Scottish sanctuary at Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bothy

From 18 February to 2 March 2019, blended Scotch whisky brand Johnnie Walker will be creating a Scottish sanctuary titled the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bothy to introduce a remarkable whisky experience with a unique tasting of some of the rarest whiskies from the unparalleled reserves that are used to craft Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bothy

Quite fittingly, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bothy derives its name from the Scottish word that defines those rare hideaways found in the mountains where explorers seek sanctuary from the cold, wind and rains. Similarly the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bothy provides an exclusive retreat for guests, transporting them to a quiet Scottish idyll away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bothy

The experience is even further enhanced by a private dining menu curated by Michelin-decorated chefs Nicholas Chew of BIBO and Noël Berard of Écriture. Reservations are available for lunch and dinner sessions on 23 and 24 February 2019, priced at HK $1,820 per person (including a commemorative engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label 75cl). For further inquiries please call +852 5200 2061 or email at

HK’s most prestigious restaurants open their doors for Elite Dining Week 2017

From 9-19 November, DiningCity, in partnership with American Express, is collaborating with 30 of the city’s finest restaurants to hold its Elite Dining Week 2017. Top chefs were exclusively invited to participate by creating special tasting menus for the event, featuring their signature dishes plus optional wine pairings. Without further adieu, let’s dive into the first instalment of Gafencu’s Elite Dining Week reviews.

Themed meals and extraordinary dishes have been the challenge for this season’s edition of Elite Dining Week. The discerning foodie’s demands for flawless plating and palate pleasing concoctions are sure to be met. Take Bibo for example, whose HK$488 lunch showcases a playful yet thoughtful experiment: a deconstructed Carambar, which the pastry chef used to love as a child. He reinterpreted the candy in the form of cacao crumble, salted caramel, chocolate Chantilly and house made Carambar ice cream.

For dinner, we’re eyeing fine dining at Conrad, whose three renowned gastronomy brands are participating in different capacities. There’s the Italian Nicholini’s featuring the white truffle turbot, the Cantonese Golden Leaf highlighting their signature crabmeat fried rice with homemade X.O. sauce and the French Brasserie on the Eighth, whose HK$790 dégustation dinner wouldn’t dent the wallet quite as much as the first two.

After trying a few of the participating establishments, the Gafencu team would definitely recommend these once-in-a-lifetime tastings the likes of which will never be seen again! Stay tuned for more Elite Dining Week coverage. 

Text: Julienne C. Raboca

Online reservations for Elite Dining Week 2017 can be made at