Looking for some new dining inspiration? Here are the best new restaurants in Hong Kong to know this month…
Looking for some new dining inspiration for the month ahead? Have a read of our ultimate guide to the best new restaurants in Hong Kong, packed full of the latest eats our city has to offer. From a Beirut-inspired restaurant and bar lounge to a hideaway Izakaya from Tokyo, BaseHall’s exciting expansion and more, here are the restaurants we’ll be eating at this December.
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The Best New Restaurants In Hong Kong: December, 2022
The BaseHall family is expanding with a new sister venue set to soft open in Jardine House in mid-December. BaseHall 2 will house a range of East Asian concepts (13 in total!), including a special event space created in partnership with TEST KITCHEN featuring an 18-seater Chef’s counter and hidden speakeasy designed by NCDA, set to launch in early 2023.
BaseHall 2 will open in mid-December.
BaseHall 2, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, www.basehall.hk
Introducing Hong Kong’s first Indochine Vietnamese Restaurant with a wood-fire concept: SẾP. Helmed by Executive Chef DoBee, expect Vietnamese dishes with a strong French influence such as the Hoian Old Town Poulet, featuring dry-aged three yellow chicken, and French Quarter Chilean Seabass, a recreation of Hanoi’s iconic Cha Ca La Vong accompanied with lemon-dill Champagne Beurre Blanc. The Central addition is fitted with burnt wood-panelled walls and an eclectic collection of Indochine artworks and decor.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 5:30pm to 10:30pm.
Nakame No Teppen
Renowned Tokyo import Nakame No Teppen has opened its first overseas branch in Hong Kong’s Kowloon side. Head here for the izakaya’s robataki dishes, made with the highest quality ingredients sourced from around Japan. Custom-designed tatami-inspired booths line one side of the restaurant, with an open robataki bar (which also comprises a sushi bar, dining counter and chef’s table) at the centre, creating a lively environment and authentic feel for its diners.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3pm and 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Nakame No Teppen, Shop B3-01, B3/F, The Kowloon Hotel, 19-21 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2367 9368
Taking up the two-storey penthouse that previously housed aqua, Vista, Aqua Restaurant Group’s latest Italian venture brings the iconic space back to life with bold new Italian dishes by Executive Chef Andrea Mura (who also helms the group’s two other Italian concepts, aqua and Cantina). Take in magnificent floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of Victoria harbour as you tuck into signature dishes link BBQ Pulled Pork Maritozzo Sandwiches, Milanese-style Breaded Veal Cutlet with black truffle and more.
Opening hours: Daily from 6pm to 10:30pm
Meaning “good news” in Arabic, we sure are excited that Bushra has landed in the city. The two-level restaurant and bar lounge is the new spot for authentic Middle Eastern fare. The kitchen is headed by three chefs — Morocco-born El Mehdi Zenasni, Egyptian Sakr Tamer and Najib Farkhoury from Lebanon — who together combine their skills and experience to present a tantalising menu of popular dishes from their homelands. Inspired by the nightclubs of Beirut, guest and in-house DJs and traditional belly dance performances liven up the lounge most nights.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 2am
Bushra, G6 & UG16, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
KAPPOU MU & Room 3
Opening in H Zentre in mid-December, this new dual-concept dining venue combines an elegant Japanese omakase kappou and a contemporary gastro bar under one roof. Sit at the 14-seat kappou counter for a multi-course menu of premium produce and fresh seafood cooked in a wide variety of Japanese cooking methods, or one of Room 3’s three distinctive chambers for a creative cocktail.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm (KAPPOU MU); Sunday to Thursday, 4pm to 12am and Friday and Saturday, 4pm to 2am (Room 3).
69 on Jervois Bar & Grill
The menu at this new bar and grill, overseen by Culinary Directory Danielle Giambattista, comprises classic British comfort food with the occasional local twist. Within the double-height space, enjoy signature dishes such as the Jervois Burger, featuring wagyu beef, bacon, British cheddar and a secret 69 sauce. Follow your hearty meal with a creative cocktail at the stylish speakeasy Behind 69 which, as its name suggests, is found just behind the restaurant on Burd Street.
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ORO & TOP TOWN
Say hello to two new dining concepts in Central: ORO, a Manhattan-Italian restaurant, and American seafood rooftop bar TOP TOWN. Both launched by Italy native Gian Franco Razzani, ORO and TOP TOWN sit on the 30th and 31st floor of 28 Stanley Street, boasting spectacular harbour vistas. The day-to-night concepts invite guests to indulge in laidback lunches, intimate dinners and late-night cocktails.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10:30pm (ORO); Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 3pm, and 6pm to 11:30pm (TOP TOWN)
ORO, 30/F, 28 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2133 7517
Trattoria Kagawa by Mihara
Following the success of TEPPANYAKI MIHARA’s arrival in Tseung Kwan O, celebrated Chef Terufumi Mihara launches a new venture on Wan Chai’s Ship Street. This “wa-modern” Italian-Japanese Teppanyaki concept showcases culinary delights and fresh produce from Chef Mihara’s home prefecture (more than 80% of the ingredients used hail from Kagawa!) and fuses it with traditional trattoria fare. The menu spans teppanyaki, pasta, risotto and more, featuring olive-fed wagyu raised on the hillsides of Shodoshima, Kagawa, and chicken and pork raised on feed infused with olive oil or ground olive leaves.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 2pm, and 6pm to 12am
From the Epicurean Group (IZA Izakaya, Pica Pica) comes BÀRBAR, a new 50-seat Spanish wine and tapas bar has opened on Wan Chai’s Ship Street. You’ll find an extensive selection of Spanish wines available by the glass, alongside Spanish sherries, artisan craft gins and Spanish sparkling wines. Food-wise, expect a contemporary, ingredient-driven tapas menu created under the direction of Pica Pica’s Chef Edgard Sanuy Barahona.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3pm, and 6pm to 11pm
After being dormant for over 40 years, Black Sheep Restaurants breathes new life into its latest venture, The Magistracy. Opening in three phases starting from mid-September, the multi-story venue is set to become one of the city’s few restaurant heritage sites, with two restaurants, three bars, four private dining rooms, a sports room and an old-world wine cellar. For the first phase, Black Sheep will open Magistracy Dining Room and Botanical Garden later this month. Helmed by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Matthew Kirkley, Magistracy Dining Room embodies timeless London restaurants, while the adjoining Botanical Garden offers a lush green space and the city’s finest gin and tonics. More details to come.
Bianco & Rosso
Bianco & Rosso, the boozy brainchild of renowned mixologist Luca Andrei and Chef Ban Jee Min, pays homage to the history of Vermouth by way of a contemporary European menu and an innovative bar programme. Taking its cue from the charming little bars and roadside bodegas found along the cycling routes of Spain, Italy and France, expect humble food pairings featuring a range of pasta, meats and fish, alongside a sweet selection of dolce delights. Drinks-wise, we’re told the Frappe Di Tonino (Mancino Rosso, Plantation Dark, organic honey and yuzu) and the signature B&R Americano are must-tries.
Opening hours: Daily, 5pm to 7pm (Apertivo Hour), 6pm to 10pm (Dinner), 5pm to 12am (Bar)
New to Four Seasons Hong Kong is award-winning Chef Paulo Airaudo’s new flagship restaurant, Noi. Meaning “we” or “us” in Italian, Noi serves as Chef Paulo’s outlet to showcase the best of what he’s learned and experienced over the years. The tasting menu — paired with a list of dedicated wines hand-picked by Chef Paulo — is heavily inspired by the Italian traditions he grew up with, along with Japanese and French influences he’s picked up throughout his culinary journey. With light fixtures inspired by his tattoos, pop culture figurines hidden throughout the space, and a throwback playlist personally made by Paulo himself, expect a touch of fun to be injected into your fine dining experience at Noi.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 2:30pm, and 6pm to 8:30pm
Main image courtesy of Nakame No Teppen, image 1 courtesy of BaseHall, image 2 courtesy of SẾP, image 3 courtesy of Nakame No Teppen, image 4 courtesy of Vista Ristorante, image 5 courtesy of Bushra, image 6 courtesy of KAPPOU MU, image 7 courtesy of 69 on Jervois, image 8 courtesy of ORO, image 9 courtesy of The Magistracy via Instagram.