Cover Pane e Latte in Stanley (Photo: Pirata Group)

The food and drink happenings that you should know about this week

It seems to be a blissful week full of new restaurant openings and summer makeovers. From Japanese yakitori to modern Mediterranean gastronomy, this week’s new openings have something for every adventurous foodie. Read on to find out what's in store.

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Bentori Brings Approachable Yakitori To Central

Bentori is tucked away on Tit Hong Lane, a hidden alley next to The Center and Central Market. It is precisely this place, away from the bustle but still very accessible, which attracted founder Regan Yeung to open the yakitori bar here. Describing it as “almost like treasure hunting”, Yeung sees it becoming a place where people can chill out and mingle after a busy day of work. 

Inside Bentori’s contemporary space is a unique design inspired by tigers, which are one of the most commonly-seen motifs in traditional Japanese ukiyo-e paintings. Customers can enjoy freshly grilled chicken yakitori and classic Japanese dishes with a twist, all of which are made using fresh ingredients from the local market. Some of the highlights in the menu include chicken thigh with shiso leaf, crab roe salad and a guilty treat: foie gras rice.

Bentori, G/F, 10 Tit Hong Lane, Central, Hong Kong

 

Grand Hyatt's Tiffin Presents Brand New Afternoon Tea Set

The renowned Tiffin afternoon tea set has received a summer make-over available till September 1 for both dine-in and takeaway. Executive pastry chef, Smita Grosse and chef de cuisine of Tiffin, Andre Grosse have used a variety of seasonal ingredients, such as mango, peach, berries and pineapple to create a range of summer delights to beat the sweltering heat. 

Echoing Tiffin’s namesake and heritage, the takeaway version of the new summer afternoon tea has received a facelift, with three compartments meticulously stacked together to resemble the famous “tiffin” boxes from the British Raj era. The box is adorned with Tiffin’s signature tableware pattern for you to recreate an elegant tea time at home. Highlights of the sweet sides include yuzu-pineapple cheesecake, peach and Madagascar vanilla trifle, and pistachio streusel. Savoury-wise, the signatures are Tiffin club with provolone and cheddar cheese, mortadella and salami. Conclude the afternoon tea experience at the dessert counter, which features live stations freshly serving sweet treats and special flavoured ice cream.

Tiffin, Mezzanine Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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Pirata Group Debuts Pane e Latte In Stanley

Located in the laidback coastal neighbourhood of Stanley, Pane e Latte will be opening this July. The seafront all-day cafe and Italian panifico (bakery) is Pirata Group’s latest project and features an all-day dining experience. There, customers can enjoy fresh baked goods and a full range of sweet and savoury plates for breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, aperitivo and dinner. Executive chef Stephane Vieux shares that everything is made with no additives or preservatives, and is “baked with the biggest dose of love”. The menu boasts a wide assortment of Italian delights, ranging from signature pizzas to bombolonis, focaccia sandwiches and even cocktails.

Pane e Latte, G/F, U-c Court, 25 Stanley Market Rd, Stanley, Hong Kong

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Experience Modern Mediterranean Gastronomy at Quiero Mas

Quiero Mas, the first dining concept under the all-new Silver Oak hospitality group, is due to open in early August in the M88 Tower on Central's Wellington Street, next door to Lan Kwai Fong. Translating to 'I want more' in Spanish, the kitchen at Quiero Mas is headed up by La Paloma's Alex Fargas, whose take on "Mod-Med" (modern Mediterranean) cuisine will incorporate influences from Spain, southern France, Italy, Greece, and even as far afield as North Africa. Dishes to look forward to are the lobster a la Louie, king scallop escabeche, and whole grilled seabass swaddled in a peppery, cream-caper sauce. 

Responsible for the interior design was Hernan Zanghellini of Zanghellini & Holt Associates, who looked towards touchpoints like Barcelona tapas bars, Greek tavernas, Neapolitan trattorias and the Cote d’Azure for inspiration. Clocking in at 3,000 square feet, the venue encompasses a main dining room, dedicated feature bar, and a chef's table to offer different dining experiences for the guests.

Quiero Más, 20/F, M88, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

The Peninsula Honours Belgium's National Day

The Lobby at The Peninsula Hong Kong will be offering a special menu for Belgium National Day, available only on July 21. Priced at HK$588 per person, it features classic Belgian dishes such as moules frites (mussels simmered in white wine, garlic and onion), and gentse waterzooi, a traditional chicken and vegetable soup. For dessert, a delicious Belgian waffle is served with salted caramel, cocoa crumble and dark chocolate ice cream. Find out more online here.

The Lobby, G/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Kakure Celebrates 2nd Anniversary This Summer

In celebration of its second birthday, Central's Kakure is offering diners a special half-off offer on any second order of its many course menus, including the likes of teppanyaki, sushi omakase, and the all-new summer dinner course. With the latter, diners can expect delicacies like ayu sweetfish cooked Himono-style, teppan-grilled black abalone, and A5 wagyu beef and eel roll for a comprehensive taste of Japan's seasonal hot-weather specialties. Make your booking online here.

Kakure, M20-24, M/F, Landmark Prince's, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2522 9990

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