As we step into 2023, it's time for a 2022 Restaurant Rewind! Check out all the new restaurants in Hong Kong that opened over the past year.
Was 2022 a better year than the previous one? We’re not sure about you, but with all the following new restaurants opening in Hong Kong, 2022 was certainly a fantastic year for foodies! From izakaya to pizzeria to fine dining, we were spoiled for choice. Remind yourself of 2022’s best new restaurants in Hong Kong with our list below, and be sure to check out our guide to the new restaurants in 2023 for the freshest launches.
New restaurants in Hong Kong 2022 – December edition
Kappou Mu & room 3
They say the best things come in twos, and that is certainly the case with the new dual-concept venue of Kappou Mu & room 3. Combining an omakase kappou restaurant and a Japanese tapas gastrobar, this establishment is the best of both worlds. A counter of 14 can experience the chef’s multi-course menu at Kappou Mu with winter specialties like Himi kanburi (winter yellowtail) and Kobako (snow crab). At room 3, get enticed by the inventive cocktail menu and stay for the creative Japanese tapas, while being surrounded by decor inspired by a bamboo forest. Cocktails include The Fiction, which brings together homemade Plantation cordial, Amazonian dried fruit infusion, fennel, Japanese tea, Japanese gin, shiso, and aromatic bitters. Not to be overshadowed is the extensive array of premier sakes and whiskies from around the world, with a drink fit for any palate. Enjoy the drinks with playful tapas like the Hairtail Fish Balls with Uni, and Tsukune with Japanese Soft-Boiled Egg.
Kappou Mu & room 3, Shop UG01-03, UG/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Sheung Wan welcomes a new casual fine dining destination: Reveri. It offers a five-course lunch menu, and a 7- or 11-course dinner tasting menu. You’ll find decadent dishes such as Carabinero Tart, made with red prawn, foie gras mousse, yuzu sake jelly, and caviar; the signature Butter Poached Lobster atop a lobster bisque, which gives a rich combination of French, Chinese, and Japanese flavours; and the Australian Wagyu Duo, which presents the premium beef in two ways – seared, and braised with red fermented bean curd. Don’t forget to complete the experience with Reveri’s curated selection of fine wines and Japanese sake.
Rêveri, 20-24 Mercer Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 6778 7278
Welcome to a Middle Eastern fantasy at Bushra! Sample the rich flavours of North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East as you bask in the Arabian decor of this exotic new restaurant. As you enter, you can make your way along the curved bar to a “secret garden” and shisha terrace to drum up a hearty appetite. If you’re making a special night of it, head to the dining room upstairs where the VIP terrace awaits. Dig into favourites like Hummus; Falafel; and Lamb Kebab for authentic crowd pleasers. If you’re wanting to branch out, try the Moroccan Beef Tajine; Persian Chicken Pilaf; or Moutabal. Fancy a tipple with your meal? The cocktail list also comes with a Middle Eastern twist in the Habibi, a restyled Bellini; Chick Chick Colada, a restyled pina colada; and Date Old-Fashioned Way, a – you guessed it – restyled old fashioned.
Bushra, G6 & UG16, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Trattoria Kagawa by Mihara
Helmed by Japanese master chef Terufumi Mihara, Trattoria Kagawa presents hearty delicacies that fuses the art of teppanyaki with Italian culinary traditions. Using fresh produce from Kagawa, the home prefecture of Chef Mihara, offerings range from small plates and teppanyaki, to house-made pasta, meats, and desserts. Take your pick between the jet-fresh seafood from the restaurant’s fish tank, then take a seat at the teppanyaki bar and witness the artistry of Chef Mihara and his team as they craft a variety of seafood and meat specialties like the Live Australian Lobster; Live Japanese Abalone; and Wagyu Beef Rossini. You can also look forward to the indulgent Japanese Wagyu Beef Tagliata, which is freshly cooked on the teppan grill. Another special feature at Trattoria Kagawa is the “Cin Cin” cocktail bar cart – simply hail it to order Latin-inspired cocktails such as Hot Litchi, Kochi Spritz, and Kinkan Angel. Interact with the bartender and clink your glasses to add some fun to the experience!
Trattoria Kagawa by Mihara, G/F, 18 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 5394 3690
We like Big Buns and we cannot lie! Wan Chai’s new grab ‘n’ go eatery is turning heads left and right with its messy, flavourful sandwiches. With generous portions meant to fill you to the brim, there’s a sandwich for you no matter what time of day. The Chick, with scrambled eggs, American cheese, and sweet caramelised onion jam between two warm brioche buns, is the perfect morning pick-me-up. Nursing a wicked hangover? Try the aptly named The Hangover, which has bacon, spam, scrambled eggs, caramelised onion jam, and hashbrowns, meant to sop up last night’s drinks. A fan of the simple things reinvented in new ways? The Grilled Cheese is for you, with sharp cheddar, mozzarella, homemade cilantro relish, and kewpie mayo livening up the classic and served with a warm bowl of tomato soup.
Big Buns, Shop G16, Emperor Group Centre, 288 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
The original BaseHall is getting an eclectic new sister with BaseHall 2! The space aims to become a social hub for food, drinks, and conversation. Expect events such as parties, live music, cooking classes, film screenings, and DJ nights in what promises to be a flexible and lively venue. The city’s favourite culinary institutions will be brought here, with Central Counter Kiosks serving late-night Japanese and Korean bites, as well as Dice Kiosks featuring homegrown talents from the Michelin Guide. In early 2023, you can expect innovative additions like an 18-seat chef’s counter and speakeasy concept – get excited!
BaseHall 2, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
Crust Sorrento opens in Tseung Kwan O
Tseung Kwan O residents are in luck! The Crust Italian brand is expanding to TKO with Crust Sorrento, offering delicious grab-and-go Neapolitan pastries, along with specialty pizzas, focaccias, pastas, salads, and classic desserts. Delight in signatures such as the Sisona pizza with a giant burrata, pesto, and yellow tomatoes; and Crocchettone with Mortadella, mascarpone, and pistachio. Decorated by beautiful white and blue hues, mosaic tiling, and complete with a pet-friendly al fresco area, Crust Sorrento is truly bringing a slice of the Mediterranean to the TKO Waterfront Promenade.
Crust Sorrento, Shop 05, G/F, The Monterey Complex, 23 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, p. 2205 6311
YumMee relocates within K11 Musea
Want to travel the culinary world for less than the cost of a plane ticket? That’s all possible with YumMee, a travel-themed multicultural cuisine concept specialising in authentic eats. Previously located on 1/F in K11 Musea, you can now find YumMee in the food hall. Gaia Group’s Creative Ambassador and local actor-slash-chef, Lokyi Lai, has created exclusive dishes like Wonton Noodle Soup; Satay Beef Instant Noodle; Bangkok Boat Noodle; and Laksa for your dining pleasure. Want to go even more affordable? YumMee has you covered with its “This-This-Rice” series – the popular local two-dish-one-rice combo meal. Choose from a daily rotating menu of multicultural dishes such as Braised Ma Po Tofu and Steamed Chicken with Wood Ear.
YumMee, Shop 203B, Floor B2, Food Playground, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 3689 4189
New restaurants in Hong Kong – November edition
Tung Chung Kitchen
Ever been to a dim sum place and wished you could have a steak? Or went to a Western restaurant and found yourself craving some Indian food? Well, Tung Chung Kitchen says you don’t have to choose. The concept is centred around the idea that you can pick and pay for only your favourite cuisines and dining options. It’s essentially four restaurants in one, with a salad bar, carvery, dim sum & noodles bar, Indian corner, and a dessert bar. Choose from that selection or go for the attractive all-you-can-eat option and feast till your heart’s content. A Kid’s Play Corner is also open on weekends to keep children entertained while guests eat – the ultimate family friendly joint!
Tung Chung Kitchen, G/F, Four Points by Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung, 9 Yi Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, p. 2352 8021
The Mixing Room
Local favourite Iron Fairies continues its prowess with The Mixing Room, a cocktail space hidden away on Hollywood Road. The space is straight out of a fairytale, with over 22,000 jars and bottles adorning the walls and ceilings to create a playful and whimsical atmosphere. As expected, the cocktail programme is no joke, with specialty cocktails exploding with flavour dying to make it onto your Instagram grid. The Golden Fairy is a sour-style cocktail that pays homage to the Margarita, while A Cheeky Mango is milk punch-inspired and packs a punch. The venue only seats 60 so run, don’t walk!
The Mixing Room, Entrance 1-13 Hollywood Road, Ezra’s Lane, Central, Hong Kong, p. 6100 9111
Skip the pricey plane ticket and enjoy some great Japanese food right here in Hong Kong at Ozakaya, the new izakaya in Wan Chai. Grab some friends or family and relax in the vibrantly designed space while you dine on treats like Black Cod Saikyo Yaki; Wagyu Tataki; and Uni & Bone Marrow Noodle. As with any izakaya worth its salt, the drinks here are top notch, with an extensive selection of sake and signature cocktails like the Bloody Piggy, a Japanese-style Bloody Mary.
Ozakaya, 1/F, The Johnston, 74-80 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 3702 5245
Terrace by LQV
What’s better than a nice glass of wine? Clink glasses at Terrace by LQV and celebrate the French Riviera in Stanley. The place is worth a visit for the stunning view from its outdoor terrace alone – dining on fantastic French-Mediterranean fare alfresco is simply a bonus! As with any LQV joint, the wine is top notch and available by the glass or bottle. Pair your drink with wonderful dishes like Sea Food Bowl; Grilled Octopus Tentacle; Grilled French Flank Steak; and Nicoise Salad. You can also take a little piece of France home with you by visiting the retail space adjacent to the restaurant and stocking up on cheese, wine, cold cuts, and more!
Terrace by LQV, 23 Carmel Road Shop 505, Stanley Plaza, Stanley, Hong Kong, p. 2324 9008
Can you say olé for the new Spanish tapas and wine bar in town? An extensive selection of Spanish wines await at this lively, ingredient-driven eatery that’ll knock your socks off with each glass (or bottle). The modern and sleek decor at this 50-seat establishment only serves to accentuate the food, most of which is made entirely from scratch and served tapas-style. Dig in to the Iberico Ham Croquettes; Padrón Peppers; Wagyu Steak Tartare with Oyster; and Black Paella for dishes rooted in tradition with a modern twist. Stop by the main dining room or swing through the wine bar area for a playful fiesta of flavours.
Bàrbar, Shop A, G/F, Pinnacle Building, 9 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2810 0008
We’re of the mindset that you can never have enough Mediterranean food. At Mulino, you will get more than your share of delicious eats that’ll have you coming back for more. Whether you decide to dine indoors in the rustic setting or get some fresh air by sitting alfresco, you can’t go wrong with where you choose to hang your hat. The mutabal is always a treat to have prepared tableside, and the Baked Aubergine Roll is nice and hearty. Tuck in and enjoy all that the Mediterranean has to offer.
Mulino, Unit 1-6, 45 & 46, G/F, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2721 3600
Pici opens in Quarry Bay
Pici’s tenth venue is now open in Quarry Bay! This legendary pasta eatery boasts 155 new seats. Indulge in hand-rolled pastas with two new dishes, the Chitarra alle Vongole and Ravioli with Duck Ragu, which showcase Pici’s prowess when it comes to all things pasta. As with any Pici joint, the indoor and outdoor spaces provide a breezy, playful atmosphere that complements the area around Taikoo Place and offers a welcoming ambience for anyone passing through.
Pici Quarry Bay, G/F, Lincoln House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2328 8688
Fini’s opens in Elements
You can now get one of the best pizzas in Hong Kong at a brand new location! Italian-American favourite Fini’s has conquered new territory at Elements mall, with a two-storey restaurant that seats up to 150 and boasts outdoor seating. New York-style Italian food with just a little Hong Kong twist is the name of the game here, with the cosy decor creating a communal atmosphere perfect for sharing pizzas and pastas. Exclusively for Elements, Fini’s is introducing “Pasta on Pizza” entrees and feature favourites like the Penne Alla Vodka on a pizza. The usual favourites like Chicken Parm; Pork Meatball; Ovaltine Tiramisu; and more still liven up the menu and continue Fini’s reputation as a place that can’t be beat.
Fini’s Elements, R001, 3/F & Roof, Civic Square, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2736 4887
The Pizza Pig opens in Lai Chi Kok
Who says pizzas can only be round? Not The Pizza Pig. It’s famous for its rectangular pizzas that are bursting with flavour. Since debuting in 2020, The Pizza Pig has not slowed down and is now opening a new location in Lai Chi Kok. Two new pizza flavours are introduced to celebrate this opening: the Seafood Umami Pizza and Meatlovers Pizza, both decadent and teeming with toppings that are waiting to be shared.
The Pizza Pig Lai Chi Kok, Shop G02, G/F, D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2806 1681
New restaurants in Hong Kong – October edition
When we talk about Chinese food, chances are Peking Duck and xiao long bao would be the first to come to mind. But, there’s much more to explore – try the vibrant regional cuisine of Jiangsu, China, at Jiangsu Club. Decorated in elegant hues of sapphire blue, ivory, and gold, we think this new restaurant in Sheung Wan is a great place for family gatherings, due to its stunning architecture (with eight private dining rooms) and range of set menus.
Jiangsu Club showcases both traditional and innovative takes on Jiangsu cuisine, presenting flavour profiles unique to the province. We love the hearty Chicken and Wonton Soup, a milky broth that is simmered with a whole three-yellow chicken, Jinhua ham, and Shanghainese cabbage. For those who prefer something sharper on the palate, go for the Deep-fried Twins Baby Yellow Fish, which is the perfect appetiser with its crunchiness, and sweet and sour flavours. To follow, the signature Braised Pork Belly; Dried Farm Vegetables with Braised Pork Knuckle; and Braised Prime Ribs with Brown Sauce and 12 Flavours are all rich dishes ideal for sharing. Our favourites also include the Steamed Cod with Huadiao Wine; Jiangsu Eight Treasures Duck (a complicated dish unlikely to be made at home!); and the chewy Red Date Pudding.
Jiangsu Club, 2/F, Alliance Building, 130-136 Connaught Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 6230 8973
Perched atop the new hotel Aki Hong Kong – MGallery in Wan Chai, Uncle Ming’s is a stylish bar not to be missed by whisky lovers. You’ll find 80 international labels and rare single malts, including dozens of Scotch blends and single malts, as well as whiskies from Japan, Taiwan, France, India, and the US. Whether you’re an amateur drinker or a whisky expert, Uncle Ming’s “Around the World” six-whisky flight would be a good choice for you to explore different styles and flavours. More of a cocktail person? Try the signature whisky cocktails such as Oolongtini and – our go-to – the Brown Derby for a fruity and refreshing experience. Don’t forget to check out the private room, where connoisseurs keep their own rare malts in whisky lockers. Oh, and be sure to visit the bar for beautiful views of the sunset, with gentle light pouring in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Uncle Ming’s, 25/F, Aki Hong Kong – MGallery, 239 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2121 5023
Hola! Did you know that there’s a new Spanish bar in town? Lola is aiming to breathe new life into Hong Kong’s bar scene with fresh takes on specialty cocktails and curated nibbles – all with a Spanish flair, of course. At Lola, we think the decor is just as vibrant as the drinks, with a custom exterior mural by artist Szabotage and hand painted interiors by artist JUM. Jassi Singh created Lola as a tribute to the Spanish lifestyle that he loved and wished to recreate in his hometown of Hong Kong. His efforts have more than paid off, with your new go-to spot for a never-ending fiesta.
Lola, LG, 37 Cochrane Street (entrance at Gage Street), Central, Hong Kong, p. 5348 4775
The Terrace Hollywood Road
Ever wanted to kick back with a stiff drink and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Bacchus Wine & Restaurant is celebrating its first anniversary with the opening of its in-house bar The Terrace Hollywood Road, a secret garden-inspired bar that will soon be your home away from home. Touted as an urban oasis, The Terrace Hollywood Road serves drinks like Suzogroni with suze, gin, mancino bianco, and dry curacao; Melon Daiquiri with rum, verjus, syrup, and lemon; and Agave X Grape with tequila, verjus, black pepper syrup, and red wine. In a sanctuary of lucious plants and open air, take a sip and let all your worries slip away…
The Terrace Hollywood Road, 3/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 3750 5200
Now that hotel quarantine has been scrapped, there’s nothing we’d like more than to just jet off to Italy for a day. Good news is: for much less than a plane ticket, every forkful at Castellana can take you straight to Northern Italy. Helmed by Chef Romeo Morelli, Castellana is a love letter to Piedmontese traditional cuisine with twists on authentic recipes and flavours. A Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant right in the heart of Central, the menu boasts an array of delectable dishes including Girello di vitello invecchiato, which is dry-aged round veal with Piedmontese toma cheese; Gnocchi with French duck thigh and Fontina cheese; and Tiramisu for dessert.
Castellana, UG-1/F, Club Lusitano Building, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3188 5028
ChullsChick opens in Wan Chai
Have you noticed the rejuvenated presence of Latin American cuisine in Hong Kong lately? ChullsChick is part of that influx, expanding on its branch in Soho to bring Peruvian classics to Moon Street in Wan Chai. Embracing Peru’s melting pot of flavour influences, the menu is chock-full of appetising eats like Ceviche Clasico; Empanadas; and Peruvian Grill which includes chicken, chorizo, and steak with a variety of sauces and sides. As a true home-style joint, ChullsChick is a family-friendly restaurant, so bring your whole brood to blow the minds of your little ones!
ChullsChick, Shop D, E, F, 2-12 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 6538 0188
Cafe Siam opens in Quarry Bay
After serving loyal Hong Kongers for years at its Kennedy Town location, Cafe Siam is bringing its own brand of legendary Thai fare to Quarry Bay. Specialising in Isaan cuisine, Cafe Siam is as authentic as it comes with mouth-watering flavours and spices. Some of our favourites include the Pork Larb; Three Yellow BBQ Chicken; and Isan Charcoal Grilled Skewers. Chef Wongsrithat Yongyut (a.k.a. Chef Johnny) brings a slice of life from his hometown and transforms humble ingredients into delectable nosh that brings Thailand straight to your soul.
Cafe Siam, Shop 8-9A, 12 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, p. 6469 0760
New restaurants in Hong Kong – September edition
Here’s more Mediterranean fare for ya! This time, you can be right at the harbourfront with The Bayside. Just steps away from the Hung Hom Promenade, the 6,000-square-feet new restaurant allows you to take in spectacular views of the sea while you lounge on its al fresco terrace (with a shisha too, perhaps?). Or, you can choose to dine indoors, which is decorated with hand-painted mosaic tiles, and hues of blue and orange which are reminiscent of the sunset. On the food front, The Bayside sources its ingredients from Southern Europe and uses them to create a wide range of all-day dining options. Expect items like fresh seafood, tapas, in-house dry-aged meats, pizza, and more. Also, be sure to try the house-infused gin mixed with a generous splash of tonic water for the perfect thirst quencher.
The Bayside, Shop G1, G/F, One Harbourfront, Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, p. 2123 2177
Taking its name from the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, Basin is a new restaurant in Central set up by industry veteran Erik Kirakozov and chef Antoni Bernabeu. As its name suggests, the eatery offers Mediterranean dishes influenced by French, Spanish, and Italian culinary traditions. Using clean lines and tones of dark blue, gold, and white, Basin is a chic Mediterranean getaway in the midst of Hong Kong’s concrete jungle. And while it’s classy and upscale, we love how it also offers warm hospitality like a true family-style restaurant.
The menu features Chef Bernabeu’s personal favourites, including zucchini flower with goat cheese, walnuts, truffle, and acacia honey; smoked sardines with ajoblanco sauce; and Mediterranean burnt orange pavlova. Our top pick is the roasted peach with honey mascarpone and pistachio – the light mascarpone goes perfectly with the juicy fruit, and the nuts add a bit of crunch. Don’t forget to whip out your phones for live cooking seshes, with the Caesar salad and fresh market fish being prepared tableside for your enjoyment.
Basin, 3/F, Foco, 46-48 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2362 2699
Gather around, pet owners! A new destination for you and your furry friends has arrived in Sha Tin. Welcome to Woofy, a casual pet-friendly cafe-restaurant helmed by celebrity chef Ken Lau, in collaboration with award-winning dog trainer Eric Ko. Your four-legged pals won’t be left out at Woofy, as there’s a special pet menu for them. They’ll love the Carrot Cake; Baked Salmon and Purple Sweet Potato Pie; Pork Liver Terrine with Wild Greens; and more. There’s even a Doggie Beer – which is actually a hearty double-boiled soup stewed for three hours daily with duck, cordyceps flower, and goji berries! As for us hoomans, the recommended dishes include Spaghetti with Grilled Vietnamese Giant River Prawn in Lobster Cream Sauce; Pan-fried Egg and Brie Cheese Beef Burger In Teriyaki Sauce; and Grilled Pork Belly and Caramelised Onion Baked Croffle.
Woofy, Shop 165, Level 1, Phase 1, New Town Plaza, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, p. 2882 8323
Schnitzel & Schnaps
Can’t travel yet? You can still transport yourself to Central Europe at Schnitzel & Schnaps! It’s hard to miss the destination that this new restaurant has chosen to highlight, as its menu is chock-full of iconic offerings like the perfectly fried Wiener Schnitzel; Schnitzel à la Holstein; Jägerschnitzel; and an extensive array of drinks made with sweet and semi-dry schnaps. Venture straight in for a relaxing session at the cocktail bar, or head upstairs to the main dining room for some charming vintage art decor that takes you to the heart of Europe.
Schnitzel & Schnaps, G/F, C Wisdom Centre, 35 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2889 1199
The Demon Celebrity
Michelin-starred Chefs Cheng Kam-fu and Alvin Leung are teaming up for a culinary venture that’s sure to blow minds with their takes on haute Hong Kong cuisine. Offering reimagined classics and old Hong Kong dishes no longer found elsewhere, Chef Cheung Kam-fu presents fare such as the Imperial Bird’s Nest Stuffed Chicken Wing, while Chef Alvin Leung’s selection includes the tender Sauteed Wagyu Beef with Three Pepper Sauce. The duo also introduces the Lobster Crab Rose A La King; Stuffed Three Treasures; and two versions of Sweet and Sour Pork.
The Demon Celebrity, South China Building, 1 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2838 6629
Yucca de Lac
After two long decades, Yucca de Lac is back in Hong Kong to serve its Cantonese-western fusion fare. The original Yucca de Lac dates back to 1963 and has been immortalised on screen many times over the years before initially closing in 2005. Now aiming to attract celebrities, locals, and tourists alike, the acclaimed eatery is bringing back and elevating numerous timeless classics. Feast on delicacies like the Signature Deep-fried Marinated Pigeon with Secret Spice; Sizzling Stuffed Tofu with Minced Pork Jowl Meat in Skillet Pan; and Sweet and Sour Pork.
Yucca de Lac, Shop 201-202C, 2/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2638 2883
Noi, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Always thought fine dining restaurants were a little too uptight for you? Look no further than Noi, where Michelin-starred Chef Paulo Airaudo is looking to put some fun into fine dining. Chef Paulo truly has a hand in almost everything in this restaurant, from the wines to the specially curated playlist full of 80s and 90s tunes. When you’re done feasting your eyes on the stylish interiors, bring your attention to the tasting menu, with highlights such as Lobster and Pumpkin; Monk Fish and Topinambur; Hamachi and Tomato; and Caviar, Banana, and Rum.
Noi, Podium Level 5, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3196 8768
Art of Canton opens in Tsim Sha Tsui
The new Tsim Sha Tsui branch of Art of Canton promises to double your pleasure with classic Cantonese cuisine combined with Japanese-oriental styles. Here, the natural flavour of the ingredients is accentuated to create innovative dishes that are sure to hit the spot. Sample the signature dishes which include Braised Fish Maw with Shrimp Roe and Pomelo Peel; Crispy Pork Fillet with Dried Figs and Sweet & Sour Sauce; Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumplings with Abalone; and Steamed Shrimp Dumplings with Hong Kong-style Spicy Sauce.
Art of Canton, Shop OT310, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2297 2022
Chotto Maki opens in Tsim Sha Tsui
Sushi and noodle lovers, rejoice! Chotto Maki is expanding with a new branch in Tsim Sha Tsui. In a venue designed like a giant sushi box, guests can enjoy iconic sushi such as the Chotto Maki California Roll, alongside new DIY noodles that offer a Japanese twist on the traditional Hong Kong “cart noodle.” Here, you can have everything from Ramen and Soba to Green Tea Noodles with soups including Dandan, Pork Bone Broth, or Curry, plus an assortment of mouthwatering toppings.
Chotto Maki, Shop B, 42 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 5111 6074
New restaurants in Hong Kong – August edition
Following the grand opening of Kicho, a deluxe Japanese tori kappo restaurant, last month, its next door neighbour, Ushidoki, is now also ready to launch! While its counterpart headlines the Kagoshima chicken, Ushidoki is a wagyu kaiseki restaurant that puts the spotlight on the prime Oda beef (odagyu). Using a sustainable “tongue-to-tail” approach, the omakase-style lunch and dinner tasting menus at Ushidoki consist of a series of dishes curated by Yoshiyuki Kikuchi and Michinori Hasegawa, two veteran chefs from Japan. You’ll find exquisite plates such as braised beef in red wine; beef-tongue soup with yuzu; beef sushi and sukiyaki; beef tartare with caviar and sea urchin; the signature sirloin cutlet sandwich with truffle sauce; and more. Feel free to complement your feast with the range of sake on offer here. And as the restaurant only seats 13 people at the counter (and five in its VIP room), make sure to book ahead for the exclusive fine dining experience at Ushidoki!
Ushidoki, Shop 2B, 1/F, Manning House, 38-48 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2633 8933, 中環皇后大道中48號萬年大廈1樓2B號舖うしどき
Bianco & Rosso
The latest brainchild of the masterminds behind The Daily Tot, Barcode, and Tell Camellia, Bianco & Rosso is opening as Hong Kong’s first ever “house of vermouth”. A European-inspired bar and restaurant, Bianco & Rosso pays tribute to the art of cocktails, fortified wines, and vermouth distilling. In addition to a selection of aperitifs, Italian-style spritzes, and libations mixed with amaro and fernet bitters, you’ll find a variety of sharing plates, artisanal pastas, and desserts, too. Talk about being spoiled for choice!
Bianco & Rosso, G/F, 29 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2813 1669, 中環歌賦街29號地舖
More Mediterranean fare incoming – because who doesn’t love a bit of seaside vibes? Indulge in panoramic views of the harbour at Breeze Bistro, a new restaurant on the waterfront promenade in Kennedy Town. With al fresco seating, complete with pet-friendly tables by the windows, Breeze Bistro is the ideal place to enjoy a leisurely meal with your friends and furry pals. Menu highlights include Lobster Linguine; Whole Grilled Sea Bass; New Zealand Lamb Shank – braised for 12 hours and served with creamy mash and seasonal veg; and more.
To cool down from the summer heat, quench your thirst with the Twilight Collins cocktail; or the Ocean Breeze, a tropical concoction made with rum, coconut, yuzu, and topped with prosecco. Beers, spirits, and wines are also available. Pro tip: take advantage of Breeze Bistro’s happy hour promo (aptly named Golden Hours), which runs everyday from 5 to 7pm, with selected drinks starting from just $50, and free corkage on one bottle when purchasing a bottle of wine.
Breeze Bistro, 7-8 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 9020 6210, 堅尼地城新海旁街7-8號
At Honeycombers, we love to support small business owners – especially those who actively give back to the community. One such figure is Harry Bisht, the owner of Saffron, a small Indian grocery shop in K Town. Having been offering free meals to the needy, Harry is extending his wonderful act of kindness to his new restaurant – Tandoori Bites – which is just a few steps away from Saffron. Support Harry by trying the specialty dishes at his new establishment, including the Tandoori Chicken Momo; Chicken Tikka Naanza; Goan Fish Curry (best enjoyed with garlic naan!); the vegetarian-friendly Samosa Chaat and Paneer Tikka; among others. Most of these items are cooked using the restaurant’s brick tandoor oven, along with spices and ingredients imported directly from India and the Himalayas. As for the drinks, we love how Tandoori Bites has stocked up on Indian whiskies and wines, which are rarely seen in Hong Kong. It’s also the sole Hong Kong distributor of Godfather Beer, a top-selling beer in India. Cheers to that!
Tandoori Bites, G/F, 178 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2342 5529, 西營盤皇后大道西178號地舖
ZS Hospitality Group has brought us to Korea at Hansik Goo, Singapore at Whey, and Italy at Testina – now, get ready to hop over to Thailand via Plaa, the group’s newest venture in Central. With multiple Michelin stars under its belt, it’s needless to say that we’re looking forward to visiting this contemporary seafood-centric restaurant by ZS – and we think you’d be, too! Led by seasoned chefs Richie Lin, Ian Kittichai, and the up-and-coming talent Santipap Tonkanya, Plaa (which is “fish” in Thai, BTW) demonstrates bold Thai flavours using fresh seafood, seasonal and sustainable produce, alongside herbs, spices, and sauces. On the opening tasting menu, you’ll find dishes such as Kanom Krok – a bite-sized coconut soufflé topped with sautéed mushrooms; Abalone – cooked with a kuay tiew (boat noodles) abalone liver sauce; grilled Threadfin served with local clams; slow-cooked Wagyu Beef Cheek; Kaffir Lime Granita; and many more.
Plaa, 2/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2389 3288, 中環擺花街8號2樓
Are you a fan of skewers? If so, you’ve got to jot Chi Yawaragu down on your list. A new Japanese restaurant in Sheung Wan, Chi Yawaragu specialises in kushiyaki – skewers of grilled meats and vegetables. The menu, which includes skewers made with pork, beef, lamb, seafood, and vegetables, are crafted with locally sourced and market-fresh ingredients. In addition to exquisite omakase dishes, the Chef’s Exclusive Selection of Eight Skewers Set is a good choice for those who want to try a bit of everything. This set features an appetiser, seasonal dishes, eight different skewers, chicken broth with udon, and a dessert. Another must-try item at Chi Yawaragu is its range of wagyu beef offal cuts, which is a rare offering in Hong Kong due to its need for extensive preparation. Complement your meal with Japanese beer and sake, and you’re set for the night.
Chi Yawaragu, G/F, 28 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 9448 5988, 上環摩羅上街28號地舖仟穆
Hidden within wellwellwell inside Pacific Place, Jing is a unique space that offers an exclusive, multi-sensory dining experience. Limited to a maximum of only ten guests per night (by invitation only until further notice), the restaurant offers creative delicacies that are inspired by ancient China. As each dish is served at the round table, the surroundings in the private dining room are transformed, progressing through different visuals, scenery, and sounds. Transcending gastronomy, Jing aims to deliver a spectacular experience, during which guests can feel as if they’re in a “spaceship” traversing time and space. Immerse yourself within forgotten folklore, myths, and legends, as you revel in Jing’s eight-course meal. Dishes include Yang Guifei Lychee Lobster; Duck Pear Symphony at the Li Yuen Opera; Fragrant Char Siu Gunpowder Lamb (get your cameras ready for some fiery shots); and more. The menu also comes with an optional sake pairing, comprising six sake such as the award-winning Mutsu-hassen Black Label Junmaiginjo.
Jǐng, wellwellwell, Shop 002, LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, p. 2803 7881, 金鐘金鐘道88號太古廣場LG1樓002號舖䭘
The Wanch is back!
We can’t be more excited about the return of The Wanch! The renowned live music hub is now reopened at a new location (still on the same street though, yay), offering not just the best live music in town, but also a bigger space to enjoy it – plus quality gastropub fare to enjoy during its performances. From an intimate 20-seater that’s opened since 1987 to, now, a whole floor boasting an area that’s over three times its original size, The Wanch is ready to rock ‘n’ roll. Highlights on the new food menu include the Gargantuan Gourmet Chicken Pie; Appetite for Destruction Burger; made-to-order stone-baked pizzas; and more. Oh, and what’s a trip to the pub without a pint or two? Make sure to try the Live Session Ale and For Those About to Hop – two craft beers brewed by the Yardley Brothers, exclusively for The Wanch.
Finally, don’t forget to check out the decors of the pub, most of which are valuable memorabilia that signify incredible moments in the history of Hong Kong. Ranging from vintage tram seats from the 50s, to autographed posters from past music events, to photos of celebrities who were regulars of the venue, The Wanch is a unique institution in the local music, art, and culture scene. You’ll definitely catch us here – even before live music performances resume!
The Wanch, 1/F, Henan Building, 90 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 3692 5933, 灣仔謝斐道90-92號豫港大廈1樓
New restaurants in Hong Kong – July edition
Think this is some typical yakitori? Think again. Hailing from Tokyo, Kicho is a new restaurant in Hong Kong that reimagines the Japanese delicacy of tori kappo (鶏割烹) ( literally meaning “chicken that is cut and cooked”). Using premium and sustainably raised Kuro Satsuma chicken from Kagoshima, and cooking it on a binchotan charcoal grill, the authentic “comb to claw” dining ritual at Kicho – served omakase-style – encompasses soup, appetisers, skewers, vegetables, rice or noodles, and dessert.
We had the pleasure of trying the seasonal menu at Kicho during its soft opening, which began with a clear chicken broth – a seemingly simple bowl that was surprisingly rich in umami; followed by a baked monaka with chicken liver paste; grilled chicken breast topped with salmon roe and wrapped in seaweed; as well as a series of yakitori, with our favourites being the chicken heart (trust us – you wouldn’t believe it’s offal just by the taste of it) drizzled in house-made ginger and scallion sauce; and the slow-cooked chicken comb – yes, it’s (deliciously) edible! To further elevate your experience, don’t forget to try the sake and wine pairings at Kicho, too. With only 18 seats at the counter and a VIP room for a maximum of just six guests, be sure to book ahead. We can’t wait to return and enjoy another meal with the friendly team at Kicho again!
Kicho, Shop 2A, 1/F, Manning House, 38-48 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2633 8933, 中環皇后大道中48號萬年大廈1樓2B號舖希鳥
If you’re looking for a quaint fine dining restaurant in Hong Kong, whether for a romantic date or a business meeting, we’d recommend A Lux. A new, understated establishment tucked away at the end of Duddell Street, A Lux offers exquisite Italian-French cuisine, served in an intimate and elegant space. The restaurant currently offers four menus: a three-course Lunch Set Menu; six-course Lunch Tasting Menu; six-course Dinner Set Menu; and the eight-course Signature Menu. We have had the pleasure of trying the Dinner Set Menu; one of our favourites was the Scallop, Asparagus, and Iberico Ham, as the umami of the perfectly seared hand-dived scallops goes excellently with the refreshing asparagus. We also loved the Lobster Bisque with Ravioli and Cognac, as the brandy adds extra depth to the broth and the ravioli is generously filled with lobster meat. Other highlights you should look out for include Beef Broth, Foie Gras, and Truffle; Pigeon, Confit Leg with Five Spices; and the Ginger Crème Brûlée with Caramel Sauce.
A Lux, Shop M2, M/F, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2663 9938
Terroirs by LQV
If you’re a fan of French wine, Terroirs by LQV has to top your list of to-go restaurants in Hong Kong this month. This new wine bar and lounge in Central celebrates all things vin and sources some of the best and rarest wines from artisanal producers in the region. Among its collection of over 2,000 wine references, you’ll find affordable bottles, organic and natural wines, as well as prized labels that can cost up to $220,000 – basically, there’s something for everyone. And with the French-run homegrown brand, LQV Group, behind the restaurant, you know the team is serious about its French roots and offerings. Going beyond wine, Terroirs also serves classic French foods, including cheeses, charcuterie, pissaladière (a traditional anchovy and onion tart from Nice), croque monsieur, and more.
Terroirs by LQV, 3/F, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2550 0345, 中環擺花街1號3樓
Welcome to Porkcentric – the latest project by Bart Szyniec and Giuliano Dacasto, the masterminds behind Ask for Alonzo. The star of the show at this Central European restaurant – you guessed it – is none other than pork, cut from five different breeds of pig from across the world. Be sure to sample the diverse range of cold cuts and cheeses at Porkcentric, all prepared by the dedicated salumeria and featuring a rotation of unique meats, such as Slovenian Deer Salami, Italian Cinghiale (boar) Salami, and cooked Hungarian Mangaliza Shoulder. As for the mains, you’ll find a range of charcoal-grilled meat dishes, made for sharing. These include the Hungarian Pork Chop Tomahawk; Duroc Porterhouse Pork Steak; and the showstopping Porkcentric Platter, which features a bit of everything, really – from classic crispy pork knuckle, to spicy chipotle marinated pork ribs, to Cajun fries, and more.
In addition to pork dishes, Porkcentric also serves vegetarian and pescetarian items, like Mushroom Salad and Grilled Octopus. Wash it all down with the fresh craft brews by Moonzen Brewery, poured either on top or from the beer tanks mounted on the ceiling – the true Polish way. While the selection of beers change from time to time, you can currently try the Monkami Rice Lager, Monkey King Oktolager, the Porkcentric-exclusive Lin Fa Tropical Ale, among others.
Porkcentric, G/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, p. 9169 0298, 大坑銅鑼灣道98號地舖
Feeling bubbly? You can’t miss out on Huso, the new addition to The Pottinger. Boasting a selection of the finest champagnes and caviar, this lavish and sophisticated restaurant offers seafood-centric French Mediterranean cuisine and top-quality champagne to match. Let the team of sommeliers and caviar experts at Huso guide you through the experience, during which you can sample rare champagne labels such as Vilmart et Cie Grande Reserve Premier Cru Brut and Maison Mumm RSRV Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Vintage 2012, as well as caviars sourced from different regions around the world.
Huso, Shop 2, 1/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 5801 1280, 中環皇后大道中74號香港中環石板街酒店1樓2號舖
Mikura, a new Japanese restaurant in Causeway Bay, is the latest venture by city’super. Backed by one of the leading supermarkets in Hong Kong (which owns four exclusive Japanese artisan brands, BTW), you’d know that Mikura is serious about sourcing the best seasonal ingredients, straight from Japan. Specialising in healthy cuisine, nabemono (Japanese hot pot), and sake, the must-try items at Mikura include A5-grade “Maiden Cow” Steam Pot; Hakataya Soy Milk Shabu Shabu; Kinpira Burdock Salad; and Chirashi Don, which is crafted with six different types of seasonal sashimi, over the rice from city’super’s very own farm in Niigata Prefecture. You’ll also find grilled fish, udon, and other famous regional dishes from Japan, as well as over 70 sake for you to choose from.
Mikura, 3/F, sugar+, 31 Sugar Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2219 0738, 銅鑼灣糖街31號 sugar+ 3樓味蔵
You’ve had Japanese food, you’ve tried plenty of tapas, now get ready for “Japas” – Japanese-inspired tapas – at Tangram, a casual, all-day dining destination located at the brand new AKI Hong Kong – MGallery hotel in Wan Chai. Served from 3pm onwards, highlights on the Japas menu include Hamachi Tataki; Sous Vide Wagyu Beef with ponzu sauce; and Yaki Onigiri with Poached Egg. Pair these light bites with sake cocktails, or opt between over 60 different sake at the bar. There’s even a buy-one-get-one-free offer on selected drinks during the daily Booze Time between 3 and 7pm!
As for lunchtime, Japanese-style bento boxes take the centre stage here. With an international flair, these creative bento boxes feature “omakase appetisers” which are created daily by the chef, and three different combinations of dishes. An example is the western style bento, containing rare beef salad; red snapper with chorizo sauce; and zucchini fries with cheese. Or, you may find more Asian style boxes, consisting of Sichuan chicken, bamboo jade and jicama with salad, alongside other dishes.
Tangram, 2/F, AKI Hong Kong – MGallery, 239 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2121 5021, 灣仔謝斐道239號香港 AKI – 美憬閣酒店2樓
Crepes & Bakes
We’re sure that you’ve heard about the news that Hong Kong Palace Museum has just opened in West Kowloon – but how about the new foodie destinations inside? Say hello to Crepes & Bakes, a casual French eatery serving freshly baked goods, along with sweet and savoury crepes for all-day dining. Like most other restaurants in the area, Crepes & Bakes is pet-friendly (yay!) and offers unobstructed views of the Harbour. Feel free to order at the counter and dine in, or takeaway and enjoy a chill picnic by the sea. As for the menu, it’s divided into three sections: Bakery All Day, Buckwheat Crepes, and Sweet Crepes. Highlights include the signature bread basket; homemade Valrhona chocolate cookies; as well as true French classics like the Four Cheese Buckwheat Crepe and Butter, Sugar, and Lemon Sweet Crepe. For those who want a drink, quench your thirst with Crepes & Bakes’ cocktails, mocktails, and other bevs for the ultimate sunset terrasse happy hour.
Crepes & Bakes, Museum Café 3, LG/F, Hong Kong Palace Museum, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 5125 9296, 西九龍香港故宮文化博物館地下低層 Museum Cafe 3
Tic Tac Room
Located at the newly renovated Hong Kong Jockey Club Boutique is Tic Tac Room, a restaurant that specialises in yoshoku – Western-influenced Japanese cuisine. Among the appetisers, sandwiches, omurice, and desserts, highlights on the menu include Crab Croquette; Karaage Fried Chicken; Napolitan Spaghetti; Hamburger Steak Omurice, made with red wine sauce and the famed Ran-oh eggs; Ebi Fry Sandwich, featuring a crispy shrimp cutlet topped with mentaiko mayo and teriyaki sauce; and more. Moreover, Tic Tac Room offers a Racing Day Set menu, which includes a choice between four main courses, an appetiser, a soup, a dessert, and two drinks. Note that Tic Tac Room is reservations-only on racing days, so be sure to book and pay ahead on the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s website.
Tic Tac Room, Shop 2, 2/F, Hong Kong Jockey Club, 10-12 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3586 0368, 中環士丹利街10-12號香港賽馬會2樓2號舖
Pronounced as “hour”, Auor is a new French fine dining destination that uses innovative cuisine to illustrate the passage of time. Helmed by Chef Edward Voon, the restaurant is open for dinner only (for now), offering the signature six-course experience, Six Rounds, and the eight-course Menu Dégustation. Inspired by nature, the seasons, and the circle of life, Six Rounds progress through the courses of Awakening; Rain; Colours; Diversity; Soul; and Memory. You can expect avant-garde dishes with a French and Asian flair, as well as a sophisticated gastronomic journey at Auor.
Auor, 4/F, 88 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2866 4888, 灣仔告士打道88號4樓
New restaurants in Hong Kong – June edition
Decree Izakaya by T
It’s been only around half a year since Decree by T opened its doors in Tsim Sha Tsui, yet it’s already establishing a new branch, plus a sister restaurant – Decree Izakaya by T – over in Central. With the omakase on the 22nd floor and the izakaya on the floor above, Decree by T is a versatile space that can allow for a business lunch, post-work drinks, or a celebratory occasion.
Decorated with both traditional and modern Japanese elements, the izakaya is a relatively casual spot. In addition to the yakitori and grilled seafood, the Four-way Grilled Tuna Collar is also a signature here. Made with a whole tuna collar freshly flown in from Japan, the four dishes are: Shrimp Soup Udon; Soft-boiled Eggs Kimchi Rice; Sweet Pomelo Salad; and Cucumber with Perilla Leaf Roll. Complement these with the variety of beer, cocktails, and Japanese sake on offer.
As for the omakase downstairs, three tasting menus consisting of 14, 17, or 21 courses are available at the moment. Presented in a predominantly Japanese style with French and Chinese influence, our favourite dishes include Sea Cucumber Crystal Ball – a refreshing mix of seaweed salad, Japanese vinaigrette, salmon roe, sea cucumber, and coriander; Fish Maw with Crab Soup – the umami of the crab soup goes without saying (especially when it’s reinforced by the crab floss on top), but the highlight is the croaker fish maw, which feels springy and luscious in the mouth; and Abalone Liver Noodle – a surprisingly satisfying combo of flavours and texture, with the thin, al dente noodles lightly coated in olive oil, a tender Tasmanian abalone cooked in oyster extract, along with the generous spoonful of caviar on top. Other highlights on the menu include Smoked Caviar with Toro Tart; Pan-fried Fish Fin with Chicken Bisque Espuma; 26-day Dry-aged Toro Sushi; and more.
Decree Izakaya by T, 23/F, Foco, 46-48 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9823 7331
New restaurant in Tai Kwun incoming! Cantina, meaning “canteen” in Italian, is what its space used to be, back when it was the colonial Police Officers’ Mess. As a place for casual luncheons and merry celebrations in the past, Cantina aims to continue this tradition by offering a chic, upbeat space for everyone to enjoy throughout the day (yep, there’s free-flow brunch here, too!) From handmade pasta and risotto, to signature thin-crust pizza made from fresh and seasonal ingredients, you can expect traditional Italian recipes with a modern twist. As you sip on your wine, tuck into some cicchetti (small bites originated from Venice) such as Gnocco Fritto served with Parma Ham and Stracchino Cheese. Or, opt for something more filling, like the Cavatelli with Pork Ribs, Beef Flank, and Fennel Sausage Slow-braised in Tomato Sauce. Also, don’t forget to whip your cameras out when the show-stopping Flamed Salt-baked Sea Bass arrives at your table! After it’s set alight and cooked table-side, it’s served with a sweet and sour vegetable caponata. Finally, save room for Cantina’s Table-side Tiramisu, which is assembled step by step in front of you.
Cantina, Police Headquarters Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2848 3000
Nez Wine Bistro
Care for some wine and dine? Head to Nez Wine Bistro, an intimate and sophisticated restaurant offering refined French fare and a curated selection of boutique wines to match. Headliners on the food menu include Classic Beef Tartare, which is made with hand-cut U.S. WBI prime grade tenderloin; Burgundy Snails roasted with garlic and parsley butter; and Crustacean Seafood Soup, which contains a whole red prawn and slow-poached seasonal fish fillet. For dessert, try the house-made profiteroles, which are soft, puffy, and topped with house-whisked pastry cream and berries – yum!
Nez Wine Bistro, 2/F, The Steps, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2550 9605
Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport reopens with four new dining concepts
Kicking off our list of new restaurants in Hong Kong isn’t just one – but four of them – all under the same roof at the newly renovated pet-friendly hotel, Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport. Before it reveals its 170 refreshed rooms and suites, be sure to get a taster of its four new, contemporary restaurants:
Firstly, there’s the Cantonese restaurant, Nam Fong, with its signature dim sum and refined Chinese dishes, such as the Nam Fong Steamed Shrimp Dumpling; Maple Wood Smoked Soy Sauce Yellow Chicken; and Poached Spotted Grouper in Pickled Mustard Green Soup with Bean Sprouts, Coriander, Sesame, Sichuan Peppercorn, and Black Fungus (careful with the spice of this last one, though!)
The Asian flavours continue at Umami, the Japanese izakaya on the ground floor with a beautiful outdoor garden for you to relax with your furry friends. Right next to Umami is Latitude 22, a coffeehouse, bar, and lounge. You can find a range of cakes to go with your cuppa during the day, followed by small bites, cocktails, and wine in the evening.
Last but not least, we have the Southside Bistro, an all-day-dining venue featuring a variety of international cuisine. From the breakfast buffet and salad bar, to the noodle station, to afternoon tea sets and happy hour, you’ll be spoiled by choice! Chill out in the al fresco terrace as you dig into the restaurant’s signature sustainable seafood and premium steaks, or opt for the range of vegan and vegetarian options.
Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport, Hong Kong, p. 2980 7788
Nuevo Tapas Bar
Looking for a new restaurant in Hong Kong to prep your stomachs before a wild night out? Nuevo Tapas Bar will be the ideal place to be. Located right in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, the casual bar and restaurant offers both snacks and larger dishes such as Wagyu Cubes (pan-fried M5 wagyu beef with a splash of chilli sauce), Nuevo Wings, and Iberico Gran Reserva. Those who feel like drinking already (because why not?) can choose between red and white wines, draft beer, as well as cocktails like the Insta-worthy Amethyst – watch as the colour of the drink changes as you add the two shots to the butterfly pea ice!
Nuevo Tapas Bar, G/F, 8 Wing Wah Lane, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9080 5271
Up next on our list is yet another new restaurant inside Tai Kwun: Agora. Helmed by Chef Antonio Oviedo of the famous 22 Ships, Agora is a contemporary fine dining concept offering refined Spanish cuisine made with premium seasonal ingredients. Immerse yourself in the elegant Mediterranean-style interior as you savour the chef’s seasonal degustation menus. Highlights include Pil Pil, a classic cod confit dish made with olive oil, garlic, chilli peppers, and Kokotxas (the stewed tongue of cod); Soccarat – toasted Bomba Rice served with deep-sea Carabinero prawns; among others. To complete your experience, check out the wine programme at Agora, too.
Agora, Shop 14, G/F, D Hall, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2316 2005
benko by nüte
Welcome back, nüte! The Japanese deli is returning to BaseHall as benko by nüte, now serving an array of delicious and nutritious bento bowls, perfect for those on the go. Vegetarians will be happy with the variety of plant-based options available here, including Cold Ume Tofu Mazemen; Nori Lentil Bolognese; and Crispy Chilli Garlic Chive Omelette Don. On the other hand, meat eaters can opt for Wasabi Soy Seared Cured Mackerel Don; Sencha Market Fish Ochazuke; among others. Furthermore, you can find meal sets, customisable salads, and small dishes at benko by nüte.
benko by nüte, BaseHall, LG9, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
Giovanni Pina opens in North Point
It’s been a hot minute since Giovanni Pina opened its third branch in Hong Kong and yet, we’re already welcoming its fourth one! With its romantic, garden-inspired décor and stunning views of the Harbour, the floral-themed restaurant makes the setting for a perfect date. Moreover, this branch of Giovanni Pina features a new series of main course dishes, with the most popular ones being: Burrata and Cherry Tomatoes with Basil-infused Balsamic Vinegar Dressing; Squid Ink Risotto with Grilled Octopus and Seafood; Linguine alle Vongole; Roasted Australian Baby Lamb Racks in Pistachio Crust; and Seafood Pizza.
Giovanni Pina, Level 1, Phase I, Harbour North, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point, Hong Kong, p. 2755 1088
New restaurants in Hong Kong – May edition
Kin Food Halls
You may have heard about Kin, an up-and-coming app that aims to revolutionise the food delivery scene in Hong Kong by providing curated dishes, made and delivered using more sustainable methods. Founded by Matt Reid, Jonathan Yeoh, and Malcolm Wood of Maximal Concepts, Kin’s first brick-and-mortar location – Kin Food Halls – is opening in Quarry Bay this month. Spanning across 18,000 square-feet, the food hall is a casual space with 300 seats, a pizza counter, an 18-tap bar offering a range of alcoholic beverages, as well as over 200 recipes created by nearly 50 culinary experts in town. Highlights include the Kin-exclusive Spicy Tomato and Watermelon Salad by Chef Richard Ekkebus and Sukiyaki Burger from Honbo Deli; Lobster Bisque Laksa by Chef Eddy Leung; Furai-o-Fish Sando from one-Michelin-starred Yardbird; and more.
We love the seamless combination of food and technology here, as you can use the Kin app not only to order your dish, but to learn about the stories behind each recipe. Moreover, the app uses proprietary AI to create customised ‘food playlists’ similar to music apps’ recommendations, enabling you to discover plates that suit your taste and mood. So, those who always have difficulty choosing what to eat for your next meal need not to worry – Kin has got your back!
Kin Food Halls, 2/F, Devon House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, p. 5660 6740
Add a bit of spice to your life with the Thai-Sichuanese cuisine at Sawadee Chef! This contemporary Thai restaurant in Olympic is helmed by Chef Ronald Shao, who has had 40 years of experience in various styles of Chinese cuisine. Inspired by the element of spice in Sichuanese cuisine, Chef Shao uses Chinese cooking techniques and flavours to innovate upon traditional Thai dishes. Signatures include the Spicy Minced Pork Belly with Perilla Leaf; Sliced Fish in Thai Spicy and Sour Soup; Claypot Rice with Assorted Fish and Mushroom; and more. We enjoyed the Thai barbecue at Sawadee Chef as well, especially the grilled whole squid.
Sawadee Chef, Shop G21-G23, G25-G27, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2881 8803
Dondonya x Torikai
We might not be able to travel to Japan just yet, but you can now satisfy your cravings for Japanese donburi (rice bowls) at Dondonya x Torikai’s first concept store in Kwun Tong. The two don specialty restaurant chains from Japan are joining hands to introduce a variety of popular dishes from Nagoya, and are presenting their “Torikai Donburi” series exclusively to celebrate the store’s grand opening. You’ll find the award-winning Nagoya Cochin Oyakodon (egg and chicken rice bowl); Cheese Oyakodon; Beef Sukiyaki Oyakodon; Oyakodon with Spicy Miso; and Tebasaki Don (chicken wings rice bowl). Furthermore, Torikai Value Sets are available, as well as authentic Nagoya kishimen with tempura, along with other new items.
Dondonya x Torikai, Shop L6-3B, Level 6, apm, Millennium City 5, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, p. 2351 6283
Chutney Tandoor House
Love Indian food? Don’t miss out on Chutney Tandoor House, a new Indian restaurant in the heart of Central. Using spices, ingredients, and recipes from all across India, Chutney Tandoor House serves contemporary British-Indian fare in vibrant interiors that are reminiscent of elegant colonial-style architecture. In addition to delicious starters such as Raj Kachori (chaat from North India) and Chicken 65, Chutney Tandoor House serves spectacular tandoor dishes featuring fine cuts of meat and the freshest seafood, all crafted in the restaurant’s tailor-made tandoor ovens. Highlights on the menu include Tandoori Sea Bass; Sikandari Raan (Spanish lamb shoulder); Achari Beef Short Ribs with US prime beef; Chutney Butter Chicken; Malabar Fish Curry; among others. Furthermore, those who wish to get bevved up can check out Chutney’s whisky and gin trolley, or go for cocktails like the Kerala Sunset and Hera Pheri.
Chutney Tandoor House, 4/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2330 0027
Rejoice, veggies! New restaurant Jaja is here with plant-based delights, whimsical décor, playful vibes, along with panoramic harbour views to match. Located within Hong Kong Arts Centre, Jaja (pronounced as “haha” in Spanish) is a new restaurant that’ll remind you of a candy house and a fantastical garden with its light blue and pink dining areas, glossy tiles, plus walls decorated with floral curtains and neon-light mirrors. Offered at this wonderland is an extensive range of vegetarian dishes influenced by both the East and West. Signatures include Soup-er Wontons; Living Maki Platter; Smoky Corn Ribs with Vegan BBQ Mayo; a whopping 1-Metre Red Curry Pizza; and the colourful “Shake It Off” milkshake series – all perfect for the ’gram!
Jaja, 6/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2877 3999
In the mood for something warm and hearty? Next Shikaku, an oyster soup ramen brand hailing from Osaka, Japan, will have you covered. This brand’s first overseas branch is now opened in Central, offering three types of ramen: koeru (oyster broth ramen), ikasu (oyster clear broth ramen), and asobu (oyster broth dipping ramen). Each soup base is made with a large amount of Japanese oysters, and all other ingredients are also delivered directly from Japan. Other popular items at Next Shikaku include fried oysters served with house-made tartar sauce; slow-cooked chashu; and cherry wood-smoked egg.
Next Shikaku, G/F, 11 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 6353 3110
Visiting the M+? Be sure to drop by ADD+ as well for a quick bite and casual all-day dining. This new restaurant covers a sprawling 10,000 square-feet, featuring a main dining hall, a bar, two separate dining rooms, and a grab-and-go area. Dine in to take in magnificent views of the Art Park and the city’s skyline, or picnic outside and enjoy the sunshine! The menu at ADD+ features innovative pan-global fare, including signatures such as Stir-Fried Spaghetti with Barbecue Pork in Goose Oil (only 50 servings are available daily!); Hong Kong Dim Sum Box; Stir-Fried Rice Rolls, Beef, and Satay Sauce in Hot Pot; the ADD+ Hainanese Chicken; and the ADD+ Club Sandwich. For those looking to take away, the Egg Waffle 2 Gusti, paired with the refreshing Iced Peach Tea and Thai Martini would be your best bet.
ADD+, Unit A, B1, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, 38 Museum Drive, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2656 4108
Tseung Kwan O’s neighbourhood favourite, Teppanyaki Mihara, is opening its sister restaurant, Koi, right next door at The Parkside. Overseeing both restaurants is Master Chef Terufumi Mihara, who specialises in “wa modern” Japanese fusion cuisine. A contemporary Japanese bistro, Koi is the ideal spot to wind down after work with its classic yakitori, rolls, soups, and sandwiches. Make sure to try Koi’s signatures, such as Chef Mihara’s own creation – Spicy Tuna on Crispy Saffron Rice Cracker; Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Beef and Uni Roll; Grilled Salmon Belly and Leek with Ponzu Sauce; Creamy Mentaiko Carbonara Udon with Mushroom and Hot Spring Egg; among others.
Koi, 18 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, p. 3618 8211
Transport yourself to Southern Italy at Ramato, the latest neighbourhood hotspot for rustic and relaxed Italian dining. Led by Chef Antimo, the new restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine with flavours inspired by the chef’s childhood. Some of his favourite plates include Bruschetta and Sauteed Clams, in addition to must-try pasta dishes such as Dry Spaghetti with Ramato Tomato Sauce, as well as Homemade Fettuccine with king prawns, zucchini, and mint. Moreover, highlights on the mains and desserts menu include the 1.5kg Baked Sea Bass; grilled M5 Australian Wagyu Ribeye; the classic Tramisu; Limoncello Baba; and Sicilian Cannolo. Don’t forget to try out Ramato’s beverage programme too, as it’s designed by the esteemed mixologist, Mario Calderone, from Duddell’s Hong Kong.
Ramato, G/F, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2549 0208
Here’s some more Italian fare, but this time, it’s not just pizza and pasta! Previously Piccolo Pizzeria on Davis Street, the eatery is reopening this month with a new name, a new location, and a new menu. Now renamed as Trattoria Piccolo and situated on Cadogan Street, the restaurant specialises in cichetti – Venetian-style small bites – with an emphasis on seafood and cured meats. Its menu changes daily, with many ingredients freshly sourced from K Town’s Smithfield Wet Market. Must-have dishes include Octopus Carpaccio with Sea Asparagus; Vitello Tonnato (slow-cooked veal loin with house-made tuna sauce and capers); Veal Milanese; Baked Yellow Chicken in Terracotta Pot (which requires booking two days in advance); and more. Wash them down with Trattoria’s Piccolo selection of premium wines, artisanal spirits, and spritzes.
Trattoria Piccolo, Shop B, G/F, 41 Cadogen Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2824 3000
Shake Shack opens in Tung Chung
The iconic Shake Shack is opening its seventh branch in Hong Kong at Citygate Outlets this month. To celebrate the occasion, you’ll be able to have an exclusive taster of the limited-time Avocado Bacon menu at Citygate Shack from 9 to 15 May, before it becomes available at all branches on the 16th. Using fresh avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, and other quality ingredients, the Avocado Bacon Burger and Avocado Bacon Chicken will have you hooked. What’s more, the Citygate Shack will offer a branch-exclusive concrete – the Tung Chung Pop Trail. The vanilla frozen custard is blended with salted caramel sauce, peanut butter, the local Shan Shau Jok peanut brittle, and topped with caramel popcorn.
Shake Shack Citygate, Unit G20, G/F, Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, p. 2987 1728
New restaurants in Hong Kong – April edition
Chubby Papa’s Deli
Looking for something quick but filling? The mouth-watering sandwiches at Chubby Papa’s Deli will be your perfect breakfast or lunch. Made with generous amounts of ingredients and freshly baked brioche bread, Chubby Papa’s serves a variety of classic, American-style sandwiches. One of the most popular items is The Hero, which is a hoagie roll served with salami, ham, mortadella, coppa, provolone, American cheese, and more. You can also go for the Philly Cheese Steaks, which offers a choice between four different cheeses; Reuben; BLT; among others.
Chubby Papa’s Deli, G/F, Shop 29, Hoi Tao Building, 7-11 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 6995 8931
Mustard Bar & Grill
If you’re in search of a new spot to hang out at with your four-legged pals, be sure to visit Mustard Bar & Grill. This steakhouse bar and grill concept in Tin Hau has two dog-friendly outdoor terraces, offering ample space for you to relax with your pets and friends. Although the restaurant has yet to announce its official opening date, you can book ahead while looking forward to its shisha, food, and cocktail offerings.
Mustard Bar & Grill, 3/F, Golden Wheel Plaza, 68-70 Electric Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, p. 3462 2700
Name a more iconic duo than seafood and champagne – we’ll wait. As warm spells begin to hit Hong Kong during springtime, there’s no better way to cool yourself down than enjoying a glass of bubbly (or two) and some fresh seafood at Bar Bleu. Begin the feast with the restaurant’s signature oyster, cucumber, and watermelon, which consist of a refreshing cucumber vinaigrette and watermelon granita, balancing out the brine and creaminess of the French oysters. Another highlight is the heirloom tomato salad, topped with smoked eel and fresh strawberries. As for the mains, options include Norwegian salmon with gremolata; black cod with cauliflower; grilled octopus with nduja and ratte potato; and more.
Bar Bleu, G/F, 9 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 5980 6107
Pets, picnickers, and museum-goers, get ready to make way for Mosu Hong Kong, as West Kowloon is about to get even more popular with the arrival of this prestigious fine dining restaurant. Founded by Chef Sung Anh from South Korea, Mosu Seoul has two Michelin stars under its belt, as well as being recognised as No. 27 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022. At its sister restaurant in Hong Kong, you can expect equally sophisticated and innovative dishes on its tasting menu, made using local seasonal produce. Signatures from the flagship will also be featured here, including the abalone taco, which consists of abalone from Jeju, a taco shell made with tofu skin, and dressed with lime and shiso; acorn noodles topped with truffle and parmesan cheese; and more.
Mosu, 3/F, M+ Tower, West Kowloon Cultural District, 38 Museum Drive, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2398 0291
New restaurants in Hong Kong – March 2022
Love exploring revitalised heritage buildings in Hong Kong? Drop by the Green Building on Mallory Street in Wan Chai, as its first floor has been newly transformed into Maison Meiji, a stunning, new space which offers three unique Meiji-era-inspired experiences. Firstly, you can enjoy superb fusion cuisine in The Bistro’s main and private dining rooms. In addition to casual Japanese café fare, like Japanese Omelette Rice and Hamburgs, you’ll also find more refined dishes, such as the Poêlé-cooked fish and other fine French-Japanese cuisine.
For those looking to drink, visit the Coffee & Tea Room to sip on a selection of Japanese tea or hand drip coffee. Make the most of the tranquil Japanese tea house setting by partaking in a traditional tea ceremony, which comes with complimentary Japanese wagashi sweets. Want a bit of booze instead? Head over to Kuromaru, a chic cocktail and music lounge inside Maison Meiji. Take your pick between its expansive selection of handcrafted shochu and awamori cocktails; then, feel free to sit back and enjoy your tipple while grooving to some relaxing vinyl music.
Maison Meiji, 1/F, 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 6181 9801, 灣仔茂蘿街7號1樓
Passion has always been one of our go-to places for cakes and salads, so boy are we glad when we heard that its founder, Gérard Dubois, is launching his new venture in Hong Kong this month! The new artisan deli is called Sour Dough and, as you may guess from the name, it aims to showcase the rich flavours of sourdough breads and pastries. The fact that all of the baked goods at Sour Dough are made from starters (rye, white, and dark rye) that have been tended to for over 30 years just shows how much thought and preparation the Chef has put in. We can’t wait to try the signature Sour Dough Croissant, the Raspberry Rhubarb Mille Feuille with Tahitian vanilla cream, and a Caramelised Baby Pear Feuilletine Basket. If you’re craving something savoury, Sour Dough also offers a rotating range of vibrant, vegetable-centric salads, as well as vegan soups and hearty sandwiches.
Sour Dough, Shops 2-3, G/F, Keen Hung Commercial Building, 80 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 灣仔皇后大道東80號堅雄商業大廈地下2-3號舖
Renowned international chef Olivier Elzer is launching his new concept, Clarence, in the heart of Central this spring. Paying tribute to classic French recipes and produce, Elzer and his protégé Simon So are putting their own spin on contemporary French cuisine. You can expect lighter dishes, which are crafted by charcoal grilling, steaming, teppan, and other methods. The restaurant is divided into four areas. In the Main Dining Room, you can enjoy shared plates, specialty meats, and seasonal specials. Or, try the unique Yakifrenchy menu, which features yakitori-style skewers such as Challans Duck Confit, Frogs Legs Pastis, Snails Burgundy, and Ratatouille and Confit Potato Ratte.
If you prefer something less heavy on the stomach, the fresh catches served at the Raw and Wine Bar will be perfect for you. To complement Clarence’s specially curated wine flights and champagnes, go for the Smoked Trout made in a custom Traeger smoker, served with avocado wasabi and garlic oil; Arctic Char Gravlax enriched with Bottarga Muggine (a traditional dried mullet roe); and Black Prawns marinated with lime and tonka bean. Last but not least, don’t miss out on the exclusive experiences in the Sommelier Room and The Lounge, with fine wines, dedicated food pairing menus, and a premium selection of cigars for you to enjoy.
Clarence, 25/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3568 1397, 中環砵典乍街45號 H Code 25樓
The best healthy food shouldn’t only make you feel great – they should also taste great, too. And this is exactly what you’ll find at dean&david, a healthy food brand hailing from Germany. Its first outpost in the Asia Pacific has landed in the 852 this month, offering freshly made-to-order and additive-free items – all delivered to your doorstep. From plant-based bowls and salads, to meaty curries and sandwiches, to sweet treats, simply place your order via foodpanda to enjoy your guilt-free meal on the go. In addition to the popular vegan and vegetarian menus (yes, there’s a good range here – even desserts!), all-time favourites at dean&david include the Big Easy Beef Salad, Salmon Avocado Bowl, amongst others.
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dean&david, 128 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 西營盤第二街128號
Previously the Executive Chef of the well loved Frantzén’s Kitchen, Chef Jim Löfdahl is continuing the legacy by opening Embla in the same location. Renovated with a new, elegant design, this contemporary Nordic fine dining restaurant offers seasonal menus inspired by the freshest ingredients. On its spring lunch menu, you’ll find exquisite dishes such as the yellowtail ‘gravlax’ with beer-poached brown crab, smoked avocado, and horseradish; lamb neck ‘72H’ with charred eggplant, semi dried tomatoes, goat cheese, and pumpkin seed vinaigrette; and parsnip crème caramel with rum raisins, fermented cherry sorbet, and coffee granita. Also, be sure to check out the curated selection of wines, spirits, cocktails at Embla.
Embla, 11 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2559 8508, 上環差館上街11號
New restaurants in Hong Kong – February 2022
Here’s one of the new restaurant openings we’re most looking forward to this month: Testina, a modern trattoria bringing an authentic taste of Milan, right to your doorstep in Hong Kong. Founded in collaboration with Trippa Milano – a restaurant recognised by the Michelin Guide Italia – Testina features a refined menu based on classic recipes passed down the generations. Led by Executive Chef Marco Xodo, the restaurant offers delicacies such as the Fried Tripe, a crispy antipasto; the luscious Homemade Pappardelle with Lamb Ragù, which contains succulent lamb shoulder with reduced red and port wines; and more. Pair these dishes with the selection of Italian wines at Testina, some of which are unique biodynamic wines produced from organically farmed grapes.
Testina, 3/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2798 0668, 中環擺花街8號3樓
Good news for sushi lovers! Rollie is the next best place to have lunch in Central. Drawing inspiration from West Coast-style Japanese food, this American Japanese eatery serves a variety of open-style temaki sushi (hand rolls) in a fun and casual atmosphere. Groove along to the hip hop tracks in the background while tucking into the classic Dragon Roll and Rainbow Roll. Or, you can go for the signature wil.i.roll and Ex-Scallop-Ur, featuring spicy tuna and avocado, or garlic butter-seared scallops. In addition to the temaki, you’ll need to try the flagship dish, Uni Fans, which is a cup filled to the brim with sea urchin, fatty tuna, salmon roe, and rice.
Rollie, Shop B, G/F, Merlin Building, 32 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2845 9244, 中環閣麟街32號美輪樓地下B號舖
If you miss travelling to Japan like we do, you need to visit the newly opened Yaichi Kura in K Town. A one-stop destination with two restaurants, one bakery, and a Japanese specialty store, Yaichi Kura is named after Japan’s country code, 81. And as the name suggests, you can find all things Japanese to eat, shop, and play there. The multi-concept space is divided into four zones: Toge by Jyungin, an upscale izakaya; Eclipse by Luna Café & Bar, which offers all-day dining; Painduce, a bakery from Osaka; and the physical store of Go81.com, a Japanese specialty shop. So, whether you’d like to sample some exquisite robatayaki, or relax and catch up with a friend over coffee and baked goods, you know where to go!
Yaichi Kura, 1/F, Imperial Kennedy, 84 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 9634 1831, 堅尼地城卑路乍街84號 Imperial Kennedy 商場1樓八一蔵
Yet another famous chef is launching a new project this month – and we ain’t complaining! Give it up for Vicky Lau, one of the top chefs in Hong Kong, as she unveils her new restaurant, Mora. An intimate 28-seater on Upper Lascar Row, Mora is a modern Chinese restaurant that is heavily inspired by ‘texture’. The menu also pays tribute to the soybean. Subtle in taste but versatile in usage, soybeans have been an important ingredient in Asian culinary culture. As Chef Vicky explores the rich potential of this ingredient, you can enjoy a variety of soy-based dishes, crafted with French and Chinese cooking techniques.
Mora, 40 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 9583 8590, 上環摩羅上街40號摩
The Baker & The Bottleman
Have you spotted the beautiful blue storefront on Lee Tung Avenue? (Even if you haven’t, the long queues outside will lead you there.) It’s The Baker & The Bottleman, the latest project by the acclaimed British chef, Simon Rogan. Serving sweet and savoury treats by day, and a casual glass of wine by night, the two-storey bakery-and-bar draws in the crowds with its hearty, artisanal pastries, locally sourced coffee, and its range of natural, organic, and biodynamic wines. In addition to its commitment to sustainability, we love the quality of the products at The Baker & The Bottleman. From the classic coronation chicken sandwich, to the decadent Triple Valrhona Chocolate Cookie, to the refreshing Vanguardist CVR 2019 Riesling offered at the bar upstairs, both the bakery and the bottleman will not let you down.
The Baker & The Bottleman, Shop G14-15, G/F, F15A, 1/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2386 8933, 灣仔皇后大道東200號利東街地下G14-15號舖
Looking for more options for lunch in Central? Try Orka, a new restaurant that focuses on all things wellness. Even better, the restaurant offers an array of options for vegans and non-vegans, too! Meaning ‘energy’ in Swedish, ‘Orka’ provides sustainable, affordable, and health-focused dishes, using superfoods and other wholesome ingredients. On the a la carte menu, highlights include Beet This Soup, a vegan broth made with beet, lime, coconut, pumpkin seed, and galangal; Bimbambap ZEN, a hearty rice dish topped with assorted vegetables, kimchi, and either a light beef tartare or soy-marinated jackfruit; and more. If you’re in the area for lunch (we see you, office ladies and gentlemen!), you can opt for the Quickie Menu or the three-course Executive Set Lunch. Wash it down with Orka’s signature teas, or try the popular Maca’XP French Press coffee for a pick-me-up.
Orka, 36 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3489 1217, 中環雲咸街36號地舖
Grand Majestic Sichuan
If you’re a fan of Buenos Aires Polo Club, you might just love Grand Majestic Sichuan, too. Sure, the former is an Argentinian steakhouse while the latter serves Sichuanese cuisine, but both are extravagant, dramatic, and, well, pretty majestic. That said, Grand Majestic Sichuan is certainly taking it up a notch with its fiery delicacies, with highlights such as the Chongqing Laziji (‘firecracker chicken’) and Shui Zhu Yu (red snapper in a broth with dried chillies) to turn up the heat. But, in addition to pleasantly numbingly hot dishes, the menu also features dishes like Chen Pi Niu Rou (beef tenderloin with aged tangerine peel), which showcase other flavour profiles enabled by Sichuan food, such as tingling, garlicky, smokey, and more. Enjoy the full spectrum of Sichuan cuisine at Grand Majestic Sichuan.
Grand Majestic Sichuan, Shop 301, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2151 1299, 中環遮打道16-18號歷山大廈3樓301號舖
In search of a new restaurant in Hong Kong with funky and Instagrammable interiors? Head to Tori-Za Ten, a yoshuku-inspired restaurant with designs reminiscent of a 1950s ice-cream parlour and Japanese pop art. The menu takes an innovative approach, combining rotisserie cuisine with pizza – talk about the ultimate comfort food! Expect juicy roasted chicken in Huli Huli sauce and wagyu beef pizza; and the 7 Cheesin – a pizza with seven types of cheese on top – will definitely get you saying cheese! Finish off with a milkshake, made with real ice-cream, for a truly satisfying experience.
Tori-Za Ten, G/F, 66 Electric road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, p. 2336 1768, 天后電氣道66號地舖烤烤屋
XUÂN Gateway opens in Tsim Sha Tsui
Following its Wan Chai debut in mid-2020, Vietnamese restaurant XUÂN is opening its second location in Tsim Sha Tsui. The dining experience is elevated with ocean-facing views and bright, airy interiors, and there are new dishes for you to try, as well. Go for the wok-fried glass noodles with soft shell crab; the XUÂN Prawn Noodles; or the Com Ga Hoi An Chicken Rice, which features hand-pulled three yellow chicken and fried Hokkaido egg. Alternatively, you can stick to the classics, such as XUÂN’s Signature Beef Pho; Banh Khot, which are mini savoury pancakes made with sea urchin, quail egg, coconut milk, and scallion oil; and Bun Uni, a hearty bowl of rice vermicelli in a homemade 12-hour fish broth and topped with sea urchin, Vietnamese sausage, cherry tomatoes, and more.
XUÂN Gateway, Shop 2307A, 2/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 5 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 3702 3399, 尖沙咀廣東道5號海港城港威商場2樓2307A號舖
Butahage opens in Taikoo
Following Butahage’s epic Hong Kong debut in July 2021, the restaurant opened its second branch in the city this month. If you’re craving a hearty Japanese rice bowl, head to Butahage in Taikoo to try its signature butadon (pork rice bowls). One of the most popular items on the menu is the Obihiro Meibutsu Seared Cheese Premium Rare Pork Loin Don, which features quality Kamikomi pork glazed with Butahage’s special sauce and topped with triple cheese. Also, make sure to look out for the promotional donburi and monthly specials!
Butahage, Shop G3, Kornhill Plaza (North), 1 Kornhill Road, Taikoo, Hong Kong, p. 2815 2223, 太古康山道1號康怡廣場北座地下G3號舖豚丼のぶたはげ
New restaurants in Hong Kong – January 2022
Well suited for any time of the day, Ship Kee’s menu presents classic Chinese dishes, many of which have become harder and harder to find in the 852. Each is carefully prepared with techniques that honour the dish’s heritage. Enjoy the diced lobster with Sichuan dried chilli, braised sea cucumber with pomelo skin in abalone sauce, salted-baked chicken, and more Cantonese classics. For barbecue roasts, fill your table with honey glazed char siu and the unmissable roasted goose. Dim sum is available from 11am to 4pm, with both sweet and savoury bites.
Ship Kee, G/F, Pao Yip Building, 7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2893 9688
Woo Cheong Tea House
Following the closure of British gastropub, The Pawn, Woo Cheong Tea House takes its place, presenting high-end Cantonese cuisine. Split between two levels, the first floor serves premium teas, signature tea-infused cocktails, and superb dim sum, whilst the second floor offers a plush luxury dining experience. The restaurant serves an innovative take on traditional dishes – don’t miss out on their tea-smoked chicken, crisp char siu, beancurd sheet rolls, and the barbequed pork puffs. And no Cantonese meal is complete without tea; the menu includes 20 types of premium brews, including the rare agarwood tea (it’s caffeine-free).
Woo Cheong Tea House, 1-2/F, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2866 3444
1111 ONES Restaurant & Lounge
This fine-dining restaurant takes putting art on a plate seriously – the dishes and the interior are inspired by landscape photographs taken by award-winning photographer Kelvin Yuen. Both the six-course and eight-course menu include unique creations where local Cantonese and Hong Kong classics are paired with an international twist. Start off with some croquettes and the signature soup, consommé, and continue the feast with the king crab, Black Angus beef, and soft shell lobster. You’ll be more surprised and more satisfied with every dish that comes your way!
1111 ONES Restaurant & Lounge, 11/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2910 1128
Comfort food from the southern states of the US just hits different! Graceland’s kitchen is helmed by Tennessee native Jake Johnson and you can expect dishes like country fried steak, Mississippi catfish, and hot Nashville chicken sandwich, amongst other staples. Groove to the American throwback soundtrack and enjoy happy hour deals on weekdays from 4-7pm with drinks and snacks starting from just $30!
Graceland, Lisa House, Shop B, G/F, 12-14A Yim Po Fong Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 6112 9448
Short for “coffee”, “cocktails”, and “canapes”, CCC is a Japanese-Western fusion cafe and restaurant that transforms into a bar at night. The two-storey restaurant has an open bar, a semi-outdoor dining area, and two private dining rooms. For breakfast, you can count on CCC’s edamame avocado salad on toast, egg’s Benedict, or the overnight oats to start the day right. Other favourites include their avocado tuna tartare, slow-cooked saikyo yaki salmon, and herbed crusted lamb rack. Also, CCC’s drinks list features unconventional combos like the sake kasu latte (you read that right!) and uji matcha red bean milk.
CCC, G/F & 1/F, 15-16 Queen Victoria Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2808 1858
Translating to “homeland” in German, Heimat is the first restaurant venture helmed by Chef Peter Find (formerly at the Ritz Carlton). The dishes pays homage to the chef’s heritage and present modern versions of traditional German cuisine. The menu draws inspiration from Berlin to Bavaria and beyond, and guests can either choose from a-la-carte dishes or a six-course tasting menu with the option of adding a wine pairing.
Heimat, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Dough Bros opens in North Point
One of Hong Kong’s favourite pizza joints is expanding with one more location on the Island. The seventh branch will feature an exciting new flavour, the Texas Hot, piled with smoked Texas sausage, tomato, and mozzarella (with an extra spicy kick from chilli flakes and jalapeños).
Dough Bros, Shop 5, G/F, Victor Court, 18 Wang On Road, North Point, Hong Kong, p. 2711 1886