Fresh Food, featuring greasy expansions, a Hawaiian takeaway spot, the Mandarin up in the air, and a new local TV show.
The big news this past week of course, was celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay coming to town – to us, this is the diving line in Hong Kong’s scene, the point where we either become a true dining capital or fail miserably as another phony spot full of celebrity chefs. Only time will tell, but until then, let’s get going on this week’s Fresh Food.
First up, upcoming restaurants: we’re not the biggest fans of Restoration (69%) on Wyndham Street, but we do love their fried chicken, so we’re excited to hear chef Jack Carson will be opening a chicken-only spot in K-Town soon. Jack’s Fried Chicken (above) is set to open over the next couple weeks and will proudly serve nothing but chicken.
And, that was fast: Craft Brew & Co. (69%) has only been opened a couple months now, but they’re already expanding. A new Craft Brew will be opening in Sai Ying Pun sometime this November. Expect all the hoppy beer goodness, and plenty of greasy eats to down it with.
In other expansions, School Food (68%) continues to grow its empire, with a fourth outlet now opened, this time in Kowloon Bay’s Telford Plaza. And so-so Wan Chai pub Trafalgar (70%) has gotten into the craft beer game, with the recently opened Trafalgar Brewing Company in Causeway Centre in Wan Chai.
And, we can’t say we’ve ever tried real Hawaiian cuisine, so this has us slightly excited: Pololi is a new Hawaiian take-out joint on Graham Street that’s now opened. Dishes are said to be heavy on the raw fish and spam, with plenty of the state’s local beers to wash ‘em down with.
For all you first class readers out there, the Mandarin Oriental has teamed up with Cathay Pacific to launch limited in-flight meals on flights to London, designed by famed chef Uwe Opecensky. Available from now through to October 31, dishes include Rhug Estate chicken and foie gras terrine with winter truffle and asparagus. And if you’re flying back to Hong Kong after November 1st, you’ll be treated to dishes by London chef Dean Yasharian of Bar Boulud.
After their successful urban farm project at the Bank of America tower, property company Jones Lang LaSalle is getting into the farmers market game, with one to be held at Hong Kong Park’s L16 (55%) this October 18th, starting from 9am to the afternoon.
Finally, local foodie and certified FoodCourt reviewer Janice Leung has teamed up with chef Jason Black of such restaurants as Shore (71%), to launch an online-only Hong Kong dining show, called Sizzle and Fry. The first episode’s available at empire-hk.com and will hopefully be a regular thing, featuring everything from news to interviews.