Westwood Carvery: Home Away from Home

Westwood Carvery is a one of Hong Kong’s best Prime Rib houses tucked away in the streets on Lan Kwai Fong on Wo On Lane run by a husband and wife team. This cozy family owned restaurant has been around for 6 years and is still growing strong. Their consistency in delivering mouth-watering food and attention to service has made them a mainstay in the Hong Kong dining arena. They recently expanded and now occupy two floors. The ground floor is perfect for walk-ins and the upstairs area is best for more private affairs, long dinner chats and book outs.

Westwood Carvery does specialise in prime rib but also have a full menu filled with savory delights such as Avocado Wontons, Sea Urchin Pasta and even seafood dishes like Clams or Mussels in White Wine Butter Sauce.

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Fresh Mussels with White Wine Butter Sauce $248
Tip: Dip your bread in the sauce. If you run out of bread LICK THE PLATE

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Home Made Beef Barley Vegetable Soup $58

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Westwood Carvery Salad $188
Yes, you read it correctly – it’s a salad. Definitely a meal on its own!

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Slow Roasted Beef Short Ribs $568
Definitely a sharing dish

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Sea Urchin Pasta (Seasonal)
Obviously my favorite as a uni fanatic

With so much to choose from the menu patrons don’t have to worry about getting bored! They also have a great international wine list to choose from for those of you who like to enjoy your meal with a glass of vino of two.

I highly recommend Westwood Carvery for dinner gatherings, family dinners or even if you feel like you need to indulge and enjoy comfort food. The homey atmosphere is what lures me back every time.

If you don’t have time to dine out or if you’re feeling lazy you can dine in and order delivery directly on their website www.westwoodcarvery.com

Westwood Carvery
G/F, 2 Wo On Lane
Lan Kwai Fong, Central
2869 8111

Le Rêve: New French-Japanese Fine Dining in Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay Yiu Wa Street welcomes yet another new gem to their rolodex of restaurants. Le Rêve is located on the 10th floor of the Zing! building which is also home to the preeminent beer pong bar, Zerve.

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Le Rêve is a pairing of French cooking with Japanese ingredients. Expect beautifully plated dishes and an abundance of robust flavors as the restaurant is led by Chef Ryogo Ozawa who mastered his culinary flair at the 3 Michelin Starred L’Assiette Champenoise in Reims. Prepare for Instagram worthy dishes to come!

 

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Main dining room

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Green asparagus with pumpkin and beetroot sauce

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This is no ordinary soup. It was a creamy soup with BACON in it with crunchy biscuits on top to add different textures and flavors.

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Lobster Linguine with Tomato Sauce
The sauce bursts with a dominant lobster aroma and the creaminess to the pasta is quite filling.

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Food: Everything was thoughtfully and beautifully plated. A lot of thought went into the table ware for presentation. Each dish was unique in its own way. The most memorable was the Brandade which is an emulsion of salt cod and olive oil eaten in the winter months with bread or potatoes. However, Chef Ozawa made it into an egg like texture with the fish at the bottom instead and then layered it with potato mash and a frothy milk egg foam. It was a delicately put together appetizer and was absolutely heavenly. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of it because I was bedazzled by the nitrogen effects and quickly devoured it. (Oops!) Guess you’ll just have to go and try it for yourselves!

Lobster linguine was definitely a show stopper. I wasn’t expecting such a large portion! But happy it was hefty (for me at least). The fresh lobster meat was a refreshing pairing when mixed together with the zestful lobster/tomato sauce.

The dessert concept was creatively put together but the flavor can be improved upon as the tart charcoal shell was hard to break and eat into.

Service: Bravo on such a great service team! We were given the utmost attention throughout our whole meal. The servers were highly knowledgeable

Ambiance: Quiet and relaxing. Their washroom is fully equipped with toiletries that you may want to use. Thoughtful indeed. There’s also a swing outside on the terrace for those of you who are looking for an outdoor setting.

Price: My lobster linguine lunch came to around HK$250 and my boyfriends Wagyu lunch came to around HK$400.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and give the place a 9/10. I think there’s always room for improvement no matter which restaurant you go to in the world. I heard their cocktails are a must-try so I’m looking forward to my next visit already.

Le Rêve
10/F Zing!, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2866 1010
www.lereve.com.hk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lerevehongkong

How to make your home smell like fall

Halloween is over and the fall breeze has finally kicked in! If you’re like me and love aromas of autumn – then you’ll enjoy this post.

Here are 3 essential oil blends to make your home smell like fall.

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Warm Chai
If you like the scent of cinnamon and warm nutty tones then this one might become your favorite!

1 drop Nutmeg
1 drop Clove
2 drops Cinnamon
2 drops Ginger
3 drops Cardamom

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Pumpkin Pie
Mmmm… yum.

1 drop Clove
1 drop Vanilla
2 drops Cassie
2 drops Ginger
2 drops Cardamom

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Into The Woods
This blend will transport you through the woods with its exotic aromas.

2 drops Bergamot
2 drops Juniper Berry
3 drops Fir
3 drops Frankincense

Add the recipe into your diffuser and enjoy the amazing aromas. Or bring it on the go simply mix it with a carrier oil and put it in a rollerball bottle and take it out with you wherever you go. Apply onto wrists and pulse points.

Top 5 Essential Oils for Relaxation

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I love Hong Kong and this is the city I will always call home, but it’s not an easy metropolitan to cope in when everything goes by so quickly. If you’re like me and often find yourself stressed, anxious or having a hard time to unwind then here are 5 top essential oils to relax your body and balance the mind.

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Lavender: Calming and soothing. Affects the cardiovascular system, nervous system, helps with emotional balancing and is great for the skin because of it’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and regenerative properties.

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Roman Chamomile: Therapeutic calming effect on the skin, mind and body. It’s also said to help one overcome ones negative feelings of disappointment and hopelessness. Promotes serenity in all areas of life.

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Vetiver: Its calming, grounding and stabilizing properties allow it to help with stress relieving. It’s nature’s tranquilizer and helps induce a restful sleep. (I always have this next to my bed stand. But remember this is a strong oil so use one drop first to see how it affects you personally. Apply one drop at a time for added effect.)

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Valerian: Helps with anxiety,stress and depression. Is an ancient oil that calms and relaxes the mind and body. A root based oil that improves the quality of sleep (great for insomnia).

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Clary Sage: Calming to the nervous system. Helps balances emotions. Washes away daily tension and gives a sense of mild euphoria. (Also great for relieving menstrual pains)

Suggested ways of application:


Topical: Choose a base oil of choice (eg. coconut oil, jojoba oil or my favorite sweet almond oil) and add 1-2 drops to one pump of base oil, mix and apply to designated area. For stress related purposes, I suggest to apply it over the heart/chest area to clear the heart chakra and on the back of your neck.

Breathe it in: Simply add 1-2 drops to your palm, rub it in to activate the oil and cup your hands over your nose. Inhale deeply 3-5 times.

Diffuser: Add 3-4 drops of essential oil into your 100mL diffuser and let it fill your home or workspace.

Hot compress: Add 1-2 drops of essential with one pump of base oil and apply to desired area. Put a hot towel over that area and enjoy.

Enjoy on the go: Add 10-15 drops of essential oil into a 10mL glass roller bottle and then top off with your choice of base oil. Apply it on the go to your temples, wrists, back of neck or over your heart.

If you’re looking for the oils above or want to make a personalised blend you can contact me directly at hello@maisondecoco.com or ping me for a personal consultation.

I hope that this blog post was useful and that you learned something new! If you have any essential oil questions that you want answered simply shoot me an email or follow me on Instagram @cokes for more updates. If you’re interested in learning more about Essential Oils I host monthly workshops around town.

*This blog post was in collaboration with my friend Carmen at  www.thefitaholics.com. Head on over to her blog to check out all things fitness and wellness related.

Until next time my oil loving friends!

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I’m just a girl who loves essential oils and wants to share the great benefits of it to the world. All the information provided on Maison de Coco is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the FDA. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

The Right Spot: Hong Kong’s Newest Urban Spa

This rainy weather is giving me the midweek blues. And, when I need an extra hand to get pass hump day I resort in treating myself to delicious comfort food or a good old massage. If you know me well, then you’ll know how obsessed I am with massages. Stanley Street in Lan Kwai Fong is the new home to Hong Kong’s newest urban spa: The Right Spot.

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The Right Spot opened only a few weeks ago and already has had many great reviews. The interiors are filled with designer furniture (in a minimalistic setting) and an array of artwork by world-class artists hang on the walls and are available for sale. Pieces that are sold will be donated to a charity of the artists choice. For those who are looking for collectors items can also do so at your leisure. The place has a very New York Chic vibe to it. So those of you who’ve lived in New York will feel quite homey here.

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Artwork displayed in the foot massage area

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A pleasant and calming essential oil aroma fills the air as you walk into the reception area – a blend of bergamot, geranium, lavender and marjoram to be exact. (Yes – that’s the essential oil geek in me coming out). They stock products from the renown Como Shambhala which is under the Como Hotel & Resorts group. The scent that is diffused in the spa is called the “calm” blend which helps uplifts your mood while also washing away your daily impurities and stress. In the private massage rooms they have Penhaligon’s scented candles lit in all which are absolutely heavenly and allows you to relax for your spa experience.

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 I love getting lathered up in essential oils for my spa journey or getting a really firm massage but this time I opted for the latter because of all the knots and tension in my back. I was eager to see what the individual massage rooms would look like.

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Minimalistic Massage Room

Each room is lightly dimmed and comes with your own set of Egyptian cotton towels (oh, fancy). That’s not all…

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Each guest also gets a fresh set of slippers, undies, shorts, headband, #GOT KNOTS shirt and a heated eye pad (thoughful, eh?) to let you really melt into your massage bed and enjoy the experience to the fullest.

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I didn’t get a foot massage this time round but it seems like the perfect place for one. Foot massage venues in Hong Kong are normally not very private and can get quite loud because of other patrons. However, The Right Spot strategically placed the seats in between curtains, therefore you can choose to block out everyone else and enjoy your foot massage in peace. Will have to book in a foot massage on my next visit.

Extra Services: If you’re like me and are always on the go, then their extra services may stand out to you as it did to me. They offer gourmet lunch and snacks catered by their F&B partner Locofama. Not only do they offer detox water for those who are wellness fanatics they also have herbal soup (my fave – yum!)

The Verdict: Their team is cordial and very professional. Clean and tidy. Affordable pricing for a luxurious experience. The private rooms are spacious and the foot massage area is spaced out well. The massage was better than I expected – my therapist, Ava, is a petite little lady, but she really hits all THE RIGHT SPOTs! This is the first time I’ve walked out of a massage without tightening up after a few hours. She truly got those knots out for good… well at least for a few days.

Tip #1 Since they are spanking new they are offering opening discounted packages. So book them before the discounts are over!

Tip #2 Which therapist to book? Try Ava! She’s amazing but I heard the other therapists are just as good but has different styles – I guess I’ll have to try them all to see for myself.

To check out their services and pricing click here.

The Right Spot
5/F, 20 Stanley Street
Central

Reservations
Whatsapp or Call: 6998-7768

www.facebook.com/therightspothk

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Artisan Room launches Coffee-Tea-Bar in collaboration with Chan Yee Jai

Can’t get through the day without your tea and coffee? Well I’ve got a treat for you! Had the pleasure of previewing Artisan Room’s newly launched “Coffee-Tea-Bar” collaboration with Century-Old Chan Yee Jai to offer handcrafted snacks paired with their coffee and tea themed concoctions. The Coffee-Tea-Bar concept is available from 5:30pm to 10pm during weekdays and 12pm to 10pm during weekends. Expect a selection of their house signature coffee and tea infused in their cocktails and mocktails curated by their barista.

Matcha Mule HK$108
Matcha Infused Vodka / Yuzu / Honey Syrup / Fresh Lime Juice / J. Gasco Ginger Beer


The verdict:
The yuzu component makes it a refreshing cocktail but don’t expect there to be a massive Matcha punch – it’s only lightly sprinkled on the top to make it more aesthetically pleasing.

Grey Clover HK$98 
Gin / Earl Grey infused Cocchi Americano Vermouth / Cacao Nibs syrup / Fresh Raspberry / Fresh Lemon Juice / Egg White / made with LØV Organic Tea, a sister brand of the renowned French Kusmi Tea

The verdict:
This one is great for the ladies – girly and has a sweet after taste. Earl grey flavor could be a tad more intense for it to stand out more.

Other cocktail selections include: Oriental Artisan (HK$108) Pu-Erh tea infused Tequila Blanco / Chen-Pi syrup / Fresh Pineapple Juice / Fresh Lime Juice / Rosemary Salt

For more details on their cocktail and mocktail list please visit their website.

Chan Yee Jai Snack Selection 

This creative merriment of modern day coffee & tea cocktails paired with a taste of Chinese heritage with Chain Yee Jai’s bite is a must try combination. Chan Yee Jai is a local snack brand established in 1927 renowned for its handmade products fashion with exceptional skills, to offer a series of their handcrafted treats. Patrons can choose from their snack list that consists of Deep-fried Dough in Oyster Sauce (HK$18), Beef Balls with Fruit Juice (HK$35), Beef Jerky with Duck Liver (HK$35) and more.


Not a fan of daring Chinese snacks? No worries, Artisan Room offers a house selection: Assorted Popcorn imported from Scotland (gingerbread, salted caramel) (HK$48), Georgian Sulguni Cheese (HK$58) order it in its original form or smoked, 24-month aged Parma Ham (HK$105) or Tuna stuffed in Cherry Peppers (HK$105).

Highly recommend the smoked Georgian Sulguni Cheese – opt for the SMOKED version. It’s like crack and goes flawlessly with their concoctions.

A special treat for you: Patrons who spend HK$100 or above on the Coffee-Tea-Bar drinks and bites on Sunday to Thursday will receive a free house snack. Snack selection changes every day and this offer is valid from now until November 30, 2016.

Artisan Room has a lovely alfresco area which is perfect for the upcoming autumn weather. Gather up your friends and enjoy an afternoon at this quaint venue on South Lane.

Artisan Room
8/12 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui
Hong Kong

For reservations: 2656 3198
www.facebook.com/artisanroomhk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newest Spa in Central: Melomist

Melomist is a new spa in Central located on the slopes of Cochrane Street that launched in early September. This quaint venue stays true to their four fundamental elements: Hygiene, Comfort, Safety & Results. It is equipped with three private rooms for treatments and offers a range of beauty services such as waxing, manicures, pedicures, body massages, facials and body treatments. They even offer services for pre and post natal treatments for those mama to bes out there. That’s not all, they also provide men’s treatments and services for teenagers as well! If you’re planning a girls night in or celebrating a birthday you can call and ask about their Spa Party packages too. (Sounds like a great plan to me!) Check out their menu here.

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Owner, Jumi Lee, is a certified aromatherapist from the UK who studied beauty science in London College. She opened this spa in hopes to offer an oasis for Hong Kongers to relax and unwind. She trains her therapists to learn all aspects of spa operations to ensure the ultimate customer experience.

I was placed in the first private room closest to the main door. The interior was minimalistic and serene. I opted for the “Melomist Treat” which was a 2 hour long spa treatment that will set you back HK$1,580.

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My therapist, Pratika, was professional, knowledgable and possessed a pair of magical hands! She started the treatment off with a hot stone massage and paired it with peppermint, arnica and pine massage oil to help release any tension I had in my muscles.

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The next part of the treatment was the facial, before she started she did a skin analysis to see what type of skin I had before concocting the suitable ingredients for my facial. Melomist stocks a local essential oil skincare brand called Native Essential (aka NE) which is also integrated into a few of their spa treatments. After my skin analysis, my therapist applied NE’s Mulberry and Raspberry cleansing oil to clear my skin of impurities. Then she turned on the steamer and lighted used NE’s Almond Ground Facial Exfoliator to get rid of my dead skin. I have thin and highly sensitive skin therefore after a gentle face scrub my face was already showing blotches of redness. This is when my therapist took out the high frequency machine and ran it all over my face to help my acne prone skin eliminate bacteria and help with any signs of anti-inflammatory.

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Once my skin calmed, it was time for the anti-aging facial oil massage. This oil blend consisted of Neroli (reduces inflammation, repairs and rejuvenates skin), Frankincense (anti-aging and wrinkle fighter) and Pomegranate (reinvigorates skin and fights against free radicals). I wish there was a device that could record these aromas so that each of you could experience it. But until then, all I can say is that it smells absolutely heavenly!

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Next step was to purify and heal the skin with the Ivory Clay mixed with lavender hydrosol (means floral water). While the mask was drying, my therapist went back to the massage part (my favorite!) but this time she used Hot Half Gem Moonstones to get out my shoulder knots. I’m a huge fan of massages and let me tell you not many ‘spa therapists’ have firm hands – at least not the ones I have been to. Pratika has extremely firm hands and hit all the sweet spots to get out my tense knots.

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Finally, all good things must come to an end. Pratika finished off my facial by applying a lavender toner and sealed all the essential oil goodness with a delicate moisturizer that consists of Chamomile (antiseptic and antibacterial), Lavender (calming and helps with dermatitis) and Calendula (healing properties and makes the skin glow).

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This was THE BEST SPA treatment I had to date. I can’t wait to return and try out all the other treatments and services!

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Tip #1: If you want to enjoy your treatment in absolute silence request for the treatment rooms at the back when you’re booking.

Tip #2: If you want a firm massage just speak up and tell the therapist how you like it.

Tip #3: Cancel any meetings, gatherings if you’re booking in a treatment as your hair will get a bit oily from all the facials and massage oils. If you do have an appointment after you can use their shower room or pop on home to rinse off. Make sure you allow enough time in between meet ups.

Want to book a wellness experience at the Melomist or try another spa? Book through the BloomMe App for a special deal! They offer an array of different brands whether you’re looking for a bespoke experience or a hidden gem in town. Download BloomMe here for Apple Store and here for Androids.

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Melomist Beauty Expert
3/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Building
37-43 Cochrane street, Central, Hong Kong
(852) 2450 2220
bookings@melomist.com

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday 10:00am – 8:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Public holidays 10:00am – 8:00pm