From a spicy dumpling eating competition to a veritable Thai feast at a new Ship Street eatery — here are all the new eats to save room for this week.
‘Feed Me’ at Ruam
A new casual Thai eatery has popped up on the food-fuelled Ship Street, run by the same team behind Feather & Bone and popular Sai Ying Pun pizzeria, Homeslice. Serving crowd-pleasers from pad Thai to pork larb, the 2nd-floor restaurant may not be breaking any culinary boundaries, but for the pricepoint it’s certainly a steal: mains hover around the HK$150 mark, while a range of tropical-inspired, fruit-forward cocktails are priced at less than HK$100. What’s more, the restaurant is currently offering a ‘Feed Me’ menu with a variety of dishes for just HK$200, available for the first 250 customers each month.
The convivial restaurant makes good use of its alfresco setting overlooking the bustling Ship Street; framed by swaying palms and planters, guests can tuck into a family-style sharing menu composed of curries, fresh salads, rice/noodle dishes, and larger-format meats and seafood. Kick off the meal with free-range chicken skewers and the kor moo yang, featuring tender Australian pork neck with a zippy jim jaew dipping sauce. From the salads, the soft shell crab is a must-try, while the pomelo salad should satisfy lovers of the ubiquitous Thai dish with a generous portion of succulent shrimp. For mains, don’t miss the pad see ew noodles and sumptuous duck leg red curry.
Ruam, Shop 9, 1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road Wan Chai (entrance on Ship Street), Hong Kong, +852 3160 8535
All-day dining at The Drawing Room
Seeking a classy setting for a power lunch in Wan Chai? Retreat to the elegantly appointed The Drawing Room at the St. Regis Hong Kong, where the newly launched lunch set can be enjoyed for 2 courses for HK$298, or 3 courses for HK$398 (includes coffee or tea). While the lunch menu will change every two weeks, diners now have the option of tucking into a savoury country-style pork pâté, served with red onion jam and multi-grained toast for starters, or opt for the creamy lobster bisque topped off with an herby pesto foam.
Main courses entice with tender guinea fowl paired with veggies, or the fish of the day served with spinach green risotto. Cap off your lunch with caramelised apples and sea salt ice cream, or yuzu honey cake with honey lemon sorbet. None of the above up your alley? Fear not: The Drawing Room serves an excellent all-day à la carte menu; don’t miss out on the signature Iced Mille Feuille dessert (pictured above) with frozen vanilla parfait in flaky pastry topped with a seasonal fruit compote. For happy hour goers, the daily Champagne Sabering ritual happens at 5:30pm every day, while a Violet Hour and Spirits Trolley at dusk serves bespoke martinis accompanied by live jazz.
The Drawing Room, 2/F, The St. Regis Hong Kong, One Harbour Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2138 6800
Can you handle the heat?
Mark your diaries for 20 November and start working out those stomach muscles: Chilli Fagara’s hottest dumpling competition returns for one night only, pitting seasoned eaters against one another in the heat of battle (or dumpling consumption, rather). Chilli Fagara’s fiery meat-packed parcels are no joke for anyone who’s tried to brave spice levels at the Sichuan restaurant mainstay, and those who enter are sure to have their taste buds tested with the mind-numbing chilli oil. Competing in groups, contestants will have three minutes to eat as many dumplings as possible, with winners progressing to the grand final. Dining vouchers and an Apple Watch await the 2nd and 3rd place winners, while the ultimate champion will receive a trip for two to Chengdu — the culinary heartland of Sichuan province. Think you can handle the heat? Register for free now by emailing email@example.com (limited to 30 seats).
Chilli Fagara, 7 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2796 6866