Great outdoors

Restaurants and bars with outdoor spaces have become the go-to places for foodies in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

Rajasthan Rifles on Victoria Peak is the perfect place to end your morning walk with its new breakfast service from 8 to 11am on weekends and public holidays.

Warm-up with a masala chai ($58) and a nostalgic breakfast dish bhurjee ($108), in which the chef piles scrambled eggs on sweet milk buns and serves it with a masala-roasted tomato.

Inspired by the mess halls of the British Raj period, the menu also features Rifles’ rolls (from HK$118) – tandoor-baked naan wraps brimming with spicy cheese, tomato chutney and stuffed with a filling of your choice. For a lighter fare, try the company grade granola (HK$48), a paleo muesli blend served with fresh fruit, natural yogurt and manuka honey.

At Eaton HK in Jordan, the open-air bar Flower Years has launched a new set menu of six one-main-one-drink choices at only HK$68, available from 12 to 9.30pm.

Highlighting Italian-inspired pasta and risotto, the menu also features British beer-battered fish and chips with house tartar sauce, Mexican chipotle chicken wrap and jamon rigatoni, packed with quality Spanish ham, chili, olives, artichokes and a fragrant pesto cream sauce.

“I want the dishes to be accessible to all, represent excellent value, and of course be delicious,” said executive chef Paul Dodd.

His favorite is squid ink linguine with prawns served with tomato sauce, which is light and versatile enough to pair with a variety of drinks such as sauvignon blanc (HK$70), pinot rose (HK$85) and pinot noir (HK$78). Meanwhile, vegetarians can enjoy a porcini tortellini served with truffle cream sauce. As an antidote to the building heat, the chef recommends the salty-sour Young Master beer Cha Chaang Teng Gose (HK$68).

When the sun goes down, Flower Years’ sister establishment Terrible Baby is the best outdoor destination for craft cocktails, live music and a view of Kowloon’s bustling neighborhoods. And from 3 to 9pm every day this month, guests can enjoy two hours of free-flow drinks for only HK$150.

Snacks such as spicy chicken served with paprika and jalapeno mayonnaise (HK$120) and cold cuts and cheese (HK$220) are also recommended for a memorable friends’ gathering.

For afternoon tea, contemporary British restaurant Statement has launched its first afternoon tea set (HK$288), which guests can enjoy alfresco on colonial-style outdoor verandas overlooking the Tai Kwun courtyard or Hollywood Road.

As an ode to the restaurant’s annual artistic theme, Statement’s artfully crafted celeriac tartelette with pickled vegetables and cauliflower puree takes pride of place on the first tier.

In keeping with tradition, afternoon tea includes a savory selection of finger sandwiches, from the classic roast beef, Colman’s mustard and pickle sandwich to a round, open egg sandwich with salmon roe.

Accompanying the set are an assortment of fine English teas.

Victoria Harbour’s newest alfresco dining destination, Ink Seafood Bar, captivates diners with ingredient-driven cuisine and a laid-back seaside vibe at the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui’s harborfront promenade.

The snack (HK$190) or seafood (HK$430) platters are perfect for sharing with friends and family, and match craft brews Gweilo Beer (from HK$45), imported artisanal sodas from New Zealand’s Six Barrell Soda (from HK$40), as well as a selection of rose, white and red wine.

The eatery also has a unique “create your own plate” concept that allows diners to choose from a range of seafood, such as seared Atlantic salmon (HK$90), torched tuna toro (HK$110) and tempura hoki fish (HK$80) with different bases and sides options.

(This article was published at The Standard on March 13, 2020: Weekend Glitz: Great outdoors )

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