The sleepy little suburb of Kennedy Town is slowly becoming the new ‘it’ place for wining and dining. Not too far from Central, Kennedy Town is the perfect place to head to if you’re looking to enjoy a meal away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With numerous cool new restos popping up every other week, K-Town is experiencing a foodie revolution that we definitely want to be a part of! From hip new restos to cheap locals eats, this is an area that’s definitely worth trying out. There’s actually an abundance of foodie hangouts in K-Town these days, but we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite restaurants for you to choose from… see you there!
Bistro Du Vin
If you’re looking for a true French bistro vibe, Bistro Du Vin is guaranteed to give you just that. Situated by the harbour and decorated with French posters and paraphernalia, Bistro Du Vin Promises a relaxing and authentic dining experience. Serving up French favourites like garlic buttered escargot and tenderly cooked rabbit leg, as well as an extensive wine menu, means you’re spoilt for choice. Bistro Du Vin also offers classic lunch sets that come with an appetiser, main course, a drink and $20 additional desserts. You won’t spend more than around $140 for lunch, which is incredible value for the exceptional cooking and ambiance!
Bistro Du Vin, Shop 1D, G/F, Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2824 3010, www.facebook.com/Bistroduvin.hk
Bistronomique + Boulangerie Bistronomique
The Bistronomique sister restaurants are situated only a few doors away from each other on Davis Street. Opened by David Lai, a classically trained French chef who has cooked in restaurants such as Le Louis XV in Monaco, the two restaurants were designed to have very different atmospheres. Bistronomique is a fine dining restaurant that serves exquisite French classics such as bone marrow with escargot butter and frog’s legs. Boulangerie Bistronomique is the more casual of the two with al fresco seating that faces the harbour. It also serves great $78 lunch sets, coffee and freshly baked pastries – ideal for a chilled out Sunday afternoon.
Boulangerie Bistronomique, Shop 1, G/F , Grand Fortune Mansion, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2872 0811, www.facebook.com/BoulangerieBistronomique
A hidden Kennedy Town gem, Bresola is a small Italian restaurant by the harbour that is incredible value for money. With tasty pizzas, pastas and Rib eye steaks, this little Italian packs a punch with flavour without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for somewhere that’s completely relaxed with simple, subtly cooked meals then this is the spot… great for a first date.
Bresola, Shop D, Yue On Building, 78-86 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2485 2345, www.facebook.com/bresola
Fish & Chick
Located right on the waterfront of booming Kennedy town, Fish & Chick is the perfect place to go to if you want to kick that Fish & Chips craving. They’ve also got a great, unobstructed sea view that you can admire while you tuck into the ultimate British comfort food! The restaurant serves the most delicious beer battered Fish & Chips, homemade crab croquettes and deep-fried shrimp and calamari. For those who aren’t exactly seafood lovers don’t fret, it’s named Fish & Chick for a reason! The restaurant also serves a gorgeously crispy French-style rotisserie chicken, marinated in Fish & Chick’s very own homemade marinade. Don’t forget to try the sweet corn side, too… read our full review here for our other tried and tested recommendations.
Fish & Chick, Shop 6, 25 New Praya Kennedy Town, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, 2974 0088, www.facebook.com/fishandchick
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Gutlee Sushi (吉利)
What are the best Asian restaurants in Kennedy Town, you ask? Gutlee Sushi definitely comes close to the top. From the outside, Gutlee sushi is a small, modest Japanese restaurant that looks like a local family-run eatery. However, little do people know that it’s a hidden treasure, serving some of the freshest sea-food you can find in K-Town. The fresh seafood is flown in everyday all the way from the Tottori Prefecture in Japan, and its Jet-Fresh seafoods are listed on a blackboard everyday for your reference. It serves beyond tasty sashimi, snow crab, scallops, grilled eel, pork rib ramen and soba noodles. For all you Japanese foodie lovers out there, remember to reserve their specialty – grilled salmon/hamachi head/jaw – in advance! Gutlee Sushi can be considered pricey compared to other bargain restaurants near by, but you can be sure that their brilliantly fresh seafood is worth every penny.
Gutlee Sushi, G/F, No.24 Wing Shing Building, Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Western District, 2818 1923
K-Town Bar & Grill
Looking for an easy, breezy brunch spot? Another Castelo Concepts restaurant to check out is K-Town Bar & Grill, the ideal place for a laid-back meal with family and friends. Its rustic décor and white brick walls will make you feel like you’re in a charming New York Café. It serves all of the best classic brunch foods and has a different set lunch menu everyday from Monday to Friday for only $128 (+10%). If you’re going for a dinner spot with the girlfriends, the Bar & Grill also has a huge selection of liquor, cocktails and the usual spirit suspects.
K-Town Bar & Grill, G7 & G8, G/F Sincere Western House, 44 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2855 1368, www.casteloconcepts.com/gallery/k-town-bar-amp-grill
Unlike most of Castelo Concept’s other restaurants that tend to play it a little safe, Missy Ho’s is a funky, super out-of-the-box Japanese fusion restaurant. Expect flavours that will excite your taste buds, such as jalapeño kingfish carpaccio, salmon and mango ceviche salad, and miso cod tacos. Missy Ho’s is hidden away on Kennedy Town’s Forbes Street and there is no signage from outside, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled when you’re trying to find this charmingly mysterious place! Check out our full review here.
Missy Ho’s, G/F, Sincere Western House, 48 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2817 3808, www.casteloconcepts.com
Piccolo Pizzeria & Bar
Piccolo Pizzeria & Bar should be the go-to pizza and pasta place for all living in the Kennedy Town vicinity. The cute Pizzeria & Bar serves delicious pizzas, al dente pastas and great wines for even better value. Situated on Davis street, it offers great $88 Lunch sets that include a choice of Salad/Soup and Pizza/Pasta. Their Linguine Vongole and Four Cheese Pizza are our favourites, and we love how laid-back this place is too.
Piccolo, Shop 1E, Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2824 3000, www.facebook.com/piccolokt
You might have heard about Sunday’s Grocery from the City Buzz section of our Wednesday newsletter, so you’ll know that this is the place for a quick but unforgettable lunch. Located right in the heart of Kennedy Town, the folks behind Yard Bird (check out our That Girl, Lindsay Jang!) have opened up Sunday’s Grocery as a fun convenience store and takeaway place. Although they’re relatively new, they’re already creating a buzz around Hong Kong with their crazy delicious sandwiches, perfect if you’re on the run! Sunday’s Grocery also doubles as a liquor store, boasting a huge collection of Shochus, Sakes, whiskeys, wines and beers. If you need to stock up on your favourite liquors, you know where to go!
Sunday’s Grocery, 66-68 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2628 6001, www.sundaysgrocery.com
Sun Hing Restaurant (新興食家)
It may seem like K Town’s all about the up and coming hip restos right now, but the part that we love most about this area is that you get a good mix of local (somewhat historical) eateries too! Thanks to the wild, wild opening hours (from 3am to 4pm), you’ll spot two very distinct group of diners in this buzzing dim sum joint – cab drivers on overnight shifts and hardcore Hong Kong University students taking a break from their all-nighter revision sessions. Sassy’s K Town girl, Helene, recommends their steamed custard buns… the runny, rich and piping-hot filling is a taste of heaven on earth! Be prepared for an overwhelming atmosphere though, you’ll have to learn to fight for your basket of dim sum when they come fresh out of the kitchen!
Sun Hing Restaurant, Shop C, G/F, 8 Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, Western District, 2816 0616
Tivo – Kennedy Town
Not to be confused with Tivo on Wyndham Street, Tivo – Kennedy Town brings a bit of sophistication to K-Town with a chic bar and stylish restaurant that are perfect for a Friday night dinner. Savour the sea breeze from the harbour whilst tasting Tivo’s interesting East meets West flavours. Think soft shell crab and Thai salad buns, roasted ribs with honey soaked kumquats, Toro Pizza and Brandy snaps for dessert (see our full review here for more). Tivo is also known for its delicious cocktails – their Aquatini and Tivopolitan are the bomb!
Tivo – Kennedy Town, G/F Pearl Court, 2 Holland Street, 33 Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2543 1238, www.facebook.com/tivokt
Stay tuned for more of our area foodie roundups, bon appétit!