Sorry, but if you had plans to eat less in 2019, you may be thwarted by these exceptional new restaurant openings in Hong Kong
Nothing will stop Hong Kongers from eating! From vegetarian restaurants to Italian restaurants and Hong Kong tea houses, there are a bunch of new food joints popping up across the city. Here’s your guide to all the new restaurants in Hong Kong, 2019, for June and beyond. And did you check out all of the best meals in Hong Kong we ate in 2018?
New restaurants in Hong Kong 2019: June
Taqueria Super Macho
Mexican food junkies will want to hit up Taqueria Super Macho from Black Sheep Restaurants ASAP. This chilled out taco bar is all about casual styling and diners can enjoy a menu that features ceviches, salsas, small plates and undressed tacos, so you can add the condiments you like. Of course, the drinks are made to match, with Pina Coladas and Margaritas taking centre stage alongside the tequila-focused bar.
Taqueria Super Macho, 33-35 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2333 0111
Hidden away in Causeway Bay and featuring an expansive terrace, The Leah brings British comfort food to Hong Kong. Sit back and tuck into the likes of Scotch Egg & Soldiers; Chicken, Leek & Bacon Pie; or Scallop, Leek & Black Pudding, all lovingly crafted by Chef James Sharman. And don’t miss out on the signature cocktail collection.
The Leah, 308 & 311, 3/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2337 7651
¿ONTAS? Night Brunch Brickhouse
Get ready to make Saturday nights even better thanks to Brickhouse, who have recently launched their ¿ONTAS? Night Brunch. From 8-10:30pm, you and your crew can enjoy unlimited guac & salsa; beet fries; street corn; ceviche; taco platters; and coconut tres leche cake – the perfect mid-weekend feast. Moreover, you’ll get free-flow Mumm, beer and signature cocktails like the famed Diabla, so book in advance for $650 and get ready to add some extra spicy fun to your Saturday nights.
Brickhouse, G/F, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2810 0560 中環蘭桂坊德己立街20A號地下
Two-for-one dinner at Daarukhana
Okay, so it’s technically not a new restaurant, but we just had to share this great deal with you from one of our fave indian restaurants in Hong Kong. Head over to Daarukhana in Wan Chai on any Monday evening and you can enjoy 2-for-1 on any main. We think that’s worth shouting about!
Daarukhana, G/F & 1/F, Tai Yip Building, 141 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2771 1112, 灣仔譚臣道141號大業大廈地下及1樓全層
Pici Lai Chi Kok
Lai Chi Kok is the latest district to get its very own branch of the popular pasta restaurant, Pici. Guests can enjoy a selection of dishes that have quickly become beloved by guests around Hong Kong, but there are some special dishes at this outlet too. The Prawn Casoncelli features crab, prawn, tomato sauce and bisque enfolded in a type of ravioli, and you can only find this at the Lai Chi Kok branch, so head over soon.
Pici Lai Chi Kok, Shop G03, G/F, D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2557 7227
NOBU Satsuki Grain Buds Omakase
As part of NOBU’s Roku-Wareki Japanese Gourmet Experience, Chapter 3 has unfolded with the launch of the Satsuki Grai Buds Omakase Menus. Crafted from unique seasonal ingredients, the menu also reflects the change in seasonal cooking styles as we welcome spring/summer, and, having tasted the astounding 8-course dinner menu, we can fully vouch for the deliciousness.
Highlights include uni and kisu sashimi, roasted itoyori, A5 Japanese Wagyu with sweet truffle onion soy and an exquisite pandan chiffon with lime and coconut ice cream, kuromitsu honeycomb and Pineapple. The menu is available until 30 June.
NOBU, 2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsm Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 尖沙咀梳士巴利道18號香港洲際酒店2樓, p. 2313 2323
JIA Group and Ivan Pun’s Pun + Projects bring The Pansodan to the city, serving up traditional Burmese fare until the end of July. Taking over the space which once housed Fish School, this pop-up showcases a variety of dishes, including salads, noodles, biriyani, and highlights the nation’s popular flavours, such as tamarind, lemongrass and ginger. Alongside the food, guests can enjoy a selection of herbaceous cocktails.
The Pansodan, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2361 2966
New restaurants in Hong Kong 2019: May
Chef Que Vinh Dang celebrates his heritage in flavours at newly-opened Nhậu in Sheung Wan. This contemporary restaurant and bar takes authentic Vietnamese ingredients and flavours to the next level, moving beyond the likes of pho and banh mi. Expect sharing plates, including Bò Lá Lốt Tartare, a delicious mix of minced beef and a pesto made of betel leaves that’s designed to be eaten on light crispy puffs of fried beef tendon. And wash is all down with excellent cocktails.
Nhậu, 12 Circular Pathway, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3612 4568, 中環弓弦巷12號地下
Get excited to try Cardamon Street, the latest edition to the Elgin Street food scene that packs a mighty punch. Blending traditional Indian faves with international cuisine, here you can expect the likes of Chicken Tikka Sliders and Lamb Keema tacos along with a list of other bold and unexpected flavour combos.
Cardamon Street, Ground Floor, 38 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
Ah Yung Kitchen
Led by legendary abalone expert Ah Yung, this new restaurant inside L’hotel Causeway Bay Harbour View will be bringing Michelin Star excellence at Ah Yung Kitchen. Diners can expect a range of exquisite ingredients going into creating modern and elegant Cantonese cuisine here from 29 April.
Ah Yung Kitchen, 18 King’s Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 3553 2633
NOJO Ramen x Tavern
If you’re looking for new restaurants in Hong Kong that serve tasty Japanese flavours, then you’ll want to head over to NOJO in Central. This little ramen joint not only serves up bowls of the good stuff (Yuzu Ramen anyone?!) they also create a selection of delightful accompaniments, such as Shrimp and Corn Tempura; Sashimi plates and more. Plus, last order is at 2am, so you can get your late night fix here too.
NOJO Ramen x Tavern, Shop 4-5, G/F, LO-Block, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2415 1333, 中環砵甸乍街45號H Code LO-Block 地下4-5號舖
Set to open in June in the space formerly occupied by Aberdeen Street Social, JIA Group is partnering with chef Julien Royer and Odette restaurant to launch French restaurant Louise. With interiors from acclaimed designer André Fu (behind projects including The Kerry Hotel), this will be Royer’s first restaurant outside Singapore, and if Odette is anything to go by, WE CAN’T WAIT!
Louise, G/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2866 0300, 中環鴨巴甸街35號PMQ元創方地下
PIIN Wine Restaurant
Newly opened in Central, PIIN Wine Restaurant brings exquisite Cantonese fare together with rare wines that focus on the Burgundy region. Wine lovers will be thrilled with over 2000 pours on offer here (including up to 100 by-the-glass!) all set to complement dishes such as Smoky Cold Abalone with Plum Sauce and Japanese Bean Curd Braised with Maitake Mushrooms. When it comes to new restaurants in Hong Kong that wine aficionados will adore, you need not look any further.
PIIN Wine Restaurant, 2/F Floor, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2832 7123, 中環砵典乍街45號, H CODE 2樓
The brainchild of Chefs Arron Rhodes and Chris Grare, Kinship is set to bring soulful and rustic home-style cuisine to the table in late May. Guests can expect elegant yet relaxed dining, with a farm-to-table concept that places the importance on sustainable eating, including a selection of home-grown produce.
Kinship, 2-4 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Borracho Brunch at Los Sotano
If you’re looking for new brunches in town, then Los Sotano could be serving what you need with their new monthly Borracho Brunch. Playing hip-hop and pop from the early 90s and 00s, indulge in free-flow tacos, churros and Margaritas as you party up a storm from 12-3pm for just $495 (add $200 for free-flow G.H. Mumm.)
Los Sotano, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2970 3887, 中環蘭桂坊德己立街21號地下及地庫
J Pot by Gosango
Fans of hotpot unite, as J Pot has just opened in Causeway Bay, and it’s taking the cuisine to the next level. For the first time in Hong Kong, meat supplier Hiyama Wagyu will be served in house, alongside a selection of homemade sauces and soup bases, including Fish Maw Soup; Wagyu Consommé, Sichuan Thai Style Boat Noodles Soup and more. Must be time to rally the troops and get stuck in.
J POT by Gosango, 1/F 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2885 0533, 銅鑼灣謝斐道535號Tower 535 1樓
New restaurants in Hong Kong 2019: April
Mint & Basil, Tung Chung
Looking for Thai and Vietnamese deliciousness? Mint & Basil has opened its most recent location in Tung Chung, with an amazing space that includes a spacious outdoor patio surrounded by fresh herbs (unheard of in Hong Kong!) Head out to this delightful space with your pets, and tuck into dishes such as shrimp cakes, rice paper rolls and, of course, mango sticky rice.
Mint & Basil, Shop K, G/F, Seaview Crescent, 8 Tung Chung Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, p. 2762 8077 , 東涌東涌海濱路8號海堤灣畔地下K號舖
With a kitchen helmed by Sean Mell, previously the executive chef at NOBU Hong Kong, SILENCIO is the city’s first contemporary Japanese izakaya, complete with a live entertainment factor. Expect live jazz, sleek interiors and a menu that puts a twist on the traditional izakaya menu. This is definitely one of the coolest new restaurants in Hong Kong to keep an eye out for in 2019.
SILENCIO, 6/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2480 6569, 中環蘭桂坊雲咸街33號LKF Tower 6樓
The newest bar in town, opened inside Rosewood Hong Kong, DarkSide is all about sophistication, timeless celebration and exceptionally rare spirits. Head in for some live jazz and a cigar as you enjoy a classic cocktail from the wonderful team behind the bar. This is our kind of place!
DarkSide, 2/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 3891 872, 尖沙咀梳士巴利道18號香港瑰麗酒店2樓
Ignis by Linx
Spread over two floors, Ignis by Linx is Hong Kong’s newest club-cum-dining space. Downstairs, get comfy in the lounge with an amazing cocktail from Bar Manager Paulo Quejano (Osmanthus-infused Vermouth Rosso anyone?!), many of which feature house-made syrups and eclectic ingredients. In the dining room upstairs, you’re in for some inspiring mod European cuisine with dishes that are designed to be shared.
Ignis by Linx, 2/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong,
If you’re in the mood for some mighty fine Japanese food, then NOMU in TST will be right up your alley. Indulge in their wonderful omakase menu that features delightful Japanese ingredients or sample their fabulous lunch menu that will have you full in no time.
NOMU, 3/F, Rich Tower, 2 Blenheim Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong , p.2683 5028, 尖沙咀白蘭軒道2號富峰行3樓
New restaurants in Hong Kong: March, 2019
Those who have enjoyed her pop-ups and catering will be thrilled to know that Stephanie Wong’s Roots Eatery now has its very own location in Wan Chai. Expect home-style Cantonese dishes that blend authentic ingredients with her French culinary training here, plus everything looks super beautiful.
Roots Eatery, 7 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2623 9983 , 灣仔日街7號地下
From the same team that brought us the fab FRANCIS in Wan Chai, Mr Brown is another new hot spot in Wan Chai that needs to be on your list. This new grill and smokehouse on Ship Street serves up cuisine from across the globe, including wonderfully fresh seafood and a selection of dishes, plus their wine list, as usual, is exquisitely curated. Go for the brisket and stay for the smoky cocktails created by Sommelier Simone Sammuri.
FINI’s, Wan Chai
Wan Chai is off the hook when it comes to new restaurants in Hong Kong right now, and you’re definitely not going to want to miss out on the new FINI’s location. Opposite the Blue House on Stone Nullah Lane, settle in for Italian-American favorites, including New York-style pizza that you need in your mouth. Homemade pasta and Italian-inspired cocktails are a given, but the homemade burrata is where it’s at (plus the meatballs are genius.) This is the kind of food you’re never gonna regret. We promise.
FINI’s, Wan Chai, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 3182 0128, 灣仔石水渠街69號地舖
Located inside Lane Crawford in ifc, SHÈ creates modern and health-conscious Chinese fare. Covering off seafood, rice, noodle and dim sum offering, diners can also choose from an entire vegetarian section, which we think is fab! Looking for a classic Canto treat? You need to try the succulent Honey-Glazed BBQ Iberico Char Siu. The restaurant also has a wonderful alfresco terrace complete with views of Victoria Harbour and unique cocktails.
SHÈ, Shop 3025-26&3031-3066, 3/F, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2110 0153, 中環港景街1號國際金融中心商場3樓3025-26, 3031-3066號舖
New restaurants in Hong Kong 2019: February
If you love Sichuan cuisine as much as us, then Sichuan Lab needs to be on your radar. Helmed by veteran chef Kenny Chan, this spot is all about a modern take on traditional flavours. Located inside Lodgewood by L’hotel Wanchai, choose from a range of beef, seafood and vegetable dishes (so many mushrooms!) or go for a Sichuan-style hot pot.
Sichuan Lab, G/F, Lodgewood by L’hotel Wan Chai, 28 Tai Wo Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 3126 6633, 灣仔太和街28號灣仔薈賢居地舖
Eat Darling Eat
The latest opening from Ming Fat House, the same team behind Mrs Pound and Foxglove, Eat Darling Eat is all about modern-nostalgia: Cantonese style. Executive Chef Jason Luk, a dessert specialist, has created a range of iconic Pineapple Buns that burst with a range of different flavours, capturing the famous HK snack in a new way. Mains include pasta, congee and rice dishes, all with a Cantonese twist.
Eat Darling Eat, Shop 17, Ground Floor, 11-19 Great George Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 3188 8949, 銅鑼灣百德新街27-47號及記利佐治街11-19號 Fashion Walk地下17號舖
The ThirtySix Bar & Co
If you’re in need of a classy watering hole in Central, then The ThirtySix Bar & Co is where you need to be. Creating a selection of highballs from house-made soda water and craft spirits, enter this Art Deco interior and enjoy being transported to a different time before sitting down with a modern classic cocktail. Or create your own Highball recipe using rare spirits from the vault.
The ThirtySix Bar & Co, 2/F, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2336 1411, 中環蘇豪荷李活道23號金珀苑2樓
New restaurants in Hong Kong 2019: January
Looking for new restaurants in Hong Kong? You can’t miss Hotal Colombo which has recently opened on Elgin Street, SoHo. Celebrating Sri Lankan cuisine, Head Chef Gisela Alesbrook delivers a menu of sharing plates that will take you right to the heart of Colombo. Get excited for dishes such as masala dosa, fish kari and beef chilli fry. Yum!
Hotal Colombo, 31 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2488 8863,中環蘇豪伊利近街31號
We are so pumped for Veda! Opening inside the new-look Ovolo Central sometime in January, Australian cook Hetty McKinnon has designed a heavenly plant-based menu that celebrates vegetables in their purest form. Get excited for scrumptious salads, decadent dumplings and an entire avocado toast menu. Definitely one of the most exciting new restaurants in Hong Kong to look forward to.
Read our interview with Hetty McKinnon about creating the menu at Veda here.
VEDA will open at Ovolo Central in January
Brought to you by the same Dubai-based hospitality group that opened ICHU, Estiatoro KEIA showcases Greek cuisine, fresh seafood and Mediterranean flavours from its location inside H Queen’s. With a menu developed by Executive Chef Drew Andrade, guests can enjoy the Raw Bar before tucking into classics like tzatziki, spicy feta and hummus with pita. Main dishes come in hearty portions, and include seafood, meat and vegetable options. The restaurant is scheduled to open end of December.
Estiatoro KEIA, 2/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2677 7737, 香港皇后大道中80號H Queen’s 2樓
New restaurants in Hong Kong seem to be popping up on Elgin Street, and Holy Eats is another one you’ll want to make a beeline for. With an edgy look and loads of neon, the food here is all about international small bites and sharing plates; tapas style (think ceviche, mussels and tartare. ) They also serve a banging selection of cocktails. #love.
Holy Eats, G/F, 23 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2890 2892, 中環蘇豪伊利近街23號地舖
AHA Restaurant & Bar
Offering a selection of hearty and healthful dishes, aha Restaurant & Bar has a new look at its Wellington Street location in central. Vegetarians and vegans will still find dedicated menus, but expect a more fine dining experience than that of the original AHA.
AHA Restaurant & Bar, G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 中環威靈頓街198號The Wellington地下
Ask for Alonzo
This modern trattoria has just landed in Quarry Bay, and Italian food fans should be excited. At Ask for Alonzo, you can expect quintessential rustic Italian interiors and old-fashioned Southern Italian cuisine with a twist. Start off with Tuscan meatballs or burrata cheese before moving onto gnocchi Caprese or fettucini carbonara. And nobody can miss Alonzo’s signature tiramisu to finish the meal.
Ask for Alonzo, G/F, 18 Hoi Kwong St, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2856 2911, 鰂魚涌海光街18號地下
Enjoy a selection of ethically sourced teas from across Asia at the newly opened BASAO Tea centre in Wan Chai. A Hong Kong brand, at their first teabar, they even create a selection of tea-infused sweet treats for you to try with your tea.
BASAO Tea, G/F, 17 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 灣仔月街17號
Aulis Hong Kong
Renowned British Chef Simon Rogan is bringing Aulis to Hong Kong in January. Catering to only 12 guests at a time, chefs will create unique dishes featured on an ever-changing experimental menu. Expect an evening of high-speed dynamism and intimate interactions at this new restaurant in Hong Kong.
Aulis Hong Kong, Shop 8, UG/F, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2817 8383, 香港灣仔告士打道255號信和廣場
At newly-opened Cafe Animojo in Central, wildlife conservationist Toni Kingston has created a spot where you can enjoy home-style recipes alongside nature ambassadors like frogs, snakes and lizards! Enjoy a coffee as you learn about endangered or vulnerable wildlife and how their habitats are being destroyed. Animal lovers will have this atop their list of new restaurants in Hong Kong to try.
Cafe Animojo, 19 Hollywood Road, Central (opposite Tai Kwun), Hong Kong, 中環荷李活道19號
SYP Food Market
The new SYP Food Market by Deliveroo is not only a hub for restaurants to reach more people in the West of the island with virtual kitchens. People can order takeaway in-person from the kitchen, including dishes from restaurants like Linguini Fini, Posto Pubblico, Pololi and Crystal Jade.
SYP Food Market, 58 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong