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 September 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: October
Micasadeco & Café
Osaka-born, Micasadeco & Café is the first international branch of the Japanese favourite, opening inside Langham Place, Mong Kok. Sample the renowned Ricotta Cheese Pancake alongside a selection of other tasty (and Instagram-ready) delights. We’re pumped to try the fluffy Matcha Pancakes and the Micasadeco Brown Rice Japanese Bowl with Mentaiko too.
Micasadeco & Café, Shop B2 26-27, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Casual thai hits Wan Chai in the shape of Ruam (pronounced Roo-um) on Ship Street this month. We’re pumped to enjoy delish cocktails and Thai market favourites on the roomy terrace, including Gai Ping, grilled chicken skewers with peanut sauce; Moo Dad Deauw, sun-dried pork strips with toasted sesame seeds and sriracha; and Gaeng Phed Ped Yang, a red curry with lychees and crispy-skinned duck. Expect vibrant interiors with service to match.
Ruam, Shop 9, 1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road Wan Chai (entrance on Ship Street), p. 3160 8535
Duck & Waffle
The first restaurant outside of London for this well-loved brand, Duck & Waffle Hong kong has opened its doors at IFC and is ready to feed you now. Featuring British cuisine with influences from America and Europe, the signature dish is the eponymous Duck & Waffle, confit duck leg sandwiched between waffles and completed with a crisp fried duck egg topped with mustard maple syrup – wowzers. The menu is designed to share, with other highlights including Foie Gras Crème Brûlée, Spiced Ox Cheek Doughnut and Grilled Octopus. Can’t wait? Grab a takeaway from the grab-and-go counter at the entrance to fill those hunger pangs tout de suite.
Duck & Waffle Hong Kong, Shop 1081, Podium Level 1, IFC mall, 8 Finance Street Central, Hong Kong, p. 2267 6338
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For those who loved to Home Eat to Live, Treehouse.eco is here to feel the void. The plant-based menu features flatbreads, burgers and bowls, as well as a selection of fresh-pressed juices to keep you happy.
Treehouse.eco, Shop 1, Ground Floor, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3791 2277
Milkshake fan? You need to head over to TST and try Shake Up!, a beverage bar that brings the milkshake craze from New York directly to Hong Kong. With 10 different shakes and smoothies to choose from, all made with Movenpick ice cream and fresh milk, you’ll want to dive in to flavours like Chocolate & Salted Caramel, Espresso Croquant and Mango and Passionfruit. Plus, they use special bladeless blenders to make the shakes even lighter and ultra-smooth.
Shake Up!, 58 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Everyone’s fave Indian joint in TST is on the move. Beloved Gaylord has a new home in Prince Tower, and word on the street is that it looks like an Indian palace inside! We can’t wait to visit and try all the amazing classics along with some new additions. Plus, they now have a terrace area – #winning.
Gaylord, 5/F Prince Tower, Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Te Quiero Mucho Taqueria
Southside has a new eatery in the form of Te Quiero Mucho Taqueria. Get ready for your fill of tacos, burritos and tortas, Wong Chuk Hang family, brought to you by the same team as behind our beloved TQM in Sheung Wan. Favourites to look out for include the Mexican Torta, with pork milanesa, tomatillo salsa, fried beans and queso fresco; and the Chicken Adobo Burrito dressed with chipotle mayo and pico de gallo – yum! Of course a selection of creative cocktails will also be on hand for your drinking pleasure.
Te Quiero Mucho Taqueria, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong, p. 3460 8157
Wolfgang Puck Kitchen
The food scene at Hong Kong airport is growing by the day, with Wolfgang Puck Kitchen the latest to open its doors in the arrivals hall. Delivering Californian-inspired comfort food, we can’t wait to try the likes of Mac & Cheese and the WP Burger, the next time we’re at the airport. They even have a range of kombucha, salads and sandwiches for those looking for something greener.
Wolfgang Puck Kitchen, Shop 5T 150 Level 5 Terminal 1, Arrivals Hall, Hong Kong International Airport, 1 Sky Plaza Rd, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
You’ve sampled the Kennedy Town Aziza, and now it’s (almost) time to try the Sai Ying Pun edition. Opening at the start of October in the space once occupied by Classified, you can expect the same tasty Egyptian and mediterranean fare in a larger space at this new joint.
Aziza, G/F, Upton Tower, 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
The Lounge at Zest by Konishi
You’ve tried The Dining Room, and now it’s time to try The Lounge. Sitting high in Central, this chic cocktail haven on On Lan Street offers a cocktail experience inspired by the ingredients sourced from destinations along the maritime trade routes, including South America, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
Alongside the cocktails, you can enjoy a range of bar snacks, including Yellowtail Carpaccio served with house-made ponzu; Soy Ginger Marinated Red Tuna Watermelon Skewers; and Mini Wagyu Beef Burger served with French fries, with daily bento box lunches available between 12-5pm.
The Lounge at Zest by Konishi, 28 & 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2715 0878
Duddell’s Hong Kong International Airport
Another newbie at the airport, this time in the departure hall, is Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Duddell’s. Now, before you wing your way abroad, you can fill up on your favourite dumplings, soups and even a new item on the menu: Roast Goose. Enjoy your meal in the food court or opt to get it takeaway, alongside a range of specialty drinks like cold brew tea and bottled kombucha.
Duddell’s Hong Kong International Airport, Unit No. 7E161, Level 7, Departure East Hall, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong (Restricted Area)
New restaurants in Hong Kong 2019: September
From Meraki Hospitality Group, who brought you Uma Nota and BEDU, comes JALAN, a restaurant set to bring the best flavours of Malaysia to Hong Kong in late September. Guests will be able to enjoy a hawker-style menu featuring Chinese, Indian and Malay influences at this Peel Street spot, all brought together by Head Chef Saumitra Suryavanshi who spent years in Malaysia finessing his talents.
We’re excited to try the Black Pepper Eggplant and the Laksa Fried Chicken, and the Pandan Custard Doughnuts sound amazing too. Of course we’ll be washing it all down with various cocktails and mocktails, including the Masala Mule – yum! And what about those interiors for the Gram? Well, word on the street is that JALAN is inspired by 70s Borneo, meaning leafy greens and vibrant colours fill the space. We can’t wait for this one!
JALAN, 42 Peel Street, SoHo, Hong Kong
Avobar Hong Kong
Lovers of all things avocado unite, as the famed London Avobar opens its doors in Hong Kong. While we’re not sure of the exact opening date, get ready to chow down on burgers made of avo, avo ice cream, avo drinks; it’s just avo paradise really. Stay tuned on their social media channels for launch updates.
Avobar Hong Kong, K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Gunpowder Indian RestoBar
Tentatively set to open in the second week of September, Gunpowder is about to explode in Wan Chai thanks to Mayfare Group, the same team behind Gaylord and Namo Avant Thai Restaurant.
This modern Indian RestoBar will feature dimsum portions with an Indian twist, known as IndiSum, grills from the tandoor, exotic curries and freshly baked breads. Highlights are expected to be the Gunpowder Chicken, Prawn Rum Bomb and Nizam’s Tacos. Also featuring a bar, this new spot will be serving up brunch, lunch and dinner, so get ready for it – boom!
Gunpowder Indian RestoBar, G/F, 18 Ship Street, J Residence, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2827 7777
Another new opening to try this month, SKYE GastroBar is a lounge concept that sits adjacent to SKYE Roofbar and Dining inside The Parklane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel in Causeway Bay. Offering a farm-to-table concept and helmed by Chef Lee Adams, the casual setting features a simple and creative menu that features locally-grown ingredients and sustainable seafood.
We just loved the Local and Organic Heirloom Tomatoes, with Smoked Burrata Cheese and the Hand-Cut Stockyard Wagyu Beef Sirloin Tartare. And don’t miss the cocktail menu that spans the globe and is packaged in a passport.
SKYE GastroBar, 27/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Zest by Konishi
Right in the heart of Central, Zest by Konishi is the brainchild of Japanese chef Mitsuru Konishi and Lai Sun Dining. The multi-level restaurant features The Dining Room, that serves elegant Japanese cuisine with a French twist and The Lounge, that offers an express menu including bento boxes and Nippon-inspired cocktails.
Zest by Konishi, 28 & 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong
Sitting inside the newly-opened Xiqu Centre and overlooking Victoria Harbour, Peony Garden is a tea house that adds a little nostalgia to this modern building. Serving up a range of well-known comfort foods and snacks, including cart noodles, Cantonese roast meats and pineapple buns, the restaurant features a garden-style design that takes guests back to an ancient-style Chinese courtyard with a 3-metre pavillion-shaped frame.
Peony Garden, Unit 2-3, G/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Road West, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant
Another new opening inside the Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon Cultural District, Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant offers a selection of dim sum and classic dishes from regions across China. With Chef Hui Mei-Tak at the helm, cuisines from Shanghai to Sichuan are represented, as well as Chiu Chow style seafood pots, Cantonese style Baked Crab Meat Stuffed in Crab Shell and a selection of roast meats.
Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant, Unit 2-4, 1/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Road West, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Le Comptoir is getting set to open Steaklub in Wan Chai this Autumn. Expect timeless steak dishes executed with the flavours and techniques of the best Asian cuisine here. While there’s no set launch date yet, it’s another one to keep your eyes peeled for.
Steaklub, somewhere in Wan Chai.
New restaurants in Hong Kong 2019: August
KiKi Noodle Bar
Taiwan’s favourite chic noodle bar has just landed at ifc Mall in Central. Styled after a Zen courtyard, the restaurant seats just 32, with a rustic interior and communal oak tables where guests can enjoy noodle dishes crafted by Chef Albert Au Kwok Keung, the world’s youngest Michelin three-star Chinese chef. Modern classics include: KiKi Meat Dumpling Mixed Noodles and Abalone and Fish Maw Noodles in Chicken Soup. A selection of rice dishes are also available, along with bubble teas brewed from a traditional Taiwanese tea recipe.
Kiki Tea Noodle Bar, Podium Level Two of ifc Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong
Located inside Landmark in Central, Kakure is a Ginza-style (read: luxe) teppanyaki restaurant that also serves sushi with seafood flown in daily from Japan and a selection of other Japanese delights including Hida Beef tenderloin and Beef Sukiyaki Hotpot. Step inside the hidden bar and enjoy over 120 rare and vintage whiskies along with a range of signature cocktails, it’s the perfect spot to retreat after a busy day at work.
Kakure, M20-24, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2522 9990
Opening in late July, Honjo is set to be a 120-seat Japanese restaurant on the border of Central and Sheung Wan. Designed by Ben McCarthy of Charlie & Rose, the restaurant will have a retro futuristic vibe filled with vibrant colours and intricate details. Separated into four themed dining areas – Tin Toys Lobby, Safari Room, Red Armoury and Blue Suite, each space will offer a unique place to enjoy high-quality sushi, sashimi and tempura along with other Japanese dishes crafted from top quality ingredients.
Honjo, 1/F Hollywood Centre, 77-91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2663 3772
These guys are keeping it super simple with 10 different types of chicken wings, sides and salads. Go for the wings, stay for the atmosphere.
Read our full review on Wingman here.
Wingman, 6/F, Cheung Hing Building, 37 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3426 2418
Helmed by Chef Vito Chan, Root Central in H Code serves seasonal produce in a cosy and modern ambience. Expect local and international ingredients prepared using traditional French techniques here, with dishes such as Yellow Chicken with Jerusalem puree and Te Mana Lamb.
Root Central, 7/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2420 8112
Feather & Bone Mid-Levels and Wan Chai
The team behind Feather & Bone has been very busy opening two new locations in July. Head into the new Wan Chai branch and find all the products you know and love, along with a bread window and a dining area serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Wan Chai branch launched just before the renowned deli and grocer launched its second Mid-Levels location on Shelley Street. Located across the street from the eatery that opened last year, the new store homes an extended butcher and dry-ageing room, its own bread window and a selection of products, including an eco-friendly cleaning range.
Another opening to look out for at the end of July, Tell Camellia is a bar that blends the worlds of tea and cocktails (two of our favourite things!), using experimental techniques to capture some truly unique flavours. Led by industry experts Gagun Gurung and Sandeep Hathiramani, the menu will feature teas sourced from across the globe, from Kenya to Sri Lanka.
Tell Camellia, LG, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
37 Steakhouse & Bar
A popular hangout in Tokyo and Shanghai, Hong Kong now has its very own 37 Steakhouse & Bar atop The Peak. Dedicated to providing an elevated steak experience (think Hiyama Kuroge Wagyu and dry-aged Beef from Belgium), there’s also an intimate sake bar where guests can enjoy a selection of rare Sawaya Matsumoto sakes.
37 Steakhouse & Bar, Shop 102-103, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Hong Kong, p. 2885 3320
Fans of dessert, look out, as Mina House is coming for you with its all-day dining and dessert menus that will brighten up your day and your Insta-feed. Open now, this is one sweet experience you won’t want to miss thanks to all the chocolate, fruit, tarts and cheesecake you can handle.
Mina House, Shop G03, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Hong Kong
The Chicken Bar
After a successful takeover at Honbo earlier in the year, The Chicken Bar is almost ready to swing open its doors and welcome guests for an extreme chook experience. Another restaurant to land in H Code on Pottinger, fill up on burgers, wings, and all the fried chicken sandwiches you didn’t know you needed. #chickenislife
The Chicken Bar, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
New restaurants in Hong Kong 2019: July
Set to open on Queen’s Road West mid-July, TMK is the latest venue from Pirata Group, the same team behind some of our fave restaurants in town, including Pici and TokyoLima. Led by Executive Chef Miguel Huelamo and supported by Japanese Head Chef Takeshi Suzuki, the menu will offer signature hand rolls, sashimi and freshly rolled temaki filled with king crab, bluefin toro and more. We hear that the vibe will be very communal, with a headbanging soundtrack and a dive-bar feel.
TMK, G/F and M/F, Hollywood Centre, 77-91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2662 2269
We’re so excited for Cornerstone, the latest opening from Chef Shane Osborn, the master behind our beloved Arcane (and also the guy who shot to international fame on Netflix’s The Final Table.) Located in the heart of SoHo, Cornerstone is a modern bistro serving dishes crafted from the best quality ingredients in a casual setting. Seating just 24 guests, this intimate spot will be the perfect place to head for some really good food–think chicken oysters with broccolini and caesar dressing and whole wheat rigatoni with olives and goat cheese, and a glass of wine after a hard day at work.
Cornerstone, 49 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Hot on the heels of their Mexican opening earlier this year, Black Sheep restaurants opens the doors at Rajasthan Rifles on The Peak. A celebration of Anglo-Indian cuisine, guests can expect dishes such as club sandwiches filled with chicken tikka, lamb chops and a selection of dishes from the tandoor and, of course, a range of curries. Indulge in a Pimm’s Cup or a Peach Shandy and the meal will be complete.
Rajasthan Rifles, G/F, The Peak Galleria, Hong Kong, p. 2388 8874
The latest new installment at the Landmark mandarin, SOMM is an informal French bistro headed by Chef Mario Paecke. Enjoy a changing menu that highlights the bounty of the seasons, with signature dishes including Tasmanian Salmon Confit, Ikura & Vinegared Rice Cream and Crispy White Asparagus and Tarragon Sabayon. Thirsty? Choose from over 1000 Champagnes, wines and cocktails.
Somm, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Le Pain Quotidien TST
Le Pain Quotidien has opened its fourth branch in Hong Kong in TST. Guests can expect the same wholesome breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options that the brand has become known for, along with a range of fresh-baked breads and other treats.
Le Pain Quotidien, Shop G38, G/F, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Sensu by Gosango
Looking for new restaurants in Hong Kong that up the Insta game? Sensu by Gosango in Causeway Bay needs to be on your list. Take in the vertical garden on arrival and then prepare for some tasty and gram-worthy food. Enjoy the Signature Hiyama A5 Wagyu Beef Burger, or head over for afternoon tea and tuck into an array of house-made desserts and snacks, including lemon tart and shrimp toast.
Sensu by Gosango, 1/F, Tower 535, No. 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2885 0533
Opening in late-July, MANA! will open its third location in Hong Kong’s Starstreet precinct, adding to the vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Wan Chai. Guests can expect the same tasty signature flats and plant-based burgers, along with a build-your-own salad bar and plant-fuelled coffee. Stay for a G&K (gin and kombucha) and a range of gluten-free beer, and hang in the community space that will regularly host events, talks and screenings.
MANA!, 8-10 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Nectar & Pollen Lab
Chef Peggy Chan’s Grassroots Pantry is evolving. The plant-based concept will transform into Nectar from 25 July, utilising the existing space but offering a new progressive and plant-driven tasting experience. Alongside Nectar, Chan will debut Pollen Lab in late summer. An educational platform, Pollen lab will offer cooking lessons and interactive workshops for cooks of all levels.
Nectar, G/F, CentreStage, 108 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2873 3353
Well-known Japanese farm-to-table restaurant group AP Company has recently launched its hot pot concept Bijin Nabe in Hong Kong. Taking its name from the brand’s collagen-rich chicken ‘beauty stock’, diners can enjoy hot pot rich in vitamins and minerals that is known to reduce inflammation and treat joint pain.
Bijin Nabe, Shop L3-L13, 3/F, apm Millennium City 5, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, p. 3596 3909
New restaurants in Hong Kong 2019: June
Maximal Concepts are adding to their outlets at The Repulse Bay, as they prepare to open Sip Song, a Thai eatery and bar, at the end of June. Guests can look forward to signature dishes like “Don’t tell Mom” Roti pancake (BBQ pork neck, chili jam, spring onion, fresh herbs, crispy shallot) and Kai Loog Keuy (minced chicken with crispy shallot and chili), with a menu inspired by Head Chef Nuch Srichantranon’s childhood in Bangkok. We can’t wait for this one!
Read our full review on Sip Song here
Sip Song, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
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.
Read our full review on Cardamon Street here.
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