Try The Best Of Italian And French Gastronomy In Hong Kong This November
This month in Hong Kong is the time for indulging, with plenty to sate the appetite of food lovers from exclusive tasting menus to popular street foods, wine tastings to bar hopping. It's the perfect time to celebrate the city’s vibrant dining scene, which has long been known for its diversity and quality when it comes to cuisines from around the globe. Underscoring many gastronomic events this year is the Great November Feast, a month-long initiative showcasing the local culinary scene—as part of this, two participating campaigns are putting a spotlight on Italian and French gastronomy, two of the most popular cuisines in the city. Here are some of the highlights from these two delicious initiatives.
Bite & Fly: Spotlight On Italian Cuisine
Hong Kong is rich with excellent Italian restaurants, from humble trattorias to temples of haute cuisine, each promoting the delicious food culture of Italy from its exceptional produce to its premium wines and inimitable hospitality. From now until 30 November, diners can participate in the Bite & Fly social media competition that will feature around 30 Italian restaurants in Hong Kong, and be in with a chance to win a trip to Italy for two with flights, a stay at a luxury property in Montalcino, and a vineyard visit all included in the prize. All you have to do is dine in at least three participating Italian restaurants representing three different regions of Italy and follow the social media competition instructions for your chance to win. Looking for inspiration on where to go? Here are three excellent Italian venues to add to your Bite & Fly passport:
Representing the Piedmont region, this high end restaurant is the brainchild of acclaimed chef Marco Sacco who runs the Michelin-starred Piccolo Lago in Verbania. Staying true to the region’s rich flavours and iconic ingredients (truffle among them), Castellana features dishes such as Lingotto Di Mergozzo (smoked lake trout) and Piedmont pigeon.
10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay; +852 3188 5028
The Grand Hyatt’s beloved Italian restaurant Grissini will be showcasing the very best of the picturesque Campania region, known for its stunning coast, fresh seafood and glorious mozzarella. For the Bite & Fly campaign, the restaurant will serve two unique lunch and dinner menus inspired by the region, with highlighted dishes including spaghettini Setaro with grey mullet roe; fruit tomato carpaccio with basil and buffalo mozzarella; and braised pork cheek with sausage, veal braciola in Sanmarzano tomato sauce.
2/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 25847722
Tosca di Angelo
Chef and director of Tosca di Angelo in The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is Angelo Agliano, a well-known leader of Italian cuisine in Hong Kong and a proud Sicilian who grew up alongside his father, a fisherman who imparted his knowledge of catching and cooking seafood to him. At Tosca di Angelo, the best of Sicily will be on show with dishes such as pan-fried octopus with red onion and Pachino cherry tomatoes, and busiate trapanesi with tuna, pine Nuts, raisins and wild fennel
102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 2263 2270
French Beef Festival: A Celebration of Terroir
Following its success in 2017, the French Beef Festival returns for a second edition to satisfy the cravings of Hong Kong’s beef lovers. From 15-30 November, the festival will present opportunities to try the finest beef dishes at 24 local restaurants, as well as offer cooking workshops and promotional deals to purchase beef online or in shops. The campaign seeks to highlight the exceptional quality and character of French beef, which is the result of a unique combination of landscape and farming, prized breeds, adherence to strict health standards and a respect for animal welfare. In addition, diners will also have the opportunity to learn more about the 34 iconic beef cuts borne from classic French butchery methods. Below are just three out of two dozen restaurants where you can feast upon the finest French beef:
This hidden gem in Sai Ying Pun is known in the neighbourhood for its steaks, and for the French Beef Festival the culinary team will be presenting two choices of starters (French beef tataki with orange teriyaki and mustard chimichurri, and a French beef empanada) as well as a surf-and-turf main course of grilled French beef fillet with lemon and garlic king prawn.
8 Oakland’s Path, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong; + 852 5496 9406
The Hunter & The Chase
This newly opened restaurant from the Shore Hospitality Group puts the focus on steakhouse favourites and quality meats—for the French Beef Festival, the team will be presenting that most quintessential dish: beef Wellington. It's a dish that isn't usually on their menu, so don't miss the chance to try their take on this British creation.
3/F-& 4/F, The L Place, 139 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong; +852 2915 1638
This modern European restaurant and bar is known for its sharing dishes, fine wines and creative cocktails. For the French Beef Festival, the team will be using premium grass-fed beef from Alexandre Polmard, one of the world's best butchers. The "Le Polmard Beef Tartare" will be enhanced with smoked paprika and complemented by Kaviari caviar. Meanwhile, a main course of Charolais beef sirloin will be paired with sweet black garlic and Pommes Anna with black truffle paste.
5/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong; + 852 3552 3028
To see more restaurants participating in the French Beef Festival, please visit frenchbeef.hk
Don't forget, there's much more to savour during the Hong Kong Great November Feast, with plenty to whet your appetite and give you more than enough reasons to go out and spend time with your friends and family over some of the best food in the city. Also part of the campaign is T.Dining's very own Off Menu festival, an all-new experience from 15-17 November. Held for three nights only at The Peak Galleria, don’t miss the chance to taste one-of-a-kind ‘off menu’ dishes created by Hong Kong’s top culinary stars and their international counterparts.
See the full lineup of events at discoverhongkong.com/GreatNovemberFeast