Libertine

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In Hong Kong, where apparently French people make up the fastest-growing expat community, you are never too far from a French bistro. Often, however, more emphasis is put on trying to replicate the ambience of a typical French café by adding overly stereotypical décor, that the quality of food is substandard. When I heard about brand new French bistro Libertine opening on Aberdeen Street, I was eager to see how it fared. Despite the uncomfortable uphill trek in heels (especially if you ...
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Lupa

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Dining Concepts’ latest venture, Lupa, has been causing quite a stir. It’s still in the soft opening phase but I was desperate to check it out and see if it lived up to all the hype, or if it was just another average Italian restaurant, of which Hong Kong has plenty.  Headed by celebrity chef Mario Batali and his business partner Joe Bastianich, who together have a whole range of restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Singapore ...
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There are private kitchens and there are private kitchens. There are the kind that call themselves ‘private’ when really you’re sharing the space with a bunch of people you have never seen before and never wish to see again, and there are the kind where the word ‘private’ actually means private. Seema’s Private Kitchen is of the latter variety, where usually she cooks her meal in her own private home in Mid-Levels. On this occasion, however, as her home was ...
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Dating back to 1963, The Mandarin Oriental hotel is one of the city’s most prominent landmarks, clearly not due to its size but due to its charm, its status, and its pure unyielding elegance. After undergoing inevitable renovations over time, The Chinnery has remained largely unchanged, exuding sophistication that is reminiscent of a private British members’ bar in a long-forgotten era, with comfy leather armchairs, dark wood and glass panelling. The beer is served in tankards, the butter in pewter ...
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Hong Kong is without a doubt a very funny place. Everywhere you look you’ll find a complete mish mash of cultures attempting, and succeeding, to coexist in the same location. What you perhaps won’t expect to find, though, is a very good Italian restaurant in a cooked food market. The Queen Street Cooked Food Market in Sheung Wan, however, has shown us that this is possible, as ABC Kitchen resides amidst the usual throng of very local dai pai dongs ...
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I first went to Comilonas just weeks after it had opened its doors, and am happy to say that I believe I was the first food blogger to taste it and review it. I have now been twice since then and am still certain that this is one of my favourite restaurants in Hong Kong. It sets itself apart from other private kitchens by serving traditional Catalonian food unique to Hong Kong in a casual and homely environment without the ...
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When I think of The Peninsula, I think of elegance. I think of class. I think of all the things we are often too busy to care about in Hong Kong’s fast-paced lifestyle. Spring Moon, The Peninsula’s Cantonese restaurant, echoes this to the letter. It is designed to be reminiscent of a 1920s-style Shanghainese mansion with dark wood and oriental rugs. Little touches like the silver bowls and trays used for things as commonplace as nuts or warm hand towels were ...
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se sa me

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** CLOSED DOWN** Mark Cholewka and Cathal Kiely, the guys behind successful restaurant and bar Shore in L Place, have opened up another venture. se sa me, also in L Place, just one floor below Shore, serves delicious ‘Japanasian’ cuisine in a modern, stylish setting. se sa me doesn’t officially open until 7th March, but naturally I jumped the gun and snuck in during the soft opening to try their tasty treats. [caption id="attachment_762" align="aligncenter" width="490"] Rock shrimp tempura[/caption] The ...
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I was recently asked to try out Homegrown Foods’ organic vegetables and make a recipe of my choice for Sassy. I have only ever tried these delicious organic vegetables at Posto Pubblico, Linguini Fini and Cantopop where you can really taste the quality of the produce. When there’s the prospect of a huge basket of amazingly fresh vegetables arriving on your doorstep however, you don’t realise quite the excitement that will arise. I scrutinised my cookbooks for weeks in advance, ...
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    Just after my brother’s birthday last year, I sent him a link to a ‘Playable Angry Birds cake' on YouTube, to which his immediate response was that I had to make the same thing for him this year. Thinking it would be a little too difficult to make and transport this enormous masterpiece to a civilised restaurant such as Armani/Aqua, my mum and I decided to opt for a slightly scaled version, which we hoped would still have a ...
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