Sai Kung nibbles – Hyatt Regency’s new menu, The Diner’s new bar and more

It’s all change in the Sai Kung dining scene.

New home-style cuisine at Hyatt Regency

Sha Tin 18 at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong has recently appointed a new Chef de Cuisine, bringing with him an extensive repertoire of traditional Cantonese recipes prepared with seasonal ingredients.

With over 30 years of experience under his belt, Chef Ho Chun Hung has worked in various Asian cities, soaking up their unique characteristics and flavours. Chef Ho’s specialty lies in sauces and his mouthwatering preserve is fermented for 20 days until it is bursting with spice and umami flavours, this sauce can only be found at Sha Tin 18.

The traditional home-style menu includes dishes such as wok-fried dried mantis shrimp ($338), braised capon with bitter gourd ($268) and many more. In particular, we like the flambé rose wine barbecued pork with lard rice ($88 per head, minimum order of six people), a veritable mountain of pork set on fire right at your table exuding the heady aroma of rose wine.

Sha Tin 18, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, 3723 1234.

Bar opens in The Diner

The Diner opens its bar, boasting an extensive collection of draft beers as well as one of the largest collections of bourbon in Hong Kong. Their ‘Hardshakes’ (alcoholic milkshakes) are already a fan favourite.

Also worth checking out are their picklebacks – for the uninitiated, it is a drink originating from Philadelphia in which you down a shot of liquor followed by a shot of pickle juice. Try the ‘Hellnback’ for an extra kick from the jalapeño! Happy hour at The Diner bar runs till 10pm every night. This month’s special is $25 San Miguel, and a bottle of Graham Norton Sauvignon Blanc for $200.

The Diner, 72-74 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung

Farewell, Steamers

Local bar Steamers has closed and but will be replaced by an English pub run by Enoteca Group – owners of The Conservatory.

Renovations are already well under way, with plans for the grand opening during early October. Gone are the Mediterranean shades of orange; Enoteca director Rob Cooper would much prefer traditional pub vibes. Think brick tiles, leather booths and sofas, warm wood panelling and muted lighting. The space will aim to be a friendly family pub with a beer garden, as close to an actual pub in the English countryside as they can make it.

The menu has not been finalised but guests can look forward to an updated take on classic British pub style grub. However, we have been assured that this will not end up becoming one of the many gastropubs around the 852 – “We’re definitely veering away from the word gastro,” Cooper tells us with no small amount of exasperation. As the building used to house the old Sai Kung Theatre from 1958 to 1975, they will be looking at a name with cinematic links for the new pub.