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Ocean Park Invites All to Enjoy a Refreshing Summer with Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants “Summer Splash” Menu and a Lakeside BBQ Carnival at the Lagoon

2016-06-16

From 1 July to 28 August 2016, Ocean Park will be debuting an exciting collaboration with Nickelodeon’s all-time favourite classic cartoon character, SpongeBob SquarePants, and his friends Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles and Mr. Krabs, who have come all the way from Bikini Bottom to throw a wet and cool summer party with guests at the Park during this year’s Summer Splash! To tantalise everyone’s taste buds, a wide selection of SpongeBob’s beloved vegetarian dishes, snacks and desserts suitable for the summer will be available to guests at some of the Park’s food and beverage outlets, including Neptune's Restaurant, Tuxedos Restaurant, Aqua City Bakery, Panda Café and kiosks located at the Waterfront. Guests will also be able to find life-sized wooden displays of SpongeBob and his starfish sidekick, Patrick, standing inside the Park’s restaurants and kiosks, waiting to beckon them in!
 
Nick Lee, Senior Food and Beverage Operations Manager, said, “We are very excited to bring the SpongeBob collaboration to the table, and introduce inspired vegetarian dishes to our guests this summer. Apart from highlighting this bubbly character in the menu, we also adhere to the Park’s commitment to sustainability by using a selection of delicious, sustainably sourced vegetarian produce in hope to inspire younger generation towards a greener lifestyle.”
 
Leading the SpongeBob fun will be Neptune's Restaurant where diners will be greeted with life-sized SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star at the door with a sign introducing menu highlights. The reception will be turned into a tableau of SpongeBob’s instantly recognisable pineapple home, with a smiling SpongeBob SquarePants keeping guests company as they wait to be seated. Once inside, guests will be welcomed by characters from the popular animated series, projected through the restaurant’s signature GOBO lens projection, and seated at tables bearing SpongeBob’s smiling, cheeky face, turning the journey into a true SpongeBob dining experience for fans!
 
A variety of new vegetarian dishes will be on offer for lunch, afternoon tea and early dinner, including the four-course SpongeBob SquarePants Summer Fiesta Menu (HK$348) which matches the character’s signature yellow with dishes such as Miyake with Truffle Egg Mayo served with Garden Vegetables in Lemon dressing as an appetiser, Fresh Sweet Corn Cream Soup garnished with Toast, Mixed Grilled Vegetables with Portobello Mushroom Tower served with Sweet Corn Croquette and French Fries as a main, and a luscious Mango Mousse with Vanilla Ice-Cream and Fresh Fruits. Kids may choose to go on a fun-filled adventure with SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star on board the Ocean Express by enjoying the SpongeBob SquarePants Underwater Adventure Menu (HK$198). Guests can also immerse themselves in a leisurely afternoon with SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends in an aqua environment by ordering the afternoon tea sets (HK$168-HK$188), which offers a mix of savoury and sweet dishes, all served with freshly brewed coffee or tea.  
 
At Tuxedos Restaurant, a variety of vegetarian a-la-carte items are added to enhance the already impressive repertoire of sustainably sourced food. The SpongeBob Summer Splash a-la-carte items include an aromatic Miyake in Curry Sauce with Steamed Rice (HK$228), Miyake with Truffle Egg Mayo (HK$88), a multi-textured Baked Organic Pumpkin and Eggplant Roulade with Bean Curd Sheet in Tomato Coulis (HK$118), and Grilled Vegetables with Portobello Mushroom Tower (HK$258) – showcasing the best of East and West. Tuxedos Restaurant's walls and windows will be graced with a variety of SpongeBob and friends stickers.
 
Aqua City Bakery will morph into the underwater abode of the quirky yellow friend, with colourful window stickers of the cast of SpongeBob in animated poses. Here, diners of all ages can sink into the ambience by enjoying a sweet a-la-carte menu with favourites like mango, serradura biscuit, or coffee and chocolate pudding (HK$35 each), chocolate or vanilla-coated cupcakes (HK$42 each), all topped with SpongeBob SquarePants or Patrick Star’s friendly faces, butter cookies resembling the characters contained in a SpongeBob SquarePants tin bucket that will make a great treat for sharing, and a head-to-toe SpongeBob Mango Mousse Cake (HK$358/2lb) which will bring a grand finale when celebrating any special occasion.
 
The casual Panda Café will also be decorated with life-size cut-outs of SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends with fun action shots such as SpongeBob and Patrick Star carrying surfboards. Diners can enjoy an a-la-carte menu with a SpongeBob-inspired dish, Miyake with U-Don in Japanese Curry Soup (HK$158), and themed chocolate cupcake (HK$42) to wrap-up the experience as well.
 
Other food kiosks in the Park will have select special SpongeBob-inspired a-la-carte items available. A SpongeBob Crispy Bucket (HK$98) with vegetables spring roll, vegetables net spring roll, vegetables samosa, squash pie and vegetables pattie makes for a delicious and healthy snack which park-goers can enjoy while on the move. Contained in a colourful bucket with SpongeBob graphics, this will surely be a kid-pleaser. Mango puddings (HK$64 for 4 pieces) are also sold at the kiosk for a quick, sweet snack.
 
For those who live for the tradition of summers spent barbecuing with loved ones, Ocean Park's  Summer Splash 2016 Lakeside BBQ Carnival ensures family and friends of all ages can indulge in a variety of summer favourites in a convivial fashion, taking after carnival food stands. Giving it an Ocean Park twist and culinary elevation, diners can enjoy an array of Chef's recommendations, which include premium items such as Roasted Honey Glaze Gammon Ham, Grilled U.S. Beef Ribeye Cube, New Zealand Mussel in White Wine Sauce, and Iberico Ham with condiments.
 
Several stations highlighting quintessential summer BBQ items will be a hit with adults and children alike. The Sausage Station includes highlights such as Frankfurter Sausage Chipolata Sausage, Cervelat Sausage, Cumberland Style Sausage, Smoked Turkey Sausage and Polish Sausage, which are complemented by braised sauerkraut, pickles, roasted potatoes and lemon. Assorted Skewer Station offers surf and turf delights from Grilled Australian King Prawn to Grilled Beef Skewer, to a selection of vegetarian-friendly skewers such as pineapples and vegetables, and also corn on cob.  Nathan's Hot Dog Station will offer crowd-pleasing Nathan's sausage. Hӓagen-Dazs™ mini cup will also be on offer to help ward off the summer heat.
 
To truly embrace the atmosphere of a carnival, a large selection of beverages can be paired with the food.  Adults can enjoy a selection of wines from Australia, Italy, Germany and so on; spirits with mixers of their choice, beer on tap, mocktails, juices and the ever-refreshing Sangria and Long Island Iced Tea.
 
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