October Giveaway: Win 3-Months Unlimited Class Membership to F45, Central!

Get fit and have fun

 

We’re not sure how it has happened, but October is here! And although it doesn’t feel like it quite yet in Hong Kong, Christmas is just around the corner, and we’ll soon be flooded with party invites, festive drinks, and of course, all the food. So, before the festive season hits, you may just want to enter our new giveaway. This month we are offering the chance to win three-month’s worth of unlimited classes at the dynamic and innovative training studio, F45! Just in time to counteract all those Christmas calories…

With its fourth branch newly opened in Central, the fitness studio is perfectly located to be convenient for you. And with unlimited free classes – there are no more excuses for why you can’t make it to that pre-or post-work workout! Offering 45-minute classes of High-Intensity Interval Circuit Training, and Functional Training, the variation of the programme will keep your workouts challenging, motivational and fun. Gym bunny or not, with over 28 different categories of workout and over 3,000 exercises (with no workouts ever repeated!), you’re sure to find a workout style that works for you.

So, whether your routine has come to a standstill, want to try some new classes, or want to feel amazing before the indulgences of Christmas, why not give it a go? Simply enter your details in the form below for your chance to win!

F45, 15/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, Hong Kong, www.f45training.hk/HongKongCentral

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How to Upgrade Your Next {Tailgate Party}

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…football season! We’ve been waiting all summer to cheer on our favorite NFL (or college) team, and the time has finally arrived! There’s something special about Hoboken during football season – you’ve stopped traveling down the shore, said goodbye to Parker House Sundays and traded them in for your favorite football-watching bars that have the best wings. But what happens when you’re lucky enough to head to the stadium for your team’s home game? Tailgating happens.

Maybe you’re a season ticket holder, or perhaps you and your friends decided to finally commit to a game. Whichever the case, what may even be better than committing and going to the game is the tailgate! Yeah, I said it. Don’t lie to yourself; you probably spent your entire senior year of college attending just the tailgate, followed by beers at a bar to watch the actual game as opposed to entering the stadium. Now that college has come and gone, and you’re an adult (maybe?), it’s obligatory that your tailgate takes a serious upgrade. Don’t worry, beers and games are still included… So what makes an amazing tailgate? How can you one-up your buddies and show them what it’s like to really bring home the bacon for your team? Luckily, I have all of the answers to make your tailgate hit it out of the park!! Or did I mean score a touchdown?

Day/Night Before

Buy Your Beer.

correct coolersEveryone knows that New Jersey liquor stores and Sunday mornings don’t mix – AKA they won’t open early enough for you to stock up before the game, so get that part out of the way and get all your alcoholic beverages.

Place Your Italian Sandwich Order.

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Vito’s

Everyone knows the best (and most convenient) game day food is a delicious, meat-packed Italian sub. Hoboken has almost too many options – which is great for placing an order ahead of time. Try out 2 of our favorite spots this season: Vito’s (above) and Luca Brasi’s (below).

The Big Paulie: Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Luca Brasi’s “The Big Paulie”: Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella & Sun Dried Tomatoes

 

Feeling Fancy?

ribs

If you’re really trying to impress your friends, you should consider grilling at the game! Hit up your favorite Hoboken supermarket (Trader Joe’s or Shop Rite) the day before the game and get some meat to grill at the game. Our favorite? Ribs & shrimp. Use your favorite marinade and prep both the night before so you just have to pack them in the cooler and throw them on the grill when it’s game time!

shrimp

grilling

 

Game Day!

Bloody Marys & Bagels

obagelThe sun is shining, the birds are chirping and you are SO ready to get this show on the road. Maybe you even slept in your team’s jersey. It is officially game time, which means time for a little breakfast drink (as long as you’re not driving) and bagels. Trust me, you need a bagel. My favorite spot to grab a breakfast sammy is O’Bagel. Call ahead in case your crew also wants a breakfast sandwich (O’Bagel is famous for having a line out the door), make your mimosa/bellini/bloody mary, and go grab your BEC.

Image: @carlyaugust

Image: @carlyaugust

 

The Bare Necessities

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Lastly, a necessary checklist of things you shouldn’t forget for your tailgate:

  • Ice
  • Beer & Food
  • Water bottles
  • Koozies
  • Games (Cornhole, pong balls for beer pong, etc.)
  • Paper plates/utensils
  • Grill (never forget the tongs!)
  • Table

Written by Taylor Bilecky

When she’s not obsessing over Public Relations (her MondayFriday persona), Taylor enjoys people watching, trying new things and attempting to taste every flavor of ice cream available. Born and bred in New Jersey, Taylor just signed her second lease in Hoboken and loves nothing more than a Sunday Funday. Taylor loves to meet new people and prides herself with her ability to talk to anyone – she is that person in the Uber who won’t stop speaking to the driver.

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Three Skincare Upgrades For Your Best Skin Ever

Time for an upgrade?

 

When it comes to skincare, there are two kinds of people in the world: the ones who love to rock up to drugstores and Sephora in hopes of striking gold on a new skincare product they haven’t tried, or the ones who’ve stuck to the same regimen for years. And while it’s taken me years to perfect my skincare regimen — including what exactly I need to get done routinely at the dermatologist — I’m not going to throw you into the deep end of a skincare masterclass. Instead, here are some ways you can shake up your skincare regimen for the better.

Three Skincare Upgrades For Your Best Skin Ever

Add a Serum

If you’ve been religiously using a moisturiser, good on ya. If you haven’t, time to pick one up, plus a serum. We’ve delved deep into the world of serums, but why use one? Serums boast the smallest molecule size in the whole skincare gamut — this means that active ingredients that will help resolve your skincare woes are going to penetrate deep into your skin instead of just staying on the surface which is what moisturisers tend to do. While helping the surface of the skin is good, you want healing and regenerating to occur from inside, out!

Not all serums have to cost a pretty penny. I’m obsessed with The Ordinary that you can pick up from ASOS or Beautylish. Try their Squalane serum for intense hydration for the coming cooler months!

Three Skincare Upgrades For Your Best Skin Ever

Sleep in a Mask

I’m all about embracing the multitasking life, especially when it comes to skincare and while there’s a lot to be said about traditional wash-off masks that help you get rid of the grime on your face, sleep-in masks should be part of your regimen too. Stem cells in the epidermis reproduce mainly at night, according to the body’s natural circadian rhythm; the stem cells create new skin cells that replace aged cells and reduce the appearance of aging. Therefore, the best time to nourish your skin to tackle your ailments is when you sleep. Slap on a mask — I love Skin Inc’s Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask — that brightens and intensively hydrates your skin while you sleep. You wake up with a dewy glow!

Three Skincare Upgrades For Your Best Skin Ever

Step Up the Anti-Aging 

The truth is, once you turn 20, the dermis layer produces 1% less collagen every year, and factors like smoking and excessive sun exposure will increase that number by a whole lot more. Whether you’ve already started noticing fine lines, and lack of elasticity or not, there’s no such thing as stepping up the anti-aging regimen too early.

While peels tend to usually leave you red-faced and prone to post-facial breakouts, Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial formulated with 25% AHAs (made up of glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acids) and 2% BHAs (salicylic acid) is tough enough to slough off dead skin cells and to help resurface the texture of your skin. It is also made with antioxidant-packed ingredients like soothing matcha tea, vitamin C-spiked apple, and redness-fighting niacinamide to brighten and help fight off free radicals. You get the perfect cocktail of a peel that’s potent but gentle to the skin.

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The Right Wine For The Right Time With WINE MOMENTS

Get the wine you want tailored to what you’re doing

 

What are you up to this weekend, girls (and guys!)? No matter what type of activity you have planned, we’ve got your beverage options sorted. No more having to stand in a liquor store staring at the bottles and wishing someone could help you get that perfect drink for the occasion. Just head straight to WINE MOMENTS, where you’ll find hand-selected bottles of wine to match the moments in your life. You’ll get your wine within 24-hours, or even same day if you wish!  And, purchases over $500 will be delivered to your HK doorstep free of charge!

Wine Moments couple talking

We’ve highlighted a few options we think might help you out this weekend…

A Dinner With Friends

Can’t decide what to serve? At least now you can take the guesswork out of what to drink! WINE MOMENTS has some wines to help you unwind and forget the stress of everyday life. Just enjoy the conversation (and hopefully the meal!) and toast to the good life.

Click here for the deets!

Beach Day

The weather aims to hold up this weekend, so let the sunshine take over and let WINE MOMENTS do the legwork. With fruity, easy selections, you can sit back, stick your feet in the sand and enjoy a nice glass (or more!).

Click here for the deets!

Ladies Night In (aka: Gossip)

Sometimes you just want to hang out with your mates, eat snacks and gab. Is that so wrong? Not when you’ve got wine to toast with, it isn’t! These wines help loosen the tongue and the inhibitions!

Click here for the deets!

sassy perk

Starting Friday, 29 September, 2017, Sassy readers can use the code ‘Sassy10’ for 10% off your first purchase. At the checkout, enter the promo code and receive your discount!  

www.winemoments.com

 

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How to Find the Best Deals Online

Promo Codes from Picodi

 

We’ve got a secret – can you keep it? Swear this one we’ll save (to our ‘favourites’ tab!) It’s no revelation that living in the city can tug at our purse strings, and we know that saving money is not always easy (not with brunches and happy hours to attend to!) We’ve already shared with you a couple of our money-saving tips and tricks from using a handy app to record spending habits to taking the tram or the Star Ferry over the MTR, but if, like us, you’re a serial ‘add to cart’ offender, then we know you’ll be excited to put this online shopping trick to good use…

Google ‘discount codes in Hong Kong’… no, seriously!  It may seem too good to be true, but you’ll find that amongst various Groupon offers, lies hidden (although not for long!) gems like Picodi. This rapidly growing, international smart-shopping platform is the tool that’ll have you snapping up promos, discounts and offers – all while saving heaps of cash. Okay, we know that technically we’re meant to be reigning in our spending habits, but the savings speak for itself… we can’t help that at the click of a button we scored 25% off an H&M haul or FREE express shipping from ASOS.

We won’t tell if you don’t…

sassy perk

Booking your next holiday? Picodi’s partner, KKDAY is offering a 5% discount on selected South Korean travel itineraries *booked between now and Friday, 1 December, 2017! Click here to check out the itineraries on offer and enter the code “KKSASSY” upon purchase. It’s autumn, and the scenery looks insane…

*Travel period is between Friday, 29 September – Friday, 1 December 2017

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WEEKENDER: Hong Kong Tattoo Convention, Aqua National Day Fireworks and more

What’s on this weekend…

 

We’re getting excited for the long weekend and gearing up for three days of fireworks, tattoos, Pink Season and wine! If you’re not going away, take advantage of the extra days off, and be sure to make a little time for a well-deserved Netflix binge… 

weekender hong kong tattoo convention

Hong Kong China International Tattoo Convention

Showcasing top tattoo artists from Southeast Asia and worldwide, check out the Hong Kong China International Tattoo Convention this weekend. Come see your favourites (or discover new talents on the scene) as the artists gather to compete for awards and prizes.

When: Friday, 29 September & Saturday, 30 September, 10am to 10pm, & Sunday, 1 October, 12pm to 10pm
Where: Hall A, 2/F, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, 33 Shing Fung Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: One-day pass: $188 / three-day pass: $358 – get your tickets here!

weekender wine down friday

Wine Down Friday

For only $100 dive into the world of wines, with a roster of eight wines from around the world that have been lovingly selected by The Flying Winemaker Team. Plus, if any of the wines take your fancy, they will be available for purchase at the end of the evening.

When: Friday, 29 September, 6pm to 10pm
Where: The Flying Winemaker, 604-605, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $100 – get your tickets here!

weekender gin & jazz at tiffanys new york bar

Gin & Jazz Night at Tiffany’s New York Bar

Swing into the weekend with a soulful jazz performance by Christin Bradford at Tiffany’s New York Bar. Enjoy a range of expertly made gin drinks and cocktails, accompanied by a delicious snack platter. Just sit back, relax, and appreciate the music.

When: Saturday, 30 September, 9pm to 12am
Where: Tiffany’s New York Bar, G/F, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $298 per person (includes a cocktail and snack platter) – get your ticket here!

weekender aqua national day fireworks

aqua National Day Fireworks

With a public holiday on Monday, enjoy an evening to remember at aqua. Get the best seats in the city to watch the fireworks, and toast with a section of drinks, including Veuve Clicquot champagne, house spirits and wine, beer and soft drinks. If you’d rather dinner and drinks, aqua is also offering a special Japanese and Italian six-course affair for the evening, priced at $1,288 per person, or $ 1,976 per person to include wine paring.

When: Sunday, 1 October, 8pm to 11pm
Where: aqua, 29/F 30/F, One Peking Road, TST, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $420 per person (includes two drinks) – get your tickets here!

weekender tai hang dragon dance festival

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Festival

Continuing the traditional annual Mid-Autumn celebrations, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Festival will take place over three days next week. The commemorative performance will wind its way through the streets of Tai Hang, and will feature a 67-metre Fire Dragon, with more than 300 performers, 70,000 incense sticks, and lots of firecrackers!

When: Tuesday, 3 October, Wednesday, 4 October and Thursday, 5 October, at 8:15am
Where: Tai Hang, Hong Kong
How much: Free!

weekender open air cinema

Open Air Cinema – Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Going to see the hit musical on stage? Refresh your memory and enjoy an alfresco evening at The Butchers Club in Wong Chuk Hang with this cult classic flick. Enjoy the film and stick around for a meal at the restaurant downstairs? Sounds like a plan to us!

When: Thursday, 5 October, 7pm to 9pm
Where: The Butchers Club, 16/F, Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
How much: $300 – get your tickets here!

rainbow coloured roses

Pink Season Begins

It’s that time of year again! Asia’s biggest LGBT festival is coming to Hong Kong. Beginning on Saturday, 30 September and lasting through until Saturday, 4 November, the festival will feature 28 events ranging from art, to education to sports to family – so there will be something for everyone who wants to support the LGBT community. The idea sprung from the notion of celebrating acceptance, inclusion and awareness, so go out and #youdoyou while enjoying the festivities!

When: Begins Saturday, 30 September, through until Saturday, 4 November
Where: Various locations around Hong Kong, click here to see the full guide
How much: Many events are free, but prices vary

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Hoboken Weekend {Drinking} Guide: 9/28/17 – 10/1/17

Thursday 9/28/17

HHH September Happy Hour @ The Shepherd & the Knucklehead

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Join us at 7pm for our monthly Happy Hour at The Shepherd & the Knucklehead of Hoboken, NJ! This is a FREE event, but you must RSVP here to enjoy exclusive specials!

Drink Specials (Only for those who RSVP):

  • $3 Bud Light drafts
  • $5 Castle Point Brewery Hoboken Ale drafts
  • $5 VDKA 6100 drinks
  • $25 Prosecco Buckets (4 splits)

Food Specials (Only for those who RSVP): 

  • $2 Build-Your-Own Tacos
  • Complimentary VDKA 6100 Oyster Shooters

Thirstday @ The Shannon

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Thirsty? We bet you are, it’s Thursday!

All Night:

  • $3 House Shots & Domestic Drafts
  • $5 Personal Pitchers
  • $5 Shots, Wine, Premium Beer & Mixed Drinks
  • $7 Select Bombs
  • $11 Pitchers

Happy Hour 4-8pm:

  • $3 Domestic Pints & Bottles
  • $4 Import Bottles, Wine, Call Shots, & Drinks
  • $5 Premium Shots & Mixed Drinks

 

Friday 9/29/17

Happy Hour @ Biggie’s

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Start your weekend off right with happy hour at Biggie’s! Drink specials include:

  • $5 Specialty Margaritas & Mojitos
  • $5 Well Drinks
  • $1 Off Draft Beers
  • $5 House Wines
  • $5 Specialty Martinis

Wine Knowledge @ Bin 14

bin 14 friday

Learn more about your favorite wines with Happy Hour from 5-7pm. $20/person for 4 wines.

 

Saturday 9/30/17

Brunch @ City Bistro

City Bistro WafflesSleep in and then brunch all afternoon, cuz brunch goes until 4pm!

  • $4 Bloody Marys, Bellinis, and Mimosas
  • $10 Signature Brunch Cocktails

College Football @ Mulligan’s

hoboken mulligans flag

Spend Football Saturday at Mulligan’s!

  • $3 Domestic & Yuengling pints
  • $10 Pitchers
  • $14 Buckets

 

Sunday 10/1/17

Sunday Brunch Succulent Workshop @ Pier 13

pier13 succulent

Learn the basics of succulent planting all while sampling amazing food trucks and brunch cocktails (food and beverage not included with ticket purchase). All the supplies you need will be provided. Get tickets now to reserve your spot!

$3 Beers / Brunch / Football @ Northern Soul

Northern Soul

Brunch starts @ 11am!

$3 Each:

  • Narragansett Draft
  • Miller High Life Bottle
  • PBR Can
  • Coors Original Can

Beer, Shot, and Beer/Shot combo specials for all NFL games

Food Specials:

  • 1/2 Off Chicken Wings
  • 1/2 Off Buffalo Cauliflower
  • $8 Burgers or Veggie Burgers

Written by Rachel Willson

Originally from Upstate New York, Rachel moved to Hoboken two years ago to pursue her passion for all things marketing and fashion. Rachel lives for her weekends and takes pride in making sure all her friends social calendars are full. In her free time, when she isn’t crossing off items on her Hoboken bucket list, Rachel is typically finding joy in things out of her budget, speaking fluently in sarcasm, and crawling her way down Washington St. because yesterday was leg day.

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Cowabunga! Surf Taco Opening {This Friday} 12 Photos

The wait is over! Surf Taco will be opening at 11am this Friday, September 29th! As we were first to report about 6 weeks ago, Surf Taco has replaced The Taco Truck at 62 Newark Street. You can expect the same delicious “coastal cuisine” you’ve come to know and love from their 11 other locations in NJ (most located in Monmouth and Ocean counties). However, for the time being, the menu will not feature fajitas or enchiladas at this location.

Earlier today, we got a behind-the-scenes peek and enjoyed some delicious eats as Surf Taco prepared to open their doors to the public on Friday. Check it out!

surf taco exterior

surf taco teriyaki

surf taco interior menu

surf taco full table

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surf taco tacos

hoboken surf taco menu 1

surf taco menu 2

surf taco table sign

salsa bar

surf taco mural

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And don’t worry, the eats are both delicious AND instagram-able!

Hours:

Sunday-Wednesday: 11am-10pm

Thursday- Saturday: 11am-11pm


Written by John Connell

John‘s going on his 5th year living in The Mile Square. His talents include napping, eating sunflower seeds, growing a neckbeard, Ja Rule karaoke, and napping. Although knee injuries have slowed him down, he’s currently working his way back onto the field. An avid sports fan, the only thing he enjoys more than attending a game, is the beach.  Don’t let the knee injury fool you though, he can still get down on the dance floor!

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Style Brigade: Luxury Beauty Appointments Are A Click Away

Stress-free styling…

 

One of the things we’re often strapped for in this city is time. Looking for a way to have a full-time, style concierge at your disposal? We could all use an extra hand when it comes to planning and pampering – and that’s exactly what Style Brigade sets out to do. So don’t stress about all those last minute beauty needs. The experts at Style Brigade have got you covered.

This luxury service website makes getting pampered that much easier (and quicker!) by just booking online. Have a high-end makeup stylist come to your home, get a quick blow-out at your favourite salon, or get an express manicure – all you have to do is choose the beauty service you need, the time and location that suits you, and let Style Brigade do the legwork for you!

Need those roots done in a hurry? The search filter function allows you to access salons and stylists easily, meaning you won’t have to waste your time trying to call, and since payments are completed online, there is no hassle of having to pay at the salon or spa.

Best of all, with Style Brigade there are no nasty surprises. The price you pay online is the price it is – no sneaky add-ons. Once you pay, the treatment is set. And if your man needs a grooming, Style Brigade can help him as well, with access to talented barbers, hair stylists and more, they will be able to provide the best options for your beau.

Sassy perk: For salon bookings, simply use the code “SASSY1” for 15% off haircuts at salons. For stylist bookings we are also offering 30% off promotional packages, just enter the code “SASSY2” for Keratin Treatment and Haircut, “SASSY3” for full Head highlights and Haircut, or “SASSY4” for Ombre Colouring and Haircut. Offer valid until Thursday, 30 November, 2017.

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New Punjab Club Brings Colonial-Era Delights to Hong Kong

No curries here, this is Punjabi fare

Meet me in the middle price stickerDistrict: Central, Hong Kong
Cuisine: Punjabi
How much: Dishes range from $148 to $238, but you can easily fill up on an assortment of appetisers, which range from $88 to $198
The Best For: Dinner with family or friends, or date night
Must Order: Keema Pau, Tandoori Machli

New Punjab Club overhead view

New Punjab Club is not your ordinary Indian food joint. For one, it specialises only in cuisine that can be found in both the Pakistani and Indian areas of Punjab. Which means if you’re looking for your favourite curry, you won’t find it here. Instead, you’ll find a wide range of creative and delicious food that will leave you satisfied and your taste buds very happy.

The restaurant is slightly easy to miss, as even though it’s on busy Wyndham Street, its exterior is subdued and has a bit of an old-world café feel to it. That’s because Sean Dix, who designed the space, took his inspiration from the courthouses, rail stations and estates of historic Punjab. The interior, however, is beautifully designed and cosy, with only 40 seats (with leather banquettes and a couple of tables), and has gorgeous, embossed walls with original artwork from the same Punjab region as the food.  (Dix also designed Yardbird, Ronin, Carbone and several other restaurants in HK).

New Punjab Club interior view

Michelin-starred Chef Palash Mitra (from Gymkhana in London) helms the kitchen at New Punjab Club, and serves up street food favourites on the appetiser list, such as the Samosa Chat ($88) (smashed samosas, crispy noddles, tamarind glaze and yoghurt) and Lahori Seek ($198) (Wagyu mince kebab, green chilli chutney and aloo chaat). But what you’ll also find is some really tasty dishes you won’t find elsewhere.

The standout menu items were the Tandoori Machli ($198), a line-caught cobia fish made with dill, carom seeds and tomato chutney. The crispy outer skin and flavourful fish was incredibly delicious and satisfying. I also really loved the Keema Pau ($118), which was spiced mutton in a thick sauce, which is meant to be spread upon a buttered milk bun and eaten open-faced. My mouth’s watering just thinking about those two. The combination of spices and herbs were fantastic. The Mughal Room Makni ($148), was also a delight, which is a braised chicken tikka with spiced tomato and butter. And if you’re a naan fan, you’ll be loving the naan here – I had the Butter Naan ($28), which was a generous serving of fresh, warm, and lightly browned sections; these were the perfect complement to each dish.

New Punjab Club murgh tikka

Although I didn’t sample the vegetarian dishes (but will next time!) there are plenty on hand to sate the non-meat eaters out there. You’ll find Aloo Gobhi ($98), (cauliflower, new potatoes, coriander and ginger), Mattar Paneer ($98), (fresh cheese, green peas, fenugreek and cumin), Masala Palak ($98), (baby spinach, garlic and tomato) and even Ghar Ki Dal ($98), (home-style yellow dal and bitter gourd).

Despite being full to the point of being overstuffed, I could not resist tasting (okay, eating) the lemon frozen yoghurt served with raspberry sorbet and puffed rice for dessert. It was light enough to cleanse the palate and not too heavy that I regretted the fifth spoonful.

The only setback to dining here has nothing to do with the place itself; it’s the weight-lifters at the gym on the floor above the restaurant. A few times during the meal we heard loud, thumping bangs from the weights being dropped on the floor above us. And, despite requests by Black Sheep Restaurant to keep the noise down a bit, the issue is still ongoing. But don’t let a little noise distract you – the food here is good, and I would definitely  go back for another meal.

New Punjab Club, World Wide Commercial Building, 34 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2368 1223, www.facebook.com/newpunjabclub

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