Thursday, January 29, 2015

ARMANI/AQUA LAUNCHES DETOX RETOX 2015 MENU


 ARMANI/AQUA

 SEARED SEA BASS FILLET, DASHI BROTH WITH ORGANIC GREEN HERB MISO
285kcal    11g fat    22.98g protein    1.3g carbs

 BLUE CRAB RAVIOLI, SEA VEGETABLES, ORGANIC GREEN PEA ELIXIR & WHITE TRUFFLE OIL
97kcal    5g fat    5.81g protein    18.1g carbs

 TOMATO CRUSTED MEDITERRANEAN SEA BREAM, SORRENTO LEMON & SAFFRON ORGANIC VEGETABLE STEW AND TOMATO FOAM
328kcal    9g fat    34.7g protein    10g carbs

 PONZU GLAZED FREE RANGE CHICKEN BREAST, ORGANIC SWEET CORN AND BLACK TRUFFLE
327kcal    9.4g fat    30.9g protein    29.71g carbs

 ITALIAN BASIL & AMALFI LEMON CURD WITH ORGANIC RASPBERRIES
277kcal    11g fat    10g protein    32g carbs

 GINGER, ALOE & WHEATGRASS SMASH
Fresh organic ginger smashed with freshly squeezed organic lemon juice, ginger liqueurs, aloe and wheatgrass juice


Armani / Aqua have introduced a healthy set menu to help keep you on your clean eating plan, available now until the 28th February. Ingredients are high in essential vitamins and low in fat and at under 1000 calories for the whole menu and each course being under 350 calories you can dine out without all the guilt. We loved the first course which was a meaty chunk of Seared Sea Bass fillet in a dashi broth with organic green herb miso. This was followed by Blue Crab Ravioli with sea vegetables, organic green pea elixir and white truffle oil and had just 97 calories. For the main course you can choose between the Tomato Crusted Mediterranean Sea Bream and the Ponzu Glazed Free Range Chicken Breast with organic sweet corn and black truffle. The meal ends with an Italian Basil & Amalfi Lemon curd dessert with organic raspberries. We loved the light and satisfying meal, especially when paired with their healthy and refreshing low calorie cocktails. Our favourite cocktails off the Retox Menu were the Ginger, Aloe & Wheatgrass Smash, and the Organic Cucumber & Manuka Honey Martini. It was nice to see a menu concentrated on natural flavours over sauces and fats which allowed us to indulge in a night out without costing us our waistlines. 





Armani/Aqua, Shop 204-205, 2/F, Chater House, 8 Connaught Road Central, Central
3583 2828



BLT STEAK Harbour City Hong Kong


 BLT STEAK

 POPOVERS

 JUMBO SHRIMP COCKTAIL

 MAINE LOBSTER SALAD "COBB" STYLE

 ACACIA HONEY MARINATED ALASKAN BLACK COD

 AMERICAN PORTERHOUSE (FOR TWO) 38oz

 CREPE SOUFFLE
PASSION FRUIT SAUCE

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
BANANA ICE CREAM



BLT Steak serves up delicious cuts of meat and fresh seafood in a relaxed atmosphere and has a great view of Hong Kong's iconic harbour. We loved their hot, fresh out of the oven popovers that came while we were studying the menu. We started our meal with their meaty Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and their delicious Maine Lobster Salad "Cobb" Style which was full of flavour and filled with generous amounts of sweet chunks of lobster. For our mains we ordered their Acacia Honey Marinated Alaskan Black Cod which melted in our mouths and, the highlight of the meal, their gigantic 38oz American Porterhouse which was perfectly prepared to medium rare, packed full of delicious flavour and had just enough fragrant char on the outside. Definitely one of our favourite steaks in HK. Make sure to save room for the creamy and crispy Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse or their signature Crepe Souffle.  




BLT Steak, Shop OTG62, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2730 3508


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LOCA VORE Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa


LOCA VORE

BEEF CARPACCIO 
PEPPERED BEEF, CIABATTA CROUTONS, ROCKET, HORSERADISH MAYO

GRILLED PHUKET PRAWNS
SPICED AND GRILLED PRAWNS WITH LEMON, MASHED BROAD BEANS AND GARLIC RUBBED SOURDOUGH

SPICY SALMON TARTAR
FRESH SALMON, LEMONGRASS, CORIANDER, SESAME, LIME JUICE AND CRISPY RICE PUFFS

PHUKET PORK
GRILLED PORK LOIN WITH ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH, CARAMELISED APPLE, SUGAR SNAPS, DIJON MUSTARD SAUCE

AUSTRALIAN SIRLOIN STEAK
WITH STEAMED NEW POTATOES AND PEPPER SAUCE


Loca Vore is a great dinner spot for the family, serving up a mix of Medditernean cuisine and Thai classic dishes. The spacious and welcoming venue is ideal for dining with children. We recommend their Spicy Salmon Tartare with lemongrass, coriander, sesame, lime juice and crispy rice puffs, the juicy Australian Sirloin Steak with steamed new potatoes and pepper sauce, and the grilled pork loin with roasted butternut squash, caramelised apple, sugar snaps and Dijon mustard sauce. A great spot where you will find something for everyone if you are looking for a relaxed dinner or lunch. 





Loca Vore, 555, Moo 3, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, Mai Khao, Phuket 83110, Thailand
+66 76 363 999


Sunday, January 25, 2015

LINGUINI FINI SoHo Hong Kong


LINGUINI FINI

 HOMEMADE SPICY SAUSAGE
PEPPERS & ONIONS, CHILI & OREGANO MUSTARD

 RADIATORE ALLA VODKA
SPICY 'NDUJA LACED CREAM SAUCE, FRESH MOZZARELLA, BASIL

 UNI MACHERONI CARBONARA
HOMEMADE LARDO, SEA URCHIN, BLACK PEPPER, ORGANIC EGG YOLK

NEW YORK STYLE 18" PIZZA
THE BRONX - FRESH MOZZARELLA, PORCHETTA, PEPPERONI, MEATBALL

GRILLED 1/2 CHICKEN
CHILI, LARDO & HONEY GLAZED, ORGANIC VEGETABLES & HERBS

SAUTEED GREENS
ANCHOVY, CHILI, CAPER & LEMON VINAIGRETTE

CARAMEL APPLE PIE
CINNABON ICE CREAM


We were very excited to hear our favourite nose to tail Italian spot, Linguini Fini, had reopened in an even more buzzing location. At the centre of Soho's escalators, Chef Vinny is back with his mouthwatering homemade Italian dishes playing upon classic recipes and adding his unique twist. We love that everything is freshly made on site and their variety of produce is sourced straight from local farms. We highly recommend starting with the delicious Homemade Spicy Sausage, packed full of flavour and served with peppers, onions, chili and oregano mustard. Other favourite dishes off the menu included the huge "The Bronx" New York Style 18" pizza with fresh mozzarella, porchetta, pepperoni and meatballs, their Radiatore Alla Vodka with spicy 'nduja laced cream sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil, the Uni Macheroni Carbonara with homemade lardo, sea urchin, black pepper and organic egg yolk, and the juicy and tender lardo and honey glazed grilled 1/2 chicken with chili, organic vegetables and herbs. A perfect meal for dining family style and pairing with wine and great company in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. We can't wait to go back for more.





Linguini Fini, G/F, 49 Elgin Street, Central
2387 6338


IN ROOM DINING AT OUR PRIVATE POOL VILLA AT RENAISSANCE PHUKET RESORT & SPA




PRIVATE POOL VILLA

RENAISSANCE CLUB SANDWICH 
CHICKEN BREAST, BACON, HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE AND ROSEMARY GARLIC FRENCH FRIES

GRILLED BEEF BURGER
PRIME BEEF BURGER, GRILLED BACON, CHEDDAR CHEESE, LETTUCE, TOMATO AND FRENCH FRIES

PHAD THAI
STIR-FRIED RICE NOODLES WITH PORK

YAM NUEA YANG
TRADITIONAL SPICY THAI BEEF SALAD

GRILLED SEA BASS


We found it increasingly difficult to pry ourselves away from the luxurious and comfortable villa during our stay at Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, therefore ended up indulging in many in room lunches and snacks. Feasting from their extensive menu in between dips in our private pool and sunbathing on the patio was one of the most enjoyable parts of our stay. We recommend the traditional Phad Thai, juicy Grilled Beef Burger with bacon and cheddar cheese, and their fresh Renaissance Club Sandwich with chicken breast, bacon, homemade mayonnaise and rosemary garlic french fries. Perfect vacation food for a relaxing afternoon.



Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, 555, Moo 3, Mai Khao, Phuket 83110, Thailand
+66 76 363 999


Friday, January 23, 2015

BREAKFAST AT RENAISSANCE PHUKET RESORT & SPA




BREAKFAST AT LOCA VORE


FRESH JUICE AND SMOOTHIES


FRESH FRUIT 


SALAD BAR


EGG STATION


PANCAKE STATION


BLOODY MARY STATION

HONEYCOMB


Breakfast was always a treat at Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. With plenty of accommodating staff and enough western and Thai options to keep us going back for more, we always left satisfied and energized for the day ahead. Make sure to check out their fresh bread and pastry stand as well as the made to order egg bar. We loved the Thai stir fries and fresh salads and fruits for a lighter, island style option and the bacon and sausages were perfect for bigger appetites. Their fresh juice bar was a great treat and if you were feeling a little hungover from the night before there was even a DIY Bloody Mary selection for a little late morning indulgence. The ideal hotel breakfast to get you started on the right foot.







Loca Vore, 555, Moo 3, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, Mai Khao, Phuket 83110, Thailand
+66 76 363 999