It's been a whirlwind of new restaurants and new menus this summer, so get ready to discover fun collaborations, cuisines that will transport you overseas and check out our full reviews on the new openings!
THINKWINE x LA PALOMA BRUNCH
Thinkwine’s been championing restaurant takeovers and themed nights for a while now, and the Saturday brunch pop-up running until July 30th brings us Executive Chef Alex Fargas from La Paloma, always full of life and ready to share La Paloma’s pride and joy: the paella.
Seated by the window, with the sun coming through the bay windows and brightening the already vivid Thinkwine decor, we started with a glass of L’equilibrista made from 100% Xarel·lo, a white grape variety from Catalonia, Spain. The elegant and creamy white balanced out the acidity of the tomatoes from the serrano ham and tomato bread, complemented the potato and onion omelet, and cooled the piping hot Iberico ham croquettes. The tomato salad stood out with its chardonnay vinegar, which we could have finished with a spoon. The star of the show—the seafood paella—had the perfect amount of char and crispness. Finally, the Basque cheesecake with berry ice cream, always a favourite, was a nice way to round up the flavours.
La Paloma x Thinkwine takeover runs until July 30th.
Thinkwine, 2/F LL Tower, 2 Shelley St, Central; +852 2886 3121
DAILY TOT’S LOVE LETTER TO RUM
The Daily Tot is celebrating their second anniversary by partnering up with bars around the world to create a love letter to…you guessed it…rum. First we got a sneak peak of the East Indie Punch which The Daily Tot will be launching in early August, made with dry sorrel infused nusa cana rum, Pacific ale, amaretto, yuzu, lemon and walnut bitters. And though we feared the Khari Baoli from New Delhi's Sidecar might be too peppery—with its black cardamom and pepper Bacardi, Matsusalem 7 years, sweet vermouth, cherry and bitters—it turned out to have the perfect balance of spice. High expectations were met when we tasted Shenzhen’s Hope & Sesame’s rum cocktail Irish Russian made with Havana 3yrs, Bourbon, cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee distillate and clarified oat milk and a personal favourite was London’s Trailer of Happiness’s Hell in the Pacific,
The Love Letter to Rum runs until July 31st.
The Daily Tot, Shop E, LG/F, Felicity Building, 58 Hollywood Rd, Central, +852 2366 6836
MINISTRY OF MUSSELS
The sports bar and restaurant known for its variety of flavoured mussels took things a step further with new additions to the menu this summer. We loved the fresh Boston lobster linguine with homemade lobster bisque that just glistened along the linguine strands, and the pot of clams—we chose the classic French white wine style but would gladly try the Japanese uni miso next time—went perfectly well with the baked man tou. But the real star of the show was the impressive seafood bag that came out steaming, with a medley of lobster, clams, blue mussels, tiger prawns, corn and potato dripping in a spicy cajun lemon garlic sauce. If a pot of mussels is still what you prefer, Ministry of Mussels is giving away a pot of mussels when you book and enter promotion code MOMXECHELON.
The promotion runs until September 21st.
Ministry of Mussels, 3rd Floor, California Tower, Central, +852 2838 4588
BLACK KITE BREWERY/CONSPIRACY CHOCOLATE TOUR AND TASTING
Black Kite Brewery recently partnered up with Conspiracy Chocolates for a pilot test of their new chocolate and brewery tour to celebrate their new Imperial Conspiracy Chocolate Stout. Guests can learn how chocolate is made and test out several types of chocolates from coarse ground chocolate to Si Chuan pepper chocolate. Two that particularly stood out were the dark milk chocolate which was made with coconut milk which really brought forth the coconut flavour, and the sourdough chocolate, made with dehydrated sourdough and dry sourdough starter. Next, we got a tour of the Black Kite brewery and tried an array of beers and ciders which included Summer Breeze, which is on the lighter side and perfect for this weather as well as Session Spritz, which is more acidic yet refreshing. The Imperial Conspiracy chocolate stout was extremely aromatic with noticeable raisin and chocolate notes and we got a sneak peek of the Pandan beer that is coming soon…so stay tuned!
Black Kite Brewery, Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang
Conspiracy Chocolate, 35 Yip Kan St, Wong Chuk Hang
Check out our full reviews of Bo Innovation and Heimat.