Keep up to date with the city’s ever-changing dining scene thanks to our roundup of the best new restaurants in Hong Kong!
Looking for some new dining inspiration for the month ahead? Have a read of our ultimate guide to new restaurants in Hong Kong, packed full of the best new eats our city has to offer. From authentic Singaporean flavours to Patagonian-inspired grilled meats and crepes with a seaside view, here’s where we’ll be eating this December.
New Restaurants In Hong Kong
Food meets photography at this new opening, but not in the way you might think! Forget camera eats first, here, the dishes themselves draw inspiration from beautiful landscape shots captured by award-winning photographer Kelvin Yuen. Chef Will Leung is at the helm in the kitchen, who utilises his experience working at The Peninsula’s Felix and Gaddi’s to bring us a stunningly-presented menu of modern Cantonese dishes spotlighting seasonal ingredients. Highlights include the King Crab, which takes its cue from the nature of Norway and comes topped with salmon roe, kristal caviar or uni, along with the locally-inspired chicken and dried scallops Consommé and a Black Angus Beef served with milk tea carrot and carrot jerky, which stands as an ode to Americana.
1111 ONES will open on Wednesday, 8 December.
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A taste of Singapore awaits at Jom. This Wan Chai newcomer is all about big flavours and culinary nostalgia, serving up local Singaporean favourites complemented by authentic condiments. Comfort is key, with homey dishes like Chilli Crab, Nasi Lemak, Hainanese Chicken Rice and homemade Laksa all on the menu. Pair your meal of choice with one of Jom’s roster of unique sambals, each of which have been created from scratch to pair with individual dishes.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 10:30pm
It’s all about the grill at new Chilean restaurant Astra. Expect a menu of char-grilled meats, vegetables, seafood and more, elevated with a Patagonian twist, courtesy of Chef Francisco Araya’s Chilean roots. The dishes here are fun and soulful, with the heat of the grill imparting texture and a note of smokiness to top notch ingredients. Highlights of the menu include the showstopping Rubia Gallega “Chuleta” 400-gram Ribeye which has been dry aged for 50 days, succulent grilled seafood platters, homemade empanadas and more. True to its Wyndham Street location, Astra also serves up a pretty great happy hour, complete with Chilean style tapas bites.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 7pm to 10pm (dinner)
Astra, Shop 2, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, Instagram: @astra.hkg
If you like your pies served Neapolitan style, look no further than new neighbourhood pizzeria Little Napoli. This grab-and-go pizza joint honours Chef Gavino Pilo’s hometown of Naples with a menu of handcrafted Pizzas, Ripieno Fritto stuffed pizzas and baked Panuozzo sandwiches made with pizza dough. All pizzas are fired in a hand-built brick oven from Naples, and come with toppings like Rustica, with hearty house-made porchetta, bell pepper, baked potato, Agerola smoked mozzarella and olive oil, or the fiery Diavola, complete with Napoli salami and chilli flakes. Make sure to fold each slice lengthways when devouring your pie, just like a true Napoletano!
Opening hours: Tuesday, to Friday, 6pm to 9pm; Weekends and public holidays, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 6pm to 9pm (dinner)
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Small bites, quality tipples and good conversation – if that sounds like your kind of evening, check out ToriHachi, STAT. This reimagined izakaya takes its cue from modern Japanese dining, with a view to reinterpreting tradition. In addition to authentic yakitori, expect to indulge in a variety of interesting small plates like the Chicken Skin Lollipop (charcoal-grilled chicken skin topped with Hokkaido’s famed Tokachi cheese), a Tuna Mille-Feuille salad and Sea Urchin French Toast. Alternatively, pop by for lunch for a selection of well-priced set lunches.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 12am
New to Pacific Place this month is Auntie ĀYI, the inaugural multi-concept dining destination by wellwellwell – a brand dedicated to celebrating the diversity and richness of Chinese food culture. Expect heart-warming Southern Chinese comfort food and regional favourites, enjoyed against the backdrop of a retro-futuristic interior aesthetic. Must-orders include Auntie ĀYI’s Sesame Candy Chicken, a creative spin on a Cantonese classic which pays homage to Old Hong Kong Sesame Candy; the 8 Immortals Drunken Platter, featuring chef’s selection of cold appetisers marinated in Chinese Baijiu and Huangjiu wines; and the fiery Sichuan Mapo Tofu Lobster Noodles.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 9pm
Bringing together western condiments with Japanese culinary techniques, Otetsu delights with a fusion teppanyaki experience. The menu favours seasonal ingredients, ranging from Kumamoto A5 Wagyu and Iberico Pork, available as a six course set or à la carte. Conversations with your personal chef are encouraged – perfect for picking up some grilling tips of your own!
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 3pm (lunch) and 5:30pm to 10pm (dinner)
Classic crepes complemented by a seaside view, what’s not to love? Inspired by Brittany, France, Anne is the newest addition to Tseung Kwan O’s flourishing dining scene, bringing us signature buckwheat crepes with toppings inspired by world flavours. We’ve got our eye on The Thai, with spicy shrimp, lemongrass and Thai Basil, along with The American, complete with bolognese, swiss cheese and roasted tomatoes. The dessert options are worth saving room for too, with combos like Salted Butter Caramel and Valrhona Chocolate. Beyond crepes, guests can take their pick from gourmet appetisers and French bistro mains, along with the restaurant’s signature French Apple Cider.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 10pm
Read more: Your Neighbourhood Guide To Tseung Kwan O
The sister restaurant of La Reve in Causeway Bay, BIFTECK is on a mission to reinvent the standard steakhouse concept. Here, premium cuts of Japanese A5 snow-aged wagyu, kobe and more are prepared using French-Japanese fusion techniques, and paired with accompaniments like roasted Japanese turnip, capers and shallot salsa, or tempura vegetables. Alternatively, non-beef options include options like Slow Cooked French Challans Duck Breast, Greek Yoghurt-Marinated Milk Fed Veal Chop and Grilled Spanish Red Prawn Udon.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
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New Locations & Pop-Ups:
- Back to where it all began, May Chow’s Little Bao returns to its rightful home in Soho this month. To mark the occasion, this location will feature a line up of new dishes and drinks, highlights of which include the Crab Bao, Mixed Seafood Ceviche and the Skirt Steak Beef Tataki. Welcome back Little Bao!
- Hidden down an alleyway off Queen’s Road Central, the third branch of CHI Tachinomi brings us speakeasy vibes, along with a helping of its famed yakitori and Osaka Doteyaki. Wash it down with a tipple from its vintage brandy and whiskey collections.
- Known for its signature scones in creative flavours like Bacon & Cheese and Ginger Honey, Holy Bake is back with a new pop-up in ifc. Catch them from now until Monday, 28 February!
Little Bao, 1-3 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.little-bao.com
Holy Bake, LA2, Podium Level, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, Instagram: @holybakehk
- Independent burger concept Honbo crosses the harbour this month for the launch of its fourth location in Harbour City. Stop by for a taste of its famous USDA Double Gold Standard Smash Burgers alongside a range of moreish sides, this time with an unbeatable harbour view.
- Following its success in Tin Hau and Central, Preface Coffee & Wine has opened a flagship location in Causeway Bay and, spoiler alert, it might be the brand’s most exciting project to date. Featuring a one-of-a-kind multi-functional space combining coffee, wine, technology and lifestyle, you can look forward to all-day dining, coding workshops, cultural exhibitions and more.
- Comfort food and iconic pork-centred treats abound at The Salted Pig, which has just launched its fifth location within Kowloon Bay’s MegaBox mall. A fab option for group dining in the area.
Honbo, Shop 2602, 2/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.honbo.hk
Preface Coffee & Wine, G/F – 5/F , 11 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Instagram: @prefacecoffeeandwine
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- The city’s first all vegetarian hotel restaurant, Veda, has reopened its doors, featuring refreshed interiors and a revamped terrace. To celebrate, book in for its weekend Champagne Brunch, with free-flow Champagne, a live dosa bar, sharing plates, desserts and more!
- We asked, and Bakehouse has delivered. The beloved bakery is bringing its handcrafted sourdough and tasty tarts to Tsim Sha Tsui. The grab-and-go takeaway counter will open in mid-December.
Veda, Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, ovolohotels.com
Bakehouse, 44 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.bakehouse.hk
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Responsibly-sourced seafood, punchy drinks and good times await at Percy’s. You may have noticed this newcomer, which is currently in soft opening, on your trips up the escalator. Taking its name from radical English poet Percy Shelley, the menu here spotlights progressive seafood dishes using local ingredients where possible – think succulent lobster baos, scallop egg waffles, calabrian chili clams and more, all dreamt up by Executive Chef Braden Reardon. Though it’s currently BYOB, when the full drinks menu does kick in you can look forward to a curated selection of whisky, sake and non-mainstream wines.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5pm to 10pm
It’s all about the noods at this chef-driven noodle bar, brought to us by the group behind Korean “sool-jip” OBP. Prepare for an experimental dining affair at the hands of Chef Waheeb (formerly of Ho Lee Fook) and Chef Ching (of Carbone, Jinjuu Hong Kong, and Brass Spoon), with dishes spotlighting new and intriguing combinations of flavours, like tender South African M5 Wagyu matched with a traditional Korean beef broth, or Korean ginseng with chicken char-siu. The small but delectable menu also features a range of polished snacks and signature shared plates; our picks include the house-smoked, slow-cooked Lamb Kalbi and Dubu Kimchi with fried crispy tofu and kimchi coleslaw.
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (dinner); Friday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 6pm to 12am (dinner)
DAM:A, G/F 110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, Instagram: @dama.noodlebar
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Named after the Roman God of wine, Bacchus promises to be an oenophile’s dream. We’re talking an extensive wine list of over 800 labels sourced from vineyards around the world, along with a suggested wine pairing for every dish, wine tastings and bespoke wine dinners. Food-wise, the Hollywood Road newcomer looks to bridge the gap between the culinary cultures of the East and West with its modern Asian-influenced French cuisine, highlights of which include Opera of Duck Foie Gras, complete with joconde sesame biscuit, red wine jelly and a side of sancho pepper, along with the signature Alain Senderens’ Apicius Duck Magret “Revisited”, a true showstopper conceived as a tribute to the late Chef Alain Senderens’ famous duck dish.
Bacchus is currently in soft opening
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A taste of Madrid awaits on Gough Street courtesy of Chef Jordi Vallés (previously of aqua group and Pirata group) and his new opening Chueca. The Spanish native is determined to bring us a piece of his home to savour; cue a menu packed full of Spanish nibbles, charcuterie and hearty classics like Croquetas De Jamón, Lobster Rice and Chef’s Canelón. Spanish-sourced wines and elevated cocktails complete the experience, along with a cracking weekend free-flow brunch.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 11:30pm; Saturday to Sunday, 11:45am to 11:30pm
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Foodies, get excited – Korean fine-dining pioneer Chef Sung Anh is bringing his acclaimed Mosu to Hong Kong. Previous iterations in San Francisco and Seoul have earned one and two Michelin stars respectively, so expectations are high for Mosu Hong Kong, which is set to open in the highly-anticipated M+ later this month. Drawing upon his childhood memories for inspiration, Chef Sung’s tasting menu uses rustic Korean ingredients, including burdock bark, savoury seaweed and handmade dongchimi, to develop sophisticated global flavours. Expect a showstopping course of dishes which unite traditional technique with cutting-edge molecular gastronomy.
Mosu, M+, 38 Museum Drive, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Anyone for dinner on board a traditional “yakatabune” houseboat? Found in H Queen’s Central, Gassan, the sister restaurant of acclaimed Michelin-starred Hiyama, presents traditional “kaiseki” and omakase dining, with a theatrical twist. The whole restaurant is decked out as a larger-than-life fishing village, with various dining zones set in and around the statement houseboat. Food-wise, the speciality here is “Kaiseki Ryori” banquet-style cuisine, which features a multitude of courses, each one spotlighting a traditional Japanese cooking method, including sakizuke “amuse bouche” pickles, tsukuri sashimi, yakimono grill, mizugashi dessert and more. Alternatively, guests can choose an immersive omakase experience with a private sushi chef. A drinks list of over 300 wines and 50 labels of sake and whisky completes the experience.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
From American smokehouse to all things Japanese, long-time collaborators Arron Rhodes and Chris Grare reveal their latest creation: vibrant izakaya, Brooklyn Yakuza. Bold flavours feature in non-traditional family-style dishes inspired by local seasonal produce and subtle American influences. Line your stomachs with a medley of Tater Tots Okonomiyaki Style, Hokkaido Scallop with Po Toi seaweed, Brooklyn Fried Chicken and more, before heading to the theatrical interactive sake bar for drinks, drinks and more drinks. For something a little more refined, seek out Oyabun, a spacious Japanese-American Manhattan-inspired cocktail lounge bar, which brings us Japonesque flavour profiles in the shape of classic and modern American concoctions.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm (lunch) and 6pm to 11pm (dinner); Saturday to Sunday, 11:30am to 4pm (brunch) and 6pm to 11am (dinner, bar opens til 1am)
Read more: The Best Sake Bars In Hong Kong
In its most ambitious project to date, Pirata Group stuns with the opening of The Sixteenth – a collection of not one, but four new restaurants, all found under one address in Quarry Bay’s Taikoo Place. With luxe interiors and signature Pirata Group hospitality, the whole experience feels almost like a private member’s club. Take your pick from a selection of Japanese and Italian restaurants, including new concepts Tempo Tempo for alfresco cocktails and canapes, and opera-inspired La Favorita for handmade pastas and other indulgent dishes, alongside sushi club Honjokko, an elevated take on Sassy fave Honjo, and TMK Funk & Rolls, a third funk-inspired iteration of the group’s temakeria brand.
The Sixteenth is currently in soft opening and will officially open on Tuesday, 16 November.
The Sixteenth, 2/F, Oxford House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, www.thesixteenth.hk
Sip & Slide
Small but mighty, and big on flavour, gourmet mini burgers are the order of the day at Sip & Slide, the sister restaurant to chicken joint Wingman. Available in 11 unique (and excellently-named) flavours, including Miso Sakana, Peking Quak, Texas Blu and Fantastic Mr Fungi, it’s proof that sometimes the best things come in small packages.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 11pm; Saturday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm (lunch) and 6pm to 11pm (dinner)
Dark Leaf Cafe & Lounge
Come for the Lobster Mentaiko Spaghetti, stay for the shisha and tea-infused cocktails. Dark Leaf Cafe & Lounge has exactly what you need for a good time with friends. The aforementioned Lobster Mentaiko Spaghetti is the undisputed star of the show – sweet and savoury, topped with salt-grilled American lobster. As for the drinks, cocktails derived from home-brewed teas come in flavours like Lapsang Souchong, Sencha and Earl Grey, and are best accompanied by a session of custom-blended shisha.
Opening hours: Daily, 4pm to 2am
Coming soon to the Soho neighbourhood, MAJO from Woolly Pig Hong Kong brings us a menu of casual tapas and paella in a vibrant Spanish bodega setting. Helmed by Executive Chef Alberto Sancassani, who has a a solid 15 years of culinary experience in Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine under his belt, this new concept will take over the space formerly occupied by Big Sur. Stay tuned for more details.
MAJO, G/F, 22 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
- After more than 18 years in their original One Peking venues, aqua and Hutong will be moving to nearby HZentre this month, both with brand new looks and refreshed menus. Rest assured, there will still be views on views, as well as outdoor garden terraces – the perfect location for alfresco cocktails. aqua and Hutong will open in their new locations in mid-November.
- Grab and go BEDU? Yes, that’s a thing now thanks to the opening of sister shop Little BEDU. Elevate your desk lunch with fresh cut salads and hearty rice bowls topped with BEDU’s signature dips and vibrantly-spiced proteins, available for takeaway or delivery.
Little BEDU, G/F, Shop 2, 49-51a Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, Instagram: @littlebedu_hk
- Just in time for its 10th anniversary, SpiceBox Organics has opened in Tseung Kwan O. The new location features both a market and café with freshly-made gluten-free, vegan and organic selections, including home-brewed Kombucha on tap, salads, smoothies and more.
- Michelin-acclaimed Sichuan restaurant Deng G Sichuan Cuisine has found a new home in the elevated surrounds of K11 MUSEA. Equipped with a new menu and stunning vistas of Victoria Harbour, we can’t think of a more indulgent place to get your spice on.
- BaseHall is switching up its culinary offerings once more with the addition of three new vendors, allowing you to tuck into hearty Italian plates from pasta kitchen MAMMA’s, health-conscious treats at nüte, and caffeine and cocktails from homegrown coffeehouse Crew.
This month we’re heading back to basics at H Code’s Fireside. The first restaurant of its kind in Hong Kong, Fireside spotlights open-fire grilling for a rustic yet refined dining experience. In the kitchen, there are no modern cooking utilities to be found, only an open-fire grill fuelled by select varieties of wood and binchotan – the aim being to execute a bare and raw style of cooking that presents the naked complexity of each and every ingredient. From butchery, to smoking and aging, grilling and presenting, the entire cooking process takes place in-venue before diners – watch on as Executive Chef Miguel Gallo transforms fresh fish and seafood, wild and rare breeds of meats, and locally-grown vegetables into one-of-a-kind signature dishes. Highlights include the Confit Duck with Fire Cooked Rice, which is flamed to perfection over Almond Wood, along with the succulent Hokkigai, which come fire-basted in aged Mangalica pork.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 10pm
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Black Sheep Restaurants is treating us to a sweet surprise this month: the debut of Australian brand Messina Gelateria’s first ever Hong Kong location! Expect a full assortment of the freshly-churned gelatos that Messina is world-famous for, available in an array of signature flavours and rotating specials, including locally-inspired Hong Kong Milk Tea. Everything at Messina is made from scratch, from raising their own dairy cows to establishing hazelnut and strawberry farms, contributing to that superior quality.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 3pm to 10pm; Friday to Sunday, 3pm to 11pm
Messina Gelateria, 37-43 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.gelatomessina.com.hk
Embrace comfort with new Italian-themed opening Sicilian. The team here promise to make every guest feel like family, with live pasta cooking stations, enticing cocktails, larger than life personalities and more – a true Italian-Sicilian dining experience! Helmed by Executive Chef Marco Furlan, the menu spotlights Sicily’s freshest produce in flavour-packed dishes like Baccalà tartare with codfish, Mezzemaniche marsala masala lamb (stewed lamb with red curry and Sicily-signature marsala wine), and Spinosini al granchio (a Sicily-favourite of light hand made pasta with crab meat, cherry tomato and pine nuts). As for dessert, expect delicacies like Cannolo Siciliano – a ricotta-filled homemade wafer – and the Cassata Sicilana, a traditional Sicilian cake with an assortment of almond, marzipan, chocolate, candied fruits and more. Sicilian is the third opening from newly-formed Cygnus Concepts, behind modern-Nepalese Momoz and contemporary Italian-American Americano.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11:30am to midnight; Saturday, 11am to midnight; Sunday, 11am to 10pm
Sicilian, G/F, Shama Place, 30 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.sicilian-hk.com
Instantly recognisable thanks to its stylishly futuristic facade, PPALLI PPALLI brings a touch of sci-fi chic to the streets of Sham Shui Po, complete with a menu of Korean-flecked Italian cuisine, Korean craft beer and makgeolli. Head Chef Marci puts his Michelin experience to good use as he creatively reimagines traditional Italian recipes through the lens of popular Korean food trends. The result? Dishes fit for a global palate, including signatures like the Ssam Bouquet with slow-cooked pork belly and Korean hot sauce, Yukhoe Toast featuring Korean-style raw beef tartare, and the decadent Samsaek Perdu pains au lait. Wash it all down with beer or a cocktail for the full experience.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 9am to 10pm
Read more: Your Neighbourhood Guide To Sham Shui Po
This one’s for those dreaming of a trip to Japan. Ikigai Concepts looks to transport us to “the Land of the Rising Sun” right here in Hong Kong by way of a vibrant multi-concept Japanese dining and lifestyle hub. The 12,000 sq ft one-stop hub boasts everything from an interactive teppanyaki bar to a cosy kushiyaki grill, omakase counter and a sake hub. Don’t miss the sake tasting lounge and bar, which features an interactive vending machine dispensing tasting options by the glass, along with sake-themed merchandise like “o-choko” sake cups, souvenirs and more – how very Japanese!
Ikigai Concepts will soft open on Friday, 1 October.
Ikigai Concepts, Shop 211, Nina Mall II, 8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan West, New Territories, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/ikg.hk
Liu’s Chong Qing Hot Pot
Prime hot pot season is nearly upon us! And here to set the mood is the debut of Chinese hot pot chain Liu’s Chong Qing Hot Pot, the latest addition to the Gaia Group family. The opening marks the first Hong Kong location for the brand, which is famous for its signature spicy Ma La soup base and Chong Qing signature small bites. Rest assured, the Ma La can be tailored to your spice preference – all the better to taste the delectable infusion of spicy fermented bean paste, salted black bean, local Chong Qing chillies and over a dozen Chinese herbs and spices. Chase the heat with a cooling dessert of Shaved Ice in flavours like Sweet Bean and Taro, Butterfly Pea Osmanthus Ice Jelly, and Mango.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 11pm
Local Cantonese fare made veggie is what lies in store at Veggie Kingdom, a new plant-based concept in Tsim Sha Tsui. The idea here is to honour traditional Chinese cuisine, while innovating with unique twists to make everything vegetarian friendly. Highlights of the menu include the Veggie Honey-coated Barbecue “Pork”, as juicy and flavourful as its meaty counterpart, Crispy Shredded Abalone Mushroom and the tongue-tingling Veggie Fish Fillets in Spicy Sichuan Soup.
Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm
When it comes to luxe dining experiences, it doesn’t get any fancier than omakase at The Peninsula. Joining the likes of Gaddi’s, Felix and Chesa is Kushiro, a sleek Japanese dining experience helmed by a team of Michelin-trained chefs. Quality is guaranteed, with ingredients selected by on-site buyers in Japan and transported to Hong Kong (and your dinner table) the very same day. Talk about five-star service!
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3:30pm (lunch) and 6pm to 10:30pm
Kushiro, Shop BW1, BW3 & BW5, B1/F, The Peninsula Hotel, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, kushiro.com.hk
Now under the wing of The Upper House, The Continental is back and better than ever before. The Pacific Place staple has you covered for everything from business lunches to date night, after-work drinks, brunch and more thanks to its refreshed design and new classically-influenced menu. Executive Chef Graham Long takes the reins in the kitchen, delivering unfussy plates of seasonal ingredients interpreted with a light modern French twist. Highlights include Australian Lamb Loin with Smoked Aubergine, Heirloom Tomatoes served with Goat’s Curd and the Basque Cheesecake with Poached Cherries. It’s also worth mentioning that vegetarian and vegan diners are well taken care of, with plenty of options to suit plant-based dietary requirements.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm (lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (dinner); Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 2:30pm (brunch) and 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
70s Food Dining by Vintage House
Leaning into the food hall trend, 70s Food Dining by Vintage House brings together six unique dining concepts, with the aim of fostering local culinary talents. From Malaysian and Singaporean hawker dishes to vegetarian Cantonese staples, spicy Sichuan and authentic Thai, the myriad of cuisines on offer brings us the best of Asia, along with a nod to all American fast food burgers and fries (naturally). Upstairs, the food hall’s resident sit-down restaurant Earth pulls out all the stops with its menu of Japanese Italian fusion, including Bostonian lobster with Hokkaido scallop linguine, Tuna tartare in a homemade wasabi dressing, and charcoal stove roasted Lamb rack with rosemary.
Uncle Ching From Kuching
Home-cooked comfort delights from East Malaysia abound in this small family-run operation opening in Wan Chai this month. Inspired by the traditional dishes of the northwest Borneo island, Sarawak, the menu at Uncle Ching brings us a medley of vibrant, flavour-packed dishes, at wallet-friendly prices. As the self-proclaimed “king of laksa”, the signature Sarawak Laksa is an obvious must-try; rich with coconut milk, yet surprisingly light, and with a spicy umami sambal kick – trust us, it’s a broth worth slurping. Other highlights include Sotong Kangkung, a satisfying salad of cuttlefish, water spinach and mixed fruit, Kolo Mee Malaysian dry noodles, Grilled Satay and moreish Wings.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm
Uncle Ching From Kuching, 21 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/unclechinghkg
Japanese fine dining delights and a breathtaking 270-degree view of Victoria Harbour await at Wa-En Kappo, the newest addition to Sheung Wan’s dining scene. From fresh seasonal sashimi to sea urchin pasta, Kagoshima A4 tenderloin and the city’s only fish maw tempura, the menu here pays tribute to Japanese tradition, with a creative twist. For the restaurant’s soft opening period, guests will be treated to an exclusive tasting menu of up to 11 courses. If you’re someone who likes to peruse a restaurant’s offerings ahead of time, be warned, there is no menu available; instead, you’ll discover each dish as you go along. Rest assured though, you’re in excellent hands – leading the kitchen is top chef Kris, whose over 20 years of experience spans the likes of one-Michelin star Wagyu Kaiseki and eight-time Michelin star winner La Bombance in Hong Kong.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
After soft opening earlier this summer, Peel Street newcomer Awa Awa officially opens its doors this month. Founded by Sake Central’s Elliot Faber, the focus here is on Japan’s southernmost archipelago, Okinawa, and its glorious global food culture. Fusion delights which draw inspiration from Chinese, Hawaiian, Mexican, American and Taiwanese cuisines converge with casual neighbourhood pub vibes, along with a genuine desire to educate the crowd on the art of Japanese spirits. Of note here is the restaurant’s extensive collection of Awamori, an Okinawan distilled liquor from which Awa Awa takes its name. On the menu, the Market Fish Tostada and Yakisoba are must-orders!
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 6pm ’til late
Awa Awa, Shop E&F, Upper Ground Floor, 42-44, Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, awaawahk.com
On a mission to rewrite Italian cuisine as we know it, celebrated chef Antimo Maria Merone gears up to launch his inaugural solo restaurant debut: Estro. Launched in partnership with JIA Group, this newcomer dedicates itself to elevating Neapolitan food tradition, bringing together refined cooking techniques and sophisticated presentation for a multi-course set menu of wholly original and deeply personal dishes. Highlights to look forward to include the “Tomato Homage”, a celebration of the fruit’s complex flavour profiles and textures, consisting of rehydrated ripe tomato skins and tomato-shaped salted cod dipped in a naturally sour sauce, complemented by clarified tomato water made from four different varieties of Italian tomatoes; along with the “Pigeon Under Ashes”, a delicacy that dates back to Ancient Rome, in which the pigeon is cooked in black ash and served with artichoke and a Piedirosso wine sauce. Forget your standard pizza and pasta combo, forward-thinking creativity is the order of the day here.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 6:30pm to 11pm (dinner)
Estro, 2/F, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.estro.hk
Art gallery meets culinary hub at new opening The Pearl. Inspired by classical Baroque style, everything from the decor to the menu design adheres to a simple yet stylish vision of this stately aesthetic. Food-wise, The Pearl serves up Japanese-Italian fusion; think Linguine with Japanese Uni, Braised Blue Mussels with leek in Jiaoku Soup, Roast Whole Chicken with Japanese Nanohana and Matsutake, and more. End your evening shisha and drinks at the restaurant’s cosy outdoor lounge.
Opening hours: Daily, 4pm to 2am
Read more: Must-See Hong Kong Art Exhibitions
The Meat Co.
Support gender equality and get yourself some quality steak frites this month at The Meat Co.. Born out of a desire to support Hong Kong’s female population (which is underemployed in comparison to the male population), this new addition to Eaton HK’s Food Hall challenges gender norms, with its all-female team taking on the traditionally masculine concept of steak. Consider us sold! As for the menu, it’s all about the steak and fries. We’re talking premium USDA Angus Striploin, available at wallet-friendly prices (portions start from just $138!). Load up on fresh coleslaw along with your choice of sauce, including smokey BBQ, herby Béarnaise, rich Blue Cheese or locally-inspired Black Bean and Sesame for the ultimate steak dinner.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 9pm
The Meat Co., Shop 6, LG/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/themeatco.hk
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KIOSK by Sake Central
Introducing your quick-fix sando station, courtesy of Sake Central. This limited-edition pop-up is taking over the kiosk space in LANDMARK’s BELOWGROUND this month, serving up tasty Japanese sandos, sake and more. From Classic Katsu to Tamago Salad and Plant-Based options, these satisfying bites are our idea of the perfect grab-and-go lunch. Whilst you’re there, treat yourself to a spot of dessert in the form of the Umami Cheesecakes, which feature an unexpected ingredient: Sake Kasu, the leftover rice solids from Sake Central’s very own NOTO 88 bottle.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 6:30pm, until Monday, 20 September
KIOSK by Sake Central, BELOWGROUND, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, sake-central.com
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Looking for a new special occasion restaurant? Crowne Plaza Hong Kong’s latest addition, GIACOMO, could be just the thing. Helmed by Michelin-trained chef Keith Yam, whose past credits include the award-winning Tosca di Angeló at The Ritz-Carlton and 8 ¹⁄₂ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, you know you’ll be in good hands at this self-described “neo-classic Italian fine dining room”. Expect signature dishes to feature luxury, globally-sourced seasonal ingredients, framed by light olive oils and sun-kissed herbs and vegetables. Highlights include the Brittany Blue Lobster Sardinian Gnocchi, Red Prawn Spaghetti Chitarra and the sweet and succulent New Zealand langoustine.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
1966 Baking Alliance
A taste of nostalgia is in store for visitors of 1966 Baking Alliance, a takeaway bakery concept nestled within the newly-revitalised Central Market. Founded by stalwarts Maria’s Bakery, this newcomer draws upon Maria’s 55 years of baked goods experience to present a range of innovative sweet treats that pay homage to tradition in a thoroughly modern way. Classics like Signature Egg Tarts, Coconut Tarts, Chicken Pies, Hong Kong Style Milk Tea and Coffee have been updated with fresh flavours, including Cinnamon Apple Tarts, Spinach, Cheese and Ham, Coconut Pies, and Rainbow Swiss Rolls. Looking to pick up lunch? Egg and luncheon meat filled Pineapple Buns, and Curry Beef Sandwiches should do the trick. And don’t leave without picking up a selection of its homestyle baked doughnuts, with fillings like Bananarama, Berrylicious, Chocoholics, and Matcha & Red Bean. Delish!
From the culinary minds behind Épure and Arbor comes Ami, a unique “fine bistronomie” which brings together the very best of elevated Parisian cuisine with an approachable and laid-back dining experience. Helmed by Executive Chef Nicolas Boutin and Chef de Cuisine Eric Taluy, expect exquisite bistro classics infused with all the sophistication of French fine dining. Signature dishes include the likes of hand-cut Heritage Beef Tartare, richly-flavoured Fisherman’s Soup and the sumptuous French Guinea Fowl paired with octopus and a caramel jus, along with a show stopping whisky-infused 64% Chocolate ‘Concorde’ dessert. Opening in tandem with Ami is the restaurant’s whisky-forward bar, Wood Ear, which boasts over 400 rare labels sourced from Scotland, Japan and beyond; a whisky-lover’s paradise indeed.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm (lunch) and 6:30pm until late (dinner); on weekends and public holidays, lunch starts at 11:30am to 2:30pm
New Locations & Pop-Ups:
- Bombay Dreams gets a new lease of life this month as it moves to Wyndham Street. The stunning new space, which seats up to 80 guests, is modelled after a contemporary interpretation of an Indian palace (think luxe metallic finishes with splashes of vibrant colour), and features an open kitchen outfitted with two tailor-made tandoor ovens. The Hong Kong institution will serve up old favourites, along with a selection of new additions which promise to take you on a tour across India. Bombay Dreams’ new location is open now.
- Instagram favourite Holy Bake has landed its first IRL standalone pop-up in Harbour City, making it easier than ever to get your scone fix. Creative options are plentiful at this homegrown bakery brand, with flavours like Earl Grey Tea, Lava Matcha and Ginger Vinegar, though you can never go wrong with the classic in our books, piled high with jam and clotted cream. The Holy Bake pop-up is open now until Tuesday, 30 November.
- Modern Korean restaurant Hansik Goo has officially settled into its new location within The Wellington. This new iteration sports a more minimalist-minded aesthetic than its predecessor, brimming with design elements inspired by the traditional Korean kitchen. Expect an updated tasting menu showcasing more refined creations (rest assured, the signature Samgye Risotto remains a staple), complemented by a spotlight on sool, a Korean alcoholic beverage, as a drinks pairing partner. Hansik Goo’s new location is open now.
Holy Bake, Kiosk K, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/holybakehk
Boy n Burger
Opening later this month in Wan Chai, original concept Boy n Burger looks to serve up “better burgers for everyone”. Sustainability is at the core of this affordable burger joint, with a menu that features burgers made from antibiotic-free patties made from 20 day salt moss-aged grass and wild cereal grain-fed beef, along with vegetables sourced from local farms. Chicken, fish and vegetarian options will also be available, using only traceable meat, seafood and dairy ingredients. We can’t wait to sink our teeth into the signature Bobby Burger, complete with two hand-crafted beef patties, house sauce and pickles, complemented with a side of the Tater Tots and Green Apple Slaw. Plus, unlimited self-serve drink refills are available for guests dining in!
Boy n Burger will open on Monday, 23 August.
Boy n Burger, G/F, Shop 3, 208 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/boynburger
Modern Mediterranean cuisine breezes into Central this month courtesy of Quiero Más. This opening is the first from the newly formed Silver Oak Group, in collaboration with La Paloma’s Chef Alex Fargas. With this in mind, expect the menu to lean towards authentic Spanish fare, highlights of which include the Lobster a la Louie, a whole Boston lobster bathed in a rich Vichyssoise purée, Cochinillo Asado, or slow-roasted suckling pig, and the Mod-Mad-Mary, featuring fork-tender aged-lamb shoulder with a chocolate glaze. To drink, it’s all about the cocktails; in particular, the gin-based libations are said to be a winner.
Opening hours: Daily, until 10pm
Quiero Más, 20/F, M88, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.quieromas.hk
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New in from the team behind Cookie DPT, Carbs specialises in all things comfort with a menu of New York-inspired deep dish square pizza, pasta, milkshakes, cookies and more. Slated to open towards the end of the month, you can find this new spot nestled at the bottom of Central’s H Code.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 9pm
Carbs, Unit 3, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/carbs.hk
Ministry of Mussels
Just in time for the Olympics, hybrid sports bar and restaurant Ministry of Mussels has taken over the third floor of California Tower, replacing what was formerly Beef & Liberty. Fitted with 11 large HD 4k screens, it’s the perfect place to cheer on Team HK, accompanied by endless rounds of beers and a menu of American bistro classics. The clue’s in the name, mussels are the order of the day, available in 10 delicious broths including Blue Cheese and Singapore Chilli Crab, and served with your choice of fries, crusty bread or deep-fried “mantou”. Other highlights include the Wings, Boston Lobster Roll and Chicharron, or deep-fried pork skin topped with slow-cooked barbecue pork. Happy hour is available daily from 3pm to 7pm, with drinks starting at $75. Don’t leave without challenging your friends to a game of beer pong!
Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 12am
It’s not Chinese food as we traditionally know it here in Hong Kong, but the Brits among us will be familiar with 1908bc’s particular brand of British Chinese takeaway classics. Drawing on her experiences growing up in the UK, owner Suzanna Ho brings us Crispy Duck, Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls, Chicken Chow Mein and more, served up in the contemporary chic surroundings of The Pemberton.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 5pm to 10pm (dinner); Friday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 5pm to 11pm (dinner); Sundays closed
Hokkaido import Izakaya Jyungin looks to replicate the warm and cosy dining experience of its original Sapporo location right here in Hong Kong. Here, you’ll be able to sample Jyungin’s most popular dishes, including Braised Abalone with Sake, Ezo Venison Deer Meat Patty and Kuroge Wagyu Beef Offal Stewed with Miso, along with the izakaya’s infamous sake flights. Authenticity is guaranteed – the kitchen uses only fresh ingredients flown in from Japan daily.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
Izakaya Jyungin, G/F, 33 Man Ying Street, Ferry Point, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/jyungin.hk
Calling all manga fanatics! The newest restaurant to find a home in Central’s H Queen’s draws inspiration from Shigeru Mizuki’s “Yokai Picture Book”, to magical effect. Think life-size wall murals of Mizuki’s illustrations framed by a ceiling filled with traditional Japanese lanterns, complete with arresting views of Central from atop the 23rd floor terrace. Food-wise, get your fill of charcoal-grilled chicken skewers and Michelin-grade Bluefin Tuna, paired with a selection of rare sakes.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
G Room Bar & Lounge
A new addition to K11 MUSEA’s dining line-up comes in the form of G Room Bar & Lounge by Gaia Group. Describing itself as an “elegant Western-Asian tapas bar”, the menu spotlights iconic Asian dishes with a Malaysian and Japanese touch, served with an intriguing Spanish twist. Head here for creative tasting menus and afternoon tea by day, and drinks, tapas and live music by night.
Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 10pm
G Room Bar & Lounge, Shop 504, 5/F, K11 MUSEA, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, gaiagroup.com.hk
Joining the ranks of Arcane and Cornerstone, Moxie marks the third restaurant under Shane Osborne’s The Arcane Collective. Led by Head Chef and Arcane veteran Michael Smith, the LANDMARK newcomer promises a fresh approach to conscious dining with a primarily vegetable-centric menu featuring locally grown ingredients. Favouring a soft-touch approach to mindful eating, you’ll also find dishes spotlighting sustainably sourced seafood too – it’s all about balance after all! Ingredient-driven and unpretentious, the all-day dining destination is set to open from 8am to serve coffee and pastries, and will cover breakfast, lunch and dinner thereafter.
Moxie will open in early August.
Moxie, Shop 203, 2/F, Alexandra House, LANDMARK, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/moxie_hk
Art meets fine dining at this new Italian concept, helmed by Chef Andrea Tarini. Perched on the 101st floor of the ICC, complete with breathtaking city and harbour views, RADICALCHIC celebrates exceptional Italian ingredients, presenting dishes packed with splashes of colour and contemporary fine dining twists. In addition to signature à la carte options, guests can enjoy the seasonal 10-course chef’s degustation menu, which serves as an expression of Chef Tarini’s culinary journey.
RADICALCHIC is currently in soft opening, with limited seating.
New Locations & Pop-Ups:
- Cinnabon has come rolling onto the Island, with its latest opening in Causeway Bay. In addition to all the classics, exclusive items available at this new location include bite-size six nuggets and the tropical mango minibon.
- Madeleine specialist Madelli has set up shop in K11 MUSEA. Get your hands on the Instagram venture’s freshly baked madeleines, which come in unique flavours like pandan, black sesame, chocolate and honey.
- From madeleines to cheesecake, it’s a sugar-filled dream at K11 MUSEA this month. Head up to the sixth floor to find S Bakery and its selection of classic, no-frills New York cheesecake.
- Spotted on Queen’s Road Central: a new Dough Bros location! Doughnuts and pizza are officially taking over – and we couldn’t be happier about it.
Cinnabon (Causeway Bay), G/F, 14 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.cinnabon.com
Madelli, Kiosk 033A, K11 MUSEA, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/madelli.hk
S Bakery, Kiosk LA603, K11 MUSEA, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.sbakeryhk.com
Dough Bros (Central), 151-155 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.doughbroshk.com
Hong Kong’s first Izakaya-inspired gastropub lands on the slopes of Soho this month, bringing with it a selection of made-to-order musubi creations. Here, the humble Hawaiian-Japanese street food finds new expression – while the classic version favours a filling of grilled spam sandwiched between rice and a ribbon of nori, diners can expect to see everything from vegetarian to deep-fried options on the menu, along with varieties inspired by Hong Kong’s unique local flavours. Customise your bite with a roster of special sauces and toppings. For the full Musubi Hiro experience, don’t forget to order plenty of izakaya snacks, along with sake, cocktails and ice-cold beer on tap.
Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 12am
Hong Kong’s obsession with all things sushi lives on with this latest omakase addition. Sushi Mamoru, from the group behind La Rambla and Elephant Grounds, spotlights traditional edomae sushi by Chef Hirofumi Chiba. Chef Chiba brings his third-generation mastery of the craft to Wan Chai, in a bid to preserve and safeguard the history of sushi for a new era. The devil’s in the detail here, with every component of the menu holding its own, be it the hand-blended aged Hokkaido rice, to the wasabi sourced directly from famed farmer Keiichi Tashiro in Shizuoka. Sushi Mamoru offers a 20-course Takumi Omakase by night, and a shorter lunch Kiwima Omakase by day.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) or 6pm to 12am (dinner)
Elevated Japanese delicacies are at the heart of this new Japanese opening, helmed by Chef Shun Sato, previously of Fukuro, Ho Lee Fook, Belon and Aqua fame. Think Zucchini Flower Tempura, filled with creamy scallop prawn mousse and delicate truffle purée; Squid White Kimuchi, featuring white Japanese-style kimchi; Unigiri, made risotto-style with abalone dashi and jet-fresh uni, and more. Look out for CENSU’s rotating menu of specials, featuring the season’s best ingredients, along with the extensive selection of signature highballs, natural wines and premium sake. Wabi-sabi inspired interiors at the hands of the famed Mount Fuji architects complete this relaxed and inviting dining experience.
CENSU will open on Thursday, 15 July
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 6pm to 12am (last call for food is 10pm; only drinks and canapés will be served thereafter)
A taste of India arrives in Hong Kong this month by way of Bengal Brothers: the first and only Indian eatery in Hong Kong to serve up authentic Kati Rolls. These quintessential Indian wraps come packed with chargrilled juicy meat or vegetables, all rolled into house-made paratha flatbreads and topped with a crunchy fresh salad, and drizzled with tangy chutneys and spices. Also on the menu will be street-food inspired bowls, snacks and lassis. Grab and go dining doesn’t get any better (or more delicious!) than this.
Bengal Brothers is set to open late July
Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 9pm
Bengal Brothers, 6 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.bengal-brothers.com
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Hungry Dino, the popular sushi and sashimi concept, expands from its tiny takeaway store in Causeway Bay to a spacious dine-in restaurant in Central. Taking over the first floor of LL Tower (right by the escalators), head here for everything from loaded rice bowls, deep fried skewers and the creatively-named signature “Dino” rolls (we’ll be ordering the soft shell crab “Boston Gangster” and the salmon “Alaskan Sumo Wrestler” please!). There’s no walk-in seats available at the moment, so make sure to call and book ahead.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 4pm (lunch) or 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
Hungry Dino (Central), UG & 1/F, LL Tower, 2-4 Shelly Street , Central, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: +852 9232 7623, www.instagram.com/hungrydino.roar
Founded by the team behind Burmese concept Club Rangoon, Hjem brings us all the cosy hygge vibes, complete with authentic Nordic cuisine, coffee and drinks. In the kitchen, renowned Scandinavian chef Jaakko Sorsa curates a simple yet sophisticated farm-to-table menu, featuring everything from homemade Meatballs and salads, along with a variety of Smørrebrød, or open-faced sandwiches, piled high with toppings like Arctic prawn, egg and Norwegian trout roe; asparagus, red radish and spinach; Baltic herring and fingerling potatoes, and more. The signature dessert is right up our street: decadent Giant Cinnamon & Cardamom Bun Rolls – the perfect accompaniment to one of Hjem’s coffee blends, or the indulgent Cinnamon Bun Espresso Martini. Wrap up your visit at Hjem’s deli, where you can take home authentic delights like cheese and smoked seafood.
Hjem will open on Monday, 12 July
Pane E Latte
Pastries, gelato and a trip to the beach? Sign us up STAT. Pirata Group’s latest venture, Pane E Latte, imbues the quaint seaside town of Stanley with a touch of “la dolce vita” in the form of a traditional Italian panificio. The all-day cafe not only stocks freshly-baked goodies to takeaway, but also operates a dine-in experience where guests can indulge in a range of sweet and savoury plates from breakfast to aperitivo and dinner. As if we need another excuse to plan for a beach day!
Pane E Latte is set to open in July
Pane E Latte, G/F, U-C Court, 25 Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong, www.paneelatte.hk
Skewers are the order of the day at this modern yakitori joint in Central. The vibe is decidedly casual, with standing tables as well as bar seating. Head here for delicious grilled meat (chicken skewers are its speciality), washed down with sake cocktails.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 10pm
It seems izakayas are the culinary theme of the month when it comes to new restaurant openings this July. Yes Pazzi Isshokenmei is yet another concept that draws inspiration from Japan’s famed drinking dens, but its intriguing Italian twist sets it apart from the crowd, piquing our interest as a must-try. From its name to its inventive fusion dishes, this newcomer is all about bringing together the best of East and West. The menu celebrates fresh seasonal ingredients directly imported from Japan and Italy, with creations like the Tokyo Burrata, featuring Japanese peach and tomato, or the Miso Crab Tagliolini and Aioli Soba. The Treasure Chest, consisting of a vintage-style wooden chest on wheels brought tableside for you to create fresh handrolls, is sure to be a hit with ‘Gram-minded diners, while the uni, toro and caviar-loaded Tanoshii Cake is perfect for decadent celebrations. Don’t forget to ask about the invite-only cocktail bar, to be unveiled in August!
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) or 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
New Locations & Pop-Ups:
- While LKF’s Tsui Wah will be forever missed by the Team Sassy office and beyond, spicy noodle chain TamJai SamGor is a worthy alternative. This flagship location promises to be the group’s best yet, serving up alcohol and pairing snacks, alongside all things noodz. The black and red tiled shopfront is sure to become an iconic LKF landmark. – Opens on Friday, 9 July
- Churro connoisseurs Twist & Buckle have set up shop within Eaton HK’s buzzing Food Hall for its second store location. To celebrate the occasion, grab yourself one of the limited-edition purple-hued Ube Churros, available at this location only, along with the new Dulce De Leche-Filled options. Insert drool emoji here. – Now Open
- New in at K11 MUSEA this month is Soulgood Bakery – a pop-up specialising in Basque Burnt Cheesecakes. Be warned, with an array of flavours like Iron Goddess Tea and Japanese Matcha available, it’ll be hard to walk away with just the one! – Opening Soon
TamJai SamGor (LKF), Basement and G/F, Hong Kong House, 15-19 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.tjsamgor.com/hk
Twist & Buckle (Jordan), Eaton HK, Shop 2, Level B1, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/twistandbuckle
Soulgood Bakery, 6/F, Kiosk LA601, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/soulgood.bakery
- BaseHall delights with three new foodie offerings this month: FRANCIS brings Middle Eastern flair to the luxury food hall, while WineHouse serves up – you guessed it – wine, wine and more wine. Last but not least, Grub 1842 is the latest pop-up concept from Young Master Ales, featuring elevated takes on comfort staples like Mac & Cheese, Cannolis (from Holy Cannoli) and more. – Now Open
- La Rotisserie has opened its sixth location; this time, we’re in the bustling surrounds of Causeway Bay. The space – the brand’s biggest to date – boasts a fab outdoor dining area – perfect for enjoying your roast poultry lunch in the sun! – Now Open
- Another Causeway Bay newcomer is Feather & Bone, which has set up shop in Lee Gardens. This branch showcases an upscale Butcher’s Island, generous dining area and grocery store, along with a sit-down bakery! – Now Open
The bubble may have burst, but a taste of Singapore is still in reach thanks to the long-awaited opening of chef Barry Quek’s first solo venture, Whey. Here, diners are invited to experience modern European cuisine reimagined with Singaporean influences. Think Bread and Butter pudding made with buah keluak, an earthy native nut from South East Asia, or Seared Scallop, served on a bed of fragrant tropical jackfruit emulsion and homemade prawn floss. As the cherry on top, Whey is committed to supporting local farms and businesses, and you’ll find that most of the dishes are especially designed to showcase the best of local seafood, meat and vegetables, with a view towards using the entirety of ingredients in order to reduce food waste.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 6pm to 10pm (reservations by email only, closed on Sundays)
A new addition to Ice House Street, Margo describes itself as a European brasserie, bar and boulangerie – all our favourite things! Shrouded in mystery, not much is yet known of this opening, but we do know that it’ll feature John Nugent’s (The Diplomat) second venture in Hong Kong, Kyle & Bain. Watch this space for more.
Inspired by the unique spirit of Pablo Picasso, this Kowloon-side newcomer indulges us with Mexican cuisine, with a Southeast Asian twist. The distinctive fusion menu spotlights all your classic favourites, including tacos and burritos, in unexpected new flavour combinations. Case in point, the Tacos al pastor feature grilled marinated pork neck, a popular Southeast Asian cut of meat, along with Thai-inspired elements of mint, Thai basil and lime leaf, while the Tamal de cochinita consists of juicy pulled pork shoulder baked in a banana leaf. Unusually for Mexican cuisine, plant-based dishes take centre stage, with options like the watermelon and pomegranate laden Red ceviche, and the Queso fundido, where the traditional chorizo has been switched out for grilled zucchini, capsicum and mushrooms. Wash it all down with smoky Mezcal Negronis and chilli-infused Spicy Margaritas for the ultimate fiesta.
Opening hours: Daily, 4pm to 12pm (until Sunday, 6 June); 12pm to 12am thereafter
Looking for lunch on the go? The Big Things Kitchen has you covered with its dizzying selection of premium Japanese fusion bento. Taking its cue from the Japanese philosophy of “washoku” (harmony of food), The Big Things Kitchen’s boxes feature reimagined comfort foods, such as seared, slow-cooked Australian wagyu beautifully layered on top of sushi rice, sprinkled with salmon roe, edamame and dashi tamago, and mala chicken soba. From time to time, the concept will team up with various guest chefs for limited collaborations. Can’t get away from the office? Order online for delivery to Central or Wong Chuk Hang here.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 8pm (closed on Sundays and public holidays)
The Big Things Kitchen, Shop 7, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, www.thebigthingskitchen.com
Nestled along Staunton Street, Americano channels all the Italian American vibes with a menu of classic hearty New York signatures, such as fresh pastas, flat bread pizzas, burgers and more. Highlights of the menu include the refreshing Avocado Gazpacho ($88), a Classic Black Truffle Mezze Maniche Carbonara ($188) and Shucked Seasonal Jet Fresh Oysters ($178). Over at the bar, multiple award-winning mixologist consultant Massimo Petovello takes charge, curating a menu of cocktails and wine, with happy hour daily from 12pm to 7pm, starting from just $58.
Midway Beef Dogs
A taste of Americana awaits at this new pop-up from Black Sheep Restaurants. Helmed by American-born Chef Josh Stumbaugh, the short but sweet menu here is a nostalgic ode to his childhood in Philadelphia, where loaded Chicago-style beef dogs and ice-cold soda reigned supreme. Available in limited quantities and for takeaway only, make sure to get down there early to avoid disappointment!
Midway Beef Dogs, BELOWGROUND, 1B/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/midway_beefdogs
There’s a new food hall in town! Following the trend set by BaseHall and ZS Hospitality Group’s J.A.M., Graham St Food Hall delivers on the all-day dining front, showcasing an array of homegrown vendors serving everything from Japanese-style hamburg steak donburi bowls, Basque burnt cheesecakes, southern smoked meats and more. Head here for all the details!
Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 10pm
The Peninsula levels up its classic afternoon tea experience with this brand new dining and lifestyle destination. The intimate 25-seat space brings together café indulgence, complete with barista-crafted coffees and signature cakes, pastries and scones, with a boutique of curated collections featuring everything from books, gourmet items, hampers and more. A destination to savour indeed.
Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 7pm
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The Amalfi Coast is calling, albeit by way of Wan Chai! This month, CRUST takes over the street-level space of the iconic Woo Cheong Pawn Shop (just below The Pawn). Head here for morning coffee and flaky pastries by day, and authentic Neapolitan street food (we’re looking at you Giri di Pasta and Pizza Frito) by night.
CRUST Italian, 60A-66 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.crustitalian.com.hk
Cookie connoisseurs Baked Indulgence crosses the water this month for a seven-month stint at Harbour City. Sweet tooths can look forward to new cookie flavours, cake delights and a selection of drinks. To kick things off, Baked Indulgence is teaming up with actress Grace Chan for a series of treats exclusive to this pop-up, including the tri-flavoured Neapolitan Cookie, Lemon Bars and the lusciously-rich Neapolitan Cake. We’ll personally be making a beeline for the Blackout Brownies, specifically the Biscoff Bomb – oh yes.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 8pm
Baked Indulgence, Kiosk K, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.bakedindulgence.com
- Café Boheme makes its way to Tseung Kwan O! Much like its original Art Park location in West Kowloon, this new branch will feature relaxed indoor-outdoor dining, complete with waterfront views. Must-try dishes on the menu include the Bohème Pizza ($188), topped with prosciutto and burrata, along with the Smoked Salmon Salad ($138) and classic Tagliatelle Carbonara ($148). – Opening Soon
- Following its successful pop-up in the ifc, famed baker Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel has found a permanent home island side in the form of a 3,000 square feet flagship on the ground floor of H Queen’s, Central. To celebrate the opening, the new location will be serving up an exclusive creation – the Croissant Toast, available in a savoury Sea Salt ($45) or sweet Maple ($48) option. – Opening Soon
- K-Towners are in for a treat as Pici has opened its sixth branch along Cadogan Street. – Now Open
- Rise by Classified settles in Tsim Sha Tsui for its second location. Coffees and pastries at the ready! – Now Open
Pici (Kennedy Town), G/F, 45-55 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, pici.hk
Rise by Classified (Tsim Sha Tsui), Shop 05, G/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.risebyclassified.com
Japanese-inspired sandos are the name of the game over at CUT, the latest opening by Twins Kitchen. Describing itself as an underground “sando sound bar”, expect inventive bites washed down with natural wines, all set to the tune of live DJ beats. Sando options range from brisket, tamago (egg) and bacon, octopus, tofu and more, with the option to add on snacks like okonomiyaki fries and cheese fritters.
Opening hours: Daily, 5pm to 10pm
CUT, Shop 2, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/cut_sandobar
Pho is always a good idea, and we know just the place to get it. Popular Sydney Vietnamese eatery, Eat Fuh, has branched out of Australia for the first time ever, landing on the streets of Sai Ying Pun to delight us with its cult-favourite soup noodles. Here, the emphasis is on premium quality produce and time-tested traditional recipes, with the menu focusing on simple flavours done well. Take your pick from beef, chicken or vegetarian pho, alongside a selection of tasty Vietnamese snacks. Eat Fuh is takeaway only – head here to place your order in advance.
Opening hours: Daily (except Tuesdays), 11am to 9pm
Eat Fuh, G/F, 345A Queen Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/eatfuhhongkong
Just off the beaten slope of Lan Kwai Fong, hidden along an unassuming backstreet, newcomer Roji awaits, promising elevated street style food, drinks and vibes that’ll make you want to hang out all night long (or at least until restrictions allow!). Taking over the old Brickhouse location, Roji, befittingly named after roji ura, meaning alleyway hideout in Japanese, brings us traditional izakaya fare with a French twist. Think lightly-charred Scallops with brown butter sauce ($138), Chicken Katsu served over a pool of sharp and sweet tonkatsu ($168), A4 Wagyu Beef paired with a bright shiso ponzu sauce ($298) and more. Authenticity is key here, with most ingredients, from the fish to the micro herb garnish, flown in daily from Japan. The only exception? A handful of vegetables, which are sustainably-sourced from local farms in the New Territories.
An izakaya experience isn’t complete without drinks – helmed by master mixologist Lok Gurung, guests are invited to make their way through the menu of rare sakes, whiskies, tequilas and mezcals, alongside cocktails like the gin-based Saketini ($125), with flavours of bergamot, floral akvavit and cucumber lime.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, open for drinks from 5pm and dinner from 6pm
From izakaya to omakase, the city’s love affair with Japanese cuisine shows no signs of abating any time soon. Sushi Yonjugo is the latest to join the fray, specialising in a contemporary rendition of Edomae-style sushi. The intimate nine-seater restaurant, helmed by Chef Milton Lau (a former apprentice of the renowned chef Kenjo Shunji), takes its commitment to fresh seasonal produce seriously, with ingredients sourced directly from hand-picked fish markets across Japan and delivered to the restaurant within 12 hours. Lunch sets start from $1,580 per person, whilst dinner is priced at $2,280 per person; booking is essential.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm (lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
Great news for those looking to get their steak frites fix; celebrated Parisian steakhouse La Vache! is set to open its third location in Pacific Place later this month. Set on the lower ground level, head here for the classic salad, USDA prime ribeye steak and unlimited fries at unbeatable value.
La Vache! (Pacific Place), Shop 007, LG1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, lavache.com.hk
Taking over the second floor of Central’s Entertainment Building, House Of Orient draws on the elegance of colonial Hong Kong for its classic take on dim sum and fine tea. Boasting an impressive selection of high-quality tea leaves from across China, including Phoenix Oolong, Laoman’r Pu’er from Yunnan’s Bulang Mountain and Bulang Court Ripe Tea, head here for a taste of traditional teahouse culture, accompanied by handcrafted dim sum bites at the hand of Chef Wong Chi-Sang (formerly of Michelin-starred Fook Lam Moon). FYI, the menu here is inspired by the “east meets west” narrative, so look out for unique dishes like the Black Pepper Beef Pastry and Curry Spring Rolls.
Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 8pm
House Of Orient, 2/F, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/House-of-Orient-福和雍
Century-old bakery brand Giovanni Pina has made its way to K11 MUSEA, and our sweet tooths are thankful for it. This is one of only two branches outside of its native Italy (the other being in Tsuen Wan’s Nina Mall), where the brand is famous for its delicately-flavoured wine-soaked sponge cakes, gelato, handmade meringue cream rolls (or Cannoncini Crema) and classic tiramisu. Giovanni Pina, the third generation of his family to helm the brand, is one of the 100 best dessert masters in the world – an honour that only six Italians have been bestowed thus far. We’ll race you there!
Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 10pm
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A new venture from Michelin-starred chef Vicky Cheng, WING hones in on Vicky’s passion for Chinese food culture, spotlighting dishes inspired by the Eight Great Chinese cuisines. Omnipresent classic delicacies find a new expression thanks to chef’s use of Western culinary techniques (including dry-ageing), highlights of which include shareable specialities like the Crispy Skin Sugarcane Glazed Crispy Pigeon and King Crab Congee with Chicken Oil. WING currently serves a seasonal tasting menu ($1,580 per person), with each dish taking its cue from local and indigenous produce.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 6pm to 10pm
Hot off the heels of Spanish-themed pop-up aqua nueva, Statement makes it a full family affair by bringing in Japanese-themed sister restaurant aqua kyoto for a limited-time guest stint. The London-based restaurant is famous for combining authentic Japanese ingredients with European flavours to create extraordinary and complex dishes, like the creative sushi maki in options like Salmon, beetroot & sea buckthorn berry ($148), and the Cured red snapper with truffle ($118). Other must-orders include the beloved Wagyu beef gyoza ($98), Slow cooked pork belly with eel ($228) and the Taiyaki waffles ($88), a modern take on the classic Japanese street food snack.
On weekends, indulge in the Kanpai Brunch ($488 per person), which features a menu brimming with yakitori skewers, tempura, Japanese sandos and more, along with free-flow drink packages from just $100. Alternatively, a Light Brunch ($288 per person) is on offer during the week.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 6pm to 10pm; Kanpai Brunch is available on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 12pm to 4pm; a Light Brunch is available on Fridays, 12pm to 4pm
aqua kyoto, Statement, Police Headquarters Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2848 3000
Housed in a specially commissioned two-storey pavilion underneath The Murray’s historic cassia tree, MIÁN is the latest addition to the luxury hotel’s dining portfolio, joining the ranks of Popinjays and The Tai Pan. Here, the menu derives from traditional Chinese culinary heritage courtesy of Chef de Cuisine, and Sichuan native, Ronald Shao. The expansive menu balances local produce with authentic technique, with signature dishes like Smoked Local Chicken in Claypot (from $388), Stir Fried Minced Pigeon ($298) and the beautifully presented Chrysanthemum Tofu Soup ($138 per person).
New in along Causeway Bay’s Fashion Walk is Studio City – an elevated sister destination to city-wide taco chain Cali-Mex. Specialising in a range of Mexican grilled dishes and street food, along with a full 100% Agave Tequila and Mezcal cocktail bar, this pick is the perfect all-day dining venue, easily taking you from leisurely alfresco lunches to after-work drinks with small bites and a “fuego” evening of fun with friends (and cocktails!). Highlights of the menu include the Tableside Guacamole ($148), made fresh-to-order with options like fresh jalapeños, queso fresco cheese, and pomegranate seeds, Mexican Corn on the Cob ($78), Street Tacos ($58 each) and the Casamigos Tequila Marinated USDA Tomahawk ($1,188).
Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 11pm
Studio City by Cali-Mex, Shop C, G/F, Fashion Walk, 50-56 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, cali-mex.com
The brainchild of three industry veterans (namely Bikal Ghale, Ashok Lama and Ganga Gurung, whose collective experience spans hotspots like Carbone, Veda and Buenos Aires Polo Club), Hungry Pal brings the gastrobar concept to Soho, serving up elevated pub grub and updated twists on classic cocktails for your dining pleasure. Tuck into everything from hearty comfort eats like Chicken & Mushroom Pie ($88) and Cajun Fried Chicken ($148 for half/ $280 for whole), to more refined bites like the Caprese Salad of Burrata, Heirloom Tomatoes and Yuzu Pearls ($168) and Grilled Salmon ($178). For drinks, we’ll take a round of Oolong Sours ($78) please, featuring gin infused with oolong milk tea and topped with homemade orange cordial.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm ’til late
Following in the footsteps of beloved dining destination Café Gray Deluxe, Salisterra makes its long-awaited debut on the top floor of The Upper House this month. Inspired by the colours and flavours of the Mediterranean, the hotel’s new dining concept falls under the talented hands of London-based Michelin star chef, Jun Tanaka, with interiors by acclaimed architect André Fu. Expect all the warmth and familiarity of a neighbourhood bistro, paired with vibrant dishes which pay homage to the coastal cuisines of France and Italy. Salisterra is set to open in mid-April.
Salisterra, 49/F, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, salisterra.thehousecollective.com
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It’s all about the beef at this modern American steakhouse, located in a prime waterfront location within Tung Chung’s up and coming Sheraton complex. Helmed by Moroccan Executive Chef Faycal El Moujahid, who also heads up sister restaurant Cabana Breeze (more on that below), The Upper Deck promises an elevated dining experience for savvy carnivores looking to get their fill of indulgent dry-aged beef cuts. Highlights include the selection of U.S.D.A Prime Black Angus, U.S.D.A Porterhouse and U.S.D.A Prime Rib Eye, seared to perfection on the grill for a nice outside crust and naturally juicy meat. Not a fan of steak? The restaurant also serves up non-beef dishes ranging from slow-cooked Australian lamb rack to classic Lobster Thermidor with cheese.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 10pm
Cosy trattoria vibes abound, complete with an adorable pink shopfront, at Casa Cucina – the latest Italian dining spot to hit Sai Ying Pun. Describing itself as a Venetian-inspired Cicchetti bar, head here for a range of no-fuss small plates, including Burrata ($105), Scallop Carpaccio ($108), Cold Cuts ($148) and more. Perfect for pairing with a glass of wine (or three!).
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 6pm to 10pm
Popular Repulse Bay pizza joint Amalfitana has joined the city crowd with the opening of its second location on bustling Wyndham Street. Experience all the flair and flavour of the beautiful Amalfi Coast with classic Italian gourmet pizzas, flavourful salads and seasonal small plates. The new location will also offer an elevated bar snack menu, along with a selection of Southern Italian-inspired cocktails.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm
Read more: Your Neighbourhood Guide To Repulse Bay
Part gastrobar, part pub, this Kennedy Town newcomer promises to impress with a menu of hearty seasonal dishes and innovative craft beer. Brought to us by dining group Woolly Pig Hong Kong (the team behind acclaimed restaurants like Hue, Bathers and Big Sur) and homegrown Gweilo Beer, Grain will house a full working brewery where guests will be invited to test new concoctions before they hit the market. Slated to open at the end of the month, this is one to look out for if you’re a brew-lover.
Grain, New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong (further details TBC)
The second iteration of chef May Chow’s #TravelwithLittleBao series kicks off this month with a three-month collaboration in partnership with “cocktails on tap” venture Draft Land. With the aim of transporting guests out of the city via all things food, this time the focus is on Seoul and Taipei. Tuck into specials like the Taiwanese “Lu Rou” Scotch Egg ($98), or the LB Fried Chicken Lettuce Wrap ($138) with Korean red chilli sauce and kimchi. For dessert, Draft Land holds court with its unique take on chef May’s beloved Little Ice-Cream Bao ($50), which features malted milk ice-cream, oolong tea caramel, and flaky sea salt. Drinks-wise, a total of eight “cocktails on tap” will be available on rotation, masterminded by the prolific Antonio Lai; all drinks are Korean-inspired, with conceptions like the refreshing Goryeo Highball ($100) and Baek-Hwa Collins ($90).
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 10pm (until the end of June)
New in around Fortress Hill is DPD Deluxe, which brings together the best of Chinese and Western cuisine for a dining destination that’s sure to please everyone in the group. Nestled in AIA Tower, this newcomer is open from breakfast all the way through to dinner. As is the case with its sister restaurant in Mong Kok, variety is key here, with the menu encompassing the likes of French Blue Mussels ($60), tangy and fresh Spaghetti Aglio E Olio with Hokkaido Scallop ($138), and Sweet and Sour Pork with Bell Pepper and Spicy Sauce ($138).
Opening hours: Daily, 9am to 10pm
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BELON has landed in a brand new home, ushering in an exciting new era for the award-winning restaurant. Nestled between fellow Black Sheep cohorts Ho Lee Fook and Fukuro, guests can expect a refreshed design more befitting of its fine dining pedigree (courtesy of Joyce Wang Studio), along with the official debut of new Head Chef Matthew Kirkley. Have a read of our review for all the details.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 6pm to 10pm
Set in the heart of Jordan, Ichiro brings a new spin on Japanese BBQ with its playful “Shinkanesen bullet train” service, which sees food delivered from kitchen to table atop a mini train, programmed to deliver orders stopping at diner “stations”. As for the food itself, meat-lovers have the opportunity to feast on “Odagyu” A4 Wagyu from the iconic, multi-award winning Oda Chikusan ranch on the remote south-western tip of Japan. Take your pick from one of six “Wagyu Unlimited” sets (starting from $298), which come with vegetables, appetisers, rice, soups and ramen, alongside an extensive buffet of salads, drinks and desserts (from an additional $48).
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm
Describing itself as a crumpled love letter to the gritty dive bars of the world, The Last Resort is the latest opening from Black Sheep Restaurants. Perched on Peel Street, the Canadian-inspired watering hole delights with a nostalgic, wallet-friendly menu of approachable, no-nonsense drinks (cheers to straightforward favourites like Whiskey Apple and Bourbon Coke), alongside juicy hot fried chicken and golden-fried potato wedges dipped in sour cream and sweet chili sauce courtesy of chef Jowett Yu (Executive Chef of Ho Lee Fook and Le Garçon Saigon).
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5pm to 10pm
Online butcher and deli Biltong Chief joins forces with coffee shop favourite Blend & Grind this month to bring us Chief’s Blend – the city’s first and only dedicated biltong bar. Biltong is of course the big draw (to be enjoyed with multiple rounds of craft beer and small batch South African wine, naturally), along with a selection of farm-style delicacies, breakfast bites, speciality coffee and delicious grab-and-go hot foods.
Opening hours: Monday to Tuesday, 8am to 6pm; Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to 9pm
Promising to give us a bold yet whimsical new take on fine casual dining, Chef Leonard Cheung (formerly at 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana and Bo Innovation) debuts his inaugural solo venture this month in the form of Cultivate. The 22-seat chef’s table restaurant spotlights seasonality with a constantly-evolving eight-course tasting menu ($1,288), roughly a third of which will change every three weeks. Here, fine dining staples like truffles, wagyu and caviar take a back seat to the humble vegetable, which Chef Leonard elevates by means of innovative preparation, advanced cooking techniques and unconventional flavour combinations. Perfect for those looking for a dining experience, expect plenty of interaction with the chef himself throughout your meal. Cultivate is open for bookings from Wednesday, 24 March.
Just four months after its Tai Kwun debut, JIA Group’s Between is welcoming a second branch to the fold. Spurred on by popular demand, the new location can be found in Wan Chai serving up the brand’s speciality coffee programme. Iconic Between signatures, including the Matcha Latte ($48) and Sesame Mountain ($68), are joined by a selection of in-store exclusives like the Green Nana ($50), a healthy smoothie composed of Avocado, Banana and Almond Milk. Feeling peckish? Don’t miss the menu of Japanese-inspired cafe bites, this time curated by Chef Agustin Balbi of Andō, featuring Wan Chai-exclusives such as Yuzu Pecan Tart ($58) and the Udon Noodle with Fish Tofu ($128).
Opening hours: Daily, 8am to 6pm
Read more: The Best Coffee Shops In Wan Chai
A new era of Cantonese fine dining awaits at Man Wah, Mandarin Oriental’s signature Chinese restaurant. Though technically not a new restaurant per se, it has had a complete makeover so it looks and feels like a completely different space – think dark azure tones with Chinese embroidered art panels and delicate brass embellishments. As for the food, the Michelin-starred kitchen, headed by beloved Chef Wing-Keung Wong, balances old favourites with new creations, with a focus on often overlooked culinary gems and forgotten delicacies. Highlights of the menu include Deep-fried Matsutake Mushroom Pudding ($360 for six pieces), a recipe handed down to Chef Wong from the Qing Dynasty epicurean Jiang Taishi, Baked Lobster in Superior Fish Broth ($588) and the Hakka-inspired Braised Pork Belly, Taro ($168).
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm (Dim Sum) and 6:30pm to 10pm (Dinner); Saturday to Sunday, 11:30am to 3pm (Dim Sum) and 6:30pm to 10pm (Dinner)
Popular Bangkok cafe Lady Nara has opened the doors to its first Hong Kong branch, bringing with it the restaurant’s signature brand of Thai-infused western comfort food. Signature Lobster Tom Yum Bisque with Garlic Toast ($138), Lemongrass Roast Chicken (from $198), Soft Shell Crab & Wagyu Burger ($168) and Rigatoni Red Vodka Crab ($158) are just some of the gems to look forward to, in addition to a sumptuous dessert menu with the likes of Thai Rose Tea Lava Cake ($78) and Thai Tea Tiramisu ($88). To drink, don’t miss the beloved Rose Thai Milk Tea ($48), or the colourful Lychee & Rose Butterfly Pea Tea ($48). Just make sure to have your cameras at the ready – with its light pink terrazzo bar, rattan chairs and elegant handcrafted floral decor, this is definitely one of the most Instagrammable new restaurants in Hong Kong this month!
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 9pm
New in from Chef Masataka “Masa” Fujisawa, the eminent sushi chef behind Wan Chai’s Sushi Masataka, is Masa Hong Kong – an intimate 21-seat omakase experience set on the fifth floor of Central’s CCB Tower. Known for his professional yet out-of-the-box approach to Japanese cuisine, Chef Masa embraces the unconventional at Masa Hong Kong, including using a blend of four types of vinegar to mix with the sushi rice, as well as preparing two different types of rice to be utilised depending on the fat content of the fish. Highlights include the Fatty Tuna, which consists of a mouthwatering five layers of various Otoro, Toro and Chutoro for the perfect fat ratio, along with the creamy konbu-marinated Sea Urchin and soft and tender Kyushu Squid. Lunch starts from $1,580 per person, whilst dinner is $2,980.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm
An exciting new alfresco dining option has landed in Tung Chung by way of Tiki-inspired Cabana Breeze. Helmed by Moroccan Executive Chef Faycal El Moujahid, whose experience spans a slew of Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury hotels across the world (including Galaxy Macau), head here to indulge in comfort food classics executed with Mediterranean coastal flare. Must-order dishes from the menu include the hamachi ceviche, “Tuscan-style brick chicken” with roasted baby potatoes, and the show-stopping slow-roasted whole suckling pig, which must be ordered two days in advance, and is served with braised orange fennel and Salsa Verde. Complete your feast with a little something from the custom-built gin and rum trolleys – our vote goes to the HomeKong Sling, with flavours of cherry brandy, Bénédictine D.O.M. liqueur, all spice and orange. Don’t forget to bring the pup along as the spacious outdoor patio is pet-friendly!
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm til late
Fresh from its pop-up stint at K11 Musea, online sweet treat brand Cookie Vission has opened its first brick and mortar shop in Tai Hang. Baked fresh every hour, tuck into your favourite lava-centred cookies (from $40) in flavours like Portuguese Egg Tart, Triple Chocolate and Nutella Hazelnut. Whilst you’re there, don’t miss the shop-exclusive “Pookie” ($55), which consists of a puff pastry wrapped cookie that’s crisp and caramelised on the outside, with an extra soft and gooey centre. Load up on the sugar with the Big Boy Milkshake ($128), complete with toppings and whipped cream – go big or go home we say!
Opening hours: Daily, 9am to 6pm (until Wednesday, 10 March, 2021) and 8:30am to 9pm (from Thursday, 11 March, 2021)
Mandarin Oriental’s newest dining destination, The Aubrey, has made its eagerly-anticipated debut, joining the ranks of Clipper Lounge, The Chinnery, Café Causette, Man Wah and more. Founded in collaboration with Maximal Concepts, guests can look forward to an eccentric Japanese izakaya experience: think craft cocktails and whiskies matched with traditional cuisine, all set against the backdrop of that iconic harbour view.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 2:30pm (lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (dinner); The Aubrey is open for cocktails daily from 12pm til late.
New Restaurants In Hong Kong: February
J.A.M. (Joint Asian Market)
Authentic Asian culinary fare awaits at J.A.M., Central’s newest dedicated food hall, which aims to transform street food snacks and homegrown comfort food into convenient grab-and-go dining options for the weekday work crowd. Located in a modern 200-square-metre space within Connaught Road’s Nexxus Building, the new concept by ZS Hospitality Group brings together four exciting foodie hotspots under one roof, including Korean home-style deli Mamalee Market, Singaporean-inspired Uncle Quek, authentic Vietnamese outlet Moi Moi and homegrown SiFu, which serves up “dim sum with a twist”. Each brand will offer its own three-course set lunch menu (priced between $138 to $158), and afternoon tea sets (priced between $98 to $128), both with the option to add on drinks ranging from regional craft beers, cold brew teas and more.
Read more: What To Eat And Drink At BaseHall
In need of a new healthy lunch spot? Hong Kong’s first dietician-operated café has opened on Gough Street with a mission to make healthy eating effortless and enjoyable for all. Founded by registered dietician Tiffany Shek, the community-driven concept functions as an holistic wellness hub, offering professional nutrition counselling services upstairs while serving up a range of healthy treats in the cafe space below. Food-wise, Grain Of Salt covers a range of cuisines catering to different dietary requirements, including vegan and pescatarian. Highlights include the signature Avocado Toast ($128), hearty Soup-er (Veggie) Dumplings ($88) and the flavourful GOS Yoghurt Bowl ($98). Make sure to grab one of the antioxidant-packed smoothies ($78) to wash it all down!
Pirata Group’s signature temakeria expands its reach to Wan Chai this month with the opening of its second location on Moon Street. Indulge in handrolls and sake with a punk rock edge, or for a lighter option, try one of the new wholesome nori bowls for a healthy and satisfying midday meal.
TMK Rap & Rolls is set to open from Tuesday, 10 February. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
TMK Rap & Rolls, 17A Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, firstname.lastname@example.org, tmk.hk
Neapolitan pizza is the name of the game at newcomer Gustaci. Located on the ground floor of PMQ, this upscale pizza lounge is the first in town to spotlight dough that has been naturally leavened for up to 36 hours, making for a uniquely digestible texture and flavour. The brainchild of Italian couple Claudio and Boroka Cimmino, expect a menu of 10 made-to-order pies served up by Naples native chef Angelo, along with a medley of other grab-and-go delights including boutique Italian coffee, cakes and real gelato ice cream.
Looking for an excuse to escape the Island? With its Michelin pedigree and contemporary Japanese fare, Izakaya By K is offering plenty of reasons for a day trip to Tseung Kwan O this month. Led by chef Yusuke Kitade, a protégé of Michelin-starred Shohei Shimono, head here for classic izakaya cuisine with a modern twist. Think Wagyu Beef Pot Rice with a smattering of Madeira sauce, and Chicken Wing “Karaage”. Don’t miss the affordable set lunch and dinner menus, in addition to the extensive sake menu which promises to introduce diners to a selection of hidden gems. Kampai!
Izakaya By K is set to open in mid-February.
Debuting as the sister restaurant to Izakaya By K, Teppanyaki Mihara brings Japanese fusion with a modern global-inspired twist to Tseung Kwan O. Led by accomplished chef Terufumi Mihara (formerly at Cental’s Teppanyaki Sanka), the restaurant showcases his unique brand of “Wa Modern” cuisine, consisting of Japanese classics laced with French finesse. On the menu, this translates to dishes like steamed fish in a crust of salt and egg white, and Green Tea “Brule”. To experience the full span of offerings, opt for one of Chef Terufumi’s omakase menus (priced at $720 and $1,280) for a gourmet journey of Miyazaki A4 Wagyu beef, Hokkaido pork, Canadian lobster and more, along with a cheeky wine and sake pairing.
Teppanyaki Mihara is set to open in mid-February.
Hot off its Central opening late last year, casual dining concept Say Hi brings its brand of industrial chic aesthetics and Instagram-friendly cafe food to Wan Chai. Sitting pretty on Tai Wong Street East (just a few doors down from Bakehouse), head here for simple yet classic dishes of Hokkaido Pork & Mashed Potato, Grilled Australian Lamb Rack, Risotto With Cauliflower & Porcini, and more. The drinks menu in particular looks right up our street, with highlights like the Mango Martini and the sake and Cointreau-laden Yuze Light.
Read more: The Best Coffee Shops In Wan Chai
New Restaurants In Hong Kong: January
New in from the team behind 11 Westside is OBP – a Korean “sool-jip”, or alcohol house, where cocktails and sharing plates are the order of the day. Hidden in an alleyway behind Old Bailey Street, OBP promises to be the next hidden gem of Soho, filling the void left by LKF favourite Jinjuu. In the kitchen, Chef Junwoo Choi leads the charge with an offering of inventive yet traditionally-inspired dishes, including the likes of Spicy Braised Pork Rib, Kimchi Pancake and Boneless Fried Chicken. Behind the bar you’ll find Daniel Eun, the Beverage Director of Westside Hospitality, mixing up a range of light and elegant tipples, of which we can’t wait to try Dokdo (Sour Apple) Gimlet, featuring Korean sake, and the rice wine-infused Damun Premium Makgeoli.
OBP, 3-5 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong (enter via alleyway behind Old Bailey Street), www.instagram.com/obp.hk
Great news for carb-lovers this month; Japanese brand SAKImoto Bakery has made its way to Hong Kong, complete with its signature “healthy” bread recipe. Specialising in artisanal Shokupan (a type of light and fluffy Japanese bread), the brand is best known for its Gokubi Natural loaf, which is made without eggs and milk. Enjoy your slice with a slathering of the bakery’s premium handcrafted butter and jam (take your pick from 15 different flavours!). To ensure authenticity, the equipment, ingredients and production process all strictly follow Japanese operational guidelines, and is overseen by one of the brand’s Japanese chefs.
SAKImoto Bakery, Shop 3208, L3, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/SAKImotoHK
New luxury hotel, The Hari, quietly opened its doors at the end of last year, bringing us not one but two new restaurants to savour in 2021. First up is charming Italian hotspot Lucciola, helmed by chef Francesco Gava. Hearty classics are the order of the day, with menu highlights including the 24-hour braised Piedmontese veal shank, whole sea bream baked in a sea salt crust and the creamy La Burrata Pugliese. When it comes to pasta, the Spaghetti – a Gava family favourite that has been perfected over generations – is not to be missed. As for dessert, we’ve heard on the grapevine that Lucciola’s tiramisu is up there as one of the best in Hong Kong.
Head over now to try Lucciola’s fantastic set lunch offer, which includes two courses for just $198 or three courses for $298.
From Italy all the way to Japan, The Hari’s second restaurant opening looks to the East for inspiration, serving up a refreshing take on Japanese cuisine centred on quality and ingenuity. Led by Chef de Cuisine Phillip Pak, who has worked alongside renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, expect to find seasonal Japanese produce featured in reimagined classics ranging from sushi to tempura and kushiyaki, all updated for the modern palate.
If you’re in the Central area and in need of a midday pick-me-up, look no further than Rise by Classified – a brand new artisan bakery concept from the Classified Group. From viennoiserie classics, like croissants and pain au chocolat, to an ever-changing array of daily specials, Rise has just the thing to help you get through yet another work day. For something a little more satisfying, opt for the Benedict on Sourdough Tartine, Dutch Baby or the signature Rise Burger. Plus, don’t miss the retail section, which features a range of locally-sourced products from Hong Kong brands, including PÜRA VÏDA, Alive Food, and Nicole’s Kitchen.
Rise by Classified, Exchange Square Podium, Shop No. 313, 3/F, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, www.risebyclassified.com
Food meets fashion at this new Korean concept, which serves up delicious savoury rice rolls and roll cakes to go. Housed in LANDMARK’s new retail urban wear concept Belowground, Rollin’s offering comes in stylish sneaker boxes, and is available in a myriad of gourmet flavours like Korean fishcake and tofu, Mortadella and Truffle beef. Launched by Francesco Lee of Aberdeen Street’s Moyo and Moyo Sik at BaseHall, the rolls start at $40.
Rollin, Belowground, Basement Floor, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/rollin.rollbar
Brunch your way around the world this month, courtesy of new Causeway Bay addition Passepartout Brunch & Coffee. Describing itself as a “creative international brunch restaurant”, the menu spans the globe, offering a dizzying array of fusion dishes, each named after the cities they represent. Highlights include the signature Calcutta, a Butter Chicken Waffle which brings together the flavours of West Bengal with an American classic, the Apple Crumble Pound Cake and, of course, the Hong Kong – a luncheon meat and rice Scotch egg.
Calling all fans of Korean and Japanese food! Travel might not be on the cards for us just yet, but new opening KollaBo is here to ensure our stomachs don’t miss out by bringing us 15 different Korean and Japanese cuisine brands to enjoy, all under the banner of one restaurant. Originally a Japanese concept, head here to tuck into the likes of raw crab marinated in soy sauce from SoBackJa Ganjanggejang, spicy fried chicken with cheese from Myongmul Dakgalbi and barbecue meats from Wagyu Yakiniku. We can’t think of a tastier way to satiate our wanderlust!
The Coffee Academïcs already has over 20 locations to its name throughout Hong Kong, but we have a feeling its new Harbour City outlet will be its best yet. Inspired by the art of urban hortology (indoor plants) and glamping, the new concept ties together together a coffee dispensary and retail shop with a dine-in café and restaurant, complete with a Coffee Bean Bar where guests can enjoy a customised roasting experience. Food-wise, the brand’s signature dishes will be available, alongside new delights like the KFC 2.0 with crunchy Korean fried chicken, spicy and sweet chili glaze, egglettes and salted egg yolk “cheese”, and the Braised Pork Cheeks with Miso and Mash.
Easy breezy casual Italian dining has landed in Hong Kong by way of Pazta, located within the courtyard of Tai Kwun. Serving up Italian cuisines from across the country, including provinces such as Venice, Bologna, Rome, and Sardinia, this newcomer presents a winning combination of simple yet quality food. Menu highlights consist of golden battered stuffed zucchini flowers, Pizzette Margherita and Pappardelle with slow-cooked wild boar. The piece de resistance? Pazta’s lively outdoor space, just like you would find in a traditional Italian piazza.
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