9 June, 2022
New Restaurants Hong Kong: Kicho
New Restaurants Hong Kong: Kicho
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New Restaurants In Hong Kong: June 2022

9 June, 2022
New Restaurants Hong Kong: Kicho

Looking for some new dining inspiration? Here are the best new restaurants to know this month…

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 a sustainable Italian eatery, French wine bistro, omakase-style Tori Kappo and more, here’s where we’ll be eating this June.

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Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding COVID risk and restrictions is constantly evolving. If choosing to dine out, please exercise your own judgement as to whether it is safe to do so, and comply with the latest social distancing regulations where applicable.

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New Restaurants In Hong Kong: June, 2022

New Restaurants Hong Kong: BluHouse

BluHouse

Boasting panoramic harbour views, Rosewood Hong Kong’s newest dining destination BluHouse offers a taste of everyday life from the streets of Italy (think deep-fried Italian street food, pasta, roasted meats, Roman-style pizza and gelato). Chef Giovanni Galeota will helm both the casual Italian eatery and the neighbouring elevated, sustainable restaurant, The Dining Room by BluHouse, which features an exclusive dining room and impressively stocked wine cellar.

BluHouse soft opens Thursday, 9 June, followed by The Dining Room by BluHouse from Thursday, 23 June.

Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 10:30pm (BluHouse); Tuesday to Sunday, 6pm to 10:30pm (The Dining Room by BluHouse)

BluHouse, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3891 8732, www.rosewoodhotels.com/bluhouse

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New Restaurants Hong Kong: NEZ Wine Bistro

NEZ Wine Bistro

H Code newcomer NEZ Wine Bistro offers refined French cooking expertly executed by Chef de Cuisine Don Won. Highlights from the initial menu include Classic Beef Tartare, Burgundy Snails, Bavette de Boeuf Wagyu and the Foie Gras “Rougié” Crème Brûlée. NEZ (French for “nose”) pairs your plates with a selection of boutique and hard-to-source wines curated by Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong’s award-winning sommelier Victor Petiot. The wine programme at NEZ is designed to ensure that each bottle in the restaurant’s in-house wine vault enhances visitor’s dining experience. Request to see NEZ’s Reserve Wine List for a special occasion.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 4:30pm to 12am

NEZ Wine Bistro, 2/F, The Steps, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2550 9605, WhatsApp: 6315 6134, www.nez-hk.com

Read More: Your Guide To Online Wine & Liquor Delivery In Hong Kong


New Restaurants Hong Kong: TFG

TFG (The Food is Gorgeous)

Have you heard? All-day dining restaurant The Food Gallery now transforms into a health-conscious concept during lunchtime on weekdays at The Langham, Hong Kong. Also standing for “The Food is Gorgeous”, expect appetising nutrient-dense dishes, including hearty salads, soups and poke bowls (with options inspired by the flavours of Mexico, Korea, Hong Kong and more). Those with a sweet tooth can dig into guilt-free desserts like Chocolate “Nice Cream” with cocoa nibs made from sugar-free and vegan ice cream.

Opening hours: Weekdays, 12pm to 3pm

TFG, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2375 1133, www.langhamhotels.com/tfg

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New Restaurants Hong Kong: Kicho

Kicho

Perched on the first floor of Manning House is celebrated omakase-style Tori Kappo hailing from Tokyo, Kicho. The order of the day here is the famed free-range Kuro Satsuma chicken from Kagoshima, featuring morsels harvested from “comb to claw”. The meat is supremely tender when grilled over imported binchotan charcoal or served as sashimi. The 16-course omakase offering, priced at $1,000 per person includes soup, appetisers, yakitori skewers, seasonal vegetable dishes, rice or noodles and dessert.

Opening hours: Open for dinner daily from 6pm to 10pm during soft opening.

Kicho, Shop 2A, 1/F, Manning House, 38-48 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2633 8933, kicho-ushidoki.com.hk


New Restaurants Hong Kong: Ushido

Ushidoki

Just a stone’s throw away from the aforementioned Kicho, you’ll find the newly opened Michelin-recommended Ushidoki from Singapore offering a fresh spin on classic Kaiseki fare. The star here is the highly acclaimed Odagyu A4-grade beef, which features in the “tongue-to-tail” wagyu menu including shabu-shabu, stewed dishes, sandos and more.

Ushidoki will open later this month.

Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm

Ushidoki, Shop 2B, 1/F, Manning House, 38-40 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2633 8933, kicho-ushidoki.com.hk


New Restaurants Hong Kong: Cantina

Cantina

Aqua Restaurant Group’s latest venture, Cantina, has opened in the West Wing of Tai Kwun’s old Police Headquarters, which was originally the police officer’s mess hall. Once a place for casual lunches and convivial merrymaking, Cantina continues the tradition with generous sharing platters and ample free-flow. It’s all about good, honest Italian cooking at Cantina, which Executive Chef Luca Shiavone brings to the table, adding his own modern interpretation to the menu created in collaboration with aqua’s Executive Chef Andrea Mura.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 6pm to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 10pm

Cantina, Police Headquarters, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2848 3000, cantina.com.hk

Read More: Cantina, The New Modern Italian Concept From Aqua Restaurant Group


New Restaurants Hong Kong: Nam Fong

Nam Fong, Southside Bistro, Umami and Latitude 22 at Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport

The newly renovated Le Méridien Hong Kong in Cyberport draws visitors in with not one, but four new restaurants catering to a range of tastes. For elevated Cantonese fare head to Nam Fong or sample a variety of international cuisine at Southside Bistro. Situated next to each other you’ll find Japanese Izakaya Umami and part-coffeehouse part-bar and lounge Latitude 22.

Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport, Hong Kong, 2980 7788, www.marriott.com/le-meridien-hong-kong-cyberport

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New Restaurants Hong Kong: Blend & Grind

New Locations

  • All-day dining spot Blend & Grind will be opening its third location in Kennedy Town offering coffee, brunch and evening cocktails. Furry friends are welcome!
  • Citygate goers can look forward to taking a pause from their shopping spree at the new Woolly Pig location coming soon to the Tung Chung mall. Head here to sign up for special discounts and offers for the soft opening.
  • nüte returns to BaseHall as benko by nüte with a new selection of bento bowls that are both nutritious and delicious. Expect a number of plant-based options such as the Cold Ume Tofu Mazesoba, Shiso/Crispy Chilli “Niratama” Don.

Blend & Grind, G/F, 20 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 6905 4038, www.blendandgrind.com

Woolly Pig, Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, woollypig.com.hk

benko by nüte, BaseHall, LG9, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, www.basehall.hk/benko

Read More: What To Eat And Drink At BaseHall


New Restaurants In Hong Kong: May, 2022

ADD+

Offering all-day dining and more (and standing for just that), ADD+ takes up the spacious window-lined main dining hall within the M+ building, encompassing a casual dining zone, bar table and Grab & Go section catering to those eager to get back to the museum’s galleries. The creative food concept serves up a mix of modernised Hong Kong classics and innovative pan-global fare such as ADD+’s signature Stir-Fried Spaghetti with Barbecue Pork in Goose Oil and the 18-layer ADD+ Club Sandwich.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 10pm

ADD+, Unit A, B1, M+, 38 Museum Drive, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2656 4108, www.addplushk.com

Read more: Your Ultimate Guide To Art Galleries In Hong Kong


Vivant

Vivant, the latest venture of Joshua and Caleb Ng (the twin entrepreneurs behind Twins Kitchen) has occupied CUT Sando Sound Bar’s previous location on Lyndhurst Terrace, introducing a new modern European bistro to the Central dining scene. Helmed by Belon and Batard alum, Chef Jeston Chua, expect a focus on French technique and bistro-style viands. Open for dinner only, Vivant offers an a la carte menu, featuring Braised Beef Short Ribs “au Poivre” and Treadfin Fish with Piperade and Fondant Potato with Red Pepper Dashi. Drinks-wise, the restaurant will serve an eclectic selection of craft beers, ciders, non-alcoholic options and natural wines, which is a constant in the outlets operated by Twins Kitchen and will include their own imports.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm to 10pm

Vivant, Shop 2, G/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2952 2766, www.twins-kitchen.com/vivant-restaurant


Agora

Opening early this month, 22 Ships’ Antonio Oviedo together with JIA Group brings a new rendition of fine Spanish gastronomy to the historical grounds of Tai Kwun. In its opening phase, the restaurant will be open for dinner service only, offering 10- and 12-course seasonal tasting menus hero-ing fresh ingredients from the greater area of Spain. Taking its name from the Latin term for a social hub, 24-seater Agora is fitted with a private dining room, separate tables and a chef’s counter, with earthy interiors designed by COLLECTIVE Studio (the same design team behind sustainable speakeasy Penicillin).

AGORA will open Thursday, 5 May

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 6pm to 10pm

Agora, Shop 14, G/F, D Hall, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2316 2005, www.facebook.com/agora.hkg


koi

This new contemporary Japanese bistro is set to open early this month next to its popular sister eatery TEPPANYAKI MIHARA. The a la carte menu showcases Head Chef Terufumi Mihara’s command over “wa modern” Japanese-fusion cuisine, with signature dishes such as the Spicy Tuna on Crispy Saffron Rice Cracker, Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Beef & Uni Roll, Yaki Onigiri (pictured above) and Marinated Akami Tuna Angel Hair Pasta with Ikura.

koi will open in early May

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 10pm

koi, 18 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong, 3618 8211, www.facebook.com/koi.tkohk

Read more: Your Neighbourhood Guide To Tseung Kwan O


Frenchies

Follow the inviting scent of freshly baked French pastries down Hollywood Road to this new neighbourhood viennoiserie. Open daily from 7am, pair your morning coffee with a classic Croissant, Espresso Cinnamon Roll or signature Dragon’s Back, a creative take on a French pastry rolled with sweet almond paste and orange. The founder of Frenchies, Matthieu Maury, previously of Fineprint and Eric Kayser, also founded popular coffee chain La Station in Wan Chai.

Opening hours: Daily, 7am to 7pm

Frenchies, G/F, 39-43 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 5267 9403, www.frenchiesbake.com

Read more: The Best Bakeries In Hong Kong


Carbon Brews Taproom

At the end of April, local craft brewery Carbon Brews soft opened its new permanent space on Wyndham Street. The so-called taproom is fixed with no less than 28 taps (there’s also an option to buy a keg for your table!) featuring a rotation of Carbon Brews beers, other local craft beers and collaborations. To take your craft-beer experience to the next level, Head Chef Sean Yuen (formerly of three Michelin-starred Caprice) has whipped up seven signature dishes exclusive to the taproom. We’re talking “Crazy Rich Beer Cheese”, cheddar and taleggio served with toasted whole-grain sourdough (think a grown-up’s version of nachos), Hanger Steak Frites, Pan Seared Lamb Belly, Sticky Date Pudding and more.

Carbon Brews Taproom, Shop 1, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.carbonbrews.com


Mustard Bar & Grill

Tin Hau’s new alfresco dining hotspot Mustard Bar & Grill, boasts a chic, industrial indoor dining room and not one, but two pet-friendly outdoor terraces. Opened by chef-turned-restaurateur Kong Wai Sing, who also founded the nearby restaurant and bar Tipsy, the menu here features a mouth-watering array of surf and turf dishes, elevated with a touch of gastronomic innovation inspired by Sing’s three years spent working in Melbourne. In addition to a great drinks selection, we’re fans of the Pancetta-Wrapped Scollops, Black Angus Steak Tartare and Baked Alaska dessert garnished with fresh truffle.

Opening hours: Daily, 12pm till late

Mustard Bar & Grill, 3/F, Golden Wheel Plaza, 68 Electric Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, 3462 2700, www.facebook.com/mustardbarandgrill


Yakitori Yamato

Spearheaded by yakitori master Ogura Tadashi, Hong Kong’s Yakitori Yamato is the first overseas branch of the famed Osaka restaurant of the same name. The new arrival brings 150 days free-range Nara jidori chicken imported from Japan, coveted for its juiciness and rich flavour, and a dining experience you won’t soon forget. Accommodating 12 guests in the main dining room, pull up a seat around the open charcoal grill and opt for the poultry-centric omakase menu for the ultimate yakitori showcase.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 6pm to 10pm

Yakitori Yamato, Shop 3-4, G/F, The Oakhill, 28 Wood Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, laisundining.com/yakitori-yamato


NEXT Shikaku

Joining the ranks of the Japanese noodle joints on Gough Street is Osaka import NEXT Shikaku, from the group that brought us Zagin Zoba and Maru De Sankaku. Specialising in oyster soup ramen, the menu highlights three main picks: Oyster Broth Ramen (koeru), Oyster Clear Broth Ramen (ikasu) and Oyster Broth Dripping Ramen (asobu), to be enjoyed with sides of Slow Cooked Chashu and Cherry Wood Smoked Eggs.

Opening hours: Thursday to Tuesday, 11:30am to 10pm

NEXT Shikaku, G/F, 11 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/NextShikakuHK


New Locations

  • Much-loved Matchali will be unveiling its first-ever flagship store on Moon Street in June, with an exclusive lineup of all-day food offerings, a newly launched coffee menu and vegan matcha soft serve. Enjoy their 10% off opening offer by leaving your email on their website.

Matchali, 5 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, matchali.com

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New Restaurants In Hong Kong: April, 2022

Mosu Hong Kong

The latest international outpost of two Michelin-starred Mosu Seoul, Mosu Hong Kong, is set to open its doors at M+ later this month. Led by Chef Shim Jung Take, the highly anticipated tasting menu-only restaurant will carry over signature dishes from the flagship (such as the popular roasted acorn noodles and abalone tart), and will also introduce exciting new dishes that hero local and seasonal ingredients. Situated adjacent to the Roof Garden, Mosu Hong Kong satisfies with flavourful plates and sweeping skyline views.

Mosu Hong Kong will open in mid-April

Mosu Hong Kong, 3/F, M+ Tower, 38 Museum Drive, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2398 0291, www.mplus.org.hk/mosu-hong-kong

Read more: The Best Special Occasion Takeaways For At-Home Celebrations


Maison Meiji

Perched on the first floor of the revitalised heritage Green Building on Wan Chai’s Mallory Street, Maison Meiji offers three unique dining experiences inspired by Japan’s transformative Meiji Restoration Period. Partake in refined Western-Japanese dishes and kissaten classics crafted by Executive Chef Tatsuo Haruta, specialist teas and coffees, and expertly crafted shochu cocktails served in its sequestered Kuromaru lounge. The restaurant’s newly launched lunch menu includes a Lobster Risotto, Miso Black Cod with Vegetable Croquette and Omurice with Wagyu Demi-Glace Sauce.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm (Café & Tea Room), 12pm to 6pm (Bistro and Kuromaru)

Maison Meiji, 1/F, 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 6186 0889, www.maisonmeiji.com


Tai On Coffee & Tea

Follow the scent of buttery pastry to Tai On Coffee & Tea where classic cha chaan teng comfort foods take on new and inventive forms. We’re talking condensed milk-filled bagels and lemon tea-flavoured cookies. Wash down these moreish treats with a house special Horlicks coffee, made with beans supplied by local roasters ideology.

Opening hours: Daily, 9am to 6pm

Tai On Coffe & Tea, 830 Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/taion_coffee_and_tea

Read more: Your Guide To Local Hong Kong Desserts


Cotton Tree Pizzeria

Sit down for a slice and an afternoon Aperol at the al fresco Cotton Tree Pizzaria set against The Murray’s iconic Arches and lush greenery. The hotel pizzeria serves up a wide selection of Neapolitan pizzas, covering classics like Margherita and Quattro Formaggi, alongside obligatory appetisers such as Burrata with Marinated Cherry Tomatoes and Prosciutto di Parma with Cantaloupe Melon. Steering away from traditional Italian flavours, we’re equally drawn to the Nordic, spotlighting delicate Norwegian smoked salmon, and the Mallorca topped with raw-cured Sobrassada.

Opening hours: 12pm to 6pm (available for takeaway until 10pm)

Cotton Tree Pizzeria, Cotton Tree Terrace, LG Level, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, 3141 8888, www.niccolohotels.com/cotton-tree-pizzeria

Read more: The Best Pizza In Hong Kong


Nagamoto

Taking its name from Kyoto-native Head Chef Teruhiko Nagamoto of three Michelin-starred Kashiwaya fame, this Japanese hotspot brings an authentic “shun” dining experience to the city, which means you can expect the freshest seasonal ingredients to take centre stage here. The ever-changing menu highlights Japanese produce and ingredients at their peak, handled with modern techniques. An intimate wooden-clad kappo-style restaurant, it invites you in for an interactive experience with cooking stations where chefs take you on a sensory journey and display their culinary prowess.

Nagamoto, 8/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2520 5218, www.facebook.com/nagamotohk


Bar Bleu

Craving a taste of the sea? Swing by this SOHO casual fine dining restaurant and Champagne bar Bar Bleu where seafood is the order of the day. Behind the new French concept is former VEA sous chef Kakei Wong, bringing you plates of the Signature Lobster Bisque with Cognac, Charred Octopus, Snow Crab Tagliatelle and XL Spanish Carabinero Prawn with Risotto. We also wouldn’t pass up on the Signature Chocolate Tart made with Acarigua 70% dark chocolate.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm

Bar Bleu, 9 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/barbleuhk


New Locations

  • Shake Shack Hong Kong is expanding to Lantau Island with a seventh location set to open in May at Citygate Outlets in Tung Chung. To celebrate the new location, Shake Shack has collaborated with local artist Bo Law to create a special hoarding to cover up the entrance, inspired by the classic Flying Chess board game.

Shake Shack, Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, www.shakeshack.com.hk


New Restaurants In Hong Kong: March, 2022

Chicano

Quietly opening its doors earlier this year, Chicano is the foodie equivalent of the big warm hug we all need right now. Pull up a seat at this Mexican kitchen table for nostalgic flavours inspired by the home cooking of founder Gabriel Perez’s abuelita. We’re talking Chicken Enchiladas served with a generous heaping of Salsa Verde, Crema and Queso Fresco, tender, fall-apart juicy Birria and fragrant Snapper with Pico de Gallo Salsa. Whether you stop by for breakfast or lunch, peak comfort abounds in this neighbourhood gem.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8am to 5pm (available for takeaway until 8pm)

Chicano, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 5595 3334, chicanohk.com


Clarence

Hot on the heels of his continued Michelin success at L’Envol, Chef Olivier Elzer is back at it with the launch of Clarence. Described as a “gateway to Elzer’s world of contemporary French cuisine”, this personal project, helmed by protegé Chef Simon So, sets out to elevate traditional recipes and flavours with Asian cooking methods like charcoal grilling, steaming and teppan – the highlight of which includes his newly patented “Yakifrenchy” concept, which brings a Japanese robata twist to French classics like Challans Duck Confit, Frogs Legs Pastis, Snails Burgundy, and Ratatouille and Confit Potato Ratte. Rounding out the menu, family-style shared plates of whole French fish and specialty meats bring a homestyle touch to fine dining, whilst the Japanese Sushi Counter is perfect for lighter bites, including raw plates and more. Meanwhile, wine-lovers are invited to pull up a seat in the impressive Sommelier Room, where a one-of-a-kind food pairing experience spotlighting Clarence’s exclusively curated collection of fine wines and champagnes awaits.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm

Clarence, 25/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3568 1397, www.clarencehk.com

Read more: The Best Special Occasion Takeaways For At-Home Celebrations


CHINESOLOGY

Inspired by history, CHINESOLOGY takes its cue from the golden age of the Tang Dynasty to bring us a fully-immersive dining experience that celebrates the best of Chinese culture. But don’t let that fool you into thinking this newcomer is stuck in the past. With its modern-luxe interiors, forward-thinking Degustation Menu and roster of modern cocktails, CHINESOLOGY puts a contemporary spin on tradition, setting itself up to become the destination for sociable, unconventional Chinese dining. Under the lead of Culinary Director Saito Chau, whose past experience includes stints at John Anthony, Dim Sum Library and Hutong, the nine-course tasting menu has been designed to give guests an extended experience of the quintessential flavours of Chinese cooking in one sitting, with highlights like Soft Shell Prawn with Salted Egg and Barley Crisp, A5 Kagoshima Wagyu with Assorted Treasures, and Oolong Tea Smoked Chicken. Drinks-wise, the bar draws from the classic Compendium of Materia Medica, marrying Chinese herbology with modern mixology, resulting in interesting signature flavour combinations like Tie Guan Yin-infused gin and Lillet Blanc, and Chinese bamboo-based whisky with house five spice lemongrass cordial.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:30am to 6pm

CHINESOLOGY, Shop 3101, 3/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 6809 2299, www.chinesology.com

Read more: Your Guide To Dim Sum In Hong Kong


Sour Dough

Slated to open in Wan Chai later this month, this new artisan deli concept comes to us from acclaimed Swiss pastry chef, Gérard Dubois. Standing as the ultimate love letter to sourdough, all of its baked goods, including the Raspberry Rhubarb Mille Feuille, Croissants, Chocolate Bread with Cranberries and more, are made from sourdough starters that are over 30 years old. More than just a bakery, the menu further boasts a rotating array of vegan salads and vegan soups, alongside hearty sandwiches spotlighting bold flavours and colourful ingredients like Chicken Tikka, Pastrami Sauerkraut and the fully plant-based Caponata & Tofu. Sour Dough will be open daily for dine-in and takeaway.

Sour Dough will open on Saturday, 19 March

Sour Dough, Shop 2-3, G/F, Keen Hung Commercial Building, 80 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Instagram: @sourdoughcafehk

Read more: Your Guide To Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants In Hong Kong


Juicy

One of two new openings this month from the team behind Shady Acres and Quality Goods Club, this temporary pop-up concept introduces fresh fruit juices and slushies, coffee and booze to K-Town, along with a short but sweet selection of bar snacks and deli sandos, including Truffle Cheese Toasties, Subs and more. Originally founded as a way to ensure the employment and salaries of the staff at Quality Goods, which is currently closed due to government restrictions, Juicy has quickly taken on a life of its own. Expect casual watering hole vibes set to the tune of old school bangers.

Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 6pm

Juicy, G/F, 56 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, Instagram: @juicyktown


Mendel’s Delicatessen

The second new hotspot from the team behind Shady’s takes the form of an old school Jewish deli, inspired by those found in New York. Though details are being kept under wraps at the moment, it won’t be long until Hong-Konger’s will be able to get their bagel and Reuben fix, with the newcomer expected to open in Kennedy Town later this month.

Mendel’s Delicatessen will open later this month

Mendel’s Delicatessen, 66-68 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, mendelsdeli.com

Read more: Your Neighbourhood Guide To Kennedy Town


New Restaurants In Hong Kong: February, 2022

Rollie

We’re California dreaming this month thanks to the arrival of Rollie – the latest venture by Wil Fang, the man behind Cookie DPT and CARBS. Dedicated to American Japanese Temaki Sushi, here, the focus is on the humble hand roll, which come in classic Japanese American combos like the Dragon Roll and Rainbow Roll, served open-style for optimum Instagram presentation. A number of appetisers and sharing dishes will also be on offer, including Tempura Avocado, Chicken Skin Gyozas and Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, along with the Uni Fans – a cup of uni, toro, ikura and rice which is sure to become the pièce de résistance of the whole menu.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm (available for takeaway after 6pm)

Rollie, 32 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2845 9244, Instagram: @rollie.hk


Orka

Mindful dining is what lies in store at new wellness-focused dining concept Orka, located on Wyndham Street. Helmed by Head Chef & Culinary Director Ching Tso, who has previously worked under Gordon Ramsey and Shane Osborne, expect sustainable and health-focused menus packed full of flavourful, gut-healthy dishes spotlighting underrated superfoods. With busy city-dwellers and office crowds in mind, the all-day dining destination encompasses both quick grab-and-go delights and an executive set lunch, alongside takeaway coffees and smoothies, with options for both vegetarians and vegans. Highlights of the fusion menu include the Bibambap ZEN, topped with kimchi, veggies and either a light beef tartare or soy-marinated jackfruit, the Meat or not to Meat, with your choice of wagyu beef cheek and bone broth or the vegan banana blossom and chickpea, and the G.M.T. Toffee Pudding, made with banana, pandan, mango and coconut. Don’t leave without a signature coffee – the brews on offer here combine healing ingredients for a cup of joe with a twist.

Opening hours: Daily, 8am to 10pm (takeaway available after 6pm)

Orka, 36 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3489 1217, Instagram: @orkarestaurant_hk

Read more: 10 Fuss-Free Healthy Meal Delivery Options In Hong Kong


Yaichi Kura

The newest addition to Kennedy Town’s thriving food scene takes inspiration from Japan with a multi-concept venue comprising of two restaurants, a bakery and a specialty store. Described as an “insta-worthy” foodie destination, Yaichi Kura covers all the bases: Toge by Jyungin, recreates an authentic high-end Hokkaido izakaya, headed by chef Shimoji Atsushi who has previously cooked his robatayaki delicacies for the likes of Tom Cruise and Leonardo Di Caprio; while Eclipse by Luna Café & Bar brings us an all-day dining menu of breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner dishes like Cod Crab Eggs Benedict and Hokkaido Uni Carbonara; and celebrated Osaka bakery Painduce delights with inventive bread creations, which often incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables. Last, but not least, 81Station stands as the physical outpost of Go81.com,Hong Kong’s first duty-free online shopping platform operated directly by Japanese suppliers.

Opening hours: Daily, 9am to 11pm (takeaway available after 6pm)

Yaichi Kura, 1/F, Imperial Kennedy, 84 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 9634 1831, Instagram: @yaichi.kura

Read more: The Best Bakeries In Hong Kong


Testina

A taste of Italy arrives in Hong Kong this month in the form of modern trattoria, Testina. Debuting as the sister restaurant of Trippa, the famed Milan outpost of head chef Diego Rossi and partner Pietro Caroli, this is the first of three new openings we can expect from ZS Hospitality Group this year, joining the ranks of Hansik Goo and Whey. Promising a fresh take on Italian cuisine, Testina aims to transport diners to the family dining table in Italy, all while presenting an elevated dining experience. The compact menu, overseen by executive chef Marco Xodo (formerly chef de cuisine of two-MICHELIN-starred 8½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai), champions a nose-to-tail approach to cooking, featuring refined dishes based on classic recipes rooted from generation to generation. Highlights of the menu include the fragrant and moreish Homemade Pappardelle with Lamb Ragù, flavoursome Roasted Bone Marrow and the refreshingly sweet Seasonal Berries Tart with Zabaione.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm

Testina, 3/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2798 0668, www.testina.hk

Read more: Your Guide To Italian Restaurants In Hong Kong


Nagamoto

New to fine dining mecca On Lan Street, Nagamoto brings us traditional Japanese cuisine reinterpreted with modern flair courtesy of celebrated Head Chef Teruhiko Nagamoto, who has previously helmed two-Michelin-star Kashiwaya. This kappo-style restaurant will bring a personal touch to your dining experience, with the the culinary team adjusting your seasonings, ingredients, cooking time and even the pace of serving dishes through their observations and interactions with you – how’s that for service? As for the food itself, Nagamoto celebrates all things “Shun” – a word used to describe ingredients that are at the peak of their freshness and flavour, so expect to enjoy the very best seasonal Japanese delicacies.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 1pm to 3pm

Nagamoto, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, Instagram: @nagamotohk

Read more: Your Guide To Fine Dining In Hong Kong


New Locations

  • A new era beckons for Cô Thành with its move to Pacific Place. The menu, which features recipes from Vietnamese restaurant The Lunch Lady (famous for its appearance on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations), encompasses all the classics, including the signature Bún dishes and Bánh Mì, plus a few new additions. We can’t wait to try the Patê Sô, a staple found in Vietnamese bakeries, that pairs golden puff pastry with homemade patê.
  • Dough Bros has expanded to North Point! This seventh location will serve up the brand’s signature fresh-to-order artisanal pizzas and doughnuts we’ve come to know and love for Hong Kong Island’s Eastsiders.
  • Wan Chai favourite XUÂN has crossed the harbour to bring us a second location in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Gateway Arcade. Old favourites like the Signature Beef Pho and Grilled Three Yellow Chicken will be available, alongside new dishes like XUÂN Prawn Noodles and Com Ga Hoi An Chicken Rice.

Cô Thành, Shop 123, 1/F, 88 Queensway, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 7073 7735, www.cothanhrestaurant.com

Dough Bros (North Point), Shop 5, G/F, Victor Court, 18 Wang On Road, North Point, Hong Kong, 2711 1886, www.doughbroshk.com

XUÂN, Shop 2307A, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3702 3399, www.xuan.com.hk


New Restaurants In Hong Kong: January, 2022

The Grand Majestic Sichuan

Setting us on course for a fiery start to the new year, Black Sheep Restaurants kicks off 2022 with the opening of The Grand Majestic Sichuan. Taking its name from the iconic Majestic Restaurant & Nightclub, a popular haunt for Cantonese food in 1960s North Point, you can expect nostalgic glamour matched with the tongue-tingling flavours of Sichuan. The team has enlisted award-winning Sichuan food expert Fuchsia Dunlop to consult on the menu, which will consist of traditional dishes that celebrate the complexities of this 800-year-old cuisine. In true Black Sheep fashion, The Grand Majestic promises to reinvent the Sichuan dining experience, emulating the spirit of old school Chinese supper clubs, complete with swanky tableside service, lush decor and a fabulous terrace.

Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm to 6pm

The Grand Majestic Sichuan, Shop 301, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.thegrandmajesticsichuan.com


Graceland

Chicken & Dumplings, Country Fried Steak, Mississippi Catfish and a hefty helping of Collard Greens – yes, a taste of the American South has arrived in Hong Kong, brought to us by the founders of popular Sai Kung restaurant Momentai. Found in and amongst the bustle of Mong Kok, this new neighbourhood joint serves up American soul food washed down with easy-drinking cocktails, cider and beer, all set to the tune of a vinyl-spinning jukebox (the only one of its kind in Hong Kong!). Stop by on a weekday from 4pm to 7pm for $30 drinks and snacks, and don’t miss the monthly Lowcountry Boil, featuring a steaming pot of crab claws, prawns and sausage. You’ll be transported to the humid climes of South Carolina before you know it.

Opening Hours: Daily, 11am to 6pm (takeaway available 6pm to 9pm)

Graceland, Shop B, G/F, Lisa House, 12-14A Yim Po Fong Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 6112 9448, Instagram: @gracelandmk

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Woo Cheong Tea House

Taking over the location of beloved British gastropub The Pawn, Woo Cheong Tea House marks a return to tradition for the historic Woo Cheong Pawn Shop, a cornerstone of the Wan Chai neighbourhood. Set against the elegant backdrop of the iconic, century-old tenement building, an innovative spin on tradition awaits. Think high-end Cantonese cuisine and elevated dim sum dishes which make the most of fresh, quality ingredients. A highlight of the menu includes The Woo Cheong Premium Barbecued Pork, an instant classic that boasts the perfect balance of lean and fatty, along with the Bean Curd Sheet Rolls with Avocado and Black Truffle, an excellent example of the restaurant’s healthy take on classic dim sum. Don’t leave without sampling the premium teas and signature tea-infused cocktails.

Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30am to 6pm

Woo Cheong Tea House, 1-2/F, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Instagram: @woocheongteahousehk

Read more: Where To Eat Like A Local In Wan Chai


Maka Hiki

In need of a sun-soaked getaway to chase those January blues away? Make your way over to Tai Hang and the island haven of Maka Hiki. This new bar and grill is here to transport us a million miles away from Hong Kong with its menu of delicious drinks and exotic eats. Nab a seat at one of the two lush outdoor terraces and feast on the likes of Grilled Mahi Mahi, Lombok Baby Chicken, Salmon Crudo and more, along with signature cocktails like the rum-based Maka Hiki Punch. Meanwhile, wellness buffs will appreciate the healthy breakfast and lunch options, including smoothies and poke bowls.

Opening Hours: Daily, 7:30am to 6pm (takeaway available 6pm to 9pm)

Maka Hiki, 2/F, Little Tai Hang – The Corner House, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2155 1777, maka-hiki.com

Read more: Your Ultimate Guide To Breakfast In Hong Kong


Tori-Za Ten

Rotisserie and pizza join forces at this new opening for the ultimate comfort food feast. Tori-Za Ten, a yoshoku-inspired restaurant, brings us the best of both worlds, set against the backdrop of a fun 50s ice cream parlour adorned with Japanese pop art. The pizza here is no ordinary pie – think of them as a full meal served up on a pizza base, with hearty toppings like Wagyu Beef and Japanese Curry, and Uni, Caviar and Crab Meat. As for the chicken, it comes roasted whole, rubbed down in an umami Hawaiian sauce.

Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm to 6pm (takeaway available 12pm to 9:30pm)

Tori-Za Ten, G/F, 66 Electric Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, 2336 1768, Instagram: @torizaten


The Baker & The Bottleman

Bakery by day, wine bar by night, we foresee ourselves spending a lot of time at The Baker & The Bottleman this year. Brought to us by award-winning British chef Simon Rogan, the man behind Michelin-starred Roganic, this newcomer champions traditional artisanal baking techniques and low-intervention wine-making, offering a selection of delectable baked goods (including classic British pastries!) and natural wines. As to be expected, sustainability is at the heart of this modern bakehouse – all food is produced in-house from scratch using local ingredients, while the wine list has been carefully curated to spotlight winemakers with a strong environmental conscience.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8am to 6pm

The Baker & The Bottleman, G14-15, G/F and F15A, 1/F,  Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Instagram: @thebakerandthebottleman

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Ho Lee Fook

The new year is a time for new beginnings, and that’s exactly what’s in store for Soho icon Ho Lee Fook. With a new chef at its helm, and refreshed interiors by Sean Dix to boot, the stage is set for Ho Lee Fook 2.0. In the kitchen, Hong Kong-bred Chef ArChan takes the reigns from Jowett Yu, and brings her extensive repertoire of classic Cantonese dishes with her. The revamped menu leans heavily into the restaurant’s Hong Kong spirit, with locally-inspired signature dishes like the Ho Lee Duck, a succulent roast meats offering, Stir Fry King with wok-fried flowering garlic chives, cuttlefish and crispy anchovy, and Steamed Live Razor Clams, along with beloved favourites including the Roast Wagyu Short Rib and Prawn Toast x Okonomiyaki. A glorious homage to the city’s homegrown cuisine awaits.

Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm to 6pm (takeaway available 12pm to 10pm)

Ho Lee Fook, G/F, 1-5 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 0860, www.holeefook.com.hk


Mora

An ode to soy is the latest project from award-winning chef Vicky Lau, the founder of two Michelin-starred TATE Dining Room. Set against the backdrop of Sheung Wan’s historic Upper Lascar Row, Mora – an intimate 28-seat French Chinese restaurant – dedicates itself to the humble and versatile soybean, and in doing so, pays homage to one of Hong Kong’s oldest culinary traditions. The texture-inspired menu will feature all things soy, spotlighting tofu, beancurd and more in entirely new and creative ways. During its initial opening, Mora will be serving a set menu, with the full à la carte offering available from March.

Opening Hours: Tuesday, to Saturday, 12pm to 6pm (seatings at 12pm to 1pm and 2:45pm to 3:30pm)

Mora, 40 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 9583 8590, www.mora.com.hk


TEAHOUSE / BARHOUSE

The second opening in wellwellwell’s trio of contemporary Chinese eateries, TEAHOUSE / BARHOUSE embraces Hong Kong’s unique food culture of East meets West with a destination that spotlights cha chaan teng classics by day, and Chinese cocktails and tapas-style bar snacks by night. Starting first with the drinks (naturally), BARHOUSE’s Chinese-influenced artisanal cocktails experiment with fine Shaoxing wine and seasonal ingredients for unique concoctions like the Mirror Lake Mist, a tangy citrus number topped with a misty bubble, and the Sweet Potato Sour, featuring a fresh sweet potato puree. As for the food, TEAHOUSE serves up an array of dim sum classics, including Hokkaido Scallop Siu Mai and Golden Lava Buns, along with elevated cafe dishes like Lap Cheong Carbonara and Sichuan Mapo Bolognese Spaghetti.

Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 6pm

TEAHOUSE / BARHOUSE, Shop 002, LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, Instagram: @wearewellwellwell

Read more: Your Guide To Local Hong Kong Desserts


New Locations

  • Adding to Tseung Kwan O’s flourishing dining scene, Pirata Group has opened its seventh iteration of popular pasta bar Pici. In celebration of the opening, you’ll find three new dishes exclusive to this location: Melted Truffle Provolone, served with freshly shaved black truffle; Tagliatelle ‘Frutti di Mare’; and Ravioli Quattro Formaggi, made with cocoa-infused pasta dough.
  • Bakehouse has crossed the harbour! Its newest takeaway outlet can be found in Tsim Sha Tsui serving up your favourite breads, sourdough egg tarts, cinnamon rolls and more.

Pici (Tseung Kwan O), Store G17, CAPRI Place – O’ South Coast, 33 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 2633 9200, pici.hk

Bakehouse, 44 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.bakehouse.hk


Main image courtesy of Kicho, image 1 courtesy of BluHouse, image 2 courtesy of NEZ Wine Bistro, image 3 courtesy of TFG, image 4 courtesy of Kicho, image 5 courtesy of Ushidoki, image 6 courtesy of Cantina, image 7 courtesy of Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport, image 8 courtesy of Blend & Grind.

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