Pop-ups and Collaborations
Mandarin Cake Shop Pop-up At Landmark
The Mandarin’s beloved Cake Shop will offer a unique pop-up experience with exclusive sweet treats inspired by traditional British recipes. The Chestnut Blueberry Mont Blanc offers a fruity adjustment to a classic favourite, with chestnut cream, blueberry compote, confit chestnut, meringue and vanilla chantilly. Meanwhile, the Matcha & Yuzu trifle sees the British dessert updated with Japanese influence, featuring layers of confit yuzu, matcha crumble and Chantilly, for a unique yet familiar amalgamation of flavours and textures.
When: October 4 – December 31, 10am – 7pm
Where: 3/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
The Peninsula’s Felix x Secret Theatre
Experience a glimmer of the roaring twenties at The Peninsula’s Felix, where an opulent and themed four-course dinner will be held alongside a thrilling theatre performance. Guests are invited to dress to the nines in their ritziest ‘20s-inspired ensemble, with best dressed winning a staycation at The Peninsula Hong Kong. The creative dinner includes Gatsby Fried Chicken and Deviled Eggs with a contemporary twist, alongside Lobster Toast with Black Truffle and the Upside-down Pineapple cake, which is a notorious ‘20s favourite.
When: October 21 – November 27, Thursday to Saturday only
Where: The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; peninsula.com
Saicho x The Ritz Carlton
Teetotallers rejoice! The Ritz Carlton has joined forces with sparkling tea brand Saicho to present a luxe brunch pairing at The Lounge. Sitting above the clouds, experience expert pairings featuring Saicho’s Hojicha, Darjeeling and Jasmine sparkling teas: the Hojicha brings notes of roasted hazelnuts with dry tannins that complement the grilled marinated octopus with hummus, chorizo and crunchy breadcrumbs, while the succulent and tender blackened miso cod is paired with Darjeeling, with notes of mandarin, ginger and wood spice adding a nuanced complexity to the pairing.
When: Every weekend from October 23 to December 31
Where: The Lounge & Bar, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, ICC, 1 Austin Road West; ritzcarlton.com
Ice Age! x Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Dairy-free ice cream store Ice Age! has collaborated with Landmark Oriental’s PDT to recreate some of the bar’s most iconic drinks as frozen treats. Ice Age! offers up a delectable array of creamy, vegan delights, the ice-cream created using the same molecular makeup as whey from dairy but without involving animals nor any animal products. The result is a creamy and rich ice-cream that is better for you, and the planet. The Cucumber Spritz is a refreshing delight, with a touch of fizz in the Prosecco ice cream for a cooling treat!
When: From August 19
Where: The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
GRAIN Interactive Meet The Brewer Workshops
GRAIN is Hong Kong’s very first dining venue with a working brewery on-site, serving up freshly brewed Gweilo beer by the tap. The friendly neighbourhood joint offers educational brewing workshops every Sunday in November and the first Sunday of every month beginning December. The guided brewery tour introduces guests to the art of beer-making, and includes a beer tasting session with a flight of five signature beers that were brewed on-site – the Gweilo rainbow sherbet sour is a zesty drink that takes guests on a delightful journey through sweet and sour.
When: 2pm every Sunday in November
Where: G/F, Shop 1, New Fortune House, 3-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town; grain.com.hk
Champagne Masterclass At The Aubrey
Japanese izakaya The Aubrey has officially launched the Champagne and Sake Bar located within the intimate setting of their Curio Lounge. With over 50 champagne labels and 25 exclusive sakes, the eclectic collection also features 3 sparkling sakes for guests to enjoy a thorough and unique drinking experience. Head Sommelier Dirk Chen and Maximal Concept’s Group Sommelier Marie-Paule Herman will also lead thrilling Champagne Masterclasses each Saturday beginning August 14, taking guests on a champagne-filled journey, for an edifying and hands-on process understanding the various types of champagne styles alongside differences between regions and vinification processes.
When: 3pm every Saturday from August 14
Where: 25/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central; mandarinoriental.com
Castellana Journey Around The World – Autumn Edition
Italian restaurant Castellana introduces a new around the world tasting menu for Autumn, spotlighting the best seasonal produce with a Piedmontese twist. A Sicilian red prawn tartare features the refreshing and sweet Mazara del Vallo deep sea red prawn, simply prepared and served alongside a cold broth of prawn shells and toasted Turbot bones for delicate, subtly sweet flavours. Similarly, the Egg Emotion risotto is a simple mixture of Carnaroli risotto, slow-cooked egg yolk, creme fraiche and Grana Padana before it is topped with Petrossian Caviar for a creamy, satiating dish with a briny bite.
When: From October onwards
Where: 10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Rd, Causeway Bay
Thai Cuisine At J.A.M.
J.A.M. adds Thai food to its Asian cuisine roster, where it will join the likes of Vietnamese, Korean, Singaporean and Cantonese fare. Savoury plates include tender and juicy grilled pork neck served with a refreshing and tangy homemade sauce, a zesty and spicy green papaya salad, fragrant Thai basil fried rice and plenty others. End the meal on a sweet note with the pandan coconut sesame dumplings, made with chewy pandan leaf and glutinous rice flour skin, filled with fried sesame seeds and coconut sugar and served in a bowl with sweet coconut milk.
When: From September 24
Where: Lobby, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central; j-a-m.hk
Uma Nota’s Bahia Brunch
Brazilian-Japanese boteco Uma Nota is launching a two-month long, weekend-only Bahia Brunch in celebration of Brazilian culture. Kickstart your meal with iconic Salvadoran street food snack Abara Com Vatapá, a spoonful of traditional black-eyed pea dough topped with Vatapá sauce served in a banana leaf pouch. The Feijoada Shoronpo is a Uma Nota twist on the feijoada and sees diced black beans, pork and beef wrapped in dough, recalling the familiar soup dumplings we all adore. For the classic Bahian experience, opt for the Moqueca de Peixe e Lula, a seafood stew cooked in coconut milk and aromatic spices — you will smell the dish’s mouth-watering fragrance before you see it.
When: September 4 – October 31
Where: 38 Peel Street, Central
CreditLead image: Castellana