Cover Chef May Chow and Argo's Lorenzo Antinori are set to collaborate in a one-day pop-up this weekend (Source: Happy Paradise)

We round up the food and drink happenings that you should know about this week

It's a brave new world with the nighttime dining ban extended until at least February 17. Still, that's not to say that there's no fun to be had: with new brunches, lunches, and dunches to be had, in addition to collab after collab, there's plenty to keep your stomach occupied—at least before Covid-19 comes out in force after 6pm. Keep reading for your next week in food and drink.

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Hong Kong: World Leader in Vegan Dining?

Here's a fun little tidbit for you: following the recent unveiling of the Hong Kong's Michelin star rankings for 2022, travel booking website Sweet Inn has released a survey that tallies up the world's top cities for vegan- and vegetarian-friendly Michelin-starred restaurants. Surprisingly, Hong Kong takes second place in the rankings with a total of 21, beaten only by London's 31, and followed by the likes of Paris at 18, Amsterdam, Shanghai and New York all tied at 10, and Berlin at 8. Meanwhile, France took the top spot as a country with 145 in total.

While it seems that vegan and vegetarian options might still be lacking in Hong Kong, the research seems to show that—at least in the higher echelons of F&B—herbivores are very well catered to, with the likes of Roganic and Amber having won the Michelin Green Star in the two years since its introduction.

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Oysters Ahoy

One of Soho's newer entrants, Percy's, is introducing a raft of new seafood-centric offerings. While dining hours are significantly shortened, the restaurant still has enough to take you from lunch to early dinner, beginning with its set lunch menu starting from HK$198 comprising a starter, main, side, and the option of a dessert. Guests can pick from fried oysters, hamachi ceviche, a Brandt beef burger, prawn fra diavolo and more.

From 3pm to 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday, Percy's is also shucking oysters at HK$22 a piece; combine this deal with their happy hour starting at 12pm for rollicking good times. Finally a Seafood Shack takeaway counter entices passers-by on Shelley Street with easy meals like oyster po' boy and heirloom tomato salad, alongside a bevy of bottled cocktails.

Percy’s, G/F, 18-18A Shelley Street, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong; +852 2898 2699

New Hands at The Tai Pan

The Murray's airy ground-floor restaurant, The Tai Pan, welcomes new executive sous chef Fernando Gojan to its pass. Having worked in Hong Kong for the past decade, the Patagonian native has held roles at Mercedes Me, as well as Grand Hyatt Steakhouse and the adjoining Grand Café. At The Tai Pan, Gojan will be adding his touch to the restaurant's remit of Asian-inflected bistro fare. New dishes to look out for include Asari clams tagliolini, roasted Chilean sea bass with black beans stew and zucchini, pan-seared Australian lamb chop with Jerusalem artichoke puree, and US grain-fed beef tenderloin with grilled spring onions and maitake mushrooms. The Tai Pan is currently serving lunch from 12pm to 6pm daily.

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The Brunch from Ipanema

Celebrating five years on Peel Street, Nipo-Brasileiro boteco Uma Nota is introducing its #LetsGetRio brunch, available every weekend and public holiday until May 2. The menu channels the sunny disposition of Rio de Janeiro's cariocas—as the city's inhabitants like to call themselves—with street food-inspired eats like fresh mussels, glazed pork ribs, fried cassava croquettes with coconut prawns, and grilled squid. Among the mains, standouts include File de Costela ribeye steak with potatoes cooked in garrafa ghee, and carioca beans (pinto beans) served with slow-cooked pork belly. Following the conclusion of this brunch menu in May, diners can expect Uma Nota's Brazilian tour to continue to São Paulo, followed by Bom dia Bahia in August and Brunch da Rua towards the end of 2022. 

Uma Nota

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A Cornucopia of Collabs

Head to Soho this weekend for a meeting of minds across two noteworthy bar-and-restaurant collaborations. First up is Happy Paradise x Argo, which sees bartender Lorenzo Antinori's mixological wits combine with chef May Chow's quirky Cantonese fare for a menu titled Yumcha & Friends. Antinori will be pouring tea-inspired cocktails based on chrysanthemum, oolong, jasmine and rooibos, while Chow will be serving dim sum with intriguing names like Happy "Mouth-watering" Taco and Not Your Nonna's Bolognese Cheung Fun. The pop-up takes place on Saturday 29 January, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Happy Paradise, UG/F, Ming Hing House, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2816 2118

The following day, New York-inspired bodega Fat Chad's is dropping by Okinawan gastrobar Awa Awa for the “Sammies, Bloodies and Boiler Maker” pop-up. Expect pairings of the former's Brekky Bun and Philly cheese steak with the latter's awamori-based cocktails, with bodega beats on loop and Fat Chad's hot sauce available to buy as well. This pop-up is happening on Sunday 30 January, from 12pm to 6pm.

Awa Awa, Shop E & F, UG/F, 42 & 44 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2178 1838


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