaign. From now until 30 April, enjoy a special signature menu at LEE Lo Mei for a taste of nostalgic flavours. We will continue to bring you the best Hong Kong inspired dining experience! Check out more details here: https://www.unitedwedine.hk/
Retro-styled Lee Lo Mei has launched a takeaway menu featuring individual and sharing dishes, available noon till 10pm. Seafood Fried Rice with XO Sauce is an ‘old-school’ classic and Flat Rice Noodles, Braised Spanish Pork Cartilage and Soy Egg is another nostalgic favourite. Healthy add-ons include Stewed Chicken Soup and Stir-fried Broccoli or Pak Choi with Garlic. Two-person and four-person sets are available as well as generous individual servings.
In April, Daniel Calvert – chef at one of Asia’s top-rated fine dining destinations, Belon – curated a delivery-only ‘Feast for Our Family’. The meal included his signature Whole Roasted Three Yellow Chicken with Petits Pois à la Française, Naturally Leavened Bread, two Mille-feuilles and his recommended perfect pairing, a bottle of Olivier Merlin Macon La Roche Vineuse 2016. In an effort to support the members of his team most badly affected by Covid-19, such as dishwashers and back waiters, all proceeds from the menu went directly to those who needed it most. For those who missed out on this feast, Belon is still available for delivery via the Black Sheep Restaurants’ Go service.
EditorGeorge Major and Emma Russell