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The Luxe Link

The summer tote bag you’ve had your eye on at Celine is now sold out across Asia but miraculously available at a 30% discounted price at Neiman Marcus, those Gianvito Rossi sandals you’ve been swooning over are still eye-wateringly expensive in HK but flashing sale markdowns when you check US online sites, and that ultra-light Bugaboo stroller you saw at your favourite baby boutique in LA is nowhere to be found at Bumps to Babes…What’s a savvy shopper to do?

Click your heels three times and contact The Luxe Link, a New York City-based luxury concierge shopping service whose personal shopping wizards can help you access the products you are looking for at both online and traditional stores throughout the US and deliver them to your doorstep, virtually anywhere in the world. YOU: email or WhatsApp them and tell them what you are looking for. THEY: enlist their team of plugged in personal shoppers to search stores and find you the best price available on your product in the US, along with the lowest possible shipping costs, and send the details for your review. YOU: jump up and down and give them your credit card details. THEY: Purchase your product, check it for quality standards, then pack it to perfection and ship it off to you with a straightforward 10% service fee, no hidden fees or extra charges.

Intrigued? Give The Luxe Link a try with an exclusive US$50 credit on your first order of US$200 or more, through 30 June 2017 (excluding any applicable taxes and delivery fees) when you use promo code: DSTS

The Luxe Link
www.theluxelink.com
Email: orders@theluxelink.com
WhatsApp: +1 646 785 9848

 
 
Suits for Success

Your suit, someone else’s future! Between 1 and 9 March 2017, donate your professional clothing (both men’s and women’s) to Suits for Success to help underprivileged young adults begin successful careers. Your gently used workwear can be easily dropped off to donation points at all PURE Fitness & Yoga centers throughout Hong Kong, Metta in LKF, or Eaton House in Central. In addition to donating, if you are interested in learning more about how you can contribute to this fantastic program, feel free to join the Suits for Success Launch Breakfast on Wednesday 1 March, from 8 – 10 a.m. at Eaton House. Thank you very much for your support of this wonderful initiative, we will report back via social media with the results!
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A Starry Glam Christmas

On Thursday, December 15 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. you are invited to sip a glass of bubbly, feast on festive canapes, shop an exclusive pop-up store by local designers Obellery jewelry, snap, smile and style at an X’mas photo booth, create awe-inspiring edible art, and more, at CENTRAL CENTRAL’s Starry Glam Christmas Cocktail Party.  Join us and make a serious dent in your Christmas shopping with one-night-only discounts of up to 50% off on André, Christian Wijnants, Cosmoparis, Easy Spirit,  EQ:IQ, Karen Millen , Minelli, Nine West and Steve Madden.

Party season just got a little more glamorous and a lot more fun.

See you next Thursday at CENTRAL CENTRAL! RSVP HERE to secure your spot.

 

 
 
2017 Travel Hotlist

If last week’s soggy weather had you dreaming of jumping on a plane and heading to a sunshine-filled beach, you’re not alone… Here to feed our wanderlust and help us with our holiday planning, Lightfoot Travel has put together their hotlist of top winter travel destinations for 2017 including secret hotels in each spot!

Siem Reap, Cambodia
With fantastic weather during the early part of the year, Siem Reap has a perfect mix of adventure, culture and luxurious relaxation.

Temple Time: Any holiday to Siem Reap naturally starts at the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat and its surrounding temple complexes. While you certainly won’t be the only one doing it, setting out early for sunrise over Angkor Wat is well worth it, and you’ll be able to stroll through the grounds in relative peace before the real crowds turn up. Next, head to Ta Prohm, the hauntingly beautiful temple overrun by wild jungle where Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider was filmed. If you’re looking to explore the rural outskirts of Siem Reap, visit the Banteay Srei temple – the gem of Khmer art with intricate carvings covering its red sandstone walls.

Adventures by Land, Air & Sea: After you’ve had your fill of Siem Reap’s temples, embark on a local boat ride across the Tonle Sap River, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Meander through the floating schools, markets and police station, learning how the local communities live and work on the lake. If you’re up for a real adventure, opt for a hot air balloon ride rising high over the temples as you watch the sun set, or play Tarzan as you zip-line through the Cambodia jungle at the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Top Hotel Pick: Phum Baitang
Phum Baitang sits nestled within eight acres of lush gardens and paddy fields just outside of Siem Reap. Lightfoot recommends this property for its beautiful, 50m-long infinity pool and the lovely and spacious villas designed after traditional Khmer houses.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka gets our award for best all-around destination with its Cultural Triangle, magical Hill Country and beautiful beaches.

Train Back in Time: If opting for a touring itinerary, begin your trip in the capital city of Colombo.  Explore the city’ temples and old churches and finish off with a shopping trip to Paradise Road where you will be spoilt for choice with a selection of locally made handicrafts and beautiful crockery.  Travel east to the idyllic Hill Country on one of the best train journeys through our favourite part of the country! Enjoy the breeze in your hair, as the train meanders up into the hills through lush green tea plantations.

Sand, Sea & Safari: Head south for a relaxing retreat on the beautiful beaches that line Sri Lanka’s southern coast. During the day, try your hand at surfing in Unawatuna or whale watch from sleepy Mirissa.  For the wildlife enthusiastic, set out on a jeep safari in search of sloth bears, elephants and the elusive leopards in Yala Wilpattu or Uda Walawe National Parks.

Tea, History & Luxury: Complete your Sri Lankan adventure with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort. Browse for interesting art and gem stones in the shops located within the fort, stop for a cup of tea at the luxurious Amangalla Hotel, and make sure to catch sunset from the fort’s ramparts.

Top Hotel Pick: Chena Huts
Chena Huts sits set among dunes and trees at the ocean’s edge, between Yala National Park and the Indian Ocean. 14 detached private wooden pavilions are nestled throughout the property, each featuring palm-leaf roofs and private pools.

New Zealand
The Land of the Long White Cloud is the granddaddy of once-in-a-lifetime experiences ranging from adventure and wildlife to food and wine to pure relaxation.  A highlight for many in New Zealand is its beautiful selection of independently owned luxury lodges.

Go North for Nature: The North Island features a host of cultural Maori experiences, complete with its fair share of outdoor excursions with live volcanoes and islands only accessible by helicopter! Stroll the expansive farmlands, explore magnificent redwood forests, sail through the stunning Bay of Islands or opt for a round of golf on some of the most dramatic golf courses in the world.

Head South for Adventure: The South Island tends to be the highlight for many travellers, with its unrivalled scenery that includes glaciers, fjords, coastal national parks, snow-capped mountains and crystal clear lakes. We recommend a self-drive tour arriving in Christchurch and either heading north to the marine wildlife town of Kaikoura followed by Abel Tasman National Park on the northern tip, or heading west aboard the epic Tranz Alpine train to glacier country and then driving down the west coast to Queenstown.

Top Hotel Pick – Edenhouse
Just 30 minutes from Abel Tasman National Park in Nelson, Edenhouse is more of a country home than a hotel. With just 3 rooms and incredibly personable hosts it is a truly intimate experience.

Niseko
While Niseko is a fantastic year-round destination with plentiful hiking and outdoor activity options during the summer months, it is most popular during the winter when it earns its reputation for having some of the freshest powder in the world.

Snow Before You Go: With a selection of runs that are suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, as well as a number of off piste trails for the more advanced, Niseko has now become Asia’s top ski resort. After spending the day out on the slopes, unwind with a dip in the mineral-rich onsen waters. Next, tuck into a plate of fresh sashimi or a bowl of steaming ramen as you sit back with a cold beer or glass of sake either in your private chalet or one of the many restaurants in the town of Hirafu. Convenient to get to from Hong Kong, great for foodies and suitable for both groups of friends or families, after the first visit most guests head back to Niseko year after year.

Top Hotel Pick: Ki Niseko
With ski-in-ski-out facilities and a wide selection of restaurants and bars at your doorstep, Ki Nisekoresort is the perfect place to discover Niseko. With wall-to-wall glass windows, the sleek and contemporary Japanese minimalist rooms maximise natural light and offer awe-inspiring views of the village.

Seychelles
Been to the Maldives and looking for your next epic beach holiday? Take a trip to the paradise Islands of the Seychelles. Picture perfect white sand beaches, sparkling waters and rich array of wildlife are just some of the reasons why this destination is at the top of everyone’s bucket list. Comprised of 115 islands, opt for a property close to the capital Mahe if you’re short on time, or venture to one of the outer islands if you’re keen to really get away from it all.

Sea What Lies Beneath: Take part in some world-class diving among rainbow-coloured reefs and giant sea turtles, sail through the archipelago or simply kick back by the private pool at your hotel. While properties on the Maldives are largely located on individual islands, the islands in the Seychelles are much larger giving more opportunities for hiking and exploring beyond your hotel.

Top Hotel Pick: Six Senses Zil Pasyon
One of 2016’s most hotly anticipated hotel openings, this is the Six Senses Group’s first foray into the Seychelles. The resort is located on the private island of Felicite, and features just 47 villas and private residences in addition to its iconic Six Senses Spa. Take advantage of Lightfoot Travel’s opening Stay 5 Pay 3 offer at Six Senses Zil Pasyon for stays before December 21 2016.

 
 
DSTS & KEE 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Luxury Charity Bake Sale

Santa Claus is coming to town! The reindeer make their first landing at KEE Club next Wednesday, November 23, and whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you are invited to join us for our 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar. Sip on mulled wine and munch on dim sum and festive treats in our glamorous winter wonderland, created by online floral boutique Bydeau. Kick off the festive season in style with our most exciting line-up yet featuring Hong Kong’s very best brands and shops all under one glamorous roof.  This year, the holidays are getting a whole lot sweeter with our first ever Luxury Charity Bake Sale featuring freshly baked Christmas cookies from the city’s top pastry chefs and bakers – with all proceeds supporting outstanding charity Room to Read.

On Dashers, On Dancers, On Vixens! We’ll see you next Wednesday for mulled wine, dim sum, shopping, and then some.

DSTS & KEE Club 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar + Luxury Charity Bake Sale
Wednesday, November 23, 11am – 8pm
KEE Club, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central
One Day Only – Everyone Welcome!

 
 
NEON JUNGLE at KEE

You are exclusively invited to the Launch of KEE Club’s 15th Anniversary Series – NEON JUNGLE – on Friday 23 September. One of their epic Club Cliquot parties, expect a wildly colourful evening filled with flowing champagne, eye-catching entertainment, live drummers, and much more. Slip into a glamorous tropical chic ensemble and join us for September’s most sought after event!

DSTS readers will receive exclusive access to the club’s private dining room for a 4-course tasting dinner by Michelin Star Chef Bjoern Alexander including one glass of Champagne, priced at HK$900 per person. Tables can be reserved at: booking@keeclub.com

Book party tickets for you and your friends at HK$200 per person in advance (HK$300 on the door) including one glass of Veuve Clicquot, or gather your entourage and reserve a table at HK$5000 including one Magnum of Champagne and one Bottle of Belvedere.

For further details or to book tickets, please visit: ticketflap.com/clubclicquot
For dinner and table reservations, email: booking@keeclub.com

Have a wonderful Mid-Autumn Festival and we’ll see you next Friday night for a legendary celebration at KEE!

 
 
ASH Private Cocktail Event

From sleek metallic lace-ups to edgy wedge high tops to funky embellished slip-ons, the statement sneaker has been making appearances everywhere from airport runways to red carpets and style mavens are not turning back. Even the queen of stilettos Victoria Beckham recently announced that she’s giving up her sky-high pumps in favour of cute, comfortable kicks. If you’ve yet to jump on this trend and don’t know where to start, you’re in luck! Dim Sum & Then Some is partnering with amazing Italian footwear and accessories brand ASH (@ashhongkong) who just happen to specialize in edgy sneakers that are adored by a long list of celebs including Cara Delevigne and Alessandra Ambrosio, on an Exclusive Cocktail Event and Private Sale, on Wednesday 27 April from 6 – 9pm. Try the latest styles while sipping champagne and munching on yummy canapés, plus receive a one-night-only 20% discount on the collections. You’ll skip out of the party in your uber-stylish new kicks, and receive a gorgeous leather luggage tag (available for the first 50 guests), which will be monogrammed with your name, right there and then on the night – just in time for your chic summer holidays!

Please RSVP online or to contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk (space is limited).

 
 
8 Awesome Services to Make Your Life Easier

Despite our city being so amazingly convenient, there are always those moments – think 4:15pm on a Friday in Central – when you could use a little bit of extra help to get things done. Here to make your life a little easier and a little more fun, are our eight favourite new services in the city.

Honestbee
If you find yourself running between Great, City Super and the organic vegetable shops on a daily basis to get the best selection of fresh produce, Honestbee is set to revolutionize your life. You choose your favourite foods from your favourite stores and place a single order with the click of a button, and their busy bees run around to each spot, and deliver everything to your door within just a few hours, completely free for orders over HK$250. Want to give it a try? They’re giving DSTS readers an exclusive discount of HK$100 off your order of HK$350 or more with special code:  HKDSTS100 (valid from now until 31st April).

SpotHelp
Need last minute brochures printed for a big meeting? How about help figuring out the logistics of your next holiday? SpotHelp is the personal assistant you’ve always dreamed of, and beyond!  Just whatsapp them your request and they will write back in minutes with a solution and let you know how much it will cost to get the job done. If you agree on the price, they’ll jump to action! Think this all sounds too good to be true? Just whatsapp them at +852 6190 7100 and try it for yourself.

Go Go Van
Whether you’re planning a sparkling soiree and need an extra pair of hands to help you get the champagne and flowers on site or just need someone to wait outside IKEA and help you get your new shoe closet home in one piece, new instant van booking app Go Go Van will help you to find the ideal vehicle and driver to get the job done.

Washie
Although Martinizing has been our all time favourite dry cleaner in HK for the past decade, we’re tempted to give HK’s newest wash and dry-clean app Washie a try. You set the pick up and delivery time and place, and they pick up your dirty duds and return them washed and folded or sparklingly dry-cleaned in record time. Choose to fill a whole laundry bag for just HK$99 or select from a list of various clothing and household items to launder or dry-clean at reasonable pre-set prices.

BYDEAU
Just remembered it’s your dear friend’s birthday? Going to a special dinner party and want to wow the host? Send a bouquet of blooms from BYDEAU, a new online flower shop that delivers fresh, perfectly arranged petals on demand, complete with designer ribbons and a personalized gift card.

Deliveroo
Hailing from London, the city’s newest restaurant delivery app features foodie favourites like Posto Pubblico, Stone Nullah Tavern, Sohofama, and Grassroots Pantry and promises your fresh from the oven dinner will be on your doorstep in 32 minutes or less!

NOSH
From the creators of longtime DSTS favourite Secret Ingredient comes another amazing concept — NOSH — super fresh, super healthy meals delivered straight to your desk or door within one hour.  Each chef-prepared dish lists the number of calories (always under 550), carbs and protein and is priced around HK$100. Plus, choose to add on drinks and sides, or share with a friend to make it even more cost efficient.

Little Adventures in Hong Kong
Have guests coming into town who are looking to do something a little more unique than the Peak Tram and Big Buddha? Give our friends at Little Adventures in Hong Kong a call. This team of top food editors, chefs and culinary connoisseurs help food lovers delve deep into HK’s local restaurant and dining scene with their customized “food walks”. From hole in the wall wonton noodles to behind the scenes Michelin-star kitchen tours, these are your go-to-guides for an incomparable foodie experience in HK.

 
 
Indigo Living Spring 2016

From that to-die-for villa on the Amalfi coast to that history-filled riad in Marrakesh to that beachside bungalow in Southampton to that rustic cabin in the Scandinavian mountains, you wish you could wrap up these gorgeously designed holiday homes and replicate each eclectic corner in your own living room…But despite your multitude of attempts to fit vintage typewriters, antique armchairs and hand blown glass chandeliers into your suitcase, airline weight limits (and your other half!) have put a stop to your die hard efforts. What’s a gal (or guy) with a lackluster living space to do?

Enter the interior design mavens at Indigo Living. With new spring collections in-store drawing inspiration from every corner of the globe and their signature Interior Design service at hand, you’ll be on your way to an eclectically eye-catching and relaxing living space in minutes. Signature collections include the contemporary classic Riviera Retreat focusing on netural tones like taupe and dove gray with pops of pistachio and coral, the elegantly traditional Town & Country with overstuffed sofas, bold colours and mix and match accessories, the modern, urban Silent Grey with shades of grey, silver and white, the tranquil seaside chic Coast to Coast, where traditional navy has been swapped with duck egg, cornflower and French blue shades, and the Scandinavian inspired Northern Light, with retro styles, clean lines and graphic prints.

Not sure where to start? Indigo Living’s professional and super savvy interior designers are ready to swoop into your flat, check out what you currently have going on, and offer their advice and inspiration on how to make your home into a haven – all for just a HK$2000 fee, which can be applied to anything you buy at the store. It’s the design fairy godmother you’ve been waiting for!

To shop the new collections check out your nearest Indigo Living store or visit www.indigo-living.com, and place an order online to have your new beautiful pieces delivered straight to your door.

To enquire or book an appointment with the Indigo Living interior designers, please email: designconsultant@indigo-living.com

 
 
Restaurant Week Celebrates Its 10th Edition

If all this cold winter weather has you craving hearty meals and cosy catch ups with friends, you’re in luck… Presenting the SECRET CODE for Hong Kong Restaurant Week which will allow Dim Sum & Then Some readers exclusive access to the Restaurant Week online booking system starting TODAY, Thursday, February 18th at 10am, 4 FULL DAYS before anyone else in the city!

From February 26March 6 2016, DiningCity Restaurant Week hits the city, featuring many hard to book hotspots and newly opened favourites. Must-try spots this winter include: Alchemy, Alfie’s by KEE, Bread Street Kitchen, Carbone, Catalunya, Drunken Duck, FLINT at JW Marriott, Isono, La Paloma, LUPA, Mercedes Me, Pirata, Popsy Modern Kitchen, Quest by Que, The Optimist, The Walrus, and ZUMA.

To celebrate the 10th edition of Restaurant Week in Hong Kong, each restaurant will have its head chef in residence preparing a minimum 3-course menu of signature dishes for both lunch and dinner, with prices starting from just HK$118 for lunch and HK$298 for dinner.

For Exclusive Priority Access to the reservations system, please click here

SECRET CODE: dstsfirst

Stay warm and we’ll see you at Restaurant Week!

 
 
Family Ties

Maggie & Rose Beach Club Opens in Repulse Bay

 

“Oh how I adore schelping my children all over town to classes whilst surviving on the crusts of their stale peanut butter and jelly and a lukewarm latte,” said no mother ever.

 

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Stop being an underpaid taxi driver and park your mama buns (and your Volvo) at the first international outpost of London’s celebrated family private members club Maggie & Rose.

 

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Like Soho House for the preschool set and a favourite of yummy mummies in the know, Maggie & Rose is the ultimate “family club” with tot-riffic play areas and beautifully curated classes for kiddos in cooking, art, music, dance and even make believe, all while mummies, daddies, and caregivers can relax with scrumptious organic and locally sourced snacks and coffees courtesy of JIA Group (think Duddell’s, Ham & Sherry and Chachawan).

 

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With little specialty themed nooks, you can cozy up with your preschooler play trains, read a book, and order lunch. On sunny days take advantage of their beautifully designed roof terrace or grab a M&R umbrella and hit the beach. Connecting with family has never been so glamorous!

Maggie & Rose Hong Kong The Beach Club
301 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road
Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
+852 2638 7191
info@maggieandrose.com.hk
www.maggieandrose.com.hk

 
 
Download This! Top Hong Kong Apps for 2016

You’ve downloaded Taxi Translator to get around and MyObservatory to keep you cool and dry. What’s next? 2016’s top apps will have you jumping queues, eating healthy and getting discounts aplenty…

 

Deliveroo
The city’s newest restaurant delivery app features foodie favourites like Posto Pubblico, Sohofama, Grassroots Pantry and Amazake and promises delivery in 32 minutes!

 

Go Go Van
Whether you’re planning a sparkling soiree and need an extra pair of hands to help you get the champagne and flowers on site or just need someone to wait outside IKEA, take you home and help you get your new shoe closet home in one piece, Go Go Van will allow you to book the ideal vehicle and driver to get the job done.

 

FeedMe Guru
Created by two Harvard MBAs, this Hong Kong start-up helps foodies shortlist the best restaurants in town with technology that automatically sifts through professional reviews across hundreds of magazines, blogs and food guides, along with personal recommendations from friends, allowing you to keep a “must-try” list at your fingertips.

 

The Entertainer
This global discount app just keeps getting better with unheard of “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” discounts at some of our favourite restaurants, spas and hotels in HK and beyond.

 

KLOOK
Skip ticket lines at Disney, get discounts at Ocean Park and even save on Airport Express with this new HK-based travel app.

 

Food Gulu
Guests in town for a whirlwind trip? Download restaurant app Food Gulu, book your spot in the queue at Maxims City Hall, and you’ll be chowing down on dumplings and buns as soon as you arrive.

 
 
Celebrate the New Year Darling

Your New Year’s resolutions are in full gear and the results are amazing. Your skinny jeans are zipping up, your skin is glowing from the 8 glasses of lemon water you’re guzzling, but your long hair is looking like it frankly, doesn’t care! Don’t neglect your lovely lady locks. Give them the love they deserve with the best offer of the year from ghd.

From January 1 to February 14, double your fun with 20% off when you purchase any two ghd products at Lane Crawford. Whether you go for a platinum styler for sleek chic shine, a cool curling wand for the ultimate tousled tresses, or a haute hairdryer for super-fast drying, you’ll be on your way to gorgeous glamour girl hair in no time. Plus, with any purchase of a ghd styler or a hairdryer, you will receive a complimentary ghd Heat Protect Spray valued at HK$175, and a pack of ghd Lai See Packets, which can be redeemed at Lane Crawford and HK’s top hair salons.

 
 
W Hong Kong Bubbly Seafood Sunday Brunch

This holiday season, it’s time to get out of your kitchen and get into the W Hong Kong’s!  Slip off your apron, slip into something festively fabulous and sashay on over to Kitchen restaurant for their much-adored Bubbly Seafood Sunday Brunch! The perfect place for a relaxing and fun weekend catch up with family and friends, prepare for an unbeatable spread featuring the finest seafood and gourmet treats.  Fill your plate with ocean fresh oysters, Boston lobster, foie gras, premium cheeses and melt-in-your-mouth desserts and toast to the season with free-flowing Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne, wine, beer and signature cocktails, all for HK$888/adult and HK$444/child. Feeling indulgent? You can enjoy 30 grams of fine caviar plus unlimited Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé for HK$1,888.

An afternoon in the kitchen has never been more glamorous or fun!

For reservations, please contact: +852 3717 2299 or kitchen.hk@whotels.com

 
 
Walk like an Egyptian into 2016

Duddell’s invites you to WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN INTO 2016. Ring in the New Year in a glittering oasis filled with revelry among the exotic riches, mystery, and glamour of ancient Egypt at Duddell’s Salon & Garden Terrace. More beautiful than Nefertiti, more mysterious than King Tut’s tomb, and more enchanting than Cleopatra, toast 2016 with a rocking live band, international DJ, enchanting entertainment and a glittering countdown. Tickets are HK$580 before 23 December including a welcome glass of Ruinart Champagne and late night bites. Dress in your Egyptian best as a HK$5000 voucher to 2 Michelin starred Duddell’s will be awarded to the best dressed on the night, and bring your entourage to enjoy a special price for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets are available now at: www.ticketflap.com/duddellsnye

 
 
DSTS & KEE 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Santa Claus is coming to town! The reindeer make their first landing at KEE Club, and whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you are invited to join us on Wednesday November 18 from 11am – 8pm at KEE (6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central) for our 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar. Sip on mulled wine and munch on dim sum and festive treats in our winter wonderland created by floral designer Gemma Hayden Blest as you shop for gifts and goodies galore from HK’s best brands and shops. From artisan foods to celeb favourite fashion to glittering jewels to beautiful children’s wear and gorgeous pieces for the home, this is the perfect place to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping.  Get your tresses party ready, courtesy of ghd, enter to win incredible photo prizes from Venture Studios, give back to those in Hong Kong who need it most just in time for the holidays with our charity partner HandsOn Hong Kong. Holiday shopping has never been easier or more fun!

DSTS & KEE Club Annual Holiday Bazaar

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 11am – 8pm

KEE Club, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central

 
 
2015 Annual Holiday Bazaar

12 Days of Christmas in One!

 

12 types of KEE Club’s famous dim sum will be sizzling in the lunchtime buffet

11 wreaths created by HK floral designer Gemma Hayden Blest will adorn the windows at KEE

10 candles from Cochine will ensure there’s a feeling of Christmas in the air

9 types of Christmas cookies will put your tummy in the festive spirit

8 hundred raffle tickets will be available to win incredible in support of HandsOn Hong Kong

7 scrumptious spices in Chef Roland’s incredible mulled wine

6 different fashion designers will ensure you’re ready for party season, ski season, or both

5 distinctive jewellery brands will make your winter wardrobe shine

4 fabulous homeware ateliers will help you deck your halls and walls

3 cool travel and beauty products will ensure you keep your flair in the air

2 stylists from ghd will keep your tresses tousled till Santa arrives

1 shopping event you can’t miss – the DSTS and KEE 7th Annual Christmas Bazaar!

 

DSTS & KEE Club 7th Annual Christmas Bazaar

Wednesday, November 18, 11am – 8pm

KEE Club, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central

One Day Only – Everyone Welcome!

 
 
A Rejuvenating Escape at Melo Spa

For your next indulgent spa treatment, grab your favourite friends, skip out of the city and head to Melo Spa at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin. Leave your worries behind as you sink in to the ultimate comfort with giant ultra-luxe treatment rooms overlooking green mountains and blue seas. Not sure which treatment to try? The newly launched Revitalizing Pomelo Retreat will add a splash of sunshine to any afternoon. Available from 1 September to 31 October 2015 for just HK$888, you can enjoy an invigorating 90-minute treatment starting with a relaxing 30-minute Melo Signature Bath followed by a 60-minute Melo Marmalade Polish that will leave your skin baby soft, and give you a distinctive spa glow.

To book your next spa-scape, contact Melo Spa at 3723 7684 or melospa@hyatt.com.

Melo Spa
5/F, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin
18 Chak Cheung Street
Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong

 
 
Making Waves! Standout Seaside Dining Spots

It’s the end of August and time to make the most of the last lazy hazy days of summer. Kick back with an icy cold beverage, fill up on delectable bites and soak up every minute of sunshine in the weekend ahead at one of these enticing waterside wonders…

Mavericks
Pui O Beach, Lantau, +852 5402 4154
After a hard day’s beach bumming, hit up Chef Austin’s latest opening, a chic surfside shack with menus tacked to reclaimed skateboards calling out to sunbaked, rumbling stomachs with hunger-busting tacos, ‘fush & chups’ and deliciously naughty rum-spiked s’mores.

S2 Waterfront
1 Wai Man Road, Waterfront Sai Kung, +852 2792 8900
Nothing says “tropical paradise” like waterfront views, cocktails and delicious Mediterranean fare. Must-orders include the Brazilian beef skewers and Caribbean chicken wings. This interesting fusion pairing seems to be the next big thing in Hong Kong, and we’re on board!

Red Penny
148 Kam Sheung Road, Yuen Long, +852 2488 3263
The schlep to the New Territories may seem treacherous, but with Thai favourites like satays, prawn cakes and spring rolls, and a fresh selection of seafood and meat grilled while you watch, you’ll be instantly transported to the beaches of Ko Phi Phi.

Cococabana
Shek O Beach Building, Shek O Beach, +852 2812 2226
This white washed, sun-drenched summer favourite right on Shek-O Beach serves up its signature French Mediterranean dishes to HK’s sun goddesses from morning till night.

Les Copains D’Abord
G/F, 46 Wing On Street front area, Peng Chau, +852 3483 0692
This charming al fresco French café is a delightful spot to refuel on your next day trip. Sip on a glass of rosé, whilst nibbling on cheeses and charcuterie as you watch the world go by. You may even catch a glimpse of a game of Pétanque.

Lantana
40 Cheung Sha Lower Village, Lantau Island, +852 5465 5511
Get away from it all with a rustic Italian feast in the heart of Lantau. The paper-thin pizzas and handmade pastas never fail to impress.

Hebe One O One
112 Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung, New Territories, +852 2335 5515
A great date night option, dine under the Milky Way and watch the boats float by as you indulge in freshly shucked oysters, lobster and prosecco risotto, and pan-roasted ostrich. It doesn’t get much more romantic than this…

Hemingways By The Bay
Shop G09, G/F, D’Deck, Discovery Bay, +852 2987 8855
Escape reality with a taste of the Caribbean, where the barbecue gets fired up with Jamaican jerk chicken, washed down with rum punch and finished with a hunk of key lime pie. With reggae in the background, palm trees and a sea breeze, what more can you ask for?

For more sun, sand and sea, check out our full Summer on the Scene Guide.

 
 
Reaching a Whole New Galaxy! An Indulgent Macau Escape

Like any good Hong Konger you know that the key to staying sane in this city is escaping from it frequently.  Which explains the passport full of stamps and the fact that the airhostesses at Chek Lap Kok greet you by name.  Recently though the jetlag’s been getting you down and you’ve had enough of having to decant all your beauty products into 100ml bottles. You decided you’d had it with the jetset lifestyle and declared a summer free of immigration queues and bad aeroplane food – you were staying in Hong Kong ‘til autumn.

Then July rolled around, and your Instagram feed started resembling the latest issue of Conde Nast Traveller. As you struggled through yet another sweaty Friday morning commute down the escalator, you got a sudden craving for a fabulous Thai massage on a palm-shaded beach. Before you knew it you were tapping away on your smartphone checking out which airline could get you out of the city the quickest.

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Luckily, just before you reached for your credit card, enlightenment hit. You remembered whisperings of massages more knot-meltingly incredible than anything the Thai islands could offer and all just a hop, skip and a short ferry ride from Victoria Harbour. A couple more taps on your smartphone later, and all that was left to be done was to let the office know you were taking the day off before wheeling around and heading back up the hill to scoop up your other half and pack a weekend bag (no pesky 100ml bottle decanting necessary). Within the hour, you’d breezed through the immigration hall at the ferry terminal and were smugly sitting on a Macau-bound Cotai Water Jet.

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Smug levels reached an all time high though when by lunchtime you’d been whisked from ferry terminal to hotel lobby by a glossy chauffeur driven car, checked into a sumptuous room, changed into your bikini and were reclining by a turquoise swimming pool in front of your very own private pool cabana. The Banyan Tree Macau, your home for the next two nights, certainly knew how to make a stressed out Hong Konger happy. Just as you were thinking life couldn’t get much better, a pina colada with a palm-tree shapped stirrer arrived at your lounger and you declared that this was the only way that Fridays should ever be spent.

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The afternoon passed in a sun soaked haze of dips in the pool, napping in the air-conned cocoon of your pool cabana and a couple more of those scrummy cocktails. Aside from the fleet of attentive waiters and a couple of other glam sun worshippers, you pretty much had the pool to yourself, so even as the sun dipped behind the palm trees you came over all petulant brat and whined that you didn’t want to leave your poolside haven. You eventually saw reason though when your other half pointed out that when you’re staying at an all-suite hotel in which every single suite has an in-room pool, there aren’t many corners of the hotel that don’t constitute a poolside haven. As you floated along the lemongrass scented, low lit corridors back to your suite you decided that the beginning of a Banyan Tree weekend away was as good an excuse as any for popping the cork on a bottle of Champagne. And where better to drink a celebratory glass of weekend fizz than submerged in your in-room relaxation pool gazing out of the floor to ceiling windows at a gold-streaked pink sky.

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Bought back to earth with a rumble from your ravenous stomach, you realized it was time to hop out of the pool and get spruced up for dinner. Fortunately the cavernous bathroom was even more romantic than a sunset soak in the relaxation pool, boasting not only a double shower but also a Japanese-style wooden tub with matching headrest cushions at either side.

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And the romance only ratcheted up a notch when you arrived at the Banyan Tree’s fine dining restaurant, Belon, where your pre-dinner cocktails were shaken-up next to a piano set below glittering chandeliers. When your glasses were drained and the pianist took a well-earned break, you were shown through to the dining room where a candlelit table for two sat overlooking the neon-bright strip below. Dinner was a gourmet feast of seafood, truffle-laced handmade pasta and dry-aged NY Strip served by impeccably attentive waiters who cooked your scallops table-side and removed the silver domes from each course with a flourish. Having sipped on some excellent wines and eaten til you were fit to pop, you resolved that a gentle stroll to the neighboring Ritz Carlton Hotel was in order, based mainly on the fact that you’d heard tales of their legendary gin & tonic cart in the Lounge Bar.

On the tipsy wander back to the Banyan Tree you happened to find yourself at a Blackjack table. You weren’t sure if it was your jade bangle or just the fact that your luck was well and truly in, but half an hour later you had a pocket full of casino chips and a big grin on your face. At which point your very wise other half persuaded you that you should quit while you were ahead with the dazzling suggestion of spending your winnings in the spa the following morning.

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Back in the room the moonlight glinted off the pool and you considered a midnight dip but the football-pitch sized bed beckoned. As you sunk into its marshmallowy mattress and nestled into the crisp white sheets your eyelids became leaden and you’d fallen into the most deliciously deep sleep before your other half had even finished brushing his teeth.

As the next morning dawned you discovered quite how perilous awesome blackout blinds and an insanely comfortable bed can be, when you overslept and came dangerously close to missing your spa appointment. Happily you made it down to the uber-zen spa with just enough time to enjoy a pre-treatment ginger tea and a flick through a stack of glossy magazines. When massage o’clock struck, your therapist led you through a serene bamboo garden to a treatment room bigger than your apartment decked out with a pair of massage beds and a huge sunken bath. After an agonizing choice between the myriad treatments on offer you opted for the signature Royal Banyan Treatment – three hours of spa bliss that started with a foot bathing ritual and ended with a soak in a rose petal strewn bath. In the intervening two and a half hours, you were scrubbed to satiny-smooth perfection and then massaged and kneaded under the expert hands of your Thai therapist, intermittently using a herbal pouch dipped in sesame oil to help work out your intricately entangled knots.

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Energised by the best night’s sleep you’ve had in months and a morning lying supine on a massage table, you emerged from the spa hell-bent on an afternoon of hardcore retail therapy. As luck would have it, just downstairs was the Promenade – the mall of every pro shopper’s dreams. There was nothing for it but to take your credit card for a grueling workout picking up shiny, pretty things in every store that you sashayed through from Jo Malone to Balenciaga and Mulberry to McQueen.

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Having spent your winnings several times over, you sought out the Parisian-chic Ritz Carlton Café for a decadent afternoon tea where you devoured macaroons, madeleines and a whole tin full of other treats all washed down by the sinfully rich house hot chocolate.

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After all that exertion you headed back to the pool to spend the rest of the afternoon sprawled out on a sun lounger with a delightfully trashy novel. As the sun started to sink towards the palms you got a sense of de-ja-vu and decided that there was nothing for it but to repeat every last luxurious second of the previous 24 hours, ideally for the rest of your days. Or at the very least at regular intervals whenever Hong Kong’s hecticness got to be a little too much.

 
 
Shaking Things Up! The City’s Hottest Summer Cocktails

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Early Bird
@ THE ENVOY
3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, +852 2169 3311
Like summer in a cup, Early Bird combines vodka, pineapple, passion fruit and lemon. This yellow beauty is served in an adorable bird glass.

Biarritz by Charles Joly
@ AQUA
29/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3427 2288
Jets off to summer the South of France with award-winning bartender Charles Joly’s Biarritz, made with Ciroc Vodka, bianco vermouth, dry sherry, and chamomile liqueur, finished with a mist of chamomile tincture and served in a coupette.

Pomada
@ PING PONG GINTONERIA
L/G Nam Cheong House, 129 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 9158 1584
The next best thing to an exotic Menorca getaway? Sipping the island’s traditional drink, Pomada, made with Gin Xoriguer, Indi&Co lemon soda, a fresh twist of lemon and mint leaves.

Jam Cocktail
@ ARTESIAN
The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2132 7898
This Jam Cocktail is made with bitter orange jam by Bonne Maman from France, Grand Marnier and orange juice, shaken and stirred by the award-winning bar crew – guaranteed to put a little zest back in your step!

Jasmine Mojito Twist
@ TOPIARY
3/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49-51 Hollywood Road, Central, +852 2866 6485
For an elegant take on a classic, the Jasmine Mojito Twist is made with Jasmine tea-infused vodka, lime juice, fresh mint, fresh pineapple juice and Yellow Chartreuse – and goes down a little too easily!

Harbour Mule
@ WHISKY@STABLES
Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3988 0104
Soak in colonial surroundings in this secret speakeasy hideaway while relishing a Harbour Mule, featuring Smokehead Single Malt Whisky, lifted with homemade ginger syrup, yuzu juice and ginger beer.

Mountain Swizzle
@ DUDDELL’S
1 Duddell Street, Central, +852 2525 9191
Fresh and fruity, the Mountain Swizzle, made with Belvedere vodka, berries, vanilla sugar and crushed ice is perfect on a summer afternoon.

Thirsty for more? Check out our full Summer on the Scene Guide.

 
 
Get Glowing! Summer’s Hottest Spa Treatments

It’s Friday afternoon, a whole weekend lies ahead and there’s not a glimpse of sunshine in sight. How to make the most of this soggy summer weather?  Slip out of your wellies, into spa slippers, and hit up some of the city’s most indulgent dens of zen. Here are a few of our top spa picks for summer…

SUN KISS
@ THE MANDARIN SPA
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong 5 Connaught Road, Central, +852 2825 4888
A blend of summer cocktail deliciousness designed for our bodies? Sign us up please! Mandarin Oriental’s Sun Kiss treatment ensures that you are given the summer glow through a series of products filled with fruity goodness. Skin is prepped and smoothed starting with a full-body exfoliation with sugar, sea salt, and papaya. A nourishing Kalahari watermelon seed, macadamia, and olive oil moisturizer is then slathered on the body, which not only hydrates the skin, but adds an eco-certified tanning effect, leaving you with ultra soft skin and a healthy, radiant glow! (60-minutes; Weekdays: HK$1,500 + 10%)

SUMMER BRAIDS
@ AIRPLAY
7/F, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central, +852 2641 9888
Nothing is better than treating yourself to a hairstyle change for an instant “pick me up”. To get the summer waves and glamorous braids of the beach babes gracing your favourite glossies, head to Airplay for their fun “Summer Braids” promotion. Whether you choose a signature blowout or a dramatic up-do for a summer bash, as a Dim Sum and Then Some reader, you will get a complimentary Morrocanoil treatment, ensuring your hair is soft and silky, whilst looking fabulous!
*Please mention Dim Sum and Then Some upon booking to receive the complimentary Morrocanoil treatment.

DETOX & REJUVENATE EXCLUSIVE SUMMER PACKAGE
@ FLAWLESS

4/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham Street, Central, +852 2869 5868
Flawless’ “Detox & Rejuvenate” package is perfect for holistic beauty buffs. The treatment begins with bespoke facial tailored to your skin type utilizing Aromatherapy Associates products. An active serum, facial oils, and treatment masks will moisturize, nourish, and tone your skin, giving your face a revitalized freshness resulting in the much-coveted summer glow. To prolong the experience and ensure you are refreshed inside and out, a special 2-day Genie Juicery cleanse will be given to you to take home. (60-minutes; HK$1700 including 2-day Genie juice cleanse)

VINO PERFECT RADIANCE FACIAL
@ CAUDALIE BOUTIQUE SPA
5 Gough Street, Central, +852 2319 1006
Combining two of the city’s favourite pastimes — drinking wine and being pampered – Caudalie’s “Vino Perfect Radiance Facial” is the perfect summer indulgence. The facial begins with a gentle milk cleanser, followed by spritzes of Beauty Elixir and Grape Water. A Clarisonic brush is then used to remove dead skin, followed by a toning massage with hot and cooling stones and an Enzymatic Peel Mask to seal in moisture. The facial ends with Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance serum and cream, ensuring you step out of the spa with a lasting summer glow! (50-minutes; HK$780)

PAMPER & SPOIL YOURSELF THIS SUMMER
@ FEEL GOOD FACTOR

2/F, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham Street, Central • 2530 0610
For all you ladies out there in need of a pampering pick me up, Feel Good Factor’s ‘Pamper & Spoil Yourself’ offer is made for you! Enjoy a selection of signature treatments big and small, from simple threading and waxing to a lasting shellac mani and pedi, to a more indulgent day of beauty with a revitalizing facial or a 90-minute massage. Whatever treatments you choose, you will be treated to a 30% discount on the service, simply by mentioning Dim Sum and Then Some!
*Please mention Dim Sum and Then Some upon booking to receive 30% off

POLYNESIAN SUMMER TREATMENT
@ CHUAN SPA
Langham Place, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, +852 3552 3510
Drift away to the blissful shores of the Polynesian isles with Chuan Spa’s fabulous tropical treatment. Inspired by traditional Polynesian beauty secrets, the treatment kicks off with a body scrub using sugary sand from Bora Bora and coconut shells, followed by a traditional Mahana massage using Algo-Monoi Sargassum, an ingredient from the island that is known to moisturize and protect the skin. This delightful treatment will leave you with an unmistakable glow, prompting friends to wonder where you’ve found the time to go on holiday! (90-minutes; HK$1,495 +10%)

BRAZILIAN WAX
@ HONEYPOT
Suite 802, Century Square, 1-13 D’Aguilar Street, Central, +852 3564 8660
Let’s be honest, no one actually looks forward to waxing. However, the experience can be made more enjoyable by going to expert therapists with stellar skills in a relaxing setting. That is exactly what you can expect at Honeypot, a newly opened waxing studio from Singapore specializing in state-of-the-art Brazilian waxing using their own top-of-the-line products. Zip in, wax off, and you’ll be beach bound in no time! (30-minutes; $265 for first-time customers)

SUMMER LEG THERAPY
@ PLATEAU SPA
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, +852 2588 1234
With summer comes an open invitation to bare your gams in fabulous dresses and chic shorts. Check-in to Plateau Spa at the Grand Hyatt for an extra boost of confidence with their new Summer Leg Therapy. For 60-minutes, your legs will be treated to a stimulating foot scrub and massage to improve circulation, before a cooling algae and menthol mask is applied from toes to knees to help with stubborn water retention. As if all that isn’t relaxing enough, a head and hand massage completes the treatment, ensuring you will emerge totally relaxed and walking on air! (60-minutes, HK$980 + 10%)

Looking for more pampering pick me ups? Check out our full list of the season’s top spa treatments in our Summer on the Scene Guide.

 
 
Top Shops for Summer Essentials

Photos from exotic locales and beautiful beaches have been streaming through your news feed since May and it’s finally your turn to set off on your fabulous summer holiday. Whether your travels are taking you as far as South Africa, Samui, Southampton, or St. Tropez, we have the lowdown on the top brands and shops to fill your summer suitcase…

Sheer
13 Gough Street, Central,  +852 2147 3887
This beautifully inspiring shop has a vast and versatile collection of lingerie from much-adored brands including Hanky Panky, Cosabella, Chantelle and Stella McCartney. We also love their beach ready collection of swimwear and resort pieces from Eberjey, Melissa Odabash, and current fashion favourite, Marysia.

Vamastyle
Palm trees, fun prints, and the most flattering fit are all attributes of Vamastyle’s fun and sexy collection of swimwear, and vacation perfect resort wear. We love their cute printed swimwear and the fact that their styles suit almost all body types.

niin
Shop E, 200 Hollywood Road, (entrance on Pound Lane), Sheung Wan, +852 2878 8811
This eco-chic local jewellery and accessories brand has the perfect pieces for your summer beach holiday and beyond.

Christing C.
For all those bohemian summers that call for floral prints, silk dresses, lace trim shorts, and and printed kimonos. All stock is limited so you won’t find yourself in the same dress as the rest of the city and the looks will carry you through casual Bali beaches to luxurious resorts in the South of France. Perfect if you are looking to show off those legs and your hard-earned tan.

Tabla
Shop M31, Mezzanine Floor, Prince’s Building, Central, +852 2525 5590
Dazzle poolside after a visit to this super-chic boutique, favoured by A-list international celebs and featuring exquisitely detailed dresses, kaftans, clutches and jewellery.

Grana
+852 2755 8744
The hunt for the perfect t-shirt has ended. Grana has a selection of tees for both men and women, constructed from the softest Pima cotton and in several flattering fits. A must have piece to throw over a pair of denim shorts this summer.

Tommy Bahama
60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, +852 3543 0383
Head to Tommy Bahama’s Wan Chai flagship for men’s and women’s resort wear, swimwear and sportswear as well as retro inspired décor to help you bring a little bit of the island life home. After shopping, sip on a Caribbean cocktail at the store’s vintage yacht-inspired bar, you can almost feel the Bahamian breezes.

Toms
Shop 3092B, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, +852 2682 8699
Toms has finally opened in IFC and is the one stop shop for your summer shoes needs. With amazing mens, womens, and childrens styles available you will find something for everyone in the family. The best part is you are shopping for a good cause. Every pair of shoes purchased means a child in need will receive a new pair of shoes.

Ready to start packing? For more of the city’s top shops for the season, check out our full Summer on the Scene guide here.

 
 
5 Icy Cocktails to Keep You Cool

Baby, it’s hot outside! Beaches are blazing, air cons are busting, and ice cream cones don’t stand a chance. The only sensible way to cool down in these scorching temps? Make your way to the nearest glamorous watering hole and start sipping on the coolest cocktails on the menu. Not sure where to start? Here are the top five icy libations on our list…

1. Spanglish @ ABERDEEN STREET SOCIAL
35 Aberdeen Street, Central, +852 2866 0300
Escape the sweltering heat with Spanglish, a delightful cobbling of Tanqueray gin, Amontillado sherry, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, raspberry and honey reduction.

2. Green Basil @ COMMON ROOM
1/F, Wo On Building, 8-13 Wo On Lane Central, +852 2525 3599
Close your eyes and imagine you’re on a pristine beach as you savour Green Basil, a delicious combination of vodka, pineapple juice, Malibu, basil leaves, fresh lemon juice and homemade basil syrup.

3. Poho Beach @ CRAFTY COW
G/F, 3-3A Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2915 8988
Satisfy your sweet tooth with the Poho Beach – a strawberry daiquiri rimmed with powdered chocolate, featuring the exotic addition of craft beer.

4. The Botanist Brew @ POST 97
9-11 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, +852 2810 9331
The Botanist Brew is a refreshing mix of Earl Grey-infused Botanist Gin, Mancino Vermouth Bianco, cardamom, lemon juice and honey syrup poured over a hand-carved round ice cube. This baby can also be served in a tea pot size should you be extra parched…

5. Miller’s Gin & Tonic @ ALIBI
Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, +852 3552 3028
This delicious G&T has been taken to the next level with Martin Miller’s Gin, tonic, orange bitters, dried juniper, berries, lime, and rose petal – a luscious liquid bouquet!

 
 
Toast to Summer! Best Bars for Drinking Under the Stars

Topiary
3/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49-51 Hollywood Road, Central • 2866 6485
With quirky-cool interiors and a super-sized terrace, this new kid on the block is the perfect spot for a little midsummer refreshment. Add to that a mouthwatering menu of handcrafted cocktails and Topiary’s pretty much guaranteed to tip you over the hedge…

Rummin’ Tings
28 Hollywood Road, Central • 2523 7070
Can’t stretch to a week in the Caribbean this summer? Don’t worry (about a thing), the boys behind Fatty Crab have set up shack under the escalators and are delivering island vibes and some seriously beachy cocktails slap bang in the middle of the city. Soak up the eighty varieties of rum with a round or two of rasta snacks – think spicy jamrock jerk chicken and sticky island ribs – the perfect fuel for a night of jammin’.

The Envoy
3/F, The Pottinger Hotel, 74 Queen’s Road Central • 2169 3311
Martinis and mojitos are well and good, but if you like a little more innovation as you imbibe, the Envoy should be top of your tipple list. Hidden away in Central’s newest boutique hotel, the Pottinger, find the city’s leading mixologist magicians working the bar conjuring up drinks beyond your wildest dreams. Start with the Birds of a Feather – a whiskey-laced blueberry and pomegranate concoction served up in a bird-shaped glass – totally tweet-tastic. Then, when you need a little life support, move on to the very medicinal True Blood served on ice in a blood bag.

Armani/Privé
2/F, Chater House, 8 Connaught Road, Central
• 3583 2828
Start your evening with dreamy cocktails at this sweeping panoramic rooftop terrace with skyscraping views across the heart of Central. *Exclusively for DSTS readers, try one of their signature cocktail creations, the Pink Poodle, post a pic on FB, and you can sip another one, on the house!

Penthouse by Harlan
30/F, Soundview Plaza 2 – Midtown, 1-29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay • 2970 0828
Aptly named, this sky-high stunner is the ideal backdrop from which to savour Harlan Goldstein’s indulgent cuisine, while the 5,000 square foot rooftop terrace is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails or party nights under the stars.

Duddell’s
3/F & 4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central • 2525 9191
With a world-class exhibition program curated by some of Asia’s cultural icons, a lush outdoor terrace for dim sum days and cocktail nights, and a Michelin-star under its belt, this art salon, restaurant and bar is a standout star.

Honi Honi
3/F, 52 Wellington Street, Central • 2353 0885
Say Aloha to a few totally tropical cocktails under the twinkling lights of the soaring skyscrapers of Central – a spot guaranteed to add an exotic edge to your evening.

The Lawn
The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty • 3968 1106
Kick back on oversized beanbags with cocktails and snacks in this candle-lit secret garden in the heart of the city.

 
 
I Scream, You Scream! The Best Ice Cream and Ice Pops in Town

Blistering hot days are the perfect excuse to indulge in waffle cones loaded with frosty scoops of ice-cream, or channel your inner kid and chain-slurp fruity popsicles.  Lucky for you, we’ve taste-tested our way around the city’s top frozen treats to bring you the skinny on the nicest ices in town.

N*ce Pops
http://www.nicepops.hk/
Beat the heat with gourmet lollies available at hot spots around town from Little Burro to The Butchers Club Burger. These 100% natural icy treats aren’t just for the little ones. Get your liquor fix with a lolly of the boozy variety, we love the Red Sangria with Balsamic Berry Jam.

Oddies Foodies
https://www.facebook.com/oddiesfoodies
Shop 1F, 149 Wanchai Road, Wan Chai, +852 9551 7972
This teeny, tiny ice-cream shop in Wanchai may look modest but step inside for the most wickedly indulgent ice-cream creations in Hong Kong. If you’re on a diet, look away now. Still reading? Get ready to drool… We’re talking, soft Italian gelato twisted with 66% dark chocolate served with buttery crumbles, caramelised banana ice-cream, passion fruit panna cotta and brownie chunks all topped-off with a chocolate chip Hong Kong egg waffle. One word, “Wow!”

COOKIEBOY
http://cookieboy.com.hk
Launching this summer, a few of HK’s best pastry chefs are starting a line of to-die-for homemade American-style cookies under the alias “Cookieboy”. Especially for HK’s hottest season, they have crated custom ice cream sandwiches including “The Blondie,” featuring freshly made vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two Macadamia and White Chocolate cookies. For us, it was love at first bite!

Lab Made
http://labmade.com.hk
Shop 105, The Pulse, Repulse Bay, +852 2670 0071
Asia’s first liquid nitrogen ice-cream lab now has half a dozen outposts around town with the new Southside location at The Pulse bringing the goods beachside. The Lab Made ice-cream boffins use cutting-edge science to freeze smoother, creamier, more delicious ice-cream in flavours ranging from Salted Caramel to Mango and Sticky Coconut Rice.

Ice Cream Burgers at InterContinental Hong Kong
http://www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/dining/lobby_lounge.php
Lobby Lounge, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2721 1211
Known for their scrumptious beef burgers with a stagger-tastic skyline view, this summer the InterCon’s Lobby Lounge will be launching a line of Ice Cream burgers, featuring flavours from around the globe. Sink your teeth into the French Chocolate Burger featuring chocolate custard, chocolate chips, cookie & chocolate ice cream, chocolate mouse, brownies, and chocolate sauce, on a chocolate brioche bun for the ultimate summer indulgence.

Eyescream & Churros
https://www.facebook.com/eyescreamandchurros
Shop B1, G/F, Tak Man Building, 29 Tak Man Street, Hung Hom
Korean soft-serve is the latest icy fad to hit town, and shops are springing up left, right and centre. Our favourite is Eyescream & Churros not only for the super-cute moniker but also for the genius pairing of not too sweet soft-serve with a loop of deep-fried churro naughtiness.

Lola’s Ice Pops 
http://lolasicepops.com
Popping-up all around the city, from the depths of the freezers at Mavericks on Pui O beach to the Tree Café on the top floor of Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau, Lola’s Ice Pops always seem to be there to give you an icy pick-me-up just when you need it most. Boasting all-natural, handmade credentials, these pops come in a mindboggling array of flavours that make the most of whatever fruit’s in season from Watermelon Lemon Mint to Dark Chocolate Orange.

Oh Cow!
https://www.facebook.com/Ohcow.softcream
G/F, 32 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2886 0448
This Japanese ice-cream shop in TST uses Hokkaido milk to whip up trippy cartoon-esque cones based on the four elements. For summery vibes, go for the Wind – a swirl of lavender ice cream sitting atop a rainbow cone sprinkled with nitrogen-frozen pineapple and finished off with a slab of waffle.

Little Bao
66 Staunton Street, Central +852 2194 0202
American diner serving up baby bites of brilliant bao. The LB Ice-Cream Sandwich (green tea ice-cream and condensed milk sandwiched between deep-fried Bao – can we get a “yum”!) is the perfect summer sweet treat to eat in or take away.

Happy Cow
http://happycowhk.com
If you want to enjoy all the delicious creaminess of everyone’s favourite summer treat, while simultaneously polishing your healthy halo, bag a tub or two of Happy Cow’s positively angelic ice-cream. For something dairy-free and gluten-free with no preservatives or artificial colours or flavours, Happy Cow is ridiculously, lipsmackingly delicious. Churned from coconut cream and coconut tree nectar, Happy Cow comes in flavours ranging from the old school Chocolate, Vanilla bean or Strawberry through to the more exotic Cherry Almond Fudge or Hibiscus Goji.

 
 
Summer on the Scene 2015 Guide

The barometer’s rising, Friday has finally arrived, and it’s time to dive in to your epic summer weekend ahead. . . Not sure where to begin? Welcome to Summer on the Scene – Dim Sum & Then Some’s 5th annual all-access guide to the best of Hong Kong’s summer hotspots, hideaways and adventures. In our ’work hard, play harder’ city, we know you want to make the most of every minute of the sunshine filled days and balmy nights of Hong Kong’s hottest season. That’s why this year, we’ve included even more insider info and up to minute insight on the best places to drink, dine, relax and celebrate during HK’s summer months. From fitness trends, spa treatments and healthy cafes to ensure you’re glowing from the inside out, to hidden seaside dining spots and little known rooftop terraces, to the tastiest new dishes and most innovative cocktails, to the most exciting events and performances for your diary, your summer in Hong Kong starts here.

All that’s left to do is download, forward, print and play!

Ready, set, SUMMER!

 
 
Barcelona Bites

A night out in Barcelona inevitably involves a preparatory siesta, an 11pm dinner, a dizzying array of cheese, meat, tapas and wine, a migration to the nearest discoteca, and a few hours of strobe-lit dance floor antics, which lead you to baila to the beach just before sunrise…   La Paloma, named after the oldest nightclub in Barcelona, is Hong Kong’s newest Spanish foodie hotspot, bringing the casual, lighthearted dining and drinking spirit of Barcelona to the heart of Sai Ying Pun.

 

La Paloma 1

 

The bar looks like an old fashioned recording studio and serves up drinks like Passion Sangria - White sangria with fresh passion fruit, mango, white wine, lemonade, and a kick of spirits and Rebujito “Tio Pepe” – Sherry with Spirte & Fresh Mint

 

La Paloma 2

 

La Paloma is set in a 3,400 sq. ft. space, which can comfortably seat 85 diners, features an outdoor patio, perfect for drinks and snacks. Inspired by “Chiringuitos”, beach bars in Spain.

 

La Paloma 3

 

Featuring an open kitchen with full frontal view of live Paella station and the “el Asador”, a traditional clay oven from Castilla y Leon, which can go up to 300 degrees Celsius.“Pulpo a la gallega” - Octopus with potato, smoked paprika and olive oil, “Rotos” – broken eggs with roasted peppers and spicy chorizo  “Paella de Bogavante” – Lobster and saffron dry paella, “Bollycao”- Nutella chocolate brioche buns

 

La Paloma 4

 

Ending!

La Paloma
1/F, SoHo 189, 189 Queen’s Road West
Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
+852 2291 6161

http://www.elwillygroup.com/en/venues/la-paloma

 
 
Yoga-Rita Monday

Craving some chalupas with your chakras? No need to board a flight to Tulum, Limewood and Nike have brought a yogi retreat right to your doorstep. Say Om and Yum on the breathtaking rooftop of The Pulse overlooking Repulse Bay Beach on Monday 8 June to celebrate “World Ocean Day”. Nourish your soul and body with a one-hour blissful yoga practice in the fresh air and then nourish your tummy with a delicious farm-to-table dinner at Limewood. Guests get to take home a free Nike Yoga Mat, a one day detox juice cleanse from Hyaku Living, Just Picked Coco Water, and vouchers from Flawless Spa. Tickets are only $590 so reserve your spot and get ready to savasana at sunset!

Limewood X Nike Yogi Monday
Monday 8 June 2015, 7pm yoga followed by dinner
Limewood, The Pulse, Repulse Bay
HK$590 per person
RSVP: genna.soh@maximalconcepts.com

 
 
Out Of This World – Galaxy Macau Grand Opening

One small step (or ferry ride!) for mankind and one giant leap for your good times! A bright new star is rising in Macau and is set to make headlines from Shanghai to St. Tropez. Opening 27 May 2015, the gilded and gorgeous Galaxy Macau will be doubling in size and adding some seriously swoon-worthy hotels, restaurants, shops and spas to its already stellar line-up. Let us introduce The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, the first and only all-suite Ritz-Carlton property in the world, featuring 250 jaw-dropping pads – sure to be the perfect backdrop for your next high-roller weekend, and Asia’s largest JW Marriott, JW Marriott Hotel Macau, with over 1,000 rooms and suites – which are joining the spa-tastic Banyan Tree Macau, the refined Japanese Hotel Okura Macau and the grand dame Galaxy Macau, offering a staggering total of more than 3600 rooms for you to stay and play.

This little number’s only just getting started…More than 80 restaurants, bars and lounges are sure to get your mouth watering. The collection of Asian award-winning and Michelin-starred celebrity chef restaurants is further enhanced with 81/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, Fook Lam Moon, Lai Heen and Man Ho Chinese Restaurant coming to the resort. For those who like a little local flavour, sashay on over to The Broadway, Macau’s first hawker-style street market, which will be home to over 40 Asian foodie hotspots including many of Macau’s most treasured culinary hideaways — serving up mouthwatering egg tarts, pork chop buns and more, from early morning ‘til late night.

While away the days in a luxe poolside cabana at Banyan Tree, get pampered to a pulp at ESPA, or feel the sand between your toes at The Grand Resort Deck, which is now home to the world’s longest Skytop Aquatic Adventure River Ride, largest Skytop Wave Pool, a 350-ton white sand beach, and much more. After you’ve gotten your ideal summer glow, The Promenade awaits with over 200 shops to outfit you for whatever antics the evening will bring.

Not sure where to start? How about at the Grand Opening on 27 May, kicking off the celebrations with a (free to attend) food and fun filled street party at The Broadway, featuring live local bands, DJs including Ministry of Sound, street performers, lots of local culinary treats and some of Macau’s most scintillating entertainers.

Less than two weeks to go before it all kicks off.  Lights, camera…let the countdown begin!

 

 
 
A Breath of Fresh Fare

Martini, Bellini, Panini, Tortellini… hearing these words automatically transports us to summer days of feasting on the shores of Italy.  So when we heard about the opening of new Italian hotspot Gradini, we thought we might be in for a treat… Luckily, this airy, bright and beautiful restaurant tucked away in The Pottinger Hotel did not disappoint.

Kick off your evening in the impeccably designed bar and lounge with a round of Bellinis made with fresh peaches, Champagne and Grappa before moving into the dining room for the feast to follow created by celebrated Chef Giovanni Greggio, former Head Chef of Nicholini’s at Conrad Hong Kong.

Not sure where on the sublime seasonal menu to start?  Once you pull yourself away from the scrumptious bread basket, we recommend easing into things with the ‘Grigliata de polpo con spinaci in balsamico e olio di olive’, grilled Mediterranean octopus with citrus salad on a bed of hand-picked baby spinach leaves or ‘Scaloppe di mare al pomodoro con insalata di rucola’, Seared king scallops with cherry tomato confit placed on arugula salad and aged balsamic vinaigrette before tucking into the signature ‘Rigatoni Alla Norcina Piccanti’, pasta with Tuscan sausage in spicy tomato sauce with a generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

Ready for round two? The ‘Lombo di agnello in crosta al forno’, Roast lamb rack with herbs and Chianti mustard or ‘Spigola Alle Erbe Al Forno’, salt-crusted whole Italian line-caught sea bass with fresh aromatic herbs should have you fully satiated and dreaming of the Italian shores.

End the evening with a few spoonfuls of their classic tiramisu made with with layers of savioiardi biscuit flavour with aramotto topped with mascarpone cream and cacao and an espresso from their gorgeous copper Italian coffee machine.

There’s only one similar word we definitely didn’t want to hear after this indulgent feast…Bikini!

Gradini
The Pottinger Hong Kong
G/F, 74 Queens Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2308 3088

 
 
Cheers to 8 Years!

On Friday March 20th, KEE Club was flush with over 400 glamorous revelers celebrating Dim Sum & Then Some’s Lucky 8 Anniversary Party.

Kings, queens and jokers were welcomed with a glass of bubbly courtesy of Sarment before heading to the tables to roll the dice and try their luck at Roullette, Blackjack and Big & Small.

Rat Pack worthy performances and glitzy Vegas show girls set the stage, while vintage cocktails and DJ Hallex M kept the party going all night.

Guests who played their cards right had a chance to win incredible prizes including a 3-night stay at Alila Villas Soori, Bali compliments of The Luxe Nomad, a weekend getaway at the brand new JW Marriott Macau opening this May, a Satin Russian Roulette Clutch from KOTUR, Baja Diamond Stud Earrings from Monica Vinader, a Vinoperfect Radiance Facial at Caudalie Boutique Spa, and a Premier Cru Anti-Aging Set and Instant Radiance Set from Caudalie.

Lucky us to be able to spend 8 years with you, glamorous Hong Kong! We are going to double down on more fun ahead! No bluffing!

xoxo
The Dim Sum Girls

 
 
INVITATION: Fashion for Good

On Wednesday 29 April, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Dim Sum & Then Some is joining forces with HandsOn Hong Kong to launch the Fashion for Good Charity Sale at LoveIt Boutique. Shop ‘til you drop for a great cause while you sip on a glass of bubbly and get gilded with gorgeous Kookii B luxe jewellery tattoos. Take your pick from high street to high-end pre-loved clothes, plus lots of gorgeous designer sample pieces generously donated by fashion brands Marc Jacobs, Sheer, S.Nine by Susanna Soo, The 9th Muse, Chicameo, A Boy Named Sue, and What the Frock?! for sale at prices starting from just HK$100. You will leave with incredible purchases, plus a gift bag filled with spa and lifestyle treats from Jurlique, Genie Juicery, Jax Coco, Smudge Make-Up Artistry and more! All proceeds from pre-loved and local designer sample items sold at the event will go directly to HandsOn Hong Kong – whose mission is to mobilize and empower our community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.  LoveIt’s spring summer collection will also be available for purchase at the event at an exclusive discount of 15% off in celebration of Fashion for Good.  For more information, visit www.handsonhongkong.org.

Please RSVP to: fashion4good2015@gmail.com

 

 
 
On the Hunt – Easter 2015

Our city is looking pretty good right now…  The sun is finally shining, spring is in the air and we’re on the cusp of a very rare extra-long holiday weekend. So, what will you do with five full days of freedom lying ahead of you? We have a few ideas to ensure your Easter holiday in Hong Kong is filled with sun, fun, feasting, bubbly and lots of chocolate eggs. What are you waiting for? It’s time to get hopping!

Boozy Easter Brunch
What’s better than having a Friday off from work? Kick-starting the long weekend with a boozy brunch on the town. Whether you want to hunt for the latest egg dishes in between potent Bloody Mary’s at Fatty Crab, feast on seafood, tapas and copious amounts of paella while guzzling free-flowing sangria at Boqueria, dig in to more delicate dishes like Caviar Omelets and Truffle Eggs Florentine while sipping champagne at Cocotte, or feast on unlimited dim sum along veggie infused cocktails like the Jack Jazz Rabbit and Green B-Easter at Duddell’s, these four spots have you covered with Easter brunches all throughout the holiday weekend starting Friday 3 through Tuesday 7 April.

Foodie Egg-stravaganza
If making the most of your holiday involves indulging in some serious eats, we recommend the Italian Easter Sunday brunch at 121BC, which includes artichoke fritti, kingfish, spring vegetables, lasagne verde, roast lamb and more
. Need to take this up another notch? Go for the ‘Big Fat Greek Easter’ at Souvla, available on both Easter Sunday, 5 April and Greek Easter Sunday, 12 April, featuring salads and hot appetizers, a buffet of meats and traditional Greek Easter breads and desserts. If living large means dining at the top, look no further than Hutong’s famous Feng Wei Brunch where you can feast on dishes like Steamed cod fillet with peppercorn and soy sauce, Sauteed chicken fillet with shallot, onion and soy sauce, and Crispy boneless duck served with Chinese pancakes, while watching live tea pouring and Chinese noodle pulling theatrics, during all five days of the holiday.

Eggs Alfresco  
Spring has arrived and it’s time to get out in the sunshine. First stop, The Pawn, where they are officially launching the 2015 season of their bi-weekly Sunday Rooftop Cookouts with a fantastic Easter BBQ feast including fresh salads, meat and fish grilled to order, cocktails, beer, wine and more.  Next up, Fish & Meat where you can start with a cold appetizer and salad buffet followed by a choice of mains including Brioche and Poached Egg, Artichoke Barigoule Risotto, Bacon and Leek Quiche, and finish with a stop at the decadent Buttermilk Pancake Station. Or stroll down Hollywood Road to Aberdeen Street Social, where they are serving Easter brunch Friday through Tuesday including hot cross buns, Easter chocolates, candy egg giveaways, and a chance for the kiddos to run around on one HK’s only grassy lawns. Prefer to head to the beach? Look no further than Limewood, which will be hosting a bountiful Easter Sunday brunch starting with a glass of prosecco or mimosa followed by a buffet featuring Daily Fresh Oysters, Spicy Yellow Fin Tuna Ceviche, Caribbean BBQ Free-Range Chicken Salad and much more, plus a choice of mains and Easter treats.

Fun For All the Bunnies
When you’ve got your bunnies in tow, it’s time to hit a hotel for Easter feasting, egg hunts and chocolate treats galore!  At The Mira Easter fun will be taking centre stage in the grand ballroom with games for the kiddos including a talent show, balloon twisting, egg painting, and Easter egg hunts, and an unlimited brunch buffet for the whole family.  At The Peninsula you can enjoy a lavish brunch buffet at The Verandah from Friday through Tuesday, with Sunday offering a special session of artisanal egg painting. Gradini at The Pottinger Hotel will be serving a decadent Easter version of their much-adored Italiano Brunch including hot cross buns, a luxurious antipasto platter, and a selection of pasta dishes and mains including a traditional Easter roast lamb. A desserts corner and a freshly made HK-style egg waffle dipped in chocolate fondue and vanilla gelato complete the Easter decadence.  If you simply must stay the night, both the Grand Hyatt and Mandarin Oriental have launched stay-cation packages with special benefits and privileges and prices, which are exclusively available during the Easter weekend. Start the day with some of the most incredible dining experiences and children’s Easter programs in town and finish in your very own luxurious guest room, feeling miles away from home.

No matter where you celebrate, we wish you and your family a very happy Easter!

 
 
Perfect Pitch – Rugby Sevens 2015

You’ve been in training since dry January tipped over into free-flow February. Your extended Pottinger Street sprees have resulted in the best part of this month’s salary being handed over in exchange for three days worth of highly-flammable fancy dress costumes, flags, whistles and face paint. Hong Kong’s population has grown exponentially overnight despite the fact that scores of sport-hating residents are swiftly trickling out of the city for the weekend.

On your marks, get set, Rugby Sevens weekend is well and truly upon us, and this year just happens to mark the 40th year since the very first Hong Kong Sevens tournament. And you know what that means? Oh yes, It’s time to party like it’s 1975…

 

Rugby 1

 

So, pull on your scrum cap, jump into your drinking boots and start practising your very best Hakka chant, the first drop-kick of match number one is just a day away. Whether you’ll be Mexican waving in the South Stand, jelly shot slamming in Lang Kwai or sitting pitch-side glued to every tackle and try, one thing’s for sure, you’ll need to keep yourself well fed and watered throughout the weekend to ensure you maintain your form. But, when hunger strikes, there’s no need to ditch your patriotism, here’s the DSTS round-up of the best places to chow down while you cheer on your team…

 

Rugby 2

 

Argentina 
If “tackling” the crowds in the South Stands has worked up an appetite, follow the Argentinians to new hotspot Gaucho for steak, ceviche, emapanadas, and more. (+852 2386 8090)

Belgium
Located not too far from the “pitch” Frites will be a home away from home for Belgium fans and beyond. Bring your ticket stub to receive a complimentary Stella Artois beer. If you can’t make it back over you can watch the games live on the restaurant’s oversize screens. (+852 2877 2422)

 

Rugby 3

 

Japan 
If you’re rooting for Japan, stay “on side” by downing copious amount of sushi and sashimi getting thoroughly sauced before heading over to the stadium at the famous Zuma Champagne Brunch. (+852 3657 6388)

France 
So hungry you’re ready to “drop kick” the Super Mario Bros. in the next row? Follow the Francophiles  to Relais de l’Entrecote for an authentic steak frites, straight from the Paris original. (+852 2891 9080)

 

Rugby 4

 

England
No tickets this year? Don’t get into a “ruck”. Head to The Globe where you can join England fans watching the games on the big screen while feasting on meat pies and guzzling your favourite ales. (+852 2543 1941)

Australia 
Need to escape the madness? Go for a “try” at Limewood where you can feast on alfresco barbequed seafood, meats and great refreshing cocktails overlooking the water in true Aussie style. (+852 2866 8668)

 

Rugby 5

 

Canada 
After a long day at the stadium, “advance the ball” over to Crafty Cow in PoHo for their amazing selection of stouts, ales, ciders, and sakes and innovative snacks. (+852 2915 8988)

Fiji
After a “maul” relax and take in the exotic island vibes at Honi Honi, with tiki cocktails and reggae tunes that will take you to the South Pacific and beyond. +852 2353 0885

USA 
Pad the “playing field” for the day’s antics with a stop at Burger Circus, which is serving up breakfast sandwiches, homemade donuts, and free-flowing coffee. Need a little hair of the dog? Burger Circus is giving complimentary shot of vodka in their much-loved house-made sodas on both Saturday and Sunday mornings until 12pm. (+852 2878 7787)

 
 
The Diary of Ms. 852 – Part 3

Friday 27th February
Calories: 1,170 (Does not include martinis which may explain why martinis had such stellar effect)
Alcohol units: unknown but would estimate at somewhere roughly three times the recommended weekly allowance for any normal human.

Am drunk in love.

And drunk.

Very, very drunk. But also very, very in love.

Hic.

Saturday 28th February
Calories: 3,870 (v.v. bad – blame martini hangover, but who cares, am in love)
Number of wedding magazines purchased: 4 (can never be too prepared for when man of dreams pops question in unexpected whirlwind romance proposal week after you first met)

What a difference a day makes.

This time yesterday awoke to soul crushing flashbacks of nightmare Dreamy Personal Trainer incident and a nagging knot of nerves about prospect of meeting up with random man who I had drenched in hot coffee post gym-ejection.

Picked up phone to re-read last night’s exchange of flirty messages with Coffee Man only to simultaneously notice that had horrifically overslept and that it was ten minutes past the start of my team Friday Morning Meeting. Jumped in shower before racing round flat at breakneck speed pulling on random collection of clothes, while attempting to pull comb through hair and brush teeth. Arrived at office just as team were streaming out of Friday Morning Meeting whereupon boss did double take and asked whether I had confused dress down Friday with ‘come to work dressed as a homeless person day’.

Decided that only my Fairy Godmother or, at a push, the high priestesses of beauty at Caudalie, could save me from sending Coffee Man running screaming in the opposite direction this evening. After general central role it has been playing in my life recently, now have the Caudalie Boutique on speed dial, so at just push of single button can be on path to some semblance of looking at least passable again.

Pic 2

As lunch hour struck, dashed off to the Gough Street store where angelic Caudalie therapist met me with a cup of detox tea and settled me into the enveloping embrace of one of the huge armchairs at the back of the boutique. Minutes later Jess arrived wincing rather insensitively as she caught sight of my hobo-chic look. Then, in the space of time it would usually take us to inhale a sandwich at Pret, the Caudalie crew mani and pedi’d us while we ran through all possible Coffee Man date scenarios and devised cunning SOS call sign just in case date turned out to be ruse for kidnapping attempt.

On way out, Jess wheeled me around the store grabbing bottles and pots as she went, assembling her core kit of Caudalie game changers for me to take back to the office for a little last minute pre-date prep. Felt slightly offended at sheer volume of products she seemed to deem essential to get me back on track. Felt much better when Caudalie assistant gave product selection a very approving nod and then, picking up frosted spray bottle of Beauty Elixir, declared this Victoria Beckham’s go to secret weapon – a smoothing complexion booster that VB uses to set her make-up. Have always known VB and I are v.v. similar, now clearly apparent we are basically twins.

Pic 3

Back to office for a light afternoon of paper shuffling interspersed with ‘last-minute client meetings’ at various make-up counters around town and a little shopping spree at Lane Crawford (hello, brand new slinky wrap dress and spike-heeled peep-toes – all the better for showing that pedi off).

By 8pm was looking fairly foxy (even if I do say so myself). Left office and sauntered slowly towards the Four Seasons – vital to arrive after date has begun to get slightly concerned that you’ll be standing him up, but not late enough for him to get fed-up and stand you up. Quickly realized new peep-toes were making saunter take longer than planned, panicked that Coffee Man would be eyeing up escape routes, switched peep toes for emergency pair of flats stashed in handbag and sprinted at Jessica Ennis speed towards Blue Bar. Arrived in lobby looking less glam-glowy, more sweaty mess.

Zipped into bathrooms where raised silent prayer to Jess’ innate Caudalie wisdom. A swoosh of the mineral bronzing powder followed by a quick spritz of VB’s fav Beauty Elixir, and I was back to bushy-tailed levels of hotness. Slipped peep-toes back on and swept into Blue Bar where immediately spied Coffee Man sitting with his back to me on a barstool sipping a martini and chatting to the barman. Suddenly gripped by abject terror that he would twirl around to reveal elephant man in a suit. But, as I turned on my peep-toed heel to high tail it out of there, Coffee Man suddenly swiveled round on his stool catching me in his molten chocolate Clooney-esque gaze. In fact, Clooney comparisons are a total insult, Coffee Man it turned out, is leaps and bounds more gorgeous than George, he is just the most beautiful human I had ever clapped eyes on. And just like that, Coffee Man became Mr. Perfect.

Pic 4

He stood, and in one fluid movement, pulled out my stool, grazed my cheek with a deliciously stubbly kiss hello and handed me a second martini glass brimming with icy briny vodka topped with three cocktail stick spiked olives. Which is just about the last thing I can clearly recollect. The rest of the evening passed in a seductive, candlelit blur of chinking glasses, flirty laughing and finally a movie-flawless goodnight kiss.

Which brings me to peeling open my eyes this morning to a slightly fuzzy head and not even a glancing thought of Dreary PT, only sublime flashbacks to the date of every girl’s dreams with Mr. Perfect.

What a difference a day makes.

Friday 6th March
Calories: 1,250 (v.good, strict pre-wedding diet as recommended by Your Perfect Day Magazine is going v. well indeed, as is Bride Bootcamp that signed up for on Wednesday, having to remember to remove fake engagement ring after each training session is slightly tedious but unfortunately necessary)

Mr. Perfect lives up to his name in absolutely every respect. Is obviously knee-bucklingly good looking with James Bond levels of charm and razor-sharp sense of humour, but also has high-powered job at luxury fashion conglomerate.

Yesterday, surprised me at the office with a two dozen red roses delivered inside the it-bag of the season (which according to Vogue costs approximately the same amount as six weeks of salary). Am obviously not gold-digging harlot, am merely illustrating that Mr. Perfect knows his H&M from his Hermes – a v.v. rare quality in a man, not least in a devastatingly good looking man. The perfection doesn’t end there though. Tied to the stem of one of the luscious scarlet blooms was a stiff cream envelope. Tearing it open, discovered note reading:

To the most delicious woman in the 852 – Airport Express tomorrow evening 6pm, bring passport, toothbrush and bikini. x”

Am clearly being whisked off on exotic, romantic mini-break. Am too overexcited for words. Have done as instructed and followed Mr. Perfect’s packing list to the letter. Well, sort of to the letter. May also have stopped by the Caudalie Boutique on the way to the Airport Express, you know just for a couple of holiday essentials. Suncream is obviously a mini-break must. I absolutely had to get a travel-sized bottle of Teint Divin Beauty Elixir for a mid-flight pick-me-up. And, after a day lounging by a turquoise pool, tanned limbs need to be smothered in a generous glug of Divine Oil (which not only delivers a serious moisture boost but smells like summer in a bottle).

Pic 5

While the Caudalie girl loaded my purchases into my brand new It-bag, enquired about possibility of hiring entire spa. It just suddenly struck me that it would be ideal spot to take a group of your very best girlfriends for an afternoon of luxe pampering. The sort of place for, I don’t know… maybe a hen party… You know, just in case a perfect man decided to use a perfect minibreak as the stage for a perfect proposal…

Would you like to throw a little party with your friends at Caudalie Boutique Spa? DSTS readers will receive special discount of xx % off on mani/pedi bookings or facial bookings for two or more guests. To view the spa menu, click here.

To register for a chance to attend a private event at Caudalie Boutique Spa, please email contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk.

To read The Diary of Ms. 852 Part 1 – Click Here.

To read The Diary of Ms. 852 Part 2 – Click Here.

 
 
DSTS 8TH ANNIVERSARY

Join us for Dim Sum & Then Some’s “Lucky 8” Anniversary Party on Friday, March 20 at KEE Club. Step back in time to 1960s Vegas for an evening of casino fun and games, scintillating showgirls, rat pack performances, vintage cocktails, and dance floor decadence courtesy of DJ Hallex MGet ready for prizes galore including a 3-night stay at Alila Villas Soori, Bali compliments of The Luxe Nomad, a weekend getaway at the brand new JW Marriott Macau opening this May, a Satin Russian Roulette Clutch from KOTUR, Baja Diamond Stud Earrings from Monica Vinader, a Vinoperfect Radiance Facial at Caudalie Boutique Spa, and a Premier Cru Anti-Aging Set and Instant Radiance Set from Caudalie.

We look forward to celebrating with you on Friday at KEE!

Please RSVP below or email contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk

 
 
You Need An Alibi

There are certain times when having an alibi is crucial. Oversleeping brunch with your boyfriend’s visiting parents, or waking up in a strange flat with 40 missed calls, or showing up to your work offsite with a very new and very visible tattoo. But we have one place where you won’t need any excuses… Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social is the city’s newest happening watering hole at Langham Place, offering Spanish snacks courtesy of an ex-22 Ships maestro, swanky spacious digs, seriously good interpretations of classic cocktails, and (you say it and we’ll swear to it!) the best G & T’s in town.

 

Alibi – 1

 

Take the elevator up to the 5th floor, enter a rustic urban lounge complete with copper lighting and cosy fireplaces and prepare to be swept off your feet by young mixologist Leo Cheung‘s superb handcrafted cocktails. Order up one of the aforementioned dangerously delicious yet shockingly strong G & T’s made with Martin Miller’s gin, tonic orange bitters, dried juniper berries, lime and rose petal, and you may actually fall back into the cosy couches where more cocktails are sure to follow. Crowd favourites include The Alibi, a mixture of Talisker Whisky, Pimm’s no. 1, Sloe Gin, Drambuie and Montenegro bitters, Alibi’s Sakura with vanilla and peach vodkas, Sakura liqueur and freshly squeezed grapefruit and lemon juice, and Lonely Holiday, a twist on a classic combining Islay Whisky, Calvados, sweet Vermouth, Drambuie and orange bitters, served with a stick of lemongrass incense.

 

Alibi – 2

 

You don’t want the night to end before it begins so it’s time to start feasting. And Chef Tim Bruges, formerly of Otto e Mezzo and 22 Ships, has just the menu you’re looking for. We recommend an order of Manchego and Bomba Rice Fritters, Truffle Cheese Toastie or Kimci Toastie Sandwiches and the Bruschetta, Lardo di Colonnata topped with rucola, honey, thyme and truffle to complement your next round.

 

Alibi – 3

 

Still hungry? The Braised Wagyu Bone Marrow, served with crostini and fig and whiskey chutney will have your taste buds humming, while the Gambas served picante with an aromatic salad using local greens and crispy garlic will bring you back to the ramblas of Barcelona.  Taking you distinctly back to Hong Kong is an Asian variation on chocolate fondant with Steamed Chocolate Cake wrapped in lotus leaf, drizzled with mocha caramel, and served in a traditional Chinese dim sum basket. You had us chocolate fondant!

After this decadent night on the town, your personal trainer may have a few questions as to your whereabouts the previous evening…  But don’t worry, we’ll be your alibi!

Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social
Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong
555 Shanghai Street
Mongkok, Kowloon
+852 3552 3028
lphkg.restaurants@langhamhotels.com

**Exclusively for DSTS Readers**: Head to Langham Place Hotel for a leisurely stroll through their collection of over 1500 Chinese and contemporary art pieces (art kit and audio guide available), followed by lunch or cocktails at Alibi. After your art tour, enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco with lunch or a complimentary cocktail or chocolate dessert in the evening when mentioning “DSTS” to your server (through 11 April).

 
 
Get a Jump stART – Art Basel 2015

With Art Basel returning for its third year in Hong Kong, you’ve got no excuse to not know what’s happening, but don’t worry we’ve got your back and created a handy little guide jam-packed with all you need to know to give you the jump stART on one of the most happening weeks ever to hit this city. Ready, steady, Go!

AB1

Straight to the Art
Led by new Director Adeline Ooi, Art Basel Hong Kong’s 2015 program will feature 233 of the world’s premier art galleries, from 37 countries, presenting premier works ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today. This diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, and performances will run across four sectors, “Galleries” featuring established modern and contemporary art galleries from around the globe, “Discoveries” a strong showcase of emerging artists, “Insights” dedicated to projects from the Asia-Pacific region, and “Encounters” presenting large-scale sculptural and installation pieces. For the second year running, Art Basel will present a “Film” sector, a three-day, free to attend program curated by Beijing and Zurich-based multi-media artist and producer Li Zhenhua showcased at the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s agnès b. cinema.

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Listen to Your Art
Sunday through Tuesday, Art Basel’s Conversations and Salon, will offer first-hand access to preeminent leaders in the arts with talks, panels, lectures and performances. The free to attend morning Conversations series will feature dynamic dialog between prominent voices in the international art world, offering their unique perspective on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art. The afternoon Salon program will be a more informal platform of short presentations featuring a range of speakers including artists, academics, curators, critics and collectors. Sunday evening will see one of the pinnacles of the week, the hotly anticipated Intelligence Squared debate deliberating whether
“The Art World Is A Boys’ Club” or an evolving arena where women are continually breaking the mold. (Tickets: HK$300, www.hkticketing.com).

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Total Eclipse of the Art
This year, Art Basel has collaborated with renowned Chinese artist Cao Fei to light up skyline with “Same Old, Brand New” – a video installation, which will be displayed across the entire façade of the 490 metre high ICC tower. The multimedia installation references 1980s video games, reflects on the rapid changes occurring in Chinese society, and aims to turn collective memories into a current reality. Download the “ICC Light and Music Show” app from the Apple app store or Google play store to experience the full exhibit including musical accompaniment to the 10-minute video. The best spots to view the installation, showing at 6.30pm, 7.20pm, 8.10pm, 9.00pm, 9.50pm every evening from Friday, 13 to Tuesday, 17 March, are the terraces on Podium 3 and 4 of ifc Mall where an accompanying audio piece by Hong Kong sound artist Dickson Dee will be played. Other recommended viewing points are the harbourfront Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park and Tamar Park. Bring a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine, sit on the grassy lawn and let the lights do the talking.

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Eat Your Art Out
Whether it’s hot new restaurant art collaborations or hip beach bars shaking things up on the scene, here are some inspiring spaces to sip and savour during the fair… At Duddell’s, you’ll have lots of food for thought in between delectable cocktails and dim sum with their newest exhibit ICA Off-Site: Hong Kongese showcasing the work of local and international artists, which identifies with the evolving nature of Hong Kong. Not just for fish & chips anymore, The Pawn has recently revealed a carefully curated art program in collaboration with one of Hong Kong’s most respected artists, Anothermountainman (Stanley Wong) to be showcased in both the bar and restaurant. Next up, Bibo on Hollywood Road, a glamorous hideaway where you can sip champagne and 1930s cocktails in the presence of inspiring art installations and paintings by some of the world’s most renowned artists including Basquiat, Hirst, Murakami, and Banksy. Set to officially open this week with a series of live music events called “Go South Weekender” is Hotshot, a surf-themed and art filled bar at The Pulse in Repulse Bay by the same owners as Bibo.  Keep the party going at KEE Club on Friday 13 March with a live performance by platinum award-winning young Swiss musician Bastian Baker and on Saturday 14 March with and exclusive DJ set by Orbital co-founder Phil Hartnoll (both HK$250 on Ticketflap).

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Art Beat
Just in time for Art Basel, the city’s galleries are upping the ante on their exhibits with groundbreaking, expertly curated shows. Check out: Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes’ exhibition at White Cube, which will be launched on 12 March in conjunction with a private concert by Brazilian musician Bebel Gilberto at MO Bar, French artist JR’s “Ghosts of Ellis Island. An Unframed Project, Short Preview” at Galerie Perrotin, young American artist Alex Prager’s debut exhibition in Hong Kong at Lehmann Maupin,Perfection by Chance—A Yi Pai Series Exhibition” of leading Chinese artists curated by distinguished Professor Gao Minglu at Pearl Lam Galleries, Chinese contemporary pop artist Jacky Tsai’s first solo show in Hong Kong at The Cat Street Gallery, “Forces of Nature” featuring portraits by renowned American photographer Annie Leibovitz and canvases by celebrated Japanese contemporary painter Hiroshi Senju at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, “Life is Only One a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara at Asia Society, an exhibition by Italian painter Rudolf Stingel at Gagosian Gallery and The Inevitable” an exhibition of new paintings by renowned Hong Kong-based artist Simon Birch at Ben Brown Fine Arts.

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Groove Is In the Art
Looking for more groundbreaking events to feed your creative side? Check-out the first-ever edition of Art Central, an innovative contemporary art fair running alongside Art Basel from 14 – 16 March 2015 and staged in a 10,000-square metre pop-up designer space on the new Central Harbourfront. Don’t miss an outdoor Street Food corner hosted by Brickhouse, Beef & Liberty and Classified, an 11-metre mural by Hong Kong graffiti artist Xeme and an awe-inspiring crystal light installation created by Swarovski in collaboration with HK interior designer extraordinaire Joyce Wang. Over at Conrad Hong Kong, the intimate Asia Contemporary Art Show will give you the chance to view and buy original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography while meeting and greeting with the artists firsthand (12 to 15 March). A little further afield Chai Wan Mei Art & Design Festival on 14 and 15 March, explore Hong Kong’s grassroots arts scene with guerilla art installations, designer pop-ups, interactive performances, open studio cocktails and their second annual epic Chai Wan Nites warehouse party on the Saturday.

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Artbreak Hotel
Need somewhere to relax away from the hustle and bustle and digest all of this culture? Where better than at the Mandarin Oriental where you can sip specially designed cocktails inspired by the various exhibition sectors “Insights”, “Discoveries”, “Encounters” and “Film” at M Bar (though 22 March) or indulge in the Revive After Baseling revitalizing foot and leg treatment at The Mandarin Spa (HK$1000). Or just steps away from the show, duck into the Grand Hyatt for a “Cake Painting Afternoon Tea” created by British artist Peter McDonald and Executive Pasty Chef David White to evoke an artist’s studio, including the chance to paint your very own ‘blank canvas’ cheesecake (14 – 31 March). Across the harbour at The Peninsula, witness an awe-inspiring public art installation by renowned British artist and sculptor Richard Wilson entitled “Hang On A Minute Lads… I’ve Got A Great Idea”, featuring a full-sized replica of a vintage twin-axel Harrington Legionnaire coach that appears to be teetering on the edge of The Peninsula’s seventh-floor Sun Terrace (through 8 April). Or head to Langham Place Hotel for a leisurely stroll through their collection of over 1500 Chinese and contemporary art pieces (art kit and audio guide available), followed by lunch or cocktails at the hotel’s newest watering hole Alibi. **After your art tour, Dim Sum & Then Some readers can enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco with lunch or a complimentary cocktail or chocolate dessert in the evening when mentioning “DSTS” to your server (through 11 April).

Got all that? Everything kicks off this week, so get out there and get your art on. 

Art Basel Hong Kong 2015
Saturday, 14 March 2015, 4pm to 9pm Vernissage (invite only)
Sunday, 15 March 2015, 1pm to 8pm
Monday, 16 March 2015, 12 noon to 8pm
Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 12 noon to 5pm
https://www.artbasel.com/en/Hong-Kong
Tickets: www.hkticketing.com

 
 
Art Central 2015

From the creators of ART HK comes the newest and most innovative contemporary art fair to hit our balmy shores – Art Central. Running alongside Art Basel from 14 – 16 March 2015, Art Central will be staged in a 10,000 square metre pop-up designer space on the new Central Harbourfront, showcasing the next generation of talent alongside established galleries from around the globe. Featuring over 75 galleries from 21 countries, with over 65% from Asia, Art Central is set to make waves in Hong Kong with a dynamic programme of talks, tours, children’s activities and more. Hot HK personalities on the talks programme include handbag designer Fiona Kotur Marin (KOTUR), interior designer Joyce Wang (AMMO, Mott 32), and design icon Douglas Young (G.O.D). Don’t miss an outdoor Street Food corner hosted by Brickhouse, Beef & Liberty and Classified and an awe-inspiring crystal light installation created by Swarovski in collaboration with Joyce Wang, especially for Art Central.

DSTS Readers will receive an exclusive discounted ticket price of HK$175 for two tickets to the three-day fair, by using the Code ACHK888” when booking through HK Ticketing, or via the following link: http://www.artcentralhongkong.com/dsts/

Plus, Art Central will be giving away a limited number of tickets to their coveted VIP Preview on 13 March to DSTS readers.  To win, please email contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk and let us know: What’s currently hanging in your living room?

Best of luck and see you at Art Central!

 
 
The Diary of Ms. 852

Thursday 12 February 2015

Calories: 1,115 (v.good)
Alcohol Units: 0 (this year has been drier than the Gobi dessert)
Minutes spent in the gym: 70 (unheard of)
No. of resolutions broken: 0

Who says resolutions are made to be broken? Am almost six weeks into 2015, and am clearly a changed woman. Am clean, lean (well, lean-ish) Goddess of great willpower.

No longer do I wake up with a jolt to find last night’s make-up half melted down face, half smushed on pillow, gasping for water and regretting the night before’s fourth Martini (before spotting a receipt screwed up next to a half eaten Big Mac that clearly shows I had six Martinis, two tequila slammers AND a Piña Colada. And paid for them at 4am. On a Wednesday night. Who drinks Piña Coladas on a Wednesday night? In fact, who drinks Piña Coladas, ever? Particularly when they calculated last Easter that one Piña Colada is the equivalent of 4 ¼ Cadbury’s Crème Eggs…).

No, now spend all spare time making delicious green smoothies, wearing new Lululemon workout gear and working up a sweat in the gym.  Sweat is admittedly often worked-up over dreamy personal trainer who may well be Ryan Gosling’s twin brother. However, today did also manage seven minutes on the cross-trainer and a twenty-two second plank, so will clearly soon be so thin that dreamy personal trainer will fall madly in love with me, propose marriage with Malteser-sized diamond and father our clan of six gorgeous children.

 

Caudalie Boutique Spa

 

Friday 13 February 2015

Calories: 10,800 (primarily made up of wine, but also included a pizza, two packs of M&S mini sausages, a jumbo bar of Dairy Milk and an entire box of Sift cupcakes meant for colleague’s Birthday which have deduced must have consumed at 3am based on icing on pillow when woke up on Saturday)
Alcohol Units: 12 (v. v. bad)
No of resolutions broken: 24 (AKA all of them)

Gahhhhhh! Am complete and utter abject failure. Have monumentally fallen off the New Year’s resolution wagon and tumbled straight into the gutter of endless despair.

Day started so promisingly with 7am arrival at gym for Body Pump class. Sauntered past dreamy Gosling-esque PT, but then so busy checking studio mirror in crazed attempt to catch him looking at my lycra-clad bottom (with zero success) that didn’t see stack of dumbbells directly in front of me. Seconds later was sprawled on floor yelping in agony.

Dreamy PT (doing nothing to hide his sniggers) was suddenly very obviously looking at my bottom at which point I had sinking realization that leggings had split in fall and were displaying a pair of terrifyingly enormous grey granny pants.

One very red-faced hobble from workout studio to the hospital Emergency Room later, decided there was nothing for it but to take heavily bandaged leg for crisis summit with Katie, Jess and Nina where pizza somehow fell onto my plate and Sauvignon Blanc appeared in my glass.

As evening progressed discovered that memory of dreamy PT doubled over with tears of laughter streaming down his beautiful chiseled cheekbones faded more and more with each glass of wine. Eventually had to be carried home hiccupping by Katie and Nina while Jess followed behind carrying handbags and crutches.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Elixir

Sunday 15 February 2015  

Calories: 1,525 (more like it)
Alcohol Units: 2 (medicinal)
No. of minutes Googling ‘secret to looking like Victoria Beckham/J-Lo/Kylie’: 348

Shame of fall from saintly 2015 perch still haunting every waking moment (as are dreamy PT’s howls of laughter).  Worse yet though was sight of grey, grizzled complexion on Saturday morning.  Initially thought my Mother had sprung surprise weekend visit on me, only to realize with horrified start that the crumpled, dull, haggered face was in fact my own reflection in the bathroom mirror.

Promptly began wildly planning facelifts, heavy duty Botox and multiple chemical peels before pouring self a large glass of sympathy Sauvignon Blanc and miserably flicking through stack of glossy of magazines. Suddenly had lightening bolt moment as spied article featuring glowy-faced Helena Christensen

holding glass of wine. Immediately poured self second glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Looking closer at article, realized was not at all about Christenson boozing her way to better skin, but actually a piece about a brand new Caudalie product made from grape seeds and grape vine extracts – a sort of magical beautifying wine for the face called Premier Cru The Elixir. As read more about this 99.5% natural, part serum, part oil and its claims to brighten, tighten and fight the signs of aging, decided that was too much of a coincidence that had discovered a wine-inspired product promising gorgeousness of supermodel proportions on the very day that wine had caused my ultimate low of the year so far. Grabbed coat, face-concealing, supersized scarf and scarlet beret (v.French, v. Caudalie) and dashed (as fast as bandaged leg could carry me) out of door, headed straight for Caudalie Boutique Spa on Gough Street in NoHo.

Arrived breathlessly at glossy glass-fronted boutique decked out with gorgeous chandeliers and a pale wood interior that reminded me of a cross-between a super-luxe spa and my favourite French vineyard. Very helpful, pretty Caudalie product specialist (looking even sparklier than the chandeliers) rushed straight to my aid and babbled impressive smoother, younger more radiant skin stats all backed-up by mind-boggingly scientific research.

Excitedly told the girl would pay any money to get hands on a bottle of this one-and-done, fix-all wonder, at which point angelic Caudalie girl made my year by slipping small package into my palm – a miniature bottle of Premier Cru The Elixir. Beaming, she told me in a low whisper that there were a handful of deluxe samples that she could dole out to premier Caudalie customers in the know. Feeling a warm glow of being labeled a knowledgeable, premier Caudalie customer began to Whatsapp the girls with the news of my beauty haul when suddenly decided this might just be the sort of secret it’s best to keep under your beret…

Would you like to join Ms. 852 in being the first to try Caudalie’s newly launched celeb-favourite miracle product Premier Cru The Elixir? Email contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk with your name and mailing address and an exclusive deluxe sample will be sitting on your vanity table in no time. If this doesn’t put a glow back in your cheeks, we don’t know what will!

Stay tuned! The Diary of Ms. 852 will be continued next week…

 
 
SECRET CODE! RESTAURANT WEEK PRIORITY BOOKING

By now you’ve stuffed yourself full of cakes and puddings, loaded up on lai see and made a whole new round of New Year’s resolutions but before you head out to for even more Year of the Sheep celebrations, we have a little CNY gift of our own… Presenting the SECRET CODE for Hong Kong Restaurant Week which will allow Dim Sum & Then Some readers exclusive access to the Restaurant Week online booking system starting TODAY, Thursday, February 19th at 10am, 4 FULL DAYS before anyone else in the city! 

Good fortune, feasting and fun will be ensured from February 27March 8 2015 as DiningCity Restaurant Week hits the city featuring some almost impossible to book hotspots and many newly opened favourites. To celebrate the biggest foodie event of the season, each restaurant will have its chef in residence preparing a minimum 3-course menu of signature dishes for both lunch and dinner, with prices starting from just HK$118 for lunch and HK$328 dinner, including a mouthwatering appetizer, entrée and dessert!

For Exclusive Priority Access to the reservations system, please click here

SECRET CODE: dstsfirst

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead!

 
 
All You Need Is Love… And a Restaurant Reservation!

You’re sitting at a table for two gazing into the eyes of your most favourite person in all the world.  You’re bathed in candlelight, there are red roses on the table and you have your sexiest lingerie on under something suitably short, tight and revealing.  You’re lovingly spooning morsels of deliciousness into each other’s mouths between sips of Champagne and stolen kisses. Absolute fairytale perfection…

Apart from the fact that to the right, ten centimetres from the edge of your table, another couple are doing exactly the same… and ten centimetres to the left… oh and ten centimetres behind you too…  They’re all eating exactly the same ‘special’ romantic menu full of things that should not have been prepared four hours ago in multiples of fifty.  They’re all desperately trying to avoid catching the eye of the man with the guitar wandering around serenading couples who shrink into their chairs and blush furiously as he stands over them belting out ‘Wonderful Tonight’.  They’re all trying to be hopelessly romantic with each other while trying to ignore that their new underwear is incredibly uncomfortable and should have been bought in the size up. It could only be February 14th.

So with just under a week to go, here are a couple of ideas for something a bit different to do in Hong Kong this Valentine’s Day.  Boys, take note and maybe try to get something organised.  Girls, start dropping hints, now…

 

HONI HONI

 

The One Where You Need to Get Her Drunk: Tiki Cocktail Making Experience at Honi Honi
Perhaps you’ve just started dating and need a little “Dutch courage” or maybe you’ve been together so long that only a few strong drinks will lift your evening from plain old grey to fifty shades of it… Either way, a night at HONI HONI learning to shake up your very own potent love potions is a pretty surefire route to being drunk in love. Hop behind the bar with just your beau and one of HONI HONI’s top bartenders then, a couple of hours and a few tipsy kisses later, stagger out full of Valentine’s spirit with the recipe for two yet to be released cheeky tiki cocktails (including, the rather racily named, Karma Sutra).  (Available 1 – 28 Feb, HK$1000 per couple including 4 cocktails per person, info@honihonibar.com, +852 2353 0880)

SECRET INGREDIENT

The One Where You Want to Make Her Think You’re Jamie Oliver (But You Can Only Boil An Egg): Romantic Night In with Secret Ingredient
We all know that the Jackson Five were somewhat understating things when they sang “A, B, C… that’s how simple love can be”. But, this Valentine’s Day whipping up a swoon-worthy feast really can be as simple as that. Secret Ingredient to the rescue. If you’ve promised to cook but could burn water, the Secret Ingredient Valentine’s Day menu is the answer to all your culinary prayers. Delivering the highest quality ingredients, ready washed, chopped and prepped together with step-by-step instructions Secret Ingredient enables even the most kitchen shy of us to assemble super impressive meals. We’re talking lobster with squid ink tagliatelle followed by molten chocolate cake impressive. Availability’s limited, so get in there quick. (orders@secretingredient.com.hk, +852 2108 4000)

 

THE PENINSULA

 

The One Where You Did Something Very, VERY Wrong Last Week: The Peninsula Hong Kong
You bought her a hoover for Christmas, were caught kissing her best friend at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and have so far spent the start of 2015 in a constant state of anti-dry January, Vodka-soaked naughtiness. Time to make up for it with some turbo-charged romance. Say hello to your Valentine’s savior in shining armour, The Peninsula.  A box of chocolates may sound clichéd, but make those hand-crafted, artisanal, haute couture chocolates lovingly hewn by resident Peninsula Maître Chocolatier, Marijn Coertjens, and we’re talking a whole other level. Not swoon-some enough? How about having those A-list chocolates delivered by a Peninsula-liveried Page Boy? And if even that’s not guaranteed to have her heart melting faster than a chocolate oven glove, perhaps the Page Boy could also hand deliver a little note pointing her towards the Peninsula Mini Cooper idling at the curb waiting to whisk her off for a candlelit tete-a-tete at Gaddis? An evening guaranteed to bank you enough brownie points to carry you through to your boys’ holiday in Bangkok at Chinese New Year… (+852 2696 6694, diningphk@peninsula.com)

 

BOUNCELIMIT

 

The One Where You Want To Make Her Fall Head Over Heels: Couples Stretch Class at BounceLimit
She told you last week that when she sees you she gets butterflies and her stomach triple flips, which lead to you thinking along the lines of Valentine’s dates of the acrobatic variety. Step up BounceLimit, Asia’s first trampoline fitness studio, which promises to have her soaring through the air and literally falling straight into your arms. This Valentine’s Day, the studio introduces the Couples’ Stretch Class where you and your sweetheart will boing your way through a one and a half hour workshop learning how to knead and stretch each other’s bodies into a state of loved-up, knot-free bliss. (Feb 14, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, HK$500 per couple, bookaclass@bouncelimit.com)

 

ISLAND SHANGRI-LA

 

The Daytime One (or the One Where You Have a Couple of Sittings to Get Through): Tea for Love at the Island Shangri-La
Keeping your options open this V Day? So much so that you’ve had to schedule your dates in shifts? Don’t waste a second of the most romantic day of the year by filling that tricky slot between lunch and dinner with a romantic afternoon tea for two. Elevate the Earl Grey and cucumber sandwiches to sparkling new heights courtesy of the Island Shangri-La’s Tea for Love, an elegantly sumptuous afternoon tea set paired with Perrier-Jouët – Blason Rosé champagne.  The bubbles aren’t confined to your Champagne flutes though, the menu fizzes with Perrier-Jouët spiked delicacies from the Gravlax marinated with Perrier-Jouët and served with Sriracha dill to the insanely indulgent Mascarpone Vanilla and Perrier-Jouët Charlotte. Guaranteed to inject some serious swoon into your afternoon. (HK$538 for two, Reservations: +852 2820 8560 – Lobster Bar and Grill, +852 2877 3838 – Lobby Lounge)

 

MOTORINO

 

The One Where You Can’t Quite Find the Words: Pizza at Motorino followed by Tai Tai Pies at Home (If Everything Goes to Plan…)
You’ve been trying to pluck up the courage to utter the L-word for some time now, but somehow the right occasion never quite seems to present itself. So this February 14th, what could be better than dispensing with words altogether and letting your food do the talking? Spare yourself the blushing and stuttering by whisking the object of your affections to Motorino for a supper of heart-shaped Neapolitan pizza that’ll leave no doubt in her mind that you mean amore. Seal the deal with a round, or two, of love-bomb, a decadently delicious cocktail of gin, prosecco, strawberries and lime. As you both tip over into tipsy, suggest you continue the evening back at yours, where sweet nothings will be whispered between even sweeter nibbles of Tai Tai Pie Pies’ heart-shaped Tart Cherry Sweet Crumble pies. Well, they do say a way to a girl’s heart is through her stomach… (Motorino 9 – 14 Feb, +852 2801 6881, Tai Tai Pie Pies +852 2529 7900)

 

FATTY CRAB

 

The One Where He Liked It, But He Didn’t Put A Ring On It: Anti-Valentine’s Day Fatty Crab
If you’re single and fabulous this year, there’s no need to spend the weekend crying into your Chardonnay while bellowing along to a Taylor Swift medley. Grab your stilettos and shrug on something suitably short and sparkly, there are a whole host of lonely boys out there just waiting for you to shimmy onto the dancefloor, flutter your lashes and break their hearts. Avoid the cooing couples and dodge the sick-inducing displays of sweetness, instead head on up to the “Anti-Valentine’s Day” celebrations on February 13 at Fatty Crab. Billed as a darker, sultrier take on V-Day, this is where you’ll find the beautiful crew, too elusively awesome to be tied down, sipping cocktails, slamming shots and getting inked by Fatty’s tattoo artists in residence for one evening only. Just remember six shots in that while one night stands may be just for Valentine’s, tatts are for life… (Feb 13, +852 2521 2033)

 
 
About Face

You and New Year’s Resolutions are generally a pretty bad combination. A New Year means mourning mulled wine and sequins – a tragedy you generally only manage to get over with copious shopping and cocktails. Saving money, cutting carbs and a ban on alcohol just make January unbearably miserable, and with the next glittering, Champagne-soaked holiday season now a full twelve months away, the last thing anyone needs is more misery.

This year, you decided to kick off 2015 with a set of rules that you can actually live by:
1. Diarise at least an afternoon of monthly me-time;
2. Treat yourself like your own best friend;
And, most importantly…
3. Eat more chocolate.

So, you were pretty excited when you noticed that The Spa at The Four Seasons Hotel seems intent on making your 2015 resolutions all the easier to stick to with their brand new Biologique Recherche Vernix 3R Facial. Promising to revive dull and lackluster complexions and deliver baby-soft skin that looks younger and smoother, this 90-minute treatment ticks all your beauty boxes as well as giving you a whole hour and a half of blissed-out pampering.

 

FS -1

 

Arrive early to take full advantage of the Spa’s state of the art facilities or just snuggle up in one of the Four Seasons’ cocoon-like robes and get horizontal in the relaxation room until treatment o’clock rolls around. In the spirit of resolution number two, you’ll have booked yourself into one of the Spa’s VIP Suites complete with stellar harbor views, an in-room Jacuzzi and a spread of refreshments. While you wait for your therapist, it’s wise to accelerate complete zen-like relaxation by gazing out at the Star Ferry gliding back and forth beneath the sky scrapers while sipping on a cup of chamomile tea. At which point, you’re likely to clock the jarful of chocolate marshmallows and wonder whether you can skip the treatment and just spend the next hour and a half gorging on these squares of pillowy cocoa-tastic heaven (while also mentally putting a large tick next to resolution number three).

 

FS 2

 

All nonsensical facial-skipping thoughts will dissipate though, when your therapist glides in and bathes your feet while explaining the treatment and running through some preliminary questions about your skin. After asking you to make the tricky blinds up, blinds down decision, your therapist will help you climb up and sink down onto the cloudlike bed and swathe you in blankets at which point you’re highly likely to decide you’re bedding in for the night. When the treatment begins and your face is gently cleansed, massaged and anointed with serums and potions including the star 3R Serum, which revitalizes, reconstructs and regenerates deficient skin, and the hero Crème Masque Vernix which replicates the protective layer on a baby’s skin at birth smoothing dehydration wrinkles and boosting the repair capacity of the epidermis, staying the night will very probably escalate to taking up permanent residence.

 

FS 3

 

Ninety idyllic minutes later, after your face has been gently countoured by a state-of-the-art Remodeling Face machine, which improves the absorption of active ingredients and revitalizes skin tone, your therapist will wake you from a dreamy snooze with a head massage so great your toes tingle. Your initial despair at the treatment being over will quickly be replaced by delirious excitement at the thought of finishing off those chocolate marshmallows. More exciting still though, is the glowy, double-take-worthy complexion that you glimpse in the mirror on the way to the refreshments room. Closer examination reveals plump, hydrated skin that makes you feel ten years younger and supermodel smug.

Ninety minutes of unadulterated me-time, top and tailed with fistfuls of chocolate marshmallows, that leaves you looking better than you’ve looked in a very, very long time – sounds like 2015 could well be the first year that you’ve found a way to keep your New Year’s resolutions for a whole twelve months…

Biologique Recherche Vernix 3R Facial
@ The Spa at Four Seasons
8 Finance Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 3196 8888
(HK$2200 on weekdays, HK$2400 on weekends)

 
 
Beer and BBQ with a View

What’s on tap for 2015? Breathtaking rooftop bar and lounge  Club @28 at Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay is brewing up a fun new beer and BBQ private party experience just for you! Gather your closest 30 friends and kick back on the exclusive alfresco rooftop overlooking the glittering skyline and Happy Valley Racecourse, with free flow of 12 specialty draft beers including Hong Kong Beer, Seven Stout and Big Wave Bay, plus unlimited BBQ bites like Angus Beef Burgers, German Hotdogs, Cajun French Fries and more, for HK$350 + 10% service charge per person. Group bookings are available for parties of 10 – 30 guests, so grab your favourite beer buddies, book your next birthday or celebration at Club @28, and get ready for a sky-high Beer-B-Q like never before. Your perfect pint and ideal night awaits!

Reservations: Please call +852 3980 3300

 
 
LET IT GLOW

Silent night? Oh you wish! After a few too many late night Christmas parties it’s time to refresh, recharge and get glowing so you can go back to being Santa’s little helper…

WINTER SPICE
@ Sense of Touch
LKF Spa, 1-5F, 52 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central • 2526 6918
Sugar, spice, and everything nice… Sense of Touch has created a festive treatment designed around the benefits of ginger and cinnamon. Spa goers are treated to a cinnamon bodyscrub enhanced with vanilla oil, before a full body massage using ginger oil to nourish skin and melt away tension and closing with a warming cup of ginger & lemon tea with honey. (90 minutes, HK$1280)

 

DIAMOND UTOPIA FACIAL
@ The Mandarin Spa
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central • 2825 4888
Taking the mantra ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ to a whole new level the Diamond Utopia Facial commences with a deep cleanse and exfoliation followed by an application of fragrant Passion Oil to lift and tone, assuaging deep lines and wrinkles. The exuberant facial continues with a Diamond Collagen Infusion Mask ending with Gaylia Kristensen’s signature serums and treatment creams, leaving your skin looking luminous as you step out of spa slippers and into your stilettos. (90 minutes, weekdays: HK$2100, weekends: HK$2300 +10%)

 

FESTIVE BLISS
@ The Peninsula Spa
The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui • 2696 6682
Glow from head to toe with the full body Festive Bliss treatment. Start with an indulgent 60-minute Aromatherapy Massage followed by a choice of ESPA Anti-Ageing Enzyme Peel Facial or 60-minute Intraceuticals Anti-Ageing Whitening Facial to brighten and firm your skin. After your spa ritual, you will be treated to a healthy poolside lunch and receive a complimentary facial gift set to keep you radiant all winter long. (120 minutes, HK$3000 +10% available until 28 December 2014)

 

NOT SO SILENT NIGHT
@ The Strand
18 Cochrane Street • 2850 7686
The Strand’s ‘Not So Silent Night’ package gets you and up to 5 of your entourage ready for an evening of festive season party hopping. Start with a glamorous blow-dry followed by an application of the perfect “smoky eye” make up. Finish with a pop of colour “cocktail manicure” to ensure your fingers look up to par around that champagne flute! (120 minutes, HK$1470)

TRI-RADIANT BOOST
@ The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon • 2263 2040
The moment to get your skin sparkling has arrived. Start with a body massage using ESPA’s innovative TriSerum and deeply nourishing body cream followed by a bespoke regenerating facial to improve skin texture and tone, diminishing fine lines and leaving you with a lasting youthful glow. (110 minutes, HK$2400 weekdays, HK$2500 weekends)

 

MIMOSA
@ Airplay Bar
7/F, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Hong Kong • 2641 9888
Left Christmas party hair and make-up to the last minute? Book in for Airplay’s ever-popular ‘Mimosa’ special, which starts off with a blowout and hair styling and finishes with a light makeup session, getting you party (and selfie) ready in just one hour. (60 minutes, HK$560)

For more of the best of the festive season, check out our new Lights, Camera, Christmas Winter Guide here!

 
 
New Year’s Eve Countdown Party Havana Nights

You are invited to ring in 2015 with all the fun, passion and glamour of Havana in its heyday at Duddell’s “Havana Nights” New Year’s Eve Countdown Party. Especially for this event, Duddell’s will be transformed into a 1950’s Havana Social Club — a time when silver screen stars boarded lounge-style planes from Miami to Havana on the hour, and the city’s nightclubs were alight with spirited dancing until dawn. Cha cha into 2015 with “Azucar Latino,” HK’s best Latin band, and shake your hips to bold beats courtesy of DJ Hameed Laweed of France’s famous ‘Calle Ocho Cubano Café’, who will be flying in for the party. Sip on decadent Cuban inspired cocktails, soak in tropical island breezes and see tantalizing live performances… a sizzling New Year’s Eve in Old Havana awaits!

For additional details, click here

Tickets are available at: http://duddellsnye2014.eventbrite.hk or by emailing havananights@duddells.com

PLUS, to get the party started, enter to win one of five pairs of tickets to the “Havana Nights” Party (valued at HK$1160). For your chance to win, simply share the NYE invitation from either the Duddell’s or DSTS Facebook pages. Winners will be announced next week.

 
 
DSTS & KEE Club 6th Annual Holiday Bazaar

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . and nowhere more so than at KEE Club, which is being transformed into a festive winter wonderland in celebration of Dim Sum & Then Some and KEE’s 6th Annual Holiday Bazaar! Join us on Monday, November 24th, from 11:00am – 8:00pm at KEE Club (6/F, 32 Wellington Street) for a full day of festive season fun featuring holiday grooves, mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas cakes and cookies, and a complimentary free flowing dim sum bar. Featuring 20 of Hong Kong’s best brands –- from beautiful accessories for your table and gorgeous gifts for the home, to stunning candles and spa products, to glittering jewellery, plush cashmere and sparkling kaftans, to adorable children’s wear and toys, plus, a spectacular Christmas Tree and festive decor by Ellermann Flower Boutique, mini massages by Chuan Spa, hair styling by Fekkai, and more — this is the one shopping event of the season not to be missed!

Looking forward kicking off the festive season together at KEE next Monday!

 
 
Rooftop Yoga + Brunch – November 2014

Back by popular demand!  Join us on the rooftop of Armani/Privé on Saturday 22 November 2014, for Rooftop Yoga + Brunch – a 1-Hour Power Yoga Class taught by renowned instructor Claudia Whitney, followed by free-flowing brunch in the sunshine — with proceeds going to HandsOn Hong Kong.

Stretch into Saturday morning with an energizing, all-levels, open-air yoga class, accompanied by live acoustic guitar and vocals, and fueled by Jax Coco 100% pure coconut water — with support from Flex Studio and Little Steps Asia. Post yoga, refresh and revitalize with The Genie Concept cold pressed juices, before relaxing on the plush outdoor sofas with friends for an alfresco Armani/Privé feast, featuring freshly prepared Homegrown Foods organic veggies from local farms, and lots of other delicious brunch favourites. Finish off your perfect morning with a cup of Lavazza Coffee or La Via del Tè gourmet Italian tea, heavenly treats and chilled out DJ sounds, and you’ll leave walking on air!

Date: Saturday 22 November 2014

Time: 11:00am Yoga, 12:30pm Brunch

Place: Armani/Privé Terrace, 2/F, Chater House, 8 Connaught Road, Central

Tickets: HK$400 (Yoga + Brunch), HK$300 (Brunch Only) at http://rooftopyogabrunch-nov2014.eventbrite.com

Yoga Mats: Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one!

*If don’t have a yoga mat and would like us to reserve one for you, please email us at contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk and we will make sure you have one on the day.

 
 
Dining on the Scene with Hungry Hong Kong – November 2014

DSTS columnist Daniel Haddad, instagram sensation @danielhungryhk and creator of the blog Hungry Hong Kong, has been eating his way through this town one mouthwatering bite at a time and is here to give us a taste of what’s fresh on the food scene. From a Venetian neighbourhood tapas bar to Hawaiian and Japanese inspired joint in Causeway Bay a chic Parisian lounge in Central to a Sichuan sizzler to a fresh and delicious Mexican, get ready to dig in to his pick of the Top 5 Tables to Try Now

 

Risi e bisi

 

RISI E BISI
The Dish: Venetian neighbourhood tapas bar serving a selection of craft beer, cocktails and bar snacks in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere
Still Hungry for: BAMBOO CLAMS AGLIO OLIO, 72 HOUR SPARE RIB, OLD MAN NEGRONI COCKTAIL
The Skinny: Great craft beer selection, cocktails, and Venetian tapas
G/F, KAU U FONG, CENTRAL, +852 2824 3009, www.facebook.com/RisiEBisi.hk

 

town

 

TOWN
The Dish:  Chef Bryan Nagao brings innovative food using a fusion of classic and modern recipes in the chicly designed Town restaurant
Still Hungry for: SICILIAN RED PRAWN CARPACCIO, HOUSE MADE BLACK INK UDON WITH SPANISH PRAWN, BRYAN’S SUCKLING PIG
The Skinny:  Fine Dining, Inovative food in chic surroundings
10F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2568 8708, www.townrestauranthk.com

 

alchemy

 

ALECHEMY GASTRO LOUNGE
The Dish: French inspired lounge bar serving quality modern European food and cocktails in chic, beautifully designed surroundings
Still Hungry for: VENISON CARPACCIO, ROASTED CHICKEN & CURRED SEA SCALLOPS, SEARED BLACK PERCH, THE BUDDHA’S TEARS COCKTAIL
The Skinny:
Refreshing cocktails and quality ingredients in glamourous surroundings
G/F, 16 ARBOTHNOT ROAD, CENTRAL, 6821 2801
www.alchemy-concept.com

 

cali mex

 

CALI-MEX
The Dish: Made to order California-style Mexican fast food joint using quality imported ingredients from Australia, New Zealand and the USA
Still Hungry for: BAJA FISH SOFT SHELL TACOS, BARBACOA BEEF BURRITO, CHIPOTLE PULLED PORK QUESADILLA
The Skinny: 
Fresh, delicious California-style fast food at great value for money
71 Wellington Street, Central
G/F, 25 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Shop 25B, G/F, Hoi Kwong Court Block 2, 13-15 Hoi Kwong Street, Quarry Bay
http://cali-mex.com/

 

 

SICHUAN HOUSE
The Dish: Sichuan House presents the sizzling culture of Chengdu, Sichuan through the use of traditional spices, elegant decorations and the skillful cooking
Still Hungry for: MOUTH WATERING CHICKEN, FISH FILLETS IN HOT CHILI OIL, BASHU SPICY PRAWN
The Skinny: Authentic Sichuan food in modern surroundings at good value
7/F, M88, 2 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2521 6699, www.sichuanhouse.com.hk

 
 
Food Revolution

One hundred and seventy two years ago the British first hoisted the Union Jack above our rocky little outcrop in the South China Sea bringing an influx of bold young Brits trying to make their fortune out in the East.  A century and a half later, in 1997, we stood in Victoria Harbour waving goodbye as those Brits sailed off into the sunset on the Royal Yacht Britannia leaving a trail of empty gin bottles and cucumber sandwich crusts in their wake.  Or so we thought…

Seventeen years on, the Brits are back in full glory — from milliners who hat Ascot ladies to the owners of Prince Harry’s favourite nightclub, with purveyors of ditsy-floral tea towels in between. But, 2014’s biggest Brit takeover has been in the kitchen, a Brit bakeover if you will. So, today we’re off on a jolly jaunt around the city to take in what’s cooking in the Kong kitchens flying the Union Jack…

 

Tom Aikens

 

The Kitchen: The Pawn
The Brit: Tom Aikens
What’s Cooking? Much-adored restaurant and bar, The Pawn is upping the ante on its authentic British drinking and dining experience in collaboration with Tom Aikens, the UK’s youngest ever 2-Michelin starred Chef. Expect a total interior renovation of the historic building and rooftop, along with a mouthwatering new menu and a dual themed bar space. Although the restaurant won’t officially be open until next week, The Pawn has created a series of three short teaser movies to whet diner’s appetites.  The first and second videos have already been revealed and the final one can be found over via social media over the next week under the hashtag #imworththewait.

 

Rowley Leigh

 

The Kitchen: The Continental
The Brit: Rowley Leigh
What’s Cooking? Swire Hotels standalone flagship restaurant, The Continental, officially opened its gleaming doors in Pacific Place this month to rave reviews. The menu has been created by British Chef, Restaurateur and Food Writer Rowley Leigh and is based on the experience a diner would have in the grand cafés of Europe. Signature dishes include Griddled scallops with chestnut purée, shiso and lemon, Steamed grouper with clams and seaweed butter, Beef carpaccio with shaved Foie Gras, watercress, fig jam and sourdough toast, and Half rack of Australian lamb with black pepper and garlic. In Leigh’s own words “It’s a lot French, a little Italian and a British sensibility,” and from what we’ve heard, it’s set to be one of the hottest tables in town this autumn.

 

Gordon Ramsay

 

The Kitchen: Bread Street Kitchen & Bar
The Brit: Gordon Ramsay
What’s Cooking? A far cry from Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay was in town a few weeks ago to launch his first ever Hong Kong venture Bread Street Kitchen & Bar. This sparkling vintage-inspired brasserie overlooking Lan Kwai Fong serves up British classics with an Asian twist like Honey glazed beef short ribs with pomelos, scallions, and sesame seeds and Tamarind spiced chicken wings and features an interactive bar area where mixologists shake up custom cocktails to your taste.

 

Jamie Oliver

 

The Kitchen: Jamie’s Italian
The Brit: Jamie Oliver
What’s Cooking? After years of rumors and speculation, “The Naked Chef” and father of the UK’s food revolution has broken ground in Hong Kong with an outpost of his upbeat casual Jamie’s Italian in new foodie hotspot Soundwill Plaza in Causeway Bay.  Expect fresh family-style dishes, platters of cured meats, hearty homemade pastas with seasonal ingredients like pumpkin panzerotti and truffle tagliatelle and decadent desserts like the Epic Brownie with salted caramel gelato at incredibly reasonable prices.

 

Jason Atherton

 

The Kitchen: Aberdeen Street Social
The Brit: Jason Atherton
What’s Cooking? After winning the hearts of HK diners with his first two dining spots 22 Ships and Ham & Sherry, Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton opened his first signature restaurant Aberdeen Street Social this past summer. The sprawling duplex space in the PMQ with an outdoor terrace opening out onto a rare grassy lawn continues to surprise and delight with traditional British fare upstairs and craft cocktails, snacks and desserts downstairs. What unique culinary adventure Mr. Atherton will take HKers on next is anyone’s guess.

 
 
Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

Hungry for something exquisitely rare and mouthwateringly delicious? Welcome to Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival’s Opening Event, where fine wines, delectable dining experiences, live music and entertainment converge in our city for a four day gourmet extravaganza.  Kicking off this Thursday, October 30th at 8pm and running through Sunday, November 2nd next to the sparkling new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, the Wine & Dine Festival Opening Event will feature over 250 stalls dishing up everything from finger-licking good barbecue favourites to the best new boutique wines. Feast on wine pairing meals created by master chefs and attend wine appreciation classes with industry experts in The Tasting Room, savour award winning Chinese cuisine from HK’s 2014 Best of the Best Culinary Awards at the Best of the Best Corner, try signature dishes from the city’s premier hotels and restaurants, or just kick back with a glass of champagne in the alfresco dining areas and listen to ambient live music as the sun sets over the city. Cheers to a tantalizing weekend ahead!


Cheers to a tantalizing weekend ahead!

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2014
30 October 8pm to 11:30pm
31 October 4pm to 11:30pm
1 November noon to 11:30pm
2 November noon to 10:30pm

For further details, click here.
To view a map of the Festival location, click here.

 
 
Boqueria 2nd Anniversary

Get your belly ready for a taste of Barcelona and prepare your dancing shoes to step into the hottest hidden nightspots in Sevilla… Boqueria is turning 2 on Tuesday, October 28 (6-10pm) and you are invited to join in the fabulous fiesta! Expect giant dishes of sizzling freshly made paella, whole suckling pig, all your favourite tapas from croquetas to tortilla, Ibérico ham, free-flowing Cava and Sangría, live music, and more! Best of all, tickets are only HK$188 per person including unlimited food and drinks and 100% of ticket sales will be donated to incredible charity Foodlink Foundation, which fights hunger and poverty in Hong Kong. So grab your favourite amigos and vamanos a Boqueria for a caliente night of feasting, dancing and fun, with proceeds going to an amazing cause.

Tickets are available at: boqueria.eventbrite.hk

 
 
Italian Stallion

 

As far as you’re concerned, a great meal should always end with:
(a)   a smear of ketchup on one cheek and a free plastic toy;
(b)  descending on a plate of artfully arranged petit fours (you may have just feasted on twelve small but perfectly formed courses, but you’re still a little peckish); or
(c)   a red sauce spattered tablecloth strewn with half-sipped glasses of homemade Limoncello and shards of cracked nutshells.

Answered (a) or (b)? This post’s probably not for you.
Answered (c)? We think you may just be a foodie after our very own hearts, read on…

So now we’ve given away the ending, let’s rewind to the very beginning or just about the point where you’ve zipped up to the 9th floor of the LKF Tower and are hopping out of the lift with a rumbling tummy and an expectant spring in your step. Welcome to Carbone Hong Kong, it’s time to tuck in to a huge helping of New York-Italian fine dining brought piping hot from the kitchens of Greenwich Village to the very heart of Central.

 

Carbone 1

 

As you approach the candlelit concierge desk you’re met by an immaculately dressed, beaming hostess. Looking more fifties pin-up than door girl, she greets you like a long lost Italian cousin and suggests that maybe you’d like to start the evening with a pre-dinner drink. A nod later, and in a clatter of heels and a swoosh of a door, you’re whisked from the lobby to the gleaming dark wood bar for a peek at the drinks menu. Your eyes run down a list of old school cocktail classics and then right off the bottom of the page where, with a flash of déjà vu, you realize you’ve seen those black and white floor tiles before, just as the Godfather theme tune starts up in your head. A very smooth-mannered, white-jacketed Barman sidles over, and as you order up a Gibson (ice cold gin, vermouth and rosemary garnished with a pickled onion), you begin to ponder whether the lift was actually a time machine that whisked you back to New York City circa 1958.

 

Carbone 2

 

Before you’ve even finished that thought, a maroon dinner-jacketed Captain (who it later transpires, runs the joint) appears by your elbow. He raises an eyebrow and, with a twitch of his bowtie, bets you that you’ve never tasted a meatball even a quarter as good as the ones currently being cooked up in the kitchen. Never one to shy away from a good wager, you allow yourself to be shown to your table where in one smooth movement your Captain (“please, call me Louie!”) pulls out your red leather chair and presents you with a menu so super-sized that the rest of the room is momentarily obliterated.

 

Carbone 3

As you greedily eye your options from Caprese salad to baked clams, through to Linguine Vongole and Ribeye Diana, Frank Sinatra croons along in the background, another Gibson arrives, and you conclude that this may actually be heaven. And if it was, Louie would surely be the Angel Gabriel, because now he’s back bearing a plate draped with Parma ham and studded with hunks of parmesan, nestled next to a slice of the most ambrosial garlic bread topped with a melted cloak of cheese. And that’s just the New York-Italian equivalent of an Amuse-bouche.

 

Carbone 4

 

Nibbles inhaled, you’re floundering over the myriad of deliciousness confronting you on the menu until it’s Louie to the rescue once more, as he calls out a volley of his favourite dishes while simultaneously bantering with the Captain waiting on the next-door table. Deciding that you could do far worse than put your stomach’s fate in the capable of hands of Louie, you settle back in your seat and wait for the feast to commence.

 

Carbone 5

 

What follows is a procession of dishes waistband-bustingly abundant, and mind-blowingly great. Octopus Piazzaiolo is a tumble of buttery-soft chunks of charred octopus, sweet peppers and toasted croutons finished with a kiss of chili. The Caesar Salad comes with a side of food theatre courtesy of your Captain chopping anchovies, drizzling dressing and tossing salad leaves in a bowl on a tableside trolley. The pasta course is a masterpiece of two acts. The rich Spicy Rigatoni Vodka is a luxuriously unctuous opening, while the delicate Lobster Ravioli provides a lipsmacking finale.  But don’t consider it anywhere close to the curtain call just yet, next up are Mario’s Meatballs, which, after a single mouthful, render every superlative you’ve ever uttered far too lacking to disparage them with. Beckoning Louie over to happily concede that he won his bet, you goggle as you realize he’s laden down with your meat course. Luckily the Veal Parm’s more than worth undoing your top button for, we’re talking meltingly tender veal, crumbed and topped with herby tomato sauce and molten Parmesan – the stuff of a pizza-loving carnivore’s dreams.

 

Carbone 6

 

As you push your knife and fork together and consider waving your white napkin above your head in defeat, the Supremes’ Baby Love starts playing and a trolley piled high with a veritable sugar high of dessert glides into view. Because you strongly believe that a feast should close on a toothache-inducingly sweet note, you opt for a spoonful of everything and one more for luck. Carrot cake, tiramisu, lemon cheesecake and banana flambé – each more insanely indulgent than the last.

 

Carbone 7

 

Full, happy and a little tipsy, you’re delighted when Louie bowls back over wielding a nutcracker, with a bottle of homemade Limoncello under one arm and a basket of nuts under the other. As he shells you a heap of walnuts, pecans and hazlenuts, the afterdinner jokes roll and your Limoncello glass never seems to empty.

 

Carbone 8

 

Which, as the music fades and the candles begin to putter out, brings us right back to where we began.

The tables may be white-table cloth topped but they’re scrumpled and sauce-spattered. The Captains may be tuxedoed but they’re cheekier than your most entertaining Uncle. The food may be Michelin-star quality but its more comforting and scrumptious than your most treasured, time-honed family recipes. The end of a meal at Carbone feels all at once like a special occasion fine dining experience, and supper at home with your extended Italian-American family. And what more can you ask for than that?

Carbone
9/F, LKF Tower
33 Wyndham Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2593 2593
http://carbone.com.hk

 
 
IWC Invites You to Watches&Wonders…

IWC Schaffhausen cordially invites you to Watches&Wonders, the Asian Haute Horlogerie exhibition at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre between September 30 and October 2, 2014.

In order to attend the fair, we kindly invite you to collect your ticket by clicking this link.

An event not to be missed on the annual calendar, Watches&Wonders gathers the region’s most esteemed watch collectors and astute admirers of intricate mechanisms.

We look forward to welcoming you at the IWC booth where we invite you to be amongst the first to discover our new, elegant, and multifaceted Portofino Midsize watch collection.

 
 
On A Wynning Streak

Minutes from home, but miles away in terms of space, dining and tropical holiday ambience, a weekend in Macau is always a decadent and welcome treat. And even more so when that weekend happens to be at the ultra-luxurious, recently redesigned, surprisingly intimate Wynn Macau.  Want a little sneak peek at this newly nipped and tucked mega-star? Hop on the ferry and come with us on a fairytale weekend to a land not so far away…

 

Wynn 1

 

Saturday, 3pm – Checking-in: The Wynn Tower’s new one-bedroom suite takes our breath away with its giant living room, full wet bar, Nespresso machine, massage area, killer views, and a bathroom bigger than most HK apartments with a state of the art jacuzzi tub that fills up in seconds. It was love at first bubble!

 

Wynn 2

 

Saturday, 5pm – Some people go to Macau for the casinos, we go for the R & R! The Spa at Wynn’s signature “Silk & Cashmere Awakening” treatment, which includes a purifying exfoliation, a light massage using warm silk gloves, a deeper full-body massage with warmed lotus oil, and a cashmere infused silk body wrap sends us into a deep state of calm, erasing any traces of HK’s kinetic energy, and leaving us reenergized and ready for the night ahead. Really, how could Blackjack compete?!

 

Wynn 3

 

Saturday, 7:30pm – Shaken not stirred, stellar poolside cocktails at Cinnebar amidst the tropical breezes and azure waters make this truly feel like a holiday.

 

Wynn 4

 

Saturday, 8:30pm – We take our front row seats to one of the most spectacular water, music and light shows on the planet at the famous Il Teatro. The only thing that could compete with performance was the dazzling dishes coming out of the kitchen. The tasting menu to end all tasting menus started with perfectly grilled Lobster panzanella salad with avocado, before moving onto Black angel hair pasta with Sicilian red prawns, Pan-seared Queen Bay scallops with artichoke risotto, and Rigatoni al pomodoro with braised Kurobuta pork, and finishing with US prime beef tenderloin with braised beef short rib, and a crunchy hazelnut, ice-cream dessert.

 

Wynn 5

 

Saturday, 12midnight – We make Cinderella’s curfew and tuck in to our dream-like beds for a blissful night’s sleep.

 

Wynn 6

 

Sunday, 10am – After a royal lie-in, we make our way down to Café Esplanade for breakfast with a perfect pool view, before hitting the cabanas for a little sun and a good read!

 

Wynn 7

 

Sunday, 2pm – We say goodbye to our palace away from home and get ready to head back to the ferry and reality!

Guess you don’t always have to play the tables to Wynn…

 
 
The Daily Glow

Good morning sunshine! Feeling jet-lagged, overworked, partied out? We’re here with a little pick-me-up. Hong Kong’s top spas have upped the ante on their treatments offering more results-oriented, targeted services than ever before. From ultra-hydrating facials to pamper-packed pedicures to muscle melting massages, we have the inside scoop on where to glow next… 

 

1

 

Spa: CHUAN SPA
Treatment: TRAVELLER’S RETREAT
The luxurious 2-hour “Traveller’s Retreat” helps busy jetsetters get their glow back with a sea salt exfoliation complemented by Chuan 5 element oil to remove dead skin, followed by a Chuan signature massage to melt away tension and increase circulation. Rounding off the treatment is a moisturising facial utilizing Thalgo’s deep-sea marine algae extracts, which will banish all signs of jet lag and leave you luminous.  (120 minutes; HK$1,695, Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, +852 3552 3510)

 

2

 

Spa: SPA L’OCCITANE
Treatment: REVITALIZING AROMACHOLOGIE MASSAGE
A massage like you’ve never had before, this treatment is a journey through the most popular styles including Swedish effleurages, Balinese movements, and acupressure Lomi Lomi. A blend of mint, pine, and rosemary oil is used to stimulate meridians and release pent up energy from the body, leaving you feeling refreshed and fully recharged. (60 minutes; HK$900, Shop 3, Tower 2 StarCrest, 9 Star Street, Wanchai +852 2143 6288)

 

3

 

Spa: THE PENINSULA SPA
Treatment: A PARISIAN MORNING
Spend a respite retreat in your favourite European city, no passport required! To celebrate their first European outpost in Paris, The Peninsula Hong Kong is bringing all things French to their gorgeous harbour front spa. “A Parisian Morning” tantalizes taste buds with a classic French breakfast of petit déjeuner poolside, before moving on to a quintessentially European facial courtesy of ESPA. Your eyebrows are then treated to a tidy up and a complimentary ESPA Skin Radiance Gift Set is presented as a special gift to ensure you retain that ethereal je ne sais quoi. (60-minutes + poolside breakfast, HK$1,250, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong +852 2920 2888)

 

4

 

Spa: PLATEAU SPA
Treatment: CINETIC LIFT EXPERT MOISTURIZING TREATMENT
A true treat for women who like to go au natural, Plateau Spa’s Cinetic Lift Expert Moisturizing Facial is a two-in-one facial that deeply nourishes and moisturizes dry skin while contouring the face. A whole host of essential minerals are used to give skin a lasting dewy glow and a face massage further improves circulation. The result is younger looking skin with a noticeable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. (90 minutes; HK$1,600, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai +852 2588 1234)

 

5

 

Spa: THE LOFT BY THE NAIL LIBRARY
Treatment: PANPURI FOOT TREATMENT + PEDICURE
Put your best foot forward with The Nail Library’s lush Panpuri Foot Treatment and Pedicure. An herbal foot treatment consisting of tea tree extract, lemongrass, clay, and spices revives restless feet. Afterwards, enjoy a classic pedicure in one of their designer shades (think Tom Ford and YSL Autumn 2014) to add a splash of colour to your toes.  (120 minutes; HK$750, Level 2, 26 Cochrane Street, Central +852 2618 8623)

 

6

 

Spa: I-SPA
Treatment: COOLING AND SOOTHING
Beach boys and babes will love this specialty soothing and cooling skin treatment. Refresh, rehydrate and heal the skin with a Body Wrap of organic Rice Peptides, Buckwheat and White Clay. Next, either Grapefruit Peppermint or Cucumber Melon scented lotion is used in a heavenly body massage that enhances hydration and relaxation. (90 minutes; HK$1480, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui +852 2721 1211)

 

7

 

Spa: SENSE OF TOUCH
Treatment: COCONUT PARADISE
You’ll go coconuts for this healing and nourishing tropical treatment. The two-hour journey commences with a refreshing welcome drink and a foot ritual before a Balinese coconut scrub is applied to polish and smooth the skin.  Next, enjoy a relaxing full-body massage using organic coconut oil.  A delicious coconut sorbet rounds off the sweet experience. (120 minutes; HK$1,480, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, +852 2592 9668)

 
 
The Big Speakeasy

Can you keep a secret? Yes? Okay, we’re going to let you in on something really juicy…

A gentrification similar to that of Brooklyn in the early 2000s is happening in Hong Kong today in Kennedy Town, endearingly referred to as K-Town. So, what makes K-Town so special? Merely a few years ago, this part of the city was largely residential, with few dining options, and local dive bars. Fast forward to 2014, and you will find many of Hong Kong’s social mavens fluttering over to Kennedy Town, boasting about the newest, coolest, restaurant you simply have to check out.

 

MissyHo 1

 

The hotspot in question is Missy Ho’s on K-Town’s restaurant-lined Forbes Street, where restaurant giant Castelo Concepts has shed its clean cut, straight edged image (think Jaspas & Oolaa) and adopted a darker, funkier vibe. A non-descript single metal door acts as the entrance to this speakeasy-esque restaurant where high jinx and naughtiness are guaranteed. Expect swings, bartop dancers and a box of full of fancy dress outfits, plus scrumptious sushi whipped up by ex-Sushi O chef, Persi, to feed the fun.

 

MissyHo 2

 

We started with a light cucumber and radish salad, before tucking into vegetable tempura, miso cod tacos, and salmon and mango ceviche. Fusion-inspired sushi rolls, like the punchy wasabi-filled spicy salmon roll and the uniquely paired chicken and avocado roll were a surprising taste sensation. The signature wagyu sliders ended the meal on a hearty note.

 

MissyHo 3

 

We finished the night rather unconventionally with Missy Ho’s version of a digestif – which we will let you discover yourselves when you head down there… But let us advise you to do that soon – as a place this good won’t stay secret for too long!

Missy Ho’s
Shop G9, G/F, Sincere Western House
48 Forbes Street
Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
+852 2817 3808

 
 
Dining on the Scene with Hungry Hong Kong – August 2014

New DSTS columnist Daniel Haddad, instagram sensation @danielhungryhk and creator of the blog Hungry Hong Kong, has been eating his way through this town one mouthwatering bite at a time and is here to give us a taste of what’s fresh on the food scene. From a sizzling Japanese izakaya to a little slice of Paris in NoHo to a harbour front Italian stallion, get your chopsticks out and get ready to dig in to his pick of the Top 5 Tables to Try Now

 

AMAZAKE
The Dish: Japanese izakya and bar  serving great food for sharing and delicious cocktails in a trendy space in Central.
Still Hungry For: Amazake Sliders, Chicken Wings, Grandma’s Chicken Gyoza, Salmon Tartar Udon
The Skinny: Perfect spot for refreshing cocktails and sharing food with friends
G/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, +852 2537 7787 www.amazake.hk

 

COCOTTE
The Dish: A Parisian brasserie-inspired restaurant in the quaint neighbourhood of NoHo. Cocotte is the chic, relaxed and casual concept of French brothers Jonathan and Brice Moldovan. Designed as an intimate, vibrant space featuring eclectic wallpapers, mid-century lines and art deco curves.
Still Hungry For: Diver Scallops, Steak Tartare, Day Boat Dover Sole “Meuniere”
The Skinny: A chick Parisian Style brasserie ideal for date nights
9 Shin Hing Street, Central, +852 2568 8857, http://cocotte.hk

 

TORO STEAK HOUSE & GASTRO BAR
The Dish: Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval brings to Hong Kong his eclectic Pan Latin cuisine to Toro Steak House. Located on the Garden Rooftop, Civic Square at Elements, Toro offers two distinctive dining styles, the elegant steak house upstairs and the casual gastro bar with its al fresco section, downstairs.
Still Hungry for: Crusted Sea Scallops, Carne Asada Tacos, Pasture Fed T-Bone Steak
The Skinny: A delicious Steak House with prime cuts of meat with a South American flare
Shop R008, Rooftop Garden, Civic Square, 3/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, +852 2696 9608
www.diningconcepts.com/toro/index.php

 

NAKED – GURUME GYARARI
The Dish: Japanese influenced fusion tapas restaurant as well as an art gallery side by side serving innovative dishes that are beautifully presented
Still Hungry for: Tuna Tartare, Toro Y 48 Months Iberico Ham Wrap, Uni & Quinoa Pasta
The Skinny: Great spot for a unique and innovative take on Japanese cuisine
1/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, +852 2363 7299
www.naked.com.hk/

 

LA LOCANDA
The Dish: Acclaimed Italian chef Giancarlo Perbellini introduces an authentic journey into the tastes of classic Italian cuisine with the introduction of La Locanda to the Hong Kong dining scene.
Still Hungry For: Tartare Di Manzo, Maialino, Filetto Alla Rossini
The Skinny: Perfect for authentic Italian cuisine with a spacious outdoor bar area
Shop 402, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2785 9600
www.diningconcepts.com/LaLocanda/

 
 
Little Black Beauty Book

So far this summer you’ve been looking hot… Really, really hot… Unfortunately, it’s been a red-faced, sun-frazzled, sweaty sort of hot as opposed to the bikini-buff, glossy-haired, supermodel sort.  But while you’ve been loudly cursing the 99.99% humidity and the pavement-meltingly hot temperatures to anyone who’ll listen, we’ve been methodically drawing up the DSTS Hong Kong Little Black Book of warm weather beauty magicians. And because we wholeheartedly support a pretty city, we’re willing to share the 852… So, rolodexes at the ready, here are the only beauty saviours you’ll need programmed into your speed dial this summer…

 

Beauty 1

 

Discovery by Ybera at Glow with Ceri Silk
All this heat and humidity coupled with those regular saltwater dunkings mean that your summer hair is much more no-no than boho. But, step away from the sunhat! That floppy brim’s fooling no one, it’s time to deal with your ‘mare of a mane head on. Luckily the only thing standing between you and glossy, frizz-free, Aniston-esque hair is just a couple of hours in a plush salon chair at Glow with Ceri Silk. Don your best turban and scuttle down the escalator to this petite but perfectly formed spa and salon where the Glow girls wait, ready to whip your tresses into shape care of the Ybera Discovery smoothing and straightening treatment. Discovery is a 100% formaldehyde-free treatment that promises to combat frizz and give mirror-like shine for up to three months as well as delivering much straighter, smoother, healthier hair. Unlike other smoothing treatments, there are no harsh chemicals involved, and the more rounds of treatments you have, the more the swishy superstar hair effects are amplified. Out and out hair heroics.  (9/F, Parker House, 72 Queen’s Road Central, +852 2525 5198)

 

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OzTan at the SkinGym
It’s a well-known beauty truth that we all look sleeker, slimmer and chicer with a little colour. But, as much as you love your limbs to be caramel-hued, you know that cooking yourself on the beach will only mean wrinkles and skin damage once that golden tan fades.  So what’s a sun-savvy girl to do but fake it? For the very best faux glow in town, head to the Skin Gym where the perfect shade of lightly toasted comes courtesy of Oztan – an Aussie spraytan free of alcohol, parabens and synthetic fragrance. Hitting the bottle never left you looking so fab! (21/F, Room 6, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, +852 2810 8088)

 

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Betty at the Mandarin Oriental Spa
Betty is to waxing what those red sailed junks are to Victoria Harbour – nothing short of a Hong Kong institution. Having clocked up over two decades at the Mandarin Oriental Spa, it would probably be quicker for the legendary waxing maven to make a list of the Hong Kongers she hasn’t gotten beach ready over her career. Quick, no-nonsense and genuinely virtually pain-free, just make sure you nab your appointment well in advance, Betty’s understandably more popular than Harry Styles. Wax on, wax off! (24/F, 5 Connaught Road Central, +852 2825 4800)

 

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Lash Extensions at Novalash
Mascara + HK summers = Panda-monium. So it’s just basic beauty maths to put your mascara wand into hibernation for a few months come spring. Fear not though, we’re not suggesting you leave your lashes lacking in lustre as the heat soars. Instead get booked in for a bit of a Bambi-boost via a set of lash extensions from Novalash. If false lashes sound like a Priscilla Queen of the Dessert step too far, think again. Novalash’s extensions are fluttery, flirty and eminently natural looking, basically your own lashes on steroids. Unlike less-salubrious lash extension joints, Novalash kicks off your treatment with a one-to-one consultation to get the skinny on the look you’re after, before tucking you into a cloud-like reclining chair and painstakingly gluing only one falsie per natural lash. The results? Lashing of lush lashes that really last.  (10/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, +852 2536 0998)

 

Beauty 5

 

Workouts with Bikini Fit
Resigned yourself to spending the remainder of the summer in a burka rather than a bikini because that bulge just won’t budge? Well we’ve got news for you – your fairy godmother’s just arrived and declared that you will go to the beach!  All you have to do? Get yourself signed up to the brand new 4-week all-female Bikini Fit program kicking off in Kowloon Park on 11th August. Six bootcamp style, outdoor work-outs a week, nutrition and lifestyle workshops and 1:1 consultations with the team of trainers may be a little more hard work than a flick of a magic wand, but the results are guaranteed to be much longer lasting than a pair of glass slippers… Abs-racadbra! (http://bikinifit.com.hk)

 

Beauty 6

 

Nails at the Loft by the Nail Library
Socks be gone, gloves off – it’s sandal season and there’s no room for gnarly trotters or unkempt mitts. Top of the talon tamers? The Loft by the Nail Library -baby sister to the ever-packed Sheung Wan boutique nail hot spot. Perched prettily on the escalators, you’re guaranteed a nice side of people watching with your mani pedi along with all the latest issues of every magazine you can name and a couple of glasses of bubbly. Choose from a veritable rainbow of premium nail colours from Marc Jacobs to Tom Ford and Chanel to Dolce & Gabanna. No excuse not to nail it now. (2/F, 26 Cochrane Street, +852 2618 8623)

 

Beauty 7

 

Blowouts at Airplay
Got caught in a summer downpour? Dripped on by a leaky aircon unit? Or just need your tresses pinned up off your neck and into something suitably Grecian Goddess (matching your hair to your Ancient Greek sandals is so 2014). Zip out of the sun and into the salon for a quick hair pick-me-up at Airplay Blowdry Bar. Whether you’re after beachy mermaid waves or a sleek chignon, with just a blast of the blowdryer and a flick of their combs, the Airplay crew will answer all your hair prayers and have you summer soiree ready.  (7/f, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, +852 2641 9888)

 
 
#HKSUMMERSCENE Photo Contest

From the kitchens of the city’s best new restaurants to the private showrooms of HK’s top local designers, we have been receiving incredible feedback and photos of style-setters, chefs and iconic personalities around town who don’t leave home without their Summer on the Scene guides. We would love to see where your summer guide takes you and have rounded up some amazing prizes to entice you to post, like and share your pics of the best of summer in Hong Kong.

To enter to win our “Where will your summer guide take you?” Contest all you have to do is follow us on Instagram @dimsumgirls and hashtag your summer photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #HKSUMMERSCENE. Start snapping and we’ll choose one winner each week to win scrumptious summer experiences like brunch at Boqueria, dinner at LUPA, show tickets to see MAMMA MIA!, a cleanse from the new Genie Juicery in IFC, gorgeous swimwear from Sheer, a MISCHA Jet Set Tote, and more!

Just when you thought this summer couldn’t get any hotter…

 
 
Restaurant Week Exclusive Access

TODAY is the final day to access the Hong Kong Restaurant Week reservations system before it opens to the public! This worldwide foodie extravaganza is set to launch its 7th edition in Hong Kong, August 1 – 10, 2014, featuring many new hotspots, some tried and true favourites and even a few Michelin stars. It’s time to embrace this rare opportunity to make online reservations at the town’s top tables and feast on a sublime three-course menu, starting from just HK$158 for lunch and HK$328 for dinner, including a mouthwatering appetizer, entrée and dessert!

For Exclusive Priority Access to the reservations system, please click here and enter the Secret Code: DSTSFIRST

 
 
Exclusive Reader Contest: Charlotte Olympia “Shanghai Express”

All aboard! Ride with us into 1920’s Shanghai, where a bygone age of glamour has inspired a whole new era of distinctly modern designs. Fabulous footwear and accessories brand Charlotte Olympia is launching its whimsically oriental “Shanghai Express” Autumn 2014 Collections this week and you’re invited to celebrate with an exclusive shoe giveaway contest.

Head on down to Chinatown! Leap back in time with Crouching Tiger flats or Hidden Dragon heels in imperial silk satins, or sparkle in the city in Take Me Away box bags, Swarovski crystal-adorned China Town pumps and much more from the new season collections.

There’s no business like shoe business! Glide through your working day with Charlotte Olympia’s brand new ’9 till 5’ collection of classic silhouettes in various heel heights. Each pair is teamed with matching coloured stockings and comes in a briefcase-inspired shoebox designed to sit neatly and discreetly under your desk!

Next stop, Hollywood! Later this summer, make your silver screen debut with Charlotte Olympia’s first ever collection of leather handbags in lipstick shades of luxurious leather, black alligator or leopard pony skin, and elegant timeless designs that nod to old Hollywood glamour.

Ready to jump on board? Enter to win a pair of stunning Charlotte Olympia shoes! To WIN, email contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk and let us know, “Why you love to dress from the feet up”. Two lucky readers will win a chance to attend to the new collection private preview party and one lucky reader will win a pair of Charlotte Olympia’s signature Kitty Flats (valued at HK$6800).

Last stop, Charlotte Olympia! Shop 221, 2/F, Landmark Atrium, Central, +852 2142 9008

 
 
Beef & Liberty

When it comes to the better things in life, you’re a big believer in “go hard, or go home”.

If you’re going to shop on net-a-porter, you may as well spread the shipping cost over as many beautiful things as your credit card can stand – it’s just basic fashion economics, right?

If you’re going to go out with the girls on a school night, why stop at couple of glasses of wine and a light head the next day? You may as well go the whole hog, bring on the Margaritas and get a fabulous Instagram-worthy snap of your dance floor take-over.

And if you’re going to eat a burger, well hell, why not have one that is juicy, beefy, smoky and downright delicious paired with a bourbon-spiked milkshake and a skillet-baked choc-chip cookie on the side?

So, when the burger urge next strikes, and you’re in an all out frame of mind, mosey on down to Admiralty and the very best place for a full on burger blow out – Beef & Liberty.

The backdrop for your yum in a bun feast? Step-up the chicest burger joint in town – think high-ceilinged industrial cool, cosy moss-green leather booths, floor to ceiling windows and a huge and funky custom made Cyrcle wall mural. As you step out of the lift on the second floor, you’re greeted by a good looking, well-stocked bar, spot-lit by exposed lightbulbs.  It would be considered rude not to  say hi to the barmen and order in one of their mind-blowingly good cocktails – a Rosemary Pisco Sour tends to get proceedings started on the right note.

Cocktail sunk? Time to breeze past the army of patty magicians cooking up a storm in the big glass cube of a kitchen and get down to the serious business of eating.  Appetizers come in the form of deep fried pickles and chicken wings, but let’s not beat around the bun here, it’s the beef you’re interested in.

Beef & Liberty serves only hormone-free, grass-fed meat from Tasmania’s Cape Grim, which, contrary to the image the name may conjure, has the cleanest air in the world. Big tick! But how does it taste? We’re going to go out on a limb here and say better than any burger we’ve eaten anywhere else in the city. Juicy, flavoursome, perfectly cooked patties in a freshly baked, super soft sour dough bun (or, if you’re gluten-free order up the burger in a bowl and swap the bun for greenery). Keep it classic, or pimp your patty with cheese, black pepper, bacon or green chilli, and if beef’s not your bag, there’s also lamb, chicken or falafel. In short, these are banging burgers!

But the awesomeness doesn’t stop there. With a whole section of the menu devoted to spiked shakes, you may as well make it a total alcoholic, calorie-fest by washing all that beefy goodness down with a fabulously boozy milkshake. Our top pick is the Grandma’s Tipple – bourbon, caramel syrup and vanilla ice-cream – no wonder Granny loves it.

And then it’s time to roll out the big guns. Yup – it’s warm, skillet-baked, choc chip cookie and cream time… Save your white flags, we don’t care how full you are, this soft, gooey-centred, chocolately bad boy is a must. And, when the man with the jug of decadent cream comes over and tells you to let him know when to stop, you may finally be rendered speechless all together.

Beef & Liberty
2/F, 23 Wing Fung St
Wan Chai
+852 2811 3009
www.beef-liberty.com

 
 
Talk of the Town

It was not too long ago that we – the fickle inhabitants of Hong Kong – were complaining about the lack of new restaurants in the city. Then, in 2013, our persistent pining for new places was answered by a slew of new dining spots popping up all over town. Overnight, we went from ‘there are no choices’ to ‘oh, it’s just another restaurant opening’. We are indeed a jaded bunch. So why get excited about the newest restaurant to open its doors in HK? Well, for one, it’s not just any restaurant: it’s Jason Atherton’s Aberdeen Street Social.

 

Jason Atherton is no stranger to Hong Kong, with his hot tapas spots 22 Ships and Ham & Sherry dishing out decadent small plates to lines of devoted foodies every night of the week. However, Aberdeen Street Social seems slightly more personal as it is not only a replica of his critically acclaimed Pollen Street Social in London, but is also the first authentic extension of his brand to Hong Kong.

 

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As the headlining act for the newly refurbished Police Married Quarters (PMQ), Aberdeen Street Social does not disappoint. The two-story establishment features a small alfresco section with several tables looking out on to a grassy lawn, perfect for breezy weekend brunches. This sense of airiness extends indoors into the bar area, with generously spaced tables and high ceilings. Happy hour thus takes on a more civilized and enjoyable form where creative cocktails such as the refreshing green pea based “Pea-lini” and the tequila-based “Rhubarbaloma” can be enjoyed along with deliciously light snacks like Flatbread Pizzas, Salt and Pepper Squid, Pulled Pork Empanadas and Goat Cheese Churros with Truffle Honey.

 

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The more formal dining room on the second floor is where epicureans can enjoy the avant-garde fare Atherton is known for. Inspired by British gastropub food, ingredients such as black pudding, Suffolk pork, and roasted bone marrow are featured in some of its star dishes, like the the Braised Ox Cheek with Roasted Bone Marrow, Sourdough Crumb, Carrot and Horseradish Mash and the Ravioli of Suffolk Pork, Berkswell Cheese, Peppered Hearts and Kidneys.

 

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For those who are less adventurous with their food, accessible ingredients such as sea bass, scallops, and lobster are also on offer. Chef Atherton’s take on the BLT, aptly called the “CLT” (crab, lettuce, and tomato) is a must-try, and his roasted Bream with Bouillabaisse, Saffron Aioli, and Provencal Vegetables is an example of how stunning simply cooked food can be. The desserts verge on the playful and experimental side with the Madras-curry-based “Jaal 75%” made with Chocolate, banana, and calamansi giving our taste buds a pleasantly surprising shock.

 

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Ready for a little more? Take home a taste of the experience at “Sweet Social” which has already become a favourite for freshly baked, decadently delicious cookies, pastries and treats.

 

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Whether it’s a Lobster Benedict brunch, a creative cocktail-filled happy hour or a divine 7-coure dinner, we have a feeling you’ll soon find yourself nibbling your way through the contemporary British menu at this dual-level bar and dining space, which thankfully doesn’t come with a helping of soggy British “summer” weather.

Aberdeen Street Social
PMQ
35 Aberdeen Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2866 0300
www.aberdeenstreetsocial.hk

 
 
A Secret Rooftop Pool Just For You!

You’re not trying to brag but you’ve kind of got this city all figured out… You know the back entrances (not to mention doorman’s names) at all the speakeasies in town, the hidden shops where designer brands are on perma sample sale, and the right alleyways to find sizzling char siu at any time of day or night…   But did you know that there’s a secret rooftop pool in the heart of CWB, which can be rented out for the exclusive use of you and your entourage all summer long?

Tucked away on the 28th floor of the Crowne Plaza hotel is one of the most glam pools and rooftop lounges in the city. And they’re taking reservations for private parties. Starting now.

Gather 30 of your closest compadres and get ready for a sunset splasher like never before.  You and each of your guests will receive a welcome cocktail to kick off the festivities, free-flowing beer, house red and white wine, juice, soft drinks, and unlimited canapés for two hours. They’ll also provide a lifeguard, fluffy towels and lounge chairs, all for just HK$680 per person. Prefer to party like a rock star? Bring more than 80 guests and they’ll throw in vodka, champagne, jello shots and full use of the indoor Club @28 bar and lounge too!  Book before 30 June and receive a 10% discount for Friday and Saturday nights and a 15% discount Sunday through Thursday.  Contact: +852 3980 3398 or sales@cphongkong.com

The secret’s out, summer’s arrived. It’s time to make a splash.

 
 
Nice Buns!

You like to think of yourself as something of a dim sum connoisseur. You’ve eaten sui mai served from a trolley in a chatter-filled, stadium-sized room. You’ve done chopstick battle over the last xiao long bao in a birdcage-bedecked nightclub. You’ve compared the Michelin starred dumplings served up in a 5 star hotel with those being chucked out of the kitchen in deepest, darkest Sham Shui Po alleyways. You’ve even gotten to quite enjoy chicken’s feet (ok, make that tolerate…). But, have you ever had dim sum with a twist of ooh la la? How about a fast food char sui bun? Well then, it’s high time you grabbed your chopsticks and skipped along Cat Street to sample the modern dim sum being dished up at Man Mo Café

 

If you think modern dim sum sounds like it has the potential to be very, very bad, we’re with you. So often “innovative” twists on classics aren’t nearly as clever as they think they are. Take comfort though in Man Mo Café’s serious chef cache. We can assure you that bringing together Robuchon and Din Tai Fung alumni, does not result in clichéd kitschy fusion food but total dim sum genius.

 

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Set amongst the bustle of Cat Street, Man Mo stands out as a beacon of white modernity with a large terrace allowing diners to spill out onto the pavement. The décor is almost Scandanavian in its clean, sleek simplicity – all the better not to detract from the little bites of bliss that await you.

 

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So what should you be ordering? Well, we genuinely couldn’t call a bad dish on the Man Mo menu, but ranking amongst our favourites would be: the Burgerbun (a beefy version of a BBQ Pork Bun that comes with its very own mini, squeezy bottle of special burger sauce), the truffle brie dumplings and the foie gras xiao long bao (the latter were so stand out incredible that we ordered them twice). The tea-based cocktails also deserve a special mention, particularly the mint tea ManMojito, which comes hot or cold so you should really sample both versions just as an experiment…

 

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Finishing up on a sweet note, the desserts continue in the East meets West awesome vein. No one should leave without trying the nutella balls – sesame spheres filled with a burst of molten hazlenutty chocolate.

 

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We defy anyone from a dim sum connoisseur to a dim sum newbie not to love Man Mo Café but in sad news, not a chicken’s foot in sight… (phew!)

Man Mo Café
40 Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street)
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852 2644 5644
www.facebook.com/manmocafe

 
 
Eat Your Art Out

Like your cocktails with a squeeze of Kaws, your bread roll with a bit of Banksy and your supper with a side of street art?

It’s official: art and food is colliding into a beautiful partnership in Hong Kong. Joining the ranks of Paris, New York and London, the newly opened Bibo tucked away on the corner of Hollywood Road and Ladder Street is giving the general public a sensory indulgence. Our experience began before we even walked in to the venue, as a sharply dressed doorman in a black suit let us in through a matted golden door, by pressing a button, much like those found on an old school train in Europe. We are then welcomed by a hostess, elegantly decked out in a black lace sheath dress, before walking down a set of slightly rugged stairs down to the restaurant.

 

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Upon entering, we are immediately greeted by the friendly faces at the bar, which is a gentle extension of the train theme we encountered at the door. The artsy-ness of the spot begins to creep in, as all walls are decorated with graffiti, sculptures, or paintings. The restaurant itself is a creatively designed space that is much like an artist’s studio. Walls decorated with graffiti similar to those found in New York subway stations are juxtaposed with art courtesy of Basquiat, Hirst, Koons, Murakami and Banksy. Though art is meant to be subjective, the floor-to-ceiling sized collapsed bear sculpture commands everyone’s attention, and can easily be considered the centerpiece of the place.

 

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Though Bibo is first and foremost a restaurant headed by Michelin-trained Chef Mutaro Balde, the place is fast becoming a hip hangout where digestifs are enjoyed by all. Conceptualised by veteran mixologist, Alexander Chatte, all the drinks at the bar boast an old-school 1930s flair. We love that Bibo only uses premium liquor, giving cocktail enthusiasts the option to select which brand of liquor they would like in their drinks. The dapper bartender straight out of a speakeasy then whips up the drink with skill, precision, and attention. The finished product is presented in beautiful vintage handcrafted glassware from the early 1900s. The slight heaviness of the glass makes the experience of having a cocktail all the more sophisticated than, say, ordering a drink at your typical bar on Wyndham Street. Cocktails on the must try list include the signature 5 Spice Powder, served in a miso cup, and made with sake infused shiso, St. Germain liqueur, lemon juice, five spice melon juice, cherry bitters and topped with soda water and the Midnight Diamond, a mix of Boomsma Jonge Genever Gin, Dolin Dry Vermouth, truffle infused absinthe, lime juice and sugar.

 

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While dinner is undoubtedly a decadent treat, we love lunching at Bibo, where Chef Balde tantalizes diners with a sampling of dishes from his repertoire and the adjacent Cat Street is filled with old school artists and street vendors peddling their wares. The lunch menu is omnivore and carnivore friendly, with dishes such as the 63-degree egg with asparagus and the mushroom risotto satisfying vegetarians, while a stylishly executed take on steak and potatoes is on offer for meat lovers. Don’t skip out early, as you’ll miss the yummy petit fours and chocolates that come after the meal. Our favurites were the gold-dusted chocolates – a burst of caramel deliciousness to end the meal on a perfect note.

 

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Since it has opened, Bibo has become a social epicentre for the creative industry. Whether you’re a foodie, and art aficionado, or someone simply looking to shake up your liquid diet, Bibo is a place that can make you feel at home. Their friendly staff embody the soul of the place, where individuality and creativity is celebrated, and no judgments are passed. Whatever your reason is for going to Bibo, you will leave with a well-stuffed tummy and a culturally sated mind.

Bibo
163 Hollywood Road
Sheung Wan
+852 2956 3188
www.bibo.hk

 
 
Meet Ferran Adria

Get your appetite ready for the foodie event of the season! On June 16, elBulli’s legendary Chef Ferran Adria will be coming to town to reveal his new 7-volume book set elBulli 2005-2011 to Hong Kong and Dim Sum & Then Some has passes to get you front and center with one of the world’s greatest ever culinary masterminds!

elBulli 2005-2011 is a journey inside the creative process of Ferran Adria and the chance to uncover the secrets of the world’s most innovative kitchens. With one volume for each of the seven seasons the restaurant was open between 2005 and 2011, the collection features over 750 detailed recipes created during the period with beautiful colour photographs and texts written, edited and extensively tested by Ferran and his team. (Phaidon Press, Price: HK$5,100)  

The event will be an intimate discussion with Mr. Adria hosted by Chef David Lai of Bistronomique, Susan Jung of SCMP and Fergus Fung and Samanta Pong of WOM Guide. **Mention “DSTS” when you register online and you will have the chance to win front row seats at the talk, plus a free pass to the front of the line for the book signing (spaces are limited).

A Conversation with Ferran Adria
June 16, 2014, 4 – 5:30pm
KELLY & WALSH
Shop 204, Pacific Place, Admiralty
Tickets: HK$200 (redeemable for a HK$300 credit)
Available at: http://www.kellyandwalsh.com/FerranAdria.asp

 
 
Hector Romero & Paolo Rocco at Ozone

You’ve sipped at Sky Bar in Bangkok, cocktailed at Vue in Shanghai and splashed out at The Gansevoort in NYC… You may not know it yet, but this weekend you’re set to take your rooftop partying prowess to a whole new level.  On Saturday, May 24, from 10pm onwards, OZONE and U Entertainment will present two of the world best DJs, Hector Romero (NYC) and Paolo Rocco (Canada), who will be flying in especially to rock OZONE’s sky-high dance floor in a party not to be missed! Step out on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and let these music legends take your night on a wild ride with an amped up sound system, video and light projections, live performers, giveaways, icy cool cocktails and panoramic views of the city skyline.

No matter how your week started, you’ll be on top of the world on Saturday night!

Tickets: HK$250 pre-sale on Eventbrite, HK$300 at the door
Further details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/236405309878566/
For a sneak preview of the party: click here

 
 
Grand Slam

Ping Pong 129 Heats Up Sai Ying Pun

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will no doubt have been exposed to – or perhaps even partaken in – Hong Kong’s perpetual rat race to find the newest hot spot in town. It is no secret that everyone who lives here feels that never ending itch to discover places before the masses, and the hip area of Sai Ying Pun is a gold mine waiting to be unearthed. If you are someone who takes pride in being a ‘pioneer’ in your social circle, then you will no doubt have found yourself sipping a fashionably delectable Gin and Tonic at Ping Pong 129 Gintonería, Sai Ying Pun’s newest kid on the block.

 

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Hidden behind an ominous-looking red door, Ping Pong 129 is well-hidden on the fairly local Second Street. However, the hustle-and-bustle of the street disappears when you enter and walk down a flight of stairs, which leads to one of the chicest lounges ever to grace Hong Kong. Modeled after what can be described as an eccentric bachelor pad living room, leather couches and arm chairs are scattered across rug-draped floors, while pop art celebrating Hong Kong hangs on the outstretched walls courtesy of the high ceilings. The bar features a green shelf stocked with liquor, and a red lit-up neon sign with Chinese characters which we were told translates to “Train Your Body”. Despite the modern touches that the new owners have given to the space, glimpses of its former life as a ping pong studio can be seen through the vintage tiles, airy windows, and railings from game days gone by.

 

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The wonderful thing about Ping Pong 129 is that the drinks and food do not disappoint. A lengthy wine menu featuring wines from different regions in Spain will satisfy after-work sophisticates looking to relax, while an inventive gin-centric cocktail menu with a dedicated ‘Spanish’ and ‘International’ gin section will transition partygoers into the night. A selection of Spanish beers hailing from various regions from Ibiza to Galicia are also on offer. The food menu is still undergoing a trial period given that Ping Pong 129 very recently opened, however, we had the chance to indulge in a charcuterie platter consisting of the finest jamón from Spain, a manchego platter, croquetas, and battered Padrón peppers. The one thing we could not get enough of was the simply executed romesco sauce with toasted bread ‘chips’, which we highly recommend you try if it’s available!

 

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If you have yet to explore this new gem in Sai Ying Pun, we recommend you get yourself there stat! A place as cool as Ping Pong 129 commands a following, and you want to make sure that you get there in time for a table… you know, before everyone from Central sets up shop here.

Ping Pong 129 Gintonería 
129 Second St, Nam Cheong House
Sai Ying Pun
+852 9158 1584
www.pingpong129.com

 
 
Absolut Art Bar

Are the endless gray skies, stormy squalls and torrential rain starting to feel a bit apocalyptic? Hong Kong artist Nadim Abbas couldn’t agree more and has designed the ultimate uber-cool space for you to weather the storm in style. Opening its iron-clad doors just in time for Art Basel, the 2014 pop-up Absolut Art Bar is entitled “Apocalypse Postponed” and will be set in a post-apocalyptic bunker in the heart of Causeway Bay. A series of guest DJs, live music, screenings and dance performances, including the legendary electronic group Silver Apples, post-punk rockers Re-TROS, guitarist Li Jianhong, and local talents Atomic Bubbles, Meta Fog, Stoic Strangers and Pando’s People will be hitting the stage each evening, as Absolut’s bartenders mix up lethal cocktails set to have some seriously catastrophic consequences on your decision making and destroy any hopes you had for an early bedtime…

The Absolut Art Bar will be open to the public, every evening during Art Basel and entry is complimentary.

A night of lethal cocktails and psychedelic dreams awaits!

Absolut Art Bar 
Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, Midtown POP, 17/F
1 & 29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
13 – 17 May, 5pm – 2am (open to the public except during select private events)

 
 
Something to Sing About

You’ve heard of Sir David Tang’s latest fashion and lifestyle boutique, of course you have – Kate Moss was over to open the store and you’re a huge fan of David T’s signature mod Chinese-chic style. Your only issue? You’re having trouble with that Tang-tastic moniker… How exactly are you supposed to name drop the chicest shopping spot in Wanchai when you’re not quite sure you’re saying it right? The Tang-twister we’re referring to? Tang Tang Tang Tang of course – the name of Shanghai Tang’s brand new little sister. As always, we’re here to save the day and let you into a clever pronunciation secret that’ll be sure to save your blushes next time you’re doling out hot tips to all your fashionista friends…

Ok – hum the opening bars to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (if you’re more culturally challenged than Paris Hilton, we suggest you get your Google on…). Now rather than humming, sing Tang Tang Tang Tang.

Got it? Good.

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Now flag down a little red cab, hop in and sing it to the driver. Getting blank looks? Sorry, we couldn’t resist! Better tell him 66, Johnston Road, Wanchai instead. He’ll dispatch you right outside the big cream Tong Lau that houses gastropub gem, the Pawn. Don’t skip up the stairs just yet though, because the ground floor of that very same building is now also home to Tang Tang Tang Tang.

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And when we say home, we mean a far more chic, less pink, grown-up equivalent of the Barbie Dream Home. Tang Tang Tang Tang is laid out like a Utopian Hong Kong apartment complete with hand-painted silk wallpaper and marble in abundance. This is the sort of abode where you can imagine Marilyn soaking in the roll top bath while Fan Bingbing hosts a dim sum feast around the dining table and Dita Von Teese slinks through the dressing room to the bedroom in something small and silky.

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Each room is stocked from checkered-floor to ridiculously lofty ceiling with a myriad of fashion and lifestyle luxe that you absolutely know will make your life immeasurably better if you just snap it up immediately. Think monogrammed pouches (very Goyard), fine bone china (very Hermes) and the most elegant Chinese zodiac silk pyjamas you’ve ever seen. Best of all TTTT (come on, Beethoven or no Beethoven, that’s much more man

 
 
MAYYA Movement

Ever since the female focused Intelligence Squared Debate a few weeks ago, the topic of women who are balancing a career and family has been hot on the lips of savvy ladies about town. The next big women’s event to hit the scene will educate and inspire women to make their own health and wellness of mind, body and spirit the most important priority of all…

MAYYA Movement, started by HK health and wellness guru Nealy Fischer, exclusively invites Dim Sum & Then Some readers to “24-Hour Wellness Transformation” a revolutionary lifestyle retreat in the heart of HK. Held at W Hong Kong on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May, this event will be a cross between an educational conference and a holistic health retreat featuring a hand picked selection of the world’s most preeminent nutrition, health and wellness experts who are flying in from around the globe, along with cutting edge fitness classes, delicious homemade healthy food, and tips for how to take all this goodness back into your day to day life. The panel of experts includes Dr. Mark Hyman, acclaimed U.S. author, Chair of the Institute for Functional Medicine and Medical Editor of the Huffington Post, Lauren Zander, Life Coach and Founder of Handel Method, Physique 57, celebrity endorsed top rated Barre Workout from New York and LA, and many more. In the spirit of helping women, MAYYA Movement will donate all proceeds to Hong Kong-based charity the Karen Leung Foundation, dedicated to the prevention and treatment of gynecological cancers.

For a video preview of the “24-Hour Wellness Transformation” please click here. To enquire about tickets and availability, please email: team@mayyamovement.com

A full day and night dedicated to “living your best life” is just around the corner. It’s the next best thing to having Oprah in your living room!

 
 
Luxarity Collect Events

You’ve always justified your (ahem, compulsive) shopping habit as helping the world economy. Now you can put all those sample sale impulse buys towards an ACTUAL good cause (not that economists the world over are not thanking you already).  Please open up your overflowing wardrobe and your very kind heart at THE LUXARITY COLLECT EVENTSLUXARITY will be collecting new and gently used designer clothing, shoes and bags to be re-sold at a Designer Charity Sale in April 2014. Drop your designer donations at KEE Club, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central this Wednesday, April 9 between 10am – 4pm. If you have 5 or more pieces to donate, you may contact the LUXARITY Limo at info@luxarity.org for a home or office pick-up.

Join us to help make a positive difference! 50% of proceeds from the Designer Charity Sale will build homes in the Philippines for victims of Typhoon Haiyan and 50% will go toward educational charities in Hong Kong. Plus, as a LUXARITY donor, you will receive preview access and special discounts at the Designer Charity Sale, featuring pieces from the enviable wardrobes of some of HK’s top models, socialites and celebs.

Start your spring cleaning and have the chance to give back to those who need it most!

 
 
DSTS 7th Anniversary Party

Dim Sum & Then Some is turning 7 the weekend of the Sevens! Join us for our “Seventh Heaven” Anniversary Party on Saturday, March 29 at KEE Club. A magical evening of celebrations in our ethereal Garden of Eden awaits… sip on forbidden fruit libations, embrace scent-sational surprises from Penhaligon’s, be captivated by sultry songstress Gigi Marentette and unleash your wild side to bongo beats and DJ sounds. Capture all the action at a photo booth by HK Photobox and keep the glow of the evening going into the night and beyond, with giveaways of Benefit Cosmetics newest hot products.  All in attendance will have the chance to win one of “Seven Heavenly Grand Prizes” from Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, KOTUR, LUXE City Guides, S.Nine by Susanna Soo, Plateau Spa at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, and more!

Looking forward to celebrating with you on Saturday at KEE!

 

RSVP FOR DSTS 7TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

 
 
Karen Millen Spring Summer 2014 Collection Launch Event

Ready to peel off those woolly layers and step into easy breezy spring style? Put one pointed toe pump in front of the other and join us on Wednesday, 19 March 2014, from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Central/Central for a sparkling spring soiree to Launch the Karen Millen Spring Summer 2014 Collections. Get spring fresh with light and airy pieces and new whimsically edgy styles, straight from Karen Millen’s Shoreditch studios. Sip champagne and munch on munch on yummy salted caramel chocolate and red velvet cupcakes from Sakura Cupcakes, while having your brows shaped to perfection with complimentary services by Browhaus, and your tresses braided, styled and curled into spring’s sultriest looks by a pop-up of airplay blow dry bar.

Please RSVP below. To preview the Spring Summer 2014 Collections, click here

Spring’s balmy weather is just around the corner…get ready to hit the town in head-to-toe style next Wednesday at Karen Millen!

RSVP TO THIS EVENT

 
 
Pure Genius

Quick! Pop Quiz! (Don’t worry, it’s multiple choice) These three things are all happening in the next few months… which one are you most excited for?

a.) Raucous Rugby Sevens Weekend
b.) Art Basel Wine and Cheese Soirees
c.) Swimsuit Season

You didn’t pick C?? It’s okay, we didn’t either. And A and B are certainly not helping you prepare for C! Luckily we’ve figured out a way to get you to the head of the class. PURE is here to rescue you with a 7-day unlimited pass to all PURE Fitness and PURE Yoga studios in Hong Kong, from now through 30 April 2014. Check out the beautiful and centrally located PURE Yoga featuring a roster of classes including sizzling Hot Flow classes to make you sweat, Core to help you get your 6-pack back, and much more. If you want to add more zip to your zen workouts, pop into PURE Fitness locations around town featuring athletic turf areas, boxing rings, dedicated cycling studios, state of the art cardio equipment with personal TVs, an enormous DVD library, and chill out lounges where you can relax with free wifi and fresh juices. New on the scene and serving up healthy snacks and juices at a PURE Fitness or PURE Yoga near you is nood food, featuring freshly bottled cold-pressed juices, made-to-order juices and smoothies, juice cleanses, and a superfood-packed menu filled with vegan and gluten-free options and locally sourced, organic ingredients. Now is the time to shake up your fitness and health regime. Take your first Power Yoga class, give TRX a try, taste the nutrient packed Green Juice everyone’s talking about, or Spin your way to enviably toned thighs.

Exclusively for DSTS readers, you’ll also receive ONE complimentary J10S Coco-water from nood food after your first workout. Now…don’t you look smart…(and fit!)

Your 7-day PURE experience starts HERE!

 
 
The Venetian Ball 2014 – A Night of Glitz and Glamour

Hey old sport, You are invited for a night of glitz and glamour filled with iconic celebrities and eye-catching entertainment…The Venetian Ball 2014.  On Saturday March 15, 2014, pull out your feathers, fringe and pearls for an incredible event, styled in enchanting 1920s glamour, at the glittering Venetian Macao Ballroom. Set to be one of the hottest events on the international party circuit, you will rub shoulders with celebs while feasting on a gourmet dinner, bidding at a top-notch charity auction and witnessing dazzling entertainment, which is being flown in from around the world, including Guest of Honour renowned actor Mr. Kevin Spacey.

The Venetian Ball 2014 will support Best Buddies, a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Be transported to a bygone era of glamour to celebrate an amazing charitable cause! Get tickets for The Venetian Ball 2014.

Enquiries and RSVPs: rsvp@venetian.com.mo or +853 8117 2000
Book Online: www.cotaiticketing.com

 
 
Restaurant Week Turns Up the Heat

Winter blues have you snuggled up on the sofa in your sweat pants? Put down the take-out, slip on your leather leggings and hit the street! Hong Kong Restaurant Week is back and better than ever, with the city’s top tables serving up three-course gourmet lunches and dinners for eye-poppingly low prices. And if that wasn’t enough to clear your diary, Dim Sum & Then Some readers will have exclusive access to the Restaurant Week online booking system starting this Friday at 10am, 3 FULL DAYS before anyone else in the city! 

Restaurant Week 1

This winter, DiningCity Hong Kong Restaurant Week will run from February 21– March 2 2014, with 85 incredible restaurants now participating including some almost impossible to book hotspots, many new favourites, and even a few Michelin-star spots. To celebrate the biggest foodie event of the season, each restaurant has prepared a special 3-course menu featuring its signature seasonal dishes for both lunch and dinner. Prices start from just HK$98 for lunch and HK$258 for dinner, including a mouthwatering appetizer, entrée and dessert!

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Restaurants on the “Hot List” this year include: hipper than thou Fish & Meat, SoHo’s sizzling new steak frites spot La Vache, just-opened Japanese Youka, much adored new gastrobar Common Room, the all-new harbourside Spasso, always amazing Blue Butcher, casual Hollywood Road hideaway Les Fils a Maman, Indonesian Michelin bib gourmand IR1968, Italian stallions Doppio Zero, Linguini Fini, and Divino Patio, Wyndham street favs CVCHE and Restoration, sky high terrace-tastic Tapagria, hotel fine dining spots WHISK at The Mira and Above & Beyond at Hotel Icon, and Hung Hom’s trio of gastronimc excellence; Italian Messina, Japanese Kazuo Okada and 1-Michelin Star Cantonese Yu Lei.

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The chefs at each restaurant will be in residence pulling out all the stops with seasonal ingredients, and innovative menus. And you can expect them to roll out the red carpet with VIP treatment and service, as Restaurant Week diners are encouraged to submit reviews of their experience and all participating restaurants are competing to be voted in as the city’s top spot.

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All Restaurant Week reservations can be booked online and will open to the public on February 17th. But as HK’s most savvy and in-the-know diners, Dim Sum & Then Some readers will have the chance to begin making Restaurant Week reservations on Friday, February 14th at 10:00am, 3 FULL DAYS before anyone else in the city. For Exclusive Priority Access to the reservations system, Dim Sum & Then Some will email out a Secret Code at 9:45am on Friday morning.

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So keep all eyes on your inbox and start working up an appetite…we’ll see you at Restaurant Week!

DiningCity Hong Kong Restaurant Week
February 21 – March 2, 2014
www.restaurantweek.hk

 
 
Rooftop Cinema at Shore – Spring 2014

After a smashing success last fall, the second season of Hushup Rooftop Cinema at Shore premieres this weekend! Every Sunday evening, you are invited to chill out on the enchanting terrace with cocktails, gourmet popcorn and snacks, as you watch your favourite films on a giant screen in the moonlight. The movie line-up is filled with a whole new wave of cult classics and throwback favourites. On 16 February get ready to bare all with The Full Monty, on 2 March gere up for Pretty Woman, on 16 March bring out your pearls for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and on 23 March go back to school with The Breakfast Club.

Tickets are priced at HK$160 per person, including complimentary popcorn, and can be purchased at: http://hushup.hk/cinema

Plus, Shore is now serving special pre-movie menus starting from 6pm. For dinner bookings, contact Shore at: +852 2915 1638 or info@shore.com.hk

 It’s Showtime!

 
 
Jet, Set, Love

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday and it’s the perfect excuse for a decadent weekend filled with breakfast in bed mornings and luxuriant strolls on the sand. Whether you’ve already found your perfect Valentine or prefer to celebrate with your favourite friends, grab someone you love and get ready to jet off into the sunset. The hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith have put together a hotlist of five boutique boudoirs that are still available on Valentine’s Day — whether you’re seduced by rugged mountaintop treasures, vibrant city slickers, or whisper-quiet spas, your weekend itinerary reads: Bliss!

Take a Bite 
If your sweetie pie is a gourmand, check-in to The Opposite House in Beijing where you can dine at Jing Yaa Tang, superstar-chef Alan Yau’s first outpost in mainland China. Whet your appetite for amour with refined renditions of mouth-watering classics such as koushuiji (chicken in chilli sauce), chuanar (lamb skewers) and noodles with zhajiang (soybean paste), not to mention delicious duck, roasted to crispy-skinned perfection.

Dive In
Take your beach babe to Thailand for some ultra luxe R & R. Trisara’s understated glamour and tranquil setting keep it at the top of its game. Trisara means ‘Third Garden in Heaven’ in Sanskrit, and with incredible, infinity pool flanked villas, year-round sunsets and enchanting dining experiences, your little piece of heaven awaits.

Rise to the Occasion
If you’re after a slower paced affair, head for the hills to Kayumanis Ubud. This handsome hottie located high in the mountains near Bali’s culture-filled Ubud, where you can cycle through serene rice paddies, sample local cuisine and enjoy guided walks through ancient temples.

Splash Out
Spa aficionados hold onto your towels – a weekend of uninterrupted relaxation awaits at Fusion Maia in Hoi An, Asia’s very first all-inclusive spa resort. Lovers or friends can enjoy a myriad of treatments from the extensive spa menu: think yogurt-splashed body cleanses, fresh flower exfoliation and deep-tissue Thai massages. Once the therapists are finished with you, you’ll be scrubbed, kneaded and sparkling from head to toe.

Island Hop
The white sands, crystal blue waters and captivating sunsets of the Maldives are the ultimate recipe for romance. Head to private-island Constance Halaveli and skip down the jetties to your va-va-voom villa with its own private pool and enjoy the kaleidoscopic coral, three restaurants and a bar that offers a choice of 11 G&Ts (all of which feature the hotel’s own infused gin). Cheers to an incredible Valentine’s Day weekend!

For more travel inspiration, or to book your Valentine’s visit, check out Mr & Mrs Smith or call their in-the-know Travel Team on 800 905 326.

 
 
Something Fresh

The year of the horse has swiftly galloped into town and it’s officially time to get started on that health kick! Luckily, Something Fresh Hong Kong’s new healthy eats delivery service − is here to help you slide back in the saddle and start whipping up delicious, fresh and healthful meals of your very own in mere minutes! Best of all, from now through 15th February, Something Fresh is offering Dim Sum & Then Some readers an exclusive 20% discount on all dinner orders with code DSTSFRESH.

They’ve now officially launched their cooked lunches delivery and takeaway service (just place your order an hour before you intend to pick up). Meal combos, starting from HK$95 (including a beverage or snack) are also available to give you even more bang for your buck. Pick up at their Central kitchen or have lunch delivered directly to your office. Dining al desko just got a whole lot more delicious.

What’s for dinner? How about Curried Quinoa with Roasted Cauliflower and Peas, Mexican Flautas with Roasted Tomato Chipotle Salsa, or Sizzling Singapore Noodles hot, fresh and cooked up in a flash at chez toi. They prep the ingredients and provide an uber easy-to-follow recipe, and you add a little bit of TLC to create the best home cooked meal you’ve tasted in ages!

It’s time to take your health and wellness regime from trot to canter…a glowing, svelte new you is just waiting to emerge!

Something Fresh
DSTS Exclusive 20% discount, now through 15 February 2014
Code: DSTSFRESH
www.somethingfresh.com.hk

 

Terms & Conditions
1.Discount is only redeemable online at www.somethingfresh.com.hk
2. Discount only applies for orders that include at least 1 dinner entree (not applicable for cooked lunch orders)
3. Delivery fees apply for orders not picked up at the Something Fresh kitchen (35-37 Graham Street) – see here for details
4. Discount cannot be combined with other offers or promotions
5. Discount is valid until 15 February 2014

 
 
Sherry on Top

Straddling the East and West as we do in Hong Kong, you like to think of yourself as a professional when it comes to celebrating a new year. A few weeks ago you tipsily toasted the start of the new Gregorian calendar year and now, as we slither towards the end of the Year of the Snake and canter into the Year of the Horse, you’ll just as merrily welcome the start of Chinese New Year later this month. Of course, the end of January will also be your cue to raise a glass to Tet in Vietnam and Seollal in Korea. And then before you know it, it’ll be April and you’ll be busy ringing in Songkran in Thailand, Thingyan in Myanmar and Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia…

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Frankly it’s impossible to keep up. Which is why you’ve cunningly devised a calendar of your very own… A calendar based around what you’ll be filling your glass with when you toast each of the many anniversaries filling up your diary… Last year was the Year of the Gin (Origin and G&T opening within a couple of months of each other can only be attributed to Hong Kong’s collective thirst for the juniper juice). This year is…drumroll please… The Year of the Sherry. Yes, you heard right, sherry’s shrugging off its granny shawl for 2014, and will be filling up the glasses of all the most beautiful people around town. Of course Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton and entrepeneur extroaordinaire Yenn Wong are ahead of the rest of us on this one, and have just unveiled the perfect spot to get your sherry fix… the very aptly named Ham & Sherry.

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Set a few doors down from its elder brother, 22 Ships, Ham & Sherry looks perfectly at home on uber-cool Ship Street decked out in a patchwork of blue and white tiles and mirrored walls wrapped around a large stainless steel open kitchen. The menu is pretty Sherry heavy, with over fifty types to work your way through, complemented by a short but sweet selection of tapas to soak up all that fortified wine. If you feel slightly overwhelmed leafing through the weighty tome of Sherries, fear not, there’s a super helpful section which neatly guides you through the list. We figure finding your perfect Sherry is sort of like finding your prince, if at first you kiss a frog, try and try again, we guarantee Mr. Charming is just around the corner (ours is the super slinky La Cigarrera Manzanilla).

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While there are just a handful of tapas dishes to nibble while you sip your Sherry, food definitely isn’t playing second fiddle here. Just think of Ham & Sherry’s menu as a carefully curated selection of Spain’s Greatest Hits. All the big boys are represented: Paella Arancini (chorizo-spiked balls of risotto heaven), jamon and goat cheese croquettes, salt and pepper baby squid and bright green fried Padron peppers. Oh, and did we mention the ham?! Sherry’s soulmate, the salty, buttery Jamon provides the perfect partner to your tipple. We can’t get enough of the 48 month-aged Jamon Iberico de Bellota, and the Chorizo and Lomo and pretty great too.

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Sherry got you revved up and ready to party like it’s 1999? Maybe mention to your friendly waiter that you’d like to shake things up with a little something in the Back Bar… We’ve been sworn to secrecy so we’ll leave it at that, but rest assured you’ll leave a few hours later feeling like all your New Years have come at once…

Ham & Sherry
1-7 Ship Street
Wanchai, Hong Kong
+852 2555 0628
www.hamandsherry.hk

 
 
What’s Fresh for 2014?

As you went to sleep on New Year’s Day, visions of healthy fresh veggies and ambitious athletic pursuits were dancing in your head.  This was going to be YOUR year… until about 3pm the next afternoon when the only thing that could comfort your winter blues was a half a box of truffles, a venti peppermint mocha and a warm winter’s nap…

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It’s time to throw off the duvet and get back on the horse. We HKers have another New Year riding into town in a few weeks and Something Fresh Hong Kong’s new healthy ingredient and recipe delivery service is here to help you slide back in the saddle and start whipping up delicious, fresh and healthful meals of your very own in mere minutes! Best of all, from now through 15th February, Something Fresh is offering Dim Sum & Then Some readers an exclusive 20% off discount on all orders with code DSTSFRESH. Plus, the first 14 DSTS readers to place an order in 2014 will receive TWO complimentary 125ml cups of the much-adored HK-made Happy Cow Ice Cream for dessert.

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Here’s how it works…YOU choose what you would like from their fantastic spread (including favourites such as the Curried Quinoa with Roasted Cauliflower and Peas, Mexican Flautas with Roasted Tomato Chipotle Salsa, and Sizzling Singapore Noodles). THEY source the freshest veggies and ingredients daily, slice them, dice them, portion them (down to the salt and pepper) and deliver them to your door with their uber-easy-to-follow recipe. YOU whip up an amazingly delicious, fresh and energising meal that kicks off a whole new wave of inspiring resolutions!

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Eco-friendly packaging? Check. Vegan and Gluten-free options? Check. Every meal made with love and care? Check.

Already hungry? Why wait for dinner? Something Fresh also offers cooked lunches, snacks, sides and beverages like Raw Cheesy Kale Chips, Jax Coco coconut water and Green Vitamin’s wheatgrass shots.

YOUR healthy new year starts…now!

Something Fresh
DSTS Exclusive 20% discount, now through 15 February 2014
Code: DSTSFRESH
www.somethingfresh.com.hk

Terms & Conditions
1. Discount is only redeemable online at www.somethingfresh.com.hk
2. Discount only applies for orders that include at least 1 dinner entree (not applicable for cooked lunch orders)
3. Delivery fees apply for orders not picked up at the Something Fresh kitchen (35-37 Graham Street) – see here for details
4. Discount cannot be combined with other offers or promotions
5. Discount is valid until 15 February 2014

 
 
Countdown to 2014

Countdown to 2014

2013 has gone by in a flash and New Year’s Eve is just a few clicks of your heels away. No plans? No problem! We’ve been in touch with the city’s most plugged in party people to find out the hottest spots on the scene as the clock strikes midnight tomorrow. Top hats on, sparkles and bottles of bubbly at the ready…it’s time to dance your way into an amazing new year. Let the countdown to 2014 begin!

Studio 54

10. Studio 54 at 208 – fun and frivolity in decadent and glittering style of the famous New York Club – 4 course dinner upstairs, buffet downstairs- music all night by DJ Allan + a high tech orchestra

9. 10. Ham & Sherry by Jason Atherton and the 22 Ships Team – Berlin DJ Kid Fresh hot on the decks, special drink prices, party into 2014, Jamon Bar, Tapas, Sherries

Moulin Rouge

8. Follow us to the Moulin Rouge and experience the glittering debauchery of historical Paris, Shots of Absinthe, stunning courtesans, artists of the night and other mysterious revelries await you this NYE at the city’s sexiest, sultriest party at Lily and Bloom.

7. (Hong Kong, 29 October 2013) Blue Butcher wants to make your last meal in 2013 memorable. Head Chef, Danny Chaney, has created a six-course menu for this New Year’s Eve. Raise your glasses and toast to 2014 in black tie style.

Boujis

6. Boujis Circus Circus New Year’s Eve – DJ Duo London Beats, Fire Breathers, Hoop Dancers

5. Fatty Crab to celebrate the last day of the year and bring in the New Year with them. Offering a Chefs Tasting Menu, Signature and Festive Drinks and a Champagne Toast on Tuesday, 31 December, from 6pm till late — no entry fee, so come early.

Omisoka

4. Aqua ‘ŌMISOKA’
- a Japanese New Year’s Eve
NYE A glamorous night amongst the stars, with flown in international Diskjockey -’DJ Eye’ – straight from Tokyo, to which includes an evening of Freely Flowing Full-Open Bar, offering Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Prosecco, Sake and many more. Distribution of canapés from both Japanese & Italian kitchens also to be served throughout your special night!

3. Duddell’s Champagne Resolutions. Featuring a host of entertainment including DJ Anil Ahuja, DJ Yau, Blaine Whittaker on the saxophone, Oz walker on drums, Burlesque dancers and other live performances, this party promises to be a night to remember.

Hullett House

2. You are invited to toast to 2014 in resplendent glamour at Hullett House. Turn back the clock to the 1930’s, slip on your vintage sparkle and step into a glittering dance hall reminiscent of Shanghai’s swinging Paramount ballroom.  Jazz classics by international songstress Manting Chan will be floating through the air, sweet and savoury Shanghainese treats will be free-flowing in the Art Deco inspired dining room, and an interactive game with luxe prizes sponsored by Shanghai Tang will keep you on your toes until the countdown begins…

1. KEE Club ‘Silent Movie Extravaganza Casino New Year’s ‘Eve Celebration’ Dress Code – Swinging 20’s/ Black & White. Electro-swing Music by Dj Rork until late late. the door is open from 9pm and its HK$500 including a drink and gaming chips.

Happy New Year!

 
 
A Shanghai Glam NYE at Hullett House

You are invited to toast to 2014 in resplendent glamour at Hullett House. Turn back the clock to the 1930’s, slip on your vintage sparkle and step into a glittering dance hall reminiscent of Shanghai’s swinging Paramount ballroom.  Jazz classics by international songstress Manting Chan will be floating through the air, sweet and savoury Shanghainese treats will be free-flowing in the Art Deco inspired dining room, and an interactive game with luxe prizes sponsored by Shanghai Tang will keep you on your toes until the countdown begins…

Shanghai Glam NYE Tickets
Deluxe Entry Tickets: HK$398 per person including one glass of champagne
Premium Entry Tickets: HK$788 per person including one glass of champagne and deluxe canapé buffet in the Shanghai Tea Room
Tai Pan Amethyst Table: HK$6,388 including 6 Deluxe Entry tickets, 2 bottles of champagne, and 1 bottle of 12-year old whisky with mixers
Tai Pan Golden Table: HK$8,888 including 6 Premium Entry with unlimited deluxe canapés, 2 bottles of champagne, and 2 bottles of 12 year old whisky with mixers
Contact: +852 3988 0210, shanghaiglam@hulletthouse.com
Book Online: shanghaiglam.eventbrite.hk

A magnificent New Year’s Eve in the city’s most stunning historic courtyard awaits!

 
 
Sneak Preview! HK LUXE City Guides

The newest editions of the much-adored LUXE City Guides and Little LUXE Guides for Hong Kong have just hit the shelves.  Exclusively from the editors of LUXE, we bring you a sneak preview of the newest cool kids on the block, that made the final cut…

RESTAURANTS
Catalunya
With an elBulli alum behind the stoves, traditional Catalan tapas, luscious cocktails and table-side theatrics, this sultry Spanish siren has made fast fans in Hong Kong. (G/F, Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, www.catalunya.hk)

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Sijie
The surrounds may be humble, but this unassuming 10th floor dining room is one sizzling, saucy, Sichuan taste-bomb. (10/F, Bartlock Centre. 3 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay, 2802 2250)

BARS
Duddell’s
Bi-level glama-mama fusing gallery looks with top dim sum and a kick-ass alfresco terrace dressed in twinkly lights and pretty peeps. (3-4/F / Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central, duddells.com)

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Il Milione
It’s named for a C.13th travelogue based on the stories of Marco Polo, but the adventurous protagonist of this sed

 
 
DSTS & KEE 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Join us on Monday, November 25th, from 11:00am – 8:00pm at KEE Club (6/F, 32 Wellington Street) for our 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar, a full day of festive season fun featuring holiday grooves, mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas cakes and cookies, and a complimentary free flowing dim sum bar. Featuring 20 of Hong Kong’s best brands –- from beautiful organic foods for your next dinner party, to accessories for your table and gorgeous gifts for the home, to stunning candles and spa products, to glittering jewellery, plush cashmere and sparkling kaftans, to adorable children’s wear and toys — this is the one shopping event of the season not to be missed!

Entry is complimentary and all are welcome, including children, who can munch on Christmas cookies compliments of Sakura Cupcakes, and visit the Kid’s Corner curated by Little Steps Asia. KEE Club will be transformed into a festive wonderland, with winter blooms by floral designer Gemma Hayden Blest. Stylist and fashion blogger Jasmine Smith of DressMeBlogMe will be on hand to give style advice and tips on the hottest gifts of the season, while therapists from The Nail Library will provide pampering pick me ups and mini massages. To embrace the giving spirit of the season, the event will support HK local charities Baby Hero and Mother’s Choice.

Look forward to seeing you for mulled wine, dim sum, and then some on Monday at KEE!

 
 
Mi Amor, Zafran

There was Benicio in Barcelona, Miguel in Madrid, and don’t forget (though you’d like to) Simon in Seville. You’ve tasted your way through Spain and thought you knew all there was to know about Spanish delicacies, but we’d like to introduce you to a new Spanish temptation that will have you asking for seconds…

Meet Zafran, the newest addition to Hong Kong’s caliente Spanish restaurant scene. (What did you think we were talking about?)

 

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Worlds away from the traditional tapas restaurants you’ve known, Aqua Group’s newest haunt serves inventive, creative and mouth-watering Spanish cuisine. The tapas menu is cleverly divided into the “Classic Tapas” you know and love and “Zafran Tapas” the innovative twists on those classics.

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Refreshing Langoustine Carpaccio and Salt Cod Brandada on Cauliflower Cake warm up your palate for Zafran’s Signature 24hr Boneless Oxtail and Secreto Iberico Ham with Chickpea Puree and Piquillo Peppers. Excellent renditions of your favourite traditional Spanish cheeses, Pan con Tomato, Patatas Bravas and Ham Croquetas quickly escalate the affaire.

 

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Come for a boisterous night out with friends and share large plates in the beautifully industrial chic dining room or an intimate date on a bar stool at the long chef’s table. Either way, stay for an expertly mixed cocktail as a DJ gets the party going and this delectable dinner spot transforms into a late night lounge.

Suave, dark, handsome and decadently delicious…we know you’ll go back for more!

Zafran
43 – 45 Wyndham Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2116 8855

https://www.facebook.com/ZafranHK

 
 
Save the Date – DSTS & KEE Holiday Bazaar 2013

On Monday, November 25th, from 11:00am – 8:00pm, join us at KEE Club (6/F, 32 Wellington Street) for KEE Club and Dim Sum & Then Some’s 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar, a full day of fabulous festive season fun featuring holiday grooves, mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas cakes and cookies, and all day free flowing dim sum. Featuring 20 of Hong Kong’s best brands –- from holiday cards and wrapping, to beautiful organic foods for your next dinner party, to accessories for your table and gorgeous gifts for the home, to stunning candles and spa products, to glittering jewellery, plush cashmere and sparkling kaftans, to adorable children’s wear and toys — this is the most show-stopping shopping event of the season! Entry is complimentary and all guests are welcome, including children, for this very special one-day-only festive fair.

 
 
Rooftop Yoga & Brunch

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 9 November 2013 on the rooftop of Armani/Privé, for Rooftop Yoga + Brunch – a 1-Hour Power Yoga Class taught by renowned instructor Claudia Whitneyfollowed by free-flowing brunch in the sunshine – with proceeds going to HandsOn Hong Kong.  Stretch into Saturday morning with an energizing, all-levels, open-air yoga class, accompanied by live acoustic guitar, and fueled by Jax Coco 100% pure coconut water — with support from Flex Studio, Aumnie, Coastal Fitness  and Little Steps Asia. Post yoga, refresh and revitalize with The Genie Concept cold pressed juices, before relaxing on the plush outdoor sofas with friends for an alfresco Armani/Privé feast, featuring freshly prepared Homegrown Foods organic veggies from local farms, and lots of other delicious brunch favourites. Finish off your perfect morning with a cup of Lavazza Coffee or  La Via del Tè gourmet Italian tea, heavenly treats and chilled out DJ sounds, and you’ll leave walking on air!

Yoga + Brunch tickets are now Sold Out. Brunch tickets are available at: https://yoga-brunch.eventbrite.com. Space is limited.

 
 
Oh My Moussaka!

We are greeking out for Souvla, the delicious and gorgeous new Greek Restaurant that just hit Lan Kwai Fong. Upon entering you feel you’ve just stepped into the rich, gleaming, mahogany cabin of one of Ari O’s yachts. The red honeycombs that adorn the restaurant’s walls coupled with the deep navy benches feel preppy, fresh and inviting all at once.

 

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Knowledgeable waiters can impressively guide you through the classic with a twist Greek treats. This isn’t a late night gyro in LKF; this is proper Greek food. Our personal favorites are the Cypriot Salata, a wholesome mixture of pulses, nuts, dried fruit and yogurt. It helped us shake off any guilt at cleaning our plates of both the Saganaki (gooey, yummy, fried cheese with lemon and marmalade) and the Grilled Haloumi (sigh, more fried cheese, this time with refreshing fennel) right before.

 

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The Moussaka was love and comfort in one dish and makes us ache for the Greek Grandmother we never had. The Baklava Cigars and the Golden Greek Time fried ice cream sealed the deal. We washed it all down with their custom Mother Clucker Mextaxa cocktails.

 

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The only tragedy? We stuffed ourselves too full to try it all. Guess we’ll have to go back this week and give it another go. A siren’s song couldn’t keep us away!

Souvla
1/F, Ho Lee Commercial Bldg
40 D’Aguilar St, Central
+852 2522 1823
www.conceptcreations.hk

 
 
Rooftop Cinema at Shore

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire…well, not literally, but as the weather cools down things are heating up on the rooftop of Shore every Sunday night, with the launch of Hushup Rooftop Cinema. Take the elevator to the top, step out onto the enchanting terrace, and relax with cocktails, gourmet popcorn and snacks, as you watch your favourite films on a giant LED screen in the moonlight. The movie line-up is filled with the ultimate cult classics and throwback favourites. This Sunday, get ready for the thrills and chills of Halloween with the original teen vampire movie The Lost Boys, next week “cruise” back in time with Top Gun, on the 17th gather your oldest friends together for The Goonies, and get ready to have the “time of your life” on the 24th with Dirty Dancing.

Tickets are priced at HK$160 per person and can be purchased at: http://hushup.hk/cinema/

We can’t think of a better way to spend a balmy autumn Sunday evening…see you on the rooftop!

 
 
Soundwalker Party at Ozone

Still debating about booking your tickets on Richard Branson’s imminent flight into space? Start your astronaut training next Saturday, October 26, when OZONE at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong takes you to the moon and back with their intergalactic SOUNDWALKER Party. Enter the world’s highest bar on the 118th floor, and be transported to a Star Wars film set, featuring entrancing beats by world-renowned French House DJ and Producer Franck Roger - who has lit up dance floors from Croatia and Ibiza to South Africa and Seoul – along with specially designed cocktails, shots, giveaways and more.

For a sneak preview of the party, click here.  For tickets and enquiries, contact OZONE at: +852 2263 2010 / ozone.hk@ritzcarlton.com  (Tickets: $150 in advance, $200 at the door)

See you next Saturday for a party that’s set to rock this planet and beyond!

 
 
Exclusive! DSTS x KEE One Week Trial

Next week KEE Club, HK’s intimate and inspiring play place for the city’s movers and shakers, will be home to French 3 Michelin Starred Chef Michel Del Burgo, countless parties and events, visiting celebs, and YOU! For one week, from 22 – 26 October, to celebrate the arrival of Guest Chef Michel, KEE will be extending a one week trial membership (22nd of October – 26th of October, 2013) and booking privileges to all Dim Sum & Then Some readers. From Taillevent in Paris to L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Hong Kong, Chef Michel has accumulated a whopping 12 Michelin stars and his glittering autumn menus at KEE are set to sweep you off your feet. A 5-course tasting menu featuring Scallops Carpaccio, Mushroom Ravioli with Black Truffles, Half-Salted Cod, Duck Foie Gras and more, paired with Sarment fine wines, is priced at HK$1200 per person, while an 8-course Gourmand Menu filled with even more decadent delights is priced at HK$1800.

To book dinner reservations or receive full menu details, please contact info@keeclub.com and mention “Dim Sum & Then Some.”

Hope you enjoy your week of fabulous nights and gourmet delights at KEE.

As they say, membership has its privileges…!

 
 
Sheraton Macao Oktoberfest

Pull out your lederhosen and start practicing your chicken dance… Oktoberfest is just around the corner and you only need travel as far as Macao to join one of the world’s largest authentic celebrations. From October 10 – 20, 2013, Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central’s giant Jaya Pool Deck will be covered by a traditional Festhalle tent and filled with picnic tables, food stalls and a grand stage to host their first annual Oktoberfest celebration. Raise your stein… on tap all evening will be traditional Paulaner beer, brewed in Munich and imported to Macau especially for this event. Also flying in for this momentous occasion is Chef Sven Roffmann from Sheraton Munich Arabellapark, who will dish-up sizzling bratwursts, pork knuckles, spitfire roast chickens, hand-rolled pretzels and much more. Is this music to your ears? Wait until you hear the Toni’s Beerband straight from Bavaria and led by the famed Anton Hammerer. The group’s high-energy mix of traditional and popular tunes will ensure you polka and party the night away.

Prost to Oktoberfest at Sheraton Macao Hotel!

Oktoberfest 2013 – Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central
October 10 to 20, 2013, 6pm – 12midnight
Jaya Pool, 4/F, Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, Cotai Strip® Taipa, Macau
Tickets: MOP100 (including a complimentary 0.5L glass of Paulaner beer)
Early Bird Tickets: MOP50  (available till October 6, 2013)
Enquiries: +853 8113 1200
www.sheratonmacao.com/oktoberfest

 
 
Insider Exclusive: Troy Hickox

One of the youngest GMs worldwide, with over 20 years of experience from Australia to New York to Hong Kong, Conrad Macao’s dynamic and dashing General Manager Troy Hickox is shaking things up in Macao and around the globe with fashion collaborations, eco-innovations, charitable initiatives and more. We sit down with Mr. Hickox in one of the hotel’s jaw-dropping suites to find out his favourite places to play and what indulgences he can’t live without.  From local foodie finds to enchanting history filled streets, take a ride with this @hiphotelier as he puts the top down and lets us in on a few of Macao’s best kept secrets…

 

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What are your top picks for an “only in Macao” experience?
1. Explore the town on foot and discover ‘your own’ Macao. Hidden squares and back alleys abound near St Paul’s ruins that offer you vignettes of old Macao.
2. Eat egg tarts at Margaret Café de Nata. Just as nice – but some would claim even better, than those at the more famous Lord Stowe’s.
3. Catch a Macanese sunset from the Northwest corner of Fortress Hill – perhaps with egg-tarts from Margaret Café!
4. Go to a concert or event at the enormous Cotai Arena – but make a night or a weekend of it. There is nowhere in Hong Kong that compares as a venue, when you consider the pre/post show experience of The Venetian Macao right outside.

 

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What are your favourite spots for local Macanese fare?
1. A Petisqueira (+853 2882 5354) in the quiet lane behind the central Cunha Street in Old Taipa Village. It has only a handful of tables, but it’s where you’ll find the chef’s and food and beverage professionals from around town getting their garlic prawns, tripe and clams.
2. Sun Yick  (+853 2848 1046 ) in Mong Ha is another favourite, if you aren’t uncomfortable to sit on stools and eat on disposable plastic table covers. The must-eat dish here is the whole chicken in curry, encased inside an enormous bread roll, and served with scissors – so you can trim, and dunk.
3. Henri’s Galley (+853 2855 6251) at Sai Van Lake – nice quiet neighborhood restaurant, with alfresco seating and views over the lake.
4. A Vencedora (+853 2835 5460) on Rua de Campo. A local-style corner shop that serves true-blue Macanese. It’s been there forever, the tourists still don’t know of it, and it’s packed to the gills with local regulars.

 

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What would you say is a “must see” for first time visitors to Macao?
1. Macao’s UNESCO world heritage listed sights – the Historic Centre of Macao. While the main attractions are on the right of Avenida Almedo Riberio, our Chief Concierge, Edmund, always advises not to miss those on the left – neighborhoods such as St Augustine and The Barra are nicely ‘lived-in’ and have just as many important sights – but only a fraction of the crowds.
2. The original strip – Go back in time and see the more traditional casino’s, some of the fading palaces clearly have more interesting stories than some of the flashy and new.
3. The Venetian Macao – for its sheer awesome size and multitude of attractions, – now connected by the bridge of stars to the equally massive Sands Cotai Central across the street. You could fill more than a couple of days just exploring these anchor resorts on Cotai without ever leaving the comfort of air-conditioning.
4. Nightlife - to suit your own curiosity. Our concierge can get you into the upper tier of “members only” clubs, as well as guide those looking to find the more infamous and ‘vibrant’ spots.

 

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Where are your favourite places to play?
1. Coloane – It’s so close, yet so far from the over-whelming action of the city centre or Cotai. Hiking around Coloane Hill, and walking the sea cliffs at the southern end of the island is a great little escape.
2. Macao Golf and Country Club  – Whacking ‘floaters’ from the driving range out to sea is great fun. I feel for the poor chap in the little boat with his helmet trying collect all the balls.
3. Sheraton’s Jaya Pool Deck is good for a chilled out evening drink.
4. Brunch at the Four Seasons Belcanção or Lunch at Portofino at The Venetian Macao.
5. A treatment at the Conrad’s Bodhi Spa is a must, it truly does have some of the city’s best therapists, but plan to go in the mornings – from the afternoon till late evening it’s extremely popular and hard to get in.

 

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What is your all-time favourite Restaurant? Bar?
“All-time” is a tough one, because I love to travel and I seem to discover a new ‘all-time favourite almost every trip. I had amazing dining experiences over this summer at Heinz Beck’s 3-Michelin starred La Pergola at The Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria, the 400+ candle-lit La Sponda at Le Sirenuse in Positano, as well as at the decades old Il Pescatore in Sardinia. In terms of Bars, I tend to prefer a nondescript place on a beach somewhere, but I do like Unico on the Bund in Shanghai and still enjoy the Sky Bar at Sirocco in Bangkok.

 

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How do you think Macao differs from HK?
I call both cities home on different days of the week. One might say that everyone takes everything too seriously in Hong Kong, whereas nobody really takes anything too seriously in Macao. I think Hong Kong definitely wins on ‘global-vibe’, but Macao has a more distinct cultural identity of its own – and that is kind of nice.

What are your necessary indulgences?
Time – too often, life is a rush, I need to take a moment here and there to just…enjoy it. I absolutely must travel, must eat well – and must drive a convertible!

Conrad® Macao, Cotai Central
Sands® Cotai Central
Cotai Strip, Taipa, Macao SAR
+853 2882 9000
Macao.Reservations@ConradHotels.com

 
 
Mano About Town

Suave, charming, easy on the eyes and doesn’t mind showing off a little dough…Say hello to Mano, the city’s newest all day café and restaurant, beckoning you to come in for a delicious rendezvous.

Housed in 4000-square foot designer digs, complete with urban interiors, exposed light bulbs, café tables, and an open-view kitchen, this is the sumptuous café and easy takeaway spot that Central has been waiting for.

 

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Mornings start with freshly made Danish pastries, brioche, cakes and stone-baked bread straight out of the oven, not to mention coffee with a serious kick, made by baristas trained by the famed London Creative Coffee Company.

 

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At lunchtime, breeze through the shining glass doors and choose from an ever-changing array of fresh salads, veggies, pastas and mains to pile in to your bowl du jour. Whether you choose Roasted butternut squash with hazelnuts, sage and white grapes, Traditional Egyptian Fatoush salad with cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, watercress and Sumac, Catalan lentil salad with green and red capsicum and Belotta ham, or Spelt pasta with courgettes, cauliflower and red basil, each savoury and delicious bite with make memories of any other local salad spot quickly fade away.

 

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Dinner is a more elaborate affair, with starters like Burrata with vine cherry tomatoes, mint and truffle oil, and Seared duck liver with Viking salt, Granny Smith apples, pea sprouts, aged balsamic, olive oil and caviar. Follow this with mains like Pan seared Tasmanian salmon with fennel, mint, and lime salad, beetroot dressing and black volcanic salt, and Grilled Black Angus beef sirloin with parmesan mash, baked onions and parsley dressing, along with organic wines and Salted caramel millefeuille for dessert.

 

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If you’re hungry for something a bit unexpected…the town’s newest hottie awaits!

 

Mano
G/F, L Place
139 Queen’s Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2384 7339
www.manohk.com

 
 
Under My Umbrella

It may be raining more than ever this summer, but Rihanna’s concerts this weekend aren’t only reason to head over to Macao and stand under your umbrella –ella –ella…

Making a bigger splash than ever before is The House of Dancing Water. Featuring the world’s most talented and toned, acrobats, aerial artists, gymnasts, divers, dancers and motor-cross riders performing daring stunts and eye-catching spectacles among 239 independent fountains and 3.7 million gallons of water, this is undoubtedly one of the most dazzling and awe-inspiring shows ever created.

Ready to take the plunge? Macao’s most luxurious hotel hideaway, Conrad® Macao, Cotai Central has just launched the House of Dancing Water Package. Now, you can enjoy the Conrad’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous rooms, impeccable service and stunning surrounds, along with a decadent buffet breakfast for two, and all the high-octane excitement of The House of Dancing Water, with two complimentary tickets to the show, from just HKD2398++ per night.

Go on and let the rain pour… for a fun-filled and fabulous weekend away, Conrad Macao and The House of Dancing Water are all you need and more!

 

Conrad® Macao, Cotai Central

Sands® Cotai Central

Cotai Strip®, Taipa, Macao SAR

+853 2882 9000

Macao.Reservations@ConradHotels.com

 
 
Miss Saigon

When I say Vietnamese food, you say Pho to go, cheap and cheerful, and substance over style… Well, it turns out Miss Saigon actually scrubs up pretty well when she wants to, and she’s decided it’s high time Hong Kong was dazzled.

 

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So, say hello to Chôm Chôm, a super chic Vietnamese eatery that’s just shimmied onto the SoHo scene. Teetering on the hillside between Staunton Street and Elgin Street, this gastro hotspot serves up your rice paper rolls with a side of serious style. From the beautiful split page menus right down to the sleek black lacquered chopsticks that come wrapped in the Vietnamese flag – even the small things have been perfectly put together.

 

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Reservations are a no go here (surprise, surprise), so you know the drill – put your name on the list, pull up a stool on the little terrace out front and slurp on a Pho-jito while you wait. When you name’s called, saunter inside and let the feasting commence. Dishes here are small but perfectly formed. Order a bundle to share with the table, just make sure that when the VFC (Vietnamese Fried Chicken wings) arrive, it’s put down closest to your plate – we’re willing to go big here, and say these are the best wings in town. Other must orders include the beef skewers smothered in lip-smackingly awesome Vietnamese pesto, the fresh and fragrant kaffir lime chicken cabbage salad and the juicy, smoky bun cha pork skewers.

 

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The soundtrack to your meal will range from Dexys Midnight Runners to a band so cool you don’t even know you love them yet, but be warned the buzzy atmosphere may well have you ordering one more Saigon Sour than you intended… In fact, by the time you leave it could well be time to say “Good Morning Vietnam”…

 

Chôm Chôm,
G/F Block A, 58-60 Peel Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2810 0850
http://www.chomchom.hk/

 
 
Conrad Macao – The House of Dancing Water Package

Chocolate Cake Mix, Chia Pets, Rubber Duckies. Some things just don’t really come to life without a little splash of H2O.

Top of the list, The House of Dancing Water . Take 80 of the world’s most talented and toned, acrobats, aerial artists, gymnasts, divers, dancers and motor-cross drivers and put them together into one action-packed extravaganza, and you have something pretty incredible. Add 3.7 million gallons of water in a purpose built theatre, and you’’ve got one of the most dazzling and awe-inspiring shows ever created.

Ready to take the plunge? Macao’s most luxurious hotel hideaway, Conrad Macao, Cotai Central has just launched their first The House of Dancing Water Package. Dive in to the Conrad’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous rooms, featuring impeccable service and filled with sumptuous surprises, and you can enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast for two, and all the effervescent excitement of The House of Dancing Water with two tickets to the show, from just HK$2398++ per night.

Sparkling, still, or on tap, your next splashy adventure awaits!

 
 
The Genie Concept – Raw Food Cleanse

 

You have three wishes for your health, wellness and fitness regime. What would they be? More energy? Greater mental clarity? A more defined, toned physique? You’re in luck. We’ve found a Genie in a bottle who can make them all come true.

Welcome to The Genie Concept, started by the gorgeous Cara G. and Melanie, whose delicious, vitamin and nutrient packed, fresh cold-pressed juices have been delighting palates, changing figures and revolutionizing lives all around town. Once you meet these two Genies, you’ll want to eat whatever they’re eating…and starting this month it’s 100% raw food.

If you’ve wanted to try a cleanse but an all juice diet seems too extreme for you, if you’re looking for a way to ease in to your next health kick with something completely natural and utterly delicious, or if you just want to check out what the raw food thing is all about, now’s your chance. The Genie Concept is offering a 20% discount on their new Raw Food Cleanses, exclusively for Dim Sum & Then Some readers through August 22, with code: DSTSRAW 

You, choose the length of your cleanse, from 1 to 6 days, featuring dishes like hearty Kale Salad, Kelp Pasta, Green Coconut Curry and more. They, deliver 3 perfectly balanced raw meals, 2 snacks and 2 fresh cold-pressed juices per day right to your door.  You, get a 20% discount –and– all your wishes come true.

No, you’re not dreaming…unless it’s of Genie!

The Genie Concept
Shop B, G/F, Universal Building
5 – 13 New Street, Sheung Wan
+852 2803 0369
www.thegenieconcept.com
To order, click here
Discount code: DSTSRAW

 
 
Sizzling Summer Contest: STAY-CATION or VACATION?

To celebrate the launch of Dim Sum & Then Some’s 3rd Annual “Summer on the Scene” Guide to HK’s summer hotspots, hideaways and adventures, boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have partnered with DSTS on a special STAY-CATION or VACATION SUMMER CONTEST.  Whether you’d prefer to stay in town and enjoy the wonders of HK from a new and stunning vantage point, or to jet off to Thailand and sip, sun and splash the day away at a glamorous beach retreat, your summer just got a whole lot hotter!

GRAND PRIZES

A STAY-CATION at the stunning Hotel ICON, Hong Kong including:
*Two nights for two people in a breathtaking Club 36 Harbour Room with sweeping harbour views from the lively Kowloon-side
*Enjoy access to the Above & Beyond Club Lounge offering free breakfast, all day snacks and beverages, pre-dinner drinks and canapes
*Valued at: HK$15,400

A VACATION at the Bill Bensley-designed Indigo Pearl, Phuket including:
*Three nights for two people in a super-luxe Premium Pearl bed suite
*Daily buffet breakfast at Tin Mine, the hotel’s enchanting alfresco pavilion restaurant
*Valued at HK$10,000

ENTER TO WIN a STAY-CATION or VACATION with Mr & Mrs Smith!
Tell us why a Mr & Mrs Smith Stay-cation or Vacation would be the perfect addition to your summer, for a chance to win one of the above sizzling stays.

 
 
Cotai’s The Limit

Between planning your packed summer calendar, powering through your endless to-do list and organizing pre-holiday catch-ups with friends, the start of summer turned out to be busier than you could have ever imagined… If only you could close your eyes and be transported to a chic hideaway where you could relax, recharge, indulge a little, and get inspired…
Your wish… Granted.  Hop on your favourite ferry, shut those baby blues (or browns!) and wake up to the sight of glittering facades, crystal swimming pools and swaying palms. No, you’re not still dreaming…

071013_comp_v4Step outside and you’ll find a limo waiting to whisk you away to your luxurious new home away from home – Conrad Macao, Cotai Central. THE hotel of choice for visiting celebs because of its palatial suites, tucked away location in the heart of the action, and discreetly impeccable service, this is the ideal haven for you to sleep, shop, spa, dine and play. Intrigued? To entice you a little bit more, Conrad Macao is now running an exclusive offer of 30% off the Best Available Rate and Bed and Breakfast Rate for all rooms booked before 30 September 2013.

Enter your Deluxe Suite and behold everything you could ever need or want, perfectly styled into one tastefully appointed 1,119 square feet space, featuring staggering views and complimentary services and surprises. Sip coffee from your very own fully stocked Nespresso machine, or gourmet teas by beloved Harney & Sons, before satiating your sweet tooth with bespoke handmade lychee candy by Papabubble. Think this is something to sing about? Step into the breathtaking rain shower and croon like the rock star you are, or submerge yourself in the giant bath tub filled with Aromatherapy Associates bubbles and your very own rubber Lucky Ducky, before enveloping yourself in some of the world’s softest, most luxurious (and most frequently stolen!) hooded bathrobes and tailored satin slippers.

When (and if) you decide to leave the room, check in to the breathtaking Bodhi Spa for a divine massage that will wipe any residual HK stress away with each perfectly pressured movement. Now that you’re rested and relaxed, all the shopping, shows and dining of the Cotai strip are just a few clicks of your heels away. Check out the 100 luxurious designer shops at Sands Cotai Central and dine on incredible Chinese delights at the property’s impeccable Dynasty 8 restaurant, or cross the promenades to experience a whole new world of adventures at The Venetian Macao. If you fancy a Portuguese dinner or historic tour, the Guest Relations team of in-the-know insiders will map out the perfect itinerary of hidden hotspots.

After your luxurious weekend in Macao, you’re feeling refreshed, reenergized, and ready to take on whatever comes your way. But you do have one more thing to add to your to-do list…your next visit!

Conrad Macao, Cotai Central
Sands® Cotai Central
Cotai Strip®, Taipa, Macao, SAR
+ 853 2882 9000
Conrad_macao@conradhotels.com

 
 
Beauty and the Feast

Picture this. You’re running through the city trying to juggle a seemingly endless errand list and a million shopping bags in sweltering heat, all on a pair of super cute but super teetery skyscraper heels. As you try to fight your way through the sweaty gridlock of Central foot and taxi traffic, you find yourself wishing longingly for some sort of peaceful oasis to sit down in a place as pretty as you are, to rest your weary heart and soles. Sound familiar?

 
 
Homegrown Holiday

HomegrownWork hard, play harder…there are few places on the planet that take this mantra more seriously than our very own high energy HK. But if days spent toiling in front of the computer until your eyes glaze over and blurry nights with champagne for dinner followed by tequila shots for dessert have started to take their toll, it may be time for a little spot of R & R to clear your head, untie your knotted shoulders, and put that glow back in your cheeks…   Enter The Farm at San Benito, an idyllic health and wellness haven, carved out of lush green forests where roosters are your morning wake up call and banana and coconut plantations abound. Board a 2-hour flight to Manila, and be whisked away into the mountains where a little slice of paradise is ready to transform and inspire. Whether you’re looking for a quick relaxing, healthy spa getaway or a full-scale body and mind detox and restoration program, The Farm provides an enchantingly peaceful escape and the perfect antidote to life in HK.   Wake up in your verdant villa and step outside for tea on the terrace with mountains vistas, before heading out to morning power yoga overlooking the languid lake, a personal training session in the “jungle gym,” or a stroll around the property to check out the giant Organic Gardens, which provide almost all of the ingredients for The Farm’s Alive! Restaurant.  One of the first vegan restaurants in Asia, The Farm’s expert chefs have been setting trends globally and won countless awards for their culinary creativity and ability to transform vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits into shockingly satisfying and sumptuous delights.  Dig in to a menu that includes Sweet Potato Spring Rolls, Spaghetti Carbonara, Black Bean Chili, Phad Thai and Chocolate Chili Marble Pie, all of which are produced daily on the property, free of meat, fish and dairy, low in calories, and filled with nutrients.   Now that you’ve fed the body, it’s time for a little work on the soul. Wander past cascading waterfalls and flocks of azure peacocks to the Healing Sanctuary Spa. After a thorough analysis of your lifestyle and ailments, you’re ready to be enveloped by treatments like Hilot Haplos, a Coco Body Scrub, Coconut Cream Milk Bath and traditional Filipino Hilot Massage to stimulate the nerves, increase lung activity and soothe the nervous system, Yin Yang Body Polish to energetically balance the body, and Tibetan Steam Therapy, a 2300 year old practice, used to ward off colds, and prevent and treat diseases, performed by some of the most experienced therapists in all of Asia.   Ready to take your healthful holiday to the next level? Recently named “Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World” by SENSES Germany, The Farm’s world renowned Integrated Medical Services team of Doctors, health practitioners and nutritionists can advise you on any further services you may be interested in from a few sessions of Colon Hydrotherapy, to a tailored daily Vitamin Infusion Cocktail, to a gentle yet effect 5-day Detox Cleanse to a comprehensive 6-night Specialized Retreat to help you to take your new, healthy lifestyle and enhanced energy home with you.     Ready to slip out of the city streets and into your very own soul nourishing bliss? Dim Sum & Then Some readers will receive a complimentary 90-minute spa treatment and a RAW! Cookbook, when booking any HEAL! holiday or detox between now and September 30, 2013. Just mention DSTS when making your booking.   It’s time to power down the electronics, ease off the sleepless nights and head out of the concrete jungle into a lush, green one…a bright and beautiful new you is just waiting to emerge!   The Farm at San Benito +63 918 884 8080,+63 2884 8074, reservations@thefarm.com.ph www.thefarm.com.ph

 
 
Summer on the Scene 2013

There’s nothing like a summer weekend… endless hours of alfresco dining, rooftop cocktails, beach lounging and boating excursions just waiting to wash the cares of the week away. Here to bring a whole new wave of splashy excitement to your summer is Dim Sum & Then Some’s 3rd Annual Summer on the Scene Guide our action packed, all-access guide to the best of Hong Kong’s summer hotspots, hideaways and adventures. Our team of in-the-know insiders have spent days sunning on the decks of the city’s newest yachts, floating in azure swimming pools, slinking past velvet ropes and sipping a dizzying array of cocktails to bring you 18-pages packed full of hot tips and hidden finds.

Whether you’re looking to cruise over to Macau in high-roller style, spend the day lounging on grassy lawns, cooling off in sky high swimming pools, surfing with the pros, indulging in decadent spa treatments, shopping for local designer finds, or just kicking back with a few icy-cool cocktails at an alfresco seaside spot, summer in Hong Kong starts here.

Accessible from now through November on the DSTS homepage, all that’s left to do is – download, share, print, and play! Plus, if you’re looking for a handy little resource to throw in your beach tote, pick up a shiny printed copy of Summer on the Scene for just HK$20 at Dymocks and Bookazine stores throughout HK (available last week of June), and breeze through your summer planning in style.

Wishing you a summer filled with memorable moments, fun-filled adventures…and then some!

 
 
Cool Summer Nights

Baby it’s hot outside…and there’s nowhere more glamorous t to chill out in style than Felix, The Peninsula Hong Kong’s witty Philippe Starck-designed rooftop bar and restaurant. You are exclusively invited to the Launch of the “Cool Summer Nights” Series at Felix on Saturday, June 8, from 9:30pm onwards. Join us for an evening of juicy Absolut Elyx cocktails, sizzling DJ beats and funky live saxophone to kick off this weekend summer series in the city’s most dazzling chill out lounge.

Please RSVP below or contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk. Space is Limited.

A scintillating summer evening awaits!

 
 
Shanghai Tang Private Sale

One of the most coveted shopping events of the year, Shanghai Tang’s Family & Friends Private Sale promises incredible discounts on the brand’s modern Chinese chic women’s, men’s, home and accessories collections. Starting Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27, you are invited to shop this exclusive Private Sale and stock up on stunning clothing, accessories, handbags, gift items and more!

Shanghai Tang Private Sale
May 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2013
11:00am – 7:00pm
Times Square Bazaar
13/F, Times Square
1 Matheson Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
(access via 13/F Food Forum or from Tower One lift lobby)

 
 
Arts on Fire!

From Hollywood Road’s galleries to up-and-coming neighborhood open studios to the city’s newest art inspired hotspots, temperatures are rising, excitement is in the air and creativity abounds. The first ever Art Basel is sweeping into town this Thursday, May 23 – Sunday, May 26, bringing with it the prestige of its Swiss roots, the sizzling energy of its Miami counterpart, and the most exciting artists and galleries from Asia, and the world. Ready to paint the town? From exclusive exhibits to arts on parade to insider industry hangouts, we’re taking you to the week’s most inspiring spaces and places…

Arts on Fire!Know Before You Go
The premiere of Art Basel will showcase works by over 3,000 artists, from more than 245 galleries, with more than half from the Asia Pacific region, 48 never having been seen before in HK.  This diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, and performances will run across four sectors, “Galleries” featuring established galleries from around the globe, “Discoveries” showcasing emerging artists, “Insights” dedicated to art from Asia, and “Encounters” presenting large scale installations that transcend traditional gallery spaces, curated by Yuko Hasegawa. Keep your eyes peeled for the BMW Art Car designed in 1990 by César Manrique and the colourfully awe-inspiring Complete Bin Development installation by Liam Gillick.

Talk the Talk
Every morning and afternoon of the show, Art Basel’s Conversations and Salon, will offer first-hand access to panels of preeminent leaders from the international art world, presenting on a number of highly relevant topics, from “Collecting in the Asia Pacific Region” to “Building Asia’s New Museums” (Open to the Public). Friday evening will see one of the pinnacles of the week, the hotly anticipated Intelligence Squared debate deliberating whether or not “The Market Is the Best Judge of Art’s Quality” (Tickets: HK$300, www.hkticketing.com).

Walk the Walk
Paper Rain. Paper Rain… Sing a long to the melodic harmonies of Art Basel’s harbour front PAPER RAIN Opening Parade, led by artist and musician Arto Lindsay. Featuring the contributions of artists, musicians, actors, and filmmakers from around Asia, the parade will begin with a choir performance at the HKCEC, leading you to Golden Bauhinia Square where you will be ferried to Pier 10 — the starting line of all the action.  Ferries will be boarding at Golden Bauhinia Square to Central Pier 10 at 5pm. Please RSVP to hkparade@artbasel.com with your name and the the subject PARADE to reserve your ferry trip to the parade start. (Space is limited)

See and Be Scene
With interiors by Ilse Crawford, whose design credits include Soho House New York, a world-class exhibition program curated by some of Asia’s cultural icons, a lush outdoor terrace and a Michelin-star Cantonese Chef, the newly unveiled Duddell’s  (3/F & 4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central) art salon, restaurant and bar is sure to be the toast of the town. Walk a little farther up the road and immerse yourself in a space filled with history, cultural inspiration and live entertainment, not to mention bespoke cocktails that are works of art unto themselves, at the Adrian Wong designed Wun Dun: Absolut Art Bar at the Fringe Club (Lower Albert Road, Central, open daily from 5pm until 2am). Also top of the art buzz list: KEE Club, AMMO, Café Gray, and SEVVA.

Brush Up
Just in time for Art Basel, the city’s galleries are upping the ante on their exhibits with some groundbreaking, expertly curated shows. Check out: “Writings Without Borders” featuring 11 artists from around the world including UK sensation Tracy Emin at Lehmann Maupin, “Day Falls/Night Falls” by Japanese Master Hiroshi Senju at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, “A Vision in My Dream” by pioneer of modernism Marc Chagall at Opera Gallery, “Light Before Dawn” Unofficial Chinese Art 1974 – 1985 at the stunning Asia Society, a solo show by Japanese contemporary star Takashi Murakami  at Galerie Perrotin, “The Sum of all Evil” by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman at White Cube, and “Wonderworks” a group show curated by HK’s own Mandy D’Abo at The Space.

Be Inspired
With art top of mind, now is the time to visit one of the city’s burgeoning creative hubs. On the evening of Friday, May 24 and all day on Saturday, May 25, delve into the depths of Chai Wan at Chai Wan Mei Art & Design Open Studio comprised of more than 30 art spaces featuring specially curated exhibitions, performances, pop-up art installations, open-air video screenings, and more. On Thursday, May 23, from 5 – 11pm, check out Wong Chuck Hang Art Night. Start at non-profit exhibition space Spring Workshop before heading to the area’s giant galleries and undiscovered private kitchens (Buses will be available from HKCEC).

Whether you’re a budding art lover or a seasoned aficionado, there’s no place hotter than Hong Kong this week…see you at Art Basel!

Art Basel Hong Kong 2013
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Hall 1 & Hall 3 (Harbour Road Entrance)
Wednesday, May 22, 5pm to 9pm – Vernissage, invitation only
Thursday, May 23, 12pm – 7pm
Friday, May 24, 12pm – 7pm
Saturday, May 25, 12pm – 7pm
Sunday, May 26, 12pm – 5pm
www.artbasel.com/en/Hong-Kong/
For full Show Guide, click here.
For Tickets visit www.hkticketing.com or click here.

 
 
Slink Contemporary Jewellery Sale

Fashion-set favourite Slink Contemporary Jewellery will be holding a one-day Private Sale at KEE Club and you are invited! On Monday, May 20, from 10:30am – 12:30pm and 2:30pm – 7pm, shop the stunningly edgy and outfit making pieces in gold, rose gold, oyster shell, diamond and pearl. These pieces will take you from day to night and summer picnic to evening affaire, and are produced in limited quantities to ensure you stand out in style. Meet the designers, hear the story and shop the collections for one-day-only on Monday!

Slink Contemporary Jewellery Sale
Monday, May 20, 10:30am – 12:30pm & 2:30pm – 7pm
KEE Club, 32 Wellington Street, Central
**A percentage of proceeds will be donated to Film Aid Asia

 
 
The Italian Job

Say arrivederci to your regular Thursday night cocktail spots and get ready to step onto a sizzling sky-high dance floor and rocking party with Italy’s top music maestros. This, Thursday, May 16, from 10:30pm onwards, you are invited to kick off the long weekend at Aqua Spirit,  (30/F, 1 Peking Road, TST) with Bellinis, Martinis and more, before giving your stilettos some action on the dance floor. Milan’s famed DJ Mark Di Meo will be flying in especially to play this event, with HK celeb DJs Hallex M and Abel Rogers keeping the party going until the sun shines over the skyline again!

Click Here for a preview of the action or RSVP below.

Ciao bellas and see you on Thursday!

 
 
Fashion Meets Art at Lane Crawford

Live from Lane Crawford, we bring you their next groundbreaking programme. . . Kicking off a month of art inspired fun in Hong Kong, Lane Crawford has collaborated with global style makers, designers and artists to create the first ever “Fashion Meets Art” live animated event series. To launch this collaboration, four creative enigmas have been invited to share their “expression of style” through installations, limited edition collections, and live art creation. The festivities will culminate this Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, with a “Fashion Meets Art” Shopping Weekend at all Lane Crawford HK stores, and you’re invited to step into this sizzling live action art scene. Feast on tacos from Mexican hotspot Brickhouse while witnessing live caramel candy making from Papabubble and tasting incredible liquid nitrogen ice cream by Lab made. Buy limited edition “Team T-shirts” featuring the names of iconic artists and fashion designers from Warhol to Gabbana to Hirst, or pick up limited edition skull posters and mini leather skulls from Shanghai artist Jacky Tsai, creator of Alexander McQueen’s iconic floral skull tee. Stop by the Lane Crawford Pacific Place Home Store on Sunday, May 12, from 2 – 6 pm to see live illustrations by illustrator designer and “it girl” Shantell Martin, and live graffiti by HK artist Mark Goss. Plus, through May 19, spend HK$3,500+ in one transaction at any Lane Crawford store to win a HK$500, HK$800 or HK$1,500 shopping voucher.

Lights, camera. . .let the action begin!

 
 
CMF World Carnival

Gather the little ones in your lives for a fun-filled and fabulous day out in support of Children’s Medical Foundation – CMF World Carnival 2013. On Sunday, 5th May, head to Cyberport for a day of alfresco family fun for an amazing cause. Children will receive a “passport” upon arrival and can collect stamps, prizes, and other goodies as they travel to various stops “around the world.”  From oversized bouncy castles, to giant slides, to trains, tag, sweet treats and carnival games, this is an international charitable extravaganza like you’ve never seen before!

Funds raised will help expand critical medical programs that save the lives of babies born in rural China.

Looking forward to traveling around the world with you for a wonderful cause on Sunday!

CMF World Carnival 2013
Sunday, 5th May, 12 Noon – 4:00 pm
Podium & Ocean View Court, 
Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong
Passports: HK$200 for children (ages 3-17), includes 5 game coupons
 (can be purchased online or at the door)
Even if you can’t make the event, you can still lend your support by “Pledging to Save a Baby” with a donation online.
Further details and passports available at: www.cmf.org.hk/carnival 

 
 
Hello, Gorgeous

Hello, Gorgeous It’s time for a getaway.  As charming as rainy HK can be, sunnier climes and a jet-set, achingly magnificent stunner is ready and waiting to welcome and entertain you like never before.  Say hello to Simona Oasis and Spa.  Nestled in the luscious paddy fields of Canggu in Southern Bali, this spectacular estate home sits upon its own private island alongside two arms of a meandering river in wild, natural and gentle surroundings and has been hailed as Bali’s finest.  It’s easy to see why.  With a team of 22 staff there to cater to your every whim, you’ll also have access to 24-hour butler service and your own private spa with two therapists on standby and a sumptuous spa menu of treatments to choose from. Chefs are available to make classic favourites or local specialties as well as healthy detox options. Need to reconnect with mother nature?  Why not take a shower in the sunshine within the walled garden bathrooms or soak in a bubble bath under the stars or take a dip in the pool surrounded by tropical flowers and birds.  Speckled with shaded verandahs and ‘bale’ relaxation pavilions in every corner, you can take your pick of beautiful areas to kick back and relax for the afternoon.  Feeling invigorated and want to spring into action?  You can have daily yoga sessions in the morning and evening with your designated yoga instructor or go bike riding and get acquainted with your new paradise surroundings.

This villa not only has the gorgeous looks but the charming personality and grace to match.   Beware, fall in love you will!

Simona Oasis and Spa
+62 361 730 668
www.simona-oasis.com
From US$1,100 ++ per night (sleeps 10)

***Exclusive DSTS Offer***:  Book any holiday or stay through The Luxe Nomad, www.theluxenomad.com, and receive an exclusive additional 10% discount with code: DSTS

 
 
Life Is A Cabaret!

What good was sitting alone in your room on Thursday, March 21, when HK’s most fun and fab were out to hear the music play and dance the night away at Dim Sum & Then Some’s Cabaret Anniversary Party at KEE Club.

Life Is A Cabaret!From vintage cabaret dancers to modern showgirls to sultry singers, the evening was a celebration of the joie de vivre spirit that runs through the website, and the city of HK itself.  KEE’s bartenders kicked off the night’s theatrics by shaking up some Absolut “All That Jazz” Cocktails for guests to enjoy along with KEE’s decadent dim sum. Guests were entertained by a Cabaret themed photo booth by HK Photobox filled with feathers, boas, sequins and top hats before turning their attention to the stage for the night’s captivating performances.

As the last stiletto sashayed off the stage, glamorous Perrier-Jouët champagne and an indulgent VERO Chocolate cake was served in a sparkling celebration. Then the lights went down and the heat turned up on the dance floor to the rocking sounds of DJ Samir, resident DJ at Club Cubic Macau who came to HK especially for this event.   

Lucky DSTS readers had the chance to win incredible prizes throughout the evening including a One Night Stay-cation in a Grand Room including Breakfast a L’Eclipse for 2, plus a Tiffin Afternoon Tea for 2 in Palm Court – AND – a Lunch or Dinner for 2 people at Main St. Deli, The Bostonian or T’ang Court from The Langham, Hong Kong. Next up was a One Night Stay in a Chuan Residence including Lunch for 2 at Two-Michelin star Cantonese Restaurant Ming Court – AND – an Element Group Treatment Room Package For 4 People at Chuan Spa from Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong.

For those looking to take the party out of town Conrad Macao, Cotai Central gave away a Luxurious VIP Stay including One Night in a Deluxe Suite for two, First class ferry tickets, Limousine transfers from the ferry, Breakfast and Afternoon Tea for 2 people. And The Luxe Nomad, Asia’s new luxury travel flash sale site, gave away a two night stay at the enchanting 5-Bedroom Villa Simona in Canggu, Bali for up to 10 guests.

To keep the glow of the party going into the night and beyond, each guest received a full size Sun Beam bronze highlighter from Benefit Cosmetics and a complimentary treatment at the Benefit Brow Bar. Guests also left knowing that a percentage of proceeds from the event were given to those in need in the local community. The evening’s official charity was Foodlink Foundation, which takes unused food from Hong Kong’s hotels and restaurants and delivers it to the hungry and homeless.

Whether or not you joined us that evening, we invite you to come taste the wine, come hear the band, come blow your horn, start celebrating, right this way… at our Photo Gallery of the night’s most scintillating shots!

Cause Life is a Cabaret, old chum, and We Love a Cabaret!

 
 
Karen Millen: Beauty Inside and Out

Your CNY consisted of way too much indulgent feasting and you barely finished all of your chocolate Valentine hearts before the Easter bunny came knocking with his deliciously colourful candy eggs… truffle and cream and fondant, oh my! Looking for a little health and beauty makeover before slipping into summer’s barely there dresses and thigh-skimming city shorts? Join us on Thursday, April 18, from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Central/Central as Karen Millen Launches their Spring Collections with a night of Health, Wellness and Beauty Inside and Out! Rock your body and your style with freshly pressed organic juices from Genie Concept by the lovely Melanie and Cara G, healthful canapés and champagne served by some inspiringly buff male eye candy, mini blow-dry’s and quick-fix hair styling on the night by Toni & Guy, product trials, prizes and take-away goodies from the luxuriously sumptuous Aromatherapy Associates, gift with purchase vouchers to try PURE’s latest fitness and yoga programmes, and signature treatment giveaways from favourite spa Sense of Touch. DJ sounds will keep the night rocking as Karen Millen presents their bold and beautiful Spring Summer 2013 Collections and gives you access to an exclusive 20% discount on all the latest must-haves.  All guests will receive a wow-worthy gift bag filled with vouchers and products, to ensure your health and beauty kick lasts all the way through summer and beyond!

Please RSVP online or to contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk.

Look forward to seeing you and your gorgeous new glow at Karen Millen next Thursday!

 
 
A Fish Called Ronin

A Fish Called RoninGet out your GPS and type in “On Wo Lane”… These three little words and your latest version of Google maps will be integral to finding RŌNIN, the brand new (and totally unmarked) dining and drinking spot by the owners of HK’s much adored Yardbird, Matt Abergel and Lindsay Jang.

Make your way through the shadows past a giant black door and you will be rewarded with a warm inviting bar with luxe wood touches, a backlit cocktail area stocked with whiskey, sake and shochu as far as the eye can see, rocking reggae music and stellar service. Take in the scene at this 12-seater den of urban cool and you may feel you’re anywhere from NYC’s East Village to the heart of Ginza. But one bite of the food and you’re on a journey to totally new and uncharted waters…

RŌNIN’s cuisine is centered around fish, with a daily changing menu featuring only the freshest cuts and catches from Japan and around Asia. Start your meal with heavenly Ebisu Rock Oysters with Ponzu Ice and an order of sublime Shima Aji Sashimi. Next, heat things up with some finger licking good Whitebait Shiso Tempura before digging in to the incredible Tokyo Turnips with Chorizo, Clams and Miso. Ready to up the ante? Tuck into Kagoshima Beef with Maitake and Egg Yolk, Deep Sea Snapper with Indian Lettuce and Kimchi, or a delectable twist on Udon Noodles with Mentaiko and Shiso.

Kick your night into high gear with retro inspired cocktails like the “Burro,” made with Centenario Blanco Tequila, Wilkinson Ginger Ale, Okinawa Black Sugar, Ginger and Lime, shaken with some serious TLC and served in a copper mug with a giant hand cut ice cube, or the “Cocoa Nib Old Fashioned,” made with Yardbird’s own Cocoa Nib Shochu, Pampero Añejo, Chocolate Bitters and Gomme. Or choose from a well-edited selection of Japanese Whiskey, Shochu, and Sake, and let the night take you where it may…

After a few cocktail-filled hours at RŌNIN, you could end up needing your GPS again…just to find your way back home!

RŌNIN
8 On Wo Lane
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
seats@roninhk.com

 
 
Seven and Sevens

Last time you wandered past Lang Kwai Fong, the number of revelers you counted outside Stormies was even higher than the number of ticket-scavenging statuses currently clogging up your Facebook newsfeed. You’ve noticed unusually high levels of overseas colleagues in the office this week for ‘urgent face-to-face meetings’. And a trip to Pottinger has left you pondering whether your ‘pregnant Kate’ costume idea is so original after all… Yup, brace yourself! It’s that time of year again – the only weekend that it’s practically frowned upon if your MD and CFO aren’t captured on the big screen singing ‘Hey Baby’ while dressed as Centurians – Rugby Sevens fever has well and truly set in!

No tickets this year? Not feeling fancy dress and downing lukewarm pints of syrupy Pimm’s at 8am? Well that’s no reason to miss out on Hong Kong’s biggest party weekend of the year! If your idea of being a rugby fan has more to do with thighs than tries, how about skipping the game and working your way through our pick of the seven best new bars on the block?! Sevens hedonism, DSTS style…

DSTS Sevens1. Havana Bar
If you prefer Havana nights to stadium lights, Cuban rum joint, Havana Bar may be a better fit than the South Stand this weekend. Zip past Lang Kwai Fong’s lagered-up crowds and up to Havana’s huge 4th floor terrace where the atmosphere’s more Caribbean Carnival, and a mind-boggling array of rum promises to get the party started quicker than you can say “Daiquiri”. With Latin beats in the background, nab an alfresco cushioned corner seat and get the drinks flowing. The DSTS top pick? The Luxury Mojito – everyone’s favourite Cuban cocktail topped up with champagne… a delicious but deadly twist – don’t say that we didn’t warn you! (4/F, The Plaza, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Central, +852 2851 4880)

2. Origin
If all the chaos and noise has you yearning for a little well-heeled refinement and a strong Gin & Tonic, then let us introduce Origin. This brand new drinking spot specialises in the stiff upper Brit’s favourite tipple, gin. Whet your whistle with a gin-based cocktail or tickle your fancy with a nip of home-infused gin, think basil, grapefruit or lemongrass. Like its sister bar, The Quinary, lots of new fangled wizardry and some serious science lab equipment is used to whip up Origin’s menu of delicious concoctions. So hop up onto a tartan-topped stool at the elegant arched bar and watch the mixology magic commence. (48 Wyndham Street, Central, +852 2668 5583)

3. The Roger Room
Had enough of the Mexican Wave? How about jumping ship and trying a Peruvian wave instead? We’re talking Chicha’s naughty, rum-swigging, buccaneering little brother The Roger Room. A bar decked out like a very chic pirate ship, with killer cocktails for the thirsty and tacos for the peckish – peg leg and parrot optional! Leave the landlubbers behind and sail away under the star-studded ceiling for a little Pisco-based, nautical fun. Go classic with a Pisco Sour or really shiver those timbers with the bar’s namesake tipple, the Jolly Roger – Pisco, muddled berries, sparkling wine and a spike of chili. Several of those and it’ll be cutlasses at dawn… (39 Peel Street, Central,  +852 2561 3336)

4. Honi Honi
If the packs of rowdy revelers descending upon Hong Kong have had you dreaming about jumping on a plane and jetting off to a Polynesian paradise, we suggest you save your air-miles and say Aloha to Honi Honi instead. Tucked away in an unassuming building on Wellington Street, this little cocktail den feels like a desert island haven amongst the neon and vodka jelly of the streets below. Grab a high stool at the bamboo bar or head out to the leafy terrace and prepare to be blown away by some totally tropical cocktails. Whip up some trouble with the Tropical Storm – Grey Goose, passion fruit, elderflower, guava nectar and fresh strawberries – or go for some group re-hydration courtesy of the Around the World – the king of cocktails, made up of five different rums, some obligatory soft, fruity stuff and a whole bottle of Tattinger Champagne. This probably doesn’t end prettily… (3/F, 52 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2353 0885)

5. Salon No. 10
If you’ve just wandered through a book-lined parlour to find yourself in what looks like a submarine with white leather padded walls, golden trumpet-shaped light-fittings and a mural of ET, you aren’t in some alcohol-induced daydream, you’re just in Salon No. 10. Reclining in one of the retro armchairs, with jazz burbling in the background and a seriously strong cocktail in hand, you could completely forget that just a few hundred metres away a group of men dressed as Scouts are doing the conga with no trousers on. In a “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” kind of mood? Let Salon No. 10 introduce you to the Little Green Fairy with a drop of Absinthe. We can’t promise the scout outfits but conga-ing trouserless is pretty much standard. (10 Arbuthnot Road, Central, +852 2801 6768)

6. Wyndham the 4th
Traumatised after tripping over a man dressed as Superman passed out in the gutter on Wyndham Street? Rise above it – to the fourth floor and sleek, cocktail joint, Wyndham the 4th. As soon as you step into this monochrome, moodily lit sanctum of cool, all manner of Sevens atrocities will be but a vague memory. With speakeasy-esque elegance and the terrace to top all terraces, Wyndham the 4th is the perfect setting for an expertly-crafted cocktail. Luckily award-winning bartender, Tom Wood, is behind the drinks menu, which has all the classics covered along with a few new, innovatively luscious libations. The DSTS hot pick has to be the sinfully good Hanky Panky – a couple of these will knock you off your feet and have you tumbling back out on to Wyndham to join Superman. (4/F, 48 Wyndham Street, Central, +852 2523 8001)

7. Rula Bula
A bar whose name means ‘uproar and commotion’? Could there be a more fitting venue than Rula Bula for Hong Kong’s ultimate weekend of partying and excess?  But this is uproar and commotion with a sleeker, chicer, sexier edge. Think minimalist décor, high ceilings and industrial detailing; Manhattan Loft meets wild Irish shindig. This is the venue to hit up when you’re looking to switch the night up a gear. There’s plenty of space on the dance floor to showcase your Gangnam style, and a list of space-age-esque molecular shots to fuel your smooth moves. Make sure you try the genius Jäger Balls – jelly encased shots of Jägermeister served floating in a glass of Red Bull, AKA liquid Michael Flatley – one shot and we guarantee you’ll be the Lord of the Dance… (58-62 D’Aguilar Street, Central, +852 2179 5225)

*Recommendations provided by Natalie Robinson, contributor for The Guardian and co-founder of the blog 3BadMice

 
 
Jack Wills New Store – VIP Launch Party

Spring is in the flair…. and nowhere more so than at British cult favourite fashion brand Jack Wills, who will be opening their newest iconic store at Festival Walk next week.  You are invited to join the exclusive VIP Launch Party and store preview on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 6pm – 9pm. Champagne, cocktails, British inspired canapes and rocking DJ sounds will welcome you to the HK’s hottest new shopping spot, where you will receive a limited-edition Jack Wills tote bag, one-night-only shopping discounts on the new spring collections, and a chance to win a trip to the UK to attend the summer’s most coveted Polo event with the Jack Wills team.

Please RSVP online to secure your spot.  Space is limited.

Your next fabulously British experience promises to leave you with a few head turning new styles, not to mention a serious spring in your step!

*Please note: DSTS readers will not need to present a VIP card to receive the exclusive gift on the night. You get one just for being you!

 
 
DSTS Cabaret Anniversary Party

Join us as Dim Sum & Then Some celebrates six sensational years at our CABARET Anniversary Party on Thursday, March 21 at KEE Club.

KEE’s bartenders will kick off the night’s theatrics by shaking up Absolut “All That Jazz” Cocktails to enjoy along with Perrier-Jouët champagne and KEE’s decadent dim sum. Strike a pose at a Cabaret themed photo booth by HK Photobox, before being enchanted by the night’s vintage Cabaret dancers, sparkling modern showgirls, rocking DJ sounds and a stunningly delicious VERO Chocolate cake. Win fabulous travel, dining and spa prizes from The Langham, Hong Kong, Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong, Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, Villa Simona Oasis & Spa and The Luxe Nomad. Plus, to keep the glow of the evening going, Benefit Cosmetics will give each guest a full size sun beam bronzer. And to give back to the local community, KEE and DSTS will donate a percentage of proceeds to Foodlink Foundation.

Please RSVP below or to contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk . Space is limited.

For a cinematic sneak preview of the night’s scintillating performances, click here!

 
 
S.Nine CNY Flash Sale

Beautiful sunshine, chilled out days, time spent feasting and frolicking with family and friends… Just when you thought CNY couldn’t get any better, much-adored designer Susanna Soo of S.Nine has extended the brand’s incredible Chinese New Year Flash Sale, exclusively to all DSTS readers. From today through 23 February, discover S.Nine’s feminine designs with modern, urban touches, couture quality and a perfect fit, all at amazingly affordable one-time-only prices of up to 70% off.

Your fortune predicted a dazzling and enchanted Year of the Snake ahead – there’s no better time to start making it come true!

S.Nine
17/F, 35-37 Hollywood Road
Central, Hong Kong
www.snineonline.com
+852 2815 0884, info@snineonline.com
10am – 1pm, 2pm – 7pm
(please call ahead)

 
 
From Ellermann With Love

What’s your city of love? Inspired by their favourite romantic destinations, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ellermann Flower Boutique has created stunning bouquets guaranteed to make cheeks blush, hearts skip a beat, and render love potions unnecessary..  Whether you were breathless in Barcelona, tickled pink in Paris or swept away in Shanghai, each distinctive floral creation will take you back to your dream destination for the ultimate night of romance.

Surprise your amour with the most beautiful bouquets in town this Valentine’s Day. Exclusively for Dim Sum & Then Some readers, receive 10% off your order (online, via phone or in-store) with code “DSTS.”

Ellermann Flower Boutique
G/F 36 Tung Street
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852 2291 0388
enquiry@ellermanndesign.com
www.ellermanndesign.com

 
 
SECRET CODE: Restaurant Week Reservations Access

DiningCity Hong Kong Restaurant Week will run from February 25 – March 3 2013 offering access to online reservations at over 70 of the city’s most sought after dining spots. To celebrate the biggest foodie event of the season, each restaurant has prepared a special 3-course menu featuring its exclusive signature dishes starting from just HK$98 for Lunch and HK$258 for Dinner, including a mouthwatering appetizer, entrée and dessert!

As the city’s savviest diners, drinkers and party-goers, Dim Sum & Then Some readers will have the chance to begin making Restaurant Week reservations on Monday, February 4th at 10:00am, 2 FULL DAYS before anyone else in HK.

For Exclusive Priority Access to the reservations system, please visit:
SECRET CODE: dstsrw
See you at Restaurant Week!
 
 
The Beach Boy

The Beach BoyI’m picking up good vibrations… Too cool for school and waves away from work, Tommy Bahama is making a splash among the city’s weekend warriors with a brand new flagship in Hong Kong.  Launched last night in a prime space on Johnston Road in Wanchai, the jet set’s favourite beach boy has officially arrived in town and is bringing a whole new collection of relaxed weekend wear, beach chic styles and cool casual accessories.  Yacht to trot? Seafarers and sand lovers alike will find a sunshine filled oasis in the lifestyle brand’s 5,800 square foot shopping space featuring men’s and women’s resort wear, swimwear and sportswear as well as retro inspired décor items to help you bring a little bit of the island life home. Your tie or Mai Tai? Step off of Ship Street and into a yacht-worthy vintage cocktail bar where you can kick back with Caribbean cocktails and island inspired bites and soak in the Bahamian breezes.

With a motto of “make life one long weekend” something tells us Tommy will fit in just fine with HK’s jet-setting, junk boating party crowd.

And we’ll have fun, fun, fun…

Tommy Bahama
60 Johnston Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
+852 3543 0383
www.tommybahama.com

 
 
CNY Special: Save 25% at Conrad Macao, Cotai Central

You’ve only just returned home from your Christmas and New Year’s escapades, but are already inspired to plan your next glamorous getaway… Enter the brand new Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, Macao’s newest glittering hotel hotspot, to entertain and enchant you this Chinese New Year. Follow a path of illuminated lanterns to the Conrad Macao’s signature restaurants – Dynasty 8 and Grand Orbit – where special CNY menus and celebrations are waiting to dazzle the senses. Visit The Lounge for their signature Chinese New Year afternoon tea or disappear into the luxurious chambers of the newly-opened Bodhi Spa. You’ll emerge blissfully radiant and ready to start the Year of the Snake in style! Now is the time to visit this multi-award winning luxury hotel with a limited time 25 percent discount off the hotel’s best available rate on rooms booked before 14 February 2013. To reserve your next weekend away, call +853 8113 6000, or email macao.reservations@conradhotels.com.

An abundance of splendour and an unmissable offer awaits!

 
 
Get Lucky at CENTRAL/CENTRAL

Something exciting’s brewing at CENTRAL/CENTRAL. Join us for a night of luck, love, good fortune and seriously good shopping on Thursday, January 17, 2013, from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Start the Year of the Snake in style with tea tastings, sale shopping and pre-Chinese New Year celebrations. Shop the best of the Winter Sales on your favourite brands, taste the delicate flavours of MINGCHA’s famous tea blends and toast to the New Year with complimentary vouchers and surprises. Who knows, you might get lucky!

Please RSVP to contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk to secure your spot.

 
 
A Celebration That’s Been 50 Years in the Making

A Celebration that's Been 50 Years in the MakingSean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig and now…you! The time has come to take your place in the spotlight as the star of SKY BALL. There are still some tickets left to Hullett House and Dim Sum & Then Some’s 0013 New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Lights, camera… let the countdown begin!

10 of James Bond’s favourite cocktails will be shaken not stirred at the sizzling martini bar

9 pm: the red carpet rolls out for your grand entrance into the mysterious world of Bond

8 is your lucky number. Hit the jackpot at the Casino Royale

007 hours to party to the sounds of Celebrity DJ Hallex M

6 signature dishes, even a secret agent couldn’t resist at the From Hong Kong With Love dinner party buffet

5 decades of legendary Bond moments will light up our silver screen

4 Your Eyes Only! A show to remember featuring Jill Masterton, Honey Ryder, Pussy Galore and more

3 -2-1 Bond! Strike your best secret agent pose at the Fotopop Photo Booth

2 times the fun celebrating with partners Quintessentially and LifestyleAsia

1 night you’ll never forget at SKY BALL 0013

SKY BALL Party Tickets: are HK$390 per person including one complimentary drink.
SKY BALL Party + Dinner Tickets: are HK$780 including a ‘From Hong Kong with Love’ Dinner Party Buffet in Hullett House’s stunning tea room and gardens from 9:30pm – 11:30pm, party entrance and one complimentary drink.
VIP Tables: each with their own Bond-theme are priced at HK$6,000 for up to 6 people including 2 bottles of Champagne and 1 bottle of Spirits.

To reserve your spot, call +852 3988 0210, email NYE2013@hulletthouse.com, or book online directly here.

This New Year’s Eve, anything is possible… ’Never Say Never Again’!

 
 
Exclusive! Complimentary Christmas Cocktails at Boqueria

With heaping skillets of the best paella in town delivered sizzling to your table, succulent traditional tapas cooked to perfection by one of the city’s top Spanish chefs, a well edited list of wines, decadent sangria and cocktails that have fueled the start of countless nights out, and Barcelona meets New York energy pulsing through the venue, it’s no wonder Boqueria’s first three months in Hong Kong have been a runaway success and a whirlwind of frenetic fun. To celebrate their first caliente Christmas and their recent three-star rating and ranking as  “best in class” for tapas by Bloomberg, the Boqueria team would like to invite you in for some holiday cheer. Whether it’s a Christmas feast, a New Year’s toast, a weekend dinner, a late night cocktail or a post-work tapas pick me up, exclusively for DSTS readers, mention “dim sum & then some” when you visit Boqueria this festive season (today through January 14, 2013) and the first round of Sangria for your group is on the house!

Winter nights are suddenly starting to look a whole lot hotter…

Boqueria, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street,
Central, +852 2321 8681

 
 
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Is your wallet feeling a little weary from all of the lavish gift-giving and stocking stuffing you’ve been scurrying around town to get done?  It’s clearly time to shift some of that Christmas burden to your belly! Without a doubt, one of the best things about this most wonderful time of the year is all of the guilt-free eating and drinking to be had. And when you’re on an island jam-packed with culinary delights, you’re never too far from a cup of holiday cheer or a jolly plate (or two) of yumlicious goodies. Here are some of our picks for the city’s best destinations for festive feasts this season.

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR Run Run Rudolph!
If you’re on the hunt for a full-on meal that will leave you stuffed to the brim with all the traditional Christmas fixings, check out these very merry banquets of plenty…

Nordic Christmas Menu at FINDS
Who better than the Scandinavians to give you a little taste of the North Pole?  With 7 flavor-packed courses, including winter wonderland favorites like Tarragon-Poached Rainbow Trout Fillet with Caviar Hollandaise and Grilled Iberico Pork Fillet and Juicy Secreto, we wouldn’t be surprised if Santa himself pulled up a seat at the table next to you. (7 courses, +852 2522 9318)

Holiday Menu at Restoration
If the frightfully cold weather outside is making your Christmas taste buds crave some Southern comfort instead, best to point your sleigh towards Restoration, where the Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Chestnuts and Stuffed Redfish with Jumbo Lump Crab Dressing are sure to melt the worries of even the chilliest of Hong Kong’s days away. (4 Courses, HK$899 per person, +852 2536 0183)

Holiday Lunch at THE STEAK HOUSE
Hang up your sleigh and opt for a seat on the ferry as you make your way over to THE STEAK HOUSE for a mouthwatering meal to remember. Through December 31, the restaurant will be serving a special Holiday Lunch inclusive of a stunning salad bar, a choice of sizzling chargrilled meat and a decadent dessert buffet guaranteed to fill even the jolliest of bellies. (HK$498 per adult, HK$328 per child, +852 2313 2323)

Christmas Set Lunch at Alfie’s
Wishing you were celebrating the season over in London town? Not to worry, as Alfie’s is bringing traditional British goodies to you with delectable holiday lunch options that will make you swear you were just outside Piccadilly Circus.  Start yourself off with a Coronation Turkey starter and finish up with the Roast Welsh Lamb Leg, and you’ll have yourself a meal worthy of the Queen. And what Christmas meal is complete without a tipple? Wash it all down with a flute of Laurent Perrier Brut, and you’ll be falalalala-ing before you know it. (2 Courses, HK$280, 3 Courses HK$360, +852 2530 4422)

Christmas Eve Dinner at Strip House
If it’s a classic flavor experience you’re after, then jingle all the way to Strip House, where the nostalgic red décor will be sure to make your spirit bright.  Savor the slow-cooked melt-in-your-mouth Christmas Turkey with celery root and crab meat stuffing with glazed sweet potato.  Or pair their signature Lava-Stone Grilled Sirloin Steak with some pumpkin puree for a bit of holiday flair. And finish on the sweetest note of all with a trifecta of Christmas desserts – a Chocolate Log Cake, Plum Pudding, and Cinammon Ice Cream. (HK$880 per person, +852 2521 8638)

On Vixens!
For all you social butterflies that have too many holiday dates and not enough meals in the day, Santa’s got the perfect treat for you – specially themed afternoon teas…

Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea at The Langham
Sip on that Earl Gray while Santa Claus himself entertains the kiddos with gifts and Christmas story-telling.  And since ‘tis the season, remember to bring along an un-wrapped toy or household item that you can donate to Mother’s Choice for children and families in need.  You will leave with a full tummy and a full heart from having helped those less fortunate than you. (HK$268 Adults, HK$168 Children, +852 2132 7898)

Christmas Carols and Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula
When only the best will do, set your sights on the iconic tea at The Peninsula. Hong Kong’s finest choirs will serenade you with Christmas classics as you enjoy signature special brews and nibble the afternoon away, surrounded by the magical Christmas decorations the hotel is famous for. Given these special performances, The Peninsula will take bookings for tea from December 22-26, so there will be no need to queue. Now that’s really music to our ears! (HK$408 per person, +852 2920 2888)

On Dashers!
If you’re rushing out the door to your umpteenth holiday party and need to pick up some treats in a hurry, here are some options that will definitely come in handy…

Classified
Collect or have delivered The Festive Box, a delightful collection of artisanal cheeses that’ll bring a smile to even the grumpiest grinch’s lips. You’ll get Brie de Meaux, Ardrahan, Tome d’Aquitaine, Gruyere d’Alpage, and Fourme d’Ambert.
(HK$275, www.classifiedfood.com)

Meat Market
Really looking to impress? Grab one of Meat Market’s turkey roulades, Sunday roasts, or smoked hams, and tell folks you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen with a team of elves all day, even if you’ve just been out and about making Santa’s naughty list. (www.meatmarket.com.hk)

Tai Tai Pie Pies
Even sweeter than a chance meeting under the mistletoe, Tai Tai Pie Pies has got the city’s definitive collection of mouth-watering baked sensations. Try the Drunken Apple Crumble or the Wholly Heavens Chocolate Sin Pecan Pie to make it a feliz navidad! (www.taitaipiepies.com)

No matter where you celebrate, we wish you a wonderful holiday season ahead!

 
 
Here Comes Santa Claus

So far you’ve thoroughly enjoyed this year’s festive season. You’ve spent a couple of very happy, mulled wine hazed afternoons soaking up the atmosphere at the Christmas markets, you’ve carefully coordinated your tree decorations (all out baroque this year, SO Dolce & Gabbana) and best of all, you’ve switched your usual bowl of cereal breakfast for a daily dose of advent calendar chocolate. The only slight issue is that there are now only seven more advent calendar chocolates to go until the big day which not only means only seven more indulgent chocolate breakfasts, but also just seven little days to buy all those gifts… It’s time to put down the chocs and pick up your game – the DSTS Christmas Gift Fairy is here to find the perfect present for everyone from your boss to your beau to your best girls. All you need to do is make a list of all your favourite people, match them to their A-list alter ego and voila, a list of presents to set their hearts aflutter…

Here Comes Santa ClausThe Girls

The Dita Von Teese
She’s a slinky little minx, more glam than Marilyn Monroe and your go to girl for a night of cocktails and mischief. She wears six-inch heels to the supermarket and is always immaculately groomed; she likes to be spoilt and has a taste for life’s little luxuries. Red lipstick, diamonds, dirty martinis… Her Christmas Wish List? Gorgeous lingerie – Maison Close Rue des Demoiselles Push-up Bra and Boyshort HK$1,340, Sheer 4/F, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street; A pair of heart-stoppingly beautiful, vertiginous high heels – Christian Louboutin Love Me 120mm, Christian Louboutin 10-12 Wyndham Street; The perfect red lipstick – Tom Ford lipstick 16 Scarlet Rouge HK$380, Tom Ford, Shop 2049, IFC Mall.

The Rihanna
With a hectic work schedule and a penchant for exotic holidays, she never seems to be in one place for more than a couple of days. One week she’s partying poolside in Miami, the next she’s detoxing at a spa in Koh Samui, before jetting off for a week of meetings in New York. She’s a true international jetsetter with a serious case of wanderlust.  Her Christmas Wish List? A chic carry-on – Mischa Jet Set Tote HK$1,180, Kapok G/F. 5, St Francis Yard, Wanchai; A teeny tiny bikini for poolside posing – Itsie Bitsie Tie Me Up and Frill Me Bikini HK$780, Itsie Bitsie, 1st Floor, 45 Hollywood Road; Cosy cashmere to keep snug on those long haul flights – Cashmere Hoodie HK$1,800, Sambag, 6 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan.

The Jennifer Anniston
She’s got buns of steel and has abs that would make a Victoria’s Secret model weep. Her wardrobe is 90% lycra and she radiates healthy goodness, she’s an out and out gym bunny. Brad, eat your heart out! Her Christmas Wish List? Perfect Workout Hold-all – Lululemon Daily Om Duffel HK$1,380, Lululemon 53 Staunton Street, SoHo; Post Workout or Pre-Wedding Comfort and Style – Bailey Button – I Do! Uggs, Ugg Pop-up Store 7 On Lan Street, Central; A Personal Trainer and Nutritionist on Speed Dial – The next best thing, a Bikinifit voucher, for a four week bootcamp program HK$2,780, BikiniFit, www.bikinifit.com.hk.

The Kate Moss
Too cool for school, she’s achingly stylish with a wardrobe that would make Carrie Bradshaw seethe with envy. On to a trend seasons before the rest of us, she’s the definition of fashionista. Her Christmas Wish List? The essential wear-everywhere tee with a conscience -“Liberty” Tafetta Pocket Tee HK$930, A Boy Named Sue www.aboynamedsue.com; Neon Wall Art – Pink Neon Love Sign HK$4,200, Eclectic Cool 58 Po Hong Fong, Sheung Wan; The Perfect Party Dress – Paper Crown Amber Dress HK$2950, Tiare 60 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central.

The Nigella Lawson
She’s the yummiest of mummies, her home looks as though its been lifted straight from the pages of Elle Décor and her baking is legendary.  Never happier than when pottering at home, she’s the perfect domestic goddess. Her Christmas Wish List? A touch of retro glam lighting – Vintage Murano glass lamps by Barovier & Toso, Casa Capriz, Unit 8D, Reality Tower, No. 4 Sun On Street, Chai Wan; A gourmet coffee maker – Nespresso U Machine, Christmas Price HK$1,388 (until 31 December 2012 and limited edition variations Hazelnut and Macademia nut capsules HK$63 per sleeve (10 capsules); Nespresso, Shop 1019, IFC Mall; Stunning florals for her holiday table – Santa Baby Bouquet, HK$1600, Ellermann Design, www.ellermanndesign.com.

The Boys

The George Clooney
He’s suave, good looking and devastatingly charming. He rocks a dinner jacket and bowtie better than Bond and has the ability to make every woman feel like a kittenish minx. He manages to strike the perfect balance between old school, dapper chap and devilish rogue. His Christmas Wish List? Old School Grooming Products – Gentleman’s Tonic Shaving Gift Set HK$620, Gentleman’s Tonic, B47-B48, The Landmark; A modern take on the briefcase – Document Zip-Up Bag in Coated Moleskin & Black Leather HK$1,100, Iter Hominis 242 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan; Bespoke tailoring – Voucher for a bespoke Moustache Suit, Moustache 31 Aberdeen Street, Sheung Wan.

The Pharrell Williams
He’s the coolest guy you know. His iPod’s full of bands you’ve never heard of, his name’s on the list at all the it nightspots in town and he has a way of looking effortlessly hot at all times. All the boys want to be him, all the girls want to be with him… His Christmas Wish List? A pair of fly sneaks – Bapesta Embossed Leather Trainers, Bape Store, G/F, One Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay; A kitschy cool tee, Kitsune Fox Ears Tee HK$488, Sailor by kapok, Shop 101, 1/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, TST; Something boozy with a bit of bam, Yardbird Where the WOAW Things Are Limited Edition Sake, Lane Crawford Canton Road Blitz.

The Mark Zuckerberg
He knows his gigabytes from his terabytes, he’s scarily clever and he has a bit of a weakness for the newest, shiniest gadgetry. His letter to Santa is awash with toys for grown-up boys. His Christmas Wish List? A set of designer Wireless Speakers – Bang & Olufsen A9 Wireless Speaker, Available from Lane Crawford Canton Road Blitz; A cutting edge camera to bring out his creative side – Lytro Camera, a camera that captures light fields rather than a 2D flat image, from HK$3,888, A&A Audio and Video Centre or DC Fever www.lytro.com. The ultimate boy’s toy – A pocket sized bluetooth controlled Ferrari, which uses your iPhone/iPod/iPad as a remote control, HK$698, Apple Store, IFC Mall, Festival Walk and Hysan Place.

For kid’s gifts galore, stocking stuffers, and last minute airport finds, check out the Christmas Gift Fairy’s top picks here.

After that, the only A-lister left to buy for will be…you!

 
 
Rocking Around The Christmas Scene

Rocking around the Christmas scene, let the Christmas spirit ring… From Christmas trees that would make Rockefeller Center blush to heartwarming shows and concerts to fun, frolics and fancy dress, HK transforms into a winter wonderland this time of year. So don your Santa hat, dancing shoes, sparkles and Christmas cheer as we introduce the best scenes to rock around this coming holiday.

Rocking Around The Christmas SceneYou will get a sentimental feeling when you hear, voices singing let’s be jolly…

Harlem Gospel Choir – Dec 28, 29
Bringing their powerful voices, swaying hips and clapping hands all the way from New York City, the famed Harlem Gospel Choir touches down just after Christmas to give a show-stopping performance in Hong Kong.  Their inspired and energetic sets will include Christmas carols, gospel music and a tribute to Whitney Houston, featuring some of her greatest hits. Hold on to your seats, this earth shaking, soul touching celebration of song will take your breath away! (Dec 28, Tsuen Wan Town Hall & Dec 29 Yuen Long Theatre, Tickets: www.urbtix.hk)

Pop-Up Opera – through Dec 18
The Foundation for the Arts & Music in Asia will be bringing their Popup Opera Tent – a beautiful 6 metre-high, intimate cinema space with luxury seating for 40 viewers – to the heart of Central. Playing on the big screen will be The Traviata Story, a 90-minute documentary narrated by award-winning actress Louisa So, including excerpts from some of the world’s most celebrated productions of Verdi’s beautiful and tragic love story. A cinematic experience that will give you something to sing about! (Through Tues, Dec 18, Edinburgh Place (near City Hall), Screenings at 11am, 12.45pm, 2.30pm, 4.15pm, 6pm and 7.45pm, Tickets: Complimentary, Express Pass available HMV stores, www.fama.org.hk)

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…

The Nutcracker – Dec 14 -16 and 20 – 26
This year, everyone’s favourite Christmas ballet tradition has been re-imagined for the 21st century by celebrated Australian choreographer Terence Kohler. This brand-new production, with an entirely fresh look and feel, will be accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s magical score, performed live by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Dun, da da da dun, dun dun dun dun… (Dec 14-16 and 20-26, HK Cultural Centre’s Grand Theatre, www.hkballet.com)

The Snow Queen – Dec 13 – 16
Travel to a magical winter scene where you will be captivated by a number of delightful characters including a magical Enchantress, a kind-hearted Crow, a friendly Reindeer and of course the evil Snow Queen! Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale and set to traditional Finnish folk music, this promises to be and enchanting and memorable show! (December 13-16, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Children 7 and older, Tickets: Adults HK$200, Children HK$150, www.urbtix.hk)

At the Christmas party hop…

SantaCon – Dec 15
Buckle up your belt and hold onto your hat, the one-and-only SantaCon is coming to Hong Kong! SantaCon is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year in cities around the globe. On December 15th, expect to see a wave of red suited, white bearded old men and women making their way through the bars and restos of Central. All that’s left to do is dress up as Santa Claus, and join the party!  Ho, ho, hope you have fun! (Dec 15, Details click here)

Christmas Eve “Under the Stars” at Armani / Prive – Dec 24
As the sun sets on Christmas Eve, the stunning terrace of Armani / Prive will come alive with a sparkling celebration to remember. Toast the festive season and party under the stars to the sounds of a Live Band before DJ Jacob kicks off a frenzy on the dance floor. Watch out Santa, Christmas Eve’s never seen glamour like this!
(HK$250 in advance, HK$300 at the door including a glass of Moët & Chandon, 3583 2828)

Christmas Eve Party at Socialito – Dec 24
Baby it’s cold outside, but on December 24th your Christmas celebrations are set to get a little more caliente at a special Christmas Party at Socialito.  DJ Bennie Blanco will be on the decks and tickets include complimentary Veuve Clicquot champagne & Don Julio tequila all night long, which means you’re sure to be merrily dancing the night away. Feliz Navidad! ($500 per person, 3167 7380)

If we still have wind in our sleigh for something more, we can have some pumpkin pie and do some caroling…

HK Philharmonic presents Harry’s Christmas – Dec 23 – 24
Join Harry Wong and the HK Philharmonic for a festive evening filled with all your favourite Christmas carols. Listen as the Phil rings in Christmas with an orchestral delight of Yuletide sounds, then join in the fun as the cast and audience breaks into song and carols the night away. (December 23-24, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, www.urbitx.hk)

King of Kings Concert at St. John’s Cathedral – Dec 12
Tonight, join the famed Cecilian Singers as they bring their voices together to celebrate the group’s 50th Anniversary with a special Christmas Concert, guaranteed to end your day on a high note…
(Wed, Dec 12, St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central, www.ceciliansingers.com, 2570 3783)

Christmas meets Jazz at The Fringe Club – Dec 28
The Fringe Club’s Cabaret Theatre presents a night of comedic live jazz and daring twists on your favourite Christmas carols.  Grab a few friends and head to this live music hideaway for a fun and festive evening that grooves to a whole new beat! (Sat, Dec 28th, 10pm, Fringe Club Cabaret Theatre, HK$100 in advance, HK$125 on the day, including one drink, 2521 7251)

Have a Happy Holiday!  Everyone dancing merrily in the new old-fashioned way!

 
 
Michelin Star Restaurants – Hong Kong 2013

Foodies, start your engines.  HK’s star restaurants have just been announced by the 2013 Michelin Guide, and from local noodle shops to homegrown innovators to dazzling hotel hotspots, the city’s food scene is on a roll. THE STEAK HOUSE at the InterContinental received its first Michelin star this year, making the property the only one in Hong Kong to have three Michelin restaurants under one roof (SPOON by Alain Ducasse has two, and Yan To Heen also has one). The Four Season’s Caprice and Lung King Heen have both retained their enviable three stars, as has L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, while 8½ Otto e Mezzo – Bombana remains the only Italian restaurant outside of Italy to have earned the coveted triple star status. Two restaurants in ICC, Tin Lung Heen at the Ritz-Carlton, and Japanese Ryu Gin have earned an incredible two stars this year.  While Hong Kong innovators at Tate Dining Room, L’Altro, The Press Room Group’s The Principal, and Harlan Goldstein’s Gold and Strip House have all been awarded their first-ever stars. For the full list of star restaurants including 61 restaurants in Hong Kong and 7 in Macau, plus 76 more who have been awarded “Bib Gourmand” status, Michelin 2013 guides are available at bookstores starting this week.  But first, here’s a sneak preview of who came out shining…

★★★ Three Michelin Stars

Caprice (French)
Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central
+852 3196 8888

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (French Contemporary)
Shop 401, The Landmark, Central
+852 2166 9000

Lung King Heen (Cantonese)
Podium 4, Four Seasons, 8 Finance Street, Central
+852 3196 8899

8½ Otto e Mezzo – Bombana (Italian)
Shop 202, 2/F, Alexandra House, Central
+852 2537 8859

★★ Two Michelin Stars

Ah Yat Harbour View Restaurant (Cantonese)
29/F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2328 0983

Amber (French Contemporary)
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 11-19A Queen’s Road Central
+852 2132 0066

Bo Innovation (Innovative)
J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
+852 2850 8371

Celebrity Cuisine (Cantonese)
Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, 1/F, 3 Kau U Fong, Central
+852 3650 0066

Ming Court (Cantonese)
Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
+852 3552 3300

Ryu Gin (Japanese)
101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Rd, West Kowloon
+852 2302 0222

Shang Palace (Cantonese)
Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2733 8754

Spoon by Alain Ducasse (French)
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2313 2256

Summer Palace (Cantonese)
Island Shangri-La, Supreme Court Road, Level 5, Pacific Place, Central
+852 2820 8552

Sun Tung Lok (Chinese)
Shop D, 4/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2152 1417

Sushi Yoshitake (Sushi)
L/F, The Mercer, 29 Jervois St, Sheung Wan
+852 2643 6800

Tin Lung Heen (Cantonese)
The Ritz-Carlton, 103/F, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Hong Kong
+852 2263 2263

Ye Shanghai – Kowloon (Shanghainese)
Marco Polo Hotel, 6/F, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2376 3322

★ One Michelin Star

Cépage (French)
23 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai
+852 2861 3130

Chili Fagara (Sichuan)
Shop E, No. 45-53, Graham Street,, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2893 3330

Cuisine Cuisine at the Mira (Cantonese)
3/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

+852 2315 5222
Cuisine Cuisine – IFC (Cantonese)
3101-3107, podium level 3, ifc mall, Central
+852 2393 3933

Din Tai Fung – Tsim Sha Tsui (Shanghainese)
Shop 130, 3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Raod, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2730 6928

Dong Lai Shun (Chinese)
69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2733 2020

Fook Lam Moon – Kowloon (Cantonese)
53-59 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2366 0286

Fook Lam Moon – Wan Chai (Cantonese)
35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
+852 2866 0663

Forum (Cantonese)
485 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay
+852 2869 8282

Fu Ho – Tsim Sha Tsui (Cantonese)
Shop C, 4/F, Miramar Shopping Arcade, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2736 2228

Gold by Harlan Goldstein (European Contemporary)
Level 2 LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street  Lan Kwai Fong, Central
+852 2869 9986

Golden Valley (Chinese)
The Emperor Hotel, 1 Wang Tak Street, Happy Valley
+852 2961 3330

Guo Fu Lou (Cantonese)
31/F, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
+852 2487 3788

Ho Hung Kee (Noodles and Congee)
2 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay
+852 2577 6558

Hoi King Heen (Cantonese)
Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2731 2883

Hong Zhou (Hang Zhou)
178 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
+852 2591 1898

Hung’s Delicacies (Chiu Chow)
84-94A Wharf Road, North Point
+852 2570 1108

Jardin de Jade (Shanghainese)
Shop G3–4, G/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
+852 3528 0228

L’Altro (Italian)
10/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Road, Central
+852 2555 9100

Lei Garden – IFC (Cantonese)
Shop No. 3007-11, 3/F., International Finance Centre, Central
+852 2295 0238

Lei Garden – Kowloon Bay (Cantonese)
Shop F2, 2/F, Telford Plaza, Kowloon Bay
+852 2331 3306

Lei Garden – Mong Kok (Cantonese)
121 Sai Yee Street, Mongkok
+852 2392 5184

Lei Garden – North Point (Cantonese)
9 City Garden Road, North Point
+852 2806 0008

Lei Garden – Sha Tin (Cantonese)
6/F., New Town Plaza, Shatin, New Territories
+852 2698 9111

Lei Garden – Wan Chai (Cantonese)
1/F., CNT Tower, 338 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
+852 2892 0333

Loaf On (Cantonese)
49 Market Street, Sai Kung
+852 2792 9966

Mandarin Grill + Bar (European Contemporary)
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd West, Central
+852 2825 4004

Pang’s Kitchen (Cantonese)
G/F, 25 Yik Yam Street, Happy Valley
+852 2838 5462

Pierre (French Contemporary)
25/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd West, Central
+852 2825 4001

Strip House by Harlan Goldstein (Steakhouse)
5/F, Grand Progress Building, 15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central
+852 2521 8638

T’ang Court (Cantonese)
The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2132 7898

Tate Dining Room (Innovative)
59 Elgin St, SoHo
+852 2555 2172

The Principal (European Innovative)
9 Star Street, Wan Chai
+852 2563 3444

The Square (Cantonese)
4F, Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central
+852 2525 1163

The Steak House Wine bar + grill (Steakhouse)
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2721 1211

Tim Ho Wan – Mong Kok (Dim Sum)
Flat 8, Ground Floor, Phase 2, Tsui Yuen Mansion, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Kowloon
+852 2332 2896

Tim Ho Wan – Sham Shui Po (Dim Sum)
+852 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po

Tim’s Kitchen (Cantonese)
Shop A & 1/F, 84-90, Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
+852 2543 5919

Wagyu Kaiseki Den (Japanese)
263 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
+852 2851 2820

Xin Dau Ji – Jordan (Cantonese)
G/F & 1/F, 18 Cheung Lok Street, Jordan
+852 2388 6020

Yan Toh Heen (Cantonese)
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2313 2323

Yuè (Cantonese)
1/F, City Garden Hotel, 9 City Garden Road, North Point
+852 2806 4918

Yù Lěi (Chinese)
5/F, Harbourfront Landmark, 11 Wan Hoi Street, Hung Hom
+852 3746 2788

Zhejiang Heen (Shanghainese)
2/F & 3/F, Kiu Fu Commercial Building, 300-306 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
+852 2877 9011

The Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2013
HK$198
Available from December 5, 2012

Photo Credit: Bobby Yip, Reuters

 
 
Winter Hotel Hotspots from Mr & Mrs Smith

Whether it’s a relaxing Christmas getaway, a culture-filled Chinese New Year jaunt, or just a winter weekend escape, you can’t help dreaming about your next holiday… Here to whet your appetite for wanderlust, boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith serve up a Winter Travel Tasting Menu including three sumptuous stays in Siem Reap, a chic Chiang Mai find and a sizzling hot offer in Shanghai.

Winter Hotel Hotspots from Mr & Mrs SmithDish of the Day: Shinta Mani, Siem Reap
Set in Siem Reap’s serene French Quarter, sophisticated Shinta Mani boutique hotel seduces with soft lighting, fragrant scents and made-you-look, mod-Cambodian design, recently revamped by US interiors whizz Bill Bensley. From here, mission out on tailored tours to Angkor’s dazzling temples on the edge of town, including Angkor Wat, vine-shrouded Ta Prohm, and the mesmerising faces of the Bayon. Later, retreat to your spacious suite or savour the cool pool, soothing spa and dreamy swing-seat dining.

Something on the Side: La Résidence d’Angkor, Siem Reap
Centrally located La Résidence d’Angkor hotel sits beside the Siem Reap River, a stroll from the Old Market. Arranged around a discreet courtyard with an inky swimming pool as its centerpiece, this stylish sanctuary encourages you to slow right down. Inviting rooms blend traditional materials with subtly modern design, and you can’t help but love the oversize bath tubs. And the spa; oh, the spa. In a word? Special.

Share Plate: Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa, Siem Reap
It may feel like a blissful beach retreat, but newcomer Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa is actually located on the rural outskirts of town. This away-from-it-all escape is ideal for families or travellers who’ve stayed in Siem Reap before, with free tuk-tuks provided to ferry you around. Upping the oasis factor are two pools, tropical gardens, smart Italian and Khmer dining, and an intimate spa, while light white-and-blue contemporary boudoirs nod to soothing Mediterranean style.

First Bite: 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai
There’s no place that better embodies Thailand’s cultural heritage and modern aspirations than Chiang Mai, home to splendid stupas, saffron-robed monks, chic boutiques and elephant safaris. Offering a nostalgic mix of historic Thai architecture and sleek contemporary design, 137 Pillars House is set in the arty Wat Gate enclave, perfectly placed for exploring Chiang Mai’s temples, markets, shops and treat-filled eateries.

Last Order: The Puli Hotel and Spa, Shanghai
Fancy a spa and shopping break in Shanghai? Stylish city stay The PuLi Hotel and Spa has a host of hot offers to tempt you, including up to 25 percent off room rates if you book before December 31st. Devote those savings to a green-tea wrap in the hotel’s dreamy day spa, or a clothing spree in nearby Xintiandi.

Always in good taste…

Mr & Mrs Smith
www.mrandmrssmith.com
800 905 326

 
 
Furla Opening Party

You are invited to the Official Opening of Furla, Times Square!  Next Tuesday, December 4, 2012, from 6:30-8:30pm, celebrate a colourful Christmas and toast to the stunning new Furla store in a festively fabulous event featuring one-night-only 10% discounts, champagne, canapes, and sweet treats, interactive model photo areas and limited edition Furla CANDY Collection Christmas gifts. Dress in your bright and beautiful best and get ready for a sparkling night to remember!

Please RSVP online or to contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk to secure your spot.

Looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday and celebrating the festive season at Furla!

 
 
Sweet Treat-ment

'Festive Glow' Spa Programme Launches at PlateauMince Pies, Chocolate Iced Yule Logs, Candy Cane Peppermint Bark…the season ahead will be filled with sweets galore.  Top of the treats list?  The ‘Festive Glow’ spa treatment at Plateau Spa. Check into the Grand Hyatt’s stunning and serene urban haven where you will be whisked away into one of their gorgeous treatment rooms and pampered, soothed and prepped for the upcoming season of festivities. The divine ‘Festive Glow’ is a decadent treat, exclusively on offer this winter.  The treatment includes a 60-minute Carita Drainage Massage and wrap.  The Carita Refining Massage Mask used for this completely nourishes and rehydrates the skin while helping with water retention. You will feel sublimely relaxed and ready for the delightful decadence to follow, a 60-minute June Jacobs Moisturizing Facial with massage by volcanic stone.  Using volcanic stone to massage the face dramatically helps with drainage and will turn any lackluster complexion into glowing perfection.

You will emerge radiant and blissfully serene, looking good enough to eat this festive season!

Plateau Spa at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
‘Festive Glow’ Spa Programme (HK$1,750+10%)
Available December 1, 2012 – February 28, 2013
+825 2584 7688
plateau.hkggh@hyatt.com
www.plateauspa.com

 
 
Winter Lights

You may have heard of the designer, you may have seen her glamorously edgy pieces on the city’s top models, or you may have even caught one of her celebrated fashion shows…  Now’s your chance to meet the one-and-only Susanna Ngao — one of HK’s most celebrated fashion designers and creator of the much-adored clothing line S.Nine — and visit her beautiful showroom to sip champagne, check-out the collections and see where all the magic happens! On Thursday, November 29, from 6:30 – 9:30pm, S.Nine and Dim Sum & Then Some invite you to experience “Winter Lights,” a cocktail party and shopping event to showcase the brand’s Fall/Winter Collection.  Discover S.Nine’s feminine designs with modern, urban touches in sheer chiffon, waxed lace, and metallic jacquard — perfect for dressing up your holiday style — while enjoying champagne, festive treats, goody bags, lucky draw prizes, personalized tailoring by the designer herself, and an exclusive 15% discount. For DSTS readers who want to come back and view the collections in a more private setting, Susanna will break out the champagne again for one-on-one or group shopping appointments, and keep the discount going until Monday, December 3rd. Plus, in the spirit of holiday giving, 10% of all purchases made will be donated to Mother’s Choice Charity.

Looking for something uniquely stylish and eye-catching with just the right amount of edge this winter? It’s time you see the light at S.Nine!

Please RSVP to contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk. Space is Limited.

 
 
New Year’s Eve SKY BALL

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of James Bond, Hullett House and Dim Sum & Then Some present SKY BALL 0013 New Year’s Eve Party. On December 31st, be transported to the enchanting world of the famous British secret agent, where a beautiful setting, a stunning cast of characters and elements of mystery and intrigue promise to create an incredible night to remember! Sip on a selection of Bond’s favourite cocktails over the past 50 years, at a ‘Shaken not Stirred’ Martini Bar under the stars and get ready for a scintillating evening featuring a ‘For Your Eyes Only’ Bond and Bond Girl entertainment showcase and ‘Casino Royale’ photo areas, games and prizes. Highlights of your favourite Bond scenes will play on the silver screen as you dance the night away to the eclectic sounds of ‘Licensed to Kill’ French DJ Hallex M.

SKY BALL Party Tickets: are HK$390 per person including one complimentary drink.
SKY BALL Party + Dinner Tickets: are HK$780 including a ‘From Hong Kong with Love’ Dinner Party Buffet in Hullett House’s stunning tea room and gardens from 9:30pm – 11:30pm, party entrance and one complimentary drink.
VIP Tables: each with their own Bond-theme are priced at HK$6,000 for up to 6 people including 2 bottles of Champagne and 1 bottle of Spirits

To reserve your spot, call +852 3988 0210, email NYE2013@hulletthouse.com, or book online directly here.

Plus, book before December 17, 2012 and you will receive HK$50 off Party Tickets and HK$100 off Party + Dinner Tickets.

This New Year’s Eve, anything is possible…’Never Say Never Again’!

 
 
Turkey Time

Turkey TimeHawaiian beaches, silver screen glamour, homemade apple pie, George Clooney… Whether or not you’re American, there are some national treasures that are universally appealing. Top of the list…Thanksgiving.  What’s not to love about a holiday where the only major requirements are feasting followed by an immediate turkey-induced nap, followed by more feasting?

The ultimate spot in Hong Kong to enjoy this much-adored American pastime… Your place, of course, with a little help from the expert chefs at The Langham’s Main St. Deli, who will cook up a decadent feast and deliver all the goods straight to your door.

Set your table, invite a few friends and get ready for the most delicious and hassle free holiday of your life! Start your dining experience with cream of roast pumpkin soup with toasted pistachios before carving into a whole roasted U.S. Tom turkey with apple, sage and cornbread stuffing and all the fixings – whipped potatoes, honeyed sweet potatoes, sautéed Brussel sprouts, buttered baby carrots, pan gravy and cranberry sauce.  After going in for round two and three of turkey, wash it all down with maple glazed pecan pie or pumpkin cheesecake, prepared by The Langham’s incredible pastry chef extraordinaire.

To order, all you have to do fill out this form, choose from one of two tantalizing Turkey-To-Go Feasts priced at HK$1,588* (for 6-10 people) and HK$2,288* (for 16-20 people) and email to hkg.msd@langhamhotels.com (48-hours advance booking required). Celebrate Thanksgiving any day you wish, as the Turkey-To-Go Menu is available anytime from now through December 31st, plus, all orders during the month of November will receive a discount of 10% off.

It was almost a year ago you missed your chance when Mr. Clooney was in town…you don’t want to let another one get away!

Thanksgiving at Main St. Deli
The Langham Hong Kong
8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Available through December 31, 2012
+852 2132 7898
hkg.msd@langhamhotels.com

**EXCLUSIVE READER CONTEST**: One lucky DSTS reader will receive a Turkey-To-Go Thanksgiving Feast from The Langham’s Main St. Deli valued at HK$1588. All you have to do is LIKE The Langham HK Facebook Page and email contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk to let us know: What is your favourite Thanksgiving dish and why?

 
 
INVITATION: It’s Christmas Time in the City!

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style, In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas…and nowhere more so than at 32 Wellington Street, where Santa and some seriously glamorous helpers are setting his big scene for KEE Club and Dim Sum & Then Some’s 4th Annual Holiday Bazaar! On Monday, November 26th, from 11:00am – 8:00pm, join us for a full day of fabulous festive season fun featuring holiday grooves, mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas cakes and cookies, and all day free flowing dim sum. Strings of streetlights, even stoplights, blink of bright red and green, as the shoppers rush home with their treasures after checking out 20 of Hong Kong’s best brands –- from holiday cards and wrapping, to beautiful organic foods for your next dinner party, to accessories for your table and gorgeous gifts for the home, to stunning candles and spa products, to glittering jewellery, plush cashmere and sparkling kaftans, to adorable children’s wear and toys.

Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile…soon it will be Christmas Day!

 
 
Lingerie & Jewelry Charity Fashion Show and Party @ Shore

Elusive lingerie, enchanting models, glittering jewels, decadent cocktails, balmy autumn breezes, DJ sounds…what more could you ask for on a Saturday night on the town?  How about the chance to save a girl’s life…

This Saturday, November 3, Sheer Lingerie Boutique and Edge of Ember Jewelry are joining forces to present a Lingerie & Jewelry Charity Fashion Show and Party at Shore.

Their goal is to raise HK $100,000 to support three organizations in Cambodia and Nepal dedicated to combating sex trafficking of young girls. All proceeds will be used towards rescue work and providing food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and skills training so these girls can support their families and leave the sex industry for good.

One ticket (only $300) will feed and clothe one girl for one month!

To purchase tickets or make donations visit www.oneticketonegirl.com

Lingerie & Jewelry Charity Fashion Show and Party
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 9pm – 11pm
Shore
3/F, L Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central
www.oneticketonegirl.com

 
 
Viva Barca!

NYC’s Beloved Boqueria Opens in HKThink Spain.  More to the point, think Barcelona.  Warm Mediterranean breezes? Breathtaking art and architecture?  Delicious eye candy? Yes sure, but who are we kidding – let’s talk food. Jamon Iberico. Patatas Bravas. Paella de Mariscos. Tortilla Espanola. Churros con Chocolate.  Need we go on?  If only there were direct flights between Hong Kong and Barcelona!

Not to worry.  New York’s most beloved tapas bar, Boqueria, has just made its way to our friendly shores and is ready to transport you and your taste buds to the world’s culinary capital. From the heart of Hong Kong, you will inexplicably find yourself in the belly of Barcelona. No detail is spared, right down to the chalkboard menus, the moorish tiles, and the stacks of gorgeous produce reminiscent of the bustling central market in La Rambla that the restaurant is named for. They’ve got all the regulars (see above) that you crave, sizzled to perfection, plus signature specialties like the melt-in-your-mouth Bombas de la Barceloneta, croquettes made with potato and three kinds of Wagyu beef.  But more importantly, Chef David Izquierdo (of former Uno Mas fame) understands that perhaps there are times when a small plate might just be a little too pequeño.  Because sharing is caring, except when you’re really hungry. When appetites roar and stomachs growl the way they do upon entering this gourmet heaven, they’ve got signature larger format dishes that groups can easily gather around and sink their collective teeth into. Bone-in Smoked Rib Eye Steak, Salt Baked Whole Sea Bass. Suckling Pig.  Flavors that will slap you in the face and leave you thirsty for more.

Speaking of thirsty, let’s talk drinks, shall we? First up, the Rioja Sour, which is a blend of Maker’s Mark and red wine. So wrong, but oh so right. Or maybe a Padron Margarita. But this being an authentic-as-it-gets tapas bar, you are no doubt expecting Sangria. You will not be disappointed. Red wine, White wine, Rose? But of course. Though isn’t that a little amateur hour for you? Try Tomatina, Bourbon and Peach, or Beer. Yes you read that right: Beer Sangria. There is really nothing more to say but “Vamanos!”.

Boqueria
7/F LKF Tower
33 Wyndham Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2321 8681
www.boqueria.com.hk

 
 
American Pie

A tablespoon of local fashion and jewellery, a pinch of fine wines and gourmet foodie favourites, a dash of home décor, a sprinkling of children’s clothing and toys, and a heaping spoonful of charitable spirit.  What’ve you got?  A tried and true recipe for success at the annual AWA Charity Bazaar. Featuring over 100 vendors and supporting 12 charitable organizations in Hong Kong, this year’s shopping and feasting extravaganza is set to be the best yet.  Taking place on Thursday, November 1, from 10am – 6pm, the Bazaar will span 3 full floors of the Hong Kong Jockey Club at Happy Valley Racecourse.  Highlights include the highly anticipated Bake Sale, featuring oodles of home baked breads, cakes, pies and cookies, made by the organizations members with 100% of proceeds going directly to charity, a Fashion Show, Martial Arts Demos, Cooking Classes and Styling Sessions. Lucky Lai See prizes include a vacation in Vietnam, beauty products from Estee Lauder, hair products from Private i Salon, fine wine, gourmet chocolate and much more.

Shopping your favourite brands, munching on home baked goodies and relaxing on the terraces overlooking the racecourse, all while giving back to local charities. Now that’s what we call a little slice of heaven!

AWA Annual Charity Bazaar 2012
Thursday, November 1, 10am – 6pm
Hong Kong Jockey Club, Happy Valley Racecourse
Admission: HK$20 per person
Free Shuttle Bus every 15-mins from Admiralty MTR starting at 10am

 
 
To Know Mi is to Love Mi

To Know Mi is to Love MiAhh, Mi, otherwise known as Noodles.  How you’ve grown to love Mi, in every worldly variation.  And now you get to enjoy it in arguably one of its tastiest, most charming forms yet.  Introducing Noodle Mi, Sheung Wan’s latest hotspot boasting a colourful menu of Vietnamese delights.  Noodle Mi sets out to bring fast, fresh and fabulously delicious Vietnamese classics to HK’s busy urbanites. Décor is clean and contemporary chic and the fun colour schemes of the place mats change daily from one vibrant colour to the next, each with its own unique and playful slogan.  Enjoy Mi… not to be missed dishes include the Aromatic Crab & Shrimp Tomato Soup with Vermicelli, the Soft Shell Crab Summer Rolls, the Steamed Chicken Salad with Crunchy Cabbage & Herbs and, of course, the authentic and sumptuous Pho.  Best of all, these delectable dishes are all free of MSG, gluten and wheat making them a delightful novelty and deliciously healthy.  Enjoy them with fresh coconut water or lemongrass tea on the side.  Score a seat by the window and take in the bustling sights and sounds of Sheung Wan… who knows, you may even catch sight of the odd Beautiful Stranger.

Love Mi, Crave Mi, Want Mi?  Appetites need wait no more.

Noodle Mi
GF, 2 Bonham Strand East
Sheung Wan
+852 2253 1113

 
 
My Hong Kong – Citywide Photo Contest

Surfing at sunrise or alfresco cocktails under the stars? Hitting the high seas on a junk boat or family fun days on a farm? Scaling mountains or sky-high buildings? Discovering hidden treasures in the markets or dining at the city’s culinary hotspots? What is your Hong Kong? Pose, Snap, Share and Win with Dim Sum & Then Some and Little Steps Asia’s MY HONG KONG Citywide Photo Contest celebrating Social Media Week. Submit your favourite pics taken in and around Hong Kong for your chance to win a world of fabulous prizes including:

-       A Monogrammed Travel Tote from the MISCHA Travel Series Fall/Winter 2012 Collection

-       A luxury gift basket of natural skincare and beauty products from L’Occitane en Provence

- A “Touch of DECADEnse” 10th Anniversary Signature Spa Treatment from Sense of Touch

-       A Native Union Pop Phone from Lane Crawford

-       A Limited Edition Bespoke Box of LUXE City Guides

-       A Utopia Anti-Ageing Facial at The Mandarin Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, awarded “Facial of the Year” at the 2012 SpaChina Awards

-       A Dim Sum lunch for six guests at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kongs Michelin three-star Cantonese restaurant Lung King Heen

-       A one-night’s stay at the Langham Place in a Chuan Residence room with Chuan Yu facials for two people at the Traditional Chinese Medicine-inspired Chuan Spa, and privileged access to the Club Lounge

To check out our MY HONG KONG panel of judges click here.
Start snapping!

 
 
Happy Meal

Happy MealHere’s the thing about happy hour in Hong Kong – it often turns into happy six hours. And without a proper lining of the belly, you are more than likely looking at a pretty unhappy next morning.  Enter, MO Bar, to your very ready rescue.

Burgers and Bourdeaux. Bordeaux and Burgers.

But not just any burgers and not just any bourdeaux. We’re talking Wagyu. And Grand Cru.

We too are scratching our heads in amazement that this utterly delicious combination is only just making its debut now. But like most life-changing strokes of innovative genius (think: the iPhone, online shopping, Spanx), we’ll just gratefully accept that it is finally here.

But we digress.  Back to the beef!  MO Bar has catapulted the classic red meat/red wine combo up a few dozen notches, now offering its signature Wagyu Beef Burger alongside a glass of either Bordeaux or Burgundy Grand Cru wine, for just HK$388. It’s the absolute pinnacle of pairings.

You can have a traditional burger or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous you can go teriyaki style, which comes with pickled kyuri cucumber and onion tempura.  And lucky you get to pick from either Chateaux Talbot, Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien 2008 or Pascal Lachaux, Chambolle Musigny 1er cru Les Cras 2007.  For those of you who are a little rusty on your sommelier skills, it’s worth noting that a glass of either of these vintages would normally run you about HK$300.

So if you’re looking to grab a quick after-work drink or twelve this week, do yourself, your liver and your wallet a favor.  Head to the Landmark Mandarin Oriental.  Sink your teeth into this whopper of a burger and then wash it down with the ultimate tasty beverage.  We’re sure you’ll be more than raring to go for the next round.  Of drinks, of course. And probably burgers too. We guarantee it’ll be the happiest hour of all.

MO Bar
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
15 Queen’s Road Central
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2132 0188

 
 
Welcome to Margaritaville

Welcome to MargaritavilleYep, we know. It’s been hurting us too. Like you, we’ve been averting our eyes whenever making our way down Wyndham Street. An accidental glance at the shadow left by our beloved Prive would be way too much to bear. That ache in the pit of your stomach as you survey the crowdless curb, all those misty water-colored memories of the way things were…we feel you. Well, kiddos, you can finally shake off the nostalgia that’s been haunting you and open those eyes to the newest, most caliente kid on the block, Socialito.

The gaping void has been filled. It’s time to usher in the era of the Fiesta Mexicana.

We understand your skepticism. It’s a tough act to follow. But Socialito packs a triple threat punch, combining a taqueria, restaurant, and discoteca, wrapped in one delightful burrito of a venue.  You can finally get your eat on, your drink on, and your dance on, to complete satisfaction, all in one fabulous place. Looking for a quickie? Pull up a stool at the taqueria and crunch on a tuna tostada or sip a bacon chocolate margarita. Bet you’ll have a hard time picking just one drink from the dizzying selection of artisanal mixes, micheladas, and horchata they’re rocking. Got a little more time to look for that lost shaker of salt? What looks like the door to the kitchen is actually a speakeasy-style entrance to the more formal restaurante, where you will be able to feast on refined Mexican and Latin American cuisine. But everyone knows that this space was made for dancing. As soon as dinner has concluded, Socialito will transform itself into the discoteca of your dreams, spinning Latin grooves, soul, funk, house and more, even bringing in live percussionists on extra special nights. Now there’s only one more decision to make: La Bamba, La Macarena or La Cucaracha?  The choice is yours.

So andale, andale! Grab your sombrero and get wasted away again at Socialito. All the tacos, tamales and tequila you could ever want, but strictly BYOP.  That’s Bring Your Own Pinata, gringo.

Socialito
G/F, 60 Wyndham Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 3167 7380
reservations@socialito.com.hk

 
 
BCN –> HKG

Authentic Tapas Hotspot Opens on Peel St¡Fantástico! ¡Increíble! ¡Maravilloso! That’s right, it’s finally happened.  A little bit of one of your favourite cities, Barcelona, has finally come to you.  We welcome BCN with open arms and an excited palate as Head Chef Edgar Sanuy Barahona gets ready to surprise, delight and tantalize from his kitchen in this authentic hideaway in the heart of Central.  With only 12-seats available around a cosy tapas bar, each guest is treated to one of three set menus including a nine-course Special Chef set (HK$680), a Trip to Spain set featuring Spanish classics ($580) and a Paella set ($480).  Not to be missed dishes include the Iberico ham croquettes, the fried short noodles in a tomato seafood broth (amazing!) and the suckling pig, slow cooked for over ten hours to perfection. Get ready to be transported to a thriving side street tapas bar in the heart of Barcelona… now there’s a reason to bailar!

BCN
37 Peel Street
Central
+852 2811 2851
www.bcn.com.hk

 
 
Aqua Beach

Tonight, Saturday, August 18th, Aqua Beach presents “La Noche del Che” the most sizzling Cuban party this side of Havana on the stunning terrace of Armani/Prive.  Sip on coconut mojitos and feast on complimentary Latin inspired canapés as award winning DJ Hallex keeps the dance floor going from sunset to sunrise. Entry is HK$200 per person including one complimentary cocktail and canapés. Plus, exclusively for Dim Sum & Then Some readers, Aqua Group has extended a special offer: Buy one ticket, get the second one at 50% off. To RSVP, please email armaniprivebooking@aqua.com.hk or call +852 3583 2828 and mention “dim sum” to receive the discounted pricing.

Looking forward to seeing you for a soiree on the sand…

 
 
Groovy Peruvian

Inca-redible Chicha Opens on Peel StreetIt’s no secret – our beloved Hong Kong can be an impatient place. Having only just barely digested the slew of excellent new Mexican restaurants that have burst onto the scene, the city is once again hungry for something fresh and exotic to satisfy curious diners. Enter, Chicha. This sexy new Latin American number has got Hong Kong’s savviest abuzz and stampeding to Peel Street as they set their sights even further south of the border to Peru. Foodies worldwide are awakening to this hot hot hot cuisine, an intoxicating mix of Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and Andean flavors. With Chicha now serving up its amazing and utterly authentic Peruvian dishes in the heart of Soho, it’s safe to say that word has officially reached Hong Kong!

What’s not to love about a country whose national drink is brandy? Chicha has got Pisco, the grape-based brandy, in plentiful supply. Sip on a Pisco Sour to get started and it’ll definitely open your eyes and palette for the unique flavor rainbow that awaits. Executive Chef Michael Van Warmelo spent months traveling through Peru to get a taste for the widely varied flavours and now works mano y mano with Lima Chef Arturo Melendez to ensure each dish packs just the right punch.

To kick off your meal, you must sample Chicha’s ceviche, made the authentic way, with leche de tigre (tiger’s milk). Talk about a party on your plate, this concoction of onion, chilli and lime is rumored to be both an aphrodisiac and a hangover cure. It could just be the world’s perfect food. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Tiradito, a sashimi-like carpaccio seasoned with punchy Peruvian spices, or the Anticuchos, skewers of beef hearts (!). If you’re looking for something more familiar, tuck in to the crispy fish tacos or the suckling pig and pork belly. Either way you will not be disappointed.

Inca-redible!

Chicha
26 Peel Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2561 3336
www.conceptcreations.hk

 
 
Red, White and Mmmm…

Not only will your mouth be watering, your eyes may be too (with tears of pure joy) the moment you enter Hong Kong’s newest, unapologetically carnivorous, meat mecca.  Step off of Hollywood Road and into a 1920s Manhattan railway station, complete with a long prohibition-style bar and custom train-tracked tables.  And then prepare to feast.  From your first glance at the menu you’ll see exactly why Blue Butcher takes the farm to table tradition to a whole new level.  They carefully select the world’s finest meats, hand-picked right down to specific breeds and farms, and then prepare, bake, age and hang everything in house, for your dining pleasure. If you want to get up close and personal with your meat, just ask to take a spin around Hong Kong’s only walk-in pink salt bricked dry-aging room. You won’t be disappointed.  The unmatched quality of the produce is brought to life via straightforward, honest preparation, and shines through with epic flavors in every single bite.  Hefty plates and cuts satisfy the biggest of appetites and are perfect for sharing…or not.  Vegetarians need not apply.

If you’re still looking for the perfect place to properly devour the 4th of July, your search is decidedly over.  The team at Blue Butcher have developed a special menu to celebrate the birth of the world’s most carnivorous nation, highlighted by Bone in Beef Short Rib with Jack Daniels Jus.  Yep, Jack Daniels Jus.  Wouldn’t blame you if you get an extra helping of the melt-in-your-mouth bone marrow on sourdough toast too!  What could possibly be more American than ordering to excess?  Maybe the “Apple Pie Moonshine” cocktail – the liquid dessert that will have everyone saluting the stars and stripes!

Blue Butcher
108 Hollywood Road
+852 2613 9286
www.bluebutcher.com

 
 
Summer Guide 2012

Summer Guide 2012I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day . . .I guess, you’d say, what can make me feel this way? Why it’s none other than–Summer on the Scene–Dim Sum & Then Some’s 2nd Annual all-access guide to the best of HK’s summer hotspots, hideaways and adventures. Whether you’re looking to sail up to Sai Kung on an antique junk boat whose decks have been graced by royalty, spend the day lounging on grassy lawns, cooling off in sky high swimming pools, indulging in decadent spa treatments, surfing with the pros, or just want to kick back with a few icy-cool cocktails at an alfresco seaside spot, your summer starts here!

Accessible from now through November on the DSTS homepage, all that’s left to do is -download, forward, print, and play!

Happy Summer!

 
 
Twinkle Twinkle

See the Stars at Annie Leibovitz's Debut Solo Show in Hong KongCatch a glimpse of the stars at Annie Leibovitz‘s hotly anticipated debut solo show in Hong Kong.  Hot on the heels of the gorgeous Gap China ad campaign that hit the city’s billboards with a splash recently, the rockstar photographer is bringing a collection of portraits reflecting the theme of power in public and private spheres to the Sundaram Tagore Gallery through June 17.  Works on display will include searing images of celebrities like Andy Warhol, Angelina Jolie, and Nicole Kidman, among others, from the legendary photographer’s forty-year career.

Annie Leibovitz
Through June 17, 2012
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
57-59 Hollywood Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2581 9678
For Further Details, click here

 
 
Dancing in the Streets

Callin’ out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer’s here and the time is right, for dancing in the streets… From the winding waterways to the picturesque piazzas to the striking Campanile Tower, they’ll be nothing but dancing in the streets of The Venetian Macao this weekend. From Friday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27, the second annual Venetian Carnival promises a three-day non-stop music, food and drinks festival that will keep you on your toes all weekend long.

Dancing in the StreetsThey’re dancin’ in Chicago, down in New Orleans… and that’s exactly where you’ll be transported to, with this year’s Mardi Gras theme featuring a nightly parade of brass bands, street performers, magicians, singers, theme-decorated booths, international food stands, beer gardens, and more. On Friday (7pm) and Saturday (4pm), the night’s entertainment will kick off with an International Jazz Festival featuring 6 live bands. Then on the main stage, a live “Battle of the Bands” featuring 12 of the world’s best Jazz & Blues bands, will ensue culminating in a grand finale standoff on Sunday evening (10pm). Slip into your mask and layer on some beads for a weekend of uninhibited revelry in The Big Easy!

All we need is music, sweet music, they’ll be music everywhere… Friday evening, May 25th at 9pm, Ten-time Grammy Award winning jazz legend George Benson will give his first-ever live concert in Macao – An Evening with George Benson – at The Venetian Theatre. The night promises to be a treat for all the senses with a “best of” selection of Benson’s much adored mix of jazz, pop and R & B, along with his stellar guitar stylings, which have earned him the nickname “Guitar Man.”  The concert will be one of the first to take place in the newly launched Venetian Theatre, an intimate and upscale venue featuring champagne service, gourmet snacks and exclusive amenities, bringing the concert experience in Macao to a new level of luxury. Tickets start at MOP400 and can be booked online at www.CotaiTicketing.com, or by calling +852 6333 6660.  Don’t miss the chance to see one of the world’s greatest Jazz legends right in your own backyard!

This is an invitation, across the nation… On Saturday, May 26th, the stars will come out to play for The Venetian Carnival Mardi Gras Costume Charity Ball, Macao’s top social event of the season. Performances by New Orleans famous The Michael Foster Brass Band, four-time Grammy nominees The Pine Leaf Boys and The Nevilles will keep the dance floor alight late into the evening hours.

Oh it doesn’t matter what you wear, just as long as you are there… If all that dancing has left you ready to put on your pajamas, why not stay the night? Your Royale Suite awaits with a special Rewards Package including Accommodations, Breakfast, CotaiJet Tickets and MOP500 Rewards Dollars for shopping, dining, spa and entertainment.

They’ll be swingin’, swaying and records playin’… see you in the streets at The Venetian Carnival!

 
 
Beach Boys and California Girls – W Hong Kong Summer Series 2012

California Girls we’re unforgettable, Daisy Dukes, Bikinis on top, sun-kissed skin, so hot, we’ll melt your popsicle…From the West Coast to West Kowloon, summer’s just heating up. And at the W Hong Kong, that can only mean one thing, the launch of the W’s legendary Summer Series pool parties.

 Beach Boys and California Girls - W Hong Kong Summer Series 2012  Bikinis, Tankinis, Martinis
Slip into your most seductive swimwear and get ready to get wetter and wilder than ever for the W’s hottest pool party series to date. Riding the two-year wave of unprecedented poolside fun, the 2012 Series is set to hit our shores on Saturday, May 26 with an epic Launch Event. One unforgettable pool party per month will follow through September.
Mark your calendar for summer’s most sought-after Saturdays:
May 26
June 16
July 21
August 25
September 15

There Must Be Something in the Water
Ready to make a splash? The W’s stunning 76th floor infinity pool and WET Deck will be transformed into a jaw-dropping party space in the sky.  A cocktail of fashion, auto, music and spirits partners from Absolut to Alfa Romeo and La Perla to Perrier-Jouët will shake things up each month with fashion shows, ice bars, international DJs, decadent dance performances and more.

Fine, Fresh, Fierce
Electrifying beats will raise the roof at the Launch Event on May 26, when a group of Hong Kong DJs will showcase their talents to vie for a spot in the globally renowned W Hotels and burn studios DJ LAB. Even the DJs will be glammed up to poolside perfection in ensembles by THE SWANK / Just Cavalli.

It’s Undeniable
These are the summer’s hottest tickets.  Whether you’re flying solo or have your entire entourage in tow, there are plenty of ways to play.
Single Shot – HK$300 (includes1 drink voucher each for the pool party and after-party)
WIP Zone – HK$850 (includes free-flowing Perrier-Jouët champagne, wine, cocktails, beer and soft drinks at the pool party and a drink voucher for the after-party)
Table to Rock – HK$5,000 (includes a magnum of Perrier-Jouët champagne, a bottle of Absolut vodka, and 6 drink vouchers for the after-party)

Sipping Gin and Juice
Summer Sundays filled with champagne brunches and luxe lounging? Welcome to WET Sunday Session. Every Sunday starting from June 3, W Hong Kong will open their exclusive pool and stunning deck. Kick back with sultry cocktails and sublime DJ grooves for an afternoon poolside party from 3pm to 8pm, like only the W can put on. Entry is HK$280 per person, including access to the pool deck and one complimentary welcome cocktail on arrival. But come a bit earlier for the W’s famous Kitchen Sunday Brunch and you will receive 50% off the pool entry price.

For the Saturday night parties, tickets can be booked through HK Ticketing / +852 3188 2888 or Tom Lee Music Stores.  For Tables or Sunday Session, contact wetparties.hk@whotels.com / +852 3717 2783

West Kowloon, represent, now put your hands up! The W Summer Series is about to begin…

 
 
Say Buongiorno!

Say Buongiorno!Linguini Fini has been making headlines since it opened, with its decidedly fresh, fun vibe, mouthwatering innovative dishes, farm to table ethos and even a Michelin recognition.  This winter, they transformed the ground floor of L Place into the hip and happening The Bar at Linguini Fini, serving their delectable pizzas, savoury snacks and unbelievable desserts, including homemade ice cream sandwiches and giant American-style cookies, all day long. Now, Chef Vinny Lauria and his team are set to wow us again, this time even before we’ve had our morning coffee.   Say Buongiorno to Breakfast at Linguini Fini, hitting the grills from 7am daily! Choose from a selection of freshly baked pastries including Lemon & Ricotta Pound Cake, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Sour Cherry & Cream Cheese Danishes, and Cinnamon Buns served hot out of the oven.  Go healthy with a fruit and yogurt cup made with seasonal fruits from the Homegrown Foods local farms. Or dig into the LF version of New York’s favourite hangover cure “a bacon, egg and cheese” sandwich made with the company’s locally sourced farm fresh eggs, homemade crispy pancetta and provolone, or the Big Boy Breakfast, a fry-up featuring homemade garlic and parsley pork sausage, 2 eggs any style, charred semolina cannellini beans, pancetta and roasted tomatoes. Complimentary unlimited cups of LF’s signature La Colombe coffee, tea and fresh juices will give your morning a kickstart, while wi-fi and the latest newspapers ensure you’re ready for the day ahead.

Mornings may never be the same again.

Breakfast at Linguini Fini
Served 7 Days a Week, 7:00AM – 11:00AM
G/F, The L Place
139 Queen’s Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2857 1333
www.linguinifini.com

 
 
Super Mario

Super MarioGame on. Italian-American celebrity chef and uber-restaurateur Mario Batali has taken his first leap into Hong Kong with the opening of an outpost of his much-adored New York favourite LUPA.  Located right in the heart of Queen’s Road Central, LUPA’s sprawling space strikes just the right balance between modern urban glamour and traditional bistro chic, while the spacious outdoor terrace featuring dark bars offset by bowls of fresh lemons, alfresco café tables and plush banquettes, mean you’ll be tempted to stop and savour at least one bellini under the stars. But the real showstopper at LUPA, as with all of Batali’s restaurants, is the sumptuous, freshly prepared and mouth-wateringly delicious Italian food.  Menu highlights include his famous ricotta gnocchi and spaghetti carbonara as well as pizzas from simple margherita to melt in your mouth mushroom, served bubbling hot out of the oven.  Lunch features decadent appetizer and dessert buffets including perfectly prepared Italian vegetables, salads, meats and breads and a mouthwatering selection of freshly baked cookies and cakes. Leading the kitchen will be Chef Zach Allen, who has been working with Batali for over 10-years, while select staff from both his New York and Vegas hotspots have been brought in to make sure the service is tip top. Ready for more? We’ve gotten the inside scoop that two more Batali restos are set to open in HK before 2013.

Hong Kong dining, you’ve reached the next level.

LUPA
3/F, LHT Tower
31 Queens Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2796 6500
http://www.diningconcepts.com.hk/lupa

 
 
AROXTA.com ‘Nothing to HYDE’ Pop-Up Shop

AROXTA.com, Hong Kong’s new hot destination for style, shopping and fashion inspiration, exclusively invites you to “Nothing to HYDE” a unique and trendsetting Pop-Up Shop Series at HYDE Bar & Lounge featuring some of Hong Kong’s top fashion and jewellery brands along with select style partners from around the globe, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Hong Kong. On Thursday, April 19th, from 11am – 9pm, check out the spring/summer collections from some of Hong Kong’s top fashion and jewellery brands and boutiques and get the inside scoop on the latest trends from AROXTA.com’s celebrity stylists. Enjoy a luxurious “style lunch” of HYDE’s famous Tapas and more, as well as sweet treats, spa goodies and shopping incentives all day long. From 7-9pm, join us at a VIP Cocktail Party featuring complimentary cocktails, created by HYDE’s master mixologists, and a LIVE presentation of the Grand Prize winners of AROXTA’s “HK’s Top Style Blogger Competition.“

Please RSVP online. See you next Thursday for pop-up shopping, sweets, spa goodies and cocktails galore. C’mon you’ve got Nothing to HYDE!

 
 
Jack Wills invites you to…

Join Jack Wills on Saturday, April 14th for an All-Day Festival of Rugby to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the legendary “Taipan Challenge” at the Hong Kong Football Club. This iconic Hong Kong sporting event brings together global business leaders, Hong Kong rising stars and the international sporting elite in an annual competition like you’ve never seen before. Off the pitch, play time takes on a whole new meaning as Jack Wills presents Live Bands and DJs starting from midday, along with Beers, BBQ and lots more field-side fun. The rugby will be on all day with the first-ever Jack Wills Alumni University Match, Oxbridge Students vs. Ivy League Students and famed Taipan vs. The HKFC Presidents 15 kicking off in the late afternoon. Ready for another half? Grab your favourite teammates and go for Post Match Beers with the players at the Official “Taipan Challenge” After- Party from 6pm onwards at the Jack Wills Leighton Centre Store! For a preview of the festivities, click here

Free Entry, All-Day Live Music, Rugby and Festival Fun.

Beers, BBQ and Sunshine await!

 
 
Dim Sum & Then Some 5th Anniversary Party
 
 
Urban Safari – Karen Millen Spring Summer Collection Launch Party

Calling all global nomads and intrepid style setters, we’re taking you on your next exotic adventure… Join us on Wednesday, March 21st, from 6-9pm at the new CENTRAL/CENTRAL event space for an Urban Safari Cocktail Party to celebrate the Official Launch of the Karen Millen Spring Summer 2012 Collection. Take a dip into spring’s new tribal trend and keep your eyes peeled for a preview of the brand new collections on an untamed escapade filled with sunset cocktails and champagne, bongo beats and tribal sounds, stunning body art by Sara’s Henna, mini massages by Sense of Touch, suitcases filled with divine chocolates by Jean-Paul Hévin, and an amazing one-night-only 20% discount on everything in the store!

Please rsvp below or by emailing contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk.

It’s time to get a little wild…

 
 
Eremett Private Sale

Sunshine has (finally!) returned to Hong Kong, spring is in the air and it’s time to start thinking about storing away your all-black winter wardrobe and toned-down accessories in favour of something a little more…exotic. Here to bring a burst of colour and a splash of shimmer back into your life is much-adored accessories brand, Eremett. Launched in 2010, the brand’s versatile and uniquely alluring accessories have quickly become a firm fashion editor favourite and are now selling exclusively at Harrods in London and Lane Crawford in HK. Eremett’s exotic skin clutch bags and one-of-a-kind cocktail rings make every night out it’s own alluring adventure, while their stunning iPhone cases, cosmetic bags and belts promise to catch eyes and turn heads throughout your global escapades. Exclusively for Dim Sum & Then Some readers and the brand’s VIPs, Eremett is holding their first ever Private Sale at KEE Club this Friday, March 9 from 11am – 8pm. Enjoy the chance to meet Eremett founder Natalie de Gama-Rose over cocktails and receive an amazing one-day-only 50% discount on almost all items in the brand new Spring Summer 2012 Collection. After a little stop-off at this sale, your weekend plans are suddenly looking a whole lot brighter…

 
 
Libertine Launch Party

French martinis, wines, cheeses, chocolates, patisseries… Taking your love affaire with all things fabulously French to a whole new level is Libertine, a hot new little bistro with a whole lot of charm and a certain je ne sais quoi. Home to a beautiful bar, spacious dining room, open-air terrace, and a menu of comfort food favourites, this new all-day and late-night dining destination located just off Hollywood Road, has already become a home away from home for nearby art gallerists and design mavens. So, it’s no surprise that on the eve of Paris Fashion Week, Libertine will be celebrating their Opening with a fabulous party. Join us on Wednesday, February 29th, from 7pm onwards to toast the Official Launch of Libertine (24-26 Aberdeen Street, Central) with signature Parisian cocktails, champagne, wine, DJ sounds and a taste of their much-adored bistro fare.

Please RSVP below or by emailing contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk. Space is Limited.

 
 
Blackjack baby!

Blackjack baby!Coveted fashion brand Forever 21 has finally made its way to our stylish little island, landing in the heart of Hong Kong’s shopping district in Causeway Bay.  Filled to the brim with all that is fresh, fun and fierce in the world of fashion and with new deliveries arriving daily, the brand’s recently opened store in Jardine’s Bazaar has already become a mecca for the city’s uber-trendy.  Boss making you work overtime? Dinner running way late?  Not to worry, you can shop til you drop every day until 1am!

Three sprawling floors of chic-as-can-be looks and wallet-friendly prices are open now, and will expand to a full six floors for the grand opening later this spring. Up until March 31, you are invited to submit photos of your own most stylish looks on Forever 21 HK’s facebook page to compete for the chance to join the “Cast of Forever 21″ and win a HK$1,000 gift card!  But the real prize?  An invitation to the VIP grand opening and a chance to strut your stuff in a catwalk show at the event!

Hit me again!  I want 21!

Forever 21
Capitol Center
5-19 Jardine’s Bazaar
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
+852 2890 4791

 
 
Jack Wills Spring Collection Launch Party

Spring is in the air next Thursday February 16th from 6pm at the Jack Wills Leighton Store in Causeway Bay. You are invited to fall in love with the new Spring 2012 collection and celebrate Valentine’s Day at the infamous Jack Wills Traffic Light Party.

Enjoy traditional British seaside fare including fish & chips, cocktails and a vintage ice-cream van amongst other Valentine’s  surprises - including a limited edition Jack Wills goodie bag for guests.

RSVP online or email contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk to dance the night away. Will you wear red, amber or green? Join Jack Wills to make this Spring one to remember!

Get ready to stop traffic!

 
 
Hullett House NYE Party 2012

Hullett House and Dim Sum & Then Some invite you to celebrate the start of 2012 in stunning silver screen style at our HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR Show Stopping New Year’s Eve Party. Join us on Saturday, December 31, 2011 from 9:00pm – 4:00am for a night filled with, Motion Picture Magic, Retro-Red Carpet Glamour, Scintillating “Starlight Dancers”, Swinging Electro Jazz and Modern Sounds by Celebrity DJ Hallex.M in the Stunning Palm-Fringed Courtyard of Hullett House. Please RSVP online or by emailing contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk or contact Hullett House at NYE2012@Hulletthouse.com / +852 3988 0000 / +852 3988 0206.

Ready for a sneak preview? Here’s a little glimpse behind the scenes

Tickets: HK$330 in advance/ HK$380 at the door
Tickets + Dinner: HK$620 in advance / HK$690 at the door, including “Suzie Wong” Dinner Buffet from 9:30 – 11:30pm
VIP Tables: HK$5000 for up to 6 people including 2 bottles of Champagne, 1 bottle of Spirits and your name on a “Walk of Fame” star.
Group Package: Buy 9 tickets and receive 1 complimentary

 
 
Pretty in Pink

Pretty in PinkMade the “nice” list this year? If you’ve been good and we mean really, really good, we have the ultimate gift that will have you sparkling all the way into 2012 and beyond…a one-of-a-kind piece from Chow Tai Fook’s ‘Danseuse de Ballet’ Diamond Collection.  Inspired by the timeless beauty of ballet during the Renaissance, the never-been-seen-before fancy diamonds collection features a stunning selection of extremely rare and expertly designed pink and yellow diamond jewellery.  The collection was first revealed to the world in a decadently delightful afternoon tea and jewellery show at the Grand Hyatt’s glass encased poolside featuring Hong Kong’s top supermodels alongside some of the world’s most accomplished ballerinas.  Turning heads from center stage to the city streets, Danseuse de Ballet’ boasts more than 200 custom-designed timeless pieces, including bejeweled rings, bracelets and necklaces, which can be gracefully passed from generation to generation.

It’s time to call in a favor at the North Pole…

Chow Tai Fook ‘Danseuse de Ballet’
Pricing and Availability Upon Request
+852 2526 8649
www.chowtaifook.com

 
 
Starlight Express

Starlight ExpressAll Aboard! Shoppers in The Landmark this holiday season will be transported to a snowcapped mountain village by a stunning antique train exhibition, featuring ten vintage locomotives and valued at over HK$20 million. The trains have been shipped over from Berlin and will be making their debut upon a majestic winter scene-scape created by interior designer to the stars Preston Bailey, whose A-list fans include Oprah and Catherine Zeta Jones and who most recently designed Coco Lee and Bruce Rockowitz’s wedding space in HK.

Ready for another Christmas adventure? Head downstairs to the Classified Christmas Market, a fabulously festive pop up store featuring home-baked holiday favourites from hearty mince pies to hand decorated gingerbread men, along with wines, cheeses, unique Holiday Hampers and more.  Plus, every Wednesday and Thursday evening, the Christmas Market will host a 90-minute gourmet cheese and wine class, with a different topic each evening , ranging from Winter Cheeses to Passion for Pinot (HK$220).

First stop, The Landmark, next stop The North Pole!

Antique Train Exhibition
1st to 31st December 2011
2/F, The Landmark

Classified Christmas Market
November – December 2011
Shop B23, The Landmark
+852 2522 3444

 
 
Jack Wills Launch Party

Join the Jack Wills team for a quintessential British experience at the Jack Wills Asia Flagship Opening Party on Friday, December 2nd, from 6:30pm onwards.

Known worldwide for their blowout parties and iconic event collaborations including working with The Prince William and Prince Harry Polo Foundation this summer, Jack Wills is set to take Hong Kong by storm next week with a fabulously British event featuring Royal Guards, fish & chips, rocking DJ sounds, flick book photo booths, make-up stylists, cocktails, cupcakes and much more. Check out the stunning new store and fun, fresh men’s and women’s collections featuring vintage style blazers, velvet skinny jeans, sparkly dresses, and oversize scarves, plus, all attendees will receive an exclusive goody bag with a limited edition Jack Wills Hong Kong t-shirt.

 
 
A Whole Latte Style

A Whole Latte Style  You are a happy, sprightly and positively radiant person…  after your morning coffee that is.  Well just imagine the effect your a.m. roasted beverage would have if it were served in the most majestically stylish way.  Say arriverderci to mediocre coffees in bland paper cups in the morning and buongiorno to a whole new way of life. International lifestyle brands Nespresso and Shanghai Tang have joined forces for the first time to create the Shanghai Tang for Nespresso Dragon Collection. Bringing together Nespresso’s award-winning designs and much loved capsule coffees and Shanghai Tang’s contemporary luxury interpretations of Chinese heritage, this collection has been specially created to celebrate the spirit of coffee inline with the upcoming Lunar Chinese New Year and the auspicious Year of the Dragon.  The stunning collection includes a Limited Edition Shanghai Tang for Nespresso CitiZ Dragon Coffee Machine, a Ritual Cappucino Dragon Cup Set, a Dragon Capsule Holder with Carved Stone Inlay and a Dragon Capsule Holder with Silver Metal Inlay.  Only 3000 sets of this limited edition will be available in select markets from 1 January 2012.

Style and substance?  You may have found your perfect coffee mate.

Shanghai Tang for Nespresso Dragon Collection
Available from 1 January 2012
Nespresso
Shop 1021, ifc mall
+852 2295 3395

 
 
Grand Opening of American Eagle Outfitters

Take me on a trip, I’d like to go some day, Take me to New York, I’d love to see L.A., I really want to come kick it with you, You’ll be my American boy…American Eagle Outfitters that is! Calling all boys and girls, American Eagle Outfitters has just touched down in HK town and is exclusively inviting you to a blow-out Grand Opening Party in celebration of the launch of their second store in Hong Kong. On Thursday, November 3rd, from 8:30pm till late, revelers coming from coast to coast will be decked out in the latest fun fresh layered looks from AEO and ready to party late into the night with champagne, cocktails, canapés, live DJ sounds, mini-games, shopping privileges and surprise gifts. American Eagle Outfitters will be also be extending an exclusive 20% discount on the brand new Holiday Collection, which will be revealed to Hong Kong shoppers for the first time that evening, featuring everything from classic toggle coats and cosy sweaters for men to casual dresses and designer denim for women, plus, a new range of edgy accessories from printed scarves to fur booties. Dress in your AEO favourites and get ready to walk that walk and talk that slick talk.

Who’s the hottest in the world right now? This winter, there’s no doubt, it will be YOU in American Eagle!

 
 
The Second Annual Avant G’Art Party @ KEE

Say goodbye to your inhibitions and hello to wild late night escapades and fantastical fun this Saturday, October 22 at the second annual Avant G’Art Party at KEE Club.  Prepare for an experience beyond your most decadent dreams featuring contemporary dancers flown in from Italy, a provocative art exhibition by Cat Street Gallery, the first LANVIN Autumn/Winter 2011 Men’s fashion show outside of Paris, contortionists, body painting and many more sultry surprises, with a percentage of proceeds going to AIDS Concern.

The Second Annual Avant G’Art Party @ KEE – Out of Control
Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10 pm onwards
KEE Club, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2810 9000

Tickets:
KEE Members & Pre-sale – HKD$250 including one drink
At the door – HKD$300 including one drink
(Available for Sale at KEE Club or any G.O.D. Location)

**KEE will be rocking on Friday night, October 21 as well with the legendary Willie Graff of Cielo New York flying over to play his signature techno-house.  Click here for details.

 
 
The Bold and The Beautiful

The Bold and The BeautifulLights, Camera, Action!  The stunning new kate spade new york store in Pacific Place is stealing scenes and making headlines with its eye-popping colours, retro-modern style and coveted collections.  More than 200 celebrities, socialites and fashion lovers including cantopop star Stephy Tang, actress Elanne Kwong, and top models Ana R. and Lisa S., were in attendance for kate spade new york’s vibrant and glamorous opening party, during which celebrity model Melanie Z. personally presented the fun, fresh fall winter 2011 collection bearing the motto “understated is overrated”. Styled as a New York girl’s dream apartment, the new flagship store features vintage jewelry cases and accessories carts, a trio of crystal and brass sputnik chandeliers, and an eclectic retro-modern living room set complete with mid-century art and vintage books. Stop in for a first look at the glittering and glamorous Holiday Collection, arriving in-store today, or pick up a limited edition kate spade Hong Kong City Tote, created especially to celebrate the new flagship.  Before you leave, pucker up for SUPERCALIFRAGILIPSTICK! the ultimate combination of lipstick, gloss and balm designed especially for kate spade by lipstick legend Poppy King.

With your freshly glossed lips and your bold new accessories, there’s no doubt you’ll have fans lining up in spades!

kate spade new york
Level 1, Shop 150
Pacific Place Mall
Admiralty, Hong Kong
+852 2116 4998

 
 
Copacabana Party

There’s no better way to celebrate the end of the wettest and wildest pool series this city has ever seen than with a blowout Brazilian beach bash. This Saturday, October 8, from 8pm onwards, the W Hong Kong presents a sensational Copacabana Party that would make Rio proud. The weather may be getting cooler but temps will be soaring on the 76th floor W pool deck with traditional Brazilian dancers, authentic caipirinha cocktails and the fabulously sun-kissed toned and tanned crowd. Still samba dancing? The party continues and the Brazilian beats go on in the Living Room late into the evening hours.

For reservation and enquiries, please contact: wetparties.hk@whotels.com or +852 3717 2783 (Single Tickets: HK$250 incl 3 cocktails, VIP Tickets: HK$600 incl free flow, VIP Tables for 6 people: HK$2800 incl 2 bottles)

This is your last chance to experience the legendary W Pool Parties this season, so book ahead and get ready for a rooftop Brazilian extravaganza!

 
 
Special Dish: Sugar High

Cocktails are great. Cocktails on a sweeping floor-lit roof top terrace perched 300 breathtaking feet above the harbour are even better. Welcome to the newly re-opened Sugar, making life in HK sweeter still. With starry nights abound and balmy breezes cascading into town, this stunningly enhanced bar, deck and lounge, is ready sweep you off your feet and welcome you and your crew for dreamy nights of cocktails in the sky. Launching this weekend, you can now chill out on lavish harbour-view lounges, while listening to DJ tunes, sipping on icy libations and munching on delicious tapas that are perfect for sharing, from French Cheese Boards to Grilled Farm House Sausages. For your next private fete, Sugar’s VIP area awaits, with seating for up to 30 people and personalized service making it a gorgeous private alfresco drinking and dining oasis. Take in the dazzling panoramic views while sinking into the plush ottomans with a crisp and cool signature cocktail in hand… your Sugar-rush is guaranteed to be taken to a whole new high.

Sugar
32/F, EAST Hotel
29 Tai Koo Shing Rd
Tai Koo Shing, Hong Kong
+852 3968 3738
www.sugar-hongkong.com

 
 
Fit For A Maharaja

Fit For A MaharajaGlittering palaces, legendary parties, travel solely by gilded elephant or vintage coach…you really wouldn’t mind being a Maharaja in your next life.  Well, why wait a whole lifetime when the Four Seasons Hong Kong has brought the majestic regal life to you here and now? From now until Sunday, September 25, experience an “Indian Summer” with a visiting Chef and Spa Therapists straight from the award winning Four Seasons Mumbai.  All week long in the Lounge enjoy Indian Chef de Cuisine Vikram Arora specialties including Onion Bhajia and Lamb Samosa, Murg Ke Taj, Paneer Matar Mushroom Ki Bhujia, Prawn Chilli Khada Masala, and Goan Fish Curry followed by his famous desserts of homemade Paan Ice Cream with dried rose petals and Jalebi fritters soaked in saffron syrup. After you’ve indulged to your hearts content, immerse yourself in traditional Ayurvedic treatments including an authentic, Indian Head Massage, an ancient Shirodhara (Indian third-eye treatment) or an Abhyanga Massage, guaranteed to put you into a royal slumber.

Indian Summer @ The Four Seasons Hong Kong
Available Until Sunday, September 25, 2011
A Taste of India Dinner Menu at The Lounge, +852 3196 8820
A Touch of India Treatments at the Spa, +852 3196 8900

 
 
Bali Spirit Party
 
 
Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar The weather is just beginning to cool down a little which means you can finally venture out from the arctic climes of air-conditioned indoors.  From this moment on, all after-work cocktails and post-sup nightcaps should be spent in their rightful place — a sweeping panoramic rooftop terrace with a luscious cascading vertical garden and skyscraping views across the heart of Central.  Welcome to Armani/ Privé.  This stunning joint venture between Aqua Group and Giorgio Armani has now opened its sleek and seductive doors in Chater House to reveal 8000 decadently designed sq feet including a 5000 sq foot terrace.  Ideally, you’ll be wanting to time your visits to this jaw-dropping balcony just around sunset and then head down to Armani/Aqua, the adjacent restaurant showcasing Aqua’s dual specialties — contemporary Italian and authentic Japanese.  Signature dishes include the Italian Executive Chef’s succulent Homemade Pasta Envelopes filled with Italian Sausauge, Pan Fried Scampi Tails paired with Canteloupe Melon, and Classic Milanese Risotto, and from the Japanese menu Grilled Hiroshima Oyster with Black Truffle, and Abalone, Sea Urchin and Salmon on Sushi Rice.  Next follow the red carpet into the intimate club area where you can sip one of Armani/Privé’s signature cocktails, the Wasabi Green Apple Martini or the Lollipop Caipirinha, conjured up by award-winning Mixologist Manuel Soro, before heading back upstairs and reveling under the stars.  The bar has officially been raised.  Now it’s time to celebrate.

Armani/Aqua & Armani/Privé
2/F, Chater House
8 Connaught Road
Central, Hong Kong
+852 3583 2828
www.aqua.com.hk

 
 
Glow Party

You rocked head-to-toe neon in the 90’s and glittered your way through the best parties of the millennium, from hip hop extravaganzas to jungle house raves.  This weekend, it’s time to break out the glow sticks and step into the strobe light once again for the W’s GLOW PARTY on Saturday, September 10 from 8pm onwards. Light up the night in your hottest neon at the 76th floor infinity pool deck, which will be fully transformed into a black-lit, strobe-studded, sky-high nightclub sensation featuring fluorescent cocktails, glow-in-the-dark dancers, neon painted models and much more.

For reservation and enquiries, please contact: wetparties.hk@whotels.com or +852 3717 2783 (Single Tickets: HK$250 incl 3 cocktails, VIP Tickets: HK$600 incl free flow, VIP Tables for 6 people: HK$2800 incl 2 bottles)

 
 
Zuma-ing Ahead

Zuma-ing AheadWhy did the chicken cross the road?  To get to Yardbird!  Fans of Zuma and in-the-know SoHo neighbors are already lining up at this hidden gem on Bridges Street for a taste of former Zuma Executive Chef Matthew Abergel’s take on Yakitori. Specializing in skewered chicken grilled over traditional Bincho charcoal, Yardbird’s Yakitori dishes are made with high quality chickens from local farms that are brought in fresh daily, ensuring maximum flavor, while reducing the restaurant’s carbon footprint and supporting local farmers.  Appetizers like Sweet Corn Tempura, KFC – Korean Fried Cauliflower with yuzu and chili, and Manganji Pepper with honey and sea salt incorporate seasonal ingredients that are freshly prepared and packed with flavor. While delectable entrees like Short Rib with Japanese curry, a side of Rice Cakes made with furikake and sesame, and much better than mama’s Chicken Broth with seasonal vegetables add unique twists to the menu that will keep you coming back for more. With its cool casual ambience, knowledgeable servers, extensive sake and cocktail menu and the succulent Yakitori delights, Abergel has sprinkled his magic, and a little Japanese sea salt, to create an instant favourite, worth crossing roads, and even climbing stairs, to experience.

Yardbird
33-35 Bridges Street
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852 2547 9273
www.yardbirdrestaurant.com

 
 
DSTS Summer Guide – Hong Kong 2011

DSTS 2011 Summer Guide to Hong Kong's Hotspots, Hideaways and AdventuresSummer lovin’ had me a blast, summer lovin’ happened so fast… One minute it was New Year’s Eve, the next thing you knew it was 40° in the shade. If the arrival of summer has caught you by surprise this year, not to worry!  We’ve scaled mountains and water wakes, ascended to stiletto trodden rooftops and flip-flopped through fishing villages, navigated epic-ly long club lines and hurdled red velvet ropes, to bring you–Summer on the Scene–an 18-page all-access guide to the best of HK’s summer hotspots, hideaways and adventures.   Whether you’re looking to throw the ultimate party on an antique junk boat whose decks have been graced by royalty, spend the day kayaking through sea caves and snorkeling over protected coral, or just want to kick back with a few icy-cool cocktails at a seaside alfresco spot, your summer starts here!

Accessible on the DSTS homepage from now through November, all that’s left to do is – download, forward, print, and play!

Happy Summer!

 
 
WET Sunday Escape

The forecast for this summer is hot, hot, hot and there’s nowhere better (or more stylish) to cool down than the W Hong Kong pool. Normally reserved for hotel guests only, on select Sundays the W Hong Kong will be opening up their exclusive 76th-floor splasher and stunning new deck for WET Sunday Escape, a series of divine afternoon lounge sessions like this city’s never seen before. Kick back with sultry cocktails and sublime DJ grooves for a W South Beach-style afternoon poolside, from 3pm until way after the sun goes down. Entry is HK$280 per person, including access to the pool and one complimentary cocktail. Or come a bit earlier for the W Kitchen’s famous Sunday brunch and you will receive 50% off the pool entry price. For reservations and enquiries, please contact: 
wetparties.hk@whotels.com or +852 3717 2783.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Sunday lounge sessions: September 4 & 18, and October 2.

See you by the pool!

 
 
Stealing Beauty

Miriam SalatMiriam Salat Jewellery in Lane Crawford

On your far flung travels you have often wished that you could capture and pocket the beauty of your favourite destinations and take it home with you.  However as yet, all you have accumulated is a collection of mis-matched bowls and a wildly diverse, not to mention somewhat quirky, selection of household ornaments ranging from a cuckoo clock to a didgeridoo.  Take note from Miriam Salat.  Having traveled the world she took inspiration from unique pockets of the globe to create her now internationally acclaimed jewellery line Miriam Salat.  Catering to the new gypset (gypsy jetsetters for those a little behind the times) she seeks to complement the style of adventurous, globe trotting bon vivants, playing with rich colours and striking designs that are inspired from vivid global adventures. The unique pieces have developed such awe-inspiring and head-turning abilities that Hollywood A-Listers were quick to catch on.  Fans have come to include Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, Katy Perry, Sandra Bullock and Lady Gaga to name but a few.  Now available in Lane Crawford stores in Hong Kong, get ready to indulge your inner bohemian jetsetter in these stunning pieces and look Hollywood-ready!

Miriam Salat

Available at Lane Crawford in IFC Mall, Pacific Place, Canton Road and Times Square, and also online at:
www.miriamsalat.com

 
 
That’s a Wrap!

DVFIf ever you needed to back up your life long argument that you refuse to throw out any item of clothing just in case it makes a fashion comeback well Diane von Furstenberg is your one-stop reference.  Not only did she bring the wrap dress back into style but she turned it into a multi-million dollar business and an iconic international must-have for any girl about town who values their style cred.  Celebrating this, The Pace Gallery in Beijing is presenting Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress, an exhibition of portraits of the designer, muse, collector and icon, Diane von Furstenberg, by some of the most highly acclaimed artists of the past four decades, along with a retrospective of DVF fashion spanning the last forty years. Portraits by artists ranging from Andy Warhol to major Chinese contemporary masters including Li Songsong and Yi Zhou will be featured and visitors will also have the opportunity to experience a taste of New York Fashion Week courtesy of Hewlett-Packard, which created an immersive 3D experience that simulates sitting front row at DVF’s Fall/Winter 2011 runway show.  Delve into your closet and bring out your favourite classic for a date with the ultimate wrap star.

Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress
April 3 – May 14, 2011

The Pace Gallery, Beijing
www.pacebeijing.com

 
 
Tiffany: Unlocked!
 
 
Designer Decadence – Stella McCartney Afternoon Tea

Stella McCartney Afternoon TeaStella McCartney’s latest designer collaboration is not with Adidas, Target or H & M but with Hong Kong’s very own Landmark Mandarin Oriental!  The hotel has worked with the famously eco-friendly designer to create a unique and exclusive tea set featuring organic and vegetarian delights. Savouries like Beetroot, goat cheese and hazelnut gratinated toast and Quiche with eggplant and stilton are followed by Stella’s personal favourite Whole wheat and corinthian raisin scones with clotted cream served with home made organic jams.  The hearty tea set ends with inspiration for both the eye and the palate as cupcakes, pastries and fondants get a designer makeover featuring miniature versions of dresses from Stella McCartney’s Spring Summer 2011 collection. And just when you think your afternoon of designer decadence has come to a close, you are presented with a special surprise gift from Stella’s highly popular fragrance line as a memento of your afternoon of fashion filled fun.  Priced at just HK$200 (plus 10% service charge) including a choice of JING tea or coffee, this could be Stella’s best value high style collaboration yet…watch out Target!

Stella McCartney Afternoon Tea
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Available until March 31, 2011
3:00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Monday – Saturday
3.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Sunday
Reservations: +852 2132 0077 or lmhkg-mobar@mohg.com.

 
 
Miso Happy

SakesanFilling the Japanese food void that has long been missing along the escalator is SoHo’s newest spot for killer cocktails and swoon-worthy saketinis, Sakesan. Giant wood sliding doors open to reveal red and black lit walls and a distinctly contemporary ambiance while the ever-present black and white classic films add a splash of nostalgic charm. True to this Cafe Deco Group restaurant’s name, there is an impressive selection of sake as well as sake-centric cocktails, including the delicious Senri’s Bar (sake, peach puree, white peach liqueur, topped with sparkling wine), the feisty Gingertini (ginger infused Shochu, Sake, Lemon Juice and sirop de gomme) and the enchanting Belle Japonaise (sake, vodka, lemon juice, sirop de gomme, apple, mint, kiwi and sparkling wine). Enjoy your libations along with signature bites like the Lobster Dumplings, SAKESAN Black Cod or Salmon Miso while sitting at a cozy booth in the back, a high table near the bar or while watching Sakesan’s team of 12 chefs prepare dishes at one of the coveted seats surrounding the action-packed robatayaki bar. After a few delectable cocktails, your taste buds will be transported to the heart of Tokyo and your tummy will be singing…miso happy!

Sakesan, 18 Shelley Street, SoHo, 2525 1660

 
 
Samba Like It Hot Brazilian New Year’s Eve

January 31, 2010, 10pm – 4am

Always dreamed of spending New Year’s Eve in Rio? Well dust off your samba best, bring out the boas and get ready for some Caipirinha fueled fun because we’re bringing Ipa-Nima beach to you! This New Year’s Eve, Hullett House will be transformed into a Brazilian Sambadrome with a stunning palm fringed setting, sizzling live Latin band, sultry Samba performances, and searing hot DJ sounds, courtesy of DJ Dimsum of dragon-i and Prive fame. Tickets are HK$350 in advance, HK$380 at the door, including a welcome glass of Champagne, and dinner packages at Hullett House’s 5 award-winning restaurants are also available. To secure your spot at the city’s most enchanting and spectacular New Year’s Eve’s Party, please RSVP here or email contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk for further details.

If people thought Marilyn rocked the white dress in Some Like It Hot, wait til they see you this New Year’s Eve!

 
 
Steaming Up Something New

As balmy days roll into sultry nights, it seems that summer in our favourite city has never been hotter, and the offices at Dim Sum & Then Some are no exception.

After 10 years on the scene, we are steaming up the next chapter of DSTS and know it is something you will devour.

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Over the past decade, we’ve danced our stiletto-clad soles from spa-tacular launches at W’s Bliss Spa, secret pre-opening rendezvous at The Peninsula’s Salon de Ning, monthly private parties at the tippy top of the Mandarin Oriental, thousand person alfresco cocktail nights with international music stars at Cordis, champagne-filled boat trips to Macau, secret private shopping nights with the who’s who of the global fashion industry, white parties, safari fêtes, annual Christmas fairs and anniversaries at KEE Club, ongoing partnerships with the city’s burgeoning art fairs, and much, much more.

The best is yet to come and we can’t wait to share it with you…

In the meanwhile, catch up with us on our glamorous adventures discovering the most incredible food, fashion, wellness, spa, travel, and then some, in Hong Kong and throughout Asia, on our Facebook @dimsumandthensome and Instagram @dimsumgirls

Love,
The Dim Sum Girls  xoxo

 
 
KEE Memorabilia Sale

Two New Year’s have now passed us by, let’s take a look at how you’re doing on your resolutions…  Reconnecting with old friends = crushing it. Detox  + fitness regime = work in progress. Updating your home decor = umm, no idea where to start??

We have the perfect place! KEE Club is on the move to a glamorous new location and they are selling the stunning furniture, wow-worthy art collection and incredibly tasteful décor pieces that have made the club an HK haven for design aficionados from around the globe for the last decade.

If you are interested in checking out the collection, click here to view the catalogue. KEE will also be hosting a cocktail evening showcasing the most coveted pieces this Wednesday 8 February from 6-9pm at Simon Birch Gallery. To attend the cocktail or enquire about the collections, please call +852 2147 9838 or email info@keeclub.com.

 
 
CIRQUE! NEW YEAR’S EVE AT DUDDELL’S
Ring in the New Year on a high note! Enter a world of aerial wonder and roll into 2017 with the most exclusive circus in town – CIRQUE! NEW YEAR’S EVE AT DUDDELL’S. Take the countdown to new heights at Duddell’s stunning lounge, bar and terrace with famed DJ Allan Ho and a special performance by popular band The Red Stripes that will send spirits soaring.  A high-energy, high-flying New Year’s Eve extravaganza awaits…

Early Bird tickets, available until 18 December are priced at HKD628, including free flow Champagne and Champagne cocktails from 9:30pm till midnight and complimentary late night bites at 12:30am. Tickets: https://www.ticketflap.com/cirque

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Exclusive! Deck Your Halls with BYDEAU

There’s nothing like opening your door and being handed a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers that have been handpicked just for you! BYDEAU, the city’s newest and most stylish online floral boutique is here to help you create that memorable moment again and again with its easy to use website and super fast same day delivery service. ‘Tis the season to give, and whether it’s a dear friend who has been there for you all year, a lovely colleague who has gone the extra mile, a host with the most, or a new love whose interest you need to pique, BYDEAU promises perfect, beautifully presented blooms for every occasion.
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Don’t take our word for it! Try BYDEAU for your festive seasonal flowers and holiday gifting with an exclusive 10% discount for DSTS readers before 24 December. Code: DSTS

Here ’s to decking your halls with boughs of holly and beyond!

 
 
Holiday Gift Guide 2016

If the Christmas music in the grocery store or the festive lights on in your office lobby are sending you into a holy holiday panic, don’t fret! Santa’s first stop is always the one and only DSTS & KEE Club Christmas Bazaar on Wednesday 23 November. From epic entertaining at home to chic travels to party perfect looks to cute gifts for the kiddos, we’ve got everything you need for the holidays, all under one glamorous roof! Here’s our little cheat sheet to ensure you’re wearing, sharing and giving the best of the best this festive season…

Entertaining

 

Entertaining at home this festive season? Spruce up your digs with chic homeware from Apartment 49 and pump up the Christmas tunes with power packed Jarre speakers. Dress up your table with gorgeous festive florals from Bydeau and scent the room with Cochine’s Juniper & Ginger candles and diffusers. Help guests take the edge off the holidays with a glass of icy cool Four Fox Sake (which also makes the perfect hostess gift with its falala-fabulous silver bottle) and ensure a sweet end to the evening with divine Belgian chocolates from Peacock Fine Foods.


Now everything is ready…but you! A glam dress from Chicameo or a chic cashmere blazer from Nuan and a stunning piece from Candice Luk Fine Jewellery should do the trick. Now pop open the sake and let the fun begin!

Party

 

Don’t show up to those Christmas parties looking like you’ve been on a sleigh all night. Start your pre-party prep with Vanessa Megan Organic Skincare’s Two Phase Vitamin C Brightening System, followed by a twirl and whirl with your ghd platinum® styler.

 

Slip into a perfect for every occasion LBD from Tiare and add an edgy leather cuff from The Mauve Hour. Top off your party perfect look with a glitzy clutch from Angela Jey or bucket bag from Just Campagne, slide your tootsies into a pair of custom heels from La French Cut and you’ll be sure to rock around the Christmas tree in style.

Travel

 

It’s almost time for your winter globetrotting adventures. Jet set in style with a Sonya Madden cardi wrap, the piece Hollywood celebs don’t board a plane without. Cruise through customs with your up & away multiple passport holder and breeze through your flight with a thoughtfully designed Mary & Marie tote bag and a luxurious sani pashmina.

Upon arrival, a few spritzes of PUREARTH rose water, a Hammamas Turkish towel from Pinstripe Interiors, a boldly colourful Damina maxi dress, a mala bracelet from #MARIJOLIpurple, and a statement accessory from niin ensure you’ll turn heads no matter where your travels take you.

Kids

Make sure the little ones in your life are looking sharp this winter with signature pieces in the softest organic cotton from CIGOGNE BeBe or gorgeous little girls cheongsam’s and Chinese inspired dresses from Little Valley.

With your holiday decorating and shopping done, you can curl up for a long winter’s nap!

 
 
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