Autumn arrives with no shortage of new menus around town: This week, we’re heading to Somm for their new late-night free flow, and savouring an Italian home-style meal at Giando. Dinner wraps with buttery confections courtesy of an irresistible new cake shop. Here’s a taste of this week’s New Eats.

 

Late-night bites at Somm

Charred Saba mackerel with lime, daikon and dashi broth.

Sommelier-led restaurant & bar, Somm has already proven to be one of the most exciting new destinations for both novice and hard-core wine aficionados, with an equally fantastic food menu to pair from Chef de Cuisine, Mario Paecke, former sous at Amber. To prolong the feasting this autumn, the wine bar is introducing a new late-night dining experience — SOMMsupper. Starting from 1 November, guests can choose from a bespoke à la carte menu, all while enjoying 90 mins of free-flow wine handpicked by the sommeliers.

Comprised of 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts, the menu targets night owls with signature dishes such as Tasmanian salmon confit, ikura and vinegared rice cream, and seared Hokkaido scallops and razor clams with sea lettuce. Carnivores won’t want to miss the grilled Japanese pork belly with homemade BBQ sauce. The dishes will rotate seasonally, so diners can look forward to a new surprise on return visits. SOMMsupper is available nightly from 9–10:30pm, priced at HK$788 plus 10% surcharge with free-flow champagne, sake, white and red wine.

Somm, 7/F, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0033

 

Giando turns 15

Chef Gianni Caprioli rings in 15 years at his neighbourhood institution, Giando Restaurant with a seasonal anniversary menu featuring some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes over the years. Head to the quiet corner of Wan Chai’s Star Street to indulge in Caprioli’s beloved Italian fare, made with premium seasonal produce (don’t miss the white truffles!), all paired with an extensive list of Italian wines. The kitchen has proven to be a mainstay on the Italian dining scene with quality and consistency in offerings, spotlighting simple, rustic dishes ranging from homemade pastas to creamy risottos, sustainably-sourced seafood and sweet Italian dolce.

During the 15th Anniversary Menu (HK$898 plus 10% surcharge per person), guests can enjoy a long and leisurely meal over six courses, kicking off with seared scallops wrapped with salty Italian guanciale, and egg tagliolini served aglio e olio with a briny hit from sea urchin and bottarga. For mains, a flaky seabass is lightly breaded and served with a zesty romanesco, while beef sirloin tagliata arrives medium rare with a braised sweet onion and herb sauce. The meal concludes with one of Giando’s signature desserts: ‘Giandoiotto’ with vanilla hazelnut chocolate mousse and hazelnut ice cream.

Giando Italian Restaurant and Bar, Shop 1, G/F, Tower 1, Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2511 8912

 

Butter, butter, butter

Craving Motorino’s New York-style cheesecake? Have a hankering for La Vache!’s lemon meringue tart, or want to sink your teeth into Burger Circus’ double-decker red velvet? If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll want to bookmark Butter Cake Shop, a new online dessert destination for cake lovers. After launching their own food delivery app, Butter is Black Sheep Restaurants’ latest foray into food delivery, making it easier than ever to enjoy their popular desserts. The online cake shop currently stocks eight different cakes from BSR Restaurants — from Burger Circus’ cream cheese-frosted carrot cake (HK$388 for 8-inch cake); to La Vache!’s coconut sponge with whipped cream (HK$588 for 8-inch cake). Special requests can be made for celebrations, while your canine companion is also taken care of with a special gluten- and sugar-free Doggie Cake from Stazione Novella.

Butter Cake Shop, order here for free delivery on Hong Kong Island or pick-up from 52-56 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong; 48-hour notice required

Leslie Yeh
Editor in Chief
Having worked as a lifestyle editor for almost 10 years, Leslie is thrilled to be writing about the topic she loves most: wining and dining. When she's not out pounding the pavement for the latest new restaurant opening or tracking food trends, Leslie can be found at home whipping up a plate of rigatoni vodka and binge-watching Netflix with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand.