Hong Kong Restaurant News: Smoke & Barrel Opens, Bedu's New Autumn Dishes And More
To keep you up to date with everything food and drinks related in Hong Kong, we're rounding up everything that you may have missed from the dining scene this week––from new openings, to seasonal menus and more. With cooler weather a welcome change in the city, it's time to get stuck into hearty comfort food such as Smoke & Barrel's new barbecue offerings, Bedu's flavourful a la carte dishes and Lee Lo Mei's revamped Hong Kong classics––not to mention Castellana's seasonal Alba white truffle menu.
Along with the below, don't miss other dining news we've already shared this week, including the opening of Bibi & Baba, Ovolo Hotel's green initiative and the announcement of two new bars from the founders of The Old Man.
Smoke & Barrel officially opens
We first reported the news of Smoke & Barrel opening back in August, and the time has come for the barbecue restaurant to finally open its doors. The Wyndham Street restaurant––which is the brainchild of chef-restaurateur duo Chris Grare and Arron Rhodes––is now soft open for dinner only on Mondays to Sundays, and for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, serving a family-style menu featuring old-school American flavours and barbecue smoked meats––all cooked in its very own imported wood-fired smoker, nicknamed The Beast.
Westside Taqueria grand opening
On October 16, 11 Westside's Westside Taqueria will be hosting its grand opening in Lee Garden 1. Soft open since early September, the taqueria already has one location in Central's Basehall, with the Causeway Bay location collaborating with cookie favourite, Cookie DPT.
Cinnabon Hong Kong opens second location
Along with barbecue meats and tacos, sweet treats are also on the menu this October, with Cinnabon Hong Kong set to open a second store in Tung Chung. Following the successful opening of the first Cinnabon shop in Olympic City, the Citygate location will open at the end of the month and will serve its famed cinnamon buns, along with a new savoury menu and a wide selection of beverages.
Écriture's new pastry creations
If you're craving something sweet, be sure to make a beeline for two-Michelin star Écriture, which is debuting a new pastry menu this month. Cyrus Yan and Tia Cheung, the pastry chef duo behind the restaurant's French pâtisserie and seasonal dessert creations has unveiled the peach parfait and buckwheat, feuilletine, and caramel, which are available as part of the Library of Flavours signature dinner tasting menu; along with the fig tart, chocolate caramel tart, and strawberry tart, available on the Weekend Lunch Tasting Menu.
Mono serves new dessert with 100% made in-house chocolate
Going a step beyond your typical chocolate dessert, Mono's chef-owner Ricardo Chaneton's latest creation is made using Ecuadoran cacao pods. Using the entire cacao pod, the dessert comprises of four layers, each one showcasing a different texture from the different stages in the chocolate making process––including cacao pulp, cacao sorbet, chocolate mousse, chocolate shards and even an accompanying glass of cacao chicha.
Bedu's new autumn dishes
Welcome in Hong Kong's cooler weather with Bedu's new autumnal menu. Promising to offer the restaurant's signature vibrant flavours and take guests on a culinary journey around the Middle East, dishes include baked feta, shawarma beef ‘tataki style’ and marinated salmon, along with veggie-friendly dishes such as eggplant carpaccio and salt baked celeriac.
The Pizza Project and Pici debut "Go Green" menus
Pirata group's popular pizza and pasta joints––Pici and The Pizza Project––may not be regarded as the healthiest option when it comes to dining out across the city, but both are going green this month. The new menus are devoted to offering diners lighter options, with all offerings vegetarian or vegan. At Pici Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Wan Chai, guests will be able to enjoy the likes of smoked eggplant spread for starters, before moving onto beetroot and goat cheese ravioli, or opting for the vegan quinoa flour strozzapreti.
Meanwhile, pizza lovers can choose from two vegan options made with wholegrain dough––the Rossa with tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil; or the Truffle, with potato mouse, portobello mushroom, black truffle paste and fresh shaved black truffle.
See also: Ovolo Goes Green, Becoming The First Hotel Group To Go Completely Vegetarian
Castellana unveils a new white truffle menu
Truffle lovers, now is the time to get your hands on a the prized “white diamond” truffles from world’s white truffle capital, Alba. To highlight the highly coveted ingredient, Castellana has unveiled a new four or seven course menu, which features the truffle in every course––including the Uovo di Montagna (pictured above), with organic Italian Dolomite mountain egg white meringue and raw egg yolk.
Lee Lo Mei's new a la carte dishes evoke Hong Kong nostalgia
With its new autumn menu, Lee Lo Mei is giving a modern refresh to classic Hong Kong dishes and flavours. The new offerings include Ping Pong Buns––inspired by the classic pineapple bun, the tasty dish will be filled with a grilled Iberico pork patty, char siu sauce, grilled pineapple and homemade pineapple jam––along with Purply Twist, a twist on a popular Chinese New Year snack, Chef Lee shaves taro into thin slices before knotting it by hand, coating it in a thin layer of batter and deep-frying.
Elevated hairy crab dishes at The Legacy House
The Legacy House is also welcoming the new season with open arms with a host of Taihu Lake hairy crab dishes, created by by Executive Chef Li Chi Wai and his team. Dishes include everything from the classic steamed hairy crab with shiso and ginger, to steamed Shanghainese pork dumplings with hairy crab cream and braised Inaniwa udon with hairy crab cream.
New cocktails at Meraki Group restaurants
If you're not taking part in Sober October, head to Meraki Group restaurant's this month to enjoy one of their new cocktails. Middle-eastern restaurant Bedu has a range of zesty creations, including the Eclipse and T8.
Available until the end of October, Peel Street's Mamma Always Said will be serving new booze-infused coffee creations: Beautiful Little Fool, Yuzu Pleasure and Paradise. Uma Nota is going tropical with its own take on the classic Pina Colada––the Jak Froot––made with cachaca, roasted coconut and durian.
Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge turns eight
Going all out to celebrate its eighth birthday, Honi Honi is offering deals on its signature tropical cocktails, a tattoo pop-up and a free-flow Halloween party this month. Until November 1, seven of the bar's best-selling cocktails will be priced at HK$88 , including the Pina Colada, Dark and Stormy and Honi Honi Collins.
Along with a Halloween event at the end of the month, on October 22, Honi Honi will be collaborating with Circuit Square & Tattoo to host a one drink for one ink pop-up. Guests who purchase a Yellow Eye Coffee Rum cocktail (HK$800) will receive a complimentary permanent tattoo of choice, sized between 5cm and 10cm.
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