A Taste of Mex­ico at Con­rad’s Gar­den Cafe

HK Magazine - - SPOTLIGHT - con­rad­din­ing.hun­grytues­day.com

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.

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