By Arthur Tam
Featuring this month’s top deals, events and openings at the Taikoo Place community.
Umimachidon is a new Japanese rice bowl specialist. Order a sweet and savoury katsudon (pork and egg over rice) or opt for a supreme kaihoudon, which includes briny uni, pearls of salmon roe, sweet crabmeat and bits of octopus topped over sushi rice. 7 Hoi Kwong St, Dragon House View, Quarry Bay, tel: 2159 2368, facebook.com/umimachidon.hk
One of the leading eyewear chains in Japan has just hit Hong Kong with its first store at Cityplaza. Check out the latest selection of stylish eyeglasses and sunglasses, including Zoff’s Classic Animal collection, which incorporates funky wildlife prints. Or try on a few pairs in the collaboration series with celebrity model and fashion influencer Rina Tanaka. Shop 402, 4/F, Cityplaza, tel: 2868 3871, facebook.com/zoff.hk
REPUBLIC (opening on 18 Dec)
If you get hungry while appreciating the unique arts programmes at Taikoo Place’s multi-purpose venue ArtisTree, head next door to the new REPUBLIC. In addition to a range of pastries, fresh salads, scrumptious sandwiches and artisanal coffee similar to its sister outpost at One Island East, REPUBLIC at Devon House will also offer a wider selection inclusive of more Asian dishes. 1/F, Devon House
eslite spectrum’s new vendors
Our favourite bookstore has recently been revamped and now includes a dozen or so new vendors in its two-storey shop, just in time for the holidays. You can find earthenware, sustainable utensils, vintage jewellery, handmade skincare products, premium olive oil and organic kids’ clothing. Shop 074, G/F, Cityplaza, tel: 3419 1188, facebook.com/eslitehk
‘Park and Charge’ EV-charging service at PCCW Tower
Taikoo Place tenants and visitors can now charge their electric vehicles with one of the three chargers located at level B2 in PCCW Tower. Charging stations mean less anxiety over running out of power during your commute. PCCW Tower is the first office building of Swire Properties in Hong Kong to provide Smart Charge’s “Park and Charge” EV-charging service.
Cityplaza's Fortress has just finished renovation with a new addition of concept store called Techlife. Customers can find the latest and innovative products created by both local and international designers. The wide variety of products will surely help you lead a smarter life. And from now until 4 January, there will be special promotions on wireless headphones, fitness tech items and more. Don't miss it! Shop 418, 4/F, Cityplaza, tel: 2568 2018, fortress.com.hk
Taikoo Place’s Tong Chong Street Market (Every Sunday from 10 Dec to 11 Feb 2018, except 24 and 31 Dec)
This month's theme at TCSM is comforting pot cuisine (no, not that pot), namely Pot Festival. Warm up the body and soothe the soul with a unique pot experience at the market’s dedicated hot pot zone or try out a range of broth-based dishes like a bowl of mouth-numbing Sichuan stew or a delicious, savoury serving of soup dumplings. Grab them while they're hot and stay tuned for more exciting market updates on our website and Facebook page – the theme changes every month.
Tung Yao Ceramics Workshops (runs daily 1pm-9pm)
The ceramics shop and workshop from Sheung Wan has recently opened a new outpost in eslite spectrum, and it is offering a range of beginner to advanced classes in English and Cantonese. Go with a group of friends or bring a date to re-enact the iconic potter’s wheel scene from Ghost. All you have to do is call and make a booking. Shop G007, G/F, Cityplaza, tel: 3419 1132, tungyaoceramics.com
Joy To The KJELDSENS World: now till 15 Dec (Mon-Fri, noon-7pm)
The much-loved cookie brand is offering a limited edition pack of Christmas cookies with a festive magic sleeve available at their holiday themed pop-up store at Dorset House. Write a message on the magic sleeve and it will light up to enchant a loved one who receives it. And the magic doesn’t end there - for every limited edition pack you buy, KJELDSENS will donate a cookie pack to charity organisation Po Leung Kuk to brighten someone else’s Christmas too! G/F, Dorset House
Cityplaza’s Delightful Christmas Wonderland: now till 1 Jan
For the festive season, Cityplaza is going to have holiday installations, interactive games and heaps of special offers and deals. Be dazzled by the 14-metre twinkling Christmas tree, head down a five-metre-long slide and challenge your loved ones to a nerve-wracking game of electric buzz wire. If you donate HK$100 to the charity Operation Santa Claus, you can reserve a spot to take a selfie with Santa. Spend HK$600 or more shopping anywhere in Cityplaza, and you can register for a fun workshop to make your own glittery decorative gift. During the festive period, there will be a series of shopping offers, some with Asia Miles rewards, so head to the mall and check out all the details now. cityplaza.com
Cityplaza Ice Palace Holiday Spectacular:
Ice Palace Student Ice Show: 16-19 Dec (6:30pm-7:30pm)
The Ice Palace’s best and most talented students will put on a show that’ll make their parents and the audience proud.
Ice Palace Delightful Christmas Skating Performance: 20-23 Dec (5:30pm-6:00pm)
International champions Alissa Czisny, Craig Heath and Ryan Bradley showcase their technical and artistic abilities on the ice. Watch them sore across the ice in style with a triple axel.
New Year’s Eve Countdown Party: 31 Dec (8pm-12:30am)
Some of Hong Kong’s most talented singers – Kiki Li (Voice of China), Kit Cheung (China’s Got Talent), Wallis Cho and Brian Wong – are gathering at the Ice Palace to ring in the New Year with a show-stopping performance. Along with the party will be fun and exciting games where guests have chance to win a round trip for two to Bangkok (flight and hotels included) and VIP skating passes. Enjoy early-bird entrance fee at $85 before 26 December, afterwards, it'll be $100 each.
1/F, Cityplaza, tel: 2844 8688, facebook.com/cityplazaicepalace
Taikoo Place’s Pure limited-time offers: until 31 Dec
It's not quite time yet for a New Year’s fitness resolution, but you can get started early with a seven-day complimentary pass to Pure Fitness in PCCW Tower and Pure Yoga in Lincoln House. Test the water before you jump right in. And if you decide to join at either one of the centres, you can get one-month complimentary access to the other one. Also, the joining fee will be waived. Register here.
Taikoo Social Exclusive Offers: Sharing December
Celebrate the festive season of sharing good times with friends, thanks to the exclusive offers and prizes on the Taikoo Social app (App store | Google Play) !
Brunch and The World of Tintin exhibition guided tour lucky draw: 7 Dec - Win a guided group tour of the Tintin exhibition at ArtisTree plus brunch for four at Mr & Mrs Fox.
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East Hotel lucky draw: 14 Dec - Win a HARBOUR VIEW SUITE stay at East, Hong Kong and a dining voucher at Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge) worth HK$4,000.
GROUND PUBLIC offer: 11-15 Dec - Redeem a free tea package for two at GROUND PUBLIC and treat yourself and a workmate to hot chocolate and cookies. Limited offers, first-come, first-served.
Mr & Mrs Fox Xmas Menu: 23-25 Dec
If you need to book an Xmas dinner for a huge gathering, The Den at Mr & Mrs Fox (MMF) can seat 24 guests. Specialty items on the menu during the joyous occasion include poached red wine pear salad with goat cheese, turkey roulade with roasted pumpkin, chicken jus and mouth-watering beef tenderloin, along with pan seared foie gras and stewed leeks in red wine sauce. For dessert, indulge in a black forest chocolate cake made with cherries and 70 percent Valrhona chocolate. 23 Tong Chong St, tel: 2697 8500, facebook.com/mrmrsfoxhk/
Plat du Jour Xmas Menu: 24 and 25 Dec
If you want a French Christmas, Plat du Jour offers a festive four-course set menu priced at HK$395+10%. The course includes poached foie gras with sauternes jelly, signature lobster bisque with chives and crème fraiche. For the main course choose between a dry-aged Cedar River Farm sirloin or whole grilled baby turbot, and conclude with a soufflé au grand marnier. 21 Hoi Wan St, tel: 2789 4200, facebook.com/platdujourhk
PUBLIC semi-buffet lunch: 27 Nov to 22 Dec
The special semi-buffet lunch at PUBLIC offers a series of festive choices, such as red cabbage & apple slaw with toasted walnuts, confit turkey leg with jewelled rice, pomegranate, harissa yoghurt and shredded brussels sprouts and kale with cranberry, chestnut, and pancetta. For the sweet tooth, indulge in mince pies and pannatone bread and butter pudding. 37/F, One Island East, tel: 2784 7100, facebook.com/publichk