Your ultimate guide to Discovery Walk!

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If you can walk the walk then you can talk the talk – about wine that is! Now in its second year, the Discovery Walk on QRE, held on November 9 from 3pm to 6 pm, promises a wonderful day out of wine, food and fun as you stroll along Wan Chai’s Queen’s Road East in this tasting journey. There are 19 participating restaurants and retail outlets, music, entertainment and more. For $199 (Tickets are now sold out), you receive a wine passport and a glass from the registration counter at Hopewell Centre Piazza, where you can get a tasting portion of wine at each outlet. Receive a stamp after your visit and if you complete the entire route, you score a FREE bottle of wine while supplies last. 

To help gear you up for the afternoon, we’ve put together a taster of what each of the participating outlets will be serving up for your pleasure. Of course, it doesn’t quite taste the same on paper, but we hope it whets your appetite for the fun and flavour on Saturday November 9! 


Asia Fine Art
The independent gallery has been promoting the works of artists from around the region since 2003. Stop by for a glimpse of various works from names like Charito Helgason and Kim Tae-huk while enjoying some canapés and wines from Grace Vineyard including Tasya’s Reserve Merlot and Symphony White.

14 Sik On St, Wan Chai, 2522 0405; asia-fineart.com. 


Pizza Express

This familiar pizzeria has locations scattered around Hong Kong, serving up the pie the way it should be: simple and fresh. At its Ship Street location, be sure to have your choice of the margherita pizza or American pizza, and pair it with a glass of Paiara Puglia Bianco or Rosso.

Shop 4, G/F, J Residence, 60 Johnston Rd (entrance on Ship St), Wan Chai, 2861 0600, pizzaexpress.com.hk.


Madam Sixty Ate
Classical European is amped up with a contemporary twist at this restaurant-bar. Come for a taste of Fox Creek Duet Cabernet Merlot, featuring lifted aromas of berries and chocolate, as well as Fox Creek Shadow’s Run Sauvignon Blanc, with a soft, juicy fruit palate. Madam Sixty Ate’s also concocted its own mulled wine to get you into the Christmas spirit a bit early.

1/F, The Podium, J Senses, 60 Johnston Rd (entrance on Ship St), Wan Chai, 2527 2558; madamsixtyate.com.hk


Qi House of Sichuan
The word ‘hot’ extends to the fare, atmosphere and popularity of this Wan Chai spot, which fuses traditional Sichuan with modern innovation. Complement the tender and crispy glazed ginger beef with some Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir with its hints of fruit, spice and toasted oak.

2/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Rd (entrance on Ship St), Wan Chai, 2527 7117; qi-sichuan.hk


The Pawn
British flavours await at the elegant dining room and the peaceful, picturesque rooftop garden of the historic pawn shop, which has been standing since 1888. Merlot and Sauvignon from the Badet Clément Seduction series, as well as Blanc from the southwest of France, will flow by the glass.

2/F-3/F, 62 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai, 2836 3444; thepawn.com.hk.


BB’s Lobster & Seafood Specialist
The name says it all. This contemporary European establishment serves up a menu of seafood and lobster dishes. With modern décor to match, Discovery Walkers can indulge in delicious canapés of feta cheese-stuffed olives, then wash it down with a glass of Farina Montepulciano.

6/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2838 3272.


Mini Showroom
What could be more fun than snacking and sipping wine while surrounded by Mini Coopers? You can now glide between the iconic cars with a glass of Tasya’s Reserve Merlot or Symphony White from Grace Vineyard in hand. Just don’t hop in for a test drive!

Shop 1, G/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 3193 6800; minihk.com.


La Cucina Italiana
La Cucina has a great vibe that caters to those craving Italian cuisine, and pairs a glass of Island Easter Cabernet Sauvignon or Stony River Chardonnay (both from Chile) with a complimentary margherita pizza.

21/F-22/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2156 9115.


Akita Crab
This restaurant sports a kaleidoscope of dishes like tempura, sushi, steamed egg and, of course, crab dishes. At Discovery Walk, they serve items with a Japanese twist, like the Suigei Tokubetsu sake and Japanese nibbles.

10/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2838 6226.


Quemo
Feel the heat at this top Spanish restaurant. Specialising in paella and barbacoa, Quemo’s dishes come equipped with a Spanish flair. Have a fiesta with your fellow diners with a canapé of Spanish extra-virgin tortilla crisps and a glass of Godello from Valdeorras or Corriente from Rioja.

5/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2836 0699; elite-concepts.com.


Viva Ana Tapas & Wine Bar
With touches of red and yellow everywhere, and the Spanish flag proudly displayed in the restaurant, there is no mistaking what cuisine this cute bistro serves. With over 30 choices of tapas and a wide selection of wines to boot, get a taste of authentic Spanish wine with their Raíces Tempranillo or Viña Esperanza Blanco.

G/F, GardenEast, 222 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2832 6660; kingparrot.com


Chez Patrick
Want something French? Chez Patrick is the ticket. The wine and canapés here are equally tantalising. The white is Domaine Plou fils aoc Touraine Amboise La Croix du Pin (sauvignon). Pair your glass with crab mousse on a baguette or salmon rillette on toast. 

2/F, Garden East, 222 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2541 1401; chezpatrick.hk. 


Skybar at Hotel Indigo
Overlooking the Wan Chai neighbourhood and located on the original coastline of QRE, this sleek and stylish bar is a go-to for a rendezvous in comfort and class. Pouring here is the 2011 d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre; the popular wine plays on notes of fruits in a whirlwind of luscious flavours.

242 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 3926 3888; ihg.com/hotelindigo.


Raakee
Looking for a unique shopping experience? Raakee, one of Apple’s premium resellers, will provide just that, with food and drinks galore. A glass of white, perhaps, to pair with all those pearly-white iProducts?

G/F, 213 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2575 6126; raakee.com.hk.


Stone Nullah Tavern
This contemporary American eatery is serving their signature items on the canapé list with loaded tater tots and beef tongue crostini. These pair fantastically with Loredona pinot noir or the Villa Maria sauvignon blanc. Swill your glasses and kick back to the cool vibe of Stone Nullah Lane. 

69 Stone Nullah Ln, Wan Chai, 3182 0128, stonenullahtavern.com.


Tai Lung Fung
Tucked away in a tranquil stretch of Wan Chai, this retro 60s HK-style bar is immediately recognisable – with its name in bold Chinese characters in pink neon lights. The quirky dégagé spot offers the 2009 Port Vieux Bordeaux, from the region’s renowned vintage.

5 Hing Wan St, Wan Chai, 2572 0055.


King Ludwig Beerhall
When you crave an authentic crispy pork knuckle with sauerkraut or a pretzel washed down with German beer in the area, you think King Ludwig. But the lovely liquid being served here will be the red Il Poggio dei Vigneti Barbera D’Asti from Natale Verga – no steins necessary.

Shop 1-2, G/F, Hopewell Ctr, Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2861 0737; kingparrot.com.


The Yuu
Decked out in wood and bamboo finishes, The Yuu serves up a menu of delectable tempura and sushi dishes. In a place where the food’s presentation is equally as important as its taste, the dishes at The Yuu are sure to be visually stunning and pleasing to your tastebuds. Don’t forget to pair it with a fine glass of sake.

Shop 320-321, 3/F, Hopewell Ctr, 183 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2861 2023; kingparrot.com. 


Venchi
Step into a rich chocolate paradise at Venchi, and indulge in their scrumptious and creamy gelato in numerous flavours. Drool over an impressive selection of chocolates and treats, sure to satisfy your sweet tooth in every way. A divine Cuban rum gelato will be served here.

Shop 316, 3/F, Hopewell Ctr, 183 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2528 0802; venchi.com.


Discovery Walk on QRE 
Saturday November 9. 3pm-6pm

*TICKETS TO THIS EVENT HAVE NOW SOLD OUT

Registration at Hopewell Centre Piazza Queen’s Road East.

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