Inspired by indulgent French traditions of enjoying a glass of champagne while devouring decadent bites, Veuve Cliqout’s Yellow Hour brings you the best Happy Hour in town! After two successful quarters, the collaboration has left the city wanting more! Back with a third quarter from 7 August till 15 October, Veuve are offering the “Cliquot with a Sticq” series.
Partnering with chefs in 14 of the hottest restaurants around Hong Kong, Veuve Cliquot brings champagne fanatics and foodies a taste of different culture on heavenly, easy-to-eat skewers. From fragrant and distinctive eats by Mak Mak to dangerously moreish bites by Armani/Aqua, Veuve Cliquot promises to bring you nothing but a great time!
We begin the Yellow Hour tour at Cé La Vi’s iconic rooftop bar and restaurant serving world-wide cuisine blended with a modern Asian twist. Boasting incredible 360 degree views of the city and with cool laid back vibes, this really is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of champagne after a hard day at work. We were introduced to an offering of 3 lamb skewers glazed with yuzu herb mustard, homemade BBQ sauce and jalapeno amazu. Each one adds an extra spark to the tender chunks of lamb, but the zesty yuzu herb mustard was definitely my favourite!
Next up, Mak Mak! As a huge fan of Thai cuisine, I was thrilled to finally try a little of what this edgy, retro-inspired restaurant has to offer. The interior is a presentation of a Thai shop house and features a storefront (providing takeaway orders) that plays on a traditional Thai grocery store. After taking a seat in the Thai-residence style dining area, we were presented with the Muu Ping Sateh – marinated pork neck skewers, served with a mild sateh peanut sauced alongside a pineapple and cucumber pickled relish. It’s safe to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The burst of punchy aromatic flavours are expected in Thai cuisine but the incredibly juicy and perfectly cooked pork neck came as a welcome surprise. It is not often we spot this meat cut on the menus around Hong Kong, but from now on, I will definitely be keeping an eye out!
Last but not least on the #YellowHour tour, Armani/Aqua, a stylish Italian and Japanese inspired restaurant and bar. With the cool breeze (finally!) filling the beautifully lit rooftop terrace, I was eager to see what our final selection of skewers would bring. After another glass of bubbles, we tucked into the Chicken Yakitori covered generously in panko breadcrumbs and Japanese herbs. Verdict: Winner! The blend of crispy breadcrumbs paired flawlessly alongside the beautifully spiced chicken made for the ultimate melt in the mouth dish. I was without a doubt left wanting more!
A glass of one of the world’s most prestigious champagnes + a divine bite to eat = perfection! What’s not to love? Yellow Hour is the ideal pre-dinner date or an after work wine down session (see what I did there?) with friends. Don’t miss out!
See below for the full list of confirmed partners for Quarter 3 (1 August – 15 October 2017).
All prices include a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, unless stated otherwise.
Apinara’s Sticq Platter Grill chicken steak, thai fish cake & spicy northeastern pork balls
HK$180 + 10%
Armani / Aqua
Chicken yakitori in panko breadcrumbs & japanese herbs
Milanese pork skewers with fresh thyme
HK$188 + 10%
Chicken, beef or pork char-grilled satay marinated for 24 hours, served with a peanut sauce
HK$158 + 10%
Bib n Hops
Grilled Octopus served with garlic aioli
HK$250 + 10%
Fresh Gillardeau n°3 oyster, served with ponzu dressing & homemade pickled jalapeños
HK$268 + 10%
Cé La Vi
3 lamb skewers glazed with yuzu herb mustard, homemade BBQ sauce & jalapeño amazu
HK$688 + 10% (per bottle)
Chi Chi Cham
Chicken karaage served with japanese chili mayo
Kurobuta belly skewer with choice of kimchi, sesame or miso sauce
HK$215 + 10%
Spicy popcorn shrimp with sriracha
HK$130 + 10%
Muu Ping Sateh Marinated pork neck skewers served with a mild sateh peanut sauce, pineapple & cucumber ajad pickled relish
HK$248 + 10%
Crunchy Oysters in Za’atar, served with parmesan crumbs with harissa mayonnaise
HK$128 + 10%
Argentinian grass-fed rib eye anticucho grilled skewers
HK$228 + 10%
Beer-battered chorizo corndogs served with aioli verde
HK$130 + 10%
Hira is a British freelance lifestyle, food & travel writer currently living her best life in Hong Kong and blogging about her experiences here