All set for lunch

Sadly, going out for dinner is still not an option, as the government extended the ban on dining in after 6pm. But we still have more choices for lunch, whether it’s while working from home or getting away from the office for a bit.

Kinship in Central offers home-style dishes created by chef pals Chris Grare and Arron Rhodes. Having reopened this month, its new three-course weekday lunch sets (from HK$198) for dining in feature new dishes.

The sets, which include an hour of free-flow drinks, contain dishes that change daily. Kick off the meal with starters like the local organic tomato salad served with fresh herbs and peanuts and dressed in the house chili sauce, or yellowfin tuna ceviche served with lemon couscous and fresh lime sour cream with smoke and barrel sauce.

Must-try mains include seared bass with warm fingerling potatoes, pickled shallots, bacon and champagne mustard sauce and Okinawa pork loin with spiced corn polenta, salted cabbage salad and Mexican mole sauce. A lighter option is Grandpa’s broccoli, served with pickled stem, marinated olives and cashew nut butter.

The restaurant also offers a takeaway-only menu (HK$88 with a soft drink), featuring a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw & BBQ fries, a crispy pork belly salad with Thai salad & peanuts, a prawn wrap with lemon mayo, cucumber, chili, lettuce and fries and Southern-style fried chicken with creamy polenta and Mexican mole sauce.

Morton’s in Tsim Sha Tsui, which was previously only open for dinner, is now open for lunch on weekdays with a three-course lunch set (HK$398). Diners can choose from a range of popular appetizers, side dishes and desserts alongside the restaurant’s usual options.

The highlight of a meal is always the main course, which for Morton’s is an impressive choice of chicken piccata with fresh garlic wilted spinach and lemon caper butter, honey-balsamic glazed Atlantic salmon with chickpea relish and fresh spinach or filet mignon with savory onion marmalade and bleu cheese butter.

Japanese food is always a good choice for a lighter weekday lunch. Mizutani at Alva Hotel by Royal in Sha Tin has launched more than 20 lunch set options,.

Dishes are prepared according to region: special Hokkaido rice bowl set (HK$420), Kansai grilled black cod with miso paste set (HK$240) and deep-fried Okinawa pork loin with egg rice bowl set (HK$180), to name a few.

Beef lovers are spoilt for choice, with options including the wagyu sukiyaki set (HK$350), the wagyu shabu shabu set (HK$350) and the stewed beef brisket and radish set (HK$180).

Prefer seafood? Today’s grilled fish collar and two kinds of sashimi set (HK$240), the chirashi sushi bowl set (HK$290) and sashimi set (HK$280) will not disappoint.

If your brain is too fried from work to decide, opt for Meraki Hospitality Group’s package. Its restaurants, Bedu, Uma Nota and Mamma Always Said, have come together to launch Meraki Meal Plans.

With the Veggie Lover’s Lunch and the Signature Lunch (HK$575 for five days) available as options, each set contains a salad, one main dishes, such as smoked salmon and cream cheese toasted sandwich, the prawn, cherry tomato and chili linguine pasta, as well as the vegetarian option of the zucchini and tomato linguine pasta.

All the meals come with a fresh juice shot.

The new meal plans are updated every Thursday at 5pm and deliveries are available for locations on Hong Kong Island. E-mail your contact and meal plan details to hello@meraki-hospitality.com to order.

(This article was published at The Standard on August 21, 2020: Weekend Glitz: All set for lunch )

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