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2019-02-15

POPINJAYS @ Flamboyant Rooftop Dining In Central Hong Kong

A rooftop bar and restaurant that exudes elegance and sophistication without having congested tables as a setting gives that value of space for further intimate privacy, Popinjays adds a contemporary lifestyle to Hong Kong’s ever demanding dining scene. mylifestylenews writes.


Nestled on one of Central’s unique locations, on the slope of Cotton Tree Drive heading up to the island’s mid level, the most prominent residential location in Hong Kong, Popinjay is the new talk-of-the-town restaurant that is not only offering a modern European-inspired menu but also a magnificent view of the entire Central’s mid level views as well as Hong Kong’s city skyline just a stone’s throw away. Look even further, the uninterrupted view across the harbor of the Kowloon side is simply spectacular, thanks to its unique locale where the bar and restaurant sit on a prestige vantage point for such a majestic look out to the vibrant city.


Popinjays, a term once assigned to parrots, takes its name from the resident cockatoos along neighboring Garden Road, Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Naturally drawn to being part of a flock, and rarely flying solo, the habits of these birds embody Popinjays’ social spirit. Popinjays is a new add on to The Murray Hong Kong hotel  by the Niccolo hotel group. By entering the minimalist design hotel lobby and taking the lift up to the rooftop, you are immediately drawn to the stylish bar and the wraparound terrace that frames the restaurant. The bar is dotted with inviting lounges and comfy couches serving a world-class selection of classic cocktails, signature and bespoke creations.


A large whimsical painting with monkeys catches your eye immediately upon entering the spacious restaurant. White hanging lamps contrasting the soft grey carpets throughout the entire restaurant enlighten with further pop art paintings as well as the unpretentious table setting. Despite the heavy modern dining lounge chairs, which don’t seem to agree with the soft grey carpet especially when it was clumsily being pulled and pushed, the red glass filled with a tea light candle adds more mood and delicate flower arrangements in small vases on each table create a cozy ambience to unwind. Haviland Chinaware is used for the tabletops, which is not fussy, but shows a lovely attention to details.


By looking out the floor to ceiling giant windows that basically wraparound the entire restaurant with a stunning view to mesmerize while wining and dining, when  weather permits, the 420 sqm outdoor terrace opens its door for patrons to sit back, relax and enjoy the surrounding green and cosmopolitan city’s vibe. Not forgetting the backdrop is the perfect vantage point to appreciate the most instagram-worthy views. Popinjay’s menu is carefully crafted by Chef Didier Quennouelle for those who seek an intimate dining experience as well as for a night to remember, be it for its breathtaking view or its fine gastronomy. Quennouelle brings his 25 years’ of cuisine knowhow to Popinjays kitchen drawing on the traditions of French gastronomy of his own interpretation of classic dishes on his modern European-inspired menu together with his signature creative flair lending a distinctive Gallic influence.


A degustation bespoke menu with four or six-courses that changes weekly is offered from Monday to Thursday and comes along with a curated selection of vintage champagnes and wines to complement the dining experience. We opted for the four-course degustation menu and a few add ons from its classic menu. The homemade foie gras terrine topped with honey mustard was a delicate start to the evening to get the taste buds going. Rich and solid, and best accompanied by their warm and soft freshly baked assorted breads, this makes a amouse bouche.


<Chioggia Beetroot and Green Apple>
When root vegetable is in season, the freshest taste to stimulate your palate is a definite. The dish is full of surprises if you consume it in sequence by dipping the crunchy root vegetables to the 48 month comte, herbs, apple wasabi sorbet, curcuma dressing. From soft to a lightly pungent palate, this dish helps to tantalize and refresh your taste buds. Pairing with the 2017 Pouilly-Furme, Domaine Lebrun from the Loire Valley, France enlightens the salad with its mineral and tense, long finish on the palate with a pleasant acidity.


<Pumpkin Coulis>
Pan seared foie gras soaked on the bed of curry hinted flavoured pumpkin coulis just didn’t quite do it for us. Delicate flavours individualy, but the peculiar soft-on-soft palate didn’t bring out the best from both compositions despite its alternative execution, texture and presentation.


<Wild Black Cod>
The wild black cod was beautifully cooked with a firm texture in great flavor with timut black pepper, spicy bok choy and coconut foam that gives a pleasant twist to the entire dish. With the 2014 Saint-Romain, Les Vieilles Vignes, Vincent Giardin from Burgundy France,  the concentrated flavours of its fresh citrus, ripe peach and the light toasty notes and touches of honey gives an elegant buttery richness and a good finish to the fish.


<Salt Marsh Lamb Saddle & “Mendiant Fruits”>
We picked this dish from the classic menu to further sample the modern European gastronomy. The vegetables were a hit to counteract the richness of the meat with a hint of oriental spice from its tomato and capsicum harrissa. But unfortunately, the shoulder cut was cooked very rare and the fact that it was so rare affected the enjoyment. Close to a sashimi texture, the meat lacked a firm enough texture to enjoy chewing and not easily being cut even by a sharp steak knife.


<Roasted Challans Duck>

Not satisfied from the lamb saddle, we ordered the roasted Challans Duck and to our dismay, another tough piece of meat to cut and a little hard to chew. But a nice grainy texture in the meat and a wonderful flavor from the glazed endive and date chutney, aided by the addition of the jus and the Brussels sprouts to cut through the richness of the duck meat and skin.


<Pear Clafoutis>
This dessert is served warm and is utterly delectable and delicious. There was a crunchy texture of the fruit, complimented with the smoothness and coolness of the toasted almond ice cream with vanilla sauce, creating layers of delicate flavors.


<Figs and hazelnut Praline>
A gorgeous presentation and another delectable dessert! The raspberry sorbet was simply outstanding and the delicacy of the mille-feuille was a model of deportment upon tasting along with the smooth and delicious hazelnut cream.


Desserts were a tour de force in our view and could not be faulted and are a must try in Popinjays and in interesting and thoughtful wine pairings. The restaurant team were attentive but in the background, which we enjoyed very much with conversation flow without feeling the presence of wait staff hovering over you. Popinjay sets a standard of contemporary style reflecting Hong Kong’s vibrant and cosmopolitan lifestyle catering for the city’s flamboyant and fashionable crowd, as well as leaders in style by offering a chic dining and refined lifestyle experience in Hong Kong’s bustling metropolis.


Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Food & Beverage: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4/5

Highlights:
Pear Clafoutis
Figs and hazelnut Praline
22 Cotton Drive
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3141 8888

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Hermes Resort 2019 Collection - Mylifestylenews' Top 10 Pick


Hermes Resort 2019 Collection



It is high summer. A still and sun-soaked summer, the landscape hot even to the imagination. Lie down on flaxen sand. And dream.



Dream of pastel horizons. Dream of pure, hot blocks of colour. Dream of photographing summer through a mirror. Lose yourself in its haze of reflected fragments. 



Dream of a woman, as a painter, whose strokes and lines reverberate into giant Madras motifs.



A woman who could read the signs of the zodiac, which she has scattered across her dentelle dress. Her conviction for nature breaks codes into a complex simplicity. In her cosmic dress she quickly slips on a pair of leather thongs.



She dreams of a trench coat, but in granite pink calfskin. Of a dress in moss green, its colour both intense and soft. Of a tuxedo, its jacket cut like a poncho.



The end of summer. The coolness of leather on bare skin; cut to reveal a glimpse of a thigh, the curve of an arm, the twist of a wrist.



The lightest summer cashmere, the softest, most supple leathers and cotton as glossy as leather shape a new fluidity.


A sea breeze rises across this imagined landscape. Gliding in a cotton chintz dress like a sloop on an open sea at full sail. Carefree. Light as a feather.





MICHAEL KORS Spring 2019 Advertising Campaign

MICHAEL KORS Spring 2019 Advertising Campaign portrays a modern interpretation of the designer’s iconic jet set sensibility. Inez and Vinoodh capture model Binx Walton in the intimacy of her hotel suite at the storied Le Negresco in Nice, France. The hotel’s lavish and playful interiors underline the brand’s iconic mix of glamour and ease - the signature of today’s jet set. 

“I wanted the images to capture the ease, confidence and irreverent attitude of today’s luxury travelers,” says Michael Kors of the Spring 2019 Michael Kors Collection ad campaign, photographed by renowned Dutch photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. “At a time when everyone is on the go 24/7, our Collection woman has already arrived.”

“I’ve always loved how fashion can lift your spirits,” says Kors. “And this collection is all about optimism, romance and joy.” The clothes are a blend of the laid-back and the glamorous. Bright colors and bold patterns—from painterly florals to eclectic animal prints—mix with surf-inspired silhouettes, metallic brocades and romantic broderie anglaise to create a wardrobe that works all around the world. Accessories, including the first-ever Michael Kors Collection beach club totes and hand-painted destination totes, “bring a vacation attitude to a city situation.”


2019-02-14

Blancpain Presents A Limited Edition Villeret Women Quantième Phases de Lune

For Valentine’s Day, Blancpain reinterprets its Villeret Women Quantième Phases de Lune watch, delicately blending the collection’s signature characteristics with the universal emblems of love. Stemming from a tradition initiated by the brand in 2001, this 19th limited series intended to celebrate lovers is issued in a 99-piece edition. This year, Blancpain once again joins Cupid in devoting its expertise to love. The Maison has dreamed up a refined exterior for its calendar with moon phases, one of the most romantic complications gracing feminine models in its Villeret collection. The special “Valentine’s Day 2019” timepiece appears with a natural white mother-of-pearl dial, of which the iridescent sheen and cotton-candy shades evoke a heavenly backdrop. Eight brilliant-cut diamonds serving as hour-markers are carefully set and secured to the mother-of-pearl, whose extreme fragility leaves no room for mistakes.


Swept over by slender matching cut-out sage leaf-type hands, the chapter ring is complemented by applied red gold numerals marking 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. The seconds are pointed to by a central hand shaped like a Cupid’s arrow, while a fourth hand tipped with a red-lacquered heart indicates the date. The moon phase appears at 6 o’clock, through an aperture with rounded edges and a golden rim. This distinctive depiction of the moon characteristic of Blancpain’s feminine timepieces bears a playful face distinguished by a mouche placed at the corner of its smile. Thus named in French for their resemblance to flies, these artificial moles or ‘beauty patches’ were originally used as decorative elements by the women gracing European courts in the 18th century.


The heart of this “Valentine’s Day 2019” special edition – its 913QL.P movement is housed in a 33 mm red gold case set with 64 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and lugs. It is designed to meet women’s highest expectations in the realm of Haute Horlogerie. Endowed with a silicon balance-spring and a 40-hour power reserve, this self-winding movement features flat bridges ensuring a more generous case-back opening and incorporating a broader oscillating weight. Also crafted in red gold, the latter is engraved with the symbols of love. Issued in a series of 99 individually numbered and engraved timepieces, this model is teamed with two interchangeable alligator leather straps. Its lucky owners will thus be able to switch from flaming red to pristine white simply by pressing the functional catches located beneath the straps.


ARTĒ Madrid Releases Special Edition Flower Boxes This Valentine's Day

ARTĒ Madrid has prepared 2 limited edition flower boxes (red roses and pink roses) with 9 pieces of jewellery (price range from $1800 to $3200) options for you to select and place it on the flower box. Also, flower box is $980 with purchase of any product at ARTĒ Madrid local stores. Free delivery is guaranteed on or before Valentine’s Day! When the blooming fresh roses encounter the aesthetic ARTĒ Madrid, no women can refuse such a wonderful gift! Limited supply, for more information, please contact staffs at local stores or visit


2019-02-13

Folli Follie Presents 'Say It" 2019 Valentine's Day Accessory Collection

Folli Follie presents ‘Say It’ loud and clear and express your feelings in style with the newly launched collection exclusively for Valentine's Day 2019. Let her carry the message of ‘Love Me’ in great style with the new perforated bag and wallets in deep burgundy. A stylish gift to have and to hold, they will be your perfect gifts to her on this romantic occasion.