Let them eat cake!
Got time to kill during holiday visits? The Mandarin Cake Shop has opened a pop-up store at Hong Kong International Airport to cater to busy travelers looking for something special to bring home. Fans of MO’s world-famous doughy treats will gravitate toward orange walnut stollen, Christmas praline and Christmas Leckerli cookies, as well as a selection of chocolates and truffles. Those seeking something less perishable for longhaul flights can choose from rose petal jam, XO sauce and MO’s signature Taste of the Legend tea. All are beautifully packaged for gift-giving. Daily 8 am-8 pm until Jan 2. The Mandarin Cake Shop, Gourmet Gallery, Departures Level, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau. 852-2522-0111. A Culinary Affair is a brand new culinary campaign developed to introduce Elements as one of Hong Kong’s foremost “foodie hangouts”. The campaign will include a number of exciting monthly restaurant specials, as well as a new microsite packed full of restaurant information, culinary top tips, chef recipes and competitions. In December, A Culinary Affair will be showcasing “Christmas highlights” to promote the best of festive fare available at Elements. January sees A Culinary Affair celebrate the importance of families with its Traditional Chinese New Year with a Twist special, which will focus on great group dining options and tasty meals for all generations to enjoy together. Continuing into February, diners will be invited to come and celebrate love and romance with its Bring a Date special. Elements, above Kowloon MTR station. Fashionable high society clubstyle restaurant rendezvous Sevva is celebrating the festive season atop Prince’s Building in Central with its annual Christmas Lunch, served from Dec 2-25. Priced at HK$520 ($67), the festive three-course menu showcases the understated elegance of founder Bonnae Gokson against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s most spectacular ceiling floral displays. The starter is a choice of cauliflower vichyssoise and green asparagus soup, or fresh crabmeat salad on artichoke hearts with arugula and parsley oil. Three main course choices are traditional roast turkey with charcoal-baked sweet potatoes and sauteed brussels sprouts; pappardelle with slow-braised duck ragout and sweet peas; or panfried seabass with crispy potatoes and mustard lentils. Dessert is a signature treat of rum and fig Christmas pudding in French crepes with creme Anglaise, rum and raisin ice cream, served with coffee or tea. Sevva, 25/F Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong. 852-2537-1388.