Cover The caviar and "mimosa" dish at Perrier-Jouët and Lalique's collaboration dinner with L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Photo: Perrier-Jouët)

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

This week brings unwelcome news of a coronavirus cluster in the heart of Sai Ying Pun that may well bring back stricter social distancing regulations—yet while we wait with bated breath on the extent of the cluster's impact, indeed, the show must go on. From champagne to cannolis, there is still much to tantalise the tastebuds in Hong Kong; here, we highlight the latest collaborations and new menus from the world of food and beverage to check out. 

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New Cafes Of The Week

      • Rings Coffee, having renovated its Kowloon City location, unveils a new timber-clad look.
      • Oops Coffee brings a pet-friendly space with coconut-infused coffee drinks to Sai Kung.
      • Chew Chew is an austere, Japanese-inspired cafe and eatery in Sham Shui Po by the team behind Rest Coffee Gin and Brew Note Coffee Roaster.

Perrier-Jouët Partners With Lalique For An Extravagant Champagne Dinner At L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Champagne, haute cuisine and crystal glass come together starting next week as three-Michelin-starred L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon launches 'The Art of Revealing Nature' dining experience with Perrier-Jouët and French luxury crystal house, Lalique. The six-course menu draws the attention of diners to the synergy between these three usually disparate forms of creative expression by matching executive chef Adriano Cattaneo's cuisine with six vintage and non-vintage champagnes from Perrier-Jouët, poured into Lalique's delicate crystal glassware. Pairings include caviar and "mimosa" with the vibrant Blanc de Blancs NV, the signature shining sea urchin cream and fennel emulsion with the floral Belle Epoque 2012, and the quail and foie gras with the Blason Rosé. 

Taking place over the next two months, 'The Art of Revealing Nature' menu is priced at HK$2,280 per person, with the option of a Perrier-Jouët champagne pairing for an additional HK$880.

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The Glamour Of Drag Meets Delectable Eats At Basehall

To bring a certain sense of va-va-voom back into the beaten-down F&B scene, Basehall is looking to none other than pre-eminent drag queens Madame Mincemeat, XXXotica, and friends. Their debut at the food hall will take place on March 26 with Drag Bingo—expect good old fashioned revelry with a side of runway presentations, twerking competitions and no-holds-barred lip-sync battles. At HK$800, tickets to the event will also include a set meal from any of Basehall's vendors, along with two hours of free-flow prosecco, wine, house spirits and Young Master beer, and a baked treat from Cookie Dpt

On June 12, Madame Mincemeat and XXXotica will make a return at Drag Brunch where attendees are encouraged to dress to impress in their best drag outfit, with plenty of performances and entertainment to amp up the energy. Social distancing regulations allowing, both Drag Bingo and Drag Brunch will be reinstated as regular events, along with DJ and reggae nights to bring a much-missed spirit of celebration to Central district.

Basehall, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong

Ronin Celebrates 8 Years With A Night Of Its Greatest Hits

With Yardbird due to kick off a 10-month-long celebration of its 10 year anniversary, sister restaurant Ronin is also due to mark its eighth year of operation, though in a decidedly more discreet fashion. For one night only, chef Matt Abergel and the Ronin team will be serving classic dishes from the past eight years, including the likes of flower crab with uni and mitsuba, to cuttlefish nori tempura with uni. Taking place on March 21, the menu is priced at HK$1,680 per person with two seatings at 5pm and 7.30pm. Book your seats here.

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Ronin

Sheung Wan
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Gregoire Michaud Of Bakehouse Launches Artisanal Bread And Pastry Brand, Bread Pantry

Local baking success story Bakehouse has branched out into a standalone sourdough bread and pastry brand called Bread Pantry, founder Gregoire Michaud has announced. Specialising in the famously finicky sourdough, Bread Pantry will offer Michaud's baked goods for consumption at home or on the go. Customers can choose from farmhouse loaves, ciabatta and baguettes, to brioche, buns, pretzels and rolls, all of which is baked fresh daily in Hong Kong using a long natural fermentation process and premium ingredients such as 15-year-old levain, superior flour, filtered water and Guérande sea salt. Available at major supermarkets across Hong Kong, find out more online here.

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Holy Cannoli Partners With Food Writer Wilson Fok For Jam-Filled Treats

Known in foodie circles for his delicious homemade jams and compotes, food writer and Tatler Dining alumni Wilson Fok has collaborated with Holy Cannoli to reimagine his creations in Italian pastry form. On March 14 beginning at 12pm, Holy Cannoli will sell a batch of cannoli made using traditional ricotta, lemon zest and Fok's apple compote until supplies run out at Detour in Sai Ying Pun. Refreshingly reminiscent of spring in flavour, indulge in these creations with an expertly pulled latte for a small Sunday pleasure.

Detour, 35-37 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Celebrate The Hindu Festival Of Holi At Chaat

Dive into the light-filled festival of Holi at Rosewood's Indian restaurant, Chaat. Taking place on March 28, the feast will be prepared by chef Manav Tuli and his team to celebrate this most important of occasions on the Hindu calendar. Beginning with a welcome drink of bhang wali thandai, a traditional spiced milk beverage, the menu moves swiftly into an appetiser of Rajasthani corn and wheat crisps with chutney, followed by tandoori king crab. Highlights among the mains include gosht tar kalia lamb with gravy and a fiery, tomato-based fish curry from the southern Indian city of Madras, accompanied by sides of spiced basmati rice, lentil dal and cabbage poriyal. The meal ends with a popular sweet of Malpua fried fluffy pancakes served with sweet, thickened milk.

At HK$1,198 per person the Holi set menu will be served at lunch and dinner seatings.

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Ciao Chow Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With Irish Libations And An All-Green Menu

Lan Kwai Fong Italian eatery Ciao Chow hasn't forgotten about the traditionally raucous St. Patrick's Day this year, with a full-day happy hour and buy one, get one free deals for Guinness, "green" Asahi, Jameson and Teeling Irish whiskies, and two house cocktails, including the rarely-found Grasshopper. The food menu also dons shades of green for the occasion, with pesto pizza with parma and arugula, fettuccine piselli and pecorino, and matcha tiramisu on offer. 

Ciao Chow, G/F, California Tower, 30-36 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong

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