A Taste of Mexico at Conrad’s Garden Cafe
Think Mexican cuisine is just tacos and fajitas? Think again, because the vibrant cuisine has so much more to offer. The nation has one of the world’s most vibrant gastronomic cultures, and the charm of Mexican cuisine goes far beyond ever-tempting guacamole and fiery habaneros.
To experience the lesser known, captivating dishes of Mexico’s gastronomic culture, the Conrad Hong Kong’s Garden Cafe is working with award-winning chef David Cetina from Sep 8-18 to present a special buffet spread. His refined take on the food of Mexico’s Yucatán region isn’t just a treat for the taste buds: It also sheds light on the traditional roots of the Latin American nation.
The hotel is working with the Consulate General of Mexico in Hong Kong to celebrate Día de la Independencia—Mexican Independence Day—on Sep 16. For this happy occasion, chef Cetina is serving up a colorful lineup of culinary delights, serving earnest dishes employing simple, quality ingredients cooked with skill and attention.
Expect authentic dishes including tender, succulent suckling pig marinated in special Yucatán spices, and panucho, a tantalizing cousin of the taco which combines shredded turkey, beans, tomato and lettuce on a golden fried tortilla. Hailing from the colonial city of Valladolid in Eastern Yucatán, escabeche is another time-tested favorite, with chicken or turkey cooked in a peppery blend of spices called recado para escabeche.
On top of all the Mexican delights, Garden Cafe’s signature sashimi carving show and the bombe Alaska show are also sights to behold. At 7:30pm every night, a 25kg Pacific yellowfin tuna is brought out into the dining area and carved into sashimi. Meanwhile, a 15-inch igloo of meringue is flamed until warm, with slices brought to guests afterwards. After your meal, head for a nightcap at Garden Cafe Terrace: From Sep 8-10, award-winning Mexican mixologist Héktor Monroy will show off his lineup of innovative cocktails.
Book through the hotel’s Hungry Tuesday site for discounted prices of $543 per adult and $367 per child Mon-Thu, and $607 per adult and $383 per child Fri-Sun and public holidays.