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August 7, 2008

One World, Many Cuisines

You missed your first chance to get tickets, slept through the second and just plain declined the third (did they really think you were going to wake up for men’s badminton at 5:00am?). However, now that 8.8.08 is only a few days away, you’re feeling a bit wistful about your prior Olympic apathy and general unpatriotic attitude toward the games. To help you get back in the spirit of things, we’ve created our own version of the Olympics showcasing the best and the brightest of HK’s new dining outposts from each region. Now you can support your home team, no matter what country you’re from, one bite at a time…

Spain
Show your enthusiasm for the Spanish players by taking off your tap-as! Um, we meant, trying out some tapas at Hollywood Road’s latest haunt, Tapeo. This tapas bar is right out of the streets of Barcelona with Spanish chefs preparing tantalizing bites of meats, seafood and cheeses while you watch. Snack on Iberian Ham, Pedro Peppers, Prawns Plancha and traditional Spanish Tortilla paired with luscious Rioja’s and Tempranillo’s that will take you back to those oh-so-memorable Spanish summer nights. (19 Hollywood Road, Central, 9123 6049)

China
If we were to guess the favourite food of China’s beloved track star Liu Xiang we’d have to say soup dumplings (aren’t they everyone’s fav?). Chow down at Hong Kong’s recently opened outpost of famed Taiwanese dumpling house Din Tai Fung. Much loved specialties include Steamed Crab Meat and Pork Dumplings, Pork and Glutinous Rice Shao Mai and Traditional Chicken Soup. Out of this world dessert dumplings like Steamed Mashed Red Bean Buns and Black Seasame Dumplings in Sweet Broth will leave you cheering louder than ever, if not ready to run a 10K yourself. (Shop 130, 3/F. Silvercord, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2730 6928)

England
Do a high jump out of Hong Kong’s SoHo and into London’s at SoHo SoHo. This once loved eatery has opened up its doors again on Arbuthnot Road and is serving up all your old British pub-style favourites. Dig in to a Warm Stilton and Spinach Tart on Wild Rocket Leaves, Fish and Chips served with Coleslaw and Peas, and Grilled Rosemary Lamb Fillets with Green Beans, Garlic Mash and Minted Gravy. Top it all off with a Bread and Butter Pudding with Bailey’s Custard that’s worthy of the gold! (1/F, 4 Arbuthnot Road, Central, 2147 2618)

USA
If you think Michael Phelps, the darling of the US swim team is a good catch, it’s time you checked out Peel Street’s newest hangout, The Catch. Two parts cosy, one part chic, this small brasserie-style restaurant and bar is reminiscent of our favourite New York City joints. Deliciously casual brunches, savory tapas and comfort ford classics like Fish & Chips, Grilled Angus Tenderloin with Garlic Mash and Molten Double Chocolate Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream will surely keep us on the hook. (66 Peel St, SoHo, 2857 2909)

Russia
If you stopped by Balalaika for a shot of Vodka this week you couldn’t do the Russian team any prouder. The Hong Kong institution has recently been renovated, doubling the size of their ice-cold vodka freezer so there’s room for even more madness. Don a fur coat and hat and step into the ice to try one of over 40 distinctive types of Vodka hailing from more than 6 different countries including flavours like apple pie and chocolate chili. After all that Vodka you might feel like doing back-flips, but we suggest you leave that to the pros. (Mezz Floor, Lan Kwai Fong Staircase, 33 Wyndham St, Central, 3579 2929)

Now that you’re well fed and decidedly patriotic, perhaps you’ll even go home and watch an event or two on TV. Badminton anyone?



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