Hong Kong Restaurant News: Spotlighting The Women Of Écriture, Bedu's New Spring Dishes, And More
A weight simultaneously lifted off stakeholder involved with the F&B industry this week, when the Hong Kong government announced a relaxation of the harshest social distancing regulations to date, allowing restaurants to seat four people at a table and to open until 10pm at night. Barring any more unexpected news, a sense of elation is evident among diners, workers, suppliers and restaurateurs alike—expect weeks of solidly booked tables around town as the city reacquaints itself with old freedoms. Here are the latest local happenings in the world of food and drink; consider supporting them whether you're eating out or at home.
New Cafes Of The Week
New cafe openings continue to attract the caffeine-starved this week. Find the latest below:
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Jordan neighbourhood favourite Cafe Revol has opened up a second location in Wan Chai, bringing its revolutionary fervour for the drink to the other side of the pond. Revol Coffee features sleek interiors reminiscent of Japanese minimalism, while an all-black palette creates a certain cosiness within which to sip the two single-origin espresso house blends.
Revol Coffee, Shop 2, G/F, 206-212 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Shoppers have yet another place for coffee in Causeway Bay with the opening of East Latte behind Times Square. Signature drinks include the French latte, which uses a dark roast blend, while the Yirgacheffe and Colombia lattes use beans from their respective regions. A host of tea lattes are also available for those who prefer something a little lighter. Do note that East Coffee only serves takeaway at the moment.
East Latte, 9 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
As evidenced by the name, the baristas at Heart Coffee serve your morning cuppa with heart. This medium-sized joint in Yau Ma Tei uses beans from micro-roasters like Win City Coffee, Rec Coffee and Marumi Coffee, alongside homemade sodas, pastas and açai bowls throughout the day. Outdoor seating also makes for a great perch for people-watching—an often-overlooked feature of a great cafe.
Heart Coffee, 285 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Between Coffee at Haus
We would be remiss without mentioning Japanese-style cafe Between's pop-up at our very own three-way collaboration with Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen, Haus. Working with JIA Group, we brought the cafe from its home in Tai Kwun to a ground floor space on Queen's Road Central for the next three months. Visitors can try exclusive dishes curated by chef Agustin Balbi of one-star Ando, such as the Kagoshima wagyu katsu sando, avocado toast furikake and Japanese mayo, and the brand-new Japanese strawberry parfait. A selection of pour-over coffees has designed for the coffee lover in mind, while the pop-up menu includes the Haus exclusive: beetroot soy latte.
Between Coffee at Haus, G/F, Shop 38 & 40, 48 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
An Alfresco Afternoon Tea With A Cause At K11 Musea
February is the month of love, especially in Asia where it doesn't formally end until White Valentine's Day on 14 March—where those who received favours on Valentine's Day are expected to return them. Riding on this romantic fervour is K11 Musea's Parisian-themed 'Musea Rouge' experience that brings 16 different activations to locations around the cultural-retail destination.
Of particular interest to gourmands is their afternoon tea set (HK$1,980 for two), which invites visitors to dine alfresco on the grassy rooftop lawn that is the Bohemian Garden, otherwise renamed Terrasse de Verre and replete with a pop-up glasshouse decorated with flowers from Blooms & Blossoms. Even better is K11 Musea's pledge to subsidise two healthy meals for those in need by donating HK$100 to "Food House - Social Miles” by onebite SOCIAL. This way, you'll be showing your love in more ways than one. For more details, click here.
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Bedu Debuts New Seasonal Dishes
To herald the new season, Bedu's chef Corey Riches is introducing six new additions to the menu in a continuation of his creative interpretation of Middle Eastern cuisine. Diners can whet the appetite with the pistachio and garlic labneh with a side of bread, or an ox heart tomato salad with dashings of watermelon radish, sambuca anise and cardamom. Mains include the salmon kibbeh nayeh, which mixes raw diced salmon with quinoa grains and pomegranate and scooped up with sourdough crisps; and the meaty harissa glazed chicken skewers, served with black garlic labneh.
A new cocktail menu inspired by One Thousand and One Nights offers ample hydration with seven new drinks, such as the Genie Spritz (Beefeater gin, sage cordial, butterfly pea tea, prosecco, yuzu), the Red Sea (Ballantine's scotch, rosemary syrup, red wine, lemon juice), and the Mellow King, an evocative reimagining of the espresso martini (vanilla-infused Havana rum, fresh cream, roasted marshmallow syrup, coffee, chocolate bitters).
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Écriture's International Women's Day Menu Made By Women, For Women
In anticipation of International Women's Day on 8 March, two-Michelin-starred Écriture has announced a special menu for one day only that was conceived and will be executed by the women of the kitchen and front-of-house. Led by chef de cuisine Heloise Fischbach, the menu will include dishes like butternut cuttlefish with black truffle, smoked eel-infused Jerusalem artichoke and Blanc de Blanc Aveyron lamb, with desserts by chef de partie Tia Cheung. Guests can choose between a five-course lunch (HK$1,188) or the seven-course dinner (HK$1,888).
Francis Launches Middle Eastern Hampers For Home Cooking
Fans of chef Asher Goldstein's Middle Eastern cooking can now recreate the flavours of Francis with a seasonal hamper of evocative spices and pastes. Each hamper includes house-made sauces and spreads—such as spiced local honey, pomegranate molasses, harissa and labneh—as well as spices sourced directly from Tel Aviv, like za'atar, sumac and the fiery zhoug (chilli, coriander, cumin, cardamom, pepper and parsley). Priced at HK$400, the hampers come with a selection of Goldstein's recipes and can be ordered online.
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