Cover Carabineros Prawn tartare at Hue Dining (Photo: Handout)

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

This mid-pandemic summer brings the dilemma of escaping to your usual holiday destination via your tastebuds (travel still being made difficult by customs restrictions and quarantines) or doubling down on that diet to get your body junk boat-ready. Whatever your decision, there's an F&B happening around town to welcome it, as this week we bring news of Spanish menus at Hue and Cassio, as well as healthy food markets, salad bars, and plant-based Chinese cuisine. Read on to find out more.

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Hue Launches Spanish Pop-Up Menus For The Summer

August is here, so take a card out of the Spaniards' playbook and decamp to the sunny climes of the Iberian peninsula through the evocative dishes on offer as part of Hue Dining's two seasonal Spanish pop-up menus. Courtesy of newly arrived chef Alberto Sancassani, these offerings include a five-course tasting menu (HK$800 per person) with transportive dishes like Spanish Carabineros prawn tartare and deconstructed Valencian eel and potato dish all i pebre, segueing into mains such as Australian wagyu sirloin with chimichurri sauce and smoked eggplant puree.

Then there's the Spanish weekend brunch (HK$400 per person) every Saturday and Sunday from August 7 to September 11, where, against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour, diners can chow down on sharing starters, one main and one dessert. Platos to expect include codfish croquettes with squid ink aioli; Requeson cheese and Cantabrico anchovies; and Spanish beef and pork meatballs with tomato sauce. Two hours of free-flow drinks can be added for an additional HK$360 per person.

Prohibition Introduces Salad Bar Set Lunch

Perfect for staycationers or residents of Southern district, Ocean Park Marriott Hotel's new salad bar set lunch at Prohibition is a steal by any standard, starting from just HK$368 for three courses. The meal begins with a visit to the buffet-style salad bar to top up on artisanal cold cuts and hams, house-made gravlax, terrine, a cheese selection, and fresh greens. An assortment of small-batch olive oils, aged vinegars and glazes encourage return trips to the salad bar to better sample them all.

Mains range from lighter fare like Falkland Islands toothfish and Madagascar king prawn, to Prohibition's red meat specialties like Australian grass-fed striploin, USDA short rib, and USDA black Angus ribeye (add-on for HK$98). A daily dessert ends the meal on a sweet note. On the side, a free-flow drinks package can be added for HK$198 per person, and includes sparkling, house white and red wines, plus beer, juices and soft drinks. Due to high demand, diners are encouraged to book ahead.

Prohitibion,  G/F, Club Wing, Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong; +852 3555 1900

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Get Summer-Body-Ready At Calioo's Greenhouse Market

For its third pop-up event, specialty food marketplace Calioo has partnered with British plant-based food manufacturer Alpro for a green-themed weekend market in Central. Aptly named Greenhouse, the market features plant-based, vegan, lactose-free, and gluten-free products from Alpro as well as 35 local brands to encourage healthy and sustainable eating. Among these vendors, 15 are debuting collaborative products made using Alpro plant milks that are exclusive to this event, such as oat milk scones from Alive Food Co. and a chocolate cheesecake from Sbakery.

In addition, a range of workshops will engage visitors to the market, from making fruit jams to milk tea tasting and making Bloody Mary cocktails using homemade chilli sauce. Finally, Calioo has invited trendy plant purveyor Botanic Union to set up shop at the market and create a lush, photogenic oasis—because what is health if it isn't Instagram-ready?

Calioo Greenhouse, 36 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong

Soulgood Bakery Arrives At K11 Musea

Cheesecake specialists Soulgood Bakery are the latest to pop up at K11 Musea. Starting from August 1 for six months, Soulgood can be found on the retail destination's 6th floor serving a selection of burnt Basque cheesecake flavours, such as Tieguanyin tea, a CBD-infused variation, and an earl grey cheesecake topped with gold leaf that will be exclusive to the pop-up only during August and September.

A range of cake sizes will be available for purchase from the pop-up, from four to six and eight inches—the latter two containing an indulgent lava filling.

Soulgood Bakery, 6/F, Kiosk LA601, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Peking Garden Serves Up An Impossible Menu

As plant-based meats continue to make inroads into Chinese cuisine, Peking Garden is the latest restaurant to explore the category's potential in reshaping consumer tastes. Partnering with Impossible Foods, executive chef Kan Chi-kwan is introducing eight new plant-based meat dishes to the menu, all in shareable formats best suited to round-table family dinners. Highlights include Hangzhou-style Impossible minced meat thick soup, braised Impossible meatballs, sweet and sour Impossible meat, sautéed Impossible minced meat served with pine seeds and sesame pastry, and crispy Jinling-style Impossible meat cake. 

Peking Garden's Impossible Meat series is now available at its Central and Admiralty locations.

Peking Garden, Shop B1, Basement 1 Alexandra House, 16-20 Chater Road, Central

Peking Garden, LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

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Cassio Brings All-You-Can-Eat Pinchos To LKF

Lan Kwai Fong fixture Cassio is bringing pinchos—or bar snacks from northern Spain that are closely related to tapas—to Hong Kong with an all-you-can-eat offer every Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 10pm. The Pinch Me! Pinchos menu (HK$298 per person) brings together a rotating selection of 15 light bites, featuring traditional Basque and Catalan specialties like cod brandade, prawn croqueta, and chistorra, plus more familiar dishes like Iberico charcuterie, beef tartare, and Spanish omelette. 

Those looking for something more opulent can opt for Cassio's three new deluxe tapas, available from August 4. There's the caviar and gold leaf-topped Bikini de Lujo featuring 40 months cured Ibérico ham and 6 months cured Manchego cheese; empanadillas stuffed with sweet potato, spinach, goat cheese, pecan nuts and cumin; and the Ibérico Burger which brings together Ibérico cured dewlap, Ibérico Sobrasada, Angus beef and smoked paprika mayo.

Wash these down with three new cocktails: the cachaça-based Passion Caipirinha; the Lagerita, mixing lager and El Jimador Reposado tequila; and the Apricot Bellini, replacing the traditional formula of prosecco and peach puree with Cava and apricots.

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