In celebration of springtime, the culinary team at The Peninsula Hong Kong is delighted to debut a collection of new menus that highlight the flavours of the season. Whether they choose to dine in the classic surrounds of The Lobby, at either of the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurants – Gaddi’s or Spring Moon, guests can enjoy the finest haute cuisine along with superlative Peninsula service.
Enticing New Offerings at The Lobby
It is with great excitement that The Peninsula Hong Kong welcomes Anton Ho back to the Peninsula family as Chef de Cuisine of The Lobby. Chef Ho – who fulfilled his first stint in the hotel’s kitchens in 1999 – has prepared new menus to mark the return of spring as well as his own return to the legendary “Grand Dame of the Far East”.
“Oscar Overture” at The Lobby
Hollywood marks its biggest night of the year on 28 March 2022 (Hong Kong Time), when movie stars converge in Los Angeles for the 94th Academy Awards ceremony. As a prelude to this year’s event – and in recognition of The Peninsula Hong Kong’s numerous movie appearances and celebrity guests over the years – the hotel will celebrate the Oscars in characteristic high style. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the month of March, The Lobby Strings will perform a selection of The Oscars’ best original tunes with each week dedicated to songs from different eras, beckoning music lovers’ return every week for more. Travel back in time to discover the music of the 1970s, 1980s, ‘90’s and aughts, and enjoy tunes from some of these decades’ most popular films, from Fame to Flashdance and from Pretty Woman to Titanic. To accompany the music, Chef Ho has crafted a special set menu featuring a sumptuous Seafood Platter, a choice of grilled Australian beef tenderloin or roasted Scottish salmon fillet, a delicious American cheesecake, and coffee or tea. The set menu is priced at HK$ 888* per person, minimum for two. A special “Griffith Park” cocktail curated by Head Mixologist Francois Cavelier, made with brandy, vermouth, amaro, and a warming touch of chilli liqueur, will also be available at a supplement of HK$188*. The Oscar Overture events take place from 12 noon until 3 pm on applicable days.
“Taste of Umami” Celebrates Deliciousness
From 1 to 30 April 2022, diners will have the opportunity to experience the “Taste of Umami,” a special menu designed by Chef Ho to highlight its namesake flavour profile. Less well-known than other tastes – sweet, salty, sour, and bitter – umami is a Japanese word meaning “the essence of deliciousness.” In homage to the term’s origins, Chef Ho’s menu spotlights the ingredients and cookery of Japan. Dishes that create a perfect balance of fresh piquancy and creamy richness – like an appetiser of marinated hamachi with heirloom radish, sea lettuce, and dashi; and an entrée of Wagyu beef cheek, pickled shimeji mushrooms, stem ginger and grilled endive with Teriyaki sauce – are offered both à la carte and in set menus. A choice of appetiser or entrée, and a cocktail, is priced at HK$ 388* per person; a starter, entrée, coffee or tea, and a special umami cocktail “Tzatziki Sour” crafted by Head Mixologist Francois Cavelier, made with a frothy, herbaceous blend of gin, pastis, lemon, Greek yogurt, and macerated cucumber, is priced at HK$ 688* per person.
Traditionally Elegant Heritage Afternoon Tea
From 1 April to 30 June 2022, Chef Ho will also present his personalised take on the signature Peninsula Afternoon Tea. A cherished tradition at the hotel for nearly a century, the custom of serving tea along with refined sweets and savouries is one that was originally inspired by the tea parties of Victorian-era England. In keeping with its history, Chef Ho has designed a special Heritage Afternoon Tea menu to entice diners with classic preparations including black pudding croquettes with roasted tomatoes; Coronation chicken tartlets with mango chutney; chilled green pea soup with smoked salmon and salmon roe; and roast-beef buns with gherkin, horseradish cream, and spiced mustard. Sweet treats will include sherry trifle cake; banoffee tart with caramelised condensed milk, banana, and whipped cream; Dorset apple cake; and lemon posset cheesecake. Of course, classic Peninsula Afternoon Tea favourites, such as cucumber sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam, will also be served.
The Heritage Afternoon Tea is priced at HK$ 448* per person and HK$ 798* for two. Diners wishing to further elevate their experience may also opt to add 30 grams of Kristal Dauricus-Schrenckii caviar for HK$ 888* and/or a flute of Deutz Cuvée Peninsula Brut Champagne for an additional HK$ 180*.
Floral Flavours at Spring Moon
While blossoming flowers enchant the eye in springtime, The Peninsula Hong Kong invites diners to delight their palates with floral flavours from 7 March to 30 April 2022. At Spring Moon, the hotel’s Michelin-starred Cantonese fine-dining restaurant, Chef Lam Yuk Ming will mark the season by introducing imaginative à la carte menu offerings that feature edible flowers, buds, and shoots – such as stewed goose smoked with rose tea leaves, and crispy beef slices sautéed with chilli oil and Osmanthus flowers.
Chef Lam has also collaborated with the restaurant’s Tea Masters to craft a special, eight-course “Floral Flavours” Tea Pairing Menu, which includes deep-fried crab claw with zucchini flowers and minced salted egg yolk (served with magnolia tea), and braised fuzzy melon with fish maw and vegetables (served with Yunnan aged pu er and rosebud tea).