Cover As Hong Kong social distancing rules relax further, we're letting you know what's new on the Hong Kong dining scene this week (Photo: Yakinikumafia)

From a new wine bar and dim sum lunch, to mooncake pop-ups and more, Hong Kong’s dining scene is coming back to life after weeks of take-out as social distancing measures ease. Here’s what's new this week

Still riding high on the wave of social distancing measures being relaxed last week––with groups of four now allowed to dine out together––Hong Kong food lovers have been flocking to the city’s best restaurants over the last seven days. For those looking for new options to––quite literally––sink their teeth into, we’re letting you know the latest dining news from the last week.
What’s more, with Hong Kong bars set to re-open today, along with new menus, openings and collaborations to try out, be sure to show your support to the city’s bar scene by visiting a (or two) of the best cocktail bars around this weekend.

Here’s what’s new on the Hong Kong dining scene.

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22 Ships reopens with a new tapas menu

After undergoing a makeover earlier this year, Wan Chai's 22 Ships has, like countless other Hong Kong restaurants, only been able to offer takeout services since mid July. The restaurant has now announced the resumption of dinner service (Tuesdays to Sundays, 5pm-11pm), along with a brand new tapas menu. Aiming to bring people together after months of dining apart, the sharable menu features grilled octopus mojo (HK$168), Manchego lamb (HK$488) and an elevated black octopus paella (HK$358).

Yakinikumafia launches a new omakase experience

In celebration of the relaxed social distancing measures Yakinikumafia is launching a new omakase experience featuring six rare cuts of the restaurant’s signature Ozaki wagyu beef. Allowing guests to taste rare cuts of their famed wagyu––including the rib cap, top blade, flap meat and rib finger––the omakase set is priced at HK$980, and includes wagyu bone soup, Koshihikari rice, barbecue dipping sauce, pickles, salad and soft serve ice cream.

Legacy House debuts new dim sum lunch menu

Beginning 29 September, Legacy House will debut a new dim sum lunch menu. Found inside the Rosewood Hong Kong, the Cantonese restaurant will reinvent the classics to present a menu featuring koi carp-shaped fish dumplings (HK$90), truffled-topped vegetable dumplings (HK$90), caviar topped lobster dumplings (HK$100) and more. Take your meal to the next level with an expertly recommended wine pairing by the restaurant's sommelier.

JW Marriott brings back the Crabalicious dinner buffet 

JW Marriott's all-day dining restaurant JW Café, is bringing back its decadent Crabalicious dinner buffet beginning October. Labelling itself as an unmissable feast for crab aficionados, the dinner will highlight jet-fresh crabs sourced around the world––ranging from Japanese king crab leg and Korean snow crab leg, to English bud crab, Canadian crab and Australian spanner crab––featuring in dishes such as wok-fried fresh mud crab in typhoon shelter style; steamed snow crab with hua diao wine; crispy crab cakes; and even king crab congee.

China Tang collaborates with Shanghai Tang

Have you ever considered pairing the food you eat to your home fragrance? Well, with China Tang and Shanghai Tang's latest collaboration, you now can. The “Chrysanthemum Quintet” menu will be available from September 28 to November 8 and is set to showcases the flavours of the chrysanthemum in a variety of ways––from chrysanthemum-shaped silken bean curd to deep-fried whole chrysanthemum.

Esca pops up in Central with unique Hong Kong mooncakes

Mid-autumn festival is fast approaching, and whether you're a fan of traditional or more creative mooncakes, Esca's Hong Kong-style French toast mooncakes are sure to tempt. Available only from today, September 18 to September 24, the mooncakes––which are filled with peanut butter, encased in a bread custard and  wrapped in a vanilla pastry crust––will be available at esca's pop-up in Central. Paying tribute to another local classic, the pop-up will also offer yuan yang lava mooncake, featuring a milk tea flavoured lava filling.

Baekmidang offers new pina colada and guava ice cream dessert

Do you like your pina colada with a side of milk ice cream? We may be heading into autumn but Baekmidang's new icy desserts gives us a taste of the retro drink in its pina colada with milk ice cream dessert ($88). Featuring fresh fruits and silky-smooth soft serve ice cream, the brand is also debuting a fresh guava with milk ice cream flavour ($78), with both available throughout September and October. 

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Fortnum & Mason launches rosé sparkling tea

After over three centuries of selling tea, British institution Fortnum & Mason can safely consider themselves an expert in the field. And this month, the brand is unveiling a new take on tea traditions with its rosé sparkling tea (HK$268). The non-alcoholic hybrid is said to be an ideal tipple to celebrate with for those that aren't looking for something harder––with the drink featuring 11 organic teas, hibiscus and red fruits.

Room 309 x Two Moons Distillery tarot-card themed pop-up

Room 309 is joins forcing with Two Moons Distillery this autumn to present a tarot-themed pop-up. Open from September 28 until November 14, the cocktail bar and craft gin distillery will be serving a collection of four cocktails using Two Moons' Five Flowers Tea Limited Edition Dry Gin inside The Pottinger. Tarot card reader Olivia Luk will also make a weekly appearance to compliment the mystical cocktails.

Young Master's brings back the ham sup margarita

Can't decide between an ice cold beer and a zesty margarita? From now until September 30, Young Master are bringing back their tequila barrel aged salted lime imperial gose––the ham sup margarita. To celebrate, Alvy’s, Second Draft and TAP The Mills will be pairing Mexican-Inspired dishes with the new brew; including mapo nachos at TAP, ham sup margarita + chorizo jicama salad at Second Draft, and a ham sup pendejo pizza at Alvy's.

Bubbles & Wines opens in Stanley

Stanley may not be regarded as one of the top destinations in the city for a drink, but new opening Bubbles & Wines may just turn the tide. Soft opening on September 21, the new drinking destination promises a home away from home feel, pairing a living room-style ambience with cheeses, charcuterie and a range of champagnes and wines––with a focus on small boutique wineries with limited productions of 2000 to 6000 bottles per year.

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