Good eats go well with great outdoors
Updated: 2019-06-28 08:00
By Maggie Beale(HK Edition)
It is nice to be able to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city from time to time. And nothing like following up a day spent enjoying Hong Kong’s great outdoors with a hearty meal. Here are a few recommended eateries located close to the city’s most popular outdoor venues.
The newly-opened Prohibition Grill House & Cocktail Bar at Ocean Park Marriott Hotel is conveniently located for a family brunch during a day at the park. The semi-buffet weekend brunch features a salad bar, cold cuts and fresh greens while the selection of mains on offer ranges from Prohibition Burger and grilled rib-eye to classic options such as braised pork cheek spaghetti, pan-seared black cod and crispy Cornish hen.
Not to be missed is the carving station featuring roasted ribs, suckling pig, ham, leg of lamb and the all-time-favorite for beef lovers – a signature roasted USDA prime rib beef. These items are offered by rotation. A variety of fresh seafood – including Boston lobsters, snow crab legs, snails, scampi, smoked salmon and tuna, among other crustaceans – is also on offer.
To finish, the indulgent dessert buffet offers an extravagant assortment of freshly baked pastries and beautifully decorated cakes, as well as seasonal fruits and cheeses. The brunch is priced at HK$458 per adult and HK$258 per child between 6 and 11 years old.
Meanwhile, over in Tung Chung – just a stone’s throw from the Ngong Ping 360 cable car or a 10-minute drive from Hong Kong Disneyland – lies the shopping mecca, Citygate Outlets. Here, at Olea in Novotel Citygate, diners can treat themselves to the tastes of Scotland from now until July 2.
Starters include Loch Ryan oysters, balik smoked salmon served with salmon roe and the Scottish savory pudding, haggis served with rocket and a whiskey gravy.
Main courses feature pan-fried salmon from Cairndow in the Scottish Highlands, which comes with a honey whiskey sauce, and grilled organic Angus beef sirloin from Aberdeen, known for its finely marbled meat that goes very well with deep-fried sage and apple sauce.
Other iconic mains are traditional Scottish mince pies filled with minced Aberdeen organic beef brisket, tomato, nutmeg, onion and Scottish whiskey, and an innovative cullen skink risotto made with smoked haddock fillet, deep-fried leek, roast parsnip and parsley as well as cock-a-leekie soup, roasted lamb rack and seared Scottish lemon sole.
Those spending a day by the beach at Repulse Bay can find a choice of eateries at The Pulse, the longest beachside complex in Hong Kong which is filled with restaurants, lifestyle stores and entertainment options. The newest venue is Sip Song Thai Eatery & Bar, inspired by the beach culture of Southern Thailand and the food typical of Bangkok night markets.
Sustainably sourced seafood and grilled skewers feature heavily on the menu alongside indulgent curries, moreish noodle dishes and desserts. All sauces – aside from soy sauce and fish sauce – and curry pastes are house-made by the chef and his team.
Highlights from the menu include delicacies such as whole steamed mullet served with fresh Thai herbs, baby wombok, shimeji mushrooms and chilli-lime fish broth; charcoal grilled pork neck skewers, and New Zealand Cloudy Bay curry clams with Thai wild ginger, green peppercorns and hot basil. A dessert not to be missed is the banana roti pancake with condensed milk and chocolate.
There is a kids’ corner in the “nook” area of The Pulse, equipped with giant jenga, interactive board games, chalkboard art walls and bean bags to keep the little ones entertained.
(HK Edition 06/28/2019 page12)