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Ocean Park Launches South Australian and Local Culinary Delights from Guest Celebrity Chefs Featuring Exclusive South Australian Wines and Food Products

2015-03-10

To celebrate Ocean Park’s newest attraction– “Adventures in Australia” presented by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), which is headlined by the arrival of Hong Kong’s first three of eight southern koalas, a sensational series of food and beverage promotions will be launched from 24 March to 3 May 2015.  A collection of over 30 wines selected from nine wine regions of South Australia will be introduced to visitors at Ocean Park, some of which are showcased in Hong Kong for the first time.  Together with exclusive South Australian wine pairings recommended by the Hong Kong Sommelier Association, visitors can enjoy delicious new menus incorporating premium South Australian produce created by celebrity guest chefs Mr. Nigel Rich of The Elbow Room Restaurant in McLaren Vale, as well as South Australia Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment Ambassador, Mr. Wong Wing-chee.  Reaffirming Ocean Park’s ongoing commitment to marine conservation, the new menus feature sustainably sourced seafood from South Australia.

Mr Joseph Leung, Executive Director of Revenue, Ocean Park said, “Australia is renowned for its fine fresh gourmet produce and wines of world-acclaim, Ocean Park is delighted to welcome its first collaboration with South Australia, and two celebrity chefs from Hong Kong and Australia to present an ultimate South Australian dining experience to our visitors.”

During the promotional period, guests can enjoy contemporary South Australian cuisine from the à la carte menu, as well as an exciting cocktail menu of small bites designed by Mr. Nigel Rich at four of the Park’s venues — Neptune’s Restaurant, which boasts an unobstructed view of the Grand Aquarium’s main tank with more than 400 species of marine life; Tuxedos Restaurant, where around 100 penguins frolic on ice and in the water, The Bayview Restaurant, which features an open kitchen and ocean vista; and the alfresco The Terrace Café, where you can enjoy cooling sea breezes and a breath-taking view of the South China Sea.

Chef Rich uses the best and freshest homegrown South Australian products, and his style reflects the eclectic and multi-cultural influences of modern Australian cuisine.  His creative à-la-carte menu offers a tantalizing selection of cold starters, namely, Duck Rillette, Orange and Cardamon Chutney (HK$138); Steamed South Australian Oysters, Wakame Seaweed Salad and Herring Fish Roe (HK$158) and hot starters, namely, Australian Lamb Cutlet, Grilled Pepperonata and Labne  (HK$158); Panko Breaded South Australian Oysters, Saffron Onions, Aioli and Nigella Seeds (HK$168).

Four dishes are featured with highlights such as: Australian Black Angus Fillet, Onion Crisp, Truffle Salsa and Potato Mousse (HK$268), and South Australian Prawn, Ginger and Shallot Ravioli, Australian Lobster Medallion and Bisque (HK$248).  Guests with a sweet tooth will enjoy the selection of four desserts, including, the Knicker Bocker Glory — Honeycomb, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Brownie, Berries, Pop Rocks (HK$108) and Rhubarb Frangipane Tart with Cinnamon Ice Cream (HK$98).

The cocktail menus (HK$380 or HK$420) provide for inspired little pick-me-ups, including Caprese Skewers, Baby Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil, Harissa South Australian Prawns on Sticks and Steamed South Australian Oysters with Fresh Lime.

A selection of themed set menus will also be made available exclusively at Neptune’s Restaurant, including “Truly Down Under,” Chef Rich’s delectable six-course set menu (HK$600) which showcases the best South Australia has to offer.

Chef Rich’s culinary concept is simply about allowing the flavours of aromatic fresh herbs and ingredients to unfold on the plate.  To kick off the journey, Pea, Mint and Arancini, followed by Australian Coral Trout, Green Papaya Salad and Aromatic Sambal and Smoked Salmon Croquettes with Horseradish Cream are offered as entrees.  The celebration of South Australia’s finest continues with main courses of Australian Black Angus Fillet, Onion Crisp, Truffle Salsa and Potato Mousse, and Australian Lamb Brik, Pomegranate Molasses, Fried Mint and Confit Beets. Lastly, a choice of dessert (served with complimentary tea or coffee); Bitter Chocolate Parfait, Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tuille, both perfect notes to end a pleasurable meal.

Guests in the mood for seafood with a Chinese touch can opt for Chef Wong Wing-chee’s Tasting South Australia Menu (HK$408).  Famous for his luxurious seafood dishes, “Big Brother” Wong’s indulgent offerings include starters of South Australian Tiger Prawns, Pumpkin with Black Truffles, Potato and Sweet Potato Fiesta, followed by a sumptuous dish of South Australian Tiger Jade Abalone and Mushrooms Poached in Shrimp Soup, or Baked South Australian Oyster with Sliced Vegetable, Chilli and Garlic in Port Wine, and Pan-fried Australian Coral Trout with Sliced Yellow Zucchini, and Stewed Australian Lamb Shank.  To end the meal on a healthy and refreshing note, Beetroot with Mango and Coconut Milk Pudding is offered.

Over at Panda Café and Café Ocean, the top Hong Kong chef’s à-la-carte dishes include delectable highlights such as Roasted Kurobuta Pork in Special Sauce (HK$188), Stir-fried Diced Australian Beef Fillet with Cherry Tomatoes (HK$208), and Stir-fried South Australian Clams with Noodles in Cantonese style (HK$198).

The Truly Down Under six-course set menu and the Tasting South Australia four-course wine-pairing menus are priced at HK$990 and HK$780 respectively.  Highlighted wines include renowned Blackbilly's 2011 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 GSM, Variety: Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre.  Also, in a first for the Hong Kong market, Shingleback's 2010 Chardonnay is introduced.  Both menus are served limited daily, bookings are highly recommended.

All dishes from the à-la-carte and set menus are available at Neptune’s Restaurant, and a selection from these menus will be featured at Tuxedos Restaurant, The Bayview Restaurant and The Terrace Café.  A 10% service charge applies at all the venues, except for The Bayview Restaurant.

Wine lovers will be excited to learn that a “South Australia Wine Tasting Corner” will be set up at Neptune’s Restaurant for guests to savour famous South Australian wines.  This is the first of its kind in Hong Kong, showcasing the best vintages from Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, the Fleurieu Peninsula and the South Flinders Range.

Also available will be the Seppeltsfield 1914 Para 100 Year Old Tawny, which is often regarded as one of Australia’s national treasures; this is the only wine to have ever been awarded 100/100 points by Mr. Halliday, who is one of Australia’s most famous and respected wine critics.  Other highlights include wines from Hentley Farm, which was announced as Winery of the Year at the 2015 Australian Wine Companion Awards by James Halliday, along with the D-Block series, which hail from the highly decorated Shingleback vineyard in South Australia’s McLaren Vale.

“Adventures in Australia”’s special limited edition 400ml souvenir tumblers and wine glasses are included as gifts for guests who order the wine pairing set menu (HK$990) or from the cocktail menus (HK$710 - 780).

There will also be a unique opportunity for corporate guests to hold their next business function at the park’s Neptune’s Restaurant; with two different corporate packages with wine pairing, available every Thursday and Friday evening, from 12 March to 26 June 2015.

The Play, Wine & Dine 6-course Dinner Set Menu, priced at HK$1,189 per person (HK$760 without wine pairing), features Chef Rich’s menu.  Whereas the Play, Wine & Dine Cocktail Menu features Chef Rich’s cocktail menu and guests can choose from a selection of up to 6 glasses of wine from a highly rated wine list, priced at HK$936 per head.  Both packages require a minimum of 20 persons per booking.

Guests seeking a sweet snack can go for cute koala cookies served at Aqua City Bakery combined with coffee, which features delightful Australian animal themed latte art.  South Australian Koala Tea and Go Natural snack bars (Almond and Apricot; Macadamia and Hazelnut) will also be available during the promotional period.

To further honour the special occasion, koala-themed Häagen-DazsTM mini ice-cream cakes (HK$60) will be available for exclusive sale at the Park and the 3D Koala Fruit Cake (HK$350) is guaranteed to be a family favourite.

At the Old Hong Kong Kiosk, ningyoyaki in the shape of koalas embracing will be served with ice-cream and popcorn, a sure hit for the kids (HK$55).

Finally, guests can bring home memorable souvenirs from their day at the Park with Australia’s beloved marsupial by choosing from a range of koala-themed merchandise which comes in three themes — Old Hong Kong, Koala in Travel and Authentic Koala. The Park is also collaborating with luggage maker American Tourister for the first time to launch a limited edition LOHAS-themed suitcase, as well as Thermos Hong Kong to launch a limited edition warm mug, marking Thermos Hong Kong’s first collaboration with a theme park.

Other accessories available include Koala Yellow Family T-shirts (HK$190), Koala Light Up Cold Mug (HK$90), and Chinese Dressed Koala 10” plush toys (HK$200), 3D Animal Marshmallow Sets (HK$70), iPhone cases in unique designs (HK$130 to HK$190) and colourful umbrellas (HK$130 to HK$150).

In addition to 15% off all dining menus, SmartFun members could also enjoy 30% off all koala merchandises at souvenir shops and 20% off at the Adventures in Australia’s photo booth during the promotional period.

For more information, please call (852) 3923-2323 or visit www.oceanpark.com.hk.